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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 6:02 PM

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

Canucks' Lack excited to work alongside Miller

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack probably won't receive as much playing time with Ryan Miller now on the team, but Lack said Saturday he's excited to learn from the veteran and he's "going to try to learn as much as possible from him."

Lack received the bulk of the starts after the Canucks traded Roberto Luongo to the Florida Panthers in March. The 26-year-old went 16-17-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 41 games.

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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 5:53 PM

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

Bruins' Lucic practicing, not cleared for games

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic has participated in two days of training camp practice but is not yet cleared to play in games with his surgically repaired left wrist.

"It's been good, it's been better than what I expected, which is obviously a good thing," Lucic said Saturday, according to the Bruins website. "Just seeing my progression over the last two weeks with where it's gone, it's been good."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 5:15 PM

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

Short summer doesn't deter Kings

The one downside of being a Stanley Cup champion is an abbreviated summer vacation.

When the Los Angeles Kings take the ice against the San Jose Sharks in their season-opener on Oct. 8, it will be less than four months since they won the Cup by beating the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime in Game 5 of the Final.


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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 4:54 PM

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

Bruins rookie Pastrnak leaves practice

David Pastrnak, the Boston Bruins' 2014 first-round draft choice, left the ice and didn't return after he went into the boards during a drill about a half-hour into a scrimmage Saturday.

Pastrnak was able to skate off the ice and into the dressing room on his own.

"Tweaked his shoulder," Bruins coach Claude Julien said following the practice at Ristuccia Arena. "So I don't know how serious it's going to be, but very, very doubtful for tomorrow."


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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 4:02 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2014 Summer with Stanley blog

Stanley Cup visits UCLA trophy room

The Stanley Cup can stand out even in a room of more than 100 trophies.

The Cup won by the Los Angeles Kings visited UCLA on Friday during executive Dan Beckerman's day with it. Beckerman, the president and CEO of owners AEG, accompanied it to the UCLA Hall of Fame, where the Bruins' winnings are displayed.

"This room that we are standing in right now has 111 championship trophies that UCLA has, and one that the Kings won this last year," UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero told Sportsmedia101.com. "This is the right place for this trophy to be displayed."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 3:04 PM

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

Almond a standout in Wild scrimmage

After spending the past two seasons playing in Switzerland, Cody Almond has returned to the Minnesota Wild. On Saturday, he made his first pitch for a roster berth.

With 3,500 fans on hand at Xcel Energy Center, Almond had a goal and an assist to lead the Green team to a 5-2 victory against the White team in an open scrimmage.

Almond was a member of the Wild organization from 2009-12, splitting time between Minnesota and the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. He signed with HC Geneve-Servette in Switzerland, mostly to work on his offensive game. If Saturday was any indication, that work is paying off.


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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 2:32 PM

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

McDonagh: Rangers' leadership solid throughout team

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is one of the players being mentioned as a possibility to receive the "C" when the New York Rangers name their next captain, something coach Alain Vigneault said will happen at the end of training camp.

Though McDonagh told Blueshirts United on Saturday he'd welcome the honor, he said he feels leadership doesn't apply only to players who wear a letter.

"I want to be a guy that's looked upon for advice, looked upon for example. I want to try to be as consistent as I can every day and bring a positive approach every day," he said. "I'm always thinking about my teammates, trying to help them get better and get their spirits up and get them motivated."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 1:55 PM

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Crosby not on ice at Penguins practice

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was not on the ice with Group A for the practice session at training camp Saturday. The Penguins did not give a reason for his absence.

Crosby did skate Friday, one day after it was announced he would be held out of the start of training camp, and said he planned to skate Saturday if nothing changed.

Crosby and usual linemates Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz also sat out a controlled scrimmage.

"I found out at about the same time I did yesterday, just before practice," coach Mike Johnston said. "Really it was a situation two days ago where I didn't think he was going to skate, he wanted to just try it. He went out yesterday, so I was pleased with how he skated. But really, when we were looking at him, we thought it would be a couple of days. We talked to everyone and I still think it's going to be a couple of days."

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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 12:10 PM

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

McGrattan welcomes 'Bruise Brothers' to Flames

The first person to welcome offseason acquisition Brandon Bollig to the Calgary Flames was the most recent member of the team to punch him in the face.

Brian McGrattan greeted Bollig by tweeting him shortly after the Flames acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks this summer.

Bollig wasn't surprised by McGrattan's response.


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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 11:57 AM

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Gagner excited for fresh start in Arizona

Sam Gagner is 25, entering his eighth NHL season, and never scored more than 18 goals or finished with more than 49 points in any of the first seven. That's not the kind of production expected from the seventh player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft.

But he's optimistic a change in scenery will lead to a change in fortune.

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Quote of the Day

It's about enjoying the moment. It's pretty cool to get that many people together and that excited about hockey to the point they really want you to mess up. They've got a ton of red jerseys and you have to sit back and appreciate people love hockey that much and you are the one out there who gets to play the game. Just try and stick with that respect for the game and also the mentality that for me it's just about entering the fight and seeing how long I can stay in it.

— Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller on what he expects from the fans in Calgary for Game 6