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Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 11:24 AM

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

Report: Thomas 'not likely' to join Blue Jackets

The agent for free agent goaltender Tim Thomas informed the Columbus Dispatch on Friday that his client is "not likely" to join the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"We haven't even really discussed it with the Blue Jackets," Markus Lehto, who represents Thomas with ACME World Sports, told the newspaper's Aaron Portzline. "But he does have offers on the table, and there has been interest from clubs. It's just finding the right situation for him."

Thomas, who sat out last season, reportedly is considering an offer to join the Florida Panthers on a professional tryout.


Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 11:15 AM

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

Report: Cowen talks with Senators stall

The Ottawa Sun reported Friday that negotiations between restricted free agent defenseman Jared Cowen and the Ottawa Senators have reached a stalemate.

The report said the Senators have offered Cowen a four-year contract worth $2.8 million per season.

Senators assistant general manager Tim Murray is quoted in the newspaper saying the team offered Cowen a fair proposal and the player's camp is asking for too much. Murray said the team offered an eight-year contract and the sides are discussing the four-year offer.

Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 10:10 AM

By Mike G. Morreale -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Jagr reportedly to sit out Devils' scrimmage

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr reportedly will sit out Friday's scheduled controlled scrimmage on the second day of training camp at the AmeriHealth Pavilion.

Jagr left the ice on the first day of on-ice activity Thursday with soreness. At the time, coach Peter DeBoer didn't seem worried.

"I'm not overly concerned about it, but because time is definitely on our side we'll err on the side of caution," DeBoer said Thursday.

Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 9:44 AM

By Adam Kimelman -  NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Tandem role nothing new for Flyers' Mason, Emery

PHILADELPHIA -- Steve Mason and Ray Emery are new teammates, but they're in a very familiar situation.

The two parts of the Philadelphia Flyers' goaltending tandem started training camp on equal footing in the quest for playing time, and it's a situation both should be used to.

Last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Mason started the season battling Sergei Bobrovsky for playing time. It was a battle Bobrovsky eventually won, which led to Mason's arrival in Philadelphia at the trade deadline.

At the same time Mason was competing with Bobrovsky, Emery was doing the same with Chicago Blackhawks teammate Corey Crawford for time in net. That situation was a bit different as Emery pushed Crawford all season, and Crawford only emerged as the No. 1 option when Emery was sidelined late in the regular season and at the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a lower-body injury.


Posted On Friday, 09.13.2013 / 9:07 AM

By Aaron Vickers -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Baertschi hoping to find stride at Flames camp

CALGARY -- Sven Baertschi knows what's at stake. He knows there are no guarantees.

The 20-year-old rookie is aware that despite closing last season as the team's hottest forward with points in seven straight games to close the season, he's no lock to start the season with the Calgary Flames.

"That's what's really exciting about this camp this year," Baertschi said. "There's not much guaranteed here and everyone has to earn a spot. It should be really intense out there and that's the fun part about hockey. If it wasn't intense, it wouldn't be much fun."

Taken by the Flames with the 13th pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Baertschi had set the bar to almost unattainable expectations when he scored three goals in five games during an emergency call-up from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League in 2011-12.


Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 8:14 PM

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

Rangers' Staal says eye injury 'way better'

New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal said Thursday he is entering training camp much improved from an eye injury than when he tried to come back in the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

"I'm more adapted to it and a lot more used to it," Staal said. "The vision hasn't changed much, but the perception, what I'm seeing on the ice, has [gotten] way better than when I was trying to come back in the playoffs a few months ago, so that's a big step for me."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 7:51 PM

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

Hodgson happy to be at Sabres camp

Armed with a new six-year contract, Cody Hodgson found himself in a familiar spot Thursday at Buffalo Sabres training camp: on a line with Thomas Vanek.

Buffalo's top two scorers from last season skated with Marcus Foligno.

"We like [Vanek and Hodgson] together for sure. They were good last year," coach Ron Rolston told the team's website. "I think Cody can make plays, really good vision plays and obviously [Vanek's] a good finisher.

"Right now we've got Marcus there to provide some heavy hockey hopefully on the wing, hopefully if Marcus can come in and continue to play that way, be physical and make some space for those guys."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 7:42 PM

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

Alfredsson, Weiss on same line at Red Wings camp

Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss skated together on a line with Johan Franzen when the Detroit Red Wings opened training camp Thursday.

Alfredsson and Weiss each signed this offseason as a free agent, leaving longtime relationships with their former team, the Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers, respectively.

For Alfredsson, the change did have some familiarity.

"It's not too different," Alfredsson said, according to The Associated Press. "I see a lot of similarities. I don't know if it's because [Senators coach Paul MacLean] in Ottawa was part of this organization for a long time and applied some of the ideas with some of his own. It's not far off. ... It looks like I should have a pretty easy time adjusting."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 7:15 PM

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

Cleary returns to Red Wings on one-year contract

It turns out Daniel Cleary isn't leaving the Detroit Red Wings after all.

Cleary signed a one-year contract with the team Thursday after reports had him joining the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I'm sorry to everybody for the drama that was created. It's just not my style," Cleary told the team's website after arriving in Traverse City, Mich. for training camp. "Social media at times can be frustrating, but that’s the world we live in and I apologize to all of the writers, the Philly writers, but I'm a Red Wing and I'm proud to be a Red Wing."

Posted On Thursday, 09.12.2013 / 6:44 PM

By Derek Van Diest -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - Training Camp 2013 blog

Oilers camp opens with excess defensemen

EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers have too many defensemen for too few roster spots.

Heading into training camp, the Oilers are counting on competition enhancing performance with nine defensemen under NHL contract.

That doesn’t include Oscar Klefbom, the highly touted Swede the club took in the first round (No. 19) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

"There's only 23 roster spots, and after you get to the 13 forwards that you're going to carry for sure, the numbers start going the other way for the defensemen," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "There is going to be a very, real battle there, I suspect between four or five of them.

"These exhibition games, staying healthy and every second of practice are going to be important times for those men."

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