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Posted On Saturday, 09.20.2014 / 10:54 AM

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Hartnell admits to nerves in debut with Blue Jackets

At age 32, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell isn't afraid to admit he still had some nerves in his first training camp with his new team.

The Blue Jackets acquired Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers during the summer in hopes that he'll provide leadership as well as well as offense -- he's a seven-time 20-goal scorer who's had as many as 37 goals in a season (in 2011-12) -- and an in-your-face style of play.

But it's a new environment, and he spent the first day of training camp trying to take it all it.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 11:40 PM

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Jets' Kane says he can score 50 goals: report

Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane is starting training camp with big expectations.

"I said when I got drafted that I can score 50 [goals] and I know I can score 50," Kane said Friday, according to the Winnipeg Sun. "Playing with the right guys and playing with those guys consistently, and obviously staying healthy is a big part of it too. … The sky is the limit."

The No. 4 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft took part in a session with reporters that the Sun described as mostly playful. Asked if he thought he would score 50 goals this season, Kane said, "We'll see what happens. I have to have a good start."

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 10:30 PM

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Sharks' Marleau can see Burns back at forward: report

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau said Friday he could see Brent Burns return up front after being moved back to defenseman to start this season.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they moved him back to forward," Marleau told CSN Bay Area. "He can play any position. That says a lot about him, but I think that's a great tool for this organization to use, wherever they need to fill a hole."

Burns played his first full season as a forward in 2013-14 after being moved there from defense. He finished with 22 goals and 26 assists for a career high 48 points in 69 games.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 10:08 PM

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Jets get worked hard on first day of camp

Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice promised a tough training camp when he sent his players home after the 2013-14 season. He's living up to his word.

Conditioning skates, battle drills and plenty of laps were the order of the morning when the Jets hit the ice Friday for their first official practice.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 9:50 PM

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Kesler gets standing ovation at Ducks camp

Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler, acquired in a trade this offseason, got a standing ovation from the crowd in his first appearance at training camp.

"It was pretty cool to see," said Kesler, who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks. "I'm happy I got a warm welcome here. To hear those cheers was special. You don't forget things like that."

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 9:38 PM

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Stamkos, Bishop fully practice with Lightning

Forward Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop each was a full participant Friday in the first on-ice session of Tampa Bay Lightning training camp.

Stamkos (leg) and Bishop (wrist, elbow) each are recovered from injuries sustained last season.

“It's fun to get your competitive juices going again and going against the guys full speed," said Bishop, who had offseason surgery. "So, that was fun. It felt good out there. I didn't get tired. I felt like I was in pretty good shape, so I was happy about that."

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 9:20 PM

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Kings goalie Quick practices, not 100 percent

Goaltender Jonathan Quick practiced with the Los Angeles Kings on the first day of training camp Friday but said his surgically repaired wrist is not 100 percent.

"But we're working and we're right on track with where we thought it'd be at this point," said Quick, who is three days past 12 weeks from the surgery, which was said to require a recovery period of 10-12 weeks.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 8:45 PM

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Bruins finally hit the ice after long summer

Summer was too long for the Boston Bruins, who were eliminated in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs last spring.

After four months of rest and training, they hit the ice Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass., for the first practices of training camp determined to make next summer a lot shorter.

Coach Claude Julien ran four hours of on-ice sessions and was happy with what he saw.

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 5:10 PM

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Capitals' Ovechkin moving back to left wing

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will be back at left wing to start the 2014-15 season.

That's the decision new Capitals coach Barry Trotz made Friday.

"He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz told the Capitals website. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right.

"The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach [it]. If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff."

Posted On Friday, 09.19.2014 / 5:00 PM

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Kings' Doughty not skating at start of training camp

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty isn't scheduled to participate in training camp activities Friday because of an upper-body injury that occurred during training, the team announced via Twitter.

Kings assistant general manager Rob Blake said in an email that Doughty is day-to-day, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Kings also announced forward Jarret Stoll was not expected to skate as he rehabilitates from offseason hip surgery, but media on hand reported Stoll was on the ice Friday, skating between Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis.

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