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NHL Network to commemorate Gretzky trade to Kings

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 12:21 PM / NHL Network

NHL.com

Saturday marks the 26th anniversary of the day Wayne Gretzky was traded from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings.

NHL Network will dedicate a large portion of the day commemorating the trade that changed the landscape of the sport and put hockey on the map in Southern California.

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Penguins lineup needs more from bottom-six forwards

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won four Stanley Cup Playoff series in the past five seasons, a stretch preceded by back-to-back trips to the Stanley Cup Final with what was the NHL's best collection of young star power.

When Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are healthy and on the roster, the expectation is to win four playoff rounds every season. There has been plenty of regular-season success in Pittsburgh, but the roster has eroded around them and losing three straight games after taking a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers in the second round meant the end for general manager Ray Shero and, eventually, coach Dan Bylsma.

New GM Jim Rutherford has tried to bolster the Penguins' depth, and he's earned deserved praise for some low-cost, low-risk additions. His big roster move, trading talented sniper James Neal for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling, played to mixed reviews.

The other big acquisition is coach Mike Johnston, who had plenty of experience as an NHL assistant and plenty of success with Portland in the Western Hockey League, but is now the lead guy at this level for the first time.

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Penguins need Ehrhoff to replace departed Niskanen

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff had a whirlwind offseason.

After being bought out from his contract with the Buffalo Sabres, the 32-year-old was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins to a one-year, $4-million contract shortly after free agency opened July 1. Now he enters the 2014-15 season as an instrumental piece to the Penguins' defensive corps.

Pittsburgh was unable to retain defensemen Matt Niskanen, who had a career year in 2013-14 with 10 goals and 46 points, and Brooks Orpik, its most tenured player entering the offseason. Each signed with the Metropolitan-Division rival Washington Capitals, making their losses sting that much more.

But the Penguins shifted their focus away from landing a possible top-six forward in free agency and instead decided to solidify their defense by adding Ehrhoff, who could more than make up for the losses of Niskanen and Orpik.

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Rutherford, Johnston eager to help Penguins rebound

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

After another disappointing Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been taken in a different direction featuring new leadership and a retooled roster.

The Penguins will set out to prove the changes were worth the risk.

Pittsburgh was eliminated in the Eastern Conference Second Round despite a 3-1 series lead against the New York Rangers heading back to Consol Energy Center for Game 5. The Penguins scored one goal in each of the following three games and were outscored by seven.

In five years since winning the 2009 Stanley Cup, the Penguins have yet to return to the Stanley Cup Final. The dissatisfaction with postseason futility led Pittsburgh to make notable changes throughout the organization.

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New coach, players among Penguins five questions

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter the 2014-15 season as a different team, for better or worse.

After another disappointing result in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pittsburgh overhauled its managerial and coaching staffs, then retooled its roster. The Penguins have been one of the NHL's more consistent franchises in recent years, but their lack of satisfaction with regular-season success has led to a new direction.

Here are five questions the Penguins must answer if they plan to remain the steady franchise they were under their previous regime:

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Penguins adding forwards to top 10 prospects

Friday, 08.08.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Under former general manager Ray Shero, the Pittsburgh Penguins' philosophy was to prioritize defensemen in the draft. That led to the Penguins producing a number of high-end defense prospects but comparatively little up front. Now the forwards are starting to catch up.

"We're starting to get these forwards coming through the turnstiles," Penguins assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald said. "We feel like we've got them coming through now when in the past we haven't. We feel like we've got some forwards now finally coming through instead of being deep in just [defensive] depth."

Here's a look at the Penguins' top 10 prospects, according to NHL.com:

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Hurricanes, top pick Haydn Fleury agree to contract

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 7:13 PM / News

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday agreed to terms with defenseman Haydn Fleury, their first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, on a three-year, entry-level contract. The team says the contract will pay Fleury $832,500 per season at the NHL level or $70,000 at the American Hockey League level. He will also receive a signing bonus of $277,500.

Fleury, 18, scored eight goals, finished with 46 points and had a team-high plus-15 rating in 70 games with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14. He has 12 goals and 65 points in 140 games during his two seasons with Red Deer.


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Ryan White, Flyers agree to one-year contract

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 4:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Ryan White agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers on a one-year, two-way contract, the team said Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

White, 26, had two goals and six points in 52 regular-season games for the Montreal Canadiens last season. He scored one goal in three Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Compher enjoying leadership role at U.S. junior camp

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 4:42 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- J.T. Compher almost certainly has skated his last shift during the U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp this week due to an injury to his left hand sustained Wednesday blocking a shot against Sweden.

But there was no chance Compher was leaving town. Playing or not, the Buffalo Sabres prospect is too important to the process of building the team that will play for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"With the guys that are here now, you're trying to build more and more identity in the locker room and let [the players] do that," said Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States WJC team. "He's got a pretty long history with a lot of guys in that room of being a leader on and off the ice. It's important for him to be here."

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Kings to honor Robitaille with statue outside arena

Thursday, 08.07.2014 / 1:43 PM / News

NHL.com

Luc Robitaille will be honored this season by the Los Angeles Kings with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center as part of their Legends Night Series.

Robitaille, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who scored 668 goals in a career that saw him spend 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, is scheduled to be honored prior to the March 7 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The statue, to be created by renowned artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, will join other iconic sculptures of celebrated Los Angeles sports superstars including Wayne Gretzky and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

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I've been so fortunate, blessed, to play a long time with some great players and be on power plays, play in some great cities and stuff. It's been fun.

— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday