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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 3:00 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Coyotes send six to AHL

The Phoenix Coyotes reduced their roster by six players Thursday, sending forwards Chris Brown, Andy Miele, Brendan Shinnimin and Jordan Szwarz, along with defenseman Brandon Gormley and Chris Summers, to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Portland Pirates.

Miele, 24, is third on the Pirates with 26 points in 35 games. He was scoreless in seven games with the Coyotes last season.

Brown, 21, a 2009 second-round pick, has 12 goals and 21 points in 37 AHL games. Shinnimin, 22, has 20 points in 38 AHL games in his first professional season. Szwarz, 21, a 2009 fourth-round draft choice, has 20 points in 32 games.

Gormley, 20, the 13th pick of the 2010 NHL Draft, has 10 points in 34 games in his first professional season. Summers, 24, has played 23 games with the Coyotes the last two seasons. In 34 AHL games this season, the 2006 first-round pick has eight points and 37 penalty minutes.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 2:29 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Tampa sends three players to AHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their roster by three players Thursday, sending forward Tyler Johnson and defensemen Mark Barberio and Radko Gudas to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Johnson, 22, leads the Crunch with 20 goals and 35 points in 36 games. Barberio,22, a 2008 sixth-round pick, leads the Syracuse defensemen with 22 points in 37 games. Gudas, 22, a 2010 third-round pick, has 12 points and a team-best plus-22 rating in 34 AHL games.

The Lightning roster currently stands at 28 players.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 1:41 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Isles send Strome, Reinhart to junior clubs

The New York Islanders have returned first-round picks center Ryan Strome and defenseman Griffin Reinhart to their junior teams.

Strome, the fifth pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, will go back to the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot, 179-pound forward is fourth in the OHL with 62 points in 32 games, and was tied for second on Team Canada with four goals in six games at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Reinhart, the fourth pick of the 2012 draft, has 14 points in 32 games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League, and had an assist in five games for Canada at the WJC. Last season, he had 36 points in 58 regular-season games to help the Oil Kings win the WHL title and advance to the Memorial Cup.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 1:35 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Senators send Ceci back to junior team

The Ottawa Senators have announced defenseman Cody Ceci and forward Mike Hoffman will not be part of the season-opening roster.

Ceci, the 15th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, will be returned to his junior team, the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League. In 44 games this season with the Attack and Ottawa 67s, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman is second among OHL blueliners with 30 assists and 41 points.

Hoffman, 23, is a 2009 fifth-round pick who will be sent back to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. In 34 AHL games this season, Hoffman is third on the team with 22 points.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 12:43 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Blackhawks assigned three players to AHL

The Chicago Blackhawks have assigned forwards Jimmy Hayes and Brandon Pirri and defenseman Ryan Stanton to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs.

Hayes, 23, had nine points in 31 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last season, his first in the NHL, and played in two postseason games.

Pirri, 21, had two assists in five games with Chicago during the 2011-12 regular season and paced the club with four goals and five points in four games during the 2011 preseason.

Stanton, 23, has yet to appear in an NHL game.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:50 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Blue Jackets cut Jenner, Erixon

The Columbus Blue Jackets have returned center Boone Jenner to his junior team, and sent defenseman Tim Erixon to the American Hockey League.

Jenner, a 2011 second-round pick, will spend the remainder of the season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound center is second in the OHL with 30 goals in just 34 games. He also played for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, going without a point in three games after sitting out the first three games of the tournament due to suspension.

Erixon, one of the pieces the Blue Jackets received from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash deal, has 24 points in 34 games with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. He's tied for sixth among AHL blueliners in scoring.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:32 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Cisco NHL Live breaks down Pacific, Southeast


It is Pacific and Southeast Division day on Cisco NHL Live at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with EJ Hradek and Ken Daneyko. EJ and Ken will break down and give their predictions for the defending champion Los Angeles Kings and the double Staal division.

Today the NHL Network will be at the Kings training camp where we’ll talk to the champs who are preparing to defend their crown. From the Southeast, we'll talk to reigning Maurice "Rocket" Richard winner Steven Stamkos and postseason standout, Capitals goalie Braden Holtby. We will also be chatting with Kings' forwards Jarret Stoll and Dwight King.

Don’t forget to submit your #AskEJ & #AskKen questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter’s dance moves in his EJ5: Hradek’s Top 5 defensemen in the NHL.

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

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 11:07 AM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Report: Connolly placed on waivers by Maple Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs intend to place forward Tim Connolly on waivers at noon today, according to a TSN report.

Connolly, 31, signed a two-year, $9.5 million contract two summers ago, but had a disappointing first season with Toronto. In 70 games, he had 13 goals and 23 assists.

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 9:39 AM

By Seth Jones -  Special to / - Seth Jones Draft blog

Jones reflects on shutout at Top Prospects

Seth Jones is a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound defenseman has solid athletic bloodlines -- his father, Popeye Jones, played 11 seasons in the NBA. Jones excelled the last two seasons for the U.S. National Team Development Program and won a gold medal with the United States at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Jones has offered to maintain a monthly blog for that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2013 NHL Draft.

Hi, everyone. Our team just defeated Team Cherry, 3-0, to win this year's Top Prospects Game. Before leaving for Portland, I thought I would put together a quick victory blog.

I thought our goalies [Spencer Martin and Philippe Desrosiers] played phenomenal. Really, you have to give credit to them for the shutout. They both kind of set the tempo in the defensive zone, and I thought our defensive zone coverage was pretty good.

I thought the top line on Team Cherry -- [Ryan] Hartman, [Nathan] MacKinnon, [Jonathan] Drouin -- had a lot of chances and they created a lot of offensive plays, but luckily for our side they didn't get rewarded.

Laurent Dauphin [of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens] got called up because [Hunter] Shinkaruk was ill, and he played great for us [Wednesday] and was named Team Orr player of the game. He was great in the middle and was rewarded with a goal. He played good at both ends. He's a good player.

In the early stages of the game, you had to get a feel for the game with the ice, the pace and then adjust how you needed to play. Right from the start, I thought the game began very fast and thought it would take a little more time to get the pace up, but it started a lot quicker than I thought it would.

It didn't surprise me that Hartman got into a scrap [with Kerby Rychel] in the first period. That's the way Harts plays. He plays with an edge and knows how to get under the skin of the other team.

Overall, this was a great experience. Anytime you can play against top prospects in the CHL, it's awesome. You kind of get to see where you're at overall among the draft-eligible players. I thought it was a fast-paced game and it was physical out there, too. Right from the start, Hartman had a good hit and, actually, the hits were going both ways, so it was a good overall game.

Now, I'm just looking forward to getting back to Portland for the second half of the season. It should be a lot of fun since we're going pretty good as a team right now. I think we have a nice win streak so we're looking to keep it going.

Thanks for reading.

Follow Seth Jones on Twitter at: @seth_jones04

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Posted On Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 9:37 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

The EJ5: Pending Free Agents

The EJ5 for Wednesday, Jan. 16, focuses on players that are pending Free Agents.

5: Mighty Duck .... Anaheim has to sign big time forward Corey Perry

4: Mighty Duck, Part II .... The sequel, as the Ducks also have to sign Ryan Getzlaf

3: Key Canuck ... Vancouver d-man Alexander Edler needs a new contract

2: Desert Hero ... Mike Smith was sensational for the Coyotes and needs to be signed

1: Last Call in Calgary? ... Flames captain Jarome Iginla is without a contract next season

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