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Why reshaping the Flyers blueline started with Matt Niskanen

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

The Flyers acquisition of veteran defenseman Matt Niskanen on Friday essentially boiled down to these two elements: the organization wants the 32-year-old to be a leader on an essentially young young defense corps while still playing significant minutes both at even strength and the penalty kill.

There is something else that the right-handed blueliner brings along with him to Philadelphia: a recent Stanley Cup ring from a playoff run in which he was a valuable contributor. 

Niskanen, who has averaged north of 20 minutes of ice time per game in each of the last seven seasons while playing for Cup-contending teams in Pittsburgh and Washington, logged a hefty 25:23 TOI average for the Capitals during their successful 2018 run to the Stanley Cup championship.

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5 Takeaways: Fletcher talks MacDonald, Niskanen and more

Flyers contributor gives his take on GM's Conference Call with reporters

by Bill Meltzer @NHLFlyers

Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher spoke to the media on Saturday via conference call to discuss the two roster moves the team made over the weekend -- trading Radko Gudas to the Washington Capitals on Friday to acquire Matt Niskanen and, on Saturday, placing Andrew MacDonald on waivers for purposes of buying out the final season of his contract. 

He also provided updates on the status of negotiations with impending unrestricted free agent center Kevin Hayes and the team's cadre of restricted free agents.

Here are five takeaways from the conference call:

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Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak played with injuries for Bruins in Cup Final

Top forward line combined for two points at 5-on-5 in seven-game loss to Blues

by Matt Kalman / Correspondent

BOSTON -- Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak each was dealing with an injury while completing the Stanley Cup Final for the Boston Bruins.

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Trade Coverage

Niskanen traded to Flyers by Capitals for Gudas

Veteran defensemen move within Metropolitan Division @NHLdotcom

Matt Niskanen was traded by the Washington Capitals to the Philadelphia Flyers for Radko Gudas on Friday in an exchange of defensemen.

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Yzerman sees a deep talent pool in the upcoming NHL Draft

Detroit's GM is zoned in on turning Red Wings around

by Arthur J. Regner @ArthurJRegner /

DETROIT -- Since he became Red Wings general manager on April 19, Steve Yzerman has had little time to think about anything not related to rebuilding the Original Six franchise.

"It's been very busy. I find myself very busy every day. I'm not sure what exactly I'm accomplishing each day but it's been busy," Yzerman told reporters on Thursday afternoon in the Red Wings' dressing room. "That's how I feel at the end of every day. There's a lot of things going on. I'm trying to just get to know some people. I'm trying to get organized for the draft.

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Wings' Larkin adds Free Press Sports Awards to busy summer schedule

Detroit center is fully recovered after injury at world championships

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji /

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin definitely does not believe in taking it easy during the offseason.

Just a few weeks after the regular season ended, Larkin joined coach Jeff Blashill, Luke Glendening, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi and Filip Hronek as Wings participating in the IIHF Men's World Championships in Slovakia.

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Polak signs one-year contract with Stars

Defenseman gets $1.75 million, could have been unrestricted free agent July 1 @NHLdotcom

Roman Polak signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Thursday.

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Special Teams Helping Swing Momentum For B's

Power play buoyed by 4-for-4 night while penalty kill continues to thwart the Blues

by Michael Tolvo @NHLBruins /

ST. LOUIS - Hockey is often a game of adjustments. In Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Bruins came out on top, primarily due to a few tweaks made on special teams.

After going a combined 2-for-10 on the power play in the first two contests against the Blues, the Bruins break through with a perfect 4-for-4 night. Fueled by historic outings from Torey Krug and Patrice Bergeron, the Black & Gold needed only four shots to net their four power play goals.

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Caps at Worlds

Updates from the 2019 IIHF World Championships in Slovakia

by Washington Capitals @Capitals /

Tuesday, May 28

Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov each won a bronze medal following a 3-2 shootout victory over Team Czech Republic. It marks the ninth medal Ovechkin has won at the World Championship (three golds, two silvers, four bronzes). Ovechkin has registered 64 points (35g, 29a) in 83 career games at the World Championship.

Kuznetsov (2g, 4a) and Orlov (2g, 4a) each led all Capitals participating in the tournament in points, while Jakub Vrana (Czech Republic) led all Capitals with four goals.

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2019 World Championship: Semifinals

by Michelle Crechiolo @PensInsideScoop / Penguins Team Reporter

The 2019 World Championship is underway in Slovakia. The semifinals took place on Saturday.

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