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Niko Kapanen | Center

Team: Arizona Coyotes
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/29/1978
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 180
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 6 (173) / DAL

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Former NHLer Niko Kapanen scored twice in Bars Kazan's 9-3 rout over Salavat Ufa in KHL action Saturday.
The six-year NHL veteran, who last played in North America with Phoenix in 2008, now has 22 points in 38 games for Bars Kazan. Aleksy Morozov scored a goal and added a helper in the victory. Morozov leads the squad in scoring with 30 points. Sat, Jan 5, 2013 10:24:00 AM

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Niko Kapanen has agreed to terms with AK Bars Kazan of the Russian League.

Kapanen recorded 10 goals and 28 points in 79 games with the Coyotes this past season
Wed, Jun 11, 2008 06:27:00 AM

Niko Kapanen scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory Thursday.

Daniel Winnik also scored a goal for Phoenix. Martin Hanzal assisted on both goals.
Fri, Mar 14, 2008 12:55:00 AM

Niko Kapanen scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory Thursday night.

Ed Jovanovski also scored a goal for the Coyotes. Peter Mueller, Radim Vrbata, Keith Yandle, and Derek Morris each assisted on one of the two Phoenix goals.
Thu, Feb 28, 2008 11:13:00 PM

Niko Kapanen scored the Coyotes lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Dallas on Monday.

Kapanen scored on the power play, his seventh goal on the season. Ed Jovanovski and Joel Perrault assisted on Kapanen's first period marker.
Mon, Feb 11, 2008 09:53:00 PM

Niko Kapanen is fitting in well on the Coyotes' fourth line.

He has been skating alongside Daniel Winnik and Craig Weller and playing well. Despite the fact that Phoenix coach Wayne Gretzky is thrilled with his fourth line's play, Kapanen, Winnik and Weller have no fantasy value.
Sun, Jan 13, 2008 10:19:00 AM

Niko Kapanen scored in the second period during a 3-1 loss Saturday night.

Shane Doan and Radim Vrbata were given assists on Phoenix's only goal.
Sun, Oct 7, 2007 12:32:00 AM

Niko Kapanen is happy to be out of Atlanta and in Phoenix.

"In Atlanta, I really didn't have any role all season and I didn't get into the team," Kapanen said. "The coaches didn't like my style of play so much and I didn't play any special teams." Kapanen had four goals and 13 points in 60 games in Atlanta. Expect better stats in Phoenix.
Fri, Mar 2, 2007 08:58:00 AM

The Phoenix Coyotes have claimed Niko Kapanen off waivers from Atlanta.

Kapanen was supposed to add offense for the Thrashers this season. Maybe he will be helped by the move to Phoenix where there is a lot less pressure as the Coyotes are not going to make the playoffs, but somehow we doubt it. Do not expect Kapanen to improve his stats the rest of the season and therefore he is not worth picking up in fantasy pools.
Tue, Feb 27, 2007 01:14:00 PM

Niko Kapanen was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

The 28-year-old was expected to provide offence for the Thrashers this season, but has managed only one goal and five points in 21 games despite having talented wingers to play with. He should not be active in any fantasy format right now, and it is looking like he may not be a big part of Atlanta's plans moving forward.
Sun, Nov 19, 2006 08:32:00 AM

Atlanta coach Bob Hartley indicated that Niko Kapanen will start Saturday night's game centering a line featuring Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov.

Needless to say this is a huge boost to Kapanen's fantasy value. Hartley likes to switch up his lines, so consider this an audition that may be short-lived unless the unit develops immediate chemistry.
Sat, Oct 21, 2006 08:55:00 AM

Niko Kapinen was expected to get more playing time with the move to Atlanta, but is getting much less.

He has played less then five minutes in each of the last two games. "We have a lot of options down the middle," Waddell said in reference to Steve Rucchin, Glen Metropolit, Bobby Holik and Jim Slater. "... Kappy's going to have to earn what he gets. The team's having success." If you are currently holding on to Kapanen we recommend you look to the waiver wire immediately.
Wed, Oct 18, 2006 08:12:00 AM

Niko Kapanen played alongside Marian Hossa in the first exhibition game.

It is hard to predict whether this is a sign of things to come, as coach Bob Hartley said, "Don't even try to keep track of lines." We will still try. Kapanen showed some skill and notched a power-play goal during the game. He is a small, but highly skilled center that would do well to play beside the bullish Hossa.
Tue, Sep 19, 2006 07:35:00 AM

Niko Kapanen may play on the second line in Atlanta, alongside Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov.

While line combinations are far away at the moment, there is a distinct possibility that Kapanen could play on an offensive line rather than the third line checking role he had before. Bobby Holik was the checking center last season, and he may stick to that role this season. It will be worth keeping an eye on the situation in training camp. A new role could increase Kapanen's value dramatically.
Fri, Jul 21, 2006 07:57:00 AM

The Atlanta Thrashers have signed Niko Kapanen to a 2-year, $1.7 million contract.

Kapanen came to the Thrashers in late June when Atlanta traded Jaroslav Modry and Patrik Stefan to the Dallas Stars. He will likely be the team's third line center, and a long-shot to help your fantasy squad.
Thu, Jul 20, 2006 03:33:00 PM

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