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Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 5:13 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Stars loan defenseman Julius Honka to AHL

The Dallas Stars on Tuesday loaned defenseman Julius Honka, the No. 14 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Texas of the AHL.

Honka, 18, had 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 62 regular-season games for Swift Current of the Western Hockey League last season, his first in North America, and was tied for third on the team with two goals in six postseason games. Honka also helped Finland win a gold medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship with four points in seven games.

The Stars signed Honka to a three-year, entry-level contract in July.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 4:17 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Steen to make preseason debut for Blues

Forward Alexander Steen will make his preseason debut Tuesday when the St. Louis Blues play the Carolina Hurricanes at Scottrade Center.

Steen sat out the Blues' first two games and was held out of the next two for precautionary reasons following a minor injury sustained during a scrimmage.

"I'm looking forward to it, very much so," Steen told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "You always need a few games. It's completely different to practicing, and the regular-season games are completely different to the exhibition games, so you need these to kind of ramp up. The exhibition games are usually a little sloppier, but usually high-paced, so you tend to find your timing quickly."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 3:20 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Stars goalie Lehtonen 'pretty good' after concussion

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that Kari Lehtonen was doing "pretty good" one day after the goaltender sustained a concussion in the third period of the Stars' 5-4 preseason win against the Florida Panthers.

Lehtonen will sit out the Stars' preseason finale Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning at American Airlines Center, but is expected to be ready for Dallas' season opener Oct. 9 at home against the Chicago Blackhawks.

"To me, Kari seems pretty good today," Ruff told the Stars website. "I am not a doctor and I don't play one on TV, but I think we are basically out of the woods in that situation. Just have to give the mandatory couple of days."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 2:08 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres forwards Kaleta, Larsson to miss time

Buffalo Sabres forwards Patrick Kaleta and Johan Larsson "will be out for a little while," coach Ted Nolan said Tuesday.

Nolan said Kaleta, who is coming back from a knee injury, is likely to be out a month and Larsson for about 10 days.

"Kaleta's is not as serious as we thought, but it's still serious," Nolan said. "Instead of maybe a three-month thing it could be down to less than a month type of thing. We're very thankful for that."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 1:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Hurricanes' Eric Staal, Semin set for preseason debuts

Eric Staal and Alexander Semin, two-thirds of the Carolina Hurricanes' top line, will make their preseason debuts Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena.

Staal (core muscle) and Semin (wrist) each had surgery over the summer. They'll look to rebuild the chemistry they've shown in the past with Jiri Tlusty as Carolina prepares for its season opener against the New York Islanders on Oct. 10.

"It's been good," Staal told the Hurricanes website about his progress in training camp. "I'm ready to get into game action to test that and see how it feels, but I foresee no issues moving forward."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 1:12 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Flyers' Giroux to make preseason debut vs. Rangers

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will make his preseason debut Tuesday against the New York Rangers.

Giroux, who centered Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek at the morning skate, sustained a lower-body injury on the opening day of training camp and said in the past week he'd like to get in one or two preseason games before the Flyers open the regular season Oct. 8 at the Boston Bruins.

"I feel good," Giroux said. "The last few practices I've been testing it out pretty good and it feels good, so I'll be playing."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 12:56 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live previews Hurricanes, Jets, Canadiens

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek, at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, will feature previews of the Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens with the 2014-15 regular season one week away.

St. Louis Blues analyst Darren Pang will join the show via Arena Cam with the latest on the Blues before they take on the Hurricanes in preseason action.

NHL Network Insider Darren Dreger also checks in with news and notes from around the League.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 9:58 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Blue Jackets' Jenner out with broken hand: report

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to miss a significant amount of time with a broken left hand, The Columbus Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Jenner is thought to have sustained the injury when he was struck by a puck Sunday during practice.

"It got him just right," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said, according to the Dispatch. "It was a pretty light practice. It was the only shooting drill we did the whole time, and it gets him."

Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 7:33 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Babcock believes he'll be back with Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock indicated Monday he wants to remain in his position with the organization beyond this season, when his contract expires, but he doesn't plan to negotiate a new contract after the regular season begins Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins.

"I don't think it's going to be my final year here. If it is, it is," Babcock said Monday, according to "I've tried to live my whole life in the present, so what happened yesterday doesn't matter. What we're doing today does matter and we'll get on with it tomorrow. I'll get up every day and try as hard as I can, as I always have."

Posted On Monday, 09.29.2014 / 6:43 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Stafford talks Sabres additions on NHL Live

Buffalo Sabres forward Drew Stafford was a guest on NHL Live to look ahead what he believes will be an exciting season in western New York. The Sabres have a new-look team this season after finishing 2013-14 last in wins (21), points (52) and goals (150).

Stafford, entering his ninth NHL season (all with the Sabres), is looking forward to a fresh start

"I'm really excited," Stafford said. "It was a long summer, but the additions that we got through free agency, the new coaching staff, training camp has been great so far. Our guys are really pumped."

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