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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:19 PM

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

Maple Leafs send Rielly to juniors, Connolly to AHL

Defenseman Morgan Rielly will not start the season with the Toronto Maple Leafs and along with forward Matt Frattin was among the team's final cuts to get down to the opening night 23-man roster.

Rielly, the fifth pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, put up 28 points in 33 games this season playing junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League, and will be returned to his junior team.

"Morgan played pretty well in a short camp, but he wasn't given an opportunity to play in [preseason] games," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis told the National Post. "We need to get ready to play, and it's pretty tough to put an 18-year-old player in the lineup without actually seeing him play."

Veteran forward Tim Connolly has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers. Also assigned there were defenseman Mike Mottau and forward Ryan Hamilton.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:03 PM

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

Reports: Grigorenko on Sabres' opening roster

Multiple media reports are indicating the Buffalo Sabres will break camp with 18-year-old Mikhail Grigorenko on their roster.

Grigorenko was the No. 12 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft after compiling 40 goals and 85 points last season in 59 games for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

John Vogl of the Buffalo News tweeted Friday that Sabres general manager Darcy Regier announced Grigorenko would be on the final roster. Colleague Mark Harrington added that Regier said it would be a "coach's decision" as to whether he is in the lineup against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, TSN).

Forwards Nathan Gerbe and Cody McCormick will begin the season on injured reserve, it was also reported.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 12:24 PM

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

Islanders suspend Visnovsky, reportedly claim Strait

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who has not yet reported to the New York Islanders, was suspended by the team on Friday, the Islanders announced.

The Islanders have also reportedly claimed defenseman Brian Strait off waivers from the Pittsburgh Penguins, which would put them at the 23-man roster limit teams must reach by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

Visnovsky, acquired in an offseason trade from the Anaheim Ducks, has been playing in the Kontinental Hockey League in his native Slovakia during the lockout. He expressed the desire to continue playing there even with the 2012-13 NHL season set to get under way on Saturday, but the KHL has reportedly denied his request to extend his contract through the rest of this season.

Neil Sheehy, Visnovsky's agent, tweeted earlier in the week that his client intended to report to the Islanders after dealing with some personal issues.

Visnovsky, 36, is a veteran of 11 NHL seasons with the Kings, Oilers and Ducks. He has career totals of 117 goals and 450 points in 771 games.

Strait, 25, has played in 12 NHL games with the Penguins over the past two seasons, recording one assist.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 11:43 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Opening Day for the 2012-13 campaign has arrived

Welcome to the opening day of the 2012-13 NHL season!

NHL.com will be with hockey fans all day, as the sprint to the 2013 NHL Playoffs begins with a flurry of games on the season's first day. There will be 26 teams in action, with contests starting at 3 p.m. ET and continuing into the early hours of Saturday morning.

The day starts with the defending champions, the Los Angeles Kings, celebrating the first title in team history, with a banner-raising ceremony before they kick off the Cup defense against the Chicago Blackhawks. At the same time on the other side of the country, bitter rivals Pittsburgh and Philadelphia will exchange pleasantries for the first time since the Flyers claimed a wild playoff series in April.

If those two contests at 3 p.m. ET aren't enough, MTS Centre will be rocking again as the Winnipeg Jets welcome the Ottawa Senators. Later highlights on the opening day schedule include the New York Rangers in Boston to face the Bruins (7 p.m. ET), the Toronto Maple Leafs in Montreal to face the Canadiens (7 p.m. ET) and the Detroit Red Wings will begin a season without Niklas Lidstrom for the first time in two decades when they travel to St. Louis to face the defending division champion Blues (8 p.m. ET).

The night concludes with the Anaheim Ducks in Vancouver to face the Canucks (10 p.m. ET), with the Cory Schneider Era set to begin with Roberto Luongo still on the roster and watching from the bench.

Check back frequently for more blog updates throughout the day, as our team of NHL.com writers and contributors will keep everyone abreast of lineup decisions, late-breaking news and other developments in and around NHL arenas as the League welcomes back everyone for the 2012-13 campaign.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:39 AM

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

Panthers sign Kovalev to one-year contract

Alex Kovalev has made the opening night roster for the Florida Panthers.

Kovalev signed a one-year contract with the Panthers that Bob McKenzie is reporting is worth $1 million and also contains bonuses for games played.

Kovalev came to camp with Florida on a tryout contract after playing last season in the Kontinental Hockey League. He last played in the NHL at the end of the 2010-11 season with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Teams must announce their 23-man rosters for opening night by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:21 AM

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

Stars assign Bachman, Oleksiak to AHL

The Dallas Stars on Friday assigned goaltender Richard Bachman and defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.

Bachman, 25, has an 8-5-1 record with a 2.74 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 19 career NHL games. Last season, he became the first Stars goaltender to shut out the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden since Gump Worsley in 1972. The Salt Lake City, Utah native was Dallas' fourth-round selection (No. 120) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

Oleksiak, 20, was the Stars' first-round pick (No. 14) in 2001. He has skated in 38 games for Texas this season, posting three goals, 17 points and a plus-6 rating. Earlier this week, he was selected to participate in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game Classic in Providence.

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Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 10:11 AM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live previews Saturday's season openers

 

We're one day away from #hockeyisback and we'll get you ready for puck drop on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

There are 13 games on Saturday's slate and we'll get EJ's take on all of them, including the banner raising of the Kings as they host the Blackhawks. NBC Sports Analyst Eddie Olyczyk, who will be calling the game on NBC, will drop by the show, preview the game and give us insight on a shortened season.

Today the NHL Network will be at the Capitals training camp where we'll talk to a couple of first-years, head coach Adam Oates and center Mike Ribeiro, to see how they're adjusting to the nation's capital. Islanders forward John Tavares will also be on the show from the Cisco NHL Arena Cam.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL, keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day, and stick around for the shootout as EJ picks each game being played on Saturday.

Make sure to tune in to Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:33 PM

By Matt Sitkoff -  NHL.com Contributor /NHL.com - NHL Live blog

Stamkos Joins Cisco NHL Live

Reigning Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy winner Steven Stamkos joined Cisco NHL Live on Thursday to preview the Lightning season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:22 PM

NHL.com - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Bruins assign four to Providence

The Boston Bruins made more roster moves Thursday, as defenseman Matt Bartkowski and forward Ryan Spooner were assigned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. Meanwhile, forward Jamie Tardif was placed on waivers for purpose of assignment to Providence, and defenseman Aaron Johnson will join Providence on a conditioning loan.

Bartkowski (6-foot-1, 196 pounds) is in his third season with Providence after being signed by the Bruins to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season on July 12, 2012. Before joining the Bruins for training camp, Bartkowski had recorded two goals and seven assists in 30 games for Providence this season.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 7:19 PM

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Flames trim roster to 29

The Calgary Flames announced Thursday they have trimmed their roster to 29 players by reassigning center Ben Street and defenseman Chris Breen to the Abbotsford Heat (AHL) and releasing right wing Brad Winchester from his professional tryout agreement.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday