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Sabres hope top 10 prospects lead successful rebuild

Saturday, 08.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray was a busy man the first week of August, with top prospects taking part in national junior evaluation camps in Montreal and Lake Placid, N.Y.

Those camps had teams from six nations and featured nine potential future Sabres with opportunities to play for their respective countries at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

"It's the future," Murray told NHL.com. "It shows you the depth we have in the organization. If they all do the right things going forward, they have the chance to be National Hockey League players. It's exciting. It shows that we do have some high-end young talent in the organization."

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Blackhawks let draft pick Hayes become free agent

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 11:59 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks and prospect Kevin Hayes did not come to a contract agreement by the NHL deadline Friday and the 22-year-old forward is now an unrestricted free agent.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month."

Under rules in the collective bargaining agreement, Chicago will receive the 54th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Penguins' Crosby pleased with how wrist has healed

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 6:59 PM / News

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said Friday he is pleased with the way his injured right wrist has responded to treatment.

"It's good," Crosby told The Associated Press in Estero, Fla., where he has been working out. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts, so I'm happy with the way it's gone."

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Ducks sign Silfverberg to one-year contract

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 1:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Financial details were not disclosed, but Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reported the value of the contract to be $850,000. Silfverberg, who turns 24 years old in October, was a restricted free agent.

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30 in 30 schedule: Breaking down teams in August

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 9:24 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

NHL.com

Each day, an NHL organization will be put in the spotlight with a package of stories and videos designed to provide a snapshot of where the team stands after the busy personnel months of June and July and before preseason activities begin. Among the features will be an in-depth look at the team's roster, the identification of an x-factor player for this season, an examination of its top prospects, the most-pressing questions facing the organization, and a projected lineup for 2014-15.

Access the five-part team package by clicking on the logos daily.

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Harding, Backstrom will be ready for Wild: report

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 8:50 AM / News

NHL.com

Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are healthy and will be ready for training camp and the start of the regular season, general manager Chuck Fletcher told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune on Thursday.

"Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher told reporter Michael Russo. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training-camp medicals."

Harding played his final game of last season Dec. 31 and then was sidelined by complications related to multiple sclerosis. Backstrom last played Jan. 30 and had surgery to repair an abdominal injury March 25.

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Iginla in, Stastny out as Avalanche lineup changes

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

After three seasons without making the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche welcomed a new era in 2013-14 helmed by a pair of franchise legends.

The results, with Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic in charge, were a smashing success. Colorado not only returned to the postseason, but finished with the second-most points in franchise history and won a division title for the first time since Roy and Sakic were on the roster.

Led by a collection of young stars, the Avalanche were one of the most exciting teams in the NHL. They defied analytics during the regular season before the Minnesota Wild ended their season in the Western Conference First Round.

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2014 pick Bleackley heads Avalanche top 10 prospects

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

What are the odds center Conner Bleackley becomes the fifth draft pick in five years by the Colorado Avalanche to go straight to the NHL?

As good and mature as Bleackley is as an 18-year-old, that wouldn't appear to be in the cards since Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon have the top two center positions locked up. Though Bleackley could be eased into a third-line role, there's no reason to rush him and his return as captain of the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League would appear imminent following training camp.

The bottom line here is that the right-shot pivot might be best suited in a top-six role, and the Avalanche seem well fortified in that area entering 2014-15.

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Avalanche view last season's surprise as springboard

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Rick Sadowski  -  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.

Expectations are high for the Colorado Avalanche heading into 2014-15 following a remarkable turnaround that featured a surprising Central Division championship and their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2010.

The season ended with a seven-game loss to the Minnesota Wild in the Western Conference First Round, but the postseason experience was viewed as a necessary step in this young team's development.

"I think this is a big turning point for this organization," center Matt Duchene told the NHL Network. "I think you're going to start seeing the Avalanche playing deep into the spring and summer months."

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Top-six slots among five questions facing Avalanche

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

The Colorado Avalanche improved from the second-worst record in the NHL to third best last season under first-year coach Patrick Roy, won the Central Division and earned a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in four years. But the Avalanche won't surprise teams the way they did last season when they won their first six games and 12 of the first 13 en route to a franchise record-tying 52 wins.

Here are five questions facing the Avalanche:

1. Who will replace Paul Stastny as center on the second line? -- There are plenty of options, but the most likely is to move Calder Trophy-winner Nathan MacKinnon from right wing, where he played most of last season, to his natural center position. MacKinnon had 24 goals and 63 points while spending the majority of the time on a line with left wing Gabriel Landeskog and Stastny, who left as an unrestricted free agent to sign with the St. Louis Blues.

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