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Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 4:46 PM

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Khokhlachev hoping to spend more time with Bruins

Boston Bruins prospect Alex Khokhlachev appears to be losing patience with the team that selected him in the second round (No. 40) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

Despite leading Providence of the American Hockey League in scoring (15 goals and 43 points) for the second straight season, the 22-year-old has played four NHL games over the past two seasons.

According to CSN New England, Khokhlachev was particularly upset last season when Bruins center Ryan Spooner was promoted from Providence in the second half.

"I've been waiting two years so [the Bruins] should make a decision: give me a chance [in the NHL] or ... I don't know," Khokhlachev told Saturday. "We'll see what they do. I'm not a young guy anymore. I'm 22 already. If they don't give me a chance to play while I'm here ... I won't play in Providence all of my life. I'm still waiting for [my chance]."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 4:08 PM

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Kings forward Pearson healthy, eager to return

Had the Los Angeles Kings qualified for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, forward Tanner Pearson was hoping he'd be able to play after sustaining a broken lower fibula on Jan. 10 in a game against the Winnipeg Jets.

"Yeah, it was still kind of up in the air once the season was over," Pearson told LA Kings Insider on Saturday. "But if I had to go, I would've gone for sure, there's no question about it. I wanted to get back playing as soon as possible. There were obviously some situations that held me back from playing, but right now I'm a hundred percent and ready to go."

Posted On Saturday, 09.19.2015 / 10:20 AM

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Ducks' Bieksa happy to be reunited with Kesler

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Kevin Bieksa spent 12 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks organization before being traded June 30. The 34-year-old took the ice with his new teammates for the first time Friday when the Ducks opened training camp, and there was one familiar face who was happy to see him.

Bieksa's longtime friend, center Ryan Kesler, is beginning his second season with the Ducks after being acquired from the Canucks last summer.

"We grew up together in this league," Kesler said. "To be a year apart was weird. For him to get traded here was awesome. We're both excited and happy to be on the same team again.

"He just brings that leadership, accountability and meanness. He's going to be good for this group."

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 7:53 PM

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Lightning publicist takes turn in goal

The Tampa Bay Lightning were without injured goaltenders Andrei Vasilevskiy (blood clot) and Kristers Gudlevskis (upper body) when they opened training camp on Friday in Brandon, Fla. That left them shorthanded for drills, so public relations director Brian Breseman put on the pads to help out.

Breseman manned one of the goals for the first group of skaters. He played goaltender while growing up, including for the club team at East Carolina University, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 5:30 PM

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Jamie Benn on ice with Stars at start of camp

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, was on the ice with his teammates Friday for the start of training camp in Cedar Park, Texas.

"Coming off surgery it felt a little different," Benn told the Stars website. "I was wondering how it was going to go out there but I'm pretty happy with how it went. I felt pretty good and I'm just trying to build here each and every day."

Benn, had surgery in late April on one hip and in May on the other. He has been rehabbing all summer.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 11:10 AM

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Devils' Elias misses practice because of knee issue

New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias did not take part in any on-ice work with the team at training camp Friday because of an issue with his right knee.

"Patrik has been having an issue with his right knee over the last week," Devils general manager Ray Shero said. "We both feel that it is best to monitor this. He will continue to work off ice with our training staff and skate on his own prior to joining the team for formal, on-ice, workouts."

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 12:26 AM

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Vigneault: 'Failure is not an option' for Rangers

Coach Alain Vigneault borrowed a key phrase from "Apollo 13," one of his favorite movies, when he assessed the New York Rangers on Thursday, one day before the opening of training camp.

"There are two phrases in that movie that sort of caught my attention," Vigneault told Blueshirts United. "One of them is, 'Failure is not an option,' when they've got to find a way to bring the astronauts back. That's sort of us. That was sort of us going into last year, and that's sort of us going into this year.

"We believe that we have a team that has the elements to win the Stanley Cup. We firmly believe that, so failure is not an option."

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 12:07 AM

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Kessel to make debut with Penguins on Tuesday

Forward Phil Kessel will make his debut with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday in their preseason game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center, coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website on Thursday.

Kessel, a five-time 30-goal scorer acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, will not play in Pittsburgh's first preseason game, against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Posted On Friday, 09.18.2015 / 12:07 AM

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Foligno eager to hit ice as Blue Jackets captain

After an offseason spent in meetings and taking in leadership advice, Nick Foligno is eager to finally take the ice as Columbus Blue Jackets captain.

"I'm more comfortable on the ice, that's for sure," Foligno told the Columbus Dispatch on Thursday. "That's where I can do my leading and be that guy."

Foligno was named the sixth captain in Blue Jackets history May 20. He is the first since Rick Nash wore the "C" for the 2011-12 season.

Posted On Thursday, 09.17.2015 / 7:32 PM

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Oilers coach McLellan wants up-tempo practices

The Edmonton Oilers can expect to see a faster tempo at practice this season under new coach Todd McLellan.

"I know I would like to have some get-up-and-go in practice," McLellan told the Oilers website Thursday, the opening day of his first training camp with Edmonton. "I'll even talk to the players about moving from drill to drill and not wasting time.

"I like to be quick, precise, get on and get off, or at least allow them time at the end or before to work on their individual skills."

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