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Corey Crawford upset at loss of goalie coach 08-17-2013
Corey Crawford G CHI
Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Corey Crawford is upset that his goaltending coach and close friend Stephane Waite jumped from the Chicago Blackhawks this off-season to take the same position with the Montreal Canadiens.

CSN Chicago
The two have worked together for years, and live within an hour of each other in Quebec. "To see him go definitely sucks, to say the least," Crawford said. "I've worked with him for a while, even in the minors. At the same time, it's part of the game, I guess." Crawford said he won't change his approach too much, regardless of who his new goaltending coach is. "It depends on who the coach is and what he wants to do, but really, my job stays the same," he said. "Maybe little adjustments; we'll see how we can work that out. But the way I play doesn't change."
Petr Mzarek may be Wings' backup goalie 08-17-2013
Petr Mrazek G DET
NHL.com is reporting that youngster Petr Mrazek figures to battle Jonas Gustavsson in Detroit's camp next month for the backup job behind Jimmy Howard.

Mrazek, who played major junior hockey in Ottawa, is rated as the Wings' top prospect by NHL.com. Yet the web site also suggests that, if Mrazek is to pay long-term dividends for the Wings, it may be as the centerpiece of a trade to a team that will make him its starter. In 42 regular-season games with the Rapid City Griffins last season, Mrazek went 23-16-2 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He was 14-7 with a 2.20 GAA while helping Grand Rapids to a championship.
Daniel Briere influenced Justin Bailey's life 08-17-2013
Maxim Kitsyn LW LA
When Sabres draft pick Justin Bailey was a child growing up in the Buffalo area, he received a recommendation from veteran NHLer Danny Briere, through a friend, to read the book "Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence," co-authored by Gary Mack and David Casstevens.

Bailey said the book was inspiring. "It was great to have a guy like that show me a book to help my game," Bailey said. "I was probably 11 or 12 years old and I actually bought another copy to re-read it. The thing that I think separates a good hockey player from a great hockey player is dedication and work ethic. If you can get a mental edge over guys, you'll be set. That's what the book describes." Bailey has always been impressed with Briere's style of play. "He's so calm on the ice, so silent, and he scores a lot of goals," Bailey said. "Hearing a recommendation from a guy like that to read that book was great because I knew it would help my game." Bailey's dad, Carlton Bailey, spent a decade in the NFL as a linebacker with the Bills. When he lived in Buffalo with his mother, he was introduced to ex-Sabres players Rob Ray, Michael Peca and Matthew Barnaby, all of whom lived in the same condominium building.
Maxim Lapierre tried to return to Canadiens 08-17-2013
Maxim Lapierre C NYR
Center Maxim Lapierre signed a two-year, $2.2-million contract with the Blues as a free agent this summer but St. Louis was by no means his first choice.

Lapierre says he wanted first and foremost to return to his old team, the Montreal Canadiens. "I did everything I could to get back with the Canadiens, but I did not figure in their plans," Lapierre is quoted as saying. The veteran spent his first five and a half seasons in the NHL with Montreal before being traded to Anaheim on New Year's Eve in 2010.
Brandon Saad likely Hawks' second-line center 08-17-2013
Brandon Saad LW CLB
Despite his surprisingly strong playoff performance, Michal Handzus isn't really the player the Blackhawks want playing second-line center next season.

And it can't be Dave Bolland, who was traded to Toronto. Ahead of training camp, it's young Brandon Saad who seems to have the inside edge."Saader is probably the guy we're thinking maybe grab that spot, would be an option," head coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's something we talked about as a staff late in the year. It's something going into the season we could be exploring." Saad, 20, is coming off an outstanding rookie season, but that was playing on the wing. At center, there are additional responsibilities, particularly in the defensive end. "Defensively, I think we can get him up to speed," said Quenneville. "At the end of the day, I mean I don't really care who's going to grab it, but it's a nice spot for somebody."
Sens owner blames agent in Alfredsson case 08-17-2013
Daniel Alfredsson RW DET
Daniel Alfredsson said earlier this week that a lack of communication in contract negotiations with the Senators factored in for his choice to sign a one-year contract with the Red Wings and that his last contract had been structured under the assumption he would retire before the final year of the deal that paid $1 million, but Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk sees it a different way.

"For anyone to even suggest the remote possibility that (Ottawa GM) Bryan Murray is not fully honest in his clear recollection of events should be ashamed of themselves," Melnyk told TSN. "I point the finger squarely on (agent)JP Barry, the man who blessed us with the (Dany) Heatley mess. . .If you want to play a blame game - that is where you should be looking. I have a lot of respect for Daniel. I simply think he was not told the whole story or worse, was lied to. I won't be commenting on this again. We are busy and have a Stanley Cup to win." Barry said he stood by his comments made Thursday. "Shooting the messenger is something I have never believed in nor will I ever," Barry said. "It's just not productive in our business to make negotiations personal."
Claude Giroux voices frustration, confidence 08-17-2013
Claude Giroux C PHI
The finger surgery that has Claude Giroux likely unable to be at 100 per cent for about six weeks is "more frustrating than you even know," he says.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"This is more frustrating than you even know," Giroux said. "I really feel like this was my best summer of training I've had so far. I feel like I'm in the best shape of my life. This really isn't a big deal, though. Something like this isn't going to hold me back." Giroux had surgery Thursday after he says he tore tendons in his finger while golfing. Giroux, 25, is entering the final year of his 3-year, $11.25 million deal, his second as the captain. He signed a max-term, 8-year, $66.2 million extension with the Flyers on July 5.
Chris Tanev would thrive in KHL: Canucks GM 08-17-2013
Christopher Tanev D VAN
Chris Tanev, a restricted free agent with the Vancouver Canucks, has drawn interest from KHL clubs, and you get the impression Canuck general manager Steve Tambellini isn't trying to dissuade the defenseman from jumping.

