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Bruins sign 2015 top picks to entry-level contracts

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 1:08 PM / News

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, November 12, that the club has signed forwards Jake DeBrusk and Zach Senyshyn and defenseman Jeremy Lauzon to entry-level contracts.

DeBrusk, 19, has skated in 14 games for the Swift Current Broncos (Western Hockey League) this season, registering six goals and 14 assists for 20 points. His six goals and 20 points are second on the Broncos while his 14 assists are tied for first.

In 2014-15, DeBrusk led the Broncos in goal scoring (42) and points (81), while ranking tied for second in assists with 39. In total, the forward has appeared in 158 games at the WHL level with Swift Current (2013 - 2015), racking up 63-77=140 totals.

Lundqvist is perfect pie-stopper on 'Tonight Show'

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's puck-stopping ability has helped him win a Vezina Trophy, an Olympic gold medal and play in three NHL All-Star Games.

So how hard could it for him to stop miniature pumpkin pies?

"Piece of cake," Lundqvist said during an appearance Wednesday on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" on NBC.

Fallon had 10 seconds to try to shoot as many pies as he could past Lundqvist. The Rangers goaltender, who has a .949 save percentage in 12 NHL games, had a shutout against Fallon. And they weren't all easy saves; Lundqvist had to stretch to make a low glove save on the first pie, then react quickly to make a head-high blocker save on the second shot.

Red Wings' Datsyuk expected to return Friday

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:28 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk is expected to make his season debut Friday against the San Jose Sharks (7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D, CSN-CA).

"I believe [Datsyuk] is playing tomorrow," coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday in comments tweeted by the Red Wings.

Blashill said Datsyuk would play on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, according to

Abdelkader signs seven-year contract with Red Wings

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:12 PM / News

Justin Abdelkader signed a seven-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings, general manager Ken Holland announced Thursday.

The contract is worth $29.75 million, an average annual value of $4.25 million, according to TSN.

"Signing my extension, hoping to end my career in Detroit. It's a dream come true for me," Abdelkader said in comments tweeted by the Red Wings.

Abdelkader has four goals in 15 games playing on the Red Wings' top line this season. The left wing scored an NHL career-high 23 goals last season.

Fantasy top 30 goalies: Avalanche's Berra a bargain

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

David Satriano - Fantasy Staff Writer

Every Thursday during the season, fantasy hockey staff writer David Satriano provides in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top-30 rankings to trending players and more, Satriano is your go-to guy for fantasy goalie advice all season long.

As of Thursday morning, the same goalie leads the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage. Any idea who it could be?

Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist or Marc-Andre Fleury all are good guesses, but nope. The right answer is Reto Berra of the Colorado Avalanche.

Flames acquire goaltender Poulin from Lightning

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 11:18 AM / News

The Calgary Flames acquired goalie Kevin Poulin in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations on Thursday.

The Flames announced Poulin will report to Stockton of the American Hockey League.

Poulin, 25, has not played in a game yet this season. He had been claimed on waivers by the Lightning from the New York Islanders on Sept 27, and was sent to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Oct. 25.

Team Europe staff will take time building roster

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 9:58 AM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

David Satriano - Staff Writer

Team Europe will have plenty of players to choose from when making its roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. General manager Miroslav Satan wasn't ready to name specific players yet after he named his scouting staff Thursday, but did say that he expects almost all of the roster to be comprised of NHL players.

"I think what we are looking at now is 50-plus players in the NHL who have some kind of European passport and belong to our team, so I think that's a big enough group to find our players. But having said that, we are not excluding European players," Satan said. "You never know what might happen. Injuries might happen or someone might have an unbelievable season over in the KHL and we might consider him. But I would say our primary focus will be NHL players.

"I think it's too early to talk about names right now. Everybody probably has in their head some surprises and we will probably discuss that internally [in the future]. But it's too early to mention anything public yet."

Tufte's mix of size, skill make him intriguing prospect

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 9:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

Every Thursday, will look ahead to the 2016 NHL Draft with an in-depth profile on one of its top prospects.

If NHL teams are looking for a physically large forward with a skill set to match his size in the 2016 NHL Draft, then Riley Tufte will draw a lot of interest.

At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds, the Minnesota high school standout is one of the tallest forwards eligible for the 2016 draft and he understands having that kind of size at his age is useful.

"It's awesome," Tufte said before the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in September. "I'm 6-5, and I know there's a couple other guys out here that are my size too, but it's just such an advantage to my reach. It's just an advantage to me."

Behind the Numbers: 35-and-older all-star team

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Behind the Numbers

Rob Vollman - Correspondent

It is very hard to compete in today's NHL beyond age 35. Even if a player can contribute, most teams prefer to invest roster space in a young, developing, more affordable player. Only the very best players can continue to remain a factor into his late 30s.

There are 40 skaters and two goalies 35 or older (as of Nov. 11). There are 33 players age 20 or younger. Remaining in the League past age 35 is only slightly less difficult than breaking in as a teenager.

There are several players who manage to get his name on the score sheet past age 35, including three who are leading their team in scoring: Vancouver Canucks forward Daniel Sedin, Detroit Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg, and Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr, who at 43 last February is more than four years older than the League's next oldest player, Dan Boyle of the New York Rangers, who turned 39 in July.

Unmasked: New skates giving goalies an edge

Thursday, 11.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- From revised training methods to new techniques and tactics, NHL goaltenders are constantly looking for anything that will give them an edge on shooters.

The latest evolution in goalie skates is giving some that edge -- literally.

New models from Bauer and from VH Footwear, a small skate company based in Winnipeg, have taken the hard plastic cowling off goaltender skates, removing the extra layer that used to wrap around the front edge of the boot and provide an extra air gap around the toe. The result is a thinner profile across the width of the foot and less material on the inside edge below the big toe, which allows a goaltender to dig in his blade at more extreme angles before that inside of the skate boot makes contact with the ice, which can cause him to lose that edge and slip out.

This means a goalie can hold his inside edge better from a lower, wider stance and still be able to push laterally with power. It also makes it easier to establish a good edge when he is down on his knees and wants to push side to side.

If removing that thin layer of plastic sounds like a small thing, consider how big a difference New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said it has made in his game. Lundqvist, who was top five in the NHL in wins (eight), goals-against average (1.65) and save percentage (.949) after a shutout Tuesday, talked with Larry Brooks of the New York Post about the skates in late October.

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