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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:16 PM

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

Jets Camp: Voice aside, Noel relishes coaching opportunity

WINNIPEG -- Certainly Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel had some obstacles to overcome on his first day guiding his club.

Noel has a new roster to learn, the distractions inherent in playing in a Canadian market, and a fan base that has 15 years of pent-up NHL energy to release.

After three on-ice sessions, Noel had a new obstacle -- his hoarse voice. The chatty Noel can fill a notebook, and the loud crowd on hand forced Noel to raise his voice to be heard.

"I thought (the players') work ethic, their attention to detail, their attitudes all looked real good," Noel said. "I know it's the first day and there hasn't been any adversity, but I thought it was a tremendous first day for us."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:15 PM

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

Bruins Camp: Rask ready after surgery

BOSTON -- The Bruins like to boast that they have two No. 1 goaltenders at their disposal.

To start this year's training camp, they at least have two healthy high-caliber netminders. In addition to Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask is back and ready to go after offseason knee surgery.

Rask, who as Thomas' backup posted a .918 save percentage and 2.67 goals-against average in 29 games, had his meniscus scoped early in the summer and started off camp on a healthy note by getting through a 90-minute on-ice session without a problem.

"I feel good," he said. "It's a little, the range of motion is not perfect yet, but there's no pain. So that's a good sign."

There are no limitations on what Rask can do, so as long as he doesn't suffer any setbacks he should be ready for game action once the preseason schedule kicks off.

"I felt good out there. It's only one practice, but we'll see when game time comes how it goes," Rask said.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:14 PM

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

Flyers Camp: Jagr talks Flyers-Penguins rivalry

VOORHEES, N.J. -- So what does Jaromir Jagr remember most about the Philadelphia Flyers-Pittsburgh Penguins rivalry when he played for 11 seasons in the Steel City?

"I remember I always had a tough time to play," Jagr told the media following the opening day of Flyers training camp at the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone on Saturday. "Nobody wanted to play the Flyers back then. You knew it was going to hurt to play against them -- that's what I remember. They had the big guys and they always drafted strong guys who played physical."

Jagr was asked if he feels he betrayed the fans of Pittsburgh by signing a one-year contract with the rival Flyers.

"First of all, when I was making the decision, I never thought the Pittsburgh fans would want me back," he said. "Every time I played there and touched the puck, they were booing me … I didn't think it was going to be such a big deal if I'm not going to sign with Pittsburgh.

"On the other side, it was my decision. I've only been a free agent twice and I had to do what is best for me. If I hurt somebody, I apologize because I didn't want to, but I don't understand why people can be that mad about my decision."
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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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Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp