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Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 5:26 PM

By Kevin Woodley - Correspondent / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Canucks forward Booth to debut against Rangers

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth will make his season debut in the team's preseason finale against the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

There was concern Booth might miss the start of the season after only playing 12 games last year before ankle surgery, being held out of the start of training camp, and pulling out of a game last weekend after tweaking his groin in the morning skate. But coach John Tortorella surprised everyone by announcing the oft-injured winger is ready to play.

"David Booth as far as I am concerned is playing tonight, unless someone tells me something different," Tortorella said when asked if Booth had resumed skating.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 3:52 PM

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

Ryan MacInnis hopes to follow in father's footsteps

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan MacInnis is hopeful that he'll one day be able to follow the path of his Hockey Hall of Fame father. The only difference is he'll do so playing at a different position.

Unlike Al MacInnis, a seven-time All-Star defenseman who spent 23 seasons in the League with the St. Louis Blues and Calgary Flames, son Ryan plays center for the Ontario Hockey League's Kitchener Rangers. The younger MacInnis was one of 39 players in attendance here at Consol Energy Center for the morning practice session in preparation for the second annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

He'll skate with Seamus Malone of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League and Blake Clarke of the OHL's North Bay Battalion for coach Joe Mullen's team.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 2:52 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Report: Devils' Brodeur won't play after father's death

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur won't be starting as expected in the team's preseason finale Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers, as reports circulated Thursday afternoon that his father Denis died at age 82.

Brodeur left the team to fly to Montreal before learning of his father's death.

Cory Schneider, who has allowed just one goal in three preseason appearances, will instead get the start. Keith Kinkaid will serve as his backup.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 2:39 PM

By Steve Mears -  NHL Live host / - NHL Live blog

NHL Live talks to Wild, reviews Central Division

The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are playing outdoors and NHL Live will be on an hour earlier, 4 ET on NHL Network, to bring you the press conference to show off Dodger Stadium. It is also Central Division Day as we give offseason grades to the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets

Also today, we'll check in with the Minnesota Wild at their training camp in St. Paul. Head Coach Mike Yeo, forwards Matt Cooke and Charlie Coyle, as well as defenseman Jonas Brodin will be joining us. Yeo has said that in the past, the Wild have been more of a "grinder style" team, but now it's more about playing an exciting offensive style on the rush. We'll ask him about that and his team's young core of talented players who are poised for breakout seasons.

Ken Daneyko will also be filling in for E.J. Hradek. So remember to submit your #AskDano questions about your favorite team in the Central Division through Twitter via @NHLNetwork.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 2:34 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Flames assign three to AHL, return Kanzig to juniors

The Calgary Flames reduced their training camp roster by four players on Thursday, sending three players to the American Hockey League and another back to juniors.

Forwards Michael Ferland, Corban Knight and Max Reinhart have been assigned to the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL, while defenseman Keegan Kanzig has been returned to the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.

The Flames have 28 players remaining at camp.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 2:14 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sharks' Torres undergoes successful ACL surgery

San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres had successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee on Thursday.

According to media reports, Torres is expected to miss 3-to-4 months.

The surgery was performed by team physician Dr. Arthur Ting.

"Raffi's surgery went very well and we look forward to having him back in our lineup later this season," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 1:43 PM

By Seamus Malone -  Special to / - Seamus Malone draft blog

Malone ready to go at All-American Prospects Game

Left wing Seamus Malone is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound left-handed shot, who was born in Naperville, Ill., is a "B" rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's preliminary players to watch list from the USHL. Regarded as a skilled forward, Malone had six goals, 27 points and a plus-12 rating in 50 games for the Fighting Saints in 2012-13. Committed to the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2015, Malone has offered to maintain a blog during his stay in Pittsburgh for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game at Consol Energy Center on Sept. 26.

Hi fans!

I just finished my morning skate in preparation for tonight's All-American Prospects Game and had a blast.

We ate dinner at the rink [on Wednesday] with the coaches and staff involved and even got to tour one of the locker rooms here at Consol Energy Center. It was totally awesome. For dinner, I had some pasta, chicken and some salad. That's my usual standard meal on the day before a game.

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 1:02 PM

By Wes Crosby - Correspondent / - All-American Prospects Game blog

AAPG coaches have eyes opened by on-ice talent

Mark Johnson and Joe Mullen have spent one day with their players prior to the 2013 All-American Prospects Game, but the coaches were impressed with the prospects' skill level during practice at Consol Energy Center on Thursday.

Johnson, head coach of the University of Wisconsin women's ice hockey team, said he was amazed with the prospects' development compared to the level of his peers' progress when they were 17 years old. The players' size impressed Johnson the most, as he said they towered over him, even before stepping into their skates.

"I'm used to looking at my players on the level that I'm looking at you right now," Johnson said. "All of a sudden, you're looking up at them. The size and the speed [stood out]. Obviously, when I was playing we had some big players in the League, but they didn't move quite as well as these players do.

"So, it's very impressive to even watch them in a 30-minute workout, and certainly tonight behind the bench it's going to be exciting to see them compete against each other."

Posted On Thursday, 09.26.2013 / 12:32 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sabres lose Armia indefinitely with broken hand

The Buffalo Sabres announced Thursday forward Joel Armia will be out indefinitely with a broken hand.

Armia, a first-round pick (No. 16) in the 2011 NHL Draft, was bidding to make the team out of training camp after coming over from Finland.

Last season, Armia posted 19 goals and 33 points in 47 games for Assat Pori and starred at the World Junior Championship with six goals and 12 points in six games.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 9:02 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Kings loan two players to AHL affiliate

The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday loaned defenseman Derek Forbert and center Nick Shore to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Los Angeles has 29 players remaining on its training camp roster as it prepares for its final preseason games. The Kings play the New York Rangers on Friday and the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. Both games are at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

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