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NHL 9/19/2013

Anaheim Ducks

717215 Ducks owner Samueli committed to a state-of-the-art Honda Center

717216 Samueli: New CBA could help Ducks' bottom line

717217 Whicker: Lindblom learning to protect himself at all times

Boston Bruins

717218 Torey Krug responsible for power-play production

717219 Carl Soderberg and Reilly Smith aiming for 3d line

717220 Bruins cut six from camp

717221 Bruins to make first cuts

717222 B’s Chad Johnson
 a step behind

717223 Signs point to Gregory Campbell’s return tonight

717224 Gregory Campbell hopes for return to ice tomorrow night at Garden

Buffalo Sabres

717225 Girgensons working to force way onto Sabres

Calgary Flames

717226 Rebuilt Ottawa 67's pulling for Monahan to make Flames, but would welcome him back with open arms

717227 Flames make first cuts from team roster

717228 Impressive first-rounder Monahan not among Flames’ first big swath of cuts

717229 Calgary Flames prospect Josh Jooris may be breakthrough player for N.Y.-based college

717230 Calgary Flames want Greg Nemisz to start being "go-to guy"

717231 Calgary Flames re-assign 19 players to AHL, junior

Carolina Hurricanes

717232 Bellemore’s time may be coming soon

717233 Muller says Canes not physical enough in loss to Columbus

Chicago Blackhawks

717234 Crawford making adjustments

717235 Red Wing faces hearing for hit on Blackhawks' Kostka

717236 Brookbank among several vying for role as 7th defenseman

717237 For Hawks’ Smith, the time is now

717238 Crawford slaps aside worries about new pads

717239 Toews out until the weekend

717240 Five who have put themselves in good position for Hawks

717241 ESPN ranks four Blackhawks forwards in top 25

717242 Pulkkinen will have hearing for hit on Kostka

Colorado Avalanche

717243 Colorado Avalanche start preseason against Anaheim Ducks; Patrick Roy's presence felt

717244 Patrick Roy desiring "great show" as Avs prepare for preseason opener

717245 Patrick Roy already taking hold of tough turnaround for Avalanche

Columbus Blue Jackets

717246 Blue Jackets 5, Hurricanes 4: Boone Jenner makes his case to stay

717247 Blue Jackets 3, Wild 1: Johansen helps Jackets get good start

717248 Sabres 3, Blue Jackets 1: Split decision for Jackets

Dallas Stars

717249 Heika: Jamie Benn fires up Stars, fans in preseason shootout victory over Florida

717250 Heika: Cody Eakin in mix for No. 2 center spot, but Stars likely to shuffle lines

717251 Heika: Lindy Ruff's system very aggressive on the forecheck and in transition

Stars cont'd

717252 Heika: Zero chance first rounder Valeri Nichushkin isn't in opening night lineup

717253 Stars expected to go with pretty full lineup in Wednesday's preseason game against Florida

717254 Chiasson, Benn lead Stars past Panthers in shootout

Detroit Red Wings

717255 Detroit Red Wings roster battle: Cory Emmerton's center skills, salary may give him edge

717256 Red Wings' Teemu Pulkkinen faces NHL suspension over boarding penalty

717257 Coach Mike Babcock pleased with Red Wings' young talent

717258 Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen to meet with NHL over hit

