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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:07 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Training Camps blog

Iginla to skate on second line for Avalanche

Jarome Iginla will begin his first season with the Colorado Avalanche on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, coach Patrick Roy said Thursday.

Iginla scored 30 goals and 61 points for the Boston Bruins last season before signing with the Avalanche as a free agent this summer. A two-time 50-goal scorer and six-time NHL All-Star, Iginla has scored 30 or more goals in 12 consecutive full NHL seasons.

"I've gotten to play with some great centermen," Iginla told the Denver Post on Thursday when Avalanche players reported for physicals. "I've been the recipient of some great passes, one-timers, go to the net stuff, so I feel like I've been very fortunate. Whatever line I'm on here it's going to continue. There's very talented centers down the whole lineup."

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 3:48 PM

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Stars' Peverley cleared to work out off ice

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley has been cleared to work out, but not on the ice, general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

"He has to go to a cardiologist to be tested, and there’s no timeline on that right now," Nill said. "He's been working at getting his heart rate up, and I think it's a matter of seeing how far he can go, and how he feels.

Peverley, 32, hasn't played since collapsing on the Stars' bench March 10 during a game against theColumbus Blue Jackets. He had a corrective procedure March 19 to fix structural damage in his heart to correct problems with rhythm (arrhythmia).

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 2:38 PM

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Nolan plans on naming new Sabres captain soon

Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan plans on naming a captain sooner rather than later, he said on the opening day of training camp.

"I believe in doing things early. If you're going to do it, do it quick," he said. "If you basically know who the decision is then you try to do it as quick as you can, let it settle in and let the leaders lead."

Among those believed to be candidates are a pair of new faces, forward Brian Gionta, who served as captain the past four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, and defenseman Josh Gorges, an alternate captain in Montreal.

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 1:24 PM

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Blues forward Schwartz remains without a contract

Forward Jaden Schwartz did not report to the St. Louis Blues for the start of training camp Thursday.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that no new talks were scheduled. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sept. 3 that the two sides were "significantly apart" in discussions for a contract extension.

"We've had dialogue recently," Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here [Thursday], I don't expect him here [Friday]. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers. And when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here."

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 1:18 PM

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Rangers will name new captain at end of camp

The New York Rangers will wait until the end of training camp before naming a captain for the 2014-15 season, coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday.

The Rangers have been without a captain since trading Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5.

"I think that all teams have a core leadership group, and it's not just up to one individual, the captain, to be the leader, it has to be a group effort," Vigneault told the Rangers website. "I see in our team some real strong possibilities as far as being captain; but I also see that this is a new year and we changed some pieces to the puzzle, so I want to see how it unfolds during training camp."

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh told the New York Daily News last week he is ready to assume the captaincy.

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:35 PM

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Penguins' Kapanen cleared for training camp

Kasperi Kapanen, who sat out the team's prospect tournament with a broken finger, has been cleared to participate in training camp according to coach Mike Johnston.

Kapanen, the 22nd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, had been out with a broken finger that kept him out of a recent rookie tournament in London, Ontario. He is No. 39 on the Top 60 prospect ranking.

Johnston also had injury updates on veteran forward Pascal Dupuis and young defensemen Olli Maatta and Derrick Pouliot.

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:28 PM

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Lightning's Stamkos excited by improvement in leg

Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos told reporters on the first day of training camp Thursday that he's feeling great after missing much of last season due to a broken leg.

"I did all the tests. No issues," he said. "I'm just excited heading into this year knowing how much better it feels now. ... I didn't know what to expect heading into the summer. It was a good summer. … Probably around the year mark is when it's going to feel probably back to normal. I'm just excited at the way it feels compared to the way it ended off last year."

Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 10:59 AM

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Devils' Clowe cleared for camp participation: report

New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe confirmed to reporters Thursday that he has been cleared for contact and is ready for training camp.

Ryane Clowe
Left Wing - NJD
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 19 | PTS: 26
SOG: 74 | +/-: -10
"I'll be on the ice [Friday]," Clowe told

Clowe, who saw a concussion specialist in Boston on Monday, said he doesn't expect to play in the Devils' preseason opener Monday at the New York Rangers.

New Jersey plays six preseason games before opening the regular season Oct. 9 at the Philadelphia Flyers.

Clowe, who turns 32 on Sept. 30, has a history of concussions. He had seven goals and 26 points in 43 games last season, his first with the Devils after signing a five-year, $24.25 million contract in the summer of 2013. He missed more than two months early in the season with a concussion and didn't play after a March 31 game against the Florida Panthers when he sustained another concussion.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 3:48 PM

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Ducks' Kesler thrilled with move to Anaheim

After 10 seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Kesler felt he needed a change.

With a new front-office regime put in place this summer, Kesler felt it was the right time to ask for a trade; his wish was granted in June when he was sent to the Anaheim Ducks.

"I think changes needed to be made with the new management coming in and the new coaches," Kesler told the Orange County Register on Tuesday. "I felt I was stuck in a rut there. I needed a change.

"Talking with management, they were going into a rebuild, or that's what they told me. I just thought it was best to move on."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 10:12 AM

By Staff -  / - NHL Rookie Camps blog

Flames' Bennett, Gaudreau OK after injury scares

The Calgary Flames took a deep breath Monday night when highly touted prospects Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau pronounced themselves fine after injury scares during a rookie tournament victory against the host Vancouver Canucks in Penticton, British Columbia.

Bennett, the No. 4 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, missed the third period with a sore groin. Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, was injured on a hard hit from Vancouver defenseman Frank Corrado, who received a five-minute elbowing penalty and a game misconduct on the play.

"They were a little worried about me, but I told them it's no big deal," Bennett said, according to the Calgary Herald. "My groin was acting up a little bit. But it really wasn't anything serious. Obviously, I wanted to get back out there. I was ready to go."

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