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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 4:50 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Coyotes assign three to Portland

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Friday they have assigned forwards Nick Johnson and Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Michael Stone to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson has played five games with the Idaho Steelheads this season, collecting one assist. Last season, Johnson set career highs in games played (77), goals (8), assists (18), points (26) and penalty minutes (45) with the Minnesota Wild.

The 27-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (No. 67) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Klinkhammer has played 38 games with Portland this season, recording nine goals, 31 points and 26 penalty minutes. The 26-year-old native of Lethbridge, Alberta played 15 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12, collecting two assists.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Stone has recorded six goals, 22 points and 16 PIMs in 31 games with the Portland Pirates this season.

The 22-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba played in 13 games for the Coyotes last season posting one goal and three points in 13 games. He appeared in two games of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defenseman also recorded nine goals, 22 points and 24 PIMs in 51 games with Portland in 2011-12. Stone was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the third round (No. 69) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 3:20 PM

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Flames sign Begin to two-way contract

The Calgary Flames announced Friday they have signed forward Steve Begin, who was originally drafted by the team in 1996 and hasn't played in the NHL since early in the 2010-11 season.

Begin signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

His last NHL action came when he played in a pair of games for the Predators two seasons ago. He spent most of that season with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee and was out of hockey last season.

Begin, 34, was a second-round pick (No. 40) by the Flames and played parts of five seasons for the team. He has also skated for the Canadiens, Stars and Bruins, posting career totals of 52 goals, 100 points and 539 penalty minutes in 488 games.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 2:45 PM

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Lightning reassign three

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis, JT Wyman and Kyle Wilson to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

In addition defenseman Matt Taormina was placed on injured reserve.

The Lightning have their roster set at 23 players, not including defenseman Mattias Ohlund who is on injured reserve.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 2:39 PM

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Blues release veteran defenseman White

Hours after signing Wade Redden, the St. Louis Blues announced they had released Colin White, another veteran defenseman who had come to training camp hoping to make the team.

White, 35, appeared in 54 games for the San Jose Sharks last season posting one goal, four points and 21 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White is a veteran of 12 NHL seasons, including 11 with the New Jersey Devils, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. Overall, White has dressed in 797 career games amassing 21 goals, 129 points and 869 penalty minutes as well as three goals and 17 points in 114 career playoff games.

The New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native was originally drafted by New Jersey in the second round (No. 49) of the 1996 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:52 PM

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Jets claim Wright off waivers from Panthers

The Winnipeg Jets claimed forward James Wright off waivers Friday from the Florida Panthers.

Wright, 22, has played in 40 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League so far this season. In that time, the Saskatoon, SK native has recorded five goals, 17 points and 31 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3 forward has played in 49 NHL games all with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he totaled two goals and five points.

Wright began his major junior career with the Vancouver Giants where he played four seasons, winning the Memorial Cup with the club in 2007. He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:21 PM

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Flames make roster moves

The Calgary Flames have reduced their roster to 26 players by reassigning center Paul Bryon and defenseman Brett Carson to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League, while goaltender Henrik Karlsson has been designated for assignment but remains with the team.

The Flames have two goalies, nine defensemen and 15 forwards remaining in camp. Teams must finalize their 23-man roster for opening night by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:19 PM

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Maple Leafs send Rielly to juniors, Connolly to AHL

Defenseman Morgan Rielly will not start the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and along with forward Matt Frattin was among the team's final cuts to get down to the opening night 23-man roster.

Rielly, the fifth pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, put up 28 points in 33 games this season playing junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, and will be returned to his junior team.

"Morgan played pretty well in a short camp, but he wasn't given an opportunity to play in [preseason] games," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told the National Post. "We need to get ready to play, and it's pretty tough to put an 18-year-old player in the lineup without actually seeing him play."

Veteran forward Tim Connolly has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers. Also assigned there were defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Ryan Hamilton.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:03 PM

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Reports: Grigorenko on Sabres' opening roster

Multiple media reports are indicating the Buffalo Sabres will break camp with 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko on their roster.

Grigorenko was the No. 12 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft after compiling 40 goals and 85 points last season in 59 games for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News tweeted Friday that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced Grigorenko would be on the final roster. Colleague Mark Harrington added that Regier said it would be a "coach's decision" as to whether he is in the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN).

Forwards Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick will begin the season on injured reserve, it was also reported.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 12:24 PM

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Islanders suspend Visnovsky, reportedly claim Strait

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who has not yet reported to the New York Islanders, was suspended by the team on Friday, the Islanders announced.

The Islanders have also reportedly claimed defenseman Brian Strait off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, which would put them at the 23-man roster limit teams must reach by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

Visnovsky, acquired in an offseason trade from the Anaheim Ducks, has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Slovakia during the lockout. He expressed the desire to continue playing there even with the 2012-13 NHL season set to get under way on Saturday, but the KHL has reportedly denied his request to extend his contract through the rest of this season.

Neil Sheehy, Visnovsky's agent, tweeted earlier in the week that his client intended to report to the Islanders after dealing with some personal issues.

Visnovsky, 36, is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons with the Kings, Oilers and Ducks. He has career totals of 117 goals and 450 points in 771 games.

Strait, 25, has played in 12 NHL games with the Penguins over the past two seasons, recording one assist.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:39 AM

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Panthers sign Kovalev to one-year contract

Alex Kovalev has made the opening night roster for the Florida Panthers.

Kovalev signed a one-year contract with the Panthers that Bob McKenzie is reporting is worth $1 million and also contains bonuses for games played.