717259 Red Wings send three, including Anthony Mantha, back to juniors; Daniel Cleary will wear No. 15

717260 Red Wings’ prospect Teemu Pulkkinen faces hearing on Thursday for boarding incident

717261 Red Wings' backup goalie Jonas Gustavsson determined to bounce back from rough season

717262 Short-handed Detroit Red Wings lose to Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks

717263 Blog recap: Detroit Red Wings' record falls to 1-1 in preseason after loss to Chicago Blackhawks

717264 Red Wings' Johan Franzen to miss tonight's preseason game due to sore hip flexor

Edmonton Oilers

717266 The Oilers need the New Crosstiniaks to take over on the fourth line

717267 Richard Bachman looks like a keeper in net for Edmonton Oilers farm team

717268 Pitlick gets second chance to improve on first impression with Oilers

717269 Edmonton Oilers prized pick, Darnell Nurse, impresses in game against Vancouver Canucks

717270 Early offence puts Edmonton Oilers out of Vancouver Canucks’ reach

717271 Fresh chance for Ben Eager with Edmonton Oilers

Florida Panthers

717272 Late scoring surge by Panthers falls short

717273 Stars edge Panthers 3-2 in shootout

717274 New York businessman leading group purchasing Florida Panthers

717275 NEW OWNER IN SUNRISE? Vinnie Viola Working on Buying Florida Panthers

717276 Panthers' sale offers needed fresh start

717277 Panthers' Gudbranson hopes to be improve offense this season

717278 New York investor pursuing purchase of Panthers

Minnesota Wild

717279 Dumba gets another chance to stick with Wild

717280 Wild's roster for Thursday's preseason game at Winnipeg

717281 Minnesota Wild looked flat against Columbus, Mike Yeo says

Montreal Canadiens

717282 Video: Canadiens turn to dynamic stretching to help improve joint, core strength

717283 Video: Canadiens’ opening-night roster taking shape

717284 Canadiens’ Andrei Markov reflects on journey from Moscow to Montreal

717285 Therrien defends decision to cut Leblanc

New Jersey Devils

717286 Jon Merrill, Damien Brunner will make Devils debuts vs. Islanders

717287 Devils: Time running out on having Martin and Anthony Brodeur share game

717288 Which young players should make the Devils' final roster?

717289 Devils: Jaromir Jagr remains out; Damien Brunner-Patrik Elias line intact

New York Islanders

717290 Isles' Cal Clutterbuck suffers skate cut and is out

717291 Monhan scores 2, Flames top Islanders twice

New York Rangers

717292 Without center Derek Stepan, NY Rangers head north to training camp

717293 NY Rangers release Johan Hedberg from tryout, trim roster to 39 for trip to Banff, Alberta, to continue traini

717294 Crushed Ice: Darroll Powe pushes to prove himself; Martin Biron fights for his own job; young NY Rangers hold

717295 Vigneault not thinking about holdout Stepan

717296 Derek Stepan's holdout forces Rangers to improvise

717297 Guest blogger: Patrick Hoffman … Pay Henrik Lundqvist!

717298 Rangers-Flyers in review

717299 Rangers 3, Flyers 2 … post-game notes

717300 It’s Go Time! … Rangers at Flyers

Ottawa Senators

717301 Scanlan: Senators skate, win and skate some more

717302 Lupul makes training camp debut as Maple Leafs' lines start to take shape

717303 Ottawa Senators expect to make more cuts in next few days

717304 Senators forward Bobby Ryan 'owes' Leafs coach Randy Carlyle

717305 Ottawa Senators' Jason Spezza could get booed by Toronto Maple Leafs fans after taking over captaincy from Dan

Philadelphia Flyers

717306 Flyers practicing in Lake Placid

717307 Flyers coach Peter Laviolette to have his own radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic

717308 Flyers head to Lake Placid; Morin back to juniors

717309 Flyers make 28 roster cuts, send Morin back to juniors

717310 Veteran tryout Hal Gill likely to stick around

717311 Couturier eyes a bounce-back season

717312 Flyers go camping at a hockey shrine

717313 Newly signed Morin looks like the real deal

717314 Morin returns to junior club as Flyers trim roster

717315 Flyers Notes: Hal Gill to get more looks

717316 Team plans to bond on champions' ice

Phoenix Coyotes

717317 Phoenix Coyotes winger Lauri Korpikoski still driven to improve, even with 10 million reasons to feel secure

717318 Phoenix Coyotes' Paul Bissonnette to appeal suspension

717319 Nolan hit underscores need for more regulation

Pittsburgh Penguins

717320 Penguins goaltender Vokoun quietly makes name for himself

717321 Penguins see value of wins in preseason

717322 Forward prospect might get his wish

San Jose Sharks

717323 San Jose Sharks' Raffi Torres adjusting his style of play

