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Canadiens goalie Price is Hart Trophy favorite: analyst

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 5:31 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Comcast SportsNet NHL analyst Brian Boucher believes Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price should win the Hart Trophy as the League's most valuable player.

Boucher, a 13-year NHL veteran who began his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1999-2000, was in Manhattan for an appearance on NHL Live on Tuesday. He sat down with to discuss Price, the Flyers and other hot topics around the League.

"Any time you have a goals against under two you know the team is doing their job and, second, the goaltender is doing his part," Boucher said. "It's not an easy thing to keep your goals against under two and his save percentage is through the roof. He's really matured into a top-notch goaltender and certainly has been a key for that Canadiens team. They're a serious contender because a lot of that has to do with Carey Price.

"If he's not in there, you got to ask yourself, 'Would that team still be where they are at?' I don't think so."

Rangers agree to terms with Tambellini on contract

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 12:38 PM / News

The New York Rangers agreed to terms Tuesday with forward Adam Tambellini on an entry-level contract, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed.

Tambellini was selected by the Rangers in the third round (No. 65) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Tambellini has scored 45 goals and has 79 points in 65 games this season for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He ranks fourth in the WHL in goals and seventh in scoring. In 96 WHL games, Tambellini has 62 goals and 118 points.

Flyers sign forward Martel to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 12:24 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 5-8, 162-lb C Danick Martel to a three-year entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Martel, 20 (12/12/1994), is currently in his fourth and final season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is currently ranked second in the league in scoring with 48 goals and 54 assists for 102 points in 63 games.

Fantasy top 100 forwards: Tap into productive lines

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

Catching lightning in a bottle at the right time is the name of the game for fantasy waiver-wire pickups. Sometimes value spikes come as a result of strong linemates; other times they come because of injuries.

Last season, Gustav Nyquist of the Detroit Red Wings transformed from a readily available forward to a goal-scoring phenom after the Olympic break with Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk sidelined.

Stars sign forward Shore to entry-level contract

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 10:41 AM / News

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed center Devin Shore to a three-year entry-level contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Shore, 20, recently completed his junior season at the University of Maine recording 35 points (14-21=35) in 39 games played. In 112 career collegiate games, he registered 104 points (34-70=104). Following his sophomore season in 2013-14, he was named a Second Team All-American and to the Hockey East First Team.

Around the League notebook for Monday, March 9

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 9:12 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


James Neal (1-0—1) scored with 2:15 remaining in overtime to power the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. The Predators, who lead the Central Division, improved to 42-19-7 (91 points) this season and tied the Anaheim Ducks for first in the NHL standings.

* Neal's goal was his 22nd of the season and sixth game-winning goal, which tied his career high set during the 2012-13 season as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

* Pekka Rinne made 27 saves to improve to 36-13-3 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage. Rinne's 36 victories rank him second among NHL goaltenders; Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens paces the League with 37 wins.

Samsung Canada, NHL announce partnership

Samsung Canada to enhance personalization within NHL app on Samsung mobile devices

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

TORONTO – Samsung Canada and the National Hockey League today announced a multi-year partnership, making the global leader in innovative technology the first-ever exclusive partner in the mobile, tablet, and wearable hardware category. The partnership in Canada includes sponsorship across the League's digital assets, NHL Social™, and within the NHL app. Samsung will bring fans closer to the game as the presenting sponsor of Inside the NHL Situation Room videos online and the Stanley Cup Playoffs Bracket Challenge™.

The official NHL app is now enhanced with richer content on Samsung GALAXY smartphones, allowing fans to personalize their device around their favourite NHL® team. Co-developed between Samsung Canada and the League, fans can get closer to the game they love through NHL team-branded integrated wallpapers and covers, keeping them in the loop with a countdown to puck drop, game scores, and updates, all delivered directly to their mobile devices in real-time.

Analysis: Methot, Hammond keys to Senators' surge

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Bobby Ryan could sense the Ottawa Senators were turning and starting to move in the right direction shortly before the All-Star break in late January.

Ottawa wasn't winning yet, but Ryan felt the Senators were playing strong through the neutral zone, with better layers of support, and using quick, crisp puck movement to suppress shots against.

Turnovers were starting to go down. Grade A scoring chances against were starting to go down. Shots against overall were starting to go down.

Rangers-Islanders rivalry made memories at Coliseum

Tuesday, 03.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

With the New York Rangers and New York Islanders trending toward the top of the Eastern Conference, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said prior to a game between the teams in January, "It's going to be a New York classic."

That game took place at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers and Islanders have played twice this season. But their game Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN-US, TVA Sports, SN1) holds special meaning outside of its ramifications on the Metropolitan Division standings. With the Islanders moving to Brooklyn next season, it will be the last regular-season game against the Rangers at Nassau Coliseum.

The Coliseum, which opened in 1972, has been the site of many spectacular moments in the Rangers-Islanders rivalry.

Russian-born referee Romasko well-suited for NHL

Monday, 03.09.2015 / 11:50 PM / NHL Insider

Jon Lane - Staff Writer

Stephen Walkom calls it game presence, an it factor required for an NHL official, one who works in a composed, assured way skating among players moving at 25-30 miles per hour and pucks blasted up to speeds of 100 MPH. The ideal on-ice official is assured of himself and the way he goes about his business enforcing the rules of a game played at a breakneck pace.

"That's someone that has that great inner confidence," said Walkom, NHL senior vice president and director of officiating. "That's something that he has. He has that presence. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that he's a phenomenal skater as well."

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I think when you build a team, you look at pairs, and I think the pair of [Voracek and Giroux] is very good, certainly one of the top pairs in the League.

— Flyers GM Ron Hextall on Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek after giving Voracek a multiyear extension Thursday