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."
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."
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 MLive.com. "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."
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."
"It's exciting, better late than never," Schneider said. "I had a few guys in Roberto and Marty who I've been able to learn from and watch how to take care of myself and be prepared for the season. I think I'm ready to do that. It's going to be exciting for me this year.
"It's going to be a little bit of a new experience for me. I played 45 [games] last year, which is a good amount but it's still not 55 or 60, so there's still that extra little bit that you can push and mentally get through that grind. I've got a good support system here in Jersey training with coaches and my goalie coach, Chris Terreri, and teammates, so I'm going to rely on those guys for help and when I need to pull back a little bit or maybe I need to push forward."
Anaheim Ducks forward Dany Heatley will miss a minimum of one week with a groin injury, the team announced Monday. The Ducks said Heatley was injured Sunday in the Ducks' 4-2 preseason loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ducks in July. He was skating on Anaheim's top line with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and had scored twice during the preseason.
The Ducks are Heatley's fifth NHL team. He had 12 goals and 16 assists in 76 games last season with the Minnesota Wild. A two-time 50-goal scorer, Heatley's 372 NHL goals are eighth among active players.
Carlyle said forward David Clarkson has a fractured orbital bone but is expected back by the end of the week, and defenseman Cody Franson has a bruised knee but the Maple Leafs are waiting for the swelling to subside before offering a further diagnosis.
Carlyle said defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who was in training camp on a professional tryout contract, has left the Maple Leafs because of a separated shoulder.
The Anaheim Ducks on Monday assigned forward Nick Ritchie, the No. 10 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League on Monday.
Ritchie, 18, led the Petes last season with 39 goals and 74 points in 61 games, had five goals and 10 points in 11 playoff games, and has 148 points (73 goals, 75 assists) in 165 OHL games. He won gold medals with Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2012 and the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in 2013. On Feb. 7, Ritchie became the first OHL player to score five goals in a game since his brother Brett, taken No. 44 by the Dallas Stars in the 2011 draft.
It seems like I'm kind of making it a little difficult on myself here the last two games.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane after tying the record for longest point streak by an American-born player with an assist on Duncan Keith's goal with 26.6 seconds left against the Anaheim Ducks Friday
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