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Posted On Sunday, 09.28.2014 / 1:48 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Capitals' Kuznetsov: Winning all that matters: report

Russian forward Evgeny Kuznetsov gave the Washington Capitals an exciting glimpse at their future when he came over from the Kontinental Hockey League and played 17 games at the end of last season, scoring three goals and nine points.

The 22-year-old is continuing to adjust to the North American game and a new coach in Barry Trotz as he goes through his first NHL preseason, but through the trials and tribulations his mind is focused on one thing: winning.

In an interview with, Kuzentsov spoke about watching the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the emotions he felt watching the Los Angeles Kings win their second title in three seasons.

Posted On Sunday, 09.28.2014 / 12:49 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Hurricanes reassign nine to Charlotte, add LaRose

The Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday reduced their training camp roster by nine players and added forward Chad LaRose on a professional tryout.

Defensemen Trevor Carrick, Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe, and goaltender Daniel Altshuller, were assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League. Forwards Ben Holmstrom, Justin Shugg, Greg Nemisz and Jared Staal will report to Charlotte pending waivers. Forward Kyle Hagel was released.

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 5:25 PM

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Maple Leafs defenseman Robidas cleared for contact

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas was cleared for contact Saturday, but will not play Sunday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Signed to a three-year, $9 million contract in July, Robidas has been recovering from a broken leg sustained while playing for the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round series against the Dallas Stars. He broke the same leg in late November while playing for Dallas.

"He will be available to us once we feel and he feels he has his feet underneath him," coach Randy Carlyle told the Maple Leafs website.

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 4:48 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Penguins forward Bennett to miss six weeks

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett will be sidelined six weeks with a lower-body injury.

"It was just one of those unfortunate things and that’s our timeline with him," coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website.

"When he left the ice, he was thinking, 'Oh no, here I go again, another injury.' Really, you look at the injuries that he’s had and it's not like he (can) battle through things. There's certain injuries that are unavoidable, and that one there, he got clipped in practice and went down awkwardly."

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 3:14 PM

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Bruins' Lucic cleared to play against Red Wings

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic is expected to be in the lineup Saturday when the Bruins play the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.

This will be Lucic's first game action since May 14, when the Bruins lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round to the Montreal Canadiens. He has been recovering from offseason wrist surgery. He skated Saturday morning and received what the Bruins website called a "positive evaluation" on the wrist.

"Looks like it," Lucic said. "Everything's progressed really, really well over the last two weeks, especially, and with the group decision, we decided that today would be a good time for me to come back. I'm excited to get into my first game here."

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 1:10 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Jets' Galiardi has eye surgery, out at least a week

Winnipeg Jets forward TJ Galiardi had laser eye surgery Friday to repair damage sustained from taking a puck near his left eye during practice that morning. The team announced Galiardi regained sight in the eye and will be out at least seven days.

"I can't tell you whether it's a cut or anything more until he sees the right people," Jets coach Paul Maurice told the Winnipeg Free Press on Friday. "It was around (the eye). Speaking from personal experience, those things close up so fast, you're not sure until you get a guy who knows what he's doing to look at it. He walked out of here under his own power. It was in the eye area."

The Jets agreed to terms with Galiardi, 26, on a one-year, two-way contract worth $750,000 on Aug. 1. He had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 62 games with the Calgary Flames last season, and has 104 points (43 goals, 61 assists) in 283 games with the Colorado AvalancheSan Jose Sharks and Flames.

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 12:51 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Canucks goaltender Markstrom clears waivers

Vancouver Canucks goalie Jacob Markstrom cleared waivers Saturday and will be sent to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, according to multiple reports.

Markstrom was placed on waivers Friday. NHL teams had until noon ET Saturday to put in a claim on Markstrom, who has one year remaining on his contract, which has a $1.2 million salary-cap charge. His salary for this season is $1.4 million, according to

The Canucks acquired Markstrom from the Florida Panthers in the Roberto Luongo trade last season. Vancouver signed Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million contract on July 1 and has Eddie Lack, who is on a one-way contract that carries a cap charge of $1.15 million.

Posted On Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 12:09 AM

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Ehlers, Lowry get chance on Jets' top lines: report

Injured forwards Dustin Byfuglien and Evander Kane will miss the Winnipeg Jets' preseason game Saturday, giving prospects Nikolaj Ehlers and Adam Lowry a chance on the top lines against the Minnesota Wild.

Ehlers will skate with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little, and Lowry with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Friday.

"This was Byfuglien's not going, Kane's not going, they deserve an opportunity to play there with people they might play in the National Hockey League with," coach Paul Maurice said, according to the newspaper. "I'm looking forward to it. I've enjoyed their play. Nik and Adam… I like what they do out there."

Posted On Friday, 09.26.2014 / 7:37 PM

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Blues loan Barbashev to junior team, assign 11 to AHL

The St. Louis Blues on Friday loaned forward Ivan Barbashev to his junior team, the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Barbashev, 18, was the Blues' second-round pick (No. 33) in the 2014 NHL Draft. He made his preseason debut Thursday and played 10:32 in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Barbashev has played the past two seasons in Moncton, scoring 43 goals and 130 points in 116 regular-season games.

Posted On Friday, 09.26.2014 / 7:07 PM

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Lucic looking to play for Bruins on Saturday

Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic, recovering from offseason wrist surgery, traveled with the team for two weekend preseason games and could see action Sautrday at the Detroit Red Wings.

"You want to get back out there and you're hoping you can get in [a game] sooner or later, but you don't want to put yourself in a position where you're going to be getting hurt," Lucic told the Bruins website Friday. "But again, we'll reassess it tonight and tomorrow morning and see where I'm at, and hopefully I can get into a game sooner [rather] than later."

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