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Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 12:22 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Devils center Zajac 'fine' after lower-body injury

New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac left practice Tuesday with a lower-body injury, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told it's "nothing serious."

"He'll be fine," Lamoriello said.

Zajac, third on the Devils last season with 48 points, has been skating on the top line with Mike Cammalleri and Jaromir Jagr. Scott Gomez, unsigned but practicing with the Devils, took Zajac's place.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 11:25 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

Commissioner Bettman to join NHL Live

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman will be an in-studio guest of Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek on NHL Live, which airs at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network, to discuss the 2014-15 season and the state of the League.

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh, who was named the 27th captain in franchise history Monday, will call into the show to discuss the Rangers' defense of the Eastern Conference championship. New York begins the regular season Thursday at the St. Louis Blues.

Also scheduled is Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards and Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith.

Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 11:58 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Roster update: Nylander among Maple Leafs cuts

William Nylander, the Toronto Maple Leafs' first pick (No. 8) at the 2014 NHL Draft, was one of four players cut from the Maple Leafs roster Monday.

Nylander, No. 15 on's ranking of the Top 60 prospects in the League, can be returned to Modo in the Swedish Hockey League, or could play for the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League. The Mississauga Steelheads of the Ontario Hockey League own his Canadian Hockey League rights, but prior to the draft Nylander said he would return to Sweden rather than play junior hockey.

The Maple Leafs also placed forwards Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr, and defenseman Korbinian Holzer, on waivers with the purpose of assigning them to the American Hockey League.

Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 5:41 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Flyers' Simmonds returns to practice: report

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Wayne Simmonds returned to practice Monday in Orleans, Mass.

The Flyers have been spending time in the town near Cape Cod prior to opening the regular season Oct. 8 at the Boston Bruins.

"Just in case I am able to go Wednesday, you want to get today in," Simmonds, who went through about 75 minutes of practice, told "Get that hard skate out of the way, then go Tuesday which obviously won’t be as hard for me. Especially, at the end, I doubt I’ll get bagged, especially, if I am in the lineup … I thought it was important to get on the ice today.

Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 4:33 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live welcomes Callahan, Davidson, Kesler

NHL Live with Steve Mears and E.J. Hradek is on the air Monday at 5 p.m. ET on NHL Network. Retired NHL player Keith Primeau will be an in-studio guest and Ryan Callahan will call in to preview the Tampa Bay Lightning, who begin the regular season Thursday at home against the Florida Panthers.

Our Trophy Tracker series will preview the Jack Adams Award, given annually to the League's best coach, and E.J. continues his countdown of the League's top-30 impact players with Nos. 15-11.

Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:38 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Sabres' Sam Reinhart to play in season opener

Buffalo Sabres center Sam Reinhart, No. 4 on the Top 60 prospect ranking, will remain with the Sabres for their season opener Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets at First Niagara Center.

Sabres coach Ted Nolan made the announcement after practice Monday.

"I can't predict how long [Reinhart] will be with us, but in training camp you just want to make sure you're doing the right thing with young players for their development," Nolan said. "We're also evaluating Nikita [Zadorov]. He's physically big enough and needs to work on parts of his game; we'll evaluate that decision."

Reinhart was chosen No. 2 by the Sabres in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 12:05 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Burakovsky likely to stay with Capitals: report

Washington Capitals prospect Andre Burakovsky has impressed enough in camp that he is likely to make the NHL roster, reported Sunday.

The 19-year-old spent the majority of his junior career playing on the wing, but has performed well as Washington's No. 2 center behind Nicklas Backstrom with two goals and two assists in six preseason games.

Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 8:27 PM

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Nurse still with Oilers, hopes to stick with team

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse didn't make it until the final week of September last year, when he was hoping to make the team as an 18-year-old.

But with the Oilers four days away from opening the 2014-15 season against the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place, the first-round pick from 2013 (No. 7) is still with Edmonton and could be on the verge of making his NHL debut.

Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 7:12 PM

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Blackhawks' Sharp sad to see Leddy traded: report

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp didn't mince words when asked about the trade Saturday that sent defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders.

"It [stinks]. It [stinks] to see Nick leave the squad," Sharp said Sunday, according to CSN Chicago. "He's well-liked in the locker room. Everyone knows the quality player he is and the quality person. He's going to have a heck of a chance to become the star in the League we all think he's going to be. We've said it a thousand times – it's professional sports, it's part of the gig. You lose players every season and I think we've come to accept it."

Posted On Sunday, 10.05.2014 / 5:14 PM

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Blackhawks assign Regin, Leighton to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday assigned forward Peter Regin and goaltender Michael Leighton to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

Regin, 28, was acquired by the Blackhawks with forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard from the New York Islanders on Feb. 6 for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He signed a one-year, $650,000 contract on July 1, but was placed on waivers by Chicago on Saturday. He had four goals and 11 points in 61 games last season for the Islanders and Blackhawks.

Leighton, 33, agreed to terms with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract in August after he spent last season with HC Donbass of the KHL. He is 35-41-10 with a 2.97 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in 105 NHL regular-season games with the Blackhawks, Nashville PredatorsPhiladelphia Flyers and Carolina Hurricanes. He is 8-4 with a 2.54 GAA and .912 save percentage in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including a League-record three shutouts against the Montreal Canadiens in 2010 Eastern Conference Final.

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