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2010 Offseason News

NHL, fashion go hand in hand at Vanity Fair party

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 9:39 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- A who's who from the hockey world mingled with big wigs from the arts, entertainment and fashion worlds in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday night. If appearances mean anything, their worlds collided with grace.

Vanity Fair editor and native Ottawan Graydon Carter hosted a cocktail party for the NHL and 20 of its biggest stars at his restaurant, Monkey Bar, on 54th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, among others, shared stories and snapped photos over cocktails and appetizers with notables like designer Vera Wang, actor Tom Cavanagh, director Jason Reitman and gold-medal winning figure skater Evan Lysacek.

This wasn't the first time Vanity Fair and the NHL hooked up in a cross-promotion -- it wasn't even the first time Tuesday (Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were in a photo shoot together earlier in the day for Vanity Fair with photographer Bruce Weber). However, it was yet another sign that the NHL is a player in the pop culture society, even during Fashion Week.

Board of Governors approve new tiebreaker system

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 5:22 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

While 20 of the League's best players were in New York for a preseason promotional tour, the NHL's Board of Governors gathered at a nearby hotel to approve a new tiebreaker system for the standings. Starting with the 2010-11 season, the tiebreaker among teams with the same total of points in the standings will go to the club with the most regulation and overtime wins -- no longer including shootout wins in the decision.

"All of our research indicates overwhelmingly that the fans do like the shootouts," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "There has been an increase [in shootouts] in the last year, after consistent numbers in the four prior years, but one year does not an issue make."

Only the best draw invites to Media Tour

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 2:25 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"It's very important and it's good for the League to get exposure, to be shown and for people to hear about it. It's a good thing and a smart thing to do. I think the NHL is doing a good job by having this right now."
-- Bruins center Patrice Bergeron

NEW YORK -- For Henrik Lundqvist, the commute was a breeze.

"I can see my balcony," Lundqvist told NHL.com Tuesday morning from the penthouse floor inside the swanky Hudson Hotel on West 58th Street. "So it's easy for me to get here."

Physically speaking, yes, it was easy for the New York Rangers goalie to get to the host hotel for the 2010 NHL Player Media Tour, but in reality making it to the unofficial kickoff event to the NHL season requires years of hard work and good fortune.

You have to be good -- really good -- to be invited to the NHL Player Media Tour. Only 20 players, including Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, as well as young stars Steven Stamkos, Drew Doughty, John Tavares and Matt Duchene, arrived in midtown Manhattan on Monday to be put through two days of interviews, commercial shoots, promotional advertisements, and so much more.

Guerin to attend Flyers camp

Tuesday, 09.14.2010 / 9:30 AM / 2010 Offseason News


Bill Guerin, the only player in NHL history to score 20 or more goals with seven different teams, will try to make the Philadelphia Flyers No. 8.

The 39-year-old right wing has signed a tryout contract with the Flyers and will try to make the team out of training camp. If he makes the Flyers, they would be his ninth team in 19 NHL seasons.

"Bill has been a very good player for a long time in our League," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "We are happy to have him in camp."

Guerin has been skating with Flyers players at informal workouts for the last two weeks at the team's practice facility in Voorhees, N.J.

Rivet expected to be ready for camp

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 2:09 PM / 2010 Offseason News


Buffalo captain Craig Rivet, who had surgery on his left shoulder in May, is expected to participate when the Sabres begin training camp Saturday.

The recovery time for Rivet's surgery was anticipated to be 4-6 months, but coach Lindy Ruff said Monday that it looks like Rivet will take part on the opening day of camp and be ready to go when the Sabres open their season in Ottawa on Oct. 8.

"We knew going in that with the surgery he should be ready for camp and he's had a good summer," Ruff said. "If it's not full-go right off the bat, he will be ready for the season."

Luongo steps down as Canucks captain

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 1:27 PM / 2010 Offseason News
Roberto Luongo no longer is the captain of the Vancouver Canucks.

Team President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced Monday that the All-Star goaltender has decided he will relinquish his role as captain.

