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Newest Islanders excited for upcoming season

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 7:01 PM / NHL Insider

The New York Islanders' summer was marked by a number of roster moves, most notably among the forwards and in goal. Some of those new additions participated in informal skates at Islanders Iceworks on Monday, and they're excited to begin preparing for the new season; it's the team's last at Nassau Coliseum before moving to Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

"It looks like a good place to play. I feel just excited. I still am a little bit tired after the plane. I moved from California. We will see. To me, first day is always hard," center Mikhail Grabovski said. "Personally, I'm just happy to find a good team and sign a long deal so I can play and relax. A great city, a great chance to play next year in a new stadium. I'm happy."

Grabovski was one of the Islanders' marquee acquisitions, signing with New York on the same day as good friend Nikolai Kulemin. The two forwards enjoyed great success playing together with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the hope is they can rekindle that chemistry with their new team.


Krejci eager for more goals and Cups in Boston

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Boston Bruins center David Krejci has averaged 0.75 points per game in his 504-game NHL career. But now that he's been granted a raise, he's thinking about doing things to raise that scoring average.

Krejci, who could have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, last week signed a six-year extension that will begin in 2015-16 and carry an annual salary-cap charge of $7.25 million through 2021. He spoke about his new contract for the first time at TD Garden on Monday.

"I do want to score more goals, that's for sure," said Krejci, whose cap charge this season is $5.25 million in the last year of a three-year contract. "Not necessarily because I signed a new deal, but just because I want to get better every year. And that's my goal: Get more goals and help the team to win more games, get in the good spot, in the good position before the playoffs and go from there."


Player Media Tour an eye-opener for NHL stars

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:32 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- There are a number of benchmark dates on the NHL calendar, and one of them is occurring here this week.

The annual NHL Player Media Tour has brought 34 of the League's top stars to the New York area for two days of interviews, photo shoots, promotional videos and more.

"It's always cool," New York Islanders captain John Tavares said. "It always signals the season is right around the corner, training camp is coming up, the buildup [to the season] is coming. It's an exciting time. You always enjoy increasing that buildup with all the media attention we get there [for a] couple days."

For a number of players, this is their first time attending one of the NHL's biggest events. It was an opportunity for them to be exposed to some of the national media outlets that broadcast their games, as well as meet some of the League's elite players in a quiet, non-competitive setting.


Coyotes name Steve Sullivan as development coach

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 5:05 PM / News

The Arizona Coyotes on Monday named Steve Sullivan as development coach, signing him to a multiyear agreement. No other terms were disclosed.

Sullivan, 40, played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 33 games with the Coyotes during the 2012-13 season.


Veteran forward Malone skates with Rangers

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:51 PM / News

Ryan Malone participated in informal skates with the New York Rangers on Monday.

Malone has been a free agent since the Tampa Bay Lightning used their second compliance buyout on the forward on June 25. At the time Malone had one year and $2.5 million remaining on the seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed with the Lightning in 2008.

"Obviously I'm looking to prove myself," Malone told "Obviously last year was not the way I wanted it to go, especially at the end. So I'm looking for an opportunity to show what type of person I am on and off the ice.

"We've been in contact with a few teams but I think here it's a great opportunity. Obviously a great team, great young talent. Where they went [the 2014 Stanley Cup Final] is something I'd obviously love to be a part of if the opportunity presents itself. I want to come out here and show my face and see where it goes.


Lightning goalie Bishop says wrist still recovering

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop said Monday his wrist has not yet fully recovered after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in April.

Following an informal skate with teammates in Tampa Bay, Bishop said that he was still rehabbing the injury, although the wrist was feeling good.

"It's getting there. It's not quite 100 percent yet," Bishop told the Lightning's web site. "I have a little pad on the blocker now, just easing out of that and getting back to the normal blocker. It feels good to be back in Tampa skating with the guys. Everything else is going well."


Quintal to lead NHL Department of Player Safety

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 1:00 PM / Department of Player Safety News

The National Hockey League announced today that Stephane Quintal has been named Senior Vice President of Player Safety.

Quintal had been serving in that role on an interim basis since April 11, 2014, when Brendan Shanahan left his position as Senior Vice President of Player Safety to become the President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Following an extensive evaluation process that included interviews with many qualified candidates, it was determined that the goals and objectives of the Department of Player Safety would be served best under Quintal's continued leadership.


Islanders' Tavares fully recovered from knee injury

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 12:56 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- New York Islanders captain John Tavares said the season-ending knee injury he sustained in February is behind him and he'll be 100 percent when training camp opens.

"It [the knee] is great," he said Monday during the NHL Player Media Tour. "I was cleared to play the first week of May, so if we were in the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs I'd be playing. I had a normal offseason and the injury has been put behind me for a good three months now."

Tavares missed the final two months of last season after sustaining a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee playing for Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But after rest and rehabilitation, he said he's completely past the injury.

"I'd say it's out of my mind for sure," he said. "I've had a long time. You get in a game, you're always anxious, but I've played in some pretty intense scrimmages throughout the summer. I tried to skate a little more than I usually would just because I've had a lot of time off, probably the most time off I've had in my career with playing. Being three months, almost four months since I've been cleared to play, I've had a lot of time to get over some of those mental things."


Staal, Nash top fantasy bounce-back candidates

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

In 2012-13 Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog had nine goals and eight assists in 36 games after winning the Calder Trophy in 2011-12 (22 goals, 30 assists). He was a disappointment for his fantasy owners in his second NHL season. However, going into the 2013-14 season, many pegged the now 21-year-old Swedish forward as a prime bounce-back candidate. And he did exactly that last season.

Landeskog had 26 goals, 65 points, a plus-21 rating, 71 penalty minutes, 10 power-play points and 222 shots on goal. He ranked as the 29th-best player in Yahoo leagues. Any fantasy owner that picked him in the middle rounds or later during their draft got an absolute steal on their team. Landeskog's 2013-14 season is the definition of a bounce-back season.

Every season we see dozens of players fall short of expectations. And each following season some of them end up bouncing back to where we expect. Determining who will bounce back is the tough part. And that's where I come into play.

Below is a list of 10 players I believe will bounce back from disappointing 2013-14 seasons and why. All of these players appeared in at least 65 games last season ('s Pete Jensen will have his injury bounce-back feature story Sept. 9). Be sure to grab these guys on draft day; they should come at a discount considering the seasons they had in 2013-14.


Penguins' Kapanen to miss rookie tournament

Monday, 09.08.2014 / 10:18 AM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Kasperi Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, will not participate with the team this weekend at a rookie tournament in London, Ontario, due to an injury sustained in the summer. However, the team said Kapanen is expected to be ready when training camp opens.

The Penguins did not specify the injury, but Kapanen told reporters he broke a finger when he fell into the boards Aug. 8 during Finland's game against Sweden at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

"Just fell head-first into the boards and I got my hand in the way," Kapanen said that day. "Luckily. I'd rather have a broken finger than a broken neck. I'll take that any day."

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