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Anze Kopitar notched two big assists on Sunday to help send Team Europe to the World Cup of Hockey finals versus Team Canada.

Kopitar had just one point in the preliminary round, but was still doing lots of positive things without the puck to help Team Europe earn a spot in the semifinals. In the semis, Kopitar took on an offensive role, setting up Marian Gaborik in the second period, then Tomas Tatar for the overtime winner.
Sep 25 - 7:28 PM

Kenny Agostino notched two goals and five points in the St. Louis Blues' pre-season split squad opener on Sunday afternoon, making a positive impact on his new team.

The Flames passed on re-signing the 24-year-old, so the Blues signed Agostino to a two-way contract this summer. Even with performances like these, he has lots of work ahead to crack the NHL roster.
Sep 25 - 7:19 PM

Scott Hartnell started the pre-season off on the right foot with two goals and an assist in Columbus' 7-3 loss against St. Louis on Sunday.

Hartnell and Sam Gagner combined to generate all of the Jackets' offense, with the duo earning three points each. The 34-year-old managed 49 points last season and will look to prove he can still break 50 points as he ages.
Sep 25 - 7:15 PM

The Buffalo Sabres will be seeing a newer, slimmer, Robin Lehner during training camp this month.

Lehner reported dropped over 20 lbs. after going through mixed martial arts training. "It's a big year for me personally, but I think it's another big year for our team," he said. The Sabres will be looking to the young veteran to backstop them to a surprise playoff berth this season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 25 - 6:12 PM

Dennis Seidenberg is apparently on Ottawa Senator's GM Pierre Dorion's radar.

Entering his age-35 season and coming off a $4M cap hit, it's unclear how much Seidenberg can provide the Senators. To wit, Ottawa will not want to pay full freight. He has not topped the 20-point plateau since 2011-12, and saw a massive dip in his playing time last season from 22 to 19 minutes on average.
Sep 25 - 4:40 PM

Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has indicated that signing free agent defender Kris Russell is under consideration.

The 29-year-old defender is looking to cash in on his free agent, and somewhat lauded, shot-blocking status. Russell has blocked at least 201 shots each of the last four seasons while averaging over 23 minutes a night and 25 points a season. The Sens meanwhile have just over $6M in cap space, which could increase by another $4.65M depending on what happens with Clarke MacArthur.
Sep 25 - 4:37 PM

Great news for Mark Stone (concussion) and Ottawa Senators fans.

GM Pierre Dorion says that he "expects" the scoring winger to be "ready" for opening night, Oct. 12th against the Toronto Maple Leafs. That's two and a half weeks away, which ought to inspire confidence. Draft accordingly.
Sep 25 - 4:26 PM

Marian Gaborik scored his second goal of the world Cup during Team Europe's 3-2 semi-final victory over Team Sweden.

Gaborik created the goal all on his own, scoring from a sharp angle near the goal line to surprise Henrik Lundqvist. He collected four shots in nearly 18 minutes of work in the game. He has two goals and points in the tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:23 PM

Jaroslav Halak turned away 37 of 39 shots in Sunday's 3-2 semi-final win for Team Europe over Henrik Lundqvist and Team Sweden.

Halak was simply sensational, bailing Europe's defense on a two-on-one break for Sweden just before Tomas Tatar send them to the World Cup final to face Canada. It'll be a best-of-three series with the presumed-eventual winners.
Sep 25 - 4:17 PM

Erik Karlsson scored his first goal of the World Cup during Team Sweden's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe in Sunday's semi-final.

Karlsson knotted the game at two late in the third period with a shrewd shot through traffic. He went on to skate a team-high 22:52 with three shots on net plus both a hit and a block. He has a goal and four points in four games.
Sep 25 - 4:15 PM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up his second goal of the World Cup in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe.

Backstrom opened the scoring with a pretty rebound-goal early in the second period. He went on to skate 21:35, winning 52% of his draws, and three shots on net. He has two goals and five points in the tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:13 PM

Henrik Lundqvist turned away 28 of 31 shots during the overtime loss to Team Europe in Sunday's semi-final match.

Lundqvist was excellent for Team Sweden, save for the three goals. Marian Gaborik put one in from an acute angle along the goal line, and Tomas Tatar was able to bury both of his rebounds. Still, seven goals against in three games on 126 combined shots is pretty good in a best-on-best tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:10 PM

With his overtime marker at just 3:43, Tomas Tatar sends Team Europe past Sweden and into the World Cup final against Canada.

It was Tatar's second tally of the game, in fact. Both were off of self-generated rebounds at the mouth of the crease. Tatar and the rest of Europe will take on Canada in the best-of-three series to take home the gold.
Sep 25 - 4:07 PM

Now that Team Russia has been eliminated from the World Cup, Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says negotiations with Nikita Kucherov will pick up.

The 23-year-old forward remains a restricted free agent, which offers Tampa Bay some leverage. However they have just over $6M in cap space remaining this season, with Jonthan Drouin, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson, and Andrej Sustr as RFA's next season.
Sep 25 - 3:56 PM

Mathieu Perreault wants to know "how much more" Jacob Trouba wants.

Per Perreault, "This guy plays big minutes, 22 minutes, and he's gonna complain some sort of way about his ice time?" Trouba is on record stating that he wants to be a top-four defenseman who plays on the right side, but that doesn't offer any more clarity to his current veteran teammate. Perreault went on to suggest that Trouba should come to camp anyway because if the Jets get off to a hot start, it could diminish his perceived value and therefore trade prospects.
Sep 25 - 3:46 PM



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