717324 Bad boy Torres back to square one

717325 Sharks split training camp roster in two

St Louis Blues

717326 NHL testing 'hybrid' icing in the preseason

717327 Jaskin nets two goals, but Blues lose 4-3 in shootout

Tampa Bay Lightning

717328 Lightning prospect stronger in body, mind

717329 Erne scores twice as Bolts rally to win

717330 Erne big in Lightning preseason win

717331 Lightning forwards aim to tighten up defense

Toronto Maple Leafs

717332 Shoalts: Leafs’ Lupul finds the spotlight

717333 Jerry D’Amigo goes from prospect to suspect as Maple Leafs make first cuts

717334 Ottawa Senators face new challenges in post-Alfredsson era: Cox

717335 Maple Leafs: Drew MacIntyre’s goalie mask drawing stares

717336 Maple Leafs: Joffrey Lupul makes first appearance at camp

717337 Maple Leafs: Joffrey Lupul back on the ice

717338 Maple Leafs, Cody Franson remain apart in contract talks

717339 Ex-Leaf Matt Frattin embraces L.A. opportunity

717340 NHL: Tryouts a refreshing new twist: Cox

717341 Repatriating hockey trophy labour of love

717342 HBO cameras rolling for Leafs

717343 Leafs' Colborne prepared to role with it

717344 MacWilliam making it tough on Leafs

717345 Maple Leafs star Joffrey Lupul back on the ice

717346 Senators forward Bobby Ryan 'owes' Leafs coach Randy Carlyle

717347 Randy Carlyle is all business at Maple Leafs practice

717348 Toronto Maple Leafs undeterred by extra coverage from HBO’s 24/7

717349 Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Matt Frattin gets ‘warm welcome,’ chance at second-line job with Los Angele

717350 Toronto Maple Leafs’ Drew MacIntyre knows he’s not making the team, but is thankful anyway

717351 Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan, Toronto Maple Leafs’ Randy Carlyle leave bumpy relationship in the past

717352 Winnipeg Jets, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff agree to contract extension

Vancouver Canucks

717369 Booth review: he’s back at practice and gearing up for season-opener

717370 Oilers 4 Canucks 1: Luongo left in limbo under new shot-blocking system

717371 Willes: Reality may check youth plan for Canucks

717372 Sedins can’t be everything to everybody

717373 Healthy David Booth an eternal optimist

717374 Canucks Game Day: The message is simple: Shoot the puck against Oilers

717375 Wing and a prayer: Healthy Booth vows to ‘get back to the player I know I can be’

717377 Oilers light up Luongo to rout Canucks in preseason action

717378 Healthy Booth would help balance Canucks’ scoring attack

Washington Capitals

717354 Adam Oates on Tom Wilson: ‘I would like to keep him around us’


717379 ESPN / Highs and lows of #NHLrank

717380 ESPN / The new normal for Chris Pronger

717381 / Ducks owner ‘optimistic’ about business under new CBA

717382 USA TODAY / Tim Thomas, Panthers are a good fit

Winnipeg Jets

717355 Chipman shows faith in GM with two-year extension

717356 Downsizing the rule book

717357 Ladd noticing youth influx

717358 Chevy's new deal hailed by Jets players

717359 On the BUBBLE

717360 Jets extend GM Cheveldayoff's contract

717361 Winning ways on display

717362 Ex-journeyman now bench boss

717363 Afterburner: Jets-Oilers

717364 Kane not shy about wanting ice

717365 Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom moving on after attack in Sweden

717366 Winnipeg Jets D-men drawing blue-line in the sand, aim to get tougher in own zone

717367 Winnipeg Jets players give thumbs up to GM Kevin Cheveldayoff's contract extension

717368 Cheveldayoff has Jets on right track: Chipman

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717215 Anaheim Ducks

Ducks owner Samueli committed to a state-of-the-art Honda Center

The owner also says landing an NBA team at Honda won't happen soon, but if the opportunity arises 'but we'll be ready for it.'

By Helene Elliott | September 18, 2013, 8:16 p.m.

Ducks owner Henry Samueli, whose management company operates the Honda Center, said Wednesday he doesn't anticipate bringing an NBA team to the arena as a tenant any time soon but he remains committed to backing his money-losing NHL team and maintaining a state-of-the-art arena.

Samueli and his wife, Susan, bought the Ducks from the Walt Disney Co. in 2005 and have since spent $80 million on arena improvements. That includes upgrading locker rooms to NBA standards and undertaking the $20-million Grand Terrace entertainment project that will open Oct. 10, coinciding with the Ducks' home opener. The Sacramento Kings were the most recent NBA team to flirt with moving to Anaheim but they were sold to a Sacramento group and will remain in that city.

