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Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 12:38 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Senators in no rush to name new captain

The Ottawa Senators have an opening for the team captaincy, but coach Paul MacLean said there's no rush to fill it.

Talking with reporters in Ottawa on Wednesday on the first day of training camp, MacLean said "we're not making a decision" on the new captain at this time.

"I want to do it at the right time," MacLean said. "I want to make sure I do it at the right time."

Daniel Alfredsson had been captain since the start of the 1999-2000 season, but that ended when he signed with the Detroit Red Wings in July.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 12:14 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Brodeur having too much fun to talk retirement

Martin Brodeur is 41 and entering the final season of his contract, but the New Jersey Devils goaltender is not ready to discuss retirement.

"I'm just going to play this year," Brodeur told reporters at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., as the team opened training camp Wednesday. "I'm not going to comment on, 'Yes, I will,' or 'Yes, I won't [retire]'. So, you can tell [media] around the League they don't have to ask that question. I'm not going to tell anybody if I'm going to retire or not until I make a decision of coming back or not."

Instead of worrying about the future, Brodeur said he's concentrating on the present, and that includes helping his new teammate and goaltending partner, Cory Schneider, adjust to his new environment.

"For me, it's a fun opportunity to really help him out and it's going to help me out at the same time in playing games and doing these things with him," he said.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 12:08 PM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Devils' Jagr wants to continue playing

Jaromir Jagr said he isn’t ready to retire after the 2013-14 season. Although the New Jersey Devils' forward said Wednesday that, "it might be my last year," he said he prefers to keep playing, repeating that he will return to the Czech Republic after he leaves the NHL. Jagr said he also would like to play in the 2014 Olympics, but only if he and the coaches believe he can help the Czech team.

“I said it might be my last season [in the NHL],” Jagr said. “It depends how I’m going to play. I don’t want to be somewhere if I’m not going to be good or help. Of course, I’m going to play in the Czech league. I have to do it.”

Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 11:46 AM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Miller happy to be still be in Buffalo

After a summer of speculation and rumors, Ryan Miller said Wednesday he's happy to remain part of the Buffalo Sabres.

"Darcy [Regier, general manager] has to build a team and maybe he feels that he wants me here," Miller told reporters Wednesday in Buffalo. "I'm happy to be here obviously. I have a great connection with the city. I've enjoyed my time here. I'm just looking forward to getting started and do it all over again."

Miller went 17-17-5 in 40 games last season, snapping a seven-season stretch of at least 30 wins, and his 2.81 goals-against average was the highest of his career. Last season also marked the second straight season and fourth time in the last six the Sabres had missed the postseason.

"Last year didn't go the way we all were thinking," he said. "The last few years have been kind of frustrating, all culminating with [last season. I've been here a while and people are going to start focusing their attention on me, whether I should still be in town or not I guess. It all becomes about the same every year. You have to go out and prove yourself anyway. This falls in line with that. People expect me to have to go out and prove something but I would argue I have to do that every year as a goaltender for an NHL team. You have to go out and perform and play. You're not going to get any free rides. It's the same preparation for me."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 9:50 AM

By Staff -  / - Training Camp 2013 blog

Kobasew attending Penguins camp

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday announced free-agent forward Chuck Kobasew will attend the team's training camp on a professional tryout.

Kobasew, 31, had five goals and four assists in 37 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season.

A 10-season veteran, Kobasew has 108 goals and 100 assists in 568 games with the Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Avalanche.

Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 11:29 PM

By Justin Bailey -  Special to / - Justin Bailey prospect blog

Bailey hopes to see teammates again in Buffalo

Justin Bailey was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (No. 52) of the 2013 NHL Draft. In his first season with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League last season, Bailey had 17 goals, 36 points and a plus-22 rating. Bailey has offered to maintain a blog and offer some added insight for this week during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament.

Hi everyone. Well, we lost to the Detroit Red Wings, 4-2, in the Traverse City tournament final.

It was pretty a pretty even game, back and forth, chance for chance. We had a couple of good opportunities and their goalie made some good stops. They executed on the chances they got and I don't think we executed every single time, but I do believe it was a pretty even game.

Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 11:12 PM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to / - Ryan Murray prospect blog

Murray: Loss in finale was a bit ugly

Defenseman Ryan Murray was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. He missed most of last season after sustaining a shoulder injury last November playing for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Murray had two goals and 17 points in 23 games for the Silvertips prior to his injury that sidelined him nine months. Murray (6-foot, 201 pounds) has offered to maintain a blog for during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this week in Michigan.

Well, it was bit of an ugly one here in our tournament finale against the Dallas Stars [a 7-1 loss in the third-place game].

We couldn't really put it together and we got off to a rough start and just kind of fell off the wagon a bit. There are a lot of guys, including myself, who will look back on that game and say they could have done a lot better. We didn't come together as a team and I definitely didn't play my best game.

Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 11:02 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Red Wings win first Traverse City title

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings have won six Presidents' Trophies and 11 Stanley Cup titles in their storied history, but never before has the organization fielded the best team of prospects at its traditional Traverse City Tournament here at Center ICE Arena.

That missing piece was realized Monday before a capacity crowd when left wing Anthony Mantha, a 2013 first-round pick (No. 20), connected for two goals and one assist, and goalie Jared Coreau, a free-agent signee from Northern Michigan University, made 23 saves to lead the Red Wings' prospects to a 4-2 victory against the defending champion Buffalo Sabres in the 15th annual Traverse City championship game.

Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 9:53 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Campbell leads Stars to third-place finish

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Dallas Stars prospect Jack Campbell, a 2010 first-round pick (No. 11), made 24 saves and forward Alex Chiasson, a 2009 second-round choice (No. 38), scored two goals to lead their team to a 7-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third-place game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament on Monday at Center ICE Arena.

Campbell, who struggled at this tournament in his previous two appearances, proved to be solid this year. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound goalie won both starts and sported a 1.50 goals-against average and .938 save percentage for the Stars.

Posted On Monday, 09.09.2013 / 6:54 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Traverse City Prospects blog

Tesink's hat trick lifts Blues in fifth-place game

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- Ryan Tesink connected for the hat trick and Sebastian Wannstrom scored twice as the St. Louis Blues earned an 8-3 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday in the fifth-place game of the Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Center ICE Arena.

The Hurricanes opened up a 3-0 lead on goals by Brent Pedersen (2013, No. 126), Brody Sutter (2011, No. 193) and Sergey Tolchinsky (free agent signee) in the second period before the Blues erupted for eight straight.

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