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Red Wings' Datsyuk to miss start of season: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 12:03 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, who had surgery on his right ankle June 26, doesn't expect to be ready when the Red Wings open their regular season on Oct. 9 against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.

"I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," Datsyuk said in video posted by the Detroit Free Press on Sunday. "We have enough [players]. I'll pick up my job later. I like this challenge.

Zubov to be assistant coach of Russian national team

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 11:47 AM / News

Former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov was named an assistant coach of the Russian national team on Monday, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation website.

Zubov will be responsible for coaching the defensemen and help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Championship in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. Zubov said he will remain an assistant coach of SKA St. Petersburg in the Kontinental Hockey League, in addition to helping head coach Oleg Znarok.

Zubov, who played in the NHL for 16 seasons with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars, will also help prepare the national team for the 2016 World Cup and 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Blues' Brouwer won't attempt to emulate Oshie: report

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:17 AM / News

T.J. Oshie was a very popular player with the St. Louis Blues. Troy Brouwer is fully aware of that, but he hopes the fan base will accept him for the player that he is.

Brouwer was acquired by the Blues from the Washington Capitals, along with goaltender Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, on July 2 for Oshie.

"I'm not going to try and be Oshie," Brouwer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's got his following. He's one great player and he deserves every jersey that's out there in the stands. But sometimes you just have to move on, and I'm hoping that I can be an exciting player for the fans to cheer for as well."

Maple Leafs hire Steve Briere as goalie coach

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 10:05 AM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that Steve Briere has been named the team's goaltending coach. The Maple Leafs have also hired Ari Vuori as their Director of European Scouting.

Briere joins the Leafs after serving as the owner and head instructor of Canadian Professional Goalie Schools in addition to his role as goaltender coach with several Junior level teams (the NAHL's Topeka Roadrunners as well as the USHL's Fargo Force and Des Moines Buccaneers). Briere also served an assistant at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, helping the Chargers capture the CHA Championship in 2007.

Peverley undecided about future as player: report

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 11:55 AM / News

Rich Peverley has not made a decision about whether to continue as a player, his agent Allain Roy told the Boston Globe on Sunday.

Peverley, who became an unrestricted free agent July 1, last played for the Dallas Stars. He collapsed on the bench during a March 10, 2014, game against the Columbus Blue Jackets at American Airlines Center. The 33-year-old center was diagnosed with and had surgery for an irregular heartbeat during the 2013-14 preseason and had a second procedure nine days after he collapsed.

Blue Jackets pin last season on 'bad luck': report

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 11:22 AM / News

The Columbus Blue Jackets have been active this summer with designs on returning to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after finishing 11th in the Eastern Conference last season.

All they may need is better luck staying healthy.

The Blue Jackets led the NHL with 508 man-games lost last season, the most in their history, but president of hockey operations John Davidson is confident their fortunes will change for the better in the Metropolitan Division this season.

"It's behind us now," Davidson told the Columbus Dispatch. "You hear what people say about our team, and a lot of people are excited to see what this group can do if we stay healthy. What we endured last season … it's something I've never seen before, and I don't ever want to go through it again. But it's behind us now."

Stars GM compares Benn, Seguin to Toews, Kane

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 10:24 AM / News

The Dallas Stars are admittedly measuring themselves against the Chicago Blackhawks, so the comparison from general manager Jim Nill was not out of the blue.

"The Benns and Seguins remind me of [Jonathan] Toews and [Patrick] Kane when they were 22, 23, 24 years of age," Nill told the Dallas Morning News last week.

Stars captain Jamie Benn and linemate Tyler Seguin are 26 and 23, respectively. Toews, the Blackahwks' captain, was 22 when he won the Stanley Cup for the first time; Kane was 21.

Blackhawks say Ducks were toughest playoff test

Sunday, 07.19.2015 / 10:18 AM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks needed 24 goals, seven games, six overtimes and a clinching win on the road to eliminate the Anaheim Ducks in the 2015 Western Conference Final.

"It was the hardest hockey I think I've ever been part of," Chicago forward Andrew Desjardins said Saturday.

The Blackhawks reflected on that series at their annual fan convention. Chicago went on to win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons with a six-game Final victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Gretzky: McDavid can handle transition to NHL

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 12:28 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Wayne Gretzky said he doesn't expect Connor McDavid to struggle in the NHL despite extremely high expectations, turning pro at 18 after three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League.

"Going right from junior to the NHL? That's a big step for Connor," Gretzky told the Edmonton Journal this week. "But he's the one guy who can handle it. He'll be fine. With his speed and his shot and his creativity and his hockey knowledge, that's as good as anybody."

McDavid had 44 goals and 120 points with the Erie Otters of the OHL last season and had 21 goals and 49 points in 20 playoff games. He was taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers.

Gretzky went from the World Hockey Association to the NHL when the former folded in 1979. He had 46 goals and 110 points in 89 games for the Indianapolis Racers and Edmonton Oilers in the WHA during the 1978-79 season.

Flyers still trying to trade Lecavalier, says Hextall

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 11:30 AM / News

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he's still looking to trade forward Vincent Lecavalier but has been unable to find a partner.

"We're status quo," Hextall told CSN Philly on Thursday. "We're planning on going into the season with Vinny and see what happens. Do I get a call with interest? I don't know. At this point, we're status quo."

The Flyers signed Lecavalier, 35, to a five-year $22.5 million contract prior to the 2013-14 season. He has three seasons remaining with an average annual value of $4.5 million.

Lecavalier received a $2 million bonus July 1. CSN said Hextall hoped teams would be interested in a trade after the Flyers paid it, but that has not been the case.

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