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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:12 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Senators Camp: Alfie has goal, assist in scrimmage

KANATA, Ont. -- It took an overtime period to end the Ottawa Senators' scrimmage on Saturday morning, but it was Team Kyte who came out on top against Team Marsh, 3-2.

Team Kyte led off the scoring, with Milan Michalek dishing off a feed to captain Daniel Alfredsson, who put one past Brian Stewart. Team Kyte would wrap up the first period with another goal, when Shane Prince capitalized on a giveaway from Louie Caporusso. Prince then found Maxime Gratchev, who squirted the puck past Stewart, for a 2-0 lead. Stewart prevented Team Kyte from going up 3-0 late in the period, when he made a highlight-reel glove save on Corey Cowick.

In the second period, Team Marsh was able to get on the board. As Mike McKenna scrambled down low in his net, Peter Regin was able to jostle the puck free and get it to Mark Borowiecki, who buried it below McKenna's pads.

A few minutes later, Nick Foligno impressed with a spin-o-rama backhand on McKenna, knotting the score at two.

With the scrimmage still tied after 50 minutes of play, an overtime frame was needed. It was only two minutes in when Alfredsson sent a beautiful pass to Milan Michalek, who backhanded the puck top-shelf on Robin Lehner.

"It was a little bit rocky in the first few minutes there," Alfredsson said. "But I thought it was a pretty good pace overall."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:35 PM

By Ben Raby -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Capitals Camp: Search for No. 2 center continues

ARLINGTON, Va. -- When Sergei Fedorov left the NHL to play in his native Russia after the 2008-09 season, he also left the Capitals with a big vacancy. Two years later, the search for a second-line center continues in Washington.

"I've given a lot of thought to it," Coach Bruce Boudreau said, "and it will probably clear itself up next week. We'll probably experiment a little bit in the first three pre-season games with positions and stuff."

Since Fedorov's departure, the Caps revolving No. 2 center position has been filled by Brendan Morrison, Eric Belanger, Tomas Fleischmann, Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson, Mathieu Perreault and Jason Arnott.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:31 PM

By Patrick Williams -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Jets Camp: Winnipeg hopes for elite goaltending

WINNIPEG -- If the Winnipeg Jets are going to find success this season, they will need to rely heavily on goaltending.

The tandem of Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason helped pilot the former Atlanta Thrashers to a hot start last season, and the Jets could need Pavelec to step into the League's echelon of elite goaltending.

"He definitely has superstar talent," Mason said of Pavelec. "He has a good demeanor, great mindset, and he is a great athlete in the net. When he on last year, he was one of the best in the League."

Pavelec turned 24 last month, and the 35-year-old Mason will balance mentoring the young goaltending while keeping himself ready to step into the crease at a moment's notice.

"We've got a great relationship," Mason said of his dealings with Pavelec. "I'll play when I'm told to play. That's what I intend to do."

Mason is familiar with the role, having broken into the League with the Nashville Predators and their then-workhorse goaltender, Tomas Vokoun. Mason eventually moved into starting roles with the Predators and St. Louis Blues before coming to his current organization.

Last season in Atlanta, Pavelec logged 58 games, while Mason appeared in 33 contests.

"I started out my NHL career as a back-up," Mason said. "I've had the opportunity to play every role."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:26 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Rangers camp: Tortorella looking at young guys

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Signing Brad Richards and Mike Rupp during the summer was a needed and warranted step in the evolution of the current New York Rangers. But, coach John Tortorella is still banking on a number of young players to win roster spots in this training camp.

"We have to try to continue to try to infuse more youth into our lineup," Tortorella said. "During the summer we went in a direction and got a couple of veteran guys. That's where we are in our process. We're still a very young team now, but we added some people at the other end that can mentor. There are spots open and there is going to be competition along the way because we want to continue to try to get young guys in there.

"They have to earn it, but it's a good situation for them," he continued. "There are a number of young kids out there that are going to vie for a spot depending on how they play."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:23 PM

By Lindsay Kramer -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Sabres Camp: Depth key for busy preseason schedule

BUFFALO -- The fresh-faced Sabres will need every ounce of their youthful energy in preseason. Starting Monday, Buffalo plays five exhibition games in seven days.

"I'm not sure how that came about," goalie Ryan Miller said after the final skating session of the day. "Five in seven, with this many guys, I'm not sure it's going to be as big of a grind as we think."

Head coach Lindy Ruff said heavy rotation will be the preseason strategy.

"We're going to have to use a lot of personnel," Ruff said. "You don't want to over-use anyone."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:22 PM

By Lindsay Kramer -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Sabres Camp: Numminen enjoying coaching role

BUFFALO -- Long-time NHL defenseman Teppo Numminen didn't need much convincing to take the ice again Saturday.

