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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres' Sam Reinhart to play in season opener

Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking, will remain with the Sabres for their season opener Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan made the announcement after practice Monday.

"I can't predict how long [Reinhart] will be with us, but in training camp you just want to make sure you're doing the right thing with young players for their development," Nolan said. "We're also evaluating Nikita [Zadorov]. He's physically big enough and needs to work on parts of his game; we'll evaluate that decision."

Reinhart was chosen No. 2 by the Sabres in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 12:05 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Burakovsky likely to stay with Capitals: report

Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky has impressed enough in camp that he is likely to make the NHL roster, CSNWashington.com reported Sunday.

The 19-year-old spent the majority of his junior career playing on the wing, but has performed well as Washington's No. 2 center behind Nicklas Backstrom with two goals and two assists in six preseason games.


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 8:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Nurse still with Oilers, hopes to stick with team

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse didn't make it until the final week of September last year, when he was hoping to make the team as an 18-year-old.

But with the Oilers four days away from opening the 2014-15 season against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place, the first-round pick from 2013 (No. 7) is still with Edmonton and could be on the verge of making his NHL debut.


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 7:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Blackhawks' Sharp sad to see Leddy traded: report

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp didn't mince words when asked about the trade Saturday that sent defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders.

"It [stinks]. It [stinks] to see Nick leave the squad," Sharp said Sunday, according to CSN Chicago. "He's well-liked in the locker room. Everyone knows the quality player he is and the quality person. He's going to have a heck of a chance to become the star in the League we all think he's going to be. We've said it a thousand times – it's professional sports, it's part of the gig. You lose players every season and I think we've come to accept it."


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 5:14 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Blackhawks assign Regin, Leighton to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday assigned forward Peter Regin and goaltender Michael Leighton to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Regin, 28, was acquired by the Blackhawks with forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders on Feb. 6 for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He signed a one-year, $650,000 contract on July 1, but was placed on waivers by Chicago on Saturday. He had four goals and 11 points in 61 games last season for the Islanders and Blackhawks.

Leighton, 33, agreed to terms with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract in August after he spent last season with HC Donbass of the KHL. He is 35-41-10 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He is 8-4 with a 2.54 GAA and .912 save percentage in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including a League-record three shutouts against the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 Eastern Conference Final.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 1:53 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Flyers' Simmonds 'up in the air' for opener: report

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was wearing a walking boot on his left foot while watching practice Sunday in Orleans, Mass. His status for the regular-season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN) remains in question.

"Fifty-fifty? I can't put a number on it," Flyers coach Craig Berube told CSNPhilly.com when asked about the chances that Simmonds would play. "He hasn't practiced. It depends. Everybody is different.

"Right now, he's out. And he hasn't practiced, so we'll see about [Monday]. If he can get on the ice [Monday] and then maybe practice the next day, maybe I'll consider putting him in [Wednesday]. I don't know. Right now it's up in the air."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 11:43 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Drouin could be ready for Lightning opener: report

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin's fractured thumb is healing as expected, and general manager Steve Yzerman said Saturday he could be ready for the season opener or shortly thereafter.

Drouin sustained a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice Sept. 18 and was projected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Lightning open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Florida Panthers, which would be exactly three weeks after the injury occurred.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 6:10 PM

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Bennett to miss Flames game with injury

Forward Sam Bennett, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will not play for the Calgary Flames in a preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets because of an undisclosed injury.

"He's in Calgary right now and he's going to get checked by our doctors and we will have news probably on Tuesday," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 4:59 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Maple Leafs Kessel, Franson skate briefly: report

Injured forward Phil Kessel and defenseman Cody Franson skated Saturday but their status for the Toronto Maple Leafs season opener Wednesday is unknown.

Kessel, who has a lower-body injury, skated for about 20 minutes Saturday, the Toronto Sun reported.

"With Phil, sometimes the plan is different then ours," coach Randy Carlyle told the newspaper. "He came out, tried it, didn't feel it was 100 percent. ... The idea is that if you don’t practice, you don't play."

Franson skated for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in a preseason game Sept. 26. The regular season begins Oct. 8 against the Montreal Canadiens.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 3:45 PM

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Islanders return two first-round picks to junior teams

The New York Islanders on Saturday returned both of their 2014 first-round draft picks to their junior teams. Michael Dal Colle (No. 5) was sent back to the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League and Joshua Ho-Sang (No. 28) was returned to the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.

The Islanders also loaned 11 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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