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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 8:45 PM

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

Bruins finally hit the ice after long summer

Summer was too long for the Boston Bruins, who were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring.

After four months of rest and training, they hit the ice Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., for the first practices of training camp determined to make next summer a lot shorter.

Coach Claude Julien ran four hours of on-ice sessions and was happy with what he saw.


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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 5:10 PM

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

Capitals' Ovechkin moving back to left wing

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be back at left wing to start the 2014-15 season.

That's the decision new Capitals coach Barry Trotz made Friday.

"He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz told the Capitals website. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right.

"The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach [it]. If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 5:00 PM

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

Kings' Doughty not skating at start of training camp

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn't scheduled to participate in training camp activities Friday because of an upper-body injury that occurred during training, the team announced via Twitter.

Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake said in an email that Doughty is day-to-day, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Kings also announced forward Jarret Stoll was not expected to skate as he rehabilitates from offseason hip surgery, but media on hand reported Stoll was on the ice Friday, skating between Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 4:02 PM

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

Hurricanes impressed by Peters on first day of camp

It didn't take long for the Carolina Hurricanes to notice a distinct change to the way training camp had been run for the past few seasons.

New coach Bill Peters and his staff put the players through up-tempo drills for about an hour, spent time on power-play breakouts and positioning, and also had a 30-minute scrimmage Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 3:33 PM

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

Draisaitl has 'good showing' in Oilers scrimmage

By all indications, Leon Draisaitl's bid to make the Edmonton Oilers got off to a good start Friday.

Draisaitl, who made history in June as the highest-drafted German-born player when the Oilers selected him with the third pick, skated on a line with David Perron and Benoit Pouliot.

After the scrimmage, coach Dallas Eakins had praise for the way Draisaitl looked.

"We know he's going to be an Oiler," Eakins said. "Whether that's this year, we're not sure, but he had a good showing today."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 3:02 PM

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Canucks take first look at Vrbata alongside Sedins

The Vancouver Canucks signed Radim Vrbata this offseason with the intent of playing him alongside Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin.

On Friday, it was time to start building chemistry.

"By the end hopefully we're on the same page, but you could see that if you get open for them and get a little space, they'll find you, so that will be my job to find open ice and be ready for passes," Vrbata said after the Canucks practiced for a little over an hour.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 2:51 PM

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

Sabres have open competition at goaltender

For the first time in about 10 years, there's an open competition for the starting goalie spot with the Buffalo Sabres.

Jhonas Enroth and Michal Neuvirth began training camp on equal footing, and training camp will determine who gets the most playing time.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 2:25 PM

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Gagne enjoying his opportunity with Bruins

After sitting out last season, Simon Gagne is happy to have another chance at playing in the NHL. The veteran forward is in training camp with the Boston Bruins on a tryout contract.

"I was pretty happy that Boston called," Gagne, 34, told CSNNE.com Thursday. "I was looking for a team like them that wanted to go back and win a [Stanley] Cup, and a team that made sense with some open spots. They're going to give me my chance. I think not playing last year really makes me energized, and now I really want to play again."

In 13 NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Los Angeles Kings, Gagne has 287 goals and 597 points in 799 regular-season games. He's scored at least 20 goals seven times, and was part of the Kings team that won the Stanley Cup in 2012.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 2:16 PM

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Ducks' Palmieri sidelined by high ankle sprain

Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri is likely to miss most of the preseason after sustaining a high ankle sprain during training, the team announced Friday.

Palmieri hopes to return for Anaheim's final preseason game against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 4. The Ducks open the regular season at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Oct. 9.

Also, defenseman Shea Theodore will miss 4-6 weeks with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow, sustained in a game Sunday during a rookie tournament.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 2:05 PM

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Maple Leafs' Bozak, Clarkson out for scrimmages

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without right wing David Clarkson and center Tyler Bozak when they take the ice Saturday for their first scheduled training camp scrimmages.

Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Friday through the team's public relations department that Clarkson and Bozak are day-to-day and their status will be updated Saturday. The team did not reveal any specific injuries that the two players are dealing with.

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