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Islanders trade for defensemen Boychuk, Leddy

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 5:56 PM / News

John Kreiser - Managing Editor

The New York Islanders retooled their defense Saturday, acquiring veteran defenseman Johnny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins and up-and-coming defenseman Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks in separate trades.

Boychuk, who helped the Bruins win the Stanley Cup in 2011, was obtained for two second-round picks, one in the 2015 NHL Draft and another in 2016. There is a conditional third-round pick in 2015 involved in the trade, which comes into play if the Islanders trade Boychuk to another Eastern Conference team before the end of this season. The 2015 second-round pick going to Boston was acquired by the Islanders from the Philadelphia Flyers in a March trade for defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

"They've both won a Stanley Cup, so in the leadership department, that helps our group," Islanders general manager Garth Snow told the team website. "Leddy's ability to move the puck and skate the puck up ice, add offense; Boychuk’s ability to be physical, clear the front of the net and a howitzer for a shot; for us, [those are] two solid additions to our club."


Islanders' Ho-Sang agrees to entry-level deal

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 12:29 PM / News

The New York Islanders and forward Joshua Ho-Sang have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Islanders selected Ho-Sang, 18, with the 28th-overall pick in the 2014 National Hockey League Draft. The Toronto, ON native led the Windsor Spitfires.


Carcillo agrees to one-year contract with Blackhawks

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 10:37 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Forward Daniel Carcillo has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team said Saturday. No other terms were disclosed, but Sportsnet reports it's a one-way contract worth $550,000.

Carcillo, 29, joined the Blackhawks on Friday, one day after being released by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was attending training camp with the Penguins on a professional tryout.


Time has come for Kings' Doughty to claim Norris

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

In two of the past three Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Los Angeles Kings' Drew Doughty has been a near consensus choice as the best defenseman in the tournament.

In each of the past two Winter Olympics, Doughty has been a near consensus choice as one of the best defensemen in the tournament.

Doughty has evolved into one of the best players in the world at his position. What is missing from his dossier is a Norris Trophy, given annually to the top defenseman in the NHL as judged by the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

He is's preseason choice for the award in the 2014-15 season.


Preseason roundup: Rangers win 9-round shootout

Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 12:39 AM / News

Ryan Malone tied the game with 4:29 left in regulation then scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 preseason win against the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden on Friday.

Malone tied the game when he one-timed J.T. Miller's pass behind Corey Crawford from the lower left circle. He ended the game by beating Crawford with a quick snap shot.

Patrick Kane and Andrew Shaw scored 2:20 apart late in the second period to put Chicago ahead. Kane tied the game at 14:05 with a power-play goal, then set up Shaw for a shot past Henrik Lundqvist.


U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight practices with Ducks

Friday, 10.03.2014 / 8:16 PM / News

Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau had the pleasure of watching another Olympian wear a Ducks jersey Friday during practice at The Rinks in Anaheim, Calif.

Hilary Knight, a two-time U.S. Olympic silver medalist, practiced with the Ducks as part of World Girls Ice Hockey Week. The 25-year-old is in town to support USA Hockey's Girls Try Hockey for Free Day on Oct. 12, an event that caps a week-long campaign to help introduce young female athletes to the sport.

Knight met with Boudreau and Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf prior to practice. When she got on the ice she was seen chatting with center Nate Thompson and assistant coach Trent Yawney before participating in keep-away and shooting drills.


Lightning forward Drouin favorite for Calder Trophy

Friday, 10.03.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

A new season marks the possible spawning of a new NHL superstar.

Last season Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon was a near-unanimous choice for the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year after he led all first-year players in points, goals, assists, power-play goals, game-winning goals and shots.

MacKinnon became the second No. 1 pick in eight years to win the Calder; Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane did it in 2007-08.

Many feel MacKinnon's linemate with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Jonathan Drouin, is a strong candidate to capture the Calder in 2014-15. So does MacKinnon.


Preseason roundup: Capitals rally past Flyers

Friday, 10.03.2014 / 12:37 AM / News

Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in the shootout to give the Washington Capitals a come-from-behind 3-2 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at Verizon Center on Thursday.

Washington's Eric Fehr tied the game 2-2 when he scored with 1:01 left in regulation.

Backstrom opened the shootout by beating Flyers goaltender Steve Mason through the five-hole. Kuznetsov ended the game by doing the same to start the third round. Justin Peters stopped two Philadelphia shooters, Jakub Voracek and Jason Akeson.


New stamps feature Hall of Fame defensemen

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 9:34 PM / News

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Red Kelly is rarely stuck for words.

But as the 87-year-old Hockey Hall of Fame member glanced over his shoulder at his image as a young defenseman with the Detroit Red Wings on an enlarged replica of a stamp being released by Canada Post, he was speechless for a few seconds.

"Wow," Kelly finally said, "I dreamed about playing hockey, but I never dreamed I'd be on a postage stamp."

Kelly, along with fellow Hall of Fame members Pierre Pilote, Harry Howell, Doug Harvey and the king of NHL defensemen, Bobby Orr, have been immortalized on stamps that celebrate the NHL's Original Six. It is part of the lead up to the 100th anniversary of the NHL in 2017 and is the result of a partnership between Canada Post and the Hockey Hall of Fame.


Excitement building for NHL Stadium Series game

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The sun was shining brightly Thursday on a 90-degree day at 68,500-seat Levi's Stadium when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took the podium and delivered what to some was surprising news.

The 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings on Feb. 21 is almost sold out, 143 days before the puck will drop.

"The game will be a sellout because it's already close to a sellout," Commissioner Bettman said during the game's kickoff press conference.

Commissioner Bettman said he "never had any doubt" the game would sell out, even at such a large stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers.

"We know that there are great, passionate Sharks fans, displaced NHL fans from around North America that live in the Bay Area, and we figured you combine the Sharks with the interest in this state and it was an enormous proposition," Commissioner Bettman said.

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You get the right the whistles at the right times, you can leave him out there. He's a beast when it comes to being on the ice. I thought [Saturday] he was a big man. That first period, he did that lateral cut and it was like three bowling pins bounced off him. There's not too many guys that can do that.

— Capitals coach Barry Trotz on Alex Ovechkin, who enters February tied for the NHL lead in goals