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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.


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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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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:22 PM

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

Islanders Camp: Okposo keeps up

SYOSSET, N.Y. -- Michael Grabner and Frans Nielsen form two-thirds of one of the fastest lines in the NHL. Kyle Okposo, the third member of the trio, knows he has to work hard to keep up.

"Today especially, with the skating tests and the laps we were doing at the end -- I was working on my skating all summer because I know how fast those guys are," Okposo said after Saturday's initial workout at Iceworks. "It was tough to keep up with them, but it's fun at the same time. We kind of push each other."

Nielsen said Okposo looks like he'll have no trouble keeping up.

"He looks good," the Danish center said. "You can see that he worked his butt off this summer. I can see that he's in great shape."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:21 PM

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

Jets Camp: Meech excited to be with hometown Jets

WINNIPEG -- Derek Meech grew up in Winnipeg and had just celebrated his 12th birthday when the original Jets departed for Phoenix in 1996.

Meech took in the original Jets' final game in Winnipeg on April 28, 1996 when the Detroit Red Wings eliminated the home club in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The loss sent the Jets on their way to Phoenix.

Fifteen years later, Meech's Jets connection was made whole again Saturday as a 27-year-old defenseman embarking on his eighth pro season.
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 1:19 PM

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

Bruins Camp: Thornton enjoys day with 'skilled guys'

BOSTON -- One of the keys early in the Bruins' Game 7 win in the Stanley Cup Final at Vancouver was the relentless play of their fourth line.

The trio of Daniel Paille and Shawn Thornton centered by Gregory Campbell was ferocious on the forecheck and barely allowed the Canucks to possess the puck, let alone move it out of their own end.

So what was the deal with Paille and Campbell skating with rookie Jamie Arniel and Thornton skating with draft pick Alexander Khokhlachev and rookie Calle Ridderwall during the Bruins' first on-ice training camp practice at TD Garden today?

"Yeah, there's a coup," explained the always-witty Thornton. "They went into Claude's office yesterday and he wouldn't tell me that, but I'm pretty sure put that onto him. No, they wanted to put me with more skilled guys, so I went with the young Russian kid because they felt that might game suited his better."

Thornton, who lives in Boston year round, started skating in informal practices with his teammates a couple weeks ago. So getting onto the Garden ice with his colleagues for something sanctioned by the team under the watchful eye of the coaches was a step up in importance and intensity.

"It felt good. It wasn't ridiculously tough," he said. "It was good to get our legs back underneath us and there's a little bit of rust for everybody, I'm sure. There's lots of time to get ready."
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Posted On Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 12:46 PM

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

Devils Camp: Final season for Brodeur?

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur opened what could be the final training camp of his NHL career Saturday. The surefire Hall of Fame goaltender, who will turn 40 in May, is in the final year of his contract with the New Jersey Devils and is not currently negotiating a new one.

Brodeur isn't willing to say this season will be his swan song, instead opting to take a wait-and-see approach.

"This is going to be the same as every other season," Brodeur said. "I'm not going to change my approach because I feel it could be my last. I just go out there and try to have fun and enjoy the game. After that, I'll evaluate how I feel about continuing. I'm approaching this season like any other season."

If general manager Lou Lamoriello came to Brodeur with a contract for next season during this one, would Brodeur consider signing it before the summer?

"I don't know. Everything will be in front of me at one point and I'll have to make decisions," Brodeur said. "Right now, I'm not in the middle of making a decision. But who knows if something is brought up to you, you put it in your head and see how you feel and make your decision then."
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