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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 6:43 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Stafford talks Sabres additions on NHL Live

Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford was a guest on NHL Live to look ahead what he believes will be an exciting season in western New York. The Sabres have a new-look team this season after finishing 2013-14 last in wins (21), points (52) and goals (150).

Stafford, entering his ninth NHL season (all with the Sabres), is looking forward to a fresh start

"I'm really excited," Stafford said. "It was a long summer, but the additions that we got through free agency, the new coaching staff, training camp has been great so far. Our guys are really pumped."

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 6:41 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Schneider ready to take the reins for Devils

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider joined NHL Live to discuss what lies ahead for the 2014-15 season, one where Schneider will be a No. 1 goalie for the first time in his career after sharing time with Roberto Luongo for the Vancouver Canucks and Martin Brodeur in New Jersey.

"It's exciting, better late than never," Schneider said. "I had a few guys in Roberto and Marty who I've been able to learn from and watch how to take care of myself and be prepared for the season. I think I'm ready to do that. It's going to be exciting for me this year.

"It's going to be a little bit of a new experience for me. I played 45 [games] last year, which is a good amount but it's still not 55 or 60, so there's still that extra little bit that you can push and mentally get through that grind. I've got a good support system here in Jersey training with coaches and my goalie coach, Chris Terreri, and teammates, so I'm going to rely on those guys for help and when I need to pull back a little bit or maybe I need to push forward."

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 6:21 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Ducks forward Heatley out with groin injury

Anaheim Ducks forward Dany Heatley will miss a minimum of one week with a groin injury, the team announced Monday. The Ducks said Heatley was injured Sunday in the Ducks' 4-2 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ducks in July. He was skating on Anaheim's top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and had scored twice during the preseason.

The Ducks are Heatley's fifth NHL team. He had 12 goals and 16 assists in 76 games last season with the Minnesota Wild. A two-time 50-goal scorer, Heatley's 372 NHL goals are eighth among active players.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 6:09 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Maple Leafs' Booth out with broken foot

Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Booth has a fractured foot and will be out four weeks, coach Randy Carlyle said Monday.

Carlyle said forward David Clarkson has a fractured orbital bone but is expected back by the end of the week, and defenseman Cody Franson has a bruised knee but the Maple Leafs are waiting for the swelling to subside before offering a further diagnosis.

Carlyle said defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who was in training camp on a professional tryout contract, has left the Maple Leafs because of a separated shoulder.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 5:07 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Ducks assign forward Nick Ritchie to OHL

The Anaheim Ducks on Monday assigned forward Nick Ritchie, the No. 10 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League on Monday.

Ritchie, 18, led the Petes last season with 39 goals and 74 points in 61 games, had five goals and 10 points in 11 playoff games, and has 148 points (73 goals, 75 assists) in 165 OHL games. He won gold medals with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2012 and the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in 2013. On Feb. 7, Ritchie became the first OHL player to score five goals in a game since his brother Brett, taken No. 44 by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 draft.

Ritchie signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Ducks on Aug. 2. He is No. 35 on the Top 60 prospects list.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 3:30 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Red Wings could get Nyquist, Helm back Wednesday

Detroit Red Wings forwards Gustav Nyquist and Darren Helm won't be in the lineup Monday against the Toronto Maple Leafs but could return for the Red Wings' preseason finale against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Nyquist has a sore knee sustained on a hit in the final minute of a game Saturday against the Boston Bruins. Helm aggravated a groin injury and sustained a broken nose against the Penguins on Sept. 22 and hasn't played since.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 1:24 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Devils' Clowe to play final preseason games: report

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe, who has yet to play in the preseason, said Monday he plans on playing the final two games prior to the regular-season opener Oct. 9 against the Philadelphia Flyers, according to

Clowe, who sustained concussions on two occasions last season, including one March 31 against the Florida Panthers that ended his season, was cleared for contact at the beginning of training camp. However, he has taken his time in making sure he's game ready.

"I wanted to push myself in practice," he said, according to

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Devils, Senators, Sabres

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will feature previews of the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils, as the 2014-15 regular season is one week from starting.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer and No. 1 goaltender Cory Schneider will call into the show to talk about New Jersey's goals in the Metropolitan Division.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 11:56 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby out to attend grandmother's funeral

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will not be in the lineup for a preseason game on Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota in order to attend his grandmother's funeral.

Crosby, who has yet to play a preseason game after missing a few days early in training camp with an unspecified injury, did skate with the team in the morning but was removed from the lineup to attend the funeral.

"He will not be going with us to Minnesota. He will be going back to Nova Scotia [Monday]," coach Mike Johnston said.

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Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 11:34 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Islanders' Visnovsky day-to-day with back spasms

New York Islanders defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky left practice early Monday and is day-to-day with back spasms.

Visnovsky, who turned 38 in August, was limited to 24 games last season, missing more than half the season after sustaining a concussion in an October game against the Carolina Hurricanes. He had three goals and 11 points.

Visnovsky is a 13-season NHL veteran who has 123 goals and 475 points in 830 games with the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks and Islanders.

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

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