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Chicago's Versteeg healthy, ready to redeem himself

Sunday, 09.28.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

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

If anyone on the Chicago Blackhawks needed the offseason, it was right wing Kris Versteeg.

The 2013-14 season wasn't one he'd like to remember too much, except for the fact he returned from major knee surgery. Otherwise, the versatile 28-year old had a season that could best be described as turbulent.

"Time off physically and mentally always helps," Versteeg said shortly after the Blackhawks opened training camp. "I wasn't good last year and you always try to bounce back from years like that and come back better, so it was nice to have time off."

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Preseason Roundup: Crosby-less Penguins win

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 11:58 PM / News

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Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Ebbett had first-period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday.

Kapanen, the Penguins' first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored a power-play goal 5:52 into the game by roofing a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. Ebbett, who dressed because Sidney Crosby missed the game because of the death of his grandmother, doubled the lead at 11:44.

Crosby had been expected to make his preseason debut.

Brian Gibbons, who played for the Penguins last season before signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent this summer, scored a power-play goal early in the third period. It was the only one of Columbus' 19 shots to beat Marc-Andre Fleury.

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Schwartz signs two-year contract with Blues

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 6:57 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz has signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues, the team announced Saturday.

No terms of the agreement were disclosed, but TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the contract will pay Schwartz $2 million this season and $2.7 million in 2015-16, for an average annual value of $2.35 million.

"We are excited to have Jaden in the fold for the next two seasons," general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "He is an exciting young talent that will play a key role in the success of our club in the near future."

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Penguins captain Crosby misses game Saturday

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 6:52 PM / News

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Sidney Crosby did not play in the Pittsburgh Penguins' preseason game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after his grandmother passed away, the team announced.

Crosby traveled to Nova Scotia to be with his family, according to the team. Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website Saturday he expects Crosby to return Sunday and play Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

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Islanders enjoy taste of Brooklyn, focus on present

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 11:54 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- As the team bus rolled out of the Nassau Coliseum parking lot and headed west on the Long Island Expressway toward Brooklyn, New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic stared out the window and thought about the changes coming.

"Getting here, you're trying to figure out the plan of how you're going to fight the traffic to get in," Hamonic said. "Probably the train is one of the best options. I'm sure with more time it's going to feel at home."

Barclays Center started to feel a little more like home to the Islanders on Friday than it did a year ago. It was their second preseason game in as many Septembers in their future home, but this one felt different.

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Penguins prepared to push pace under new coach

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins have stepped on the ice for the first time under new coach Mike Johnston.

Through the first week of training camp, Johnston's message has been clear. He wants the Penguins conditioned, intense and prepared for a grueling 82-game schedule. That was evident when he had the two camp groups finish their respective Sept. 19 practices with a set of wind sprints that would make Kurt Russell's rendition of Herb Brooks proud.

"[The practice] was high tempo, high intensity," forward Pascal Dupuis said. "There's no messing around out there. It's from one drill to another and you have to act professional, he wants this team to play fast and that's how you have to skate and that's how you have to practice."

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Penguins' success starts with buying into new system

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

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

The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent trend of disappointment in the Stanley Cup Playoffs following an impressive regular season continued in 2013-14, when they were eliminated by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

Pittsburgh overhauled its managerial and coaching staffs, along with its lineup, in an effort to break that trend. The Penguins will still have familiar faces Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury when they open their season Oct. 9 against the Anaheim Ducks, but not much else is the same.

Second-line forwards James Neal and Jussi Jokinen have departed and must be replaced. Key defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen are with the Metropolitan Division rival Washington Capitals. Coach Mike Johnston has replaced Stanley Cup-winning coach Dan Bylsma.

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Penguins' Letang ready to start anew, in good health

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

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

Kris Letang's tumultuous 2013-14 season is no secret.

Injuries and health issues plagued the Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman, including a stroke in January. When he was healthy, planned partner Rob Scuderi was not. His play regressed as he fought to stay on the ice long enough to gain any traction. He was not the same player he was a season prior, when he was a Norris Trophy finalist.

But that doesn't matter to Letang now. He finished the Stanley Cup Playoffs strong, paired alongside defenseman Paul Martin, and wants to carry that play into the start of this season.

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Development, health among Lightning's three keys

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

If the Tampa Bay Lightning's 2013-14 season was about improving from a bottom-feeder into a Stanley Cup Playoff team, this season is about taking the next step. For the Lightning, that means building on a 101-point regular season and becoming a top-tier NHL franchise.

They already have the talent, with goaltender Ben Bishop, defenseman Victor Hedman and a slew of talented forwards built around captain Steven Stamkos, who is still only 24. General manager Steve Yzerman added a number of complementary veteran pieces, and the Lightning seem poised to improve on an impressive 2013-14 regular season that ended with playoff disappointment and a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference First Round.

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Lightning out to prove they can play with NHL elite

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

In a challenging season that saw captain Martin St. Louis traded, star center Steven Stamkos shelved with a broken leg and coach Jon Cooper entering his first full year behind the bench, plenty went right for the Tampa Bay Lightning. A number of young players, particularly goaltender Ben Bishop, emerged as legitimate contributors, and the team made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in three years.

Much of that progress was overshadowed by a first-round sweep at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. But with veteran help added over the summer and more top prospects on the way, the Lightning have some lofty expectations for 2014-15.

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