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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:13 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Islanders Camp: Whole new world for Rolston

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- At age 38, Brian Rolston is starting over -- and he's doing it with one of the NHL's youngest teams.

Rolston is one of the new faces on Long Island this fall after being acquired from New Jersey in an offseason deal. After one day of camp, he likes what he sees.

"There's so much talent here," he said. "It's a matter of guys taking that talent and taking a leadership role and moving forward. (Matt) Moulson, (John) Tavares -- you can go around the whole room. There are skilled young players. It's time to take that next step; really take control and be leaders on the ice.”

General manager Garth Snow brought Rolston to the Island partly to provide some veteran leadership -- Rolston's career includes a Stanley Cup with New Jersey and success internationally with Team USA.

"Guys have really embraces having me here," Roslton said.

But Rolston doesn't feel he's the only leader.

"We can all be leaders and move this franchise forward," he said. "We want to compete for the Stanley Cup, and we have to take that one game at a time. That should be our goal."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:10 PM

By Matt Kalman -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Bruins Camp: No problems for Horton

BOSTON -- It's one thing to work out on your own or skate in games of shinny with your teammates to test whether you're fully recovered.

It's a whole other thing to go through NHL-caliber fitness testing and then an actual two-hour practice.

Nathan Horton, who has claimed for weeks that he's fully recovered from last season's year-ending concussion, said he's come through the early part of training camp with no problems.

"I wasn't worried at all. I just feel like it's in the past," he said after the Bruins' morning session on their first day of training camp at TD Garden. "I hadn't even thought about it. And when I do [stuff] on the ice or do fitness training, it doesn't even cross my mind. I just try to do as well as I can and there's no headaches or anything like that."

At one point Horton took a spill and took out teammate Matt Bartkowski. While it wasn't on purpose, it can only help Horton get a little contact out of the way.

"I fell myself so it was nice. It just feels good to be back," he said.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:09 PM

By John Kreiser -  NHL.com Columnist /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Islanders Camp: Capuano in no hurry to name goalies

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- With six goaltenders in camp, five of whom have NHL experience, Islanders coach Jack Capuano will have some decisions to make. For now, though, he's in no rush.

Capuano told the media after Saturday's initial practice at Iceworks that he hasn't even thought about how he'll divvy up playing time during the exhibition games.

"I get a lot of questions about the goaltending, but for me, it's the competition," he said. "You can't have anything better than that. That's the way it should be -- not just in goaltending, but on defense and at the forward positions as well."

The Isles have veteran Rick DiPietro, rookies Kevin Poulin, Mikko Koskinen and Anders Nilsson, as well as Al Montoya, who was impressive after being acquired late last season, and former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who was claimed on waivers last season but opted not to report.

Capuano is making no promises to anyone about playing time.

"The guys that perform and play to the level they need to will be in the lineup."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 2:08 PM

By Alan Robinson -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Super Saturday

Penguins Camp: Crosby happy with first day

PITTSBURGH -- If it wasn't for the white helmet he wore that signified no contact, Sidney Crosby offered no sign that he is recovering from a concussion.

Crosby skated at full speed, pushing himself longer and faster than he has at any time during his injury layoff, while staying on the ice for nearly 70 minutes during the Pittsburgh Penguins' first training camp practice on Saturday. He drew loud cheers from a large crowd at Consol Energy Center when he snapped off a wrist shot that hit the net with authority and when he did anything that was reminiscent of a healthy Crosby.

Considering this was only the first day of camp, there was a lot of that. Or exactly how Crosby planned it.

Crosby, who hasn't played since Jan. 5, exerted himself at a 100 percent pace for the first time since he began working out in advance of this season -- and with no apparent ill effects. When Crosby recently pushed himself at a 90 percent pace, he had a relapse of the concussion-related symptoms that have prevented him from being cleared for full contact.

"That was a really good pace -- it was tough but fun to feel it again," Crosby said. "I worked as hard as I possibly could out there. For that period of time, that's the longest I've went at that pace. It felt good."

Unless the symptoms return -- and Crosby said they have largely vanished the last few weeks -- he plans to practice every day at this same pace until he is cleared for contact. The Penguins have no offered no hint when that might be.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:34 PM

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

Rangers Camp: Anisimov on the ice, Gaborik is not

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Marian Gaborik is in the building after returning from Slovkia, where earlier this week he attended the funeral for good friend and former teammate Pavol Demitra. However, the Rangers star right wing is not on the ice with his group.

There is no word yet on why Gaborik is not skating.

After sitting out the first day of fitness testing as a precaution, Rangers center Artem Anisimov was on the ice with his group Saturday afternoon, doing the sprint drills that everybody else was doing.

Anisimov was kept off the ice Friday after the doctors felt he needed to go for an MRI on his knee (it was not specified which knee). The MRI came back clean, so Anisimov was cleared to participate.

Rangers coach John Tortorella said that at some point Anisimov will have to make up the fitness testing he missed Friday.


Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:33 PM

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

Devils Camp: DeBoer pushing the pace

NEWARK, N.J. -- It's coach Peter DeBoer's first training camp with the New Jersey Devils. He's arrived on the scene as a bench boss who wants to push the tempo and dictate pace.