Kovalev came to camp with Florida on a tryout contract after playing last season in the Kontinental Hockey League. He last played in the NHL at the end of the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Teams must announce their 23-man rosters for opening night by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:21 AM

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Stars assign Bachman, Oleksiak to AHL

The Dallas Stars on Friday assigned goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Bachman, 25, has an 8-5-1 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 19 career NHL games. Last season, he became the first Stars goaltender to shut out the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden since Gump Worsley in 1972. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was Dallas' fourth-round selection (No. 120) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

Oleksiak, 20, was the Stars' first-round pick (No. 14) in 2001. He has skated in 38 games for Texas this season, posting three goals, 17 points and a plus-6 rating. Earlier this week, he was selected to participate in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game Classic in Providence.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:22 PM

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Bruins assign four to Providence

The Boston Bruins made more roster moves Thursday, as defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner were assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. Meanwhile, forward Jamie Tardif was placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence, and defenseman Aaron Johnson will join Providence on a conditioning loan.

Bartkowski (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) is in his third season with Providence after being signed by the Bruins to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season on July 12, 2012. Before joining the Bruins for training camp, Bartkowski had recorded two goals and seven assists in 30 games for Providence this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:19 PM

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Flames trim roster to 29

The Calgary Flames announced Thursday they have trimmed their roster to 29 players by reassigning center Ben Street and defenseman Chris Breen to the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) and releasing right wing Brad Winchester from his professional tryout agreement.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 4:40 PM

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Oilers send Teubert, two others, to AHL

The Edmonton Oilers on Thursday sent defensemen Colten Teubert and Taylor Fedun, along with forward Chris VandeVelde to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.

Teubert, 22, had one assist in 24 games with the Oilers last season, and 10 points in 46 games with Oklahoma City. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound blueliner was the 13th pick of the 2008 NHL Draft by the Los Angeles Kings, and was acquired by the Oilers in March 2011 as part of the deal that sent Dustin Penner to the Kings. He has five points and 100 penalty minutes in 36 AHL games this season.

Fedun, 24, sat out all last season recovering from a broken leg. In 35 AHL games this season, the 6-foot, 201-pound blueliner has two goals and seven assists.

VandeVelde, 25, has a goal and eight assists in 31 AHL games this season. The 2005 fourth-round pick played five games with the Oilers last season, scoring his first NHL goal March 25.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 3:00 PM

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Coyotes send six to AHL

The Phoenix Coyotes reduced their roster by six players Thursday, sending forwards Chris Brown, Andy Miele, Brendan Shinnimin and Jordan Szwarz, along with defenseman Brandon Gormley and Chris Summers, to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

Miele, 24, is third on the Pirates with 26 points in 35 games. He was scoreless in seven games with the Coyotes last season.

Brown, 21, a 2009 second-round pick, has 12 goals and 21 points in 37 AHL games. Shinnimin, 22, has 20 points in 38 AHL games in his first professional season. Szwarz, 21, a 2009 fourth-round draft choice, has 20 points in 32 games.

Gormley, 20, the 13th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, has 10 points in 34 games in his first professional season. Summers, 24, has played 23 games with the Coyotes the last two seasons. In 34 AHL games this season, the 2006 first-round pick has eight points and 37 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 2:29 PM

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Tampa sends three players to AHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their roster by three players Thursday, sending forward Tyler Johnson and defensemen Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Johnson, 22, leads the Crunch with 20 goals and 35 points in 36 games. Barberio,22, a 2008 sixth-round pick, leads the Syracuse defensemen with 22 points in 37 games. Gudas, 22, a 2010 third-round pick, has 12 points and a team-best plus-22 rating in 34 AHL games.

The Lightning roster currently stands at 28 players.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 1:41 PM

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Isles send Strome, Reinhart to junior clubs

The New York Islanders have returned first-round picks center Ryan Strome and defenseman Griffin Reinhart to their junior teams.

Strome, the fifth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, will go back to the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot, 179-pound forward is fourth in the OHL with 62 points in 32 games, and was tied for second on Team Canada with four goals in six games at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Reinhart, the fourth pick of the 2012 draft, has 14 points in 32 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, and had an assist in five games for Canada at the WJC. Last season, he had 36 points in 58 regular-season games to help the Oil Kings win the WHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 1:35 PM

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Senators send Ceci back to junior team

The Ottawa Senators have announced defenseman Cody Ceci and forward Mike Hoffman will not be part of the season-opening roster.

Ceci, the 15th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will be returned to his junior team, the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. In 44 games this season with the Attack and Ottawa 67s, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman is second among OHL blueliners with 30 assists and 41 points.

Hoffman, 23, is a 2009 fifth-round pick who will be sent back to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 34 AHL games this season, Hoffman is third on the team with 22 points.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 12:43 PM

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Blackhawks assigned three players to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forwards Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri and defenseman Ryan Stanton to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.

Hayes, 23, had nine points in 31 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last season, his first in the NHL, and played in two postseason games.

Pirri, 21, had two assists in five games with Chicago during the 2011-12 regular season and paced the club with four goals and five points in four games during the 2011 preseason.

Stanton, 23, has yet to appear in an NHL game.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:50 AM

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Blue Jackets cut Jenner, Erixon

The Columbus Blue Jackets have returned center Boone Jenner to his junior team, and sent defenseman Tim Erixon to the American Hockey League.

Jenner, a 2011 second-round pick, will spend the remainder of the season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound center is second in the OHL with 30 goals in just 34 games. He also played for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, going without a point in three games after sitting out the first three games of the tournament due to suspension.

Erixon, one of the pieces the Blue Jackets received from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash deal, has 24 points in 34 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. He's tied for sixth among AHL blueliners in scoring.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:07 AM

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Report: Connolly placed on waivers by Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs intend to place forward Tim Connolly on waivers at noon today, according to a TSN report.

Connolly, 31, signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract two summers ago, but had a disappointing first season with Toronto. In 70 games, he had 13 goals and 23 assists.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 10:54 PM

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Moulson scores twice in Islanders' scrimmage

Michael Grabner scored in the seventh round of the shootout to lead the Blue Team to a 6-5 victory against the White Team in the New York Islanders' intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Matt Moulson scored twice in regulation and once in the shootout for the Blue Team in the Islanders' lone tune-up before Saturday night's season opener against the New Jersey Devils.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:58 PM

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Kadri gets hat trick in Maple Leafs' scrimmage

Nazem Kadri did his best to make an impression on Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle on Wednesday.

Kadri -- Toronto's first-round pick (No. 7) from 2009 -- scored three times in the opening period in a Blue & White Scrimmage to help his chances of being on the NHL squad when the Maple Leafs open their season Saturday at Montreal.

"He had a good first period," Carlyle said. "(He) scored three goals in the first period. They were power-play goals, but goal-scorers' goals. He found a way to get the puck to the net.

"We have to make a decision whether he can continue to make a contributions at the NHL level."

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 9:35 PM

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Iginla takes part in Flames practice

Jarome Iginla skated at Calgary Flames training camp on Wednesday after missing the first three days with a groin injury.

"Thankfully I felt really good out there today," Iginla said following practice, according to The Canadian Press. "I didn't feel it and it felt way better than last week. Last week, it didn't feel very good at all."

Iginla, 35, said he believes he will play in the season opener Sunday against the San Jose Sharks.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 3:44 PM

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Junior players heading back to OHL

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday returned a pair of prospects, forwards Radek Faksa and Brett Ritchie, to their junior teams.

Faksa, the team's first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 13), has 25 points in 30 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League this season. He had two assists in six games for the Czech Republic at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound center led all first-year OHL players in goals (29), assists (37) and points (66).

Ritchie, a 2011 second-round pick (No. 44), was returned to the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL. The 6-3, 209-pound right wing is fourth in the OHL with 28 goals, and second on his team with 51 points.

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Posted On Wednesday, 01.16.2013 / 2:12 PM

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Torres prepared to change style, avoid suspensions

Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres has been suspended six times in his NHL career, including a 25-game suspension during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs for a hit to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa.

Torres must sit out the first eight games of the 2012-13 season to finish that suspension, but when that's done, Torres hopes it's the final time he has to sit out due to NHL supplemental discipline.

"I can't afford to go through something like that again," Torres told the Arizona Republic. "There are some things that I'm going to have to change if I want to keep playing in this League at a competitive level, so I look forward to it. I know I can bring more to the game than just physical play."

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 10:20 PM

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Tanguay finds himself back in the middle in Calgary

Alex Tanguay was a center in junior hockey, but has spent his NHL career on the wing -- until now.

With the Calgary Flames needing help in the middle, the 33-year-old has spent the first three days of training camp playing between Curtis Glencross and Lee Stempniak. It's been an adjustment for Tanguay, who hasn’t played down the middle since his junior days with the Halifax Mooseheads.

“I’ve played the game a long time and it’s been a while since I played center,” he said after Tuesday's practice. “I used to play it in juniors, I know how to play it, but it’s going to take a little bit of time.”

Perhaps the biggest change is taking faceoffs on a regular basis -- Tanguay took just 67 draws last season and won only 25. But he told the Flames' website that there's a lot more to the move than just taking faceoffs, and it's taking some time to adjust.

“It’s trying to get used to a new pace and trying to get used to a new pace and trying to get used to a new position,” he said. “I don’t think I did too good out there yesterday, I was a little bit out of place. I feel fine physically but I feel like I’m still taking too much time to think.”

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 7:23 PM

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Ducks sign Letourneau-Leblond

The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to a one-year contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

The Ducks assigned him to their AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, along with goaltender Victor Fasth.

The 27-year-old appeared in three games for the Calgary Flames in 2011-12, with no points, 10 penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating. He had one goal, six points and a team-leading 167 PIM in 50 games for the Flames' AHL farm team, the Abbotsford Heat.

In 40 NHL games during parts of four seasons with New Jersey and Calgary, he has three assists and 101 penalty minutes. He has 18 goals, 39 points and 1,013 PIM in 242 AHL games.

Letourneau-Leblond was selected by New Jersey in the seventh round (No 216th) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 4:32 PM

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Wild sign Palmieri to two-way contract

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with forward Nick Palmieri.

Palmieri had signed an American Hockey League deal to start the season and posted 9 goals and 19 points with 33 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 36 games with Houston this season.

Acquired at the trade deadline last season from New Jersey, the 23-year-old Palmieri was scoreless in nine games with the Wild after he had four goals and seven points in 29 games with the Devils.

A third-round pick by New Jersey in the 2007 NHL Draft, Palmieri has career totals of 13 goals and 25 points in 87 games.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 4:26 PM

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Canucks lose Booth for 4-6 weeks with injury

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth will be out 4-6 weeks, the team announced Tuesday via its official Twitter feed.

Booth suffered a groin injury Sunday during the off-ice testing phase of training camp, coach Alain Vigneault told the team's website. Booth underwent an MRI exam Monday that revealed the damage.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 1:08 PM

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Blues invite veteran White to training camp

Veteran defenseman Colin White has been invited to St. Louis Blues training camp on a tryout basis, the team announced Tuesday.

White, 35, appeared in 54 games for the San Jose Sharks last season posting a goal, four points and 21 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White played his first 11 NHL seasons with the New Jersey Devils, winning the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. Overall, White has dressed in 797 career games amassing 21 goals, 129 points and 869 penalty minutes as well as three goals and 17 points in 114 career playoff games.

The New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native was originally drafted by New Jersey in the second round (No. 49) of the 1996 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 1:02 PM

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Islanders claim Hickey on waivers

The New York Islanders claimed defenseman Thomas Hickey on waivers Tuesday from the Los Angeles Kings.

Hickey was the No. 4 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, but has yet to play in the NHL. He has spent the past three seasons with Manchester in the American Hockey League, and had three goals and 12 points in 33 games for the Monarchs this season. He is the only player selected in the first 16 picks of that draft to have not yet reached the NHL.

