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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 11:20 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Maple Leafs' Franson has no knee damage: report

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson does not have structural damage to his left knee but his return to the ice is unknown, TSN reported Wednesday.

Coach Randy Carlyle told the network a timetable can't be determined until the swelling from the injury goes down. Franson was injured on a hit from Buffalo Sabres forward Torrey Mitchell in a preseason game Monday.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 8:28 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Wild haven't decided on opening-night goalie

The Minnesota Wild have not decided on an opening-night goaltender with two preseason games remaining, coach Mike Yeo said Wednesday.

Niklas Backstrom will start Thursday at the St. Louis Blues, and Darcy Kuemper will start at home against the Blues on Saturday, the Wild's last game of this preseason.

"We're going to evaluate everyday; I don’t want to say one guy has the edge over the other," Yeo told the Wild website. "I've been very satisfied with our goaltending. I'm glad those guys have been competing hard. ... Everyone wants the net game one."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 5:21 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Flyers send Laughton, Gostisbehere to AHL

The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday sent 2012 first-round pick (No. 20) center Scott Laughton and defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League.

Laughton is No. 30 on the Top 60 prospect ranking. Gostisbehere, the Most Outstanding Player at the 2014 Frozen Four, which was played at the Flyers' home rink, Wells Fargo Center, is No. 58.

The Flyers also placed forward Zack Stortini on waivers for the purpose of loaning him to Lehigh Valley.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 5:15 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Wild forward Fontaine to miss opening night

Minnesota Wild forward Justin Fontaine is sidelined with a lower-body injury and will not play opening night Oct. 9 against the Colorado Avalanche at Xcel Energy Center.

"He's probably not going to be with us for, say, a couple of weeks here," coach Mike Yeo told the Wild website. "Hopefully it'll be less than that, but that's what we're preparing for right now. Nothing serious that we wouldn't expect him to be completely fine afterward. It's just going to take a little bit of time."

Fontaine, 26, tied for 12th among NHL rookies last season with 13 goals, the third-highest by a Wild first-year player. He signed a two-year, $1 million contract in July.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 3:32 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins' Crosby to make preseason debut

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is scheduled to play in his first preseason game Wednesday when the Penguins play the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). The Penguins announced their lineup on their website early Wednesday.

It will be Crosby's first game since the Penguins were eliminated by the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round.

Crosby missed time early in training camp with an undisclosed injury unrelated to the right wrist issues he had treatment for during the summer. He had been expected to play Monday against the Minnesota Wild but was pulled from the lineup to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:34 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Capitals could start season with two rookie centers

The Washington Capitals could start the season with two rookie centers, coach Barry Trotz told

The Capitals have Evgeny Kuznetsov on the second line and Andre Burakovsky on the third line. Kuznetsov is No. 3 on's Top 60 prospect list for the 2014-15 season; Burakovsky is No. 14.

"I don't have any problem with them starting [at center]," Trotz said Wednesday before boarding a flight to Buffalo for the Capitals' preseason game Wednesday at the Buffalo Sabres. "They’re both high-level talents. The biggest thing is going to be patience, to let young guys do what they’re capable of doing. I can be patient.

"I think we have enough quality people around them and with the teaching they're getting on a daily basis from the coaches here, they're going to adjust fine. In the long run they're going to get better and better as they play more and more."

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:19 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Vanek, Shaw and E.J.'s Top 30 on NHL Live

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek and Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw will be guests Wednesday on NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and NHL on NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk will also join the show, and co-host E.J. Hradek will start his countdown of his 30 most impactful players this season.

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Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:09 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Blue Jackets' Jenner to miss five weeks

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner will miss approximately five weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a broken hand, the team announced.

Jenner was injured when he was struck in the hand by a puck in practice Sunday.

The Blue Jackets open the regular season Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres. If Jenner is out five weeks, he'll miss Columbus' first 12 games, returning Nov. 7 against the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 10:55 PM

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Penguins unsure when Malkin can practice: report

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has not been cleared to practice and may not be by the weekend, coach Mike Johnston told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Tuesday.

Malkin, who had 72 points (23 goals, 49 assists) in 60 games last season, has yet to participate in Pittsburgh's training camp because of an undisclosed injury. The Penguins have four scheduled practices before they open the regular season Oct. 9 against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center.

"As far as I know, he hasn't been cleared to work out," Johnston told the newspaper. "Once he's cleared to work out, it will be a progression to get on the ice."

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 8:39 PM

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Wings' Zetterberg: 'Important week' for Alfredsson

Detroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg has talked to injured forward Daniel Alfredsson and said Tuesday he is hopeful Alfredssson is able to play this season.

"[He] says he feels better and I think this week will be an important week, and hopefully he will be with us next week," Zetterberg told the Red Wings website. "I think it was a wise decision for him to really take the time now and do his rehab and really give it a last shot. Hopefully it will work."

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