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Capitals look to turn talent into more victories

Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

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

It was a statement profound in its simplicity.

In a midsummer interview with CBC, new Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz provided what could be considered an apt assessment of the team he would soon lead.

"There's a big difference between a good team," Trotz told Elliotte Friedman, "and a team with talent."

Washington is undeniably a team with talent. Alex Ovechkin is the NHL's premier goal-scorer. Nicklas Backstrom may be its most underappreciated superstar. Mike Green might not wow fans like he used to, but he is still capable of awe-inspiring rushes.

Yet the Capitals were not a good team last season, at least according to their lofty standards. Their absence from the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 served as proof and an awakening. General manager George McPhee, the franchise's architect for nearly two decades, was not offered an extension. Coach Adam Oates was fired after two seasons.

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Ovechkin, Holtby among keys to Capitals' success

Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

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

As his franchise began to evolve into one of the NHL's perennial preseason Stanley Cup favorites several seasons ago, Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis proclaimed that his team would qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs "10 to 15 years in a row."

The Capitals fell well short of that declaration last season, failing to qualify for the postseason for the first time in seven years. After some organizational introspection, there were significant changes in personnel, management and coaching.

Reinforced by an experienced coaching staff fronted by Barry Trotz and a redesigned defensive corps, the Capitals are convinced that last season was nothing more than an aberration. But in order to prove that notion correct, a lot of things have to go right.

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Capitals need Green to rejuvenate offensive game

Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

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

One could argue that no member of the Washington Capitals personifies the fluctuations of the franchise as much as defenseman Mike Green.

As Washington captivated the NHL several seasons ago with its freewheeling attack, so did Green, whose breathtaking, end-to-end rushes often resulted in dazzling goals.

Yet as the Capitals collectively struggled to reinvent themselves following disheartening eliminations in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Green no longer garnered attention for record-breaking scoring performances. Instead, he took heat for glaring defensive miscues when he was not out because of an injury.

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Tavares eager to get Islanders back to playoffs

Monday, 09.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

John Tavares already has lived quite an impressive hockey life. He was granted "exceptional player" status by the Ontario Hockey League at 15, broke one of Wayne Gretzky's junior hockey goal-scoring records at 16, was the MVP of the 2009 World Junior Championship at 17 and was the first pick of the 2009 NHL Draft at 18.

He's played in the World Championship three times and won an Olympic gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

But last season was the kind of first Tavares would like to avoid. The 23-year-old captain of the New York Islanders sustained a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee at the Olympics and missed the final two months of the NHL season.

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Blue Jackets edge Hurricanes in preseason opener

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 10:43 PM / News

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Cam Atkinson scored twice and Anton Forsberg made 29 saves to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Sunday.

Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist for Columbus and Mike Hoeffel also scored in the victory.

Andrej Sekera, Riley Nash and Chris Terry scored for Carolina. Cam Ward stopped 10 of 13 shots and Alex Nedeljkovic made five saves.

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Kraft Hockeyville win goes beyond Sylvan Lake

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 8:45 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Sylvan Lake is the home of 2014 Kraft Hockeyville, but it took more than one town to bring it there.

When the roof of the Sylvan Lake Arena collapsed in the wee hours of a snowy January morning, it left a hockey community out in the cold. Their neighbors were quick to bring them in, though.

"With a community our size, our arenas were booked 100 percent and then to be down a whole arena, we had to have our neighbors come to our rescue and offer ice time," town mayor Sean McIntyre said. "And not just communities 10 or 20 kilometers away, communities 100 kilometers away are hosting Sylvan Lake home games, which is absolutely unheard of."

But that's not where the contributions stopped.

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NHL alumni rally around Kraft Hockeyville

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 8:39 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Calgary Flames alumnus Rhett Warrener didn't need to be from Sylvan Lake to realize the devastation that a collapsed roof of a small town rink can cause.

Warrener, hailing from Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, understands completely.

"I've heard of the boards going over but never the roof coming down," he said. "It does put a big damper in the winter. That's the place for everyone to go together and gather and have fun. That's where the memories start to me.

"To have that happen in your hometown would be pretty devastating. It's good they're getting it put back together."

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Kraft Hockeyville kicks off a celebration of community

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 8:26 PM / Kraft Hockeyville 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

SYLVAN LAKE, Alberta -- Under a cloudless sky with the shore rippling ever so slightly from the wake of a handful of boats out on the shimmering water, Sylvan Lake united together, much like they had in the months leading up to Sunday, to celebrate.

After months of anticipation, 2014 Kraft Hockeyville officially arrived to the small community situated between Edmonton and Calgary.

"There's been thousands and thousands of volunteer hours put into preparing this, preparing all the celebrations for Hockeyville and if you back up, preparing all the reveal parties and voting parties," town mayor Sean McIntyre said. "We've had a team of volunteers that have been giving so selflessly and endlessly to this and we owe all of these great events, all of these celebrations, to that hard work.

"It takes all kinds … it takes all kinds and now we get to celebrate with all of them which is the biggest reward."

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Maple Leafs see glut of forwards as a good problem

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

TORONTO -- If the Toronto Maple Leafs are able to stay in the picture for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot deep into the season, they'll likely be able to look back at the competition they created in training camp as a big reason why.

"Players are going to have to perform or they're not going to get the ice time they expect," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said.

Some might not get any ice time at all with the Maple Leafs if it works out the way Nonis, president Brendan Shanahan and coach Randy Carlyle have it planned.

In the post-mortem to the Maple Leafs 2013-14 season, Toronto executives and Carlyle deduced lack of depth and experience were two correctable reasons for why the team fell short of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot.

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Jones aims to take next step with Predators

Sunday, 09.21.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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

Just as Nashville Predators defenseman Seth Jones was talking about feeling less stress going into his second season because he has more certainty about his job, his surroundings, his game and the NHL as a whole, he realized all of that might not be true.

"I do have a new coach, so it's almost like doing it again," Jones said.

Jones doesn't have anything to worry about there.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette is one of Jones' biggest fans. He said Jones, who will turn 20 on Oct. 3, is ready to take the next step in his career, to being a more consistent, offensive-minded, minute-munching defenseman in Nashville.

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