The Islanders have now added a pair of defensemen via waivers in as many days. They nabbed Joe Finley from the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. New York's depth on the blue line is lacking because Lubomir Visnovsky has yet to arrive at training camp after spending the lockout playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, and because Calvin de Haan is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 8:22 PM

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Kopitar tests ailing knee at Kings' camp

Anze Kopitar reported no problems after skating with a brace on his sprained right knee at the Los Angeles Kings' training complex Monday.

"I didn't go all-out right off the hop," Kopitar said. "Just curious to explore the turns and stuff, and I didn't have any problems. I thought it would be a little worse than it was. ... I'm very optimistic. It's in my nature."

The Kings' No. 1 center is unlikely to play Saturday when Los Angeles opens defense of the first Stanley Cup in franchise history against Chicago. But the Kings are hoping he won't miss much more than that. Coach Darryl Sutter was encouraged by Kopitar's post-practice return to the ice just nine days after he was injured in a collision while playing for Mora IK in the Swedish Elite League.

Kopitar has led the Kings in scoring in each of the past five seasons. He had 51 assists and 76 points last season, then tied teammate Dustin Brown for the scoring lead during the Stanley Cup Playoffs with 20 points.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 6:54 PM

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Kings' Mitchell had setback from knee surgery

Veteran defenseman Willie Mitchell has missed the first two days of training camp for the Los Angeles Kings because he had a setback after a previously unreported knee surgery, reported Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter mentioned the surgery to reporters, and general manager Dean Lombardi told Dillman it was to fix a cartilage issue and there was no ligament damage. Mitchell was a key figure in the Kings' remarkable run to a Stanley Cup title last season, especially logging heavy minutes for a stout penalty-killing unit.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 4:34 PM

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Canadiens, Panthers swap minor-league defensemen

The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman Jason DeSantis from the Florida Panthers on Monday in exchange for defenseman Brendan Nash.

The 26-year old DeSantis played 32 games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs and San Antonio Rampage this season. He registered three goals, 11 points and 22 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has recorded 16 goals, 81 points and 106 penalty minutes in 183 regular season games in the AHL.

A native of Oxford, Michigan, the USNTDP Under-18 product played four seasons, from 2004 to 2008, with the Ohio State Buckeyes totaling 16 goals and 60 points in 144 games.

Nash joined the Canadiens as a free agent on March 30, 2010. He played two games with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2010-11.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 4:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Flyers' Briere 'healing' from fractured wrist

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters Monday that forward Danny Briere has a hairline fracture in his left wrist and is "iffy" for the first two games of the season.

Holmgren said Briere had an MRI on Monday and is "healing." Briere had 34 points (10 goals) in 21 games for Berlin in the Deutsche Eishockey League during the lockout.

Briere could be a candidate to replace Jaromir Jagr on Philadelphia's top line this season, or he could help anchor the second unit. He had 16 goals and 49 points last season for the Flyers before adding 13 points in 11 playoff contests.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:54 PM

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Report: Sabres prospect Girgensons out a week

Buffalo Sabres prospect Zemgus Girgensons is expected to miss at least a week after absorbing a heavy hit in a game for Rochester in the American Hockey League this past weekend, according to a report by the Democrat and Chronicle and cited in the Buffalo News' Sabres Edge blog.

Girgensons, taken in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft (No. 14), was checked by Syracuse forward Richard Panik in what appeared to be a late, blind-side hit, according to the reports. TJ Brennan, who was since called up to participate in the Sabres' training camp, then stepped in to fight Panik.

"I didn't like the hit," Brennan said in the Sabres Edge blog. "It was something you do where you stick up for your teammate."

Girgensons has three goals and nine points in 31 games for Rochester this season. He was taken two picks after Mikhail Grigorenko, who is taking part in Buffalo's training camp.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:10 PM

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Goc, Gudbranson doubtful for Panthers' opener

Florida Panthers forward Marcel Goc and defenseman Erik Gudbranson are unlikely to play in Saturday's season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes due to injuries, general manager Dale Tallon said via the team's official Twitter account.

Miami Herald reporter George Richards wrote via Twitter that Tallon also said Goc and Gudbranson are suspended until medically cleared.

Goc injured his ankle while playing in his native Germany during the lockout, while Gudbranson is recovering from shoulder surgery resulting from a wakeboarding accident back in September.

Another key member of the team, forward Sean Bergenheim, was also hurt while playing overseas during the lockout. Bergenheim suffered a groin injury playing in Finland, but according to a tweet from Richards is not currently suspended by the Panthers because the team has not determined the extent of his injury.

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who was selected No. 3 in the 2011 NHL Draft and has spent the past several months playing in juniors, did not practice Monday. Tallon said Huberdeau is fine and will practice Tuesday, according to Richards.

The Panthers, who won the Southeast Division last season and earned the franchise's first playoff berth in 12 years, also begin training camp without the services of young defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who remains a restricted free agent. Kulikov has been playing for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:09 PM

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Canucks sign veteran defenseman Vandermeer

The Vancouver Canucks added to their defense corps Monday with the free-agent signing of veteran Jim Vandermeer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vandermeer, 31, played in 25 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, recording one goal and four points along with 33 penalty minutes.

After going undrafted, Vandermeer broke into the League with Philadelphia back in 2002-03 and has played in 461 career games for the Flyers, Blackhawks, Flames, Coyotes, Oilers and Sharks, compiling totals of 25 goals, 105 points and 664 penalty minutes.

Vandermeer also has a pair of assists in 21 career playoff games.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 2:46 PM

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Report: Flyers move Paddock to assistant coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have named John Paddock as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season, according to a report from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com.

Paddock had been serving with the Flyers as assistant general manager.

Panaccio writes that Paddock's new role will involve concentrating on the defensive side of the puck and he'll operate from out of the press box rather than behind the bench.

“I’m going to be a sounding board on different things,” Paddock said.

Panaccio writes that the change in Paddock's job title came about over the summer after a conversation with general manager Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette.

