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2010 Offseason News

Lilja going to camp with Sharks

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 4:00 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Taking a chance at adding some size to their blue line, the San Jose Sharks have invited defenseman Andreas Lilja to training camp on a tryout contract.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Lilja had spent the last five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, but played just 20 games last season due to a concussion that sidelined him for a full calendar year. He had 1 goal and 2 points in 20 games, and was scoreless in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"He's going to make it a more competitive camp because he's a veteran player," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan, who had Lilja as a player during his three seasons as an assistant with the Wings. "He is familiar with the coaching staff and our system because it is similar to what he came from. Once camp starts, he is like any other player and his play will dictate whether he (gets a contract)."

Quenneville receives extension from Hawks

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 3:45 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks underwent a lot of changes this summer after winning the organization's first Stanley Cup in 49 years, but one person's job security never was in doubt.

That would be coach Joel Quenneville, who was given a three-year contract extension Thursday that was all but a foregone conclusion for the person known around Chicago simply as "Coach Q."

In the same city that another mustachioed champion, Mike Ditka, became simply "Da Coach," Quenneville is gaining similar notoriety. Fans love his fiery demeanor during games and dry humor when not staring straight into a television camera. And there’s also that whole Stanley Cup thing -- not to mention a 97-44-19 record in two seasons as Blackhawks coach. In 13 seasons as an NHL coach, Quenneville -- who turned 52 Wednesday -- is 535-327-60 with 77 ties in 999 games.

Bruins, Islanders prepare for second rookie game

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 2:53 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

"In the first period [Wednesday] everyone was a little nervous. Not a lot of us are used to it. The biggest crowd I've played in front of was I think 10,000 and last night was almost 12,000. It's a different atmosphere, a different environment. Tonight the jitters should be gone." -- Tyler Seguin

BOSTON -- With many players experiencing the big stage for the first time Wednesday night it would be hard to blame them for being nervous. But with those first cautious moments out of the way, the Bruins and Islanders should be ready to go when they face off for their second rookie game Thursday night at TD Garden.

As with Wednesday, the proceeds for tickets will be donated to charity.

The consensus in both locker rooms Thursday morning was that the first 20 minutes Wednesday saw each side skating on egg shells as they felt out being on an NHL rink. But with that anxiety gone, a more cohesive effort looks to be in the offing for round two.

Boston seeing flashes of where Seguin fits in puzzle

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 1:37 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Tyler Seguin weaved in between several players before depositing a puck in the open net. His moves were subtle and quick, his hands were fast, and the obvious impression was he was more than your standard NHL rookie. Then again, not only was it not in a regular season NHL game, it wasn't even against another team.

This year's No. 2 pick was simply having fun after a drill in the morning skate, and the more you watched the more you got the idea that that's what this was for him. Fun.

"That's why we play it," Seguin said. "That's why we love it."

Report: Gionta to be next Montreal captain

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:26 AM / 2010 Offseason News

According to a newspaper report, Brian Gionta will be named captain of the Montreal Canadiens during training camp.

La Presse reported Thursday that Gionta will be confirmed as the team's 28th captain during the Habs' training camp, which opens Thursday with an annual golf tournament.

If he is indeed given the captaincy, the Rochester, N.Y., native will become just the second U.S.-born captain in the team's 101-year history. Recently retired Chris Chelios, a Chicago native, was co-captain with Guy Carbonneau during the 1989-90 season.

The Canadiens were without a captain last season after the departure of previous captain Saku Koivu in the summer of 2009. Koivu, who was captain for a decade, signed a free-agent deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Pittsburgh's Staal to miss start of season

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:23 AM / 2010 Offseason News
Penguins center Jordan Staal is expected to miss the start of the regular season following a procedure this week to cure an infection in his foot, the team announced today.

Staal's recovery period is expected to be 5-6 weeks. The Penguins open the regular season Oct. 7 against Philadelphia.

Staal originally suffered a lacerated tendon in his foot in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against Montreal. The tendon was repaired by off-season surgery.

Seguin debuts, Caron stars in Bruins' rookie win

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 11:02 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Rookie games typically receive little fanfare in the run-up to the NHL's preseason, but after the buzz and the crowd created by the Bruins and Islanders on Wednesday night, teams might want to re-think their marketing.

With a couple of top-five picks from the 2010 NHL Draft on display -- Boston's Tyler Seguin and New York's Nino Niederreiter -- an impressive crowd of 11,571 came out to see two teams of fresh faces at TD Garden, but it was Jordan Caron who stole the show with a hat trick, as the Bruins came out on top, 5-2.

"It was kind of a dream come true," Caron said. "Everybody wishes to see those hats coming on the ice. It was a nice feeling."

Bruins rookies get shot at wowing TD Garden crowd

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 4:11 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- Providence Bruins head coach Rob Murray may have been out of the loop when the Boston Bruins announced they'd be showcasing their rookie games at TD Garden.

"I just saw it online," Murray said. "Nobody had told me."

That doesn't seem to bother Murray. With Boston set to drop the puck on its first rookie game with the New York Islanders tonight, the excitement of playing in the home of the big club was palpable for coach and players alike at the morning skate Wednesday. The Bruins' and Islanders' rookies will be playing Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. with proceeds from the games going to charity.

The games had originally been scheduled for Shelton, Conn., until the teams decided to move them to Beantown last month.

Lundqvist has fun meeting passionate Rangers fans

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 2:12 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- One day after playing a huge role at the 2010 NHL Player Media Tour, Henrik Lundqvist had one more stop to make.

The New York Rangers' goaltender entered the NHL Store Powered by Reebok in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon to a roar from a large contingent of Blueshirts fans who showed up for Lundqvist's Twitter question-and-answer session with Alyonka Larionov.

One fan had a tattoo on her upper back that featured the Rangers' logo. Directly below it, it said "Grandma," a tribute by a young woman who lost her grandmother -- a diehard fan of the club -- last year.

"That's cool," Lundqvist said. "That's Rangers (fans) for you. I think it's amazing that it's in your culture to root for certain teams. That's why it's always so special to play here in New York."

Photo shoot allows Miller to do shooting for a change

Wednesday, 09.15.2010 / 12:26 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Ryan Miller spends most of his time facing shots. On Wednesday morning, though, the Buffalo Sabres' goaltender was the one was doing the shooting.

Besides being a top-notch goalie and the 2010 Vezina Trophy winner, Miller also is an avid photographer. So there he was, standing on the Sky Terrace of the Hudson Hotel in Manhattan, taking pictures of some of the game's brightest stars during a photo shoot for

"I really like taking pictures when I'm out and about … it's just something fun to reflect on," Miller told "My dad had a camera sitting in the closet and I just took it out on vacation. I got one good picture, and from there I was like, 'Wow, this is fun.' It just gave me an opportunity to step away and have something to do. I capture a moment and it's instant gratification. With the way digital cameras are now, you can look right now and see what kind of moment you've got."

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