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Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 11:50 AM

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Flames' Brodie broke bone in hand, out 3-6 weeks

Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie sustained a broken bone in his right hand and is week-to-week, general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday.

Brodie, 25, sustained the injury when he was hit by a shot in the third period of a preseason game Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. He will not need surgery and is likely to miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

"The good news, if you can take any, is that he won't need any surgery," Treliving said. "It's not displaced. It will be one that won't require surgery and we'll get him on the mend as soon as possible."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 12:01 AM

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Penguins left wing Kunitz could get spot on top line

Sidney Crosby might have to get used to a new right wing this season, but it looks like he's going to have a familiar face to his left on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top line.

Crosby's line with new right wing Phil Kessel and mainstay left wing Chris Kunitz combined for seven points in the Penguins' 7-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Kunitz is a leading candidate to play on the top line with Crosby and Kessel, who scored two goals in his Penguins debut.

"[Kunitz] worked really well on that line, and what he has to add to that line -- whoever is going to play there and [Kunitz] is probably one of the leading candidates right now -- but I like [Kunitz] when he goes hard to the net, when he plays that straight-ahead game," Johnston told the Penguins website. "… I think [Kunitz] will keep everybody in check there by going to the net hard, by driving through seams, and just creating space for those guys."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 9:10 PM

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Canucks' Higgins sustains bone fracture in foot

Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins sustained a bone fracture on his right foot during a preseason game against the San Jose Sharks and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 11:30 AM

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Wild's Vanek feeling healthy, more used to teammates

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek said he's aiming for 30 goals this season, and feels that it's possible because he's healthy and has a better feel for his linemates.

Vanek had 21 goals and 52 points last season, his first with the Wild. They were the lowest totals of his career in an 82-game season. However, he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he played the second half of the season despite having two hernias and a detached left groin. He had surgery to repair his injuries in June.

"It's fun to be able to walk up stairs again and get out of bed without pain and actually go outside and throw the ball with my kids," Vanek said.

Posted On Monday, 09.21.2015 / 4:30 PM

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Bruins' Griffith to miss 3-4 weeks with knee injury

Boston Bruins forward Seth Griffith sustained an MCL sprain in his left knee Sunday against the New Jersey Devils and will miss 3-4 weeks, the Bruins announced Monday.

Griffith played 30 games with the Bruins as a rookie, scoring six goals and 10 points in 30 games. He had 12 goals and 31 points in 39 games for Providence of the American Hockey League in his second pro season.

Posted On Monday, 09.21.2015 / 12:03 AM

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Blackhawks' Dano gets chance on 'lottery line'

Chicago Blackhawks forward Marko Dano has impressed early in training camp and is relishing the chance to skate on the same line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.

Dano, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets, is 20 years old and has 35 games of NHL experience, but those facts may not prevent him from skating on the Blackhawks' top line when Chicago opens the season on Oct. 7 against the New York Rangers at United Center (NBCSN).

It's also been beneficial that Dano, like Hossa, hails from Slovakia.

"They're great players and there's a lot of what I can learn from them, so I'm real excited about being in a line with them," Dano told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday. "Hossa is basically helping with everything, what I need. He's a good veteran and also my countryman, so he's helping me out to get to know the guys. He's been real nice to me."

Posted On Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 8:21 PM

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Maple Leafs send 10 players to AHL Toronto

The Toronto Maple Leafs trimmed their training camp roster to 53 players Sunday.

Ten players were reassigned to Toronto of the American Hockey league: Eric Faille, T.J. Foster, Justin Holl, Justin Johnson, Max Nicastro, Jack Rodewald, Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert, Nikolai Skladnichenko and Brady Vail.

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Posted On Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 4:31 PM

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McDavid impresses Oilers' GM Chiarelli in scrimmage

Connor McDavid unofficially had two goals and an assist in the Edmonton Oilers' scrimmage in Leduc, Alberta and impressed not only his teammates but general manager Peter Chiarelli as well.

"He makes a lot of plays, Chiarelli said after the game according to the Oilers website. "His play without the puck has been good. I've been very happy with him and that line looks very good, including Ted on the other wing. He makes good plays. He's fast and he's had some back-checking and he’s been good with that. Every time he has the puck he makes a good play."

Posted On Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 2:59 PM

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Raanta, Hellberg to battle for Rangers' backup job

New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta has a Stanley Cup ring and more experience, but coach Alain Vigneault wasn't ready to name him Henrik Lundqvist's backup yet.

"We have some tough decisions to make and I want to see how it all unfolds," Vignealt said, according to the Rangers Twitter on Sunday. "It's an open battle between Raanta and [Magnus Hellberg]."

Posted On Sunday, 09.20.2015 / 12:05 PM

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Islanders' Ho-Sang 'embarrassed' after OHL demotion

New York Islanders prospect Joshua Ho-Sang's was sent to the Ontario Hockey League after arriving late to practice on Friday and admitted he was embarrassed on Saturday.

"Obviously a lot more people found out about my mistake than other people's daily ones, but I definitely take ownership," Ho-Sang said according to Newsday after having an assist in the Niagara IceDogs 2-1 preseason loss on Saturday. "I don't think there's anyone to blame.'s embarrassing."

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