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:40 PM

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Sabres set ticket-sale record Sunday

The Buffalo Sabres are again a hot ticket in Western New York.

The Sabres announced Monday that they sold 31,213 tickets for the 2012-13 season on Sunday during a 24-hour pre-sale period for current season-ticket holders and current mini-pack holders. The amount sold sets a club record for single-day ticket sales -- excluding sales on the first day of availability for the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.

Individual game tickets will be available for the general public beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m.

"With the uncertainty surrounding the schedule and the timing of the start of hockey, we didn't know what to expect," Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement released by the team. "However, Sunday's ticket sales took us by surprise and, frankly, blew us away.

"Our box office staff is the best in the business and they worked tirelessly all day, fielding more than 800 phone calls, to keep up with the record volume of orders. The extraordinary fan response makes us humble, grateful and even more committed to our core mission. We can't wait to drop the puck before a full house."

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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:24 PM

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Islanders claim Finley off waivers from Sabres

The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Joe Finley off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.

Finley, a first-round pick (No. 27) of the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut by going scoreless in five games for the Sabres last season, amassing 12 penalty minutes. He had one goal, five points and 81 penalty minutes in 36 games for AHL Rochester this season.

At 6-foot-8 and 249 pounds, Finley provides size and has two years remaining on the three-year, $1.575 million deal he signed with Buffalo prior to the 2011-12 season.

John Vogl, who writes the Sabres Edge blog for the Buffalo News, reports that the Islanders' claiming of Finley could affect what the team does with defense prospect TJ Brennan. Vogl writes the Sabres might be interested in sending Brennan back to Rochester, but he would have to pass through waivers first. Now, with Finley having already been lost, that move seems less likely.
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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 7:24 PM

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Iginla misses practice with groin injury

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla did not skate with his teammates Sunday on the first day of training camp because of a groin injury.

General manager Jay Feaster told reporters it was a precautionary move. The Flames were also short center Roman Cervenka and defenseman Anton Babchuk.

Cervenka is not allowed to skate because he is still taking blood-thinning medication after dealing with blood clots while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. Feaster said Cervenka will visit a specialist in the next week to determine when he can stop taking the medication.

A free-agent addition in the offseason, the Flames hope Cervenka can fortify what has been an ongoing problem for several seasons at center.

Feaster said Babchuk is expected to be out three weeks with a shoulder injury he incurred while playing in the KHL during the lockout.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 5:04 PM

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Fans give Jackets standing ovation before practice

How happy were Columbus fans to see their Blue Jackets back on the ice? So happy that they packed the team's practice facility for the opening day of training camp -- which began with a standing ovation from the crowd.

John Davidson, the Jackets' new president, had a simple message for his players before practice began: "We're going north." He also said the franchise's goal is to be the hardest-working team in the NHL and a club that brings high intensity every day.

"We want the fans to come watch a team that's going to work our tails off," he said.

With Rick Nash, the franchise's all-time leading scorer, gone to the New York Rangers in an offseason deal, Davidson said he's OK with a "score by committee" approach. Perhaps not surprisingly for a former goaltender, he's more concerned about how his team plays in its own zone.

"I'm more worried about keeping the puck out of the net," Davidson said. "If we do that, we'll be fine. It's obvious with our club that we're going to need four lines, and they're all going to have to do some scoring for us."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 4:05 PM

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Holmgren: No change in Pronger's status

As far as general manager Paul Holmgren is concerned, the Philadelphia Flyers aren't expecting captain Chris Pronger back anytime soon -- if at all.

"He’s coming in today," Holmgren said Sunday as the team opened training camp when asked about Pronger's status. "He’s going to see the doctor."

Pronger has not played since November 2011; he's been unable to recover from the symptoms he suffered from following a concussion. He's still under contract for the next five seasons, but Holmgren said there hasn't been any change in his status.

"Down the road? I guess you could say slight chance," he said when asked about Pronger's chances of playing, "but I’d probably classify it as highly unlikely. Nothing’s changed."

Holmgren said Pronger has been able to do a few things for the Flyers off the ice.

"Chris actually does a lot of things for us," he said. "He’s been to the odd game. He does a lot of video scouting for us of young players. He tells it like it is. He tells it as he sees it."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 3:24 PM

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Gillis: Canucks won't give away Luongo

Roberto Luongo's time in Vancouver may be coming to an end, but Canucks general manager Mike Gillis won't give away the winningest goaltender in franchise history.

Luongo has been the subject of trade rumors since the Canucks signed Cory Schneider to a three-year, $12 million deal this summer with the expectation that he'll take over the starting job. Luongo is set to begin the third year of a 12-year contract that carries a $5.3 million cap hit, and the Canucks would rather not carry both players.

But Gillis isn't just going to throw the best goaltender in franchise history over the side.

"We're at a point where we expect high-caliber players coming back to us should moves be made," he said during meeting with the media on Sunday. "We're sticking to that."

Luongo has said he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, and has told Gillis to take as long as needed to make a deal.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 2:19 PM

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Stars open camp without unsigned Jamie Benn

The Dallas Stars opened training camp on Sunday without unsigned restricted free agent forward Jamie Benn, though general manager Joe Nieuwendyk hopes to have him under contract soon.

"I'm optimistic that we'll have him back on the team, but it won't be today," Nieuwendyk told ESPN.com on Sunday morning. "We'll focus on the guys we have here because it's a short camp and we need to get ready. But in the meantime, certainly we'll keep working away at trying to get Jamie re-signed."

Benn was second on the Stars in scoring last season with 63 points, including 26 goals, in 71 games. The 23-year-old has 160 points in 222 games during his three seasons with Dallas.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 2:02 PM

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Canucks sign defenseman Cam Barker

The Vancouver Canucks, looking for depth on the blue line, have signed free-agent defenseman Cam Barker to a one-year contract.

ESPN's Pierre Lebrun reports that the deal is worth $700,000.

Barker was Chicago's first-round pick (No. 3) in the 2004 NHL Draft and spent 4 1/2 seasons with the Hawks before being dealt to the Minnesota Wild at the 2010 trade deadline. He played last season in Edmonton after signing with the Oilers as a free agent in the summer of 2011, but was not tendered a contract in June and became a free agent again.

Barker signed a 25-game tryout with the Texas Stars of the AHL during the lockout, scoring three goals and eight points in 23 games, but the team opted to sever ties with him after it expired. He has been skating in Vancouver since then.

Coach Alain Vigneault said Sunday that he will give Barker an opportunity, and that Barker will practice and scrimmage with the team this week.

The 26-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has played 296 NHL games, scoring 21 goals and collecting 94 points along with 286 penalty minutes. He has three goals, nine points and two penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 1:47 PM

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Capitals sign Eric Fehr

The Washington Capitals said Sunday they have signed right wing Eric Fehr to a one-year, $600,000 contract.

Fehr, 27, had 13 goals and 25 points and was plus-13 in 21 games with HPK of the SM-liiga in Finland this season. In 2011-12, Fehr scored two goals and added one assist with 12 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Winnipeg Jets. He was traded to Winnipeg by Washington on July 8, 2011, in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick (Thomas Di Pauli) and Danick Paquette.

The 6-foot-4, 212-pound forward has 48 goals, 96 points and a plus-27 rating in 265 career NHL games with Washington and Winnipeg. Fehr tallied 46 goals and 93 points in 230 games with the Capitals from 2005-11, including a career-high 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) in 69 games with Washington during 2009-10. In 26 career playoff games, all with Washington, Fehr has five goals and one assist.

The Winkler, Manitoba, native was the Capitals’ first-round choice (No. 18) in the 2003 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 1:30 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Free-agent forward Darche skates with Devils

NEWARK, N.J . -- Unrestricted free agent left wing Mathieu Darche is starting training camp with the New Jersey Devils with the hopes of playing well enough to earn a contract.

Darche, who spent the last three seasons in Montreal, was on the ice Sunday at Prudential Center for the Devils' first official practice of the 2012-13 season despite not yet having a contract.

"It was unfortunate it didn't work out in Montreal; that my hometown and I was disappointed with that, but I'm real excited to be here," Darche said. "I've got a few days to prove that I'm in good shape and I can help this team. I still feel I can help a team and hopefully I'll be able to show that in the next few days."

Darche, 36, said his agent received a phone call from Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello on Saturday. After agreeing to come to New Jersey, Darche called former Canadiens teammates Brian Gionta and Scott Gomez, a pair of former Devils, to ask them what the team is all about.

"They said if there is a place where you should go when somebody calls you it's this place because this organization won't jerk you around -- they'll be honest," Darche said. "I think the style of play they play here suits my game. It's a simple game and from what they told me they are the type of team that like players that do the little details to have success. That's what wins and that's what I've been known in Montreal to do."

Darche, 36, had five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 61 games with Montreal last season. He had career highs in goals (12) and points (26) points in 59 games in 2010-11 and has 72 points in 250 career NHL games with Columbus, Nashville, San Jose, Tampa Bay and Montreal.

"I think he's gotta do what I've seen him do in Montreal," Lamoriello said when asked what Darche has to do to earn a contract. "He accepts his role. He's a fourth-liner who can get into a third-line in a short period of time. The thing I like the most about him is he's a very good penalty killer and good defensively, and I don't think you can have enough of those players as far as depth goes. We'll see."

With Darche, the Devils have 18 forwards on their training camp roster, but Ilya Kovalchuk won't join the team until Wednesday and Adam Henrique is still out while rehabbing a thumb injury he suffered while playing in the American Hockey League.

Devils coach Peter DeBoer said it's still too early to tell if Darche will be able to earn a roster spot.

"I'm excited to see him," DeBoer said. "I've always been a fan, obviously from the other bench. I haven't had the opportunity to coach him but it was a nice call when Lou told me he was coming to camp."

Lamoriello said Henrique will be re-evaluated Monday, but isn't expected to be ready to play for at least a few more weeks.

Jacob Josefson did not skate Sunday due to a lower-body injury, but Lamoriello said he's expected to skate Monday.

"I think that's going to be something that every team is going to have to deal with this condensed schedule, handling injuries," DeBoer said. "The nice thing about our team is that I believe we showed last year we had interchangeable parts. We could take somebody out and somebody could jump in and take their spot. I'm comfortable we have that kind of depth."

Petr Sykora, who scored 21 goals for the Devils last season, did not earn an invitation to training camp and remains an unrestricted free agent. Lamoriello said the Devils want to instead give an opportunity to some of their younger guys who they called up from the American Hockey League, including Mattias Tedenby, Harri Pesonen and Tim Sestito.

"It's not saying it's out of the question later, but right now we're going to go along this way," Lamoriello said.

Forward Stefan Matteau, New Jersey's first-round pick last year (No. 29) is in training camp. Lamoriello said the Devils are simply taking advantage of the rules that allow teams to have junior-aged players in camp and play them in up to five regular-season games without burning the first year of their entry-level contract.

Matteau has 28 points in 35 games with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL.

"I think it's more to just see where he's at," Lamoriello said of why Matteau is in camp. "He's been playing extremely well. He has size and strength, something you can't teach. He knows how to play the game. It'll be a good opportunity for us to see him, and it's the window we have with the rules."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Lamoriello: Kovalchuk will be here Wednesday

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Sunday that forward Ilya Kovalchuk will miss the first three days of training camp in order to travel back from Russia, where he was playing during the lockout, and get his family situated in New Jersey.

Kovalchuk, who played in the KHL All-Star Game on Sunday, is expected to arrive in New Jersey on Tuesday and join the Devils for practice on Wednesday.

Lamoriello said Kovalchuk is not considered in violation of his contract and therefore will not face any discipline from the club for missing the first three days of training camp, which began Sunday at Prudential Center.

