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Five Questions: McPhee talks Kuznetsov contract

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's weekly Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game today and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee:

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- George McPhee saw the crowd gathering at Kettler Capitals Iceplex at 8 a.m. Sunday and was taken aback by the buzz the Washington Capitals fans and media were creating on what can typically be a lazy morning for most people.

Evgeny Kuznetsov was taking the ice for the first time with the Capitals after signing his contract Saturday. It was a moment nearly four years in the making.

The Capitals drafted Kuznetsov with the No. 26 pick at the 2010 NHL Draft. McPhee knew the star Russian teenager wouldn't be coming to Washington then or for the next few years, but he never thought it would take until March 9, 2014, for Kuznetsov to finally arrive.

"It's just nice to have him," a relieved McPhee said Monday from the NHL general managers' meeting. "It's been a long time without him."


Miller's influence apparent for surging Blues

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- Manning the pipes for the first time with a team other than the Buffalo Sabres, goalie Ryan Miller was put in a precarious position by his new team.

Not once, but twice.

Winning games in the NHL normally is built on teams scoring first; the records speak for themselves. But in Miller's first two starts with the St. Louis Blues, he was faced with a 2-0 deficit each time.

If there's one character trait the Blues have learned, and will continue to grasp with the 33-year-old in goal, it's Miller's low-key presence.


Senators goalie Anderson injured vs. Predators

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 1:54 AM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson was injured and left the game Monday against the Nashville Predators at Canadian Tire Centre at 4:50 of the third period. He did not return.

Anderson skated off to the dressing room after Senators left wing Milan Michalek collided with him on a Nashville scoring chance. He stopped 26 of 29 shots before the injury.

"I was backchecking there and unfortunately I hit him, I hit him pretty hard, so I hope he's going to be fine," Michalek said of Anderson, who is 21-14-8 with a 3.10 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in 47 appearances.


Avalanche forward Parenteau to miss 4-6 weeks

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 12:34 AM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche right wing PA Parenteau injured his right knee on his first shift in the first period Monday against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season.

"We'll see for playoffs, but he will be out for four to six weeks," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of Parenteau, who sustained an injury to his medial collateral ligament and wore a brace on his right leg after the game, which the Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.


Teams, players send Peverley well-wishes

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 11:27 PM / News

As news spread regarding the condition of Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley after he collapsed on the team's bench in the first period of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday night, players, coaches and teams took to social media to offer their support.

The game was halted 6:23 in after Peverley was quickly carried from the bench. It was later announced that Peverley was conscious and taken to a hospital.

"I hope Rich Peverley is ok," Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins (@dallaseakins) tweeted. "Scary incident in the Dallas game tonight. Positive thoughts and prayers from all in our Organization."


Flames' Granlund leaves game with injury

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 9:45 PM / News

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forward Markus Granlund left the game against the Los Angeles Kings on Monday with an upper-body injury and will not return.

Granlund, 20, played 12 seconds before leaving the game after taking a hit from Kings forward Jarret Stoll.


Senators' Ceci leaves game after hit in head by shot

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 8:15 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci left the game Monday after he was struck in the head by Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber's slap shot midway through the first period. He did not return.

Ceci fell to the ice in front of Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson after he was hit on the side of the head by Weber's drive from inside the blue line at 10:21 of the first period.


Former Blues GM Pleau honored at meetings

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 7:30 PM / News

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL's general managers took time from their annual March meeting here to honor one of their peers, Larry Pleau, the manager of the St. Louis Blues from 1997-2010.

Pleau was to be honored Monday night during a dinner with the current managers.

"It's going to be a really good night tonight," said Doug Armstrong, the current GM with the Blues. "There will be a few laughs and probably a few tears too."

During his time as the manager of the Blues, the team posted a 468-396-120 record and captured the Presidents' Trophy in 1999-2000. From 1997-2003, the Blues went 260-153-63-16, the best six-year run in franchise history.

Pleau also was a primary builder of the success the team is enjoying today. He had a hand in the drafting of many of the building blocks, including Barret Jackman, Jay McClement, Erik Johnson, Roman Polak, David Perron, David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and Alex Pietrangelo.


Memories abound as Carlyle returns to Anaheim

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 5:08 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Emotions have always been a trademark of Randy Carlyle, despite his gruff exterior, and it was difficult for him to ignore them when he arrived at Honda Center on Monday morning.

Carlyle said hi to the parking lot attendant -- "He's the guy that used to look after your wife and your kids when you came to the rink … it's an emotional time when you see him." -- and then he saw the man that washes the players' cars in the parking lot.

"I see players have new cars," Carlyle said, joking. "I don't see any coaches' cars out there. It's always nice to come back and see the people that you spent seven-plus years with."

There will be more emotions when the Anaheim Ducks recognize Carlyle on Monday night, when he returns to coach in Anaheim for the first time since he was fired Nov. 30, 2011, and hired a few months later by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Anaheim will do a video tribute during the first television timeout to honor the coach who guided the team to its first Stanley Cup in 2007. Carlyle can look up and see the banner. He won't go so far as to wear his Cup ring.


Nolan suspended one game for punching opponent

Monday, 03.10.2014 / 4:58 PM / NHL Department of Player Safety


NEW YORK Los Angeles Kings forward Jordan Nolan has been suspended for one game, without pay, for punching an unsuspecting opponent, Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Joensuu, during NHL Game No. 967 in Edmonton on Sunday, March 9, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 19:56 of the second period. Nolan was assessed a double-minor penalty for roughing.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Nolan will forfeit $3,589.74. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

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