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Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 4:32 PM

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Sharks will name captain before opener: report

The San Jose Sharks will name a captain before their season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7, first-year coach Peter DeBoer told on Wednesday.

When that captain will be named is still unknown, although "it won't be the morning of the [Kings] game," DeBoer said. "I'll give [the media] a little more notice."

DeBoer has had a number of players serve as alternate captains during preseason games, among them forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau and Thornton previously have been Sharks captains.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 4:15 PM

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Blues center Lehtera to make preseason debut

St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN).

Lehtera had surgery on his right ankle Aug. 4 and the expectation was he would need 6-8 weeks to recover.

"I think I'm good to go," Lehtera said Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "For sure I want to play one game before the season starts and tomorrow is the last one. I feel good about it. I didn't believe when I had the surgery I would get even one game in."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:58 PM

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Panthers release Booth from professional tryout

The Florida Panthers released forward David Booth from his professional tryout contract when they reduced their training camp roster by four players Wednesday.

Booth, 30, was a three-time 20-goal scorer for the Panthers who had career-highs of 31 goals and 60 points in the 2008-09 season. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had seven goals and 13 points in 59 games last season.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:52 PM

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Predators send forward Moses, two others to AHL

The Nashville Predators assigned forward Steve Moses, the leading goal scorer in the Kontinental Hockey League last season, to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Moses, 26, signed a one-year contract with Nashville on April 9 after scoring 36 goals and 57 points in 60 games for Jokerit. Predators coach Peter Laviolette told the Tennessean that Moses is still getting adjusted to the North American game.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:42 PM

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Oilers send top prospect Nurse, three others to AHL

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was one of four players assigned to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

"Darnell has to play a lot, lead that team, so when he gets the call, and he will, he'll be ready," coach Todd McLellan said in comments tweeted by the Oilers.

Nurse, the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was minus-1 in three preseason games. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 36 games last season for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 1:15 PM

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Rangers' Boyle sees his Stanley Cup window closing

The New York Rangers have a team built to contend for the Stanley Cup for at least a few more seasons, but 39-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle knows his time is limited.

Boyle won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and would like to win it again before his career ends.

"I'm 39 now and I don't know how much longer I've got," Boyle recently told "As far as the team's window being open [to win the Cup], it certainly is, but mine is closing up pretty quickly. So I'm going to give it everything I have because you don't know how many more kicks at the can you're going to have."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.29.2015 / 10:45 PM

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Capitals' Backstrom could practice this week: report

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, recovering from hip surgery, could return to practice this week, coach Barry Trotz told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

"[Backstrom] has been skating really well with controlled conditions," Trotz said. "I think once you get into practice, you've got to avoid people a little bit, so we'll see how he reacts to that."

Backstrom would not be subject to contact at practice. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip on May 27; the original timetable called for a recovery period of 4-6 months. He resumed skating in mid-August.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.29.2015 / 9:17 PM

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Flyers expect Couturier, Raffl to be ready for opener

Forwards Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl likely will be ready for the Philadelphia Flyers' season opener Oct. 8 at the Tampa Bay Lightning, general manager Ron Hextall said Tuesday.

Couturier, the Flyers' second-line center, won't play when they host the New Jersey Devils in a preseason game Wednesday. He is day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

"We're hoping he plays Friday (in the preseason finale at the Devils)," Hextall told the Flyers website.

Raffl sustained an upper-body injury in a preseason game against the New York Rangers on Monday, Hextall said. Raffl will not play Wednesday but might play Friday in the preseason finale.

"It's a day-by-day thing," Hextall said. "We'll see how it goes. Whether he plays Friday, I don't know."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.29.2015 / 8:40 PM

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Red Wings' Helm won't play before season opener

Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm will miss the remainder of the preseason with a concussion and slight shoulder separation, coach Jeff Blashill said Tuesday.

Helm, who sustained the injuries during a collision with prospect Jerome Verrier during practice Sept. 18, hopes to start skating by the end of the week. The original prognosis was for Helm to miss 2-4 weeks.

Blashill told that Helm needs a couple good practices to be ready for the Oct. 9 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"We’d like to skate him by the end of the week and hopefully get him in position where he can go full next week," Blashill told the Red Wings website. "[Helm] will not get a game before the regular season. He’ll skate at best by the end of the week and then have a good week of practice."

Defenseman Mike Green is day-to-day with a groin injury.

"Put a full practice in today, which was good, feel pretty much 100 percent," Green told the website.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.29.2015 / 4:36 PM

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Bruins captain Chara skating, won't play vs. Rangers

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is day-to-day because of an upper-body injury, skated on his own for a second straight day Tuesday but has been ruled out of the Bruins' preseason game against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, NHLN).

Chara was injured during the Bruins' 4-3 shootout victory against the New York Rangers at TD Garden on Sept. 24. He left the game less than five minutes in after a hit by Rangers forward Ryan Bourque. He had 1:57 of ice time and one shot on goal.

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