On the first day of full Buffalo camp, Numminen was officially named a new assistant coach of the team and happily skated during its practices. Numminen said he and Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier had informally talked about the hiring and that it gained serious traction right before preseason opened. The Sabres were Numminen's final NHL team, from where he retired after the 2008-09 season.

"We always had good talks about hockey. He said they are going to do something with me. I said, 'I'm in,'" Numminen said. "Everything is kind of new, but old. It's a great honor. I'm just really happy to be part of their (young players') career."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:18 PM

By Dan Rosen -  NHL.com Senior Writer /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Rangers camp: Sauer testing himself

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Rangers defenseman Michael Sauer waited until both sessions of on-ice testing were complete to finally get on the ice to test out his injured knee. Sauer, who worked with assistant coach Mike Sullivan, even got to skate with pucks, which weren't supposed to show up until Sunday's scrimmages.

Sauer, who has tendinitis in his knee, is not doing any of the on-ice testing, but if he feels good enough after he skates Saturday, Rangers coach John Tortorella said he will participate in the camp's first scrimmage Sunday.

"We didn't want him to jump into the type of skate like that today when he hasn't skated a whole bunch," Tortorella said. "We'll get him tested sooner or later, but we'll see if he can get into the practices and scrimmages tomorrow."


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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:14 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Flyers Camp: Giroux enjoys time with Jagr

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Claude Giroux doesn't consider there to be any added pressure despite the fact Mike Richards and Jeff Carter -- two of the team's offensive staples -- were traded in the offseason.

"There's not a lot of pressure, but more excitement and a challenge and there's a lot of ice time to be taken," Giroux said following the opening day of training camp at the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone.

"When you see something like that, it kind of makes you push more and play harder and better. Guys are pretty excited for the preseason games. We have a lot of new players and Mike and Jeff are gone, but there's another spot open for ice time and power-play time. The young guys have a chance, so it's an opportunity."

Giroux, who led the Flyers with eight power-play goals, 51 assists and 76 points last season, centered a line with 39-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr and left wing James van Riemsdyk on the opening day of training camp on Saturday.

"When I was a kid, I looked up to (Jagr) because he was obviously one of the best young players to ever play," Giroux said. "So, anytime you have a guy like that on your line, it's pretty exciting. He's that kind of player who knows how to score goals and is always in good position to get open. He's been in the league for a long time, so anytime you have a player like that on your line it's good. I'll be playing with JVR too, so I was playing with two strong guys."

Only time will tell if the JVR-Giroux-Jagr line remains intact throughout training camp since coach Peter Laviolette has stressed that no line is safe at this stage in the preseason.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:09 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Canadiens Camp: Gorges, Pacioretty back to work

BROSSARD, Que. -- An intra-squad scrimmage on the opening day of training camp is rarely anything to get excited about for most NHL veterans.

But for Josh Gorges and Max Pacioretty, Saturday's scrimmage was a pretty momentous occasion.

It represented the first semblance of competitive hockey for the two coming back from major injuries, and at least for Gorges, it made him a bit uneasy.

"To be honest, there were some nerves last night and this morning about how it was going to be when the checking came in and the speed picked up a little bit," Gorges said. "It was fun to be out there with the guys playing some hockey."

Gorges hasn't played in an NHL game since December, when he damaged the meniscus in his right knee, the same knee that had a torn ACL in it since he has playing junior hockey with the Kelowna Rockets.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:59 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Devils Camp: Larsson humble but confident

NEWARK, N.J. -- Adam Larsson was quiet and chose his words carefully following the first day of his first NHL training camp. The fourth pick in the 2011 Entry Draft has the size (6-foot-3, 197 pounds) and experience from playing in Sweden to jump into the NHL right away.

The Devils also lack a surplus of experienced, viable defensemen, which gives Larsson a pretty good chance to crack the roster.

But Larsson was careful not to say he deserved to be there, just that he was going to do his best during camp and let the coaches make their decision.

"I'm just going to do my thing," Larsson said. "The biggest difference between here and Sweden must be the speed and skills of the players. Hopefully I'll get used to it. Of course this is a dream for me. It's huge for everybody to be part of an NHL team. I'm just going to do my best and hopefully I will make the team."

Does the 18-year-old believe he belongs here?

"Of course I believe it," Larsson said. "I'd be stupid if I didn't."

Veteran defenseman Bryce Salvador got his first glimpse of the first defenseman taken in this year's draft and liked what he saw.

"I think he's definitely got the skill set," Salvador said. "You just can't put too much pressure on him. Playing defense in this league is very difficult. We just need to let him develop and not put too much pressure on him."
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