"Roberto has been an excellent captain for our team the past two seasons," Gillis said. "We respect and support his decision to relinquish the captaincy and are confident that he will continue to help lead our team through his tremendous character and work ethic both on and off of the ice."

Luongo was named captain of the Canucks before the 2008-09 season -- the first goaltender to be named captain since Montreal's Bill Durnan in 1947-48, though under NHL rules he was not able to wear the "C" or discuss disputed calls with the officials. The Canucks won the Northwest Division title in both seasons in which Luongo was captain, but were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks each time.

Kesler thinks this could be the Canucks' year

Monday, 09.13.2010 / 11:36 AM / 2010 Offseason News

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

From a production standpoint, the 2009-10 season was the best yet for Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler.

But Kesler isn't about individual accolades. While the 26-year-old had 25 goals and a career-high 75 points, the Michigan native came up just short at the Winter Olympics as the Americans suffered an overtime loss to Canada in the gold-medal game. Less than three months later, his Canucks were ousted by the Chicago Blackhawks -- the eventual champions -- in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"It was a tough year," Kesler told NHL.com. "It was tough just because I lost twice last year -- I lost in the Olympics and then obviously in the second round against Chicago. To see them go on and win it, I don't know if it was harder, but it definitely gave me more motivation to come back and to go all the way this year."


Hall back on ice, starting with Young Stars tourney

Friday, 09.10.2010 / 11:01 AM / 2010 Offseason News

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

He is first and foremost a hockey player, so it comes as no surprise Taylor Hall can't wait to lace his skates and pull on an Edmonton Oilers jersey before the puck drops against the Vancouver Canucks in Penticton Sunday.

After months of being poked and prodded, interviewed and lauded in the wake of leading the Windsor Spitfires to a second straight Memorial Cup title, then being selected first by the Oilers at the 2010 Entry Draft, Hall will be back in his element, along with 28 other Edmonton prospects, at the Canucks' Young Stars Tournament.

And while there will be no respite from the hype, scrutiny and expectations of Oilers fans that come with it, Hall will relish the opportunity to show people what all the fuss has been about when he steps on the ice.

Islanders' Hunter amazed at how time flies

Friday, 09.10.2010 / 10:55 AM / 2010 Offseason News

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

"I can't believe how fast time goes by. It seems like I was just coming up from Bridgeport (the Isles' AHL farm team). I think this is my 11th training camp now. It's been a while."
-- Trent Hunter

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Even Trent Hunter is amazed at the speed at which his career has sped by.

It seems like only yesterday that Hunter was among the best first-year players in the NHL -- a 25-goal scorer and 2004 Calder Trophy finalist with the New York Islanders at the age of 23.

Fast forward and Hunter has gone from a kid looking up to veterans like Michael Peca to a 30-year-old who has some of the Isles' kids looking up to him. He's never matched the offensive numbers he put up as a rookie, but has become a solid third-line forward who has enough offensive skill to get power-play time. He's also become one of the oldest players on a young, rebuilding team.

"I can't believe how fast time goes by," Hunter told NHL.com at Iceworks, where many of the Isles are working out before training camp officially begins next week. "It seems like I was just coming up from Bridgeport (the Isles' AHL farm team). I think this is my 11th training camp now. It's been a while."

Halak anxious to suit up in a Blues uniform

Thursday, 09.09.2010 / 2:29 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Chris Pinkert - NHL.com Correspondent

Jaroslav Halak's performance last season, particularly in the playoffs, had legendary hockey broadcasters like Sam Rosen and Mike Emrick repeating themselves more often than a damaged music CD.

"Save, Halak!"

"Glove save! Oh, what a save by Halak!"

"Another save by Halak!"

The saves kept coming, and so did the compliments.

The 25-year-old Slovakian goaltender captivated the city of Montreal, every hockey fan in North America and practically everyone associated with the game when he lead the eighth-seeded Canadiens all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals earlier this year. Along the way, his heroics also mowed down the top-seeded Washington Capitals and the fourth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins.
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