"It's pretty much put to rest from our perspective," Samueli said of adding an NBA tenant. "If an opportunity presents itself we'll look at it but we haven't had any contact with the NBA for quite a while.

"You never give up, but clearly it's not going to happen in the near term. But our goal is to make this building a world-class sports and entertainment venue and if the opportunity presents itself in the future, we'll be ready for it."

The Grand Terrace project includes indoor and outdoor entertainment space, food and drink options, and an expanded team store. "It's just going to elevate the whole fan experience," said Samueli, a co-founder of Broadcom and still board chairman and chief technical officer of the semiconductor company.

Despite the lack of an NBA team and the revenues it would generate, Samueli said he stands behind the Ducks long term. He and his wife paid $75 million for the franchise; it was valued at $192 million by Forbes last November.

"We look at it from a different perspective, Susan and I," he said. "We're not depending on this business to support our family. I have a very successful business in Broadcom, and to us, this is our way of giving back to the community.

"Susan and I are very active in philanthropy, so we already give to lots of nonprofits. So the Ducks are just yet another nonprofit that we give to, I guess."

Samueli said it's too early to determine the financial impact of the NHL's new collective bargaining agreement because last season was shortened to 48 games by the league-imposed lockout. The Ducks became eligible for revenue sharing for the first time, but for only half of a full share.

"It's still more than what we got before. So anything helps," he said. "Clearly it's always a struggle in the Sun Belt markets to make a go of the business, but the new CBA definitely will help."

Samueli also said he likes the new schedule, which will match each team against every other team at least twice, and realignment. The Ducks, Kings, and five other teams will compete in the Pacific Division.

"The first two rounds of the playoffs will be within your division, which means, assuming the Ducks and Kings both make the playoffs, the likelihood of us playing each other is very high, which we've never done before in the playoffs," he said. "That's great for Southern California hockey, having a Ducks-Kings rivalry in the playoffs. There's nothing better, and this realignment definitely will make that a likely possibility."

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717216 Anaheim Ducks

Samueli: New CBA could help Ducks' bottom line


Ducks owner Henry Samueli said that the current collective bargaining agreement between NHL owners and the players was needed for more financial stability for his franchise, even as it cost nearly half of the 2012-13 season.

Samueli, who rarely grants interviews, ultimately wants to keep ownership of the Ducks within his family and is hopeful that the new CBA – which allows his team to be eligible to receive revenue sharing for the first time – will trim the annual losses.

The owner prefers to stay in the background but granted a sit-down interview with the Register to cover a wide range of topics. Samueli wouldn't specify how much the team lost last season but previous estimates of double-digit millions each season remain the case.

“They're in the same general ballpark as they have been,” Samueli said. “Again, with the new CBA, there's opportunity for improvement definitely with the adjustment in all the numbers.

“We'll know this year for sure what the impact is. We're optimistic we'll turn the corner and start heading in the other direction.”

Samueli was reportedly seen as one of the “hawks” who pushed for a lengthy NHL lockout, which ultimately lasted 119 days until a deal was reached between the league and the NHL Players’ Association. The cost for hockey fans was a truncated 48-game season, instead of the usual 82 games.

On Wednesday, Samueli clarified where he stood during the messy labor struggle.

“I was always in regular contact with the commissioner,” he said. “We had discussions. My position was, do what you can to help the teams in the bottom half of the league get to profitability.

“That was my goal all along. And the commissioner knew that. He tried to negotiate a CBA that moved in that direction.”

His low profile and residence within the relative anonymity of south Orange County allowed him to avoid being the brunt of criticism for playing a role in the work stoppage.

“I think people understood the challenges,” Samueli said. “We all want to play hockey, That's not the issue. Both sides were eager to get back on the ice. They had to negotiate a deal that was fair for both sides.”

Samueli's long-term goal is to keep the Ducks “forever and pass it on to the kids and keep it in the family.” It appears that could be realized as their books are not bathing in red ink.

“We would like to do that. Absolutely,” he said. “We're just hopeful that the financial situation will correct itself to the point where that will allow us to do that in the long term.”

