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2010 Offseason News

Bogosian healthy and ready for a big season

Tuesday, 09.07.2010 / 10:42 AM / 2010 Offseason News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

"I just want to learn the game. I want guidance and I'm all for it. I want to do a lot of things I haven't done in the past, like video and stuff like that."
-- Zach Bogosian

DULUTH, Ga. -- Zach Bogosian said it was the kind of collision in which nine times out of 10 times, nothing happens.

This unlucky occasion, however, proved to be the 19-year-old Atlanta Thrashers own personal Halloween nightmare, ruining what was shaping up to be a fabulous sophomore season.

Playing against the Senators in Ottawa last Oct. 31, the No. 3 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft fell behind the net and hit his left hand on the iron. Then someone fell on top of it.
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Halak says goodbye to Montreal

Saturday, 09.04.2010 / 5:16 PM / 2010 Offseason News

NHL.com

Playoff hero Jaroslav Halak used an autograph signing for charity on Saturday as his way of saying goodbye to Montreal hockey fans

An estimated 5,000 fans stretched the length of the Fairview Mall in Pointe-Claire, Que., and a long way outside the building. Halak agreed to sign autographs at the Capsule Sportive store in the mall to raise money for the Ste Justine Children's Hospital -- and as a farewell gesture to the Montreal fans.

"It feels weird, but I have good memories in Montreal and that's why I wanted to say thank you to the fans," Halak said.
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Blues learn different kind of teamwork

Saturday, 09.04.2010 / 12:18 PM / 2010 Offseason News

NHL.com

"It's a great event that supports great causes and great people. It's a pleasure for us to do this. It's not something we're forced to do. It's something we want to do."
-- Ty Conklin

Blues players know a lot about teamwork.

A player doesn't typically score a goal without an assist or two from his teammates. And those goals wouldn't matter much if their goaltender didn't make timely saves for the team.

But on Saturday morning, Blues forward B.J. Crombeen and goaltender Ty Conklin learned a different sort of teammwork...one that involves two people balancing and pedaling together to ride a tandem bicycle.
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Cheechoo to go to camp with Stars

Saturday, 09.04.2010 / 12:12 PM / 2010 Offseason News

NHL.com

Dallas General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced Saturday that right wing Jonathan Cheechoo has accepted an invitation to attend the Stars' training camp for a tryout.

"We're pleased that Jonathan has accepted our invitation to come to our training camp," Nieuwendyk said in a statement. "He has shown the ability to be an effective scorer in this league. He's a competitor and we're going to give him an opportunity."

Cheechoo, 29, played in 61 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2009-10, registering 5  goals, 9 assists and 20 penalty minutes.
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Zuccarello-Aasen gunning for spot with Rangers

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 1:29 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

Mats Zuccarello-Aasen is a bit of mystery to North American hockey fans. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound left wing is probably best known for flashing his speed and ability at the 2010 Olympics as a member of Team Norway, which placed 10th in Vancouver.

The 23-year-old is known as "The Hobbit" for his small stature and quickness, not because he has large, hairy feet and an affinity for potatoes and magical rings. He used his special skill set as a member of Modo in the Swedish Elite League to register 23 goals and 64 points in 55 games last season and come away with MVP honors.

Those accomplishments were impressive enough for the New York Rangers, who signed Zuccarello-Aasen in May. He's far from guaranteed a roster spot, but he will enter training camp with a chance to make the team and give it a much-needed offensive boost.

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Hawks' changes good for Beach

Friday, 09.03.2010 / 12:11 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

"As much as it hurts to see them leave, that's what was necessary to open this possible spot for myself. It's very unfortunate, but it has to happen and hopefully that's the opportunity I need to make the NHL."
-- Kyle Beach

The Chicago Blackhawks parting ways with so many key members from their Stanley Cup-winning team -- Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Adam Burish and Antti Niemi, just to name a few -- has provided an opportunity for some of the franchise's top prospects to kick down the door and break into the NHL.

The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Kyle Beach could be leading that charge.

Beach, who turns 21 in January, is as imposing as he is talented. He had 52 goals and 34 assists along with 186 penalty minutes in 68 games for the WHL's Spokane Chiefs last season. His physical nature and lack of discipline stood out for some scouts, but the Blackhawks felt he was worth the No. 11 pick in the 2008 Entry Draft.
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Youngsters will play big roles in Panthers' future

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 5:59 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

If Dale Tallon transforms the Florida Panthers from an also-ran into a championship team the same way he did with the Chicago Blackhawks, it's going to start by laying a foundation of good, young talent on which to build.

The quick-drying cement in that metaphor will be defenseman Erik Gudbranson, the third pick in the 2010 Entry Draft, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom, the first pick in the second round of the 2008 Draft whom Tallon signed to an entry-level deal June 1.

Gudbranson has a chance to break camp with the Panthers, while Markstrom could step into the breach once Tomas Vokoun's contract expires after this season. The bulk of any NHL success Gudbranson, 18, and Markstrom, 20, will experience probably remains a few years down the road.

It's one thing for experts and talking heads to sing the praises of Tallon for his work in Chicago and talk about how it can happen again now that he's the GM in Florida. It's another to hear it from the players themselves, who genuinely are excited about the future in the Sunshine State with Tallon at the helm.
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Predators ownership completes purchase

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 5:51 PM / 2010 Offseason News

NHL.com

Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran announced Thursday the Predators ownership group has completed the purchase of the franchise ownership shares previously held by Forecheck Investments LLC.

The transaction has been approved by all the necessary parties, including the NHL and the Metro Nashville Sports Authority. As a result of the transaction, the local ownership group now owns more than 95 percent of the franchise ownership shares.

"This is a significant step for the Predators franchise on several levels," Cigarran said in a statement. "First and foremost, it strengthens our franchise's financial position and eliminates a significant future liability. In doing so, it closes the book on a distraction and allows the Predators and fans to move forward, focusing on what matters most -- putting the best possible team on the ice and creating the best possible in-arena atmosphere and entertainment experience. Also, while the franchise was initially known as Nashville's team because it was created here in Music City, this transaction reinforces that theme as more than 95 percent of the ownership shares are now held by local residents."
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Tumultuous summer leaves Kennedy motivated

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 3:59 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Tim Kennedy insists his resentment toward his hometown Buffalo Sabres has vanished, that it took him four or five days but he's moved on from his bitter departure from his former club early last month.

Maybe that's the case now, but you've got to wonder how he'll feel when he rolls into Buffalo with the Rangers to open his 2010-11 season on Oct. 9.

Will Kennedy, a Buffalo resident and Sabre for one full season, revert back to feeling that same resentment and bitterness when he steps into HSBC Arena as a visitor for the first time?

"The correct answer is no, but inside, yeah," Kennedy told NHL.com Thursday. "Inside there is always something you want to prove to say, 'You made a mistake by letting me go.' "

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Avery putting disappointing season behind him

Thursday, 09.02.2010 / 1:27 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sean Avery remains disappointed with how his 2009-10 season unfolded, but the budding entrepreneur, who owns his own restaurant in Manhattan, hasn't spent the summer contemplating why or how things went south for him and the Rangers.

"I let it go," Avery told NHL.com Thursday after a 75-minute informal skate with nine other teammates at the Madison Square Garden Training Center. "It's easy to do when you're excited about getting back to work."

Avery finished last season with 31 points in 69 games. He started on the shelf with a knee injury and ended the season seven games prematurely, again with a knee injury. He had to watch the Rangers lose out on the playoffs from the press box in Philadelphia.
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