"I am very comfortable with this situation," Lamoriello said. "There is no penalty involved. There is no disrespect involved. I've talked to him and I feel comfortable where we're at. We're anxious to get him back here and get him in the lineup with the rest of the people and there will be no repercussions."

Lamoriello said he spoke to Kovalchuk when it appeared the lockout was close to ending and Kovalchuk explained to Lamoriello that it was important to him to play in the KHL All-Star Game.

"With the situation he had and what they had done for him, naming him captain in St. Petersburg, he had a conversation with me and said, 'If it gets to a certain point I really would like to play in the All-Star Game and not just simply leave here,'" Lamoriello said. "He said, 'I have tremendous respect for my country. They have treated me a certain way, given me opportunities, named me captain [of a KHL All-Star team].'

"I said we would take it day by day and when it did get close, although I could not give him official permission simply because of the injury situation if that took place, I did understand that this was something that was important to him. He played 30-plus games and I had no problem with this situation."

Lamoriello said he's not concerned with how Kovalchuk's situation could be viewed by other players on the team.

"I think if you know me well enough there is no way we'll ever put an individual in front of the team," Lamoriello said. "I do not have any hesitations. If it were different I'd tell you."

Lamoriello did admit it is not ideal that Kovalchuk will miss the first three days of camp.

"You certainly want all the players here, but this is not the first time something like this has happened," he said. "Throughout my years I've been through just about every type of thing, but this is something where there has been total communication. This is not something there is any, right now, concern whatsoever from my part.

"You have to understand this is not putting him in a different light or making him an exception; this is extenuating circumstances as far as I'm concerned. This is not the norm. I've had a conversation with him. I know him well enough. We've been through a lot. This will be the last time I will talk about it, but I'm comfortable with it."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 12:53 PM

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Sabres sign Jochen Hecht

The Buffalo Sabres announced Sunday that center Jochen Hecht has agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

Hecht, 35, played in 22 games with the Sabres during an injury-plagued 2011-12 season, scoring four goals and finishing with eight points. The native of Mannheim, Germany, tied his career-best mark with a three-game goal streak from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2.

The Sabres acquired Hecht from Edmonton prior to the 2002-03 season. He has 133 goals and 331 points in 566 regular-season games with Buffalo. Hecht ranks 20th in franchise history in games played, goals and points. He leads all active Sabres with a career plus/minus rating of plus-94, ranking him 23rd among active NHL players.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 12:25 PM

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Del Zotto, Gilroy agree to terms with Rangers

The New York Rangers and restricted free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto have agreed to terms on a new contract.

Del Zotto is the first restricted free agent to sign under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which took effect Saturday after both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that the two-year deal carries an average annual value of $2.55 million.

Del Zotto, 22, was chosen No. 20 in the 2008 NHL Draft by the Rangers and made his NHL debut the following season. As a rookie, he had nine goals and 37 points. last season, he had 10 goals and 41 points, both of which led all Rangers defensemen. He has played in 201 regular-season games, scoring 21 goals and adding 68 assists for 89 points, along with 88 penalty minutes.

The Rangers also announced that defenseman Matt Gilroy has come to terms on an NHL contract. Gilroy, a former Ranger who became a free agent last summer, had been playing with New York's farm team, the Connecticut Whale, after signing an AHL deal. He has six goals and 15 points in 34 AHL games.

Del Zotto and Gilroy were on the ice Sunday when the Rangers opened training camp. However, first-line center Brad Richards missed practice; he's reportedly suffering from the flu.
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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 12:22 PM

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Hurricanes swap Anthony Stewart for Westgarth

The Carolina Hurricanes continue to be among the busiest teams Sunday, the first day of the 2012-13 season.

Sunday afternoon, the team announced it acquired rugged forward Kevin Westgarth from the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in exchange for forward Anthony Stewart and a fourth-round pick in 2013 and a sixth-round pick in 2014.

"We were looking for a character, team guy who can play a gritty role for our team," said Rutherford. "Kevin is a good addition to fill that spot."

It is the second trade pulled off by general manager Jim Rutherford on Sunday. In the morning, the Hurricanes traded backup goalie Brian Boucher and prospect Mark Alt for minor leaguer Luke Pither. Boucher became expendable when the club invited veteran goalie Dan Ellis, who was playing for the Charlotte Checkers in the American Hockey League, to training camp to be the back up to Cam Ward.

The club signed Ellis to a one-year deal for $650,000, Rutherford announced Sunday afternoon.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:51 AM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Bergevin meets with Subban, hopes to sign him soon

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was in Toronto on Saturday to meet with the agent for unsigned restricted free agent defenseman P.K. Subban.

Bergevin said on the first day of Canadiens training camp Sunday that he had a face-to-face meeting with Subban and agent Don Meehan and remained hopeful to have the defenseman signed and in camp as soon as possible.

"I went to Toronto yesterday to meet with Donnie and P.K. It was a face-to-face meeting," Bergevin said. "Two things I won't discuss in public are contract negotiations and trades. But the negotiations with P.K. have been respectful on both sides. I have a lot of respect for Donnie Meehan -- he's been doing this for 30 years. We're working on it and we hope to come to an agreement soon."

Subban is coming off his entry-level contract and has expressed his desire to play in Montreal, but said he's also looking for a deal he considers fair. Bergevin suggested the fairness of that contract is where the two parties don't agree.

"The last six months dealing with Donnie, it's been healthy, it's a good discussion," Bergevin said. "Obviously we have different views on this … but all I'll say is our goal is to sign P.K. I believe his goal is to play in Montreal, we just haven't agreed yet."

As teams around the NHL are looking to fill out their rosters over the course of a shortened training camp prior the start of the 2012-13 season, Bergevin quickly shot down a suggestion he may want to trade Subban if the two sides don't agree on a contract soon.

