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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 7:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Versteeg set to make preseason debut Thursday

Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg has been medically cleared to return to game action for the first time since tearing his ACL in March.

He rehabbed extensively during the summer.

"I've talked to a lot of guys who have had it done like [Tomas] Kopecky and [Scottie] Upshall, you just trust their opinion, more so you got to trust your doctor, trust your surgeon what he did to you is going to make you better first, and understand that and go through your physical therapy," Versteeg told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "The staff here in Florida did a tremendous job with me the first two months, then I went home [to Lethrbridge, Alberta] and worked with a guy named Tim back home and my own trainer and they got me to where I am today."

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 7:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Ducks pare camp roster by three

The Anaheim Ducks pared three more players from their roster Wednesday and now have 32 players remaining in camp.

The Ducks have 19 forwards, 10 defensemen and three goaltenders remaining in camp.
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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 6:31 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Stars assign Cameron Gaunce to AHL

The Dallas Stars on Wednesday assigned defenseman Cameron Gaunce to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars.

The Stars' training camp roster now stands at 36 players; three goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 21 forwards.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 5:05 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Lineups announced for All-American Prospects Game

PITTSBURGH -- USA Hockey on Wednesday announced how the teams will line up when the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game takes place Thursday here at Consol Energy Center.

The teams are being coached by Penguins alums Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen. Team Mullen will play the game one player short due to a late injury.

Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will drop the ceremonial first puck prior to the 7 p.m. ET faceoff. Bill Guerin, who will be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame this fall, will present the Gillette Player of the Game Award in a postgame ceremony. Guerin currently serves as the Penguins' player development coach.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 4:54 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sabres sign Zadorov to entry-level contract

The Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Taken with the 16th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder has one goal and a team-best plus-4 rating in three preseason games.


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 4:15 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Rangers assign nine players to AHL

The New York Rangers announced on Wednesday that they have assigned nine players to Hartford of the American Hockey League.

Sent down were forwards Micheal Haley, Danny Kristo, Michael Kantor and Andrew Yogan, along with defensemen Danny Syvret, Dylan McIlrath, Tommy Hughes and Aaron Johnson. Goaltender Cam Talbot was also trimmed from the Rangers roster.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:36 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Flames assign six players to AHL Abbotsford

The Calgary Flames on Wednesday sent six players to their American Hockey League affiliate, the Abbotsford Heat.

Sent down were forwards Steve Begin, Markus Granlund and Josh Jooris, along with defensemen Chad Billins, John Ramage and Tyler Wotherspoon.

The moves leave the Flames with 32 players (19 forwards, 10 defensemen, three goalies) remaining in training camp.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Flyers' Simmonds practices after bout with flu

The Flyers got one top-six forward back on the ice but were missing another one at practice Wednesday.

Wayne Simmonds, who had been battling the flu, returned to practice for the first time since the team's trip to Lake Placid, N.Y., last week.

Simmonds said he felt OK on the ice.

"I'm fine," Simmonds said. "Had a good practice [Tuesday] before the game, too. I was good [Tuesday], just coming back off the flu. But I feel healthy, feel strong and ready to go."


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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Johnson and Mullen excited to return to Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH -- The game hasn't even started, but the gamesmanship between coaches Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen began in earnest Tuesday during a media conference call prior to the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, to be held Thursday here at Consol Energy Center.

The two U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame inductees and former Pittsburgh Penguins are excited and looking forward to the opportunity to coach 39 of the top 2014 NHL Draft-eligible American-born players.

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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - All-American Prospects Game blog

Shero not surprised by NHL's youth movement

PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero isn't surprised by the smooth transition that many young players have made to the National Hockey League in recent years.

He's looking forward to witnessing the next elite group of American-born players on Thursday during the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Consol Energy Center.

"The training is so much different at a young age and players are more physically prepared to play at a young age in the NHL," Shero said. "It could be a byproduct of the CBA and the entry-level contract that gives young players more of an opportunity. These players are very serious about their off-ice training. The League has been very fortunate to have these players come in and play, and they are very exciting to watch."


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