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Posted On Sunday, 09.22.2013 / 7:34 PM

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

Coyotes send Gormley, four others to AHL

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Sunday that they’ve assigned five players to the Portland Pirates, the club's American Hockey League affiliate.

The players assigned to Portland are defensemen Brandon Gormley and Connor Murphy, forward Brendan Shinnimin and goaltenders Mike Lee and Mark Visentin.


Posted On Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 5:59 PM

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

RFA Franson 'might have to consider' Europe: report

Defenseman Cody Franson remains without a contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs and said Friday he might have to consider playing in Europe.

"I honestly didn't believe it would come to this," Franson, a restricted free agent, told Sportsnet.

Franson said he could return to Sweden, where he played 26 games for Brynas prior to the 2012-13 NHL season.

"It's definitely something I might have to consider," Franson said after another skate with the Ryerson Rams. "Hopefully it doesn't come to that, but I was in Sweden last year, and it's not like I haven't been over there before. If it comes down to that, unfortunately, hopefully not, it's an option."

Posted On Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 5:32 PM

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

Booth's return to Canucks delayed

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth was expected to see his first game action since sustaining an ankle injury March 16. But that return has been delayed.

The 28-year-old was considered likely to be in Vancouver's lineup Saturday night when it plays the Edmonton Oilers in a preseason game at Rexall Place, according to the Canucks website. But coach John Tortorella revealed to the Vancouver Province that Booth hurt his groin during the team's game-day skate and will not play.

Posted On Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 5:10 PM

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

Sabres search for lines for Foligno, Grigorenko

Entering the 2013-14 season, the Buffalo Sabres already know what to expect from veterans Ryan Miller (strong goaltending), Thomas Vanek (timely scoring) and Steve Ott (agitating opponents).

But when it comes to finding the right spot for young up-and-coming prospects, coach Ron Rolston is tinkering with his lineup.

That will continue to be the case Saturday night when the Sabres take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, CBC).

Posted On Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 12:50 PM

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

Wild's top stars to see first preseason action

Top scorer Zach Parise is just one of the many familiar faces who will make their preseason debut for the Minnesota Wild Saturday night against the Winnipeg Jets. Parise will see his first preseason action at Xcel Energy Center, along with other big-name players like Ryan Suter, captain Mikko Koivu, Jason Pominville and Jonas Brodin.

Parise and Suter were the centerpiece of the team's off-season makeover in 2012, as Minnesota signed the pair to 13-year contracts worth $98 million each. Pominville was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres at last season's Trade Deadline and was immediately placed on the team's top line alongside Parise and Koivu. Saturday night against Winnipeg will be the trio's first opportunity to recapture some of the chemistry they found late last season.

Suter and Brodin, who was one of the League's best rookies in 2012-13, made up the team's top defensive pairing all of last season. So they are expected to shake off some of the rust as well.

With all these high-profile additions to the lineup, Wild coach Mike Yeo said that forwards Matt Cooke, Kyle Brodziak and Torrey Mitchell will get the night off.

Posted On Saturday, 09.21.2013 / 12:30 PM

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

Markov, Plekanec, Bourque in Canadiens' lineup

With coach Michel Therrien working towards establishing his roster for opening night, the Montreal Canadiens will see three of their top veterans in the lineup for the first time this preseason. Forwards Tomas Plekanec and Rene Bourque will see their first preseason action Saturday night, along with defenseman Andrei Markov.

The trio was held out of Montreal's first three preseason contests, in which the team posted a 1-1-1 record. The Canadiens host Carolina Saturday night at the Bell Centre just one night after defeating the Hurricanes 6-0 in a one-sided match played at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City.

Markov ranked fourth in scoring among defensemen last season, posting 30 points in 48 games. His eight power play goals also led all NHL defensemen. Bourque and Plekanec were important pieces on Montreal's top two lines in 2012-13, with Plekanec finishing third on the team with 33 points in 47 games and Bourque posting 13 points in 27 games.

Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 10:29 PM

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

Blue Jackets' McElhinney could miss opener: report

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Curtis McElhinney didn't practice Friday due to a lower-body injury and reportedly might not be ready for opening night.

The injury to McElhinney, slated to back up starter Sergei Bobrovsky, "might be a week to two weeks, is what we’re hoping," coach Todd Richards told the Columbus Dispatch.

Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 4:47 PM

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

Bergeron returns to Bruins lineup

First Gregory Campbell returned to action for the Boston Bruins on Thursday. Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins welcome back another key player.

Coach Claude Julien confirmed to reporters Friday that Patrice Bergeron will make his preseason debut after recovering from injuries that included a broken rib, torn rib cartilage, a collapsed lung and a separated shoulder.

"Yeah, [Bergeron] is going to play [Saturday]," Julien said. "Who’s got the tweets going?"


Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 3:38 PM

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

Red Wings' Eaves out 2-4 weeks; Kindl day-to-day

Sprains to his left MCL and ankle suffered in Thursday's practice will sideline Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves 2-4 weeks, general manager Ken Holland said on Friday.

Eaves joined forward Daniel Alfredsson (groin), defenseman Brendan Smith (groin), forward Johan Franzen (hip flexor), center Darren Helm (groin, lower back) and defenseman Jakub Kindl (hip flexor) on the Red Wings' injured list.


Posted On Friday, 09.20.2013 / 3:30 PM

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

Jets reassign 10, release White from PTO

The Winnipeg Jets on Friday reassigned 10 players to St. John's of the American Hockey League and also released defenseman Ian White from his professional tryout.

Players sent to St. John's were Austen Brassard , Blair Riley, Brenden Kichton, Cody Sol, J.C. Lipon, Jason Jaffray, John Albert, Jussi Olkinuora, Kael Mouillierat and Will O'Neill.

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