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Posted On Thursday, 09.24.2015 / 10:41 AM

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

Hurricanes captain Staal understands predicament

WASHINGTON -- As Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal prepares to start his 12th NHL season, all in Raleigh, he is at least comforted by the fact he knows he's not alone in the department of high-profile players who have only played for one team and still don't have a contract for next season.

"There are a few other guys in the League in the same boat," Staal said after a recent preseason game against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center. "I'm definitely not alone."

Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar know what Staal is feeling and thinking. They're hopeful of getting new contracts done with their current teams, but questions remain because nothing is done yet.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 5:12 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Flyers send three first-round picks back to juniors

The Philadelphia Flyers reassigned defensemen Travis Sanheim and Ivan Provorov and forward Travis Konecny to their respective junior teams Wednesday.

In addition, the Flyers loaned 12 players to their American Hockey League affiliate in Lehigh Valley, including defenseman Samuel Morin, the 11th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 11:50 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Flames' Brodie broke bone in hand, out 3-6 weeks

Calgary Flames defenseman TJ Brodie sustained a broken bone in his right hand and is week-to-week, general manager Brad Treliving said Wednesday.

Brodie, 25, sustained the injury when he was hit by a shot in the third period of a preseason game Monday against the Edmonton Oilers. He will not need surgery and is likely to miss anywhere from 3-6 weeks.

"The good news, if you can take any, is that he won't need any surgery," Treliving said. "It's not displaced. It will be one that won't require surgery and we'll get him on the mend as soon as possible."

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 8:50 AM

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

Rosen's mailbag - Sept. 23, 2015

Here is the Sept. 23 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run every Wednesday in the Over the Boards blog during the 2015-16 NHL season. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

Let's get to it:

Over/under for John Tavares: 40 goals, 30 assists? -- @Medicbluesfan09

I'd go under 40 goals, well over 30 assists. Tavares, if healthy all season, should again score upwards of 80 or 90 points. The New York Islanders captain had 38 goals and 48 assists for 86 points in 82 games last season. There's no reason why he can't replicate those numbers. It's just too hard to predict he'll score 40 goals, even though he came close last season. If I'm pushed to make bold predictions, I'd say Tavares scores 37 goals and dishes out 51 assists, provided he plays 82 games. Come back to me in April to see if I'm right.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 3:00 AM

By William Knierim -  Special to / - William Knierim draft blog

Knierim set for All-American Prospects