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Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:25 PM

By Staff -  / - 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."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 3:21 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 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."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 2:52 PM

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

Pavelek replaces Poganski at AAPG

PITTSBURGH -- Forward Dylan Pavelek of the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team was added Wednesday to the roster for Team Mullen for the CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospect Game, which will be played Thursday at Consol Energy Center.

He replaces Austin Poganski of the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, who pulled out of the game due to an injury.

In addition to Poganski, forward Greg Betzold of the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League also will miss the game due to injury. According to USA Hockey, no replacement will be named for Betzold.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 1:28 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Blackhawks send pair to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday sent forward Brad Winchester and defenseman Theo Peckham to the Rockford IceHogs, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

Winchester, 32, spent all of last season in the AHL, totaling 27 points in 37 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. He last played in the NHL in 2011-12, when he had 10 points in 67 games with the San Jose Sharks.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 12:42 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Jagr probably won't play in Devils' preseason finale

New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr told reporters after practicing Wednesday that he probably won't play Thursday in the team's preseason finale against the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I'm probably not going to play [Thursday] only because I didn't have a practice with my teammates," said Jagr, who has skated on his own and with a group of Devils on Tuesday who weren't playing in that evening's game in Philadelphia.

Jagr, who left the Devils' first practice Sept. 12 with a lower-body injury, said the final decision belongs to the New Jersey coaching staff, but that he wouldn't be concerned about not getting into a preseason game and feels practices will be enough to get him up to speed.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 12:21 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Devils send Merrill, Matteau to AHL

The New Jersey Devils trimmed eight players from their training-camp roster, including defensemen Jon Merrill and Eric Gelinas, and forward Stefan Matteau. They will start the season in the American Hockey League with the Albany Devils.

The Devils also sent goalie Scott Wedgewood, defenseman Brandon Burlon, and forwards Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito and Mike Sislo to Albany. Defenseman Damon Severson was returned to his junior team, the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League.

New Jersey now has 28 players left in training camp -- three goalies, eight defensemen and 17 forwards.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 12:04 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Avalanche assign Elliott to AHL Lake Erie

The Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday assigned defenseman Stefan Elliott to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, bringing their training camp roster down to 27 players.

Elliott, 22, has played parts of the last two seasons in the NHL. He had a goal and four points in 18 games last season, following four goals and 13 points in 39 games as a rookie in 2011-12.

Elliott was a second-round pick of the Avalanche (No. 49) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 11:53 AM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Sabres' Tropp out indefinitely with broken jaw

Buffalo Sabres forward Corey Tropp had surgery to repair a broken jaw and will be out indefinitely, coach Ron Rolston said Wednesday.

According to the Buffalo News, it's expected Tropp will miss 5-6 weeks.

Tropp was injured during a preseason game Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.25.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Shoulder injury to cost Predators' Stalberg 3-4 weeks

Nashville Predators forward Viktor Stalberg has been diagnosed with an AC sprain in his right shoulder and is expected to miss 3-4 weeks, the team announced Wednesday.

Stalberg was injured Tuesday night in the first period of Nashville's preseason game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Predators signed Stalberg to a four-year, $12 million contract during the summer. He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last season, scoring 23 points on nine goals and 14 assists in 47 regular season games. He also had three assists in 19 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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