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St. Louis Blues unveil new uniforms

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

NHL.com

The St. Louis Blues unveiled their new home and away jerseys Monday at the Ice Breaker event at Ballpark Village.

The Blues will wear the new jerseys beginning with the upcoming 2014-15 season. It's the first change to the franchise's primary look since 2007.

"We're going back to tradition. It's certainly exciting to be able to wear these," defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said at the unveiling. "You can tell it's going back to the traditional Blues, the history of the Blues. We love to represent that as players.

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Anderson, Senators agree to three-year extension

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 4:54 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Ottawa Senators believe they have one of the best goaltending tandems in the NHL, and they acted Monday to ensure it will remain that way past this season.

The Senators and goaltender Craig Anderson agreed to terms on a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension that keeps Anderson under contract through the end of the 2017-18 season.

Anderson's contract extension comes a little over three weeks after the Senators announced a three-year, $6.675 million contract for restricted free-agent goaltender Robin Lehner.

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Nichushkin, Horton power Cubeta's fantasy sleepers

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

With few exceptions, the majority of top-tier players are established and well-known to the common fantasy owner. Though those players are integral components of a championship team, under-the-radar options with high potential -- better known as sleepers -- can pay huge dividends in fantasy leagues.

Whether drafted or added off waivers, these players typically are undervalued on draft day but ultimately can become major fantasy commodities by season's end. Sleepers are extremely unpredictable every season, but the bottom line is these players end up outperforming everyone’s expectations, regardless of their age, team or position.

This week, NHL.com fantasy insiders Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen and Matt Sitkoff take in-depth looks at underrated players who should be on your fantasy team's radar entering drafts. Each expert will provide 10 sleeper picks with corresponding stat projections (in order of preference), along with five additional candidates for fantasy owners to keep an eye on.

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Expect young players to impact Flames lineup

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

If 2013-14 was the first full season of a comprehensive rebuild, the Calgary Flames found some individual positives amid a lack of group success.

Forward Sean Monahan made the team in his draft year and looks like a keeper, even if he struggled at times after a hot start. Forward Mikael Backlund and defenseman Mark Giordano had great seasons, even if their work was overshadowed by the lack of wins.

There is a new general manager in charge, Brad Treliving, and as long as Brian Burke is part of the management group it might be hard to see the Flames in rebuilding mode for long. There were a few offseason additions to the roster, but top scorer Mike Cammalleri is gone, and the Flames will be picked to finish near the bottom of the Western Conference again.

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Progress, goalie among Flames' five questions

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames will look to continue the rebuild which began last season.

How the Flames are able to do so, and how Calgary defines its success in 2014-15, are among five questions they'll be looking to answer this season:

1. Can the Flames take positive steps forward? -- The Flames finished 27th in the NHL standings last season with 77 points, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism. In the first year of a rebuild, the Flames fielded a competitive team which tied an NHL record for games decided by one goal (49).

Though new general manager Brad Treliving isn't necessarily measuring success in wins and points, progress remains a necessity.

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Sophomore season next hurdle for Flames' Monahan

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan is aware the temperature is going to be turned up in his sophomore season. The 19-year-old wouldn't have it any other way.

After a 22-goal season -- the most by a Flames rookie since 1989-90 and one more than a fresh-faced Jarome Iginla scored in 1996-97 -- Monahan is ready for bigger challenges.

"I think there will be more pressure this year," Monahan said. "There's an expectation now. I have to be better than last year. That's something I want to do and something I've worked really hard on over the summer to be ready for that.

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Flames' rebuild ready for next important step

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout August.

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames took the first step in their rebuilding process last season.

The success of the next step, being evaluated by new general manager Brad Treliving, may not be measured in the standings for a team that finished 27th in the NHL last season.

"Ultimately, we need to continue to take that step forward," said Treliving, who was named to his position April 28. "The simplest way is looking at point totals from one year to the next. I don't think that tells the entire story when you look at a team that's growing. We want to continue to take a step forward. We want to continue to grow as an organization.

"We want to identify players that we feel can be with us as we go forward long-term. To me, that's a big part of, as we move forward, a big thing we're looking at is that we've collectively and individually have taken a positive step forward."

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Bennett heads Flames' list of top 10 prospects

Monday, 08.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Not since Craig Conroy was scoring in bunches have the Calgary Flames had a legitimate top center in the organization.

Solid drafting and a deep pool of prospects have certainly changed that.

"I am clearly biased so I don't like talking about our pool of prospects, but I do think we have a lot of young skilled offensive guys, and after years of not having a No. 1 center feel we have a lot of depth at the position now," Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button said. "We hope that one or more emerge as bona fide top guys. We feel we also have depth at every position."

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Stronger goaltending, defense added to Oilers lineup

Sunday, 08.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Is this the year?

It was a tagline from a recent NHL marketing promotion, but it's also been the foremost question on the minds of Edmonton Oilers fans for several offseasons. Is this the year Edmonton, led by its young core, finally returns to prominence?

The rebuilding process has taken longer in Oil Country than it did in Pittsburgh or Chicago or Washington, but the talent is in place. The Oilers buttressed the roster with a couple of interesting free-agent signings, namely forward Benoit Pouliot and defenseman Mark Fayne.

If a couple of young defensemen improve and the goaltending is better, the Oilers could shoot up from the bottom of the Western Conference into Stanley Cup Playoff contention. Reaching the top eight and returning to the postseason would take significant improvements.

Here's a look at the projected 2014-15 lineup for the Oilers:

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German star Draisaitl leads Oilers' top 10 prospects

Sunday, 08.24.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Picking first at the NHL Draft three straight seasons (2010-12) allowed the Edmonton Oilers to select three NHL-ready prospects in Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov.

Otherwise, the Oilers have done their best to be patient with their young players.

That could change, however, as Leon Draisaitl, the third pick of the 2014 draft, will have every chance to become the team's fourth top-10 pick in the past five years to play in the NHL as an 18-year-old.

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

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Quote of the Day

It's pretty crazy, but believe me when I say we didn't draft these players with the mindset we had to because they had good hockey-playing dads. It just turned out that way. But we're certainly glad they're a part of our organization.

— Arizona Coyotes director of amateur scouting Tim Bernhardt regarding the coincidence that six of the organization's top prospects are sons of former NHL players