Vancouver Province
"He is a young talented defenceman who will have success in any league in the world," Tambellini wrote in an email to The Province newspaper in Vancouver. "His skill set allows him to be a very reliable player both offensively and defensively. In both the KHL and NLA (Swiss A league), he would be able to log an elite level of ice time and be a great safety half to a top defence pairing. Chris always seems to complement any partner in the NHL and that would be no different in Europe."
Stephen Weiss: Wings' second-line center? 08-17-2013
Stephen Weiss C DET
Veteran Stephen Weiss, acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in the off-season, likely will be the team's second-line center, according to NHL.com.

NHL.com currently projects Weiss to center the Red Wings' second line with Daneil Alfredsson, the team's other veteran free-agent acquisition, and Gustav Nyquist.
Bruin Gregory Campbell waits for leg to heal 08-17-2013
Gregory Campbell C CLB
X-rays taken on Gregory Campbell's broken leg a couple of weeks ago looked good but the bone hasn't healed enough for Campbell to start skating yet.

The 29-year-old center with the Bruins is scheduled for another X-ray in Boston on Aug. 20, when there's a chance he will get his clearance. He's hoping to be ready to go at training camp in September but won't be able to gauge his readiness until he's had the chance to skate. Campbell was injured June 5 on a slap shot by Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, and after surgery June 10, the prognosis was 6-8 weeks of recovery, so he's a bit behind.
Nazem Kadri C TOR
With four weeks left before training camp open, and restricted free agent forward Nazem Kadri concerned that he has yet to be re-signed by Toronto, Maple Leafs general manager David Nonis isn't worried.

"There have been quiet periods [in the negotiations], but that doesn't bother me at all," Nonis said. "That's par for the course in these types of situations. I also think it's a different year a little bit with the cap dropping [from $70.2 million to $64.3 million]. I think there is recalibration that needs to take place on both sides. You look around the League and I think that's happening. There are a lot of good UFAs [unrestricted free agents] that aren't signed because of the amount of money left in the marketplace."
Caps expecting big things from D Mike Green 08-17-2013
Mike Green D DET
Mike Green was an offensive force in 2013 with 12 goals to lead all National Hockey League defensemen but the his team, the Washington Capitals, believe he can win the Norris Trophy in the coming season.

CSN Washington
It can take a year before an athlete fully recovers from sports hernia surgery. Green had his on Jan. 17, 2012. Maybe it's no surprise that he exploded during the second half of last season. Those 12 goals and 14 assists (26 points) were impressive in a lockout-shortened campaign, but 19 of themcame after his return from a left groin injury on March 21. Add in the Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Rangers and it was 12 goals and 11 assists in 26 games for Green. That was an astoundingly torrid stretch during a time when every game was critical to the Caps. "We all know what [Green] can do when he's healthy and feels good about himself," Caps goalie Braden Holtby said. "We've seen it before. He was there again." With his age-28 season upcoming, can Green build on the flashes of defensive maturity shown in his game in recent years and again provide elite offense? If it happens he can absolutely win a Norris Trophy.
P.K. Subban has room to improve: Habs coach 08-17-2013
P.K. Subban D NAS
The play of 24-year-old P.K. Subban was a big bright spot for the Montreal Canadiens last season, as the defenseman was the first Canadien since Chris Chelios in 1989 to take home the Norris Trophy - yet Habs coach Michel Therrien is looking for improvement from him.

"I think he matured a lot last year and he ended up having a great season and ended up winning the Norris Trophy, so you can't ask for a better season from P.K. Subban," Therrien said. "But the good thing is that he is still young, still has room to improve his game. . .The thing I like about P.K. is that he wants to get better."
Coach Michel Therrien high on George Parros 08-17-2013
George Parros RW MON
The Montreal Canadiens addressed an area of great concern to them in the off-season and added former Florida Panthers enforcer George Parros to both improve the team's toughness and take some of the burden off Brandon Prust, which has coach Michel Therrien excited.

"He's a presence, he's a good teammate, he's a good leader, he'll stand up for his teammates like we all know," Therrien said of the addition of the 6-foot-5, 228-pound Parros. "We filled a need because we didn't have those types of guys last year."
Coach Michel Therrien high on George Parros 08-17-2013
George Parros RW MON
The Montreal Canadiens addressed an area of great concern to them and added former Florida Panthers enforcer George Parros to both improve the team's toughness and take some of the burden off Brandon Prust, which has coach Michel Therrien excited.

"He's a presence, he's a good teammate, he's a good leader, he'll stand up for his teammates like we all know," Therrien said of the addition of the 6-foot-5, 228-pound Parros. "We filled a need because we didn't have those types of guys last year."