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Canadiens' Subban surprises youth group in Toronto

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 4:52 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has always taken pride in helping others, even long before he reached the NHL in 2010.

"When he was younger, a kid, he always gave away his lunch," his mother, Maria Subban, said Tuesday. "He would say, 'Mom, they don't have anything to eat.' He was always looking out for other kids."

A group of 110 children from Toronto's Jane and Finch area recently competed against a group of Americans, organized and supported by performer Pharrell Williams, in "Jeopardy" trivia. The Canadians won the event, and Subban and his family felt they should be rewarded.

So he gathered the victors, who are attending a summer camp called Success Beyond Limits (SBL) at York University and, along with some assistance from Gatorade, gave them prizes.

"I'm from Toronto, so whenever I can give back to communities here, I do," Subban said. "I know I play in Montreal and obviously I give back to Quebec and the city of Montreal a lot, but every now and then you have to remember this is my hometown. Even though I didn't grow up in Jane and Finch, I had a lot of friends and family members who lived in this area."

Oilers' Talbot excited for chance to be No. 1 goalie

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot spent the past two seasons with the New York Rangers backing up Henrik Lundqvist, knowing full well starts would probably be few and far between.

But with the Rangers up against the NHL salary cap, Talbot was traded to the Oilers on June 27 for the 57th, 79th and 184th picks at the 2015 NHL Draft. Talbot played more last season after Lundqvist sustained a vascular injury.

"Getting to play behind a guy like [Henrik], you learn a lot and you get to see what it takes to be a No. 1 [goalie] in this League," Talbot said Tuesday at the Oilers Hockey School. "I took away a lot from watching him and being able to work with [Rangers goalie coach] Benoit Allaire in New York.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for me here, to be able to come in and work with a good young group of guys and obviously a group that's headed in the right direction. I'm happy to be a part of it."

United States to host '18 World Junior Championship

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 3:16 PM / News

The IIHF World Junior Championship will return to the United States for the first time in seven years in 2018.

USA Hockey revealed Tuesday the five cities being considered to host the event: Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

The annual tournament, which features 10 countries and many of the NHL's future stars, is traditionally held in late December and early January each year. This year's tournament will be held Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland. The 2017 WJC will be held in Montreal and Toronto.

Canucks acquire center Brandon Sutter from Penguins

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning is counting on forward Brandon Sutter to be a big piece of their foundation moving forward in the improved Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

Benning acquired the 26-year-old center, along with a conditional third-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft, from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in 2016.

"When the games mean something that's when he's at his best," Benning said of Sutter. "We looked at the other teams in our division and they all improved from the end of last season to now, and I think this move makes our team deeper and it gives us a better chance to compete with the teams in our division and in our conference."

Maple Leafs sign Marner to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract.

Marner, 18, was selected by the Maple Leafs with the fourth overall pick in last month's NHL Entry Draft after finishing second in Ontario Hockey League scoring with 126 points (44 goals, 82 assists) in 63 regular season games with the London Knights in 2014-15. The 2014-15 OHL All-Star also added 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in seven playoff contests. In two seasons with the Knights, Marner has registered 185 points (57 goals, 128 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 127 regular season games.

Devils to honor Brodeur, Lamoriello 'at right time'

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 10:49 AM / News

Martin Brodeur and Lou Lamoriello will be honored by the New Jersey Devils, at a time to be determined by them, general manager Ray Shero told on Tuesday.

"It's a matter of when the player feels comfortable, and Lou," Shero said. "Obviously they are two of the most important members of this franchise ever. We want to do it the right way at the right time.

"That will happen. When, I don't know."

Shero replaced Lamoriello as Devils GM on May 4, and Lamoriello resigned as president to become GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 23. The Maple Leafs will play at Prudential Center on the final day of the regular season, April 9. Lamoriello was the architect of three Stanley Cup championships during his 28-year tenure as president/GM in New Jersey.

"The Lou thing just happened," Shero said, referring to Lamoriello's transition to Toronto. "That would be a conversation with Lou for his consent and what he is comfortable with. Let him digest things in Toronto. Obviously he's got lots on his plate there, I'm sure."

Hoffman, Senators $1.7M apart in arbitration: report

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 10:26 AM / News

Left wing Mike Hoffman, a restricted free agent who is scheduled for an arbitration hearing Thursday, has submitted a request for $3.4 million for one year, with the Ottawa Senators offering a one-year, $1.7 million contract, according to Sportsnet.

Veteran center Briere contemplating retirement: report

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 10:16 AM / News

Center Daniel Briere, one of the more accomplished performers in the Stanley Cup Playoffs of this generation, remains without a contract and is now contemplating retirement in order to spend more time with his three teenage sons, according to a report by

Briere, an unrestricted free agent who turns 38 on Oct. 6, told Scott Burnside of on Monday that he remains undecided about his future.

Briere had eight goals and 12 points in 57 regular-season games in a reduced role with the Colorado Avalanche last season. Since signing a free-agent contract with the Montreal Canadiens in July 2013 after six seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Briere said he has spent less time with his sons.

He has 307 goals and 696 points in 973 regular-season games spanning 17 seasons. In 124 playoff games, he has 53 goals and 116 points.

Letter's subject Leopold looking to sign somewhere

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 10:58 PM / News

Defenseman Jordan Leopold wants to keep playing in the NHL, but not even a letter from his young daughter might be able to accomplish that.

"I wish it were that easy," Leopold told the Star Tribune on Monday.

Leopold, 35 on Aug. 3, was traded to the Minnesota Wild at last season's NHL Trade Deadline after a letter written by his 11-year-old daughter Jordyn asked if her dad could play closer to home.

The veteran is now an unrestricted free agent unlikely to re-sign with the Wild.

"This is the latest I've ever waited to see if I'm playing or not," Leopold told the newspaper. "After doing this for 13 years, it's been a great experience. If it doesn't end up working out, then it doesn't work out. I can't say I haven't been there or done that. I've seen it all."

Kruger 'will be patient' with Blackhawks: report

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 7:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger will continue to wait for the Chicago Blackhawks to clear space under the NHL salary cap so he can re-sign with them, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday.

Kruger's agent, J.P. Barry, told the Tribune in an email "we will be patient" while the Blackhawks manage their salary situation. Barry also said if space is not created, Kruger "will have no choice later in August but to do a shorter deal."

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