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Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 1:29 PM

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

Blues' Schwartz looking forward to first game

St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Minnesota Wild.

It will be Schwartz's first game since signing a two-year contract Sept. 27.

"I came in Sunday, I came in Wednesday as well," he said in a video on the Blues website. "Not with the team but I skated. Trying to get the timing back, trying to get the legs under me. I'm excited to play. I'll have the butterflies. It's my first game in a long time."

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 1:20 PM

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

Wild claim Prosser on waivers from Blues

The Minnesota Wild claimed defenseman Nate Prosser on waivers from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Prosser, 28, spent his first five NHL seasons with the Wild; he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues on July 22.

"To get the news that I'm coming back and to get that Minnesota Wild jersey back on, it's been a wild day," Prosser said.

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 11:52 AM

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

NHL Live previews Blue Jackets, Stars, Oilers

A special one-hour NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, airs Thursday at 5 p.m. on NHL Network, leading into the 6 p.m. NHL Coors Light Stadium Series press conference live from Levi's Stadium in San Jose, Calif., which will be available on NHL Network and NHL.com.

NHL Live will preview the seasons of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars and Edmonton Oilers.

E.J. will count down his biggest impact players, today focusing on No. 25 down to No. 21.

Our Trophy Tracker series on Thursday previews the Norris Trophy, awarded annually to the League's best defenseman.

Posted On Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 11:25 AM

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

Flyers' Simmonds day-to-day with lower-body injury

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds sustained a lower-body injury in a victory against the New York Rangers on Wednesday and is day-to-day, according to the Flyers.

Simmonds scored his first two points of the preseason with a goal and an assist in a 4-2 victory at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 11:20 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 8:28 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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."

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 5:21 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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 NHL.com 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.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 5:15 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 3:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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.

Posted On Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 2:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 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 CSNWashington.com

The Capitals have Evgeny Kuznetsov on the second line and Andre Burakovsky on the third line. Kuznetsov is No. 3 on NHL.com'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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