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Previewing the East: N.Y. Rangers

Posted on 28 August 2014

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Flyers re-sign defenseman Manning

Posted on 28 August 2014

The Flyers re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Brandon Manning, who played last year for the Phantoms, the team announced Wednesday. Manning, 24, who signed a one-year deal, had eight goals and 23 assists in 73 games at Adirondak. He also record... Continue Reading

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Posted on 28 August 2014

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All Hockey News, Carolina Hurricanes, Southeast

Puck Daddy’s Most Disappointing Summer Series: Philadelphia Flyers Edition (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 27 August 2014

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All Hockey News, Montreal Canadiens, Northeast

Scott Gomez comes crawling back to the NJ Devils on tryout (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 27 August 2014

On July 2, 2007, Scott Gomez made a decision that affected the rest of his career. It was a decision made for financial gain, which was his right as an unrestricted free agent, and it was a decision that would adversely affect his relationship with fans that had supported him for seven years -- in that he left the New Jersey Devils for their arch rivals, the New York Rangers.   Devils GM Lou Lamoriello, however, understood that for both Gomez and Brian Rafalski, who signed with Detroit on the same day, it was business. Nothing personal. “They gave us everything while they were here and we'd like to think that we've given them a reciprocal situation,” he said. So seven years later – after Gomez became an overpriced pariah, involved in one of the most lopsided trades in recent NHL history and whose inability to score a goal made him a national punchline – the former Devils center, 34, is now an unsigned training camp tryout for the team. From Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: "He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing. This is no different than with Petr Sykora." Sykora won a job with the Devils as an unsigned tryout in 2011 and proved to be a valuable addition. "Seeing LeBron (James) go home kind of inspired me to do the same thing. The reception is a little different, but..." Gomez joked. Gomez was bought out by the Montreal Canadiens in 2012 and latched on with the San Jose Sharks the following season, having gone the “unsigned tryout” route with them as well. He was signed by the Florida Panthers last season, scoring 2 goals and 10 assists in 46 games last season.  Lamoriello also addressed the expected fan backlash to the potential reunion: “That's never a concern of mine. A player leaves for whatever reasons.” You know what? Sometimes time does heal all wounds. And while Gomez’s decision to take the money and run to MSG may have forever changed his reputation with some Devils fans, I’d argue he’s been sufficiently humbled since then. To the point where Scott Gomex rejoining the Devils would be a feel-good story; and I never thought I’d type that back on July 2, 2007.   Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Minnesota Wild, Northwest

NHL says it is only discussing expanding league (The Associated Press)

Posted on 27 August 2014

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Central, Nashville Predators

Milwaukee Admirals Set 2014-15 Schedule

Posted on 27 August 2014

Milwaukee, WI--Milwaukee Admirals President Jon Greenberg announced today that the team will open their 2014-15 season on Friday, October 10th when they host the Charlotte Checkers at 7:00 pm at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Ads will pl... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Southeast, Winnipeg Jets

Jets name Keegan Goodrich as Manager, Hockey Communications

Posted on 27 August 2014

The Winnipeg Jets today announced they have named Keegan Goodrich their new Manager, Hockey Communications. Goodrich comes to True North Sports & Entertainment Limited & the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club from Hockey Canada where he was Media Relat... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Florida Panthers, Southeast

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Ranking goalies will save your season (Puck Daddy)