Samueli acknowledged that the NBA's decision to throw its weight behind efforts to keep the Kings in Sacramento was a setback to his plan of having the Honda Center become a tenant to the relocated team.

The Kings were sold by the Maloof family for $535 million to a group of investors led by technology executive Vivek Ranadive. The group is looking to build a new downtown arena in Sacramento by 2016.

“It certainly was disappointing but understandable,” Samueli said. “Clearly the leagues don't want to relocate franchises. They want to do their utmost to maintain them in the cities they're in.

“I can clearly understand why they remained in Sacramento.”

Samueli also said he isn't getting involved – even as a minority owner – in any effort to bring an NFL team to Los Angeles.

“We've been approached over the years,” he said. “No. It's not something that really interests me.”


Hampus Lindholm had a power-play goal at 14:04 of the third period, lifting the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in a exhibition game at Denver.

Devante Smith-Pelly added a power-play goal. The Ducks were 2 for 7 with the man advantage.

John Gibson stopped 18 shots after entering midway through the second period.

Paul Stastny scored for Colorado. Stastny's rebound shot deflected off the stick of Mark Fistric at 13:15 of the first period.

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717217 Anaheim Ducks

Whicker: Lindblom learning to protect himself at all times

The 19-year-old Ducks defenseman from Sweden adjusts to a smaller stage.


ANAHEIM – Objects in the NHL mirror are closer than they appear.

Sharper, too.

Article Tab: Jpg“I have to expect the hit to always be coming instead of not expecting it,” says Hampus Lindholm of playing in the NHL. “I can't make a pass and then just stand there and stare at my pass. It's not something I was used to back home.”“I have to expect the hit to always be coming instead of not expecting it,” says Hampus Lindholm of playing in the NHL. “I can't make a pass and then just stand there and stare at my pass. It's not something I was used to back home.”JUSTIN K. ALLER, GETTY IMAGESCHECK OUT OUR SPORTS COLUMNISTS

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Hampus Lindholm is an 19-year-old defenseman whom the Ducks took with the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Eventually, they think he will orchestrate games, make indisputable decisions, and become chairman of the power play.

Provided he gets there in one piece.

Playing on smaller rinks, Lindholm has been wearing a “hit me” sign throughout practice, and into the first exhibition against Phoenix on Monday night.

“If you make a mistake in this league they are going to punish you pretty hard,” Lindholm said Tuesday. “You can’t make junior mistakes anymore. But in one way it’s easier, because you’re playing with good players.”

Still, General Manager Bob Murray winced a few times when he saw Lindholm forget to pull the pin on the grenade a few times.

Scott Niedermayer, who describes himself now as “the assistant to the assistant coaches,” saw the same thing.

So on Tuesday, when Monday night’s players skated for an hour and 15 minutes, Niedermayer spent a long time talking with Lindholm, by the boards.

The emphasis seemed to be on swiveling his head and body to see the onrushers, and to get rid of the puck before Lindholm picked up a second concussion to match the one he got in the American Hockey League last winter.

“He wants to do so much,” Murray said. “He wants the puck and that’s a good thing. But if you move it up the boards and make smart little passes, you can avoid all that contact. Scotty did that for years. You’d see guys crashing into the boards, right beside him.

“But he’s growing into his body, which is a common thing among the Swedes. If you saw (Detroit’s) Niklas Kronwall at that age, you wouldn’t have ever thought he could play in the NHL.”

Kronwall is now the one who knocks. He brings the type of hammer that Lindholm is learning to avoid.

But the prototype Swedish defenseman is a guy like Nicklas Lidstrom, the seven-time Norris Trophy winner for the Red Wings.

Erik Karlsson won the Norris for Ottawa two seasons ago. Oliver Ekman-Larsson is a coming All-Star for Phoenix.

And when Chicago won its second Stanley Cup, two Swedes made huge plays in their own end for two months: Johnny Oduya and Nik Hjalmarsson.

All had to learn how to cope with tighter corners, tighter lanes, more malice aforethought.

“I have to expect the hit to always be coming instead of not expecting it,” Lindholm said. “I can’t make a pass and then just stand there and stare at my pass. It’s not something I was used to back home.”

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