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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 7:23 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Lightning's Bishop aims to be ready for opening night

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop admits his surgically repaired right wrist needs to get stronger, but he doesn't foresee it causing him any issues in training camp.

"The range of motion, everything is good. Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good," Bishop told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday. "By the time the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better every day. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 6:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Healthy Coyotes get to work

Sixty-two players reported to Gila River Arena on Thursday for the first day of the Arizona Coyotes' training camp, and general manager Don Maloney happily noted that no one had any health issues.

"Everybody is 100 percent [healthy]," Maloney told the team website. "We have no issues whatsoever, which is always important coming into camp. The guys who had the bumps and bruises at the end [of last season] are feeling great."

Coach Dave Tippett, whose team missed a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2013-14 after a late-season barrage of injuries, was impressed by what he saw.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 5:52 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Bruins open camp without Krug, Smith

Restricted free agents Torey Krug and Reilly Smith were not on hand Thursday when the Boston Bruins opened training camp at TD Garden.

"Won't comment on negotiations," Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told the Bruins website. "We want them in our mix. As it's been chronicled, we've never had that type of player not signed and not come to camp."

Krug's 40 points last season tied for the lead among Bruins defensemen and his 14 goals were second. Smith, acquired by the Bruins from the Dallas Stars on July 4, 2013, had 20 goals and 51 points in his first full NHL season.


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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 5:31 PM

By Arpon Basu -  Managing Editor LNH.com /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Canadiens' Galchenyuk happy to get trial at center

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Alex Galchenyuk admits he is happy to hear his general manager say he will start Montreal Canadiens training camp playing his natural center position, something he is looking forward to trying at the NHL level.

But Galchenyuk is just as eager, if not more so, to justify Marc Bergevin's decision to take him with the No. 3 pick at the 2012 NHL Draft, and he hopes to do that no matter what position he plays this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:34 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Devils' Jagr: 'I want to play until 50, maybe more'

Jaromir Jagr will celebrate his 43rd birthday during the 2014-15 NHL season, but that doesn't mean the New Jersey Devils right wing is thinking of quitting the game anytime soon.

"I want to play until 50, maybe more," Jagr told NorthJersey.com Thursday on the opening day of training camp.

Jagr had 24 goals and 67 points last season, his best numbers since returning to the NHL after three seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He surpassed 700 goals and finished the season with 1,755 points, tied with Steve Yzerman for sixth on the all-time list.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Nashville Predators add four to training camp roster

Nashville Predators president of hockey operations/general manager David Poile announced Thursday that defensemen Brian Lee and Mike Little, and forwards Matthew Campagna and Jon Puskar have been added to the training camp roster on tryout agreements.

Lee, 27, did not play during the 2013-14 season due to injury, but has five goals, 36 points and 124 penalty minutes in 209 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning since the 2007-08 season. He was Ottawa's first selection (No. 9) in the 2005 NHL Draft. Lee played in three consecutive World Junior Championships for Team USA from 2005-07, being coached by current Predators assistant Phil Housley and earning a bronze medal in his final appearance.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 4:07 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Iginla to skate on second line for Avalanche

Jarome Iginla will begin his first season with the Colorado Avalanche on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly, coach Patrick Roy said Thursday.

Iginla scored 30 goals and 61 points for the Boston Bruins last season before signing with the Avalanche as a free agent this summer. A two-time 50-goal scorer and six-time NHL All-Star, Iginla has scored 30 or more goals in 12 consecutive full NHL seasons.

"I've gotten to play with some great centermen," Iginla told the Denver Post on Thursday when Avalanche players reported for physicals. "I've been the recipient of some great passes, one-timers, go to the net stuff, so I feel like I've been very fortunate. Whatever line I'm on here it's going to continue. There's very talented centers down the whole lineup."

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 3:48 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Stars' Peverley cleared to work out off ice

Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley has been cleared to work out, but not on the ice, general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday.

"He has to go to a cardiologist to be tested, and there’s no timeline on that right now," Nill said. "He's been working at getting his heart rate up, and I think it's a matter of seeing how far he can go, and how he feels.

Peverley, 32, hasn't played since collapsing on the Stars' bench March 10 during a game against theColumbus Blue Jackets. He had a corrective procedure March 19 to fix structural damage in his heart to correct problems with rhythm (arrhythmia).

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 2:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Training Camps blog

Nolan plans on naming new Sabres captain soon

Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan plans on naming a captain sooner rather than later, he said on the opening day of training camp.

"I believe in doing things early. If you're going to do it, do it quick," he said. "If you basically know who the decision is then you try to do it as quick as you can, let it settle in and let the leaders lead."

Among those believed to be candidates are a pair of new faces, forward Brian Gionta, who served as captain the past four seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, and defenseman Josh Gorges, an alternate captain in Montreal.

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Posted On Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 1:24 PM

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Blues forward Schwartz remains without a contract

Forward Jaden Schwartz did not report to the St. Louis Blues for the start of training camp Thursday.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said that no new talks were scheduled. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sept. 3 that the two sides were "significantly apart" in discussions for a contract extension.

"We've had dialogue recently," Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here [Thursday], I don't expect him here [Friday]. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers. And when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here."

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