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Hurricanes goalie Ward to start season opener

Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 1:54 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Goalie Cam Ward will start for the Carolina Hurricanes in their season opener Friday against the New York Islanders, coach Bill Peters told the Hurricanes website Thursday.

Ward, 30, went 10-12-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .898 save percentage. The GAA and save percentage were Ward's worst since 2005-06, his rookie season.

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Hurricanes name Sekera, two others alternate captains

Thursday, 10.09.2014 / 1:15 PM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

On the eve of opening night, the letter "A" has been sewed onto select sweaters inside the Carolina Hurricanes locker room.

Andrej Sekera will be a full-time alternate captain, and the second "A," which will belong to Jordan Staal when he returns from his injury, will rotate between Jay Harrison and Ron Hainsey.

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Sharks give former captain Thornton an 'A'

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 10:03 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LOS ANGELES -- San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had the captaincy taken away from him during the offseason after wearing the "C" on a full-time basis for four seasons, but he'll still wear a letter on his sweater in 2014-15.

The Sharks on Wednesday named four alternate captains -- Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau is also a former Sharks captain; he had the "C" taken off his sweater in 2009 after wearing it for six years. Marleau is the only incumbent alternate captain.

Thornton, Pavelski and Marleau were the alternates for the Sharks' season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings. The Sharks announced Vlasic will rotate in with an "A."

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Bettman on outdoor games, expansion, more

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

NHL.com

LOS ANGELES -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the media Wednesday in a 20-minute press conference at Staples Center prior to the game between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

Here are his opening remarks and a transcript of the question and answer session:

"I'm not here to break any news. I'm here to watch the Kings and their fans celebrate their well-deserved honor and hard-fought championship. It seems like we were just here. The offseason I guess goes quickly when you're in a place that's won the Cup and had a long, long playoff run.


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Mueller, Blues mutually agree to terminate contract

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 3:02 PM / News

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues and forward Peter Mueller have mutually agreed to terminate his contract so that he can pursue other hockey options in Europe, according to the Blues' Twitter account.

Mueller, 26, had 24 goals and 46 points in 49 games for Kloten in Switzerland's top professional league last season. The native of Bloomington, Minn., signed a one-year, two-way contact with the Blues in July.

Following his season in Switzerland, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound forward was invited to play for the United States at the 2014 IIHF World Championship; he had one goal and four points in eight games.

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Blue Jackets' Johansen practices, status uncertain

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- At the same time center Ryan Johansen was preparing for his first practice since signing a new contract Monday, teammate Brandon Dubinsky was undergoing abdominal surgery in Philadelphia that could keep him out for six weeks.

Just another day of drama for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Johansen was ribbed by his teammates when he got to Nationwide Arena on Wednesday morning after staying at home in Vancouver until agreeing to a three-year, $12 million contract Monday.

"We're excited to have him back," left wing Scott Hartnell said. "It's good to see his goofy little face around the dressing room."

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Blue Jackets' Dubinsky out after abdominal surgery

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:00 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday and is expected to miss approximately six weeks, according to the Blue Jackets.

Dubinsky had 16 goals, a career-high 34 assists and was third on the Blue Jackets with 50 points last season. He led Columbus in faceoff winning percentage (52.9 percent) and penalty minutes (98), and was second in hits.

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Penguins' Malkin says he's ready to play in opener

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:50 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin declared himself ready to play in the season opener Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center, and coach Mike Johnston said Malkin has a 99-percent chance of playing.

"Malkin skated today and looked really good," Johnston said, according to the Penguins website. "If you looked at the drills in practice he looked really good for being off a month."

Malkin practiced Tuesday for the first time since training camp started because of an undisclosed injury sustained during his offseason workouts.

"I think I will play," Malkin said Wednesday, according to the Penguins website.

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Blackhawks' Versteeg out with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:48 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will miss about three weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday according to the team's official Twitter account.

Versteeg had 12 goals and 36 points in 81 games last season with the Florida Panthers and Blackhawks. Chicago acquired Versteeg from the Panthers on Nov. 14, 2013, along with Phillipe Lefebvre for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.

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Wild's Kuemper to start in goal in opener

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:38 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo named Darcy Kuemper the starting goaltender for the season opener Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, according to the team's official Twitter account.

"Real excited, obviously, I think everyone is," Kuemper told the Wild website. "We need to go out there and do what we can to get the win."

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