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Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:29 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Oilers to update captaincy later this week: Chiarelli

Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Oilers website Monday there will be an announcement later this week regarding the captaincy for this season, according to the Oilers' website.

Andrew Ference was named Oilers captain on Sept. 29, 2013, prior to the start of his first season in Edmonton.

However, on Sept. 6 coach Todd McLellan told CHED-AM 630 that he wasn't sure if Ference would remain captain or if he would opt for someone else to hold the role.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:20 PM

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Panthers first-round pick Crouse returned to juniors

Florida Panthers forward Lawson Crouse, the 11th pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, was returned to his junior team Monday.

Crouse, in a post on his verified Twitter feed, thanked the Panthers for the opportunity he got at training camp and expressed his excitement to be returning to the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound left wing had one assist in three preseason games.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 2:10 PM

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Oilers assign Draisaitl to AHL, set roster at 23 players

The Edmonton Oilers assigned forward Leon Draisaitl, the third pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Monday to finalize their 23-man NHL roster for the start of the 2015-16 season.

Draisaitl, who turns 20 on Oct. 27, had a goal and three assists in six preseason games, and was under consideration to begin the regular season in Edmonton with forward Jordan Eberle out 4-6 weeks because of a shoulder injury.

General manager Peter Chiarelli told the Oilers website he wants Draisaitl to work on his 200-foot game and said he will predominantly play center at Bakersfield.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 1:48 PM

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Sharks send Mueller, Goldobin, Karlsson to AHL

Defenseman Mirco Mueller and forward Nikolay Goldobin, the San Jose Sharks' first-round picks in 2013 and 2014, respectively, were sent to the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League on Monday.

Mueller, the 18th pick of the 2013 draft, had one goal and three assists while averaging 16:57 of ice time per game in 39 games last season.

Goldobin, the 27th pick in the 2014 draft, had 11 goals and 10 assists in 38 games with HIFK in Finland, and three goals and two assists with Worcester of the AHL last season.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 1:06 PM

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Maple Leafs name Bernier starter for first two games

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday named Jonathan Bernier their starting goaltender for the first two games of the season.

The Maple Leafs open the season Wednesday at home against the Montreal Canadiens, before traveling to play the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 12:19 PM

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Youngstown defenseman McInnis honored by USHL

Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Luke McInnis, a C-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list, was named the United States Hockey League defenseman of the week Monday.

McInnis had one goal, two points and a plus-7 rating in back-to-back victories against the Bloomington Thunder on Friday and Saturday.

The 5-foot-10, 167-pound left-shot defender is in his first season in the USHL.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 12:00 PM

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Flyers place defenseman MacDonald on waivers

The Philadelphia Flyers placed defenseman Andrew MacDonald on waivers Monday, the Flyers announced.

MacDonald, who signed a six-year contract with the Flyers on April 15, 2014, had two goals and 12 points in 58 games last season. He is owed $23.75 million on the remaining five years of the contract, according to

The Flyers, who open the regular season Thursday at the Tampa Bay Lightning, brought eight defensemen on one-way contracts to training camp.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 10:17 AM

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Capitals release Roy, Peters from training camp roster

Veteran center Derek Roy and backup goaltender Justin Peters were among six players released by the Washington Capitals from their training camp roster Monday.

Roy, 32, was in camp on a professional tryout contract. He had 12 goals and 32 points in 72 games last season for the Edmonton Oilers and Nashville Predators, and was an intriguing possibility to make the Capitals with center Nicklas Backstrom missing the start of the season recovering from offseason hip surgery.

Peters, 29, went 3-6-1 with a 3.25 goals-against average and .881 save percentage in 12 games last season as the backup to Braden Holtby, but was pushed for the job by Philipp Grubauer, who wound up starting Game 2 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the New York Islanders when Holtby was ill.

Posted On Sunday, 10.04.2015 / 8:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Flames acquire forward Hamilton from Avalanche

The Calgary Flames acquired forward Freddie Hamilton from the Colorado Avalanche for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft on Sunday.

Hamilton, 23, had one goal in 17 games for the Avalanche last season and two goals and two assists in five games for Lake Erie in the American Hockey League after being traded by the San Jose Sharks for defenseman Karl Stollery on March 2.

Posted On Sunday, 10.04.2015 / 4:20 PM

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Coyotes assign forward Dylan Strome to juniors

The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Dylan Strome to Erie of the Ontario Hockey League on Sunday.

"He had an excellent camp and opened a lot of eyes ... but his body needs to get stronger," coach Dave Tippett said in comments tweeted by the Coyotes. "He understands that."

Strome, the third pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, won the OHL scoring title last season with 126 points (45 goals, 84 points) in 68 games. He had 10 goals and 22 points in 20 playoff games to lead Erie to the OHL Final, where it lost to Oshawa.

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