Nhl Will Bring Its Winter Classic All-access Documentary To Epix – Sbnation.com

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subscribers and, as part of the agreement with the NHL, all hockey fans in the United States will have access to the finished product, sources told ESPN.com. Note that Epix doesn’t have 50 million actual subscribers. It’s available in roughly 50 million homes, which is an important distinction. We’ll get to find out more on this at the press conference in D.C. on Sept. 23. Will it be as good as 24/7? It might be and it could be even better. The show will again be produced by Ross Greenburg, who helped bring 24/7 to HBO in 2011 with the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins . With Epix being a premium cable channel, it’ll be uncensored and commercial-free. Burnside also notes the budget for each episode will be around $400,000. That means more cameras, more production, and more editing quality will be part of the program. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/9/15/6152277/nhl-winter-classic-blackhawks-capitals-documentary-epix-hbo

NHL training camp: Ten players with something to prove – Yahoo Sports

The 2013 Cup champions are focused on bettering last season’s finish. ”It’s motivation knowing our potential and how close we came,” Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said ahead of training camp on Friday at Notre Dame’s campus. ”(We’re) using that as a source of energy to improve upon.” The roster will look slightly different by the end of camp. The Blackhawks are still around $2.2 million above the NHL salary cap and will need to make a move, possibly in the form of a trade, to get below the cap before the puck drops on the regular season Oct. 9 at Dallas. Veteran defenseman Duncan Keith , the Norris Trophy winner, said the team knows a move is coming. ”Sure, I think about it,” Keith said Thursday. ”But it’s not something that’s a topic of conversation every day amongst us players. We all kind of know the business and obviously, management has to make some decisions. Trades are always part of the game and part of the business.” The Blackhawks’ big splash in offseason free agency came in the signing of 34-year old center Brad Richards , a key component in the New York Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals last season. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/chicago-blackhawks-open-training-camp-at-notre-dame-091814

Ken Hitchcock Isn’t Concerned About Playoffs Right Now – Yahoo Sports

The 31-year-old forward comes with a $4.9 million cap hit for the next four years, too, so getting back on track this season is obviously a high priority for both him and Detroit. Kyle Okposo will look to build off a career year. (USATSI) Kyle Okposo, New York Islanders : For a change of pace, here’s a player who had a tremendous season in 2013-14. Okposo, in fact, had a career year for the Islanders. He put up 69 points in 71 games, with 27 goals and 42 assists. All of those were career bests. So now it’s up to Okposo to build off that remarkable season. He’ll likely be back with John Tavares, which gives the team a really formidable duo on the top line. Who plays on the other wing is yet to be determined, but when they had the now departed Thomas Vanek on the line, they were at their best. So how Okposo adjusts to whatever new line the team puts together will be important. Last year was a real awakening for Okposo, who is now 26 years old. He has had good seasons, but had never quite reached his full potential. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-training-camp-ten-players-130329659–spt.html

2014-15 Minnesota Wild Preview: Shaky Goaltending A Genuine Concern | NHL | NESN.com

Additions/Subtractions Key arrivals: Thomas Vanek, Justin Falk, Jordan Schroeder Key departures: Matt Moulson, Nate Prosser, Dany Heatley, Clayton Stoner Player to Watch Thomas Vanek signing with the Wild had been rumored for years before it officially happened in July. The 29-year-old veteran is one of the most skilled wingers in the league, and he tallied 68 points (27 goals, 41 assists) last season in 78 games split between the Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders and Montreal Canadiens. Vanek is a great scorer, but hes often inconsistent and wont make much of an impact defensively. His playoff record is rather unimpressive, and he struggled (zero goals) in the Canadiens six-game loss to the New York Rangers in the 2014 Eastern Conference finals. Minnesota finished 24th in goals scored and 16th in power-play percentage in 2013-14, and both of those areas should be improved with Vaneks addition to the teams top-six forward group. Biggest Strength The Wilds top two lines match up well against nearly every team. Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville, Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle and Vanek give Minnesota five forwards capable of giving opponents problems in the attacking zone. Not only are these players highly skilled offensively, their work ethic is very strong and they consistently win puck battles along the boards and in the corners. Minnesota also had eight double-digit goal scorers last season (not including Vanek) and doesnt rely on one or two players to carry the offense. When the game is on the line, Wild head coach Mike Yeo has two lines of star players to put on the ice regardless of the situation a luxury many other coaches dont have. Most Glaring Weakness The Wild finished 27th in penalty killing last season with a 78.8 percent success rate (one of five teams below 80 percent). With unreliable goaltending and a lack of shutdown defensemen, Minnesota will have a tough time making any noise in the playoffs if it fails to improve in short-handed situations. source: http://nesn.com/2014/09/2014-15-minnesota-wild-preview-shaky-goaltending-genuine-concern/

Talented crop of rookies has fantasy upside – Yahoo Sports

Were not there. Come write that Winter Hitch story in a few weeks. I hope you dont write it.” Strauss also asked what the Blues were focused on this year. The players got a challenge to beef themselves up over the off-season, to get more physical. Hitch’s goal is this: The Blues were adept last season at playing position defense. Hitchcock insisted Thursday its time to get nastier and quicker. “When its on the line, theres a difference between checking and defending. And were going to check,” Hitch promised. Oh, good. I guess this explains why the team brought known physical guy Paul Bissonette into the fold for this camp. Checking. I’m not a professional coach, or an amateur one either obviously, but I do know a couple things about the sport well enough for this to raise a big question mark for me. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/ken-hitchcock-isnt-concerned-playoffs-212606217.html

Chicago Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame | FOX Sports

Kuznetsov then went on to help his country win gold at the 2014 IIHF World Championship by scoring one goal and one assist in the 10-game tournament. The almost four-season wait for the Capitals, and fantasy owners alike, will be worth it. Whether he starts the season on a wing with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom , or as a second-line center, Kuznetsov (one of Pete Jensen’s fantasy sleepers ) has a chance to produce and be drafted in all league formats. Teuvo Teravainen , C, Chicago Blackhawks We last saw the NHL’s rookie scoring leader start the season in the AHL in 2008-09, when Bobby Ryan didnt make his season debut with the Anaheim Ducks until November. Despite the late start, Ryan paced all rookies with 57 points in 64 games played. We could see history repeated this season as Teravainen, a talented Finnish center, embarks on his first full season in North America. Teravainen got into three NHL games with the Blackhawks late last season and the 18th pick in the 2012 draft did not look out of place. With the signing of Brad Richards , the 20-year-old is likely to start the season in the AHL, but NHL.com’s fifth-rated prospect will see time in the NHL this season. If Richards shows no chemistry with his talented linemates, expect to see the hashtag #FreeTeuvo pop up from fantasy owners. He should be drafted in dynasty/keeper leagues and stashed on benches in other league formats. Filip Forsberg , C, Nashville Predators Filip Forsberg Griffin Reinhart , D, New York Islanders The Islanders’ top-ranked prospect by NHL.com finished his fourth season with the Edmonton Oil Kings by leading his team to a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup, and he looks like he’s ready to make an impact on Long Island. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/talented-crop-rookies-fantasy-upside-140000450–nhl.html

 

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