New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr returned to practice Tuesday for the first time since the opening of training camp on Sept. 12 after nursing a lower-body injury.
"Back and hip muscles, they're all connected," Jagr said. "I'm glad I didn't get injured again. I guess that's the first step. I knew it wasn't good when it happened to me in the first practice. It probably had something to do with the plane ride. Traveling 15 hours is not easy."
Also on Tuesday we'll be joined by Kings President of Business Operations and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, who was famously a ninth-round draft choice back in 1984. Among those picked ahead of him who never played a game in the League: former Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine, who was a fourth-round pick and played high school hockey in Massachusetts.
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USA Hockey on Tuesday announced two additional injury replacements for the 2013 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game, which will be held Thursday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Both replacements will play for the United States National Team Development Program's under-18 team this season. Forward Ryan Wagner will replace Connor Chatham on Team Joe Mullen, while defenseman Nathan Billitier replaces Johnathan MacLeod on Team Mark Johnson.
Wagner had 12 goals and 11 assists with the Chicago Mission under-16 team last season, and had one goal in five games to help the United States win the silver medal in August at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament. The 5-foot-8, 168-pound center is committed to the University of Wisconsin for the 2015-16 season.
Brunner was invited to Devils training camp on a professional tryout and had two assists playing on a line with Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson in the Devils' preseason win against the New York Islanders last Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"He came to camp without a contract and showed us what he can do," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said.
The Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday trimmed five players from their training camp roster.
Among those leaving the club is defenseman Joshua Morrissey, the team's first-round pick (No. 13) at the 2013 NHL Draft. He was returned to his junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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