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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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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 2:01 PM

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Rangers' Staal not concerned by contract talks

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said his ongoing negotiations for a long-term contract will not affect how he approaches the 2014-15 season.

"I don't think it changes anything for me," he told NorthJersey.com after the Rangers' first training camp practice Friday. "I approach training camp the same way I always have. I'm going to work hard and try to help my team be successful again. To me that won't change anything. I'm excited and optimistic for the start of the season."

The 27-year-old is entering the final season of his five-year contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 1:51 PM

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Flyers' Giroux out with lower-body injury

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will miss approximately two weeks with a lower-body injury sustained Friday, general manager Ron Hextall said.

Giroux left the ice about 15 minutes into the team's first practice of training camp.

"We don't want to start camp like that but what are you going to do?" Hextall said. "We'll battle through and be the best we can be."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 1:44 PM

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Suter: Wild support after father's death was amazing

Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter reported to training camp with a heavy heart this season.

Suter's father Bob, a member of the "Miracle On Ice" 1980 U.S. Olympic team, died suddenly on Sept. 9.

In difficult times, Suter has had his teammates and the support of the Wild organization to lean on. Owner Craig Leipold flew the team to Minnesota so all of the players could attend Bob Suter's funeral.

"It's been amazing. Starting with Craig, flying the whole team there. It's a special organization," Suter said Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 12:50 PM

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Blues invite veteran defenseman Whitney to camp

Defenseman Ryan Whitney was invited to St. Louis Blues training camp as a professional tryout, the team announced Friday.

Whitney also attended Blues training camp last season and went on to play seven games for the Florida Panthers.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the fifth pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, the 31-year-old has 50 goals and 259 points in 481 games for the Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Panthers.

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 12:37 PM

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Senators' MacLean happy with team's fitness level

Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean found the silver lining in his team missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

"The only fortunate thing that came from our season last year was the opportunity for us to really get to the gym early and upgrade the fitness level of our team," he told reporters Friday. "The vast majority of our players have done that and that's a good sign for us that we took advantage of the time we had and feel good about it."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 12:22 PM

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Desjardins has made early impression on Canucks

The very early returns on new Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins have been nothing but positive.

"Willie's a guy that understands each individual and he respects every guy, it doesn't matter if you’re the top guy or where you stand," said forward Derek Dorsett, who was acquired from the New York Rangers this summer and played junior hockey for Desjardins with Medicine Hat of the Western Hockey League. "If things aren't going well he'll talk to you in a good manner, I think guys play really hard for him because of that respect he has.

"Coming to a new team and to be familiar with the coach is obviously a good thing. Me and Willie did some good things in Medicine Hat and hopefully we can here."

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Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 12:19 PM

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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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