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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:35 AM

By Nathan MacKinnon -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Nathan MacKinnon Draft blog

MacKinnon recaps WJC; previews Prospects Game

Nathan Mackinnon is in his second season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward has 23 goals, 55 points and a plus-29 rating in 32 games for the Mooseheads in 2012-13. As a rookie, MacKinnon finished second to 2012 first-round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo Sabres) in voting for the QMJHL Rookie of the Year award. MacKinnon, who will serve as captain for Team Cherry at the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Halifax on Wednesday, recently represented Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. He has offered to provide NHL.com with a monthly blog leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft in Newark, N.J.

Hi everybody!

I would just like to start off by talking about how exciting my past month has been.

I was very fortunate to be invited to the Team Canada World Junior try-out camp and later managed to earn a roster spot on the team. The experience was amazing playing on a stage like that. Obviously, the result isn't what we expected out of ourselves but you can't take that experience away from us. For me, it was an adjustment coming into a checking role. [Canada coach] Steve Spott asked me to provide energy and physicality for the team and I was ready to do that. I wanted to help the boys in that aspect because that was my role.

It was cool to see certain guys step up. One of those players happened to be my close friend, Jonathan Drouin. I have been asked many times if Jonathan elevated his game for the World Juniors, but to me he just continued his dominating play from Halifax and carried it over to the big stage at World Juniors. He really made the difference in some games and helped the team get some wins.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 11:04 AM

NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Chiarelli: Thomas wants to play ... next season

Goaltender Tim Thomas still intends to sit out this season, but Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli said Sunday that the two-time Vezina Trophy winner told him he wants to play in 2013-14.

Chiarelli confirmed during a Sunday morning press conference at the opening of training camp that Thomas won’t attend camp or play this season, but said the 38-year-old goaltender wants to come back for next season.

Thomas is signed through the upcoming season. But he said in June via his Facebook page that he intended to sit out 2012-13 to remain with his family in Colorado. The Bruins will not have to pay Thomas, but they will have to carry his $5 million hit on their salary cap.

"We'll end up suspending him," Chiarelli said. "He will be on our cap unless I trade him."

Tuukka Rask, Thomas' backup for the past two seasons, will assume the starter's role, with rookie Anton Khudobin backing him up.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 10:01 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Capitals recall three, loan Poti to Hershey

The Washington Capitals made several roster moves Sunday, including the loaning of veteran defenseman Tom Poti to Hershey of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment.

Poti hasn't played a game in two years and is trying to come back from chronic groin issues and a fractured pelvis. He said this week that he is healthy and wants to try to make the Capitals this season.

The club also announced that goalie Braden Holtby and defenseman Cameron Schilling have been recalled from the Bears. Also, forward Tom Wilson has been recalled from Plymouth of the Ontario Hockey League.

Holtby is expected to battle Michal Neuvirth for the No. 1 goalie job. He had been playing in Hershey during the lockout and compiled a 12-12-1 record with a 2.14 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage, which is third-best in the AHL.

Schilling, in his first pro season after a four year career with Miami University, has three goals and four assists with the Bears. He is one of 10 defenseman on the training camp roster.

Wilson, 18, who was drafted in the first round (No. 16) by the Capitals in the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. He has recorded 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) and 59 penalty minutes in 31 games with the Whalers this season.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Foster signs free-agent deal with Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers admit that they need help on the blue line and took a significant step in that process Sunday, signing free agent Kurtis Foster.

Foster, 31, has been in the NHL for 11 seasons and has 41 goals and 114 assists to go along with 283 penalty minutes in 382 games.

Last season, Foster played for three NHL teams. He started the season with Anaheim, but was traded to New Jersey and then moved to Minnesota. He finished the season with four goals and 14 points in 51 games.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound defenseman played for Finnish club Tappara during the lockout, scoring three goals and three assists in 13 Elitserien games.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:29 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Report: Palmieri signs qualifying offer with Wild

According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, forward Nick Palmieri has accepted his one-year, two-way qualifying offer from the Minnesota Wild.

Palmieri, 23, held out during the summer before signing an American Hockey League deal to play with the Houston Aeros this season. In 36 games with the Aeros, the right wing had nine goals and 10 assists and was a plus-9.

Traded to Minnesota last season as part of the deal that sent Marek Zidlicky to the New Jersey Devils, Palmieri had no points in nine games with the Wild.

He has 25 points in 87 NHL games.

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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:20 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Ellis earns training camp invite with Hurricanes

It looks like there will be some competition for the backup goaltending job in Carolina during training camp.

According to the 27-man camp roster the team has released, Dan Ellis will be one of three goalies on hand.

Ellis, 32, will battle incumbent backup Brian Boucher for playing time behind established starter Cam Ward.


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Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 9:19 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Veteran defenseman Martinek rejoins Islanders

On the first day of training camp, the New York Islanders announced that they have signed veteran deFenseman Radek Martinek to a one-year deal.

Martinek, 36, played for Columbus last season, but only made seven appearances due to injury.

He is a draft choice of the Islanders (No. 228 in the 1999 NHL Draft), who played the first 453 games of his career with the team before joining Columbus. He has also appeared in nine stanley cup Playoff games, all with the Islanders.

He has 22 goals and 82 assists for 104 points in his NHL career.

Martinek played in four games with Ceske Budejovice of the Czech league during the lockout.

He is one of nine defenseman on the team's training camp roster.

On Sunday, the team also announced eight call ups to training camp.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 10:32 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Reports: Maple Leafs to sign Franson, Mottau

Defenseman Cody Franson is expected to re-sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

The contract is for one year, close to $1 million, the report says.

Franson, 25, played in 57 games for the Maple Leafs last season, with five goals and 16 assists. He was a minus-1 after playing the previous two seasons for the Nashville Predators.

Comcast SportsNet New England reported Saturday that defenseman Mike Mottau also is expected to sign a one-year contract with the Maple Leafs.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 10:25 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Report: Knuble to try out for Red Wings

Veteran forward Mike Knuble will attend Detroit Red Wings training camp on a tryout basis, MLive.com reported Saturday.

Knuble, 40, had six goals and 12 assists in 72 games for the Washington Capitals last season.

The report says Knuble is a long shot to make the Red Wings, who have 14 forwards on their roster, plus some NHL-ready prospects.

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Posted On Saturday, 01.12.2013 / 9:10 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Zykov gets six points in QMJHL win for Baie-Comeau

Valentin Zykov had a goal and five assists for Baie-Comeau in its 7-0 win over Rouyn-Noranda on Saturday in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Zykov is the No. 3 skater in the QMJHL, according to NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft.

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