Colorado Avalanche: News From Around The Nhl September 24th, 2014 – Yahoo Sports

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Colorado’s a particularly interesting case for this. The Avalanche may have been treated as a paper tiger all through last year despite their winning ways, but there are legitimate questions about whether player development can stave off some of the expected regression. Cumiskey is readjusting to life in the NHL. Kyle Cumiskey wasnt happy with his play or his situation the latest time he played in North America, in 2012. Cumiskey was traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the Anaheim Ducks in October 2011, and he spent that entire season in the AHL. He was also displeased with his game then. Cumiskey thought a change would do him good, and he decided to go to Europe. After two seasons in Sweden, Cumiskey, a 27-year-old defenseman, is now back and giving the NHL another shot. He signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in the offseason and suited up Tuesday for his first NHL game since 2011. It was only a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings, but it was a significant step in Cumiskeys return. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/colorado-avalanche-news-around-nhl-112526533.html

The Chicago Blackhawks’ Blueprint to Solving Salary Cap Dilemma | Bleacher Report

That gives them limited ability later in the year to take on salary to address any weaknesses that have developed or simply to load up with rentals for the playoffs. It means that theyll need to watch every penny, perhaps going with a 22-man roster rather than a full 23-man list at points in the year. It might mean promoting Michael Leighton to the backup role at times and sending waiver-exempt Antti Raanta to the minors (there is a $200,000 difference in the cap hits of the two, and while Raanta is on a one-way deal its cheap enough to bury if needed). The solution is to jettison luxuries. Oduya doesnt qualify; he plays a critical role for the team. Better candidates can be found up front. USA TODAY Sports Kris Versteeg is often mentioned, largely because he fell sharply out of favour in the 2014 postseason. Chicago got him from Florida with the idea that hed be a cheap scorer; the Panthers retained half of his salary to make him go away. The Blackhawks could probably dump him if they were willing to include a draft pick or prospect in the transaction, and particularly if they opted to retain a portion of his current $2.2 million cap hit. USA TODAY Sports Bryan Bickell had a good postseason for the second consecutive year and Chicago obviously loves his size, but hes another good candidate for a trade out of town. He was only playing 11:21 per game in the regular season, managing 15 points and a minus-six rating for a contender, and he earns $4.0 million per year. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2206351-the-chicago-blackhawks-blueprint-to-solving-salary-cap-dilemma

Claude Julien Appreciates Adam McQuaid’s ‘Real Strong Game’ For Bruins | Boston Bruins | NESN.com

19 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. McQuaid, who missed 52 regular-season games and the entire 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs because of quad and ankle injuries, provided the Bs with great energy and physicality right from the first puck drop at TD Garden. He was credited with a team-high four hits and two blocked shots in the 2-0 preseason win over the Washington Capitals. I think he came out and tried to make a statement there that hes ready to play, and he wants to be here, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said. I thought he played a real strong game. I gave him high marks for his first game back and how well he played for his first game back. I thought he showed some grit. I said to these guys here that hes showed that hes determined to want to stay here, and he wanted to make a statement, and I thought he did. McQuaid received 19:04 of ice time, the fourth-highest on the team. He also played 1:57 on the penalty kill, and the unit finished 2-for-2. It definitely felt pretty good to be out there to be part of a win again, McQuaid said. source: http://nesn.com/2014/09/bruins-adam-mcquaid-played-a-real-strong-game-in-win-over-capitals/

 

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