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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:51 AM

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

Bruins Camp: Bruins' Horton returns to the ice

BOSTON -- When the defending Stanley Cup champions stepped onto the ice at TD Garden for their first practice of 2011-12 today, a crowd of close to 1,000 people greeted them with rowdy cheers.

Practices today and tomorrow are open and free to the public.

Although the group that took the ice at the stroke of 10 this morning was only half of Boston's training camp roster, no one was disappointed. By far the biggest cheers were for goaltender Tim Thomas, whose Vezina, Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup wins of a season ago have put him in a position to achieve that type of reaction pretty much anywhere he goes in New England.

Among those in the first group of skaters was Nathan Horton, who was on the ice in an official capacity for the first time since Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Horton is symptom-free after the concussion he suffered that night in June. After the team's physicals and conditioning tests Friday, head coach Claude Julien confirmed the star forward had the green light for full practices.

"As we speak right now, everything seems as though it's a go," Julien said. There's been no red flags yet, and we don't expect any."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:50 AM

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

Flyers Camp: Jagr with Giroux, JVR, set to meet media

VOORHEES, N.J. -- One of the Flyers big free-agent acquisitions, Jaromir Jagr, will be holding a press conference with the media at 1 p.m. here at the Flyers Skate Zone.

He seems to be taking in much of the session and watching attentively while working drills with his linemates. There doesn't seem to be much interaction with other players, but that was probably expected. He seems to have nice jump but it is strange to see him wearing orange and black.

He opened the first practice on a line with left wing James van Riemsdyk and center Claude Giroux. He also participated in 2-on-1's with Max Talbot. Jagr and Talbot signed deals with the Atlantic Division champion Flyers in the offseason.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:42 AM

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

Sabres Camp: Leino centering Ennis, Stafford

BUFFALO -- Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff didn't waste any time getting a look at what he said was one of his main objectives in camp. In the first of three sessions early Saturday morning, he tossed new forward Ville Leino into the middle of a line between Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford.

Leino played center earlier in his career, but was on the wing in Philadelphia. Buffalo, which signed him as a free agent, has for now moved Leino into the spot that was at times filled by departed pivot Tim Connolly last year.

"I think they are all good players. Both can score and make plays," Leino said after skating with his new partners. "Once we get clicking, we'll have a lot of fun. I felt good skating in the middle. For me, it's easier. It comes more natural."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:40 AM

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

Sabres Camp: Traverse City trio hope to impress

BUFFALO -- If the momentum of the Traverse City prospects tournament carries over to the regular Buffalo training camp, the Sabres could be looking at a lot of youth pushing for jobs up front.

On the first day of full training camp Saturday, head coach Lindy Ruff kept the line of Marcus Foligno, Luke Adam and Zack Kassian together. That trio helped Buffalo's prospects win at Traverse City.

While it's unlikely that the three will all start the season in Buffalo, Adam, who played 19 games with the Sabres last year, said it doesn't hurt to make that the objective.

"We had a great tournament in Traverse City. Hopefully, we play together here this week, and it will carry over," Adam said Saturday morning. "The goal right now is to be here. Personally, it';s realistic. I'd be disappointed if I didn’t stick here."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:39 AM

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

Islanders Camp: Isles open camp; Staios on the way

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- The Islanders hit the ice for the first time this season when the first of two groups jumped on at 10 a.m. Former Isles captain Doug Weight, who retired during the summer, traded in his sweater and pads for a baseball cap and whistle, serving as an assistant coach as the drills began.

Coach Jack Capuano, running a camp as the boss for the first time after having the "interim" tag removed shortly after last season ended, wasted little time pushing his troops for more effort in skating drills.

With lots of veteran free agents still looking for jobs, the Islanders offered a camp invite to 38-year-old defenseman Steve Staios, who played with Calgary last season and has 936 games on his NHL resume. The Isles say he's scheduled to arrive at camp on Sunday.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:38 AM

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

Canadiens Camp: Markov missing, Cole on top line?

BROSSARD, Que. -- The Montreal Canadiens are holding their first day on ice at training camp 2012 on Saturday with 60 of the 64 players here strapping on the skates.

The biggest omissions is defenseman Andrei Markov, who is still recovering from December knee surgery and said Friday he is not sure when he will be able to return. In addition, 2009 first-round pick Louis Leblanc is not skating as he, too, recovers from May shoulder surgery, and fellow prospects Joonas Nattinen (second round, 2009) and Olivier Fortier (second round, 2007) are also injured.

The Canadiens have split the remaining 60 players into three groups, and the way they've been split is of some interest because each of them feature three forwards that could make up the team's top three lines when the regular season begins.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:36 AM

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

Capitals Camp: No Poti for the Caps this morning

ARLINGTON, VA -- Twenty-two Capitals, including six defensemen, have taken to the ice for Washington's first on-ice session of training camp. Tom Poti is not among them.

The 34-year-old defenseman was among the 23 players listed in 'Group A' but it comes as little surprise that he is not on the ice.

Poti was limited to just 21 games last season due to nagging groin injuries and general manager George McPhee suggested at the team's exit meetings last May that Poti's career "could be in jeopardy."

Poti signed a two-year extension last September -- a deal that starts this season and comes with $2.875 annual salary cap hit -- but McPhee operated this summer as though Poti would not start the campaign.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:35 AM

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

Rangers Camp: Torts expects to take 30-32 to Europe

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- The Rangers will only be conducting half of their preseason here in North America before they head to Europe for a two-week stretch that includes four exhibition games in five nights in four different countries. They open the regular season in Stockholm with games against Los Angeles and Anaheim on Oct. 7 and 8.

So, with so much travel and a plethora of games coming up in foreign countries, they have to take more than the final roster plus an extra goalie to Europe. Coach John Tortorella said Friday that he expects to have between 30 and 32 players on the plane to Prague after the Rangers play their final North America preseason game Sept. 26 in Philadelphia.

That, of course, gives more players a chance to get an up-close look at earning roster spots that may or may not be available.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:28 AM

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

Penguins Camp: Thousands at CEC for first practice

PITTSBURGH -- Saturday wasn't a day to sleep in for Pittsburgh Penguins fans.

The Penguins are offering free admission to their first two days of training camp, and thousands of fans filled much of Consol Energy Center's lower bowl for a 9 a.m. EDT session Saturday. Concession stands were open and parking was free at lots adjacent to the uptown arena, and a majority of the fans wore team jerseys or apparel.

The 52 players available for Saturday's practice were divided into three groups, with forwards Jordan Staal, Chris Kunitz and James Neal and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury among the first on the ice. Sidney Crosby, cleared to practice but not for contact as he recovers from a concussion, was in the third and final group that was scheduled to practice around noon.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 10:27 AM

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

Flyers Camp: Voracek gets chance to replace Leino?

VOORHEES, N.J. -- So we're here at the Flyers SkateZone in Voorhees, N.J., for the opening day of Flyers training camp.

The place is absolutely packed as the organization has plenty of activities for the fans. While it's still early, reporters present here in the press area are saying coach Peter Laviolette is already deviating a bit from what the veteran coach had on his board yesterday.

Right off the bat, Laviolette has Danny Briere centering Jakub Voracek and Scott Hartnell. So it's possible Flyers' fans will see offseason acquisition Voracek replacing Ville Leino on that line. There's Claude Giroux in the middle between James van Riemsdyk and Jaromir Jagr. Blair Betts is the pivot between Jody Shelley and Andreas Nodl and Michael Nylander was with Wayne Simmonds and Max Talbot.

Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky are the two goalies on hand in the first session.
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