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Pacioretty ready to become a leader on evolving Habs

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 9:15 AM / News

NHL.com

When Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin traded defenseman Josh Gorges and allowed captain Brian Gionta to leave as a free agent, he made it clear that it was time for the team's young veterans to assume the duties the two team leaders would leave behind.

That message has been received loud and clear by last season's leading scorer.

Forward Max Pacioretty sees his role growing in the absence of Gorges and Gionta, both of whom will be playing in the Atlantic Division with the Buffalo Sabres this season.

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Sedins' supporting cast crucial to Canucks lineup

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The John Tortorella era was brief and not without its share of tumult for the Vancouver Canucks.

After five straight seasons in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Canucks stumbled through Tortorella's lone season in charge, ultimately finishing with the third-worst record in the Western Conference. Even with Cory Schneider traded before the start of the season, goalie controversy consumed the Canucks. Shortly after Tortorella sat Roberto Luongo in the Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic at BC Place in favor of Eddie Lack, the Canucks' longtime starter was traded to the Florida Panthers.

There is now a new coach in Willie Desjardins and a new goaltender in Ryan Miller. Some of the same problems remain, most notably scoring depth up front. Ryan Kesler being traded to the Anaheim Ducks didn't help with that.

Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin are aging but can still be elite players. Is there enough around them to get Vancouver back into the postseason?

Here's a look at the projected 2014-15 lineup for the Canucks:

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Sedin scoring, Miller among Canucks' five questions

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks are pledging to prove last season's plummet to 25th place in the NHL standings was a one-year, rock-bottom blip and not the continuation of a downward trend that started in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

With a new management structure, a new coach and a handful of changes on the ice, the Canucks refused to contemplate a full rebuild and instead insisted their aging core can get them back to the postseason in a tough Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

The answers to these five questions will determine their chances of doing so:

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Canucks counting on Bonino as second-line center

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

If Nick Bonino had any doubts about how the Vancouver Canucks really felt about him, they should have ended as soon as he saw the behind-the-scenes footage the team released of management discussing the trade that brought him to Vancouver in exchange for Selke Trophy-winning center Ryan Kesler.

Bonino, who was acquired from the Anaheim Ducks along with defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th pick in the 2014 NHL Draft that Vancouver used to select Jared McCann, didn't go looking for the clip. He couldn't avoid it either.

"My grandpa is 91 and he's on the Internet all the time and he's my biggest fan, so he called me up and told me about it right away," Bonino said.

In the video, general manager Jim Benning talks about Bonino potentially scoring 20 goals for the Canucks, making other players better with his passing, and mentions that new coach Willie Desjardins wants and really likes him.

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With quick changes, Canucks expect playoff return

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

For a Vancouver Canucks fan base used to the slow, calculated -- critics would say dithering -- approach of former general manager Mike Gillis, this summer must have felt like a bungee jump into NHL team-building.

A little more than one month after taking over as general manager, Jim Benning hired coach Willie Desjardins and four days later began retooling an aging roster that missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in six seasons. By mid-July, the Canucks had four new forward lines, at least one new defense pairing, and a new No. 1 goaltender.

Benning granted center Ryan Kesler's request with a trade to the Anaheim Ducks at the 2014 NHL Draft, avoiding the two-year soap opera that accompanied a similar move for goaltender Roberto Luongo. For Kesler, the Canucks acquired a potential second-line replacement center (Nick Bonino), a depth defenseman (Luca Sbisa), and a second first-round pick (used to select center Jared McCann).

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Five Q's: Lightning's Bishop close to 100 percent

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 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.

Ben Bishop
Goalie - TBL
RECORD: 37-14-7
GAA: 2.23 | SVP: .924
The latest edition features Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop:

Ben Bishop still can't quite believe the freaky way last season abruptly ended for him.

"It's just crazy to even think about how it happened," the Lightning goalie said last week.

It was early in the first period April 8 against the Toronto Maple Leafs when Bishop went to catch the puck in a routine way. As he was falling to the ice he put out his left arm to brace himself. He landed hard, felt his elbow lock, and immediately knew his season was over.

Bishop said he dislocated his elbow and tore ligaments in it. His season was over and the Lightning weren't too far behind. Without Bishop, who was a Vezina Trophy finalist last season, Tampa Bay was swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round.


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Horvat paces list of Canucks' top 10 prospects

Tuesday, 08.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With a new general manager in Jim Benning and a new coach in Willie Desjardins, it could be time for the Vancouver Canucks to infuse some new faces into the lineup.

"If young players come in and they earn a spot on the team and they deserve to be on the team then we'll make room for them," Benning said. That'll be a non-issue. If they're ready to play and ready to help the team win, we'll find a way for them to play."

Here's a look at the Canucks' top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com:

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Paul Stastny eager to be a winner in his hometown

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 9:58 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Paul Stastny is not one for taking strolls down memory lane.

The St. Louis Blues' new center isn't one to make bold predictions either. Stastny certainly wasn't going to predict that he would one day suit up in the city where he spent much of his childhood.

But like many who consider it a dream to play in their hometown, Stastny is living out his dream now, and for at least the next four seasons.

"God has a plan for myself, and whatever it is I take it in stride and I'm happy with the situation I'm in right now," said Stastny, who was formally introduced Monday evening at Fox Sports Midwest Live! inside Ballpark Village, which is just north of Busch Stadium, home of baseball's St. Louis Cardinals.

Paul Stastny
Center - STL
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 35 | PTS: 60
SOG: 150 | +/-: 9
"I was just excited about playing juniors, then from juniors to playing college," said the 28-year-old Stastny, who was eight when his father, Hockey Hall of famer Peter Stastny, played for the Blues. "I didn't care where I got drafted. I got drafted, I was excited to keep developing as a player, then I got to Colorado and I was excited. I never looked that far down the road. That's the way I've always been. You can never really hope for stuff like that."

Stastny, who signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Blues after spending the first eight seasons of his NHL career with the Central Division rival Colorado Avalanche, grew up in St. Louis, where Peter Stastny concluded his career with the Blues in 1995.


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St. Louis Blues unveil new uniforms

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues unveiled their new home and away jerseys Monday at the Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village.

The Blues will wear the new jerseys beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 season. It's the first change to the franchise's primary look since 2007.

"We're going back to tradition. It's certainly exciting to be able to wear these," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said at the unveiling. "You can tell it's going back to the traditional Blues, the history of the Blues. We love to represent that as players.

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Anderson, Senators agree to three-year extension

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Ottawa Senators believe they have one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL, and they acted Monday to ensure it will remain that way past this season.

The Senators and goaltender Craig Anderson agreed to terms on a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension that keeps Anderson under contract through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Anderson's contract extension comes a little over three weeks after the Senators announced a three-year, $6.675 million contract for restricted free-agent goaltender Robin Lehner.

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