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Fantasy top 30 goalies: Backups prove worth early

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - Correspondent

Every Thursday during the season, fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to trending players and more, Goldman will be your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

Since 2010, due to factors like sheer skill, injuries and better goalie coaching in the minors, the overall usage of rookies and backups has been steadily rising.

Last season was a great example, as a large class of 26 rookies posted a cumulative .912 save percentage (6,089 saves on 6,676 shots) and played in 20.7 percent of the NHL's total games (254 of 1,230).

This season may be no different, as 21 teams have already used both goalies, including four rookies.


Flames' Jooris recalled; Jones to IR

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 11:02 AM / News

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have recalled forward Josh Jooris from the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.

Jooris, a 24-year-old native of Burlington, Ontario has played both of Adirondack's games thus far this season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Calgary on July 30, 2013 and spent his first professional season in 2013-14 with the Abbotsford Heat where he put up 11 goals, 16 assists and 67 PIMs.


NHL goes purple to support Spirit Day

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 10:19 AM / News

The NHL has joined the You Can Play Project, GLAAD and millions of Americans by wearing purple to support Spirit Day.

Spirit Day supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and supports them against bullying. Supporters wear purple or go purple online to help create a world where LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted. The League also is joining the social campaign to promote awareness of the challenges faced in the LGBT community.

The You Can Play Project is dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes without regard to sexual orientation. It works to guarantee that athletes are provided a fair chance to compete, and are judged by other athletes and fans only by what they contribute to the sport or their team's success. Its mission is to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete's skills, work ethic and competitive spirit.


Unmasked: Miller adjusts with Canucks, coach

Thursday, 10.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

Ryan Miller
Goalie - VAN
RECORD: 2-0-0
GAA: 2.88 | SVP: .889

Unmasked is a weekly column by Kevin Woodley exploring the personalities, the trends and the analytics which define NHL goaltending.

VANCOUVER -- On the eve of the first season of his NHL career somewhere other than Buffalo, Ryan Miller, the new No. 1 with the Vancouver Canucks, was bluntly asked if he still sees himself as capable of being one of the best goaltenders in the world.

"I think I've got game to play," Miller said.

Miller's game, though, is not quite the same one most other NHL goalies are playing these days.

For all the focus on whether Miller can play to the level which earned him the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie in 2010, or live up to the three-year, $18 million contract he signed with the Canucks this summer, the bigger question in Vancouver was how his more aggressive, sometimes old-school, puck-stopping style would fit with the conservative preferences of Roland Melanson, goaltending coach for the Canucks.


Nelson at center of Islanders' quick start to season

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 8:49 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- One week into the season, nobody should be surprised to see the New York Islanders' top center, John Tavares, among the NHL scoring leaders.

But their No. 2 center, Brock Nelson, is right there with him.

Nelson, a first-round pick (No. 30) in the 2010 NHL Draft, scored his third goal Tuesday in a 6-3 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. It was Nelson's seventh point, tying him with Tavares and three others for the most in the League.


Flyers recall forward VandeVelde from Lehigh Valley

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 6:02 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers recalled forward Chris VandeVelde from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League, the team announced Wednesday.

VandeVelde scored two goals in the Phantoms' 5-2 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on opening night. He had an assist and was minus-3 in 18 games for the Flyers last season, and scored 10 goals and 24 points in 41 games at Lehigh Valley.

The Flyers re-signed VandeVelde to a one-year, two-way contract on July 4. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the fourth round (No. 97) of the 2005 NHL Draft.


Hurricanes recall Brody Sutter from Charlotte

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 5:44 PM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled center Brody Sutter from the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). It was also announced today that forward Patrick Dwyer has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Oct. 11.

Sutter, 23, is in his third full professional season and has played in all three of Charlotte's games thus far this year. The Viking, Alb., native played in three of Carolina's seven exhibition games during training camp before being assigned to Charlotte on Oct. 2. Sutter (6'5", 203 lbs.) notched eight goals and earned 20 assists (28 points) in 69 games with the Checkers in 2013-14, and has scored 12 goals and earned 22 assists in 99 career AHL games with Charlotte since turning professional. The Hurricanes drafted Sutter in the seventh round, 193rd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He is the cousin of former Hurricanes forwards Brandon Sutter and Brett Sutter.


Kings' Muzzin signs five-year contract extension

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 4:39 PM / News

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin signed a five-year, $20 million contract extension Wednesday.

Muzzin, 25, was in the final season of a two-year contract and could have been a restricted free agent after the season. The new contract starts next season and keeps him with the team through the 2019-2020 season.

"It's exciting," Muzzin told the Kings website. "This is a place I want to stay and I want to play here for a long time. I'm very happy that we got a deal done and this is home for me for the next five years."


Red Wings still waiting on Alfredsson: report

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 3:22 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings still are waiting on whether forward Daniel Alfredsson will play this season, the Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday.

Alfredsson, 41, has stopped skating at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit and the Free Press reported he told Red Wings general manager Ken Holland last week that he wasn't sure when he would start again.

"He was feeling pretty good but was getting frustrated because he wasn't getting over the hump," Holland told the Free Press on Wednesday. "He would feel good, push it and have a setback. He was frustrated because he was not able to get to the point where he wants to be at to tell me he wants to practice with us."


Hurricanes' Skinner hoping for Thursday return

Wednesday, 10.15.2014 / 2:58 PM / News

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner skated in a regular jersey Wednesday and hopes to return to the lineup Thursday against the New York Rangers.

Skinner shed the no-contact jersey he had been wearing since he returned to the ice following a concussion he sustained during a preseason game Oct. 5. Skinner has missed the Hurricanes' first three games.

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Skinner will travel to New York and a determination on his availability for Thursday would be determined after the morning skate.

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I had one really not-good game. I came back to the hotel and he [his father] was on Skype. My mother called first and said, 'Your father wants to talk to you.' So he moved my mother away, and he yelled at me for like 30 seconds. I understood him, and then he said, 'I'm done.' And he was gone. The next game I got my first shutout.

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