Posted on 27 August 2014

This week, your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a variety of fantasy hockey previews ahead of the 2014-15 season. By  Darryl Dobbs In many fantasy hockey leagues, goalies make up close 10 percent of your roster, but account for 40% to 50% of your categories. Choosing wisely when it comes to netminders is crucial and if you get stuck with a below average group your chances of success are slim. I’ve been using a tiered system for several years and most of the time goaltending has been an asset to my team. Sure, there was the one year where I had one injured and one struck by a case of Masonitis. But for the most part, it’s a position that I don’t have to worry about mid-season. Tiering your goaltenders prior to drafting is a great way to help with decision making. The main thing to remember when setting up your 'Tiers' is that it's not just about skill and production. Often, it’s about opportunity and team strength. Michal Neuvirth is a talented goalie, but splitting starts with Jhonas Enroth on a team that will struggle for even 30 wins makes him next to fantasy useless. Frederik Andersen and John Gibson are two of the better goaltenders in the league in terms of talent, but the likelihood of splitting starts almost down the middle make both of them less valuable than say Corey Crawford – who is on a top team and is the clear No.1. Never start drafting goaltenders until there is a chance that you will miss out on all of your Tier 1 goalies. Then make sure you get one. After that, go back to forwards and defensemen until there is a chance that the Tier 2 goalies will be scooped up. Whatever happens - make sure you have at least one from Tier 1 and one from your Tier 2 (or a second from Tier 1 if one of them falls too far). Tier 1 The cream of the crop. Posting 35-40 wins should be in the cards for this group as well as some great GAA and SV% totals. Unless something happens like a major injury, or they get traded to Buffalo. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins After back-to-back pro-rated 36 wins (or more) seasons, Rask is firmly entrenched as one of the top goaltenders to own. Given his GAA and SV% last season (2.04 and 0.930) he's arguably the best. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Crawford slipped last year due to a couple of nagging minor injuries and bouts of inconsistency. The latter will probably continue in the season ahead, but it doesn't matter - the Blackhawks will still play the hell out of him and the Blackhawks will still win a ton of games. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets Bob followed up a Vezina Trophy season with a 32-win campaign and some strong supplemental numbers to go with it. For the second straight year he started out slow (4-8-0 to start 2013-14), so if he can fix that issue he'll flirt with 40 wins. But for now you may want to consider benching him the occasional start in October. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Pro-rating the lockout year, Price has averaged 36 wins over his last three seasons. His 2.32 and 0.927 numbers last year were career bests and he's only now entering his prime. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Lundqvist is about as "money in the bank" as goaltenders get in the NHL, though he sure had our faith shaken a bit last October and November. At the Christmas break he was 10-15-2 with a save percentage of just 0.906. He was back to his old self in the second half, but his streak of consecutive seasons of at least a 0.920 SV% was in jeopardy. Since 2008-09 he never dipped below that number to end a season. Two one-goal games to end the 2013-14 campaign eked him up to 0.920. So yeah, he can continue to hold his head high. Because otherwise a man with his looks and his bank account would have no reason to do that. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins Last I checked, fantasy leagues only count the regular season. And Fleury is a potential 40-game winner any way you slice it. You already know his reputation in the playoffs. Just for kicks, go look at his save percentage each playoff year throughout his career - even going back to junior hockey. Shocking. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning While Bishop just has the one big season to go by (37 wins), I'll give you nearly 12 million reasons why he'll at least come close to repeating the effort. That two-year deal was for huge money and he'll see 65 starts if healthy. Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Boston Bruins, Northeast

B’s Extend Affiliation Agreement with Providence, Name Don Sweeney General Manager of Providence & Hire Jay Pandolfo as Development Coach

Posted on 27 August 2014

Boston, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, August 27, that the club has agreed to a long-term affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins. Chiarelli also announced that Assistant General Manager Don Sweeney... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Calgary Flames, Northwest

Brodie lands on Sitkoff’s fantasy sleepers list

Posted on 27 August 2014

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 s... Continue Reading

All Hockey News, Buffalo Sabres, Northeast

KALETA DELIVERS SPECIAL GIFT TO LOCAL MAN

Posted on 27 August 2014

To say that Patrick Kaleta bleeds blue and gold would be an understatement. Born and raised in Western New York, the 26-year-old Kaleta takes pride in wearing the Sabres uniform each and every time he takes to the ice. Kaleta also takes pride i... Continue Reading

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