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Red Wings' Glendening flies with Blue Angels

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 5:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings forward Luke Glendening took his offseason to new heights Wednesday when he flew with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

The 26-year-old center flew in an F/A-18 Hornet with the famed aviation acrobats during a test run for their 2015 Thunder Over Michigan show, which will be Aug. 29-30.

Canucks sign forward Adam Cracknell

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 1:25 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

VancouverCanucks.com

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Adam Cracknell.

Cracknell, 30, appeared in 17 games for Columbus during the 2014.15 season, registering an assist and two penalty minutes. He also split time this past season between the AHL Springfield Falcons and Chicago Wolves. With Springfield, he collected seven points (3-4-7) in 18 games and with Chicago, he posted 13 points (7-6-13) in 22 games.

The Prince Albert, Saskatchewan native made his NHL debut with the Blues during the 2010.11 season, and in parts of five seasons with St. Louis and Columbus has collected six goals and 17 points in 82 games.

Bellows, Tkachuk named to All-American Game roster

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 12:39 PM / Prospects

NHL.com

Forwards Kieffer Bellows, Matthew Tkachuk and Alex DeBrincat are among the top 2016 NHL Draft prospects who have been invited to play in the 2015 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

The game, which will feature 42 of the top draft-eligible American-born players, will be played Sept. 24 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

"This game provides the best U.S. players eligible for next year's NHL draft the opportunity to showcase their skills on a national stage," said Jim Johannson, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of hockey operations.

Canadiens make moves to create more offense

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

MONTREAL -- When Marc Bergevin was hired as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens on May 2, 2012, he admitted he didn't know much about their makeup, other than that they were set in goal with Carey Price.

Now, more than three years later, Bergevin has put his stamp on the Canadiens, with more than half of the expected 2015-16 opening-night roster arriving under his watch.

However, it could be argued that what Bergevin said remains true today: The goaltending of Price is the foundation of the Canadiens' success and the value of the pieces around him remains largely unknown.

The Canadiens are considered a defensive-minded team, but they allowed the 10th most shots on goal in the NHL last season.

The pieces for a top power play are in place with defensemen P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov and forward Max Pacioretty, but the Canadiens power play has finished in the bottom half of the League in each of the past two seasons.

Galchenyuk's role poses question for Canadiens

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens enter this season with certainty in goal. Everything else is up for debate.

Goaltender Carey Price's excellent play last season (44-16-6, 1.96 goals-against average, .933 save percentage) covered up many of the Canadiens' issues. If Price, who won the Hart and Vezina trophies, is unable to produce a similarly historic season, those deficiencies will become serious problems unless they are corrected.

Here are three questions facing the Canadiens:

Will Alex Galchenyuk play center? Galchenyuk has been viewed as the future first-line center since Montreal selected him with the No. 3 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft. But at the end of last season, general manager Marc Bergevin suggested Galchenyuk might never become an NHL center.

Price, Subban, Pacioretty keep Canadiens optimistic

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien likes to talk about his young veterans, the core players they are built around.

Any optimism surrounding the Canadiens begins with that group.

"Our young leaders have gained a lot of experience thanks to playing in big games, playoff games, and having a certain degree of success in the playoffs," Therrien said. "I think those young leaders have progressed over the past three years, and that's encouraging."

Here are four reasons for the Canadiens to be optimistic:

The wall in goal: The most common criticism of the Canadiens is that they are overly reliant on goaltender Carey Price.

De La Rose, Hudon among Canadiens' top 5 prospects

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens' prospect pool has decent depth but lacks top-end talent.

The main reason is the Canadiens have not picked earlier than 25th in each of the past three NHL Drafts, and they did not have a second-round pick in either of the past two.

As a result, the Canadiens lack an elite prospect, but they have several players who have the potential to become solid NHL contributors.

They were lacking in quality defensemen, and that's why the Canadiens used the No. 26 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft on Noah Juulsen of Everett of the Western Hockey League. He was the first defenseman Montreal selected in the first round since Nathan Beaulieu was picked 17th in 2011.

Here is a look at the Canadiens' top five prospects, according to NHL.com:

Montreal Canadiens fantasy hockey outlook

Wednesday, 08.26.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

As part of NHL.com's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Carey Price, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban

The Montreal Canadiens are well-balanced with an elite player at each fantasy position and are one of two teams to have three players within my top 25 (Pittsburgh Penguins). Price leads the group and has to be the first goalie off the draft board following an outstanding 2014-15 season. I have Price No. 9 in my offseason rankings with Pacioretty at No. 17 and Subban at No. 23. Price had a historic season in 2014-15, becoming the first goalie since save percentage was added as an NHL stat in 1982-83 to have at least 40 wins, a goals-against average below 2.00 and a save percentage higher than .930 (44 wins, 1.96 GAA, .933 SV%). He's the only goalie worth selecting in the first round of fantasy drafts this season.

Hurricanes' Staal doesn't expect extension by camp

Tuesday, 08.25.2015 / 10:46 PM / News

NHL.com

Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal said Monday he is likely to begin training camp entering the final year of his contract.

"[I'm] kind of waiting to see how it's going to play out here in the next while," Staal told the News & Observer. "I haven't given it a ton of thought, or time, as of right now. I'm focused on having a good finish to training for the summer and getting ready for the start of camp."

Staal, 31 on Oct. 29, will make $9.5 million this season, with an NHL salary-cap charge of $8.25 million, in the final year of a seven-year, $57.7 million contract he signed prior to the 2009 season, according to war-on-ice.com.

Chico Maki, longtime Blackhawks forward, dies at 76

Tuesday, 08.25.2015 / 10:00 PM / News

NHL.com

Longtime Chicago Blackhawks forward Ron "Chico" Maki died Monday. He was 76.

Maki spent 15 seasons with the Blackhawks, from 1961-62 to 1975-76. He won the Stanley Cup in 1961 and played in three NHL All-Star Games.

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