It seems that's his philosophy during practice, too.

Following the team's first of three sessions on Saturday, players talked about how quickly things were moving during their first practice with their new coach.

"There's not a lot of standing around," forward Zach Parise said. "All of the drills were high-paced, lot of guys moving during the drills, so that's good. And not a lot of rest in between drills, so your heart rate is up pretty much the whole time."

Patrik Elias, who will likely open the season as the team's No. 1 center with Travis Zajac out because of an Achillies' tendon injury, was on a line with Parise throughout most of the first session. But don't read too much into or think that DeBoer wants the duo to work together.

"They put us in the first group so we formed our own line," Elias said. "I don't know if that's our line, but the coach didn't say anything."

Elias also remarked about DeBoer's style.

"You got to like it. He wants to play aggressive," Elias said. We're going to forecheck, be in their face. Maybe in the past we were too passive and he wants to change that."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:29 PM

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

Capitals Camp: Ovechkin: "No more excuses"

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin's Sept. 1 arrival in D.C., his earliest to start the season since his rookie year, was one of many signs in the weeks leading up to training camp that things would be different this year.

As camp opened this morning, a new attitude surrounds this Capitals bunch, regular-season darlings for four years with wins in only two playoff rounds to show for their efforts.

"When guys are younger you give them a little more leeway for mistakes on and off the ice," said veteran Mike Knuble, entering his third season with the Caps. "You have to live with some errors on the ice and you live with some errors off the ice -- you put up with guys being late, figuring stuff out, not being on-time, but that was erased last year for the most part and I expect this year will be even tighter."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:28 PM

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

Sabres Camp: Summer rest rejuvenates Roy

BUFFALO -- With the way his season ended last year, the low-key days of summer brought some extra peace of mind for Sabres forward Derek Roy.

Roy suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in his left leg last December and did everything he could to return in time for Buffalo's Game 7 loss to Philadelphia in the opening round of the playoffs. It was a tough way to jump back into action and Roy was well short of full strength.

But his doctors told him the extended off-season rest would settle his jangled nerves and rusty body. Saturday, Roy was zippping around with linemates Thomas Vanek and Jason Pominville and said he didn't even recall last season's hectic return until it was brought up.

"After the final game, I talked to the medical guys," Roy said. "They said your knee is fully healed. He (the doctor) said get into your normal summer routine, you';ll get back into normal healing mode. It was a good summer of training. It was a more relaxing environment. Today was just another day of practice with my teammates. It was fun to be 100 percent."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:27 PM

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

Sabres Camp: Vanek excited for Europe trip

BUFFALO -- The normal excitement of preseason carries a little extra juice for Buffalo forward Thomas Vanek.

The Sabres will begin their schedule with contests in Germany and Finland. Vanek, a native of Austria, predicts his team will be stirring up a buzz with its European tour.

"It's going to be great, not just for myself and my family but for the fans in general," Vanek said after his first practice of the season Saturday morning. "The game has grown so much over there."

Vanek will enjoy the hoopla, but won't rely on the semi-homecoming alone to put any more jump into his game.

"If there is a button like that (to play harder), I think I'd turn it on all the time," he said.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:26 PM

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

Devils Camp: Parise talks future, captaincy

NEWARK, N.J. -- There's really no shortage of topics to discuss with Zach Parise at this point of the season, but the one that's not likely to go away until April is his future with the New Jersey Devils.

Parise is one of the League's bright young stars, but after signing a one-year contract this offseason, he will be staring at unrestricted free agency if the Devils don't lock him up. Following his practice session on the team's first day of training camp, the questions started.

Q: Do you expect to have this hanging over you all season?

"I was anticipating people asking that questions, and I'll give you the same answer throughout the whole season," Parise said respectfully. "We're working on it. Nothing's going to change. Mentally, I feel great. I feel fresh. I'm excited to start."

Q: Any worries the contract stuff will become a distraction?

"Not at all," Parise said. "I guess I haven't really been exposed to media all summer, so no one's been asking, but I don't foresee it being a problem. Like I said, you can ask me now or you can ask me in two months -- we're working on it. I'm sure people are going to keep reminding about it, but I don't see it affecting my play."

Another question Parise has been asked consistently is whether he wants or expects to receive the team's vacant captaincy. Having just a one-year contract, it makes it a complicated issue for the Devils. Parise said he would accept the 'C' if coach Peter DeBoer wanted to bestow it upon him. But goaltender Martin Brodeur talked about how there's no easy choice.

"The pick of a captain is when you pick one, you need to make sure you pick the right one," Brodeur said. "I grew up watching the Montreal Canadiens and being the captain in that organization is a big deal. And lately, we've been kind of swapping around captains. We're trying to build a little more of an organization that's going to have the stability we had for years with Scotty (Stevens) as captain.

"A guy like Zach, he's going to be looked at as a big leader, just like (Ilya Kovalchuk), just because of the talent they have and the impact they have on other players. That's why they have to take their time. They have to make sure all the pieces are in places, if that's the route (Parise as captain) they want to go."
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