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Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 5:27 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Flyers return 2013 top pick Morin to junior team

Defenseman Samuel Morin, the Philadelphia Flyers' first pick (No. 11) at the 2013 NHL Draft, has been returned to his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Flyers announced Friday.

In five preseason games Morin had a plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes and 10 shots on goal.

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 3:53 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Maple Leafs' Kessel out with lower-body injury

Toronto Maple Leafs forwards Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak will not play Friday against the Detroit Red Wings because of lower-body injuries, coach Randy Carlyle said.

"He's got a sore body part," Carlyle said of Kessel. "Lower body. Bozak, Kessel, [David] Clarkson will not play."

Clarkson sustained a broken orbital bone during a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sept. 26.

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 2:08 PM

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Jets' Byfuglien skating, not expected to play Saturday

Winnipeg Jets forward Dustin Byfuglien skated twice Friday but isn't expected to play in the preseason finale Saturday against the Calgary Flames as he recovers from a lower-body injury that has sidelined him during training camp.

"We just need him healthy first," coach Paul Maurice said.

The Jets open the regular season Oct. 9 at the Arizona Coyotes.

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 2:00 PM

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Bruins top pick Pastrnak to make preseason debut

Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak will make his preseason debut Friday against the New York Islanders, coach Claude Julien told the Bruins website.

Pastrnak, the team's first pick (No. 25) at the 2014 NHL Draft, has not played in a game since taking part in a rookie tournament before training camp. He injured his shoulder on the second day of camp practice when he fell awkwardly into the boards.

The 6-foot, 167-pound right wing had 24 points in 36 games last season with Sodertalje in Sweden's second division. He's No. 51 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 12:30 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Blackhawks' Rozsival, Oduya battling injuries

Chicago Blackhawks defensemen Michal Rozsival and Johnny Oduya didn't skate Friday because of injuries.

Rozsival may miss a week with an upper-body injury. Oduya, who has a lower-body injury, could skate Sunday.

The Blackhawks also confirmed defenseman Duncan Keith and forwards Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Brad Richards won't be in the lineup when they face the New York Rangers in their preseason finale Friday at Madison Square Garden (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 11:28 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

U.S. Olympian Knight a guest Friday on NHL Live

NHL Live, with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will have an exclusive conversation with two-time U.S. Olympian Hilary Knight following her practice this afternoon with the Anaheim Ducks. Knight is scheduled to join the show by phone at 6:15 p.m.

New Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette will also be a guest, set to call in at 5:15 p.m.

E.J. continues to count down his Top 30 impact players, on Friday focusing on No. 20 through No. 16.

Posted On Friday, 10.03.2014 / 9:18 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Capitals' Green practices, hopeful for season opener

Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who had been out because of an upper-body injury, practiced in a regular jersey Thursday, giving him hope he could play in the season opener Oct. 9 against the Montreal Canadiens

Green was injured during a preseason game Sept. 26 against the Boston Bruins.

Green told the Washington Post he still felt some discomfort from his injury and wasn't sure if he would be able to play in the Capitals' final preseason game, against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 5 (3 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 7:12 PM

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Coyotes return Domi to junior team

The Arizona Coyotes on Thursday returned top forward prospect Max Domi to his junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.

Domi, 19, had 34 goals and 93 points in 61 games last season with London and also played in the Memorial Cup for the third straight season. The 12th player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft, Domi also is No. 25 on's ranking of the Top 60 prospects in the League.

"I thought he had a terrific camp, much better than a year ago," general manager Don Maloney said, according to the Coyotes website. "He’s quicker, stronger -- he’s just 19 years old. He’s a young player that has to continue to be able to execute offensively at the NHL level on a consistent basis. When we talk Max Domi, we’re not talking about a fourth-line energy player. We need him to be a top-two line offensive contributor and he’s going to be a great player for us down the road… In an ideal world we’d love to put him in the American [Hockey] League, but that’s not available to us. He’ll go back to junior."

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 6:54 PM

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Bruins hope Pastrnak can play this weekend

David Pastrnak, the Boston Bruins' first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, skated a regular shift at practice Thursday, and coach Claude Julien said he's hoping Pastrnak will be able to play in a preseason game this weekend.

"That's the hope," Julien said, according to the Bruins website, when asked if Pastrnak might get into the game Friday against the New York Islanders or Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. "I think right now, he's feeling good. He looks like he's ready, and the only thing that's stopping us from saying yes right now is we just need the doctors to clear him.

"[I'm] feeling confident that he will be [cleared], from what David's telling me himself -- he feels good, so we'll wait and see, and probably be able to confirm that for you [Friday] morning."

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 6:49 PM

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Stars' Gonchar out 3-5 weeks; Lehtonen healthy

Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar will be out for 3-5 weeks because of a fracture in his ankle, general manager Jim Nill told the Stars website.

Gonchar, 40, has two assists and a plus-3 rating in three preseason games. He had 22 points in 2013-14 while averaging 17:36 of ice time in 76 regular-season games. He had zero points and a minus-3 rating in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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