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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Lupul practices with Maple Leafs for first time

Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul participated in practice Wednesday, skating for the first time in training camp after being held out due to back spasms. Lupul did line rushes with Tyler Bozak and Phil Kessel.

"Everything's fine," Lupul told reporters after spending an hour on the ice. "Obviously not the way I wanted to start the camp, but just happy everything's feeling better now."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 3:27 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Blue Jackets return five to junior clubs

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday returned five players to their junior teams.

Among those leaving camp were three players taken in the 2013 NHL Draft -- defenseman Dillon Heatherington, a second-round pick (No. 50), who will rejoin Swift Current in the Western Hockey League; forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, a third-round pick (No. 89), who was sent back to Portland (WHL); and fourth-round pick (No. 105) forward Nick Moutrey, who will play for Saginaw in the Ontario Hockey League.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 2:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Rangers release Hedberg from PTO

The New York Rangers announced Wednesday the release of veteran goalie Johan Hedberg from his professional tryout agreement.

Hedberg had joined the Rangers in training camp Sept. 10 after incumbent backup Martin Biron was excused from the team to handle a personal matter.

Coach Alain Vigneault said he discussed his upcoming goalie rotation with Hedberg and let him decide if he wanted to remain with the Rangers on a limited opportunity to play during New York's four-game, five-night trip to Western Canada and Las Vegas. 

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Flyers return Morin to junior team

The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday returned 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin to his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The defenseman, selected with the 11th pick of the NHL Draft, posted a farewell message to Flyers fans on his Twitter account: "come back in Rimouski today. thanks to the flyers organisation for this camps. #fun #philly great fans great city."

Morin had impressed in two preseason games; he led the team in ice time with 22:22 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, one night after he played 23:14 in a shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 12:04 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Panthers' Markstrom excited by arrival of Thomas

With the opening of Florida Panthers training camp, goaltender Jacob Markstrom was expected to transition from prized prospect into a franchise goaltender. Considering he started 15 of the team's last 18 games last season, his place as the team's No. 1 goaltender coming into camp was never in doubt.

But Florida's goaltending picture shifted with the announcement that two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas had accepted a professional tryout (PTO) and would be attending camp. In his first comments regarding Thomas' arrival, Markstrom sounded eager to learn from the decorated goaltender who took a year off from the game to spend more time with his family.

"He's been through a lot. He played in Europe and was successful there and was very successful in Boston and won the Cup there," Markstrom said. "He's got a lot of experience. So hopefully I can learn a lot from him."


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Posted On Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 10:03 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Canucks reduce camp roster by eight

The Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday sent five players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Utica Comets, and invited three other players to Utica's training camp.

Goaltender Mathieu Corbeil, defenseman Sacha Guimond, center Alex Friesen and forwards David Pacan and Ludwig Blomstrand were sent to the Comets. Forwards Mitch Elliot, Jesse Mychan and Wes Myron were invited to the Comets' training camp

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 8:15 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Flyers sign 2013 first-round pick Morin

The Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday signed 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 6-foot-6, 202-pound defenseman, taken with the 11th pick in the draft, could make as much as $1.425 million per season, including bonuses.

"For a guy that size, I think he gets around the ice really good," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "His hands are good; his sense is really good. We'll just take it a day at a time."

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 6:44 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Peverley returns to Stars practice after heart issue

Forward Rich Peverley returned to practice with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after being sidelined since last week following a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

"I am not really worried about it. I am on medication to help me," Peverley told the Stars' website. "Even if it does come back, it is not a career-threatening thing. I could play through it, and there are other things they could do to help me."

Peverley, 31, was diagnosed last Wednesday after an EKG during testing prior to training camp. He had a corrective procedure in Cleveland, has skated three times since then and is expected to need three weeks to recover fully.


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Posted On Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 6:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sharks assign 11 players to AHL affiliate

The San Jose Sharks sent 11 players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, on Tuesday, leaving 42 players in training camp.

The 11 include goaltender JP Anderson, defensemen Konrad Abeltshauser, Kyle Bigos and Dylan DeMelo; centers Sebastian Stalberg, Travis Oleksuk and Marek Viedensky; and forwards Jimmy Bonneau, Chris Crane, Riley Brace and James Livingston.

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Posted On Tuesday, 09.17.2013 / 5:43 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Blackhawks pare camp roster to 47 players

The Chicago Blackhawks released or reassigned nine players on Tuesday, paring their training camp roster to 47.

The Blackhawks assigned forward David Gilbert to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and returned three players to their junior teams. Five other players were released from training camp

The defending Stanley Cup champions' active roster includes 28 forwards, 14 defensemen and five goaltenders.

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