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Hasek had only one goal: to be the man in the net

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 6:15 PM / Hall of Fame

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- There was never any other choice for Dominik Hasek. If he was going to play hockey, he was going to be the goalie.

"I was a goalie from practice No. 1," Hasek said here Friday at the start of Hockey Hall of Fame weekend. "I remember I was 3 years old and I always asked my parents and grandfather to shoot at me in the kitchen at home, in the meadow around the house. I never tried to score on anyone. I always was in the net to stop the ball or stop the puck. When I was 6 and at my first practice, I came to the hockey rink as the goalie."

Turns out it was a very astute decision. Hasek received his Hockey Hall of Fame ring with this year's other inductees: Mike Modano, Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, referee Bill McCreary and coach Pat Burns (accepted by his widow, Line Gignac Burns). The group will be inducted Monday.

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Maple Leafs to add Borje Salming to Legends Row

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 4:50 PM / News

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

September's launch of the Toronto Maple Leafs 'Legends Row', a monument to honour some of the greatest players in team history, saw two centremen inducted in Darryl Sittler and Ted Kennedy alongside goaltender Johnny Bower. Today the team announced that the man many view as the best defensemen in team history, Borje Salming, would be the fourth statue added in September, 2015.

Salming spent 16 seasons in a Maple Leaf sweater where his strong two-way play put him among the elite defencemen in the game and made him one of the most popular players in team history. After being discovered playing in Sweden by scout Gerry McNamara, Salming joined Toronto in 1973 and made an immediate impact, earning NHL Second All-Star Team honours in his sophomore season before going on to a Hall of Fame career.

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Ducks place forward Heatley on injured reserve

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks placed forward Dany Heatley on injured reserve Friday.

The Ducks on Twitter did not specify the injury, but Heatley said he was trying to play through a groin injury and continuing to feel pain and discomfort, according to the Orange County Register.

"I want to come back 100 percent," Heatley said. "It's early in the season, so hopefully I can get this fixed. A little more time can hopefully help it."

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Kings defenseman Martinez has surgery on finger

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez had surgery on a finger Friday morning, general manager Dean Lombardi said according to LAKingsInsider.com.

There was no immediate word on a timeline for the return of Martinez, a six-year NHL veteran.

Martinez, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 of the 2014 Final against the New York Rangers, skated only 11:55 in a 2-0 loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday, taking his last shift midway through the second period.

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Kane, Subban slumps among hot fantasy topics

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar's fantasy struggles in the early parts of the 2014-15 season have been well-documented. He has seven points in 14 games after putting together a 70-point effort a season ago. Coming into this season, Kopitar was drafted on average with the 19th pick. Right now he ranks 449th among all players in Yahoo fantasy leagues.

It's been an ugly start for Kopitar. However, he missed three-and-a-half games because of an upper-body injury. We can sort of give him a free pass for his struggles due to the injury. An excuse, perhaps. Plus, Kopitar has two goals and two assists in the past three games. Maybe he's breaking out of the slump. If so, the buy-low window may have just disappeared.

If you can't acquire Kopitar, there are two other elite players you should be targeting: Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban. Try and pry either of these guys away from their owners at a discounted price right now. It may be the last chance you have.

Let's take a look at their situations.

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Unusual road has Kerdiles on cusp of reaching NHL

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 11:56 AM / AHL Update

Kinsey Janke - Special to NHL.com

If you trace it back a few years, the ice hockey timeline for Nicolas Kerdiles seems pretty standard.

A stint with the United States National Team Development Program, a few international appearances, some college hockey, and now his rookie season in the American Hockey League with the Norfolk Admirals after his first National Hockey League training camp this past September.

Before all that, before the call to the USNTDP, before going No. 36 to the Anaheim Ducks in the 2012 NHL Draft, Kerdiles' road to professional hockey began 20 minutes from the Honda Center on a suburban street in Irvine, Calif., with a neighbor who needed an extra in a game of roller hockey.

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Honda to sponsor NHL All-Star Weekend as part of expanded relationship

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 9:00 AM / 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend

NHL.com

NEW YORK / TORONTO ─ The National Hockey League® (NHL) today announced it has expanded its relationship with Honda. As part of a multi-year agreement, American Honda Motor Co. will include Honda Canada Inc. as League sponsor in the automotive category in North America.

Honda will sustain its strong commitment to the League's national broadcast partners, NBC in the U.S. and Rogers in Canada. Honda will further support its NHL® relationship through a significant media commitment including promotions across the NHL's media platforms such as NHL.com, NHL Social™ and NHL Mobile™. The new agreement also leverages the NHL brand through use of League marks and collective use of team marks in Honda's national consumer and trade advertising and promotion.

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Around the League notebook for Thursday, Nov. 13

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 8:46 AM / News

NHL.com

'STL LINE' (AGAIN) LEADS BLUES PAST PREDS

The trio of Jaden Schwartz (0-1—1), Vladimir Tarasenko (1-1—2) and Jori Lehtera (0-2—2) combined for five points and Paul Stastny potted the game-winner with just under six minutes left in regulation to lift the St. Louis Blues to a 4-3 win against the Nashville Predators, their ninth win in their past 10 games (9-1-0). Recently dubbed the 'STL Line', Schwartz, Tarasenko and Lehtera have combined for 16 goals, 38 points and a plus-31 rating during the Blues' past 10 games.

* Tarasenko stretched his point streak to a career-long seven games (6-6—12); he now has seven multipoint games this season and 23 in his career (118 GP). Tarasenko is tied with Phil Kessel for fourth in League scoring (10-11—21).

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Blue Jackets' Hartnell craving win against Flyers

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Having spent seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers before being traded in June to the Columbus Blue Jackets, left wing Scott Hartnell laughed when asked what kind of reception he expects Friday in his return to Wells Fargo Center.

"It's Philly, man," he said. "I'm sure I'll get a round of applause, but the way I play a lot of cities don't like me. That means I'm doing a good job in that way.

"If I run over (Claude) Giroux first shift I'm sure I'll get some boos."

Hartnell may or may not be jesting about taking a run at his former linemate, but if that would create a spark for the slumping Blue Jackets (4-10-1) then he would gladly risk the wrath of the fans that used to cheer him in exchange for a long-sought victory.

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Super 16: Predators' Forsberg emerges from '12 class

Friday, 11.14.2014 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Nashville Predators have lacked dynamism at the forward position for years, but they appear to have bolstered the group significantly in that department this offseason.

One move was obvious, adding James Neal in a trade for Patric Hornqvist. Maybe Neal won't score 40 times without Evgeni Malkin feeding him the puck, but he's still scoring plenty on Nashville's top line.

The other "addition" came from within. Filip Forsberg had a goal and five points in 13 games last season with Nashville, at times looking like a tantalizing prospect and others looking like a guy not ready for the NHL. If it weren't for Vladimir Tarasenko, Forsberg might be the breakout star of the 2014-15 season to date.

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Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6