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Kyle Okposo notched a goal and an assist as the Islanders defeated the lowly Sabres 4-1 on Saturday night.

Perhaps Okposo isn't just the product of playing with world-class center John Tavares. Okposo is still piling up points even without Tavares in the lineup, with them in four straight tilts. Altogether, the winger has 27 goals and 42 assists on the season. Ryan Strome, Frans Nielsen and Cal Clutterbuck picked up the other markers, while Lubomir Visnovsky set up three goals. Matt Carkner had seven penalty minutes.
Mar 15 - 9:59 PM

Zac Rinaldo has inked a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The financial terms of the contract weren't released by the team, but he will earn $750,000 in 2014-15 before his new deal kicks in. "I'm surprised that we even starting to talk about it so early but I am thrilled," Rinaldo said. He doesn't do much offensively, but he did record 153 penalty minutes and 231 hits in 67 games last season.
Sep 2 - 3:56 PM

Based on the odds provided by online oddsmaker Bovada, the Chicago Blackhawks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in 2015.

The Blackhawks have 13/2 odds, with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings ranking second at 9/1. Boston rounds out the top three (10/1) while Anaheim, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis are tied for fourth with 12/1 odds. The least likely to win the Cup (all at 75/1 odds) are Buffalo, Calgary, Florida, and Nashville. Obviously, we got a lot of hockey ahead of us, so all predictions need to be taken in the proper context.
Sep 2 - 2:25 PM

Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavish said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case."
Sep 1 - 3:40 PM

Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

"We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 1:27 PM

Eric Staal got back on the ice Friday for an informal skate and said he felt good after having off-season surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

"I just want to continue to take steps before (training) camp opens and then look forward to the start of the year," he said. Staal suffered the injury while he was training and it wasn't a lingering issue. He'll turn 30 years of age at the end of October and this is the second straight year that he's been hurt during the off-season. Despite those ailments, Staal has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just a total of 17 games.
Aug 29 - 9:35 PM

Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal.
Aug 29 - 12:14 PM

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston knows Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot well from their days with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

He played four-plus years for Johnston in Portland and the new Pittsburgh bench boss believes Pouliot is ready for the NHL. "Not only his play in Portland, but the thing that convinced me the most was last year at the World Juniors," said Johnston. "I really thought Derrick was the best defenseman in the tournament. If you can play at that level on the world stage, yeah, you're ready." It's still unclear when Pouliot will be able to return from surgery on his right shoulder. He underwent the procedure on May 21 and his timetable was set at four to six months. The 20-year-old blueliner wants to be ready for training camp, but he'll probably miss the start of the season unless his recovery gets fast-tracked.
Aug 29 - 11:18 AM

The Boston Bruins have reportedly had "casual discussions" with David Krejci about a contract extension.

He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 campaign. A source familiar with the negotiations reports that talks should heat up in the near future. Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 50 assists and 69 points in 80 games.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 29 - 10:25 AM

Johnny Boychuk would like to stay with the Bruins.

He's been surrounded by trade rumors and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 21014-15 season. Boychuk has faith that Boston can work out their cap issues. "Our GM (Peter Chiarelli) is a mastermind ... he's good with doing things like this (cap struggles) and we have some good players we've developed the last couple of years, but nobody's heard of them over on the west side (NHL)," he said. "You always want to stay with the team you're with (and won a championship). They're my (hockey) family."
Aug 28 - 5:08 PM

Robin Lehner just wants a "fair chance" to earn his starts in Ottawa's crease.

"If I play good, I want to play. And if he plays good, he's going to want to play," Lehner said referring to his goalie tandem with Craig Anderson. "That's what you want on a team. You want two goalies pushing each other. If there's limited chance for one guy to play, he's not going to do as good. That's a little bit of what we wanted from our side. I think and I hope that's what's going to happen." Lehner inked a three-year, $6.75 million contract this off-season and earlier this week, Anderson agreed to a three-year, $12.6 million extension. He said that Anderson's deal didn't change his focus and it didn't upset him either.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

Daniel Alfredsson decision to play this coming season probably won't come until just before Sept. 18, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

That is the date when players are set to report for training camp. "I haven't talked to him in about a month," Holland said. "He's training hard. He's training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp." Holland plans to touch base with Alfredsson next week.
Aug 27 - 4:45 PM




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