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Five Q's: Crosby ready after changes to Penguins

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday during the regular season and every other Tuesday in the offseason. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby:

Sidney Crosby returned to Pittsburgh last week, joined his teammates on the ice for informal practices leading up to the start of training camp this week and then proclaimed his wrist healthy and himself ready to start the 2014-15 season.

When the captain arrived in town most everything around him looked familiar save for a few new teammates, except so much about his Pittsburgh Penguins has changed.

The Penguins have a new general manager (Jim Rutherford), a new coach (Mike Johnston), new assistant coaches (Rick Tocchet and Gary Agnew), and a new philosophy about how to play and how to make their way through the 82-game grind that is the NHL's regular season.

A lot of what Crosby and his teammates did under former coach Dan Bylsma and former general manager Ray Shero now has to change. The Penguins still can be called the favorite to finish first in the Metropolitan Division, but how they go about trying to win their third consecutive regular-season division title will be different.

Crosby touched on the new philosophy in Pittsburgh, Johnston and the team in an interview with NHL.com during the League's annual Player Media Tour in New York last week.

Here are Five Questions with … Sidney Crosby:

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New coach, players have Panthers feeling positive

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Jon Lane - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Gerard Gallant knows what it's like to engineer a quick turnaround.

The Montreal Canadiens hired him as an assistant coach in June 2012 after a season that saw the team finish 15th in the Eastern Conference and 28th in the NHL standings.

Working under Michel Therrien, Gallant helped lead Montreal to a first-place finish in the Northeast Division in 2012-13. Then the Canadiens made it to the Eastern Conference Final last season, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning and stunning the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins in seven games before falling to the New York Rangers in six.

He's tasked with a similar mission with the Florida Panthers, this time as the 13th coach in franchise history and sixth since 2003-04. Only the Buffalo Sabres (52 points) finished lower in the League standings last season than the Panthers (29-45-8, 66 points). That sparked changes on the ice and behind the bench, where Gallant receives a second chance to lead an NHL team after going 56-76-6 with four ties in parts of three seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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Bjugstad, new-look Panthers, eager to take next step

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Florida Panthers center Nick Bjugstad is anxious to begin a new season with a new coach and several new faces sprinkled throughout the lineup ready to make their mark.

"It sounds like everyone is hungry; it's not fun to lose, especially in the top League in the world," Bjugstad said. "You want to do better and I think guys are really committed to that this year. Hopefully we can turn it around and start with a clean slate and not worry about the last couple of years."

The Panthers are looking for improvement in 2014-15 after back-to-back disappointing seasons: a 30th-place finish in the League standings in 2012-13 and a 29th-place finish last season.

"I think bringing in Gerard [Gallant] as head coach and his staff, coupled with the dynamic of what our roster looks like right now and what's coming through the pipeline, will be a springboard moving forward," Panthers director of amateur scouting Scott Luce said. "I think we're going to be a significantly improved team this year but it will be tough to make the playoffs.

"I think if we can find a way to make the playoffs, it will mark the final push for us to be a consistent playoff team for the next 10 years, barring injuries or bad luck."

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Canadiens view goalie Price as one of their leaders

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 8:32 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

LAVAL, Quebec – The word "transition" was used often at the Montreal Canadiens' annual charity golf tournament on Monday.

Carey Price
Carey Price - CAREER
Goalie - MTL
RECORD: 179-137-44
GAA: 2.52 | SVP: .917
General manager Marc Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien used the word immediately to explain their decision to go without a captain for the second time in team history this season, instead naming Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban to serve as alternates.

The group represents the past, present and future of the team, and it's possible a new leader will indeed emerge from that group to replace the departed Brian Gionta and become Canadiens captain next summer.

But it is just as possible, if not likely, that the actual leader of the team was unofficially named when the team decided to forego naming a captain.

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Canadiens opt for four alternate captains this season

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 5:58 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

LAVAL, Quebec -- The general consensus among fans and media attempting to handicap who would become the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens was that there were four primary candidates for the job.

The debate over which of those four would land the role became perhaps the most popular topic of conversation in Montreal during the past six weeks, with each of the top candidates having his fair share of supporters.

As it turns out, the Canadiens had trouble deciding as well.

So instead of naming a captain, the team announced Monday that defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec each will serve as alternate captains for the 2014-15 season, and the captaincy issue will be revisited next summer.

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Red Wings not expecting Alfredsson at camp: report

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 3:11 PM / News

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings don't expect forward Daniel Alfredsson to be present when training camp opens, the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.

Alfredsson hasn't skated in 10 days due to problems with his back. He also has yet to take part in any of the informal workouts with players.

"The setback is a little bigger than Alfie [Alfredsson] thought," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press. "I know he still wants to give himself every opportunity to see if his body will allow him to play. We're going to be patient, give him the time to make his decision.

"At this point, I don't expect him to be coming to camp."

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Bruins hope to have Krug, Smith signed before camp

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 3:07 PM / News

NHL.com

Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said he still hopes to have new contracts in place with entry-level free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith before training camp starts Thursday.

"I'm not going to comment on negotiations," Chiarelli told the Bruins website in Antioch, Tenn., where he is with Bruins rookies at a tournament that also includes the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers. "I hope to have them at camp. I can't give you any more clarity."

Krug tied for the lead among Bruins defensemen last season with 40 points, and his 14 goals were second among Boston defenders to the Zdeno Chara's 17. Smith had 20 goals and 51 points in his first full NHL season, and teamed with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand to form a strong second line.

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Bruins' Lucic: Wrist improving, but not 100 percent

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 1:43 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- The Boston Bruins' loss to the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round last May came at a cost even greater than the Presidents' Trophy winners not reaching their ultimate goal of a Stanley Cup championship.

Early in that game, forward Milan Lucic jammed his left wrist. A couple days later he was wearing a soft cast. After an MRI, it was determined he needed surgery, which took place in late May.

With Bruins players scheduled to report for physicals and off-ice testing at training camp Thursday, Lucic is encouraged by the progress he's made in his attempt to return from the injury. But he's still not at full strength.

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Predators' Forsberg hoping for goals, NHL role

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 10:17 AM / Prospects

Josh Cooper - NHL.com Correspondent

ANTIOCH, Tenn. -- In one game during a rookie tournament last weekend at Ford Ice Center, Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg showed why he is a prominent as well as a frustrating prospect.

A lack of discipline put Forsberg in the penalty box against the Tampa Bay Lightning three times. An abundance of skill led to him scoring a goal in overtime, as well as assisting on a goal by Kevin Fiala.

"It was a great end for sure for me and also for the team. But three penalties was not acceptable," said Forsberg, No. 12 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect rankings for this season.

The Predators have heaped high expectations on the 2012 first-round pick (No. 11) of the Washington Capitals, whom they acquired for Martin Erat in 2013. The 20-year-old has yet to reach those lofty levels, however, with one goal in 18 NHL games during the past two seasons.

The hope remains that the 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward can start moving forward in his development this season.

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Defenseman Gelinas signs new contract with Devils

Monday, 09.15.2014 / 10:04 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

Restricted free-agent defenseman Eric Gelinas has signed a new contract, the team announced Monday. Details of the contract were not released, but NorthJersey.com reported Gelinas signed for one year at $900,000.

"Just happy to have everybody here, everybody ready," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "It's the first step towards getting our team together. We've got all our players here and now training camp begins."

Gelinas, 23, had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season while averaging 16:55 of ice time per game. He was fourth among all rookie defenders in goals and tied for third in points, despite playing fewer games than anyone on the list above him.

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