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Posted On Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Wild claim forward Chris Porter off waivers

The Minnesota Wild claimed forward Chris Porter off waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Porter was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the ninth round (No. 282) of the 2003 NHL Draft and played 173 games over parts of six seasons with the St. Louis Blues before coming to training camp with the Flyers. He had a goal in their 4-2 preseason loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.

"I'm really excited," Porter told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "In the summer, Minnesota was the team I was really interested in signing with. I can't wait to get started and I'm really looking forward to the opportunity."

Posted On Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 2:00 PM

By Dan Rosen - Senior Writer / - Over the Boards blog

Rangers forward Miller has potential for bigger role

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- J.T. Miller said himself that nothing is guaranteed in the NHL, especially on a team with lofty goals like the New York Rangers. However, getting the opportunity to earn a bigger role with the Rangers is not something Miller takes for granted.

"You want one," Miller said. "I don't expect anything around here, but it's something you work for and if it presents itself you have to make the most of it."

It's still unclear if he has made the most of it. Miller's results during his preseason audition to be a top-six right wing for the Rangers this season, to fill the spot vacated by the since retired Martin St. Louis, are hazy at best.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault pulled Miller out of the top six for the game Wednesday against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden because he didn't think Miller, in his three previous preseason games, had developed enough scoring chances.

Posted On Thursday, 10.01.2015 / 12:57 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Devils' Elias to start season on injured reserve: report

New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias will begin the season on injured reserve, Devils coach John Hynes told

Elias, 39, who has a sore right knee, has not played in any preseason games and has not been on the ice during training camp. No timetable was given for his return.

Hynes also said that right wing Kyle Palmieri, who sustained an unspecified injury in the second period of a preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, is day-to-day.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 6:31 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Avalanche release Meszaros from pro tryout

The Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday released veteran defenseman Andrej Meszaros from his professional tryout contract as they pared their roster to 26 players.

Meszaros, 29, has 63 goals and 238 points in 645 NHL games during his 10-season career. He spent 2014-15 with the Buffalo Sabres and had seven goals and 14 points in 60 games.

The Avalanche also sent forwards Patrick Bordeleau and Marc-Andre Cliche, as well as defenseman Zach Redmond, to their American Hockey League affiliate in San Antonio.

Earlier Wednesday, the Avalanche assigned forwards Joey Hishon, Andrew Agozzino and Andreas Martinsen, goaltender Calvin Pickard and defensemen Chris Bigras and Maxim Noreau to San Antonio. They also returned forward Conner Bleackley to his junior team.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 4:32 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Sharks will name captain before opener: report

The San Jose Sharks will name a captain before their season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7, first-year coach Peter DeBoer told on Wednesday.

When that captain will be named is still unknown, although "it won't be the morning of the [Kings] game," DeBoer said. "I'll give [the media] a little more notice."

DeBoer has had a number of players serve as alternate captains during preseason games, among them forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau and Thornton previously have been Sharks captains.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 4:15 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Blues center Lehtera to make preseason debut

St. Louis Blues center Jori Lehtera will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks (8 p.m. ET, NHLN).

Lehtera had surgery on his right ankle Aug. 4 and the expectation was he would need 6-8 weeks to recover.

"I think I'm good to go," Lehtera said Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "For sure I want to play one game before the season starts and tomorrow is the last one. I feel good about it. I didn't believe when I had the surgery I would get even one game in."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:58 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Panthers release Booth from professional tryout

The Florida Panthers released forward David Booth from his professional tryout contract when they reduced their training camp roster by four players Wednesday.

Booth, 30, was a three-time 20-goal scorer for the Panthers who had career-highs of 31 goals and 60 points in the 2008-09 season. He also played for the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, where he had seven goals and 13 points in 59 games last season.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:52 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Predators send forward Moses, two others to AHL

The Nashville Predators assigned forward Steve Moses, the leading goal scorer in the Kontinental Hockey League last season, to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

Moses, 26, signed a one-year contract with Nashville on April 9 after scoring 36 goals and 57 points in 60 games for Jokerit. Predators coach Peter Laviolette told the Tennessean that Moses is still getting adjusted to the North American game.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 2:42 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Oilers send top prospect Nurse, three others to AHL

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was one of four players assigned to Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

"Darnell has to play a lot, lead that team, so when he gets the call, and he will, he'll be ready," coach Todd McLellan said in comments tweeted by the Oilers.

Nurse, the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, was minus-1 in three preseason games. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 36 games last season for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.30.2015 / 1:15 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Rangers' Boyle sees his Stanley Cup window closing

The New York Rangers have a team built to contend for the Stanley Cup for at least a few more seasons, but 39-year-old defenseman Dan Boyle knows his time is limited.

Boyle won the Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and would like to win it again before his career ends.

"I'm 39 now and I don't know how much longer I've got," Boyle recently told "As far as the team's window being open [to win the Cup], it certainly is, but mine is closing up pretty quickly. So I'm going to give it everything I have because you don't know how many more kicks at the can you're going to have."

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