"My goal is to sign P.K. Subban," Bergevin said. "I'm not even thinking of trading P.K. I want him to be a part of the Montreal Canadiens. He's a young defenseman who is developing that we want to have here, and we will do everything possible to come to an agreement."

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:04 AM

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Chiarelli: Thomas wants to play ... next season

Goaltender Tim Thomas still intends to sit out this season, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the two-time Vezina Trophy winner told him he wants to play in 2013-14.

Chiarelli confirmed during a Sunday morning press conference at the opening of training camp that Thomas won’t attend camp or play this season, but said the 38-year-old goaltender wants to come back for next season.

Thomas is signed through the upcoming season. But he said in June via his Facebook page that he intended to sit out 2012-13 to remain with his family in Colorado. The Bruins will not have to pay Thomas, but they will have to carry his $5 million hit on their salary cap.

"We'll end up suspending him," Chiarelli said. "He will be on our cap unless I trade him."

Tuukka Rask, Thomas' backup for the past two seasons, will assume the starter's role, with rookie Anton Khudobin backing him up.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 10:01 AM

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Capitals recall three, loan Poti to Hershey

The Washington Capitals made several roster moves Sunday, including the loaning of veteran defenseman Tom Poti to Hershey of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

Poti hasn't played a game in two years and is trying to come back from chronic groin issues and a fractured pelvis. He said this week that he is healthy and wants to try to make the Capitals this season.

The club also announced that goalie Braden Holtby and defenseman Cameron Schilling have been recalled from the Bears. Also, forward Tom Wilson has been recalled from Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

Holtby is expected to battle Michal Neuvirth for the No. 1 goalie job. He had been playing in Hershey during the lockout and compiled a 12-12-1 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage, which is third-best in the AHL.

Schilling, in his first pro season after a four year career with Miami University, has three goals and four assists with the Bears. He is one of 10 defenseman on the training camp roster.

Wilson, 18, who was drafted in the first round (No. 16) by the Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. He has recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Whalers this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Foster signs free-agent deal with Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers admit that they need help on the blue line and took a significant step in that process Sunday, signing free agent Kurtis Foster.

Foster, 31, has been in the NHL for 11 seasons and has 41 goals and 114 assists to go along with 283 penalty minutes in 382 games.

Last season, Foster played for three NHL teams. He started the season with Anaheim, but was traded to New Jersey and then moved to Minnesota. He finished the season with four goals and 14 points in 51 games.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman played for Finnish club Tappara during the lockout, scoring three goals and three assists in 13 Elitserien games.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:29 AM

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Report: Palmieri signs qualifying offer with Wild

According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, forward Nick Palmieri has accepted his one-year, two-way qualifying offer from the Minnesota Wild.

Palmieri, 23, held out during the summer before signing an American Hockey League deal to play with the Houston Aeros this season. In 36 games with the Aeros, the right wing had nine goals and 10 assists and was a plus-9.

Traded to Minnesota last season as part of the deal that sent Marek Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils, Palmieri had no points in nine games with the Wild.

He has 25 points in 87 NHL games.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:20 AM

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Ellis earns training camp invite with Hurricanes

It looks like there will be some competition for the backup goaltending job in Carolina during training camp.

According to the 27-man camp roster the team has released, Dan Ellis will be one of three goalies on hand.

Ellis, 32, will battle incumbent backup Brian Boucher for playing time behind established starter Cam Ward.


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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:19 AM

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Veteran defenseman Martinek rejoins Islanders

On the first day of training camp, the New York Islanders announced that they have signed veteran deFenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year deal.

Martinek, 36, played for Columbus last season, but only made seven appearances due to injury.

He is a draft choice of the Islanders (No. 228 in the 1999 NHL Draft), who played the first 453 games of his career with the team before joining Columbus. He has also appeared in nine stanley cup Playoff games, all with the Islanders.

He has 22 goals and 82 assists for 104 points in his NHL career.

Martinek played in four games with Ceske Budejovice of the Czech league during the lockout.

He is one of nine defenseman on the team's training camp roster.

On Sunday, the team also announced eight call ups to training camp.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 10:32 PM

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Reports: Maple Leafs to sign Franson, Mottau

Defenseman Cody Franson is expected to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The contract is for one year, close to $1 million, the report says.

Franson, 25, played in 57 games for the Maple Leafs last season, with five goals and 16 assists. He was a minus-1 after playing the previous two seasons for the Nashville Predators.

Comcast SportsNet New England reported Saturday that defenseman Mike Mottau also is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 10:25 PM

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Report: Knuble to try out for Red Wings

Veteran forward Mike Knuble will attend Detroit Red Wings training camp on a tryout basis, MLive.com reported Saturday.

Knuble, 40, had six goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Washington Capitals last season.

The report says Knuble is a long shot to make the Red Wings, who have 14 forwards on their roster, plus some NHL-ready prospects.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 3:09 PM

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Hecht coming back to Buffalo

Jochen Hecht is returning to play for the Buffalo Sabres after agreeing to a one-year contract, his German professional team has announced.

Hecht spent this season playing for his hometown team of Adler Mannheim, which posted news of the player's signing with the Sabres on its website Friday. The team said he's prepared to travel to Buffalo on Saturday.

Hecht will rejoin the Sabres, where he's played for the past nine NHL seasons.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 2:47 PM

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Pandolfo reportedly headed to Bruins training camp

CSN New England is reporting longtime New Jersey Devils forward Jay Pandolfo will be attending Boston Bruins training camp. The 38-year-old, who grew up in Massachusetts before starring at Boston University, played the first 13 seasons of his career for New Jersey, where he won two Stanley Cup titles.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 2:25 PM

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Reports: Fehr to return to Capitals

According to the Washington Times, the Washington Capitals will be inviting a familiar face to their training camp.

Multiple D.C.-area outlets are reporting that forward Eric Fehr will participate in this year's Capitals training camp and that the team intends on signing him to a pro-rated, one-year contract once he passes his physical.

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