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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 5:41 PM

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

Flyers' Simmonds returns to practice: report

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds returned to practice Monday in Orleans, Mass.

The Flyers have been spending time in the town near Cape Cod prior to opening the regular season Oct. 8 at the Boston Bruins.

"Just in case I am able to go Wednesday, you want to get today in," Simmonds, who went through about 75 minutes of practice, told CSNPhilly.com. "Get that hard skate out of the way, then go Tuesday which obviously won’t be as hard for me. Especially, at the end, I doubt I’ll get bagged, especially, if I am in the lineup … I thought it was important to get on the ice today.

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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 4:33 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Callahan, Davidson, Kesler

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air Monday at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Retired NHL player Keith Primeau will be an in-studio guest and Ryan Callahan will call in to preview the Tampa Bay Lightning, who begin the regular season Thursday at home against the Florida Panthers.

Our Trophy Tracker series will preview the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the League's best coach, and E.J. continues his countdown of the League's top-30 impact players with Nos. 15-11.

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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:38 PM

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

Sabres' Sam Reinhart to play in season opener

Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking, will remain with the Sabres for their season opener Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan made the announcement after practice Monday.

"I can't predict how long [Reinhart] will be with us, but in training camp you just want to make sure you're doing the right thing with young players for their development," Nolan said. "We're also evaluating Nikita [Zadorov]. He's physically big enough and needs to work on parts of his game; we'll evaluate that decision."

Reinhart was chosen No. 2 by the Sabres in the 2014 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 12:05 AM

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

Burakovsky likely to stay with Capitals: report

Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky has impressed enough in camp that he is likely to make the NHL roster, CSNWashington.com reported Sunday.

The 19-year-old spent the majority of his junior career playing on the wing, but has performed well as Washington's No. 2 center behind Nicklas Backstrom with two goals and two assists in six preseason games.


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 8:27 PM

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

Nurse still with Oilers, hopes to stick with team

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse didn't make it until the final week of September last year, when he was hoping to make the team as an 18-year-old.

But with the Oilers four days away from opening the 2014-15 season against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place, the first-round pick from 2013 (No. 7) is still with Edmonton and could be on the verge of making his NHL debut.


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 7:12 PM

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

Blackhawks' Sharp sad to see Leddy traded: report

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp didn't mince words when asked about the trade Saturday that sent defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders.

"It [stinks]. It [stinks] to see Nick leave the squad," Sharp said Sunday, according to CSN Chicago. "He's well-liked in the locker room. Everyone knows the quality player he is and the quality person. He's going to have a heck of a chance to become the star in the League we all think he's going to be. We've said it a thousand times – it's professional sports, it's part of the gig. You lose players every season and I think we've come to accept it."


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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 5:14 PM

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

Blackhawks assign Regin, Leighton to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday assigned forward Peter Regin and goaltender Michael Leighton to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Regin, 28, was acquired by the Blackhawks with forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders on Feb. 6 for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He signed a one-year, $650,000 contract on July 1, but was placed on waivers by Chicago on Saturday. He had four goals and 11 points in 61 games last season for the Islanders and Blackhawks.

Leighton, 33, agreed to terms with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract in August after he spent last season with HC Donbass of the KHL. He is 35-41-10 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He is 8-4 with a 2.54 GAA and .912 save percentage in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including a League-record three shutouts against the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 Eastern Conference Final.

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Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 1:53 PM

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

Flyers' Simmonds 'up in the air' for opener: report

Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds was wearing a walking boot on his left foot while watching practice Sunday in Orleans, Mass. His status for the regular-season opener against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday at TD Garden (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN) remains in question.

"Fifty-fifty? I can't put a number on it," Flyers coach Craig Berube told CSNPhilly.com when asked about the chances that Simmonds would play. "He hasn't practiced. It depends. Everybody is different.

"Right now, he's out. And he hasn't practiced, so we'll see about [Monday]. If he can get on the ice [Monday] and then maybe practice the next day, maybe I'll consider putting him in [Wednesday]. I don't know. Right now it's up in the air."

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 11:43 PM

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Drouin could be ready for Lightning opener: report

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin's fractured thumb is healing as expected, and general manager Steve Yzerman said Saturday he could be ready for the season opener or shortly thereafter.

Drouin sustained a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice Sept. 18 and was projected to miss 3-4 weeks. The Lightning open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Florida Panthers, which would be exactly three weeks after the injury occurred.

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Posted On Saturday, 10.04.2014 / 6:10 PM

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Bennett to miss Flames game with injury

Forward Sam Bennett, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, will not play for the Calgary Flames in a preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets because of an undisclosed injury.

"He's in Calgary right now and he's going to get checked by our doctors and we will have news probably on Tuesday," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final