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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 12:19 PM

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

Islanders' Tavares: We have a lot to prove

After missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, the New York Islanders feel like they have something to prove.

A return to health of captain John Tavares and the acquisitions of goaltender Jaroslav Halak and forwards Nikolay Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski have expectations running high inside the locker room.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 11:58 AM

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

Bennett, Backlund among Flames listed as day-to-day

Calgary Flames top draft pick Sam Bennett is among a host of players battling injury and illness in the opening days of training camp.

Bennett, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, is day-to-day with a groin injury, the Flames announced Friday. He sat out the third period of their rookie tournament game Monday

Also listed as day-to-day are defensemen Tyler Wotherspoon (shoulder) and Corey Potter (shoulder), and forwards Mikael Backlund (abdominal strain) and Emile Poirier (shoulder). Left wing Trevor Gillies is battling the flu.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 11:52 AM

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Devils' Schneider adds local legend to new mask

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider signed a long-term contract extension with the team this summer. So it makes sense that he's beginning to connect with some local legends.

Schneider unveiled his new mask, which features a number of images of the mythical Jersey Devil, which inspired the team's name.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 9:14 PM

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Flames veterans eager to see Gaudreau, Bennett

The buzz that Calgary Flames rookies Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett generated at the Young Stars Classic accompanied them to the opening of the main training camp Thursday.

The current Flames said they're looking forward to see what the duo can do up close.

"Obviously there's a lot of buzz around about those two guys and rightfully so," center Mason Raymond told the team website. "They're great hockey players and doing some good things. They're here fighting for jobs just like the rest of us. It's fun. We're out there competing and if you get the chance to play with them, you enjoy it and you relish it."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 7:23 PM

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Lightning's Bishop aims to be ready for opening night

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop admits his surgically repaired right wrist needs to get stronger, but he doesn't foresee it causing him any issues in training camp.

"The range of motion, everything is good. Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good," Bishop told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. "By the time the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better every day. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 6:25 PM

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

Healthy Coyotes get to work

Sixty-two players reported to Gila River Arena on Thursday for the first day of the Arizona Coyotes' training camp, and general manager Don Maloney happily noted that no one had any health issues.

"Everybody is 100 percent [healthy]," Maloney told the team website. "We have no issues whatsoever, which is always important coming into camp. The guys who had the bumps and bruises at the end [of last season] are feeling great."

Coach Dave Tippett, whose team missed a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14 after a late-season barrage of injuries, was impressed by what he saw.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 5:52 PM

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Bruins open camp without Krug, Smith

Restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith were not on hand Thursday when the Boston Bruins opened training camp at TD Garden.

"Won't comment on negotiations," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Bruins website. "We want them in our mix. As it's been chronicled, we've never had that type of player not signed and not come to camp."

Krug's 40 points last season tied for the lead among Bruins defensemen and his 14 goals were second. Smith, acquired by the Bruins from the Dallas Stars on July 4, 2013, had 20 goals and 51 points in his first full NHL season.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:34 PM

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Devils' Jagr: 'I want to play until 50, maybe more'

Jaromir Jagr will celebrate his 43rd birthday during the 2014-15 NHL season, but that doesn't mean the New Jersey Devils right wing is thinking of quitting the game anytime soon.

"I want to play until 50, maybe more," Jagr told NorthJersey.com Thursday on the opening day of training camp.

Jagr had 24 goals and 67 points last season, his best numbers since returning to the NHL after three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He surpassed 700 goals and finished the season with 1,755 points, tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth on the all-time list.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:09 PM

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Nashville Predators add four to training camp roster

Nashville Predators president of hockey operations/general manager David Poile announced Thursday that defensemen Brian Lee and Mike Little, and forwards Matthew Campagna and Jon Puskar have been added to the training camp roster on tryout agreements.

Lee, 27, did not play during the 2013-14 season due to injury, but has five goals, 36 points and 124 penalty minutes in 209 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning since the 2007-08 season. He was Ottawa's first selection (No. 9) in the 2005 NHL Draft. Lee played in three consecutive World Junior Championships for Team USA from 2005-07, being coached by current Predators assistant Phil Housley and earning a bronze medal in his final appearance.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:07 PM

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Iginla to skate on second line for Avalanche

Jarome Iginla will begin his first season with the Colorado Avalanche on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, coach Patrick Roy said Thursday.

Iginla scored 30 goals and 61 points for the Boston Bruins last season before signing with the Avalanche as a free agent this summer. A two-time 50-goal scorer and six-time NHL All-Star, Iginla has scored 30 or more goals in 12 consecutive full NHL seasons.

"I've gotten to play with some great centermen," Iginla told the Denver Post on Thursday when Avalanche players reported for physicals. "I've been the recipient of some great passes, one-timers, go to the net stuff, so I feel like I've been very fortunate. Whatever line I'm on here it's going to continue. There's very talented centers down the whole lineup."

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I mean, hockey had to change the rules because of Marty, and that's impressive. I got two Stanley Cup rings because of the guy. Look at the banners of [Scott Niedermayer, Scott Stevens and Ken Daneyko] and Marty is right up there when you think about the New Jersey Devils; he was part of the core group and he'll go down as one of the greatest goalies ever.

— New Jersey Devils center Scott Gomez on former teammate Martin Brodeur, who will announce his retirement Thursday