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The 2014 Eddie Shore Award winner, given to the AHL’s most outstanding defenseman, was also named to the 2013-14 AHL First All-Star Team, alongside Blackhawks prospect Adam Clendening. He was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round (31st overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft. Pokka, 20, played in 54 games with Karpat in the SM-liiga in Finland last season, recording 27 points (6G, 21A). He has appeared in 138 career games over four seasons with Karpat, tallying a total of 42 points (12G, 30A). The defenseman was originally selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (34th overall) of the 2012 NHL Draft. Nilsson, 24, has posted a 4-1-2 record, 2.10 goals-against average and .928 save percentage in eight games with the KHL’s Ak Bars this season. The Lulea, Sweden, native split the 2013-14 season between the New York Islanders and American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Nilsson posted an 8-7-2 record with a 3.11 GAA and .896 SV% in 19 regular-season games with the Islanders. He collected a 12-4-2 mark, 2.81 GAA, .901 SV% and two shutouts in 29 regular-season games with Bridgeport. The trade was made after the Blackhawks announced that Teuvo Teravainen and Klas Dahlbeck would be sent to Rockford as Chicago continues to trim its roster ahead of their season opener this Thursday against the Dallas Stars. source:

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Boychuk, 30, had a career-best 23 points last season as a member of Boston’s top-four defense. Over 321 NHL games, Boychuk has 75 points including 19 goals. He also has 79 career playoff games and was part of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup team, experience that will greatly benefit the Islanders. He will be an unrestricted free agent when his contract expires. Leddy, 24, had 31 points last season as a bottom-pairing defenseman for Chicago. The former first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild, has appeared in 258 NHL games, all with Chicago, and has 93 career points in the league. He has 54 games of postseason experience and was part of Chicago’s 2013 Stanley Cup team. Leddy will be a restricted free agent after the season ends. By adding Boychuk and Leddy, the Isles get experience and take some of the pressure of off No. 1 defenseman Travis Hamonic to eat so many minutes and allows the Isles to keep some of their young blueliners out of situations they aren’t ready for. Boychuk instantly improves the team’s ability to defend and their overally physicality, while Leddy brings another power-play weapon and will likely get more ice time in New York than he could on Chicago’s deep blue line. source:

SASKATOON — Teuvo Teravainen roofed a shot from the slot pass goaltender Richard Bachman with less than a minute left in the second period for his first NHL career goal in a Chicago Blackhawks 5-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Credit Union Center in Saskatoon Sunday. Teravainen, 20, played in three games for Hawks last season after scoring 44 points (9G, 35A) with Jokerit in SM-Liiga. It was his first preseason game this season. Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg also made their preseason debuts for the Hawks. Versteeg scored the fifth and final goal on a two-on-one with Bryan Bickell in the third period. Bickell and Versteeg each had a goal an assist while Tervainen, Garret Ross and Andrew Shaw lit the lamp. Goaltender Scott Darling recorded the shutout and the Hawks improved to 2-2 during preseason play. Darling made 22 saves and had some help along the way with three shots ringing off the post. Bachman could not hold off Hawks’ offense and took the loss. The Hawks were shutout on two power plays, but in turn killed four penalties. Bickell opened the scoring with a redirect off a long shot by Nick Leddy with six minutes to go in the first period. source:

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The New York Islanders acquired Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk on Saturday. (USATSI)

Only the champs essentially stood pat, daring the West to catch them. It seems like the West is loading up again, Kings center Anze Kopitar said. But at the end of the day, I dont think its going to matter too much what the other teams do. Its going to matter what we do. The Blackhawks and the Kings each have two titles in the last five years, and theyre both the widely considered favorites to play for the Stanley Cup again. But when Los Angeles beat the New York Rangers in five games in the Stanley Cup finals last year , many prognosticators scoffed that five West teams could have beaten any East representative and the theoretical math appears much the same this fall. The West is such a grind, Ducks defenseman Ben Lovejoy said. Theres so much talent. All these huge, physical teams that skate very well. We can have another great regular season, and it wont matter if we dont have the toughness to win in the playoffs. The Western Conference has won six of the last eight Cups, and the two East winners were stretched to a full seven games in the finals. Although Boston, Pittsburgh, Montreal and Tampa Bay return strong clubs, league MVP Sidney Crosby and the rest of the Easts stars realize theyll have to go West to win a title. The West is where its at right now, and it runs in spurts, Buffalo general manager Tim Murray said. The Western teams are good teams. source:

Preseason Recap: Teravainen first NHL goal, Blackhawks top Oilers 5-0 – Yahoo Sports

Finished third in Central Division, lost to Los Angeles Kings in Western Conference final. COACH: Joel Quenneville, 7th season with the Blackhawks, 268-127-59; 18th in the NHL, 706-410-77-100. ADDED: C Brad Richards, G Michael Leighton. LOST: LW Brandon Bollig, D Sheldon Brookbank. PLAYER TO WATCH: Brandon Saad. The talented winger was terrific in the final part of the playoff series against the Kings, collecting three goals and four assists in the last four games. Playing on a line with Patrick Kane and newcomer Brad Richards, he could do even better than his career highs of 19 goals and 28 assists from last season. OUTLOOK: It’s Stanley Cup or bust for the loaded Blackhawks, who have no glaring weaknesses. They should be among the league’s highest-scoring teams again this season, and Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith leads a solid group of defensemen. The Central could be hockey’s toughest division, but the Blackhawks are a legitimate threat for their third NHL title in the last six seasons. More On: source:


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