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2015 Traverse City Tournament announced

Blackhawks added to eight-team pool for annual tournament at Centre ICE Arena

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 2:25 PM / News

DetroitRedWings.com

DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland today announced that the Red Wings will host their annual NHL Prospect Tournament at Centre ICE Arena in Traverse City, Mich., from Sept. 11-15, 2015. The Chicago Blackhawks have been added to the eight-team tournament this fall, joining the Carolina Hurricanes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Red Wings.

This marks the 17th season that Traverse City will host the tournament, boasting nearly 500 players who have skated in at least one NHL game. Twenty-four players who participated in the tournament in September 2014 have made at least one appearance in the NHL this season, while 16 prospects from the Red Wings’ last three tournament rosters have played in at least one NHL game, including current roster players Joakim Andersson, Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko, Petr Mrazek, Gustav Nyquist, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan and Brendan Smith. The Columbus Blue Jackets were tournament champions in 2014, winning the title for the third time in their history.

The tournament divides the eight-team field into two four-team divisions. Teams will play each team in their division during the round robin before a crossover on the final day of the tournament, capped off with the first-place finishers in each division meeting for the championship on Tuesday, Sept. 15. A complete tournament schedule and rosters for each team will be released at a later date.

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NHL, union reps discuss change to overtime format

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 2:18 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- NHL general managers spent a portion of the last day of their meetings Wednesday outlining their proposals for 3-on-3 regular-season overtime and expanded video review to members of the executive staff of the NHL Players' Association.

The GMs agreed Tuesday that they would recommend going to a 3-on-3 format as part of regular-season overtime for the 2015-16 season as a way to cut down on the number of games that extend to a shootout. The rate of overtime games that reach the shootout this season is about 60 percent.

The GMs also agreed they will recommend the addition of a limited video-replay challenge, which will be used by a coach, for scoring plays involving the potential presence of goaltender interference, and to remove delay-of-game penalties assessed for a player shooting the puck directly out of play over the glass from the defensive zone.

The recommendations can't become official rule changes until they are passed by the NHL-NHLPA Competition Committee, the NHLPA Executive Board, and the NHL Board of Governors. Each of those groups are scheduled to meet in June.

GMs propose new faceoff rule to increase offense

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 1:23 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- A recommendation to change the rules governing faceoffs to create a better opportunity for increased puck-possession time, which could lead to more goals, was made Wednesday by NHL general managers on the final day of their annual March meeting here.

The GMs will recommend to the NHL-NHLPA Competition Committee that the player who is on the defensive side of the red line must be the first to place his stick on the ice before the puck is dropped. In doing so, that player is at a slight disadvantage to the attacking player, who can put his stick down second.

The current rule (76.4) requires the player on the visiting team to put his stick down first in all zones, including at the center-ice faceoff dot. The visiting player still would be required to put his stick down first on faceoffs taken at center ice, according to the recommendation. But in all other faceoffs the player closest to his own goalie would have to declare first.

The rule change can't become official unless it passes through the Competition Committee and the NHL Players’ Association Executive Board, and is ratified by NHL Board of Governors. The Competition Committee, NHLPA Executive Board and the Board of Governors each meet in June.

"As a former centerman you always feel you have a little more of an advantage if you can get in there second," Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. "To try and help the offense, why not try it? I think it's a good idea."

Rangers say Lundqvist needs 10 days before return

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 10:12 AM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will need approximately 10 days to get ready before playing, general manager Glen Sather said Wednesday at the NHL general managers meetings.

Lundqvist, who hasn't played since Feb. 2 because of a vascular injury, was cleared Tuesday by the Rangers doctors to return to practice.

"Just because he was cleared doesn't mean he's ready to return," Sather said. "I'd say a week to 10 days, probably closer to 10 days."

Panthers announce new AHL affiliation with Portland

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 10:11 AM / News

FloridaPanthers.com

Sunrise, Fla. – The Florida Panthers announced today that the club has entered into a four-year agreement with the Portland Pirates, making the Portland Pirates its American Hockey League affiliate starting next season. The announcement was made jointly by Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon and Portland Pirates Chief Operating Officer Brad Church.

"We are extremely pleased to announce this new affiliation with Portland," said Tallon. "Portland is a great hockey town, and we look forward to our prospects continuing to grow and develop in a successful and winning culture in Portland."

