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News

Player Media Tour an eye-opener for NHL stars

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:32 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- There are a number of benchmark dates on the NHL calendar, and one of them is occurring here this week.

The annual NHL Player Media Tour has brought 34 of the League's top stars to the New York area for two days of interviews, photo shoots, promotional videos and more.

"It's always cool," New York Islanders captain John Tavares said. "It always signals the season is right around the corner, training camp is coming up, the buildup [to the season] is coming. It's an exciting time. You always enjoy increasing that buildup with all the media attention we get there [for a] couple days."

For a number of players, this is their first time attending one of the NHL's biggest events. It was an opportunity for them to be exposed to some of the national media outlets that broadcast their games, as well as meet some of the League's elite players in a quiet, non-competitive setting.


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Coyotes name Steve Sullivan as development coach

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:05 PM / News

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The Arizona Coyotes on Monday named Steve Sullivan as development coach, signing him to a multiyear agreement. No other terms were disclosed.

Sullivan, 40, played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 33 games with the Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.

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Veteran forward Malone skates with Rangers

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:51 PM / News

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Ryan Malone participated in informal skates with the New York Rangers on Monday.

Malone has been a free agent since the Tampa Bay Lightning used their second compliance buyout on the forward on June 25. At the time Malone had one year and $2.5 million remaining on the seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed with the Lightning in 2008.

"Obviously I'm looking to prove myself," Malone told NorthJersey.com. "Obviously last year was not the way I wanted it to go, especially at the end. So I'm looking for an opportunity to show what type of person I am on and off the ice.

"We've been in contact with a few teams but I think here it's a great opportunity. Obviously a great team, great young talent. Where they went [the 2014 Stanley Cup Final] is something I'd obviously love to be a part of if the opportunity presents itself. I want to come out here and show my face and see where it goes.

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Lightning goalie Bishop says wrist still recovering

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

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Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Monday his wrist has not yet fully recovered after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in April.

Following an informal skate with teammates in Tampa Bay, Bishop said that he was still rehabbing the injury, although the wrist was feeling good.

"It's getting there. It's not quite 100 percent yet," Bishop told the Lightning's web site. "I have a little pad on the blocker now, just easing out of that and getting back to the normal blocker. It feels good to be back in Tampa skating with the guys. Everything else is going well."

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Islanders' Tavares fully recovered from knee injury

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 12:56 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares said the season-ending knee injury he sustained in February is behind him and he'll be 100 percent when training camp opens.

"It [the knee] is great," he said Monday during the NHL Player Media Tour. "I was cleared to play the first week of May, so if we were in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs I'd be playing. I had a normal offseason and the injury has been put behind me for a good three months now."

Tavares missed the final two months of last season after sustaining a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But after rest and rehabilitation, he said he's completely past the injury.

"I'd say it's out of my mind for sure," he said. "I've had a long time. You get in a game, you're always anxious, but I've played in some pretty intense scrimmages throughout the summer. I tried to skate a little more than I usually would just because I've had a lot of time off, probably the most time off I've had in my career with playing. Being three months, almost four months since I've been cleared to play, I've had a lot of time to get over some of those mental things."

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Penguins' Kapanen to miss rookie tournament

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 10:18 AM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Kasperi Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, will not participate with the team this weekend at a rookie tournament in London, Ontario, due to an injury sustained in the summer. However, the team said Kapanen is expected to be ready when training camp opens.

The Penguins did not specify the injury, but Kapanen told reporters he broke a finger when he fell into the boards Aug. 8 during Finland's game against Sweden at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"Just fell head-first into the boards and I got my hand in the way," Kapanen said that day. "Luckily. I'd rather have a broken finger than a broken neck. I'll take that any day."

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Maple Leafs hope new players can help team improve

Saturday, 09.06.2014 / 12:53 PM / News

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The past two seasons have ended in disappointing fashion for the Toronto Maple Leafs. With training camp on the horizon, the hope is an infusion of veteran players can help them take the next step.

After finishing the 2013-14 season 2-12-0 to fall outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Toronto shook up its front office with the additions of president Brendan Shanahan and assistant general manager Kyle Dubas. Coach Randy Carlyle's staff was also replaced, but the changes to the Maple Leafs roster were far more subtle.

Toronto added eight veterans, trading for defenseman Roman Polak and signing defenseman Stephane Robidas. Forward depth was provided with the signings of David Booth, Daniel Winnik, Mike Santorelli, Leo Komarov and Petri Kontiola, and the acquisition of former Maple Leafs player Matt Frattin in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Toronto's holdovers from last year like the reshaped roster but admit they won't have much time to develop chemistry with their new teammates.

"The biggest thing for us right now is we've got a lot of new guys coming in. We're going to have to come together really quickly in training camp because the start of the season is an important part for every team in the League," captain Dion Phaneuf said. "For our team to have a real solid year is to concentrate on our start and with the new guys coming in really come together and get off on the right foot."

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Sittler, Bower added to Maple Leafs' Legends Row

Saturday, 09.06.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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Three weeks after Ted Kennedy was named the inaugural member of the Toronto Maple Leafs'  Legends Row, longtime captain Darryl Sittler and legendary goaltender Johnny Bower became the latest players on display outside Air Canada Centre.

The three were honored with statues designed by sculptor Erik Blome. Kennedy was announced as the first former Maple Leafs player in the display on Aug. 14. As part of Leafs Nation Fan Fest this weekend, Sittler and Bower were added to the latest tribute to the franchise's long history.

"My favorite thing about this initiative, this way to honor our past Maple Leafs, is the fact that it is in fact Legends Row. It is not an individual," team president Brendan Shanahan said. "When you talk to a lot of players that are going to be bestowed this great honor, I think they're excited by the fact that they're going to be surrounded by teammates. This is a team game and they're going to be surrounded by teammates."

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New Maple Leafs management sees bright future

Saturday, 09.06.2014 / 10:49 AM / News

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In their first time assembled together in a public setting, the Toronto Maple Leafs' remade front office shared their high expectations for a team that has gone more than a decade without a Stanley Cup Playoff series win.

Addressing the Toronto faithful at Leafs Nation Fan Fest on Friday, Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, general manager Dave Nonis, assistant general manager Kyle Dubas, and assistant to the general manager Brandon Pridham agreed their team was built to win right now.

"I think we've got a lot of good pieces," Shanahan said. "We've got a lot of guys under contract that we've got locked in. We're not an old team, we're a young team. We've got some good players in our system that we want to develop. I really think we have the potential to do something here.

"The easy thing would be to dismantle it all and buy ourselves several years. I think we've got too many young players that I hope take the next step. That's what I want to see."

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Neal expecting big things from Roy, Predators

Friday, 09.05.2014 / 9:35 PM / News

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Nashville Predators forward James Neal arrived in town this week and is getting to know his new teammates at informal skates.

But Neal already met one of them, center Derek Roy, working out with Gary Roberts this summer.

"[Derek] came in and trained with us; he looks great," Neal told the Predators website Friday. "He had a great summer training. I worked out with him every day; he was good in the gym and he looked great on the ice, so we expect a big year out of him."

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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp