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Veterans' health tops Red Wings' five questions

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock told anyone who would listen last season that even with significant injuries to veteran stars his team was going to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Babcock was right. The Red Wings went to the playoffs for a 23rd consecutive season.

To extend the streak to 24 seasons, and to give Babcock a jolt of confidence to add to his optimism, the Red Wings will need positive answers to the following five questions:


Red Wings' Weiss ready to leave last season behind

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Bring up last season during a phone conversation with Detroit Red Wings center Stephen Weiss and as he talks you can picture him squirming on the other end, recalling the pain that used to shoot through his lower body and the multiple surgeries he had to hopefully correct it.

"I really have tried not to think about last year at all," Weiss said. "I don't really know why that happened. I try to do everything in my power to make sure those things don't happen, and when they do it's pretty frustrating."

The Red Wings signed Weiss to a five-year, $24.5 million contract last summer thinking he would be their No. 2 center, affording coach Mike Babcock the ability to play Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg together on the first line.


Mantha leads list of Red Wings' top 10 prospects

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

To say the Detroit Red Wings struggled with injuries last season is putting the deluge of trips to the trainer's room lightly.

However, there was a silver lining to all the ailments. It meant 12 rookies got into the lineup at some point, including nine who made their NHL debuts. It might not have been ideal, but general manager Ken Holland, coach Mike Babcock and their staffs got ample opportunity to see what the future could look like.

"It was a great learning experience about our prospects," Red Wings director of player development Jiri Fischer said. "We got a firsthand glimpse of what guys can really do. Thanks to so many injuries and so many voids to be filled in one season, we really got to learn about our guys, what they potentially can bring at the next level."

Here's a look at the Red Wings' top 10 prospects, according to


Jordan Subban scores alley-oop on brother Malcolm

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 9:29 PM / NHL Insider

Jordan Subban was asked to do something unique in the practice-ending shootout Tuesday.

Did he ever.

The Vancouver Canucks defenseman prospect scored an alley-oop goal against his brother Malcolm Subban, a Boston Bruins goalie prospect, at a preseason conditioning camp in Toronto.

"That was the first time I tried it; we just made it up as we went along," Jordan told the Canucks website. "We were told to have fun and do something silly, like the NBA dunk contest, so I guess that was my inspiration."


Seidenberg says he'll be ready for Bruins camp

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 8:51 PM / News

Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said he will be ready for training camp after recovering from a season-ending knee injury.

"I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine," Seidenberg told the Bruins website in remarks published Monday.

Dennis Seidenberg
Defense - BOS
GOALS: 1 | ASST: 9 | PTS: 10
SOG: 53 | +/-: 11
Seidenberg last played Dec. 27 and had surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in early January. The prognosis was a return in 6-8 months but he said he could have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs had the Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final.

Boston, which won the Presidents' Trophy, was eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens on May 14 in the seventh game of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

"Those times during my injury when the guys were still playing, it went slow. It was painful just to go to every game and watch," Seidenberg told writer Caryn Switaj. "Then there were times when it was going well and I saw progress with my injury, but then once the season was over."


Oilers to host celebration for 1984 Stanley Cup team

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 5:43 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Wayne Gretzky is getting the Boys on the Bus back together again.

The Edmonton Oilers will commemorate the 30th anniversary of their first Stanley Cup with an event bringing together the members of the 1984 team and staff for a reunion at Rexall Place on Oct. 10. The reunion will coincide with the Oilers' 2014-15 season opener against the Calgary Flames on Oct. 9.

"One of the great things about being a professional hockey player is the fond memories that you have over the years and the friendships that you develop," Gretzky said Tuesday. "Kevin [Lowe] and I lived for a lot of years together in Edmonton and when I saw him this winter, I started thinking about something really unique and something really special. The Oilers and the city of Edmonton have always been leaders in doing things that are innovative. The first outdoor game was in Edmonton where it was 40-below [Celsius] and it was spectacular.

"So we started talking about doing something special and bringing this team that won their first Stanley Cup in Edmonton back to Alberta to reminisce and selfishly have some fun together. A lot of players made a lot of great friends in Edmonton over the years and they maybe haven't seen people for a long time, and just as important, to be able to raise money for a great cause."


Canada, U.S. in action on first day of 2015 Worlds

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 2:48 PM / News

Canada and the United States will be in action on the first day of the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 1-17, 2015 in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Canada, which lost to Finland in the quarterfinals and finished fifth at the 2014 Worlds, opens play against Latvia at O2 Arena in Prague 10:15 a.m. ET on May 1 in the first game of Group A.

Also in Group A are Sweden, Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria.

The first game for the U.S. will be against Finland, which won the silver medal at the 2014 Worlds, while the U.S. finished sixth after a loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The game, the first in Group B, will be played at 10:15 a.m. ET at CEZ Arena in Ostrava.


Maple Leafs name Pridham assistant to GM

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:58 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday named Brandon Pridham assistant to the general manager.

Pridham, 40, will assist general manager Dave Nonis with salary-cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation.

Pridham has spent the past 15 years working for the NHL, most recently serving as senior director, Central Registry and senior adviser, Central Scouting.

"I am very grateful for the opportunities and experiences I've gained at the National Hockey League," Pridham said. "I always looked forward to the opportunity to bring that experience to an NHL club and I'm thrilled with the chance to join Dave Nonis and his team with the Toronto Maple Leafs."


Islanders announce new ownership structure

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:57 PM / News

The New York Islanders announced Tuesday that former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin have reached an agreement to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team.

Under terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority ownership in two years.

The sale is pending approval of the NHL Board of Governors.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said.


2014 NHL preseason begins Sunday, Sept. 21

Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the composite schedule for the 2014 preseason, which opens on Sunday, Sept. 21.

Highlighting the 15-day, 105-game slate is the 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game from Sylvan Lake, Alta., on Wednesday, Sept. 24. The people of Sylvan Lake, winners of the Canada-wide Kraft Hockeyville competition, will celebrate the grand prize when the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames visit their community and face off at the Sylvan Lake Multiplex. The game will be broadcast live on CBC in Canada and NHL Network in the United States at 7 p.m., ET/5 p.m., MT.

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