Around the League notebook for Tuesday, March 17

Wednesday, 03.18.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

PRESIDENTS' TROPHY RACE: CANADIENS AND BLUES WIN

The Montreal Canadiens (44-20-7, 95 points) and St. Louis Blues (45-20-5, 95 points) were victorious on Tuesday and sit tied in terms of points with the New York Rangers (44-17-7, 95 points) and Anaheim Ducks (44-20-7, 95 points) for first overall in the NHL. The top eight teams in the overall League standings are separated by only five points.

*The Canadiens defeated the Florida Panthers 3-2, with the teams scoring all five goals in an 11:06 span of the second period. P.K. Subban's 13th of the season at 15:26 stood as the game-winner.

*Subban's game-winning goal was his fifth of the season, second among NHL defensemen behind only Oliver Ekman-Larsson (7) of the Arizona Coyotes. Subban 13-39—52 is tied for second in League scoring among defenseman with the Pittsburgh Penguins' Kris Letang (10-42—52), four behind the Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson (18-38—56).

*Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski made a career-high 41 saves to improve to 6-5-3 this season with a 2.66 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

Road outside Rogers Arena renamed Pat Quinn Way

Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 11:16 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The road fans take to watch the Vancouver Canucks play at Rogers Arena will now be known as Pat Quinn Way.

The City of Vancouver renamed a section of the street adjacent to the arena as Pat Quinn Way in a ceremony before the Canucks played the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.

It was a fitting honor, not only because many believe Quinn saved a floundering franchise when he arrived as team president and general manager in 1987, paving the way for Rogers Arena to be built and open in 1995.

It was fitting because the road runs in front of Gate 16, which was named after Trevor Linden, who was Quinn's first draft pick for the Canucks in 1988 and is now the team's president of hockey operations.

It was also fitting because it came before a game against the Flyers, the team with which Quinn began his coaching career after 606 NHL games as a rugged defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Canucks and Atlanta Flames.


Panthers get two goalies when contest ends in tie

Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 10:06 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- The Florida Panthers will have two new backup practice goaltenders Wednesday after their "Goal of a Lifetime" competition ended in a tie.

Bill Ruggiero and Dustin Smith, who were chosen as finalists after 65 participants went through drills and shootouts Monday, were declared co-winners after each stopped three of four shootout attempts during the first intermission of the Panthers game against the Montreal Canadiens at BB&T Center on Tuesday.

Ruggiero and Smith will be on hand when the Panthers practice Wednesday at the arena.

"Gonna get a good night’s sleep and do our best tomorrow," Ruggiero said during the second intermission. "Just being out there on the ice, it’s a great feeling. Practices, you’ve had so many in your life, but to be out there at an NHL practice and that next step that they all have and that level of professional attitude, I’m definitely going to enjoy that."

"[The best part was] getting to meet a lot of the alumni guys," Smith said. "Getting to hang out with Tomas Vokoun yesterday, and obviously getting shot on by these guys out here was such a great experience."

Rangers goalie Lundqvist cleared to return to practice

Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 5:40 PM / News

NHL.com

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been cleared to return to practice following an exam and consultation with specialists, the Rangers announced Tuesday.

Coach Alain Vigneault told ESPN Radio New York that there is no timetable for Lundqvist's return to game action. The Rangers play the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN) and are off Thursday, which means Lundqvist will practice Friday. Following back-to-back games this weekend, New York won't practice again until next Tuesday, which creates a challenge to find adequate practice time to get Lundqvist up to speed.

Lundqvist has made progress during on-ice workouts but has yet to take shots up high.

"He'll be skating with the odd player or two, but a goaltender needs to be able to track the puck, needs to be able to practice with bodies in front of him," Vigneault told "The Michael Kay Show." "With our schedule the way it's laid out right now, we don't have the opportunity to give [Lundqvist] a lot of practices. It's obviously going to take a little bit of time here just because we don't have the practice possibilities."

Video challenge considered for goalie interference

Tuesday, 03.17.2015 / 3:58 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The recommendation to adopt 3-on-3 play in regular-season overtime next season dominated the news Tuesday at the meeting of NHL general managers here, but the suggestion that a limited video-replay challenge be instituted for next season could be as important.

The replay challenge, as proposed, would be used to rule on goals that involve the question of goaltender interference, or on delay-of-game penalties for players in the defensive zone shooting the puck directly over the glass and out of play.

"What we're going to do, which is different, is we're going to create access for the officials on the ice to actually see video in consultation with the Situation Room in Toronto and they're going to look at it and they're going to see if, with the benefit of review, after a coach's challenge, whether or not there was a better call to make," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

The NHL-NHLPA Competition Committee and the Board of Governors will have to approve each of the recommendations before they can be enacted. Each group traditionally meets in June.

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