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Team Finland roster projection for World Cup

Friday, 09.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Marko Leppanen - NHL.com Correspondent

The 1988 Calgary Olympics marked a big step for Finland, which defeated the Soviet Union 2-1 in its last game of the final round to win the silver medal.

Finland has been successful on the international stage ever since, but it's missing a gold medal in a best-on-best tournament. Finland hockey fans, of course, have bittersweet memories of the 2006 Turin Olympics, when Finland lost 3-2 to rival Sweden in the gold-medal game.

Finland is ranked fourth in the International Ice Hockey Federation 2015 men's rankings, but it will be missing a wealth of experience at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey compared to recent tournaments. Forwards Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu and defensemen Sami Salo and Kimmo Timonen have retired since winning bronze at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Perennial Vezina Trophy contenders Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne should provide elite goaltending, though.

Here is what Team Finland's roster could look like for the tournament, which will be held Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, in Toronto (alphabetically by position):

Blackhawks add intrigue to Traverse City tourney

Friday, 09.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Potential future stars of the Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks will make their debut in the 17th Traverse City prospects tournament here at the Centre Ice Arena from Sept. 11-15.

The five-day Traverse City prospects tournament is hosted by the Detroit Red Wings and precedes their training camp at the same location, beginning Sept. 18. The event, which began in 1998 with four teams and expanded to eight teams in 2006, has become an annual preseason staple for coaches, general managers and scouts to evaluate their prospects against their peers.

The addition of the Blackhawks is certain to create a lot of intrigue and excitement.

Alfredsson closer to role with Senators: report

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 10:59 PM / News


The Ottawa Senators talked this week with former captain Daniel Alfredsson about a front-office role and an announcement could be made prior to training camp.

General manager Bryan Murray confirmed to the Ottawa Sun on Thursday that Senators officials, including owner Eugene Melnyk, met with Alfredsson at Canadian Tire Centre.

"We've talked," Murray told the Ottawa Citizen. "We had a good meeting and we will talk some more this weekend."

Murray said Alfredsson's role would be part-time this season because the 42-year-old is planning to stay in Detroit with his family for another year. A full-time position with the Senators is likely next year.

Sundin being added to Maple Leafs' Legends Row

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 9:15 PM / News


On Saturday, former Leaf defenceman Borje Salming will be inducted into the Toronto Maple Leafs ‘Legends Row’. On Thursday night, the team announced that his fellow countryman, Mats Sundin, would be added to the monument alongside him.

Acquired in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques on June 28, 1994, after originally being drafted first overall in the 1989 NHL draft, Sundin would spend 13 seasons in a Maple Leafs uniform scoring more goals (420) and points (987) than any other player in the historic team’s record books. His quiet leadership and strong work ethic were only matched by his prolific scoring ability during his 11 years as Leafs captain. Following his retirement in 2009, Sundin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, his first season of eligibility, and became just the second Swedish-born player, following Salming, to join the Hall.

Getzlaf says Ducks roster needed 'bit of a change'

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 8:44 PM / 2015-2016 Season Preview


Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said they needed to change the roster in order to get closer to winning the Stanley Cup, and the front office did a good job in its attempt.

"I think it was just time to have a little bit of a change," Getzlaf told the Ducks website in remarks published Thursday. "That group played well together, but we need to take that next step and we need to do it now. That was kind of the message over the summer, that we were going to compete for the Stanley Cup again."

The Ducks lost the Western Conference Final in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. Anaheim held a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series before losing Game 6 at Chicago and Game 7 at home.

With new contract, Ferland excited for opportunity

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 8:32 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015


CALGARY, AB -- Micheal Ferland is back.

And just in time, too.

“Everyone was asking when it was going to get done,” Ferland said from Canada Olympic Park’s WinSport facility Thursday, shortly after putting the pen to paper on a new two-year contract. “I wasn’t worried, I knew it was going to get done soon. It was just a matter of time. I’m really excited. I’m just really happy that it’s finished and I can start focusing on hockey. I’m happy that it got done and I’m really honoured.”

There’s a sense of relief from the Flames camp, too.

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Canadiens candidates give thoughts on captaincy

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 8:10 PM / News


The Montreal Canadiens will have a captain this season, but in saying so Thursday coach Michel Therrien did not reveal who it would be.

The Canadiens used four alternate captains last season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, and forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec.

"I thought those guys last year did a fantastic job, they had good communication," Therrien told the Canadiens website. "I thought it went really well. But we believe this is the time for the organization to name a captain."

The Canadiens would not say if one of those four players will be named captain or if there might be another candidate.

Here's what each of the four alternates from last season told CBC at the Canadiens' annual charity golf tournament on Thursday:

DeBrusk, Bruins rookies look forward to tournament

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 7:59 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- Most NHL development camps are highlighted by power skating, practice drills and the occasional frantic scrimmage. However, Boston Bruins development camp this July produced a viral video when 2015 first-round pick Jake DeBrusk scored a between-the-legs goal during a shootout.

DeBrusk managed to create a moment that was talked about for weeks after camp ended.

"It took me a while, because, honestly, it was a week there and then I went to the (Canada) World Junior camp and I was still hearing about that after that," DeBrusk said Thursday. "So that was about three weeks. And there were people I hadn't seen in a while and people I went to school with. And it's such a hockey-crazed town. ... It's pretty much all hockey in Edmonton, right, so just lots of people would be showing me things. And even some of my teammates with Swift Current [of the Western Hockey League] were doing it in shootouts and things. It was just one of those plays where I thought I'd try it and see how it goes, and I'm really happy it worked."

Impact of offseason moves in fantasy by association

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 7:16 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

There are not many factors that would cause you to pass on drafting Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or John Tavares if given the opportunity. If they had different linemates or a new coach, you could still count on them to be productive.

Phil Kessel is primed for a big season after being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he will get to play with Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, but he was likely to be chosen in the first round anyway. However, his trade does affect the value of players on the team he was traded from, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Someone will get more of an opportunity to play on the top line in Toronto and fill his role; it could be center Nazem Kadri.

Similarly, forward Patrick Sharp was traded to the Dallas Stars by the Chicago Blackhawks on July 10, and as a result, new teammate Jason Spezza should see an increase in offense.

When drafting, be sure to take into account each player's situation based on what happened this offseason with his current team.

Oilers prospects excited to play with McDavid

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 6:07 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Edmonton Oilers prospect Kyle Platzer is looking at the Young Stars Classic tournament as an opportunity of a lifetime.

There is a possibility Platzer, a center, could play on a line with Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"That would be awesome; who doesn't want to play with the kid? He's awesome," Platzer said following physicals Thursday. "I've never met a more humble kid in my life, it's insane. If I met him on the street, I wouldn't even know he played hockey. It's a real treat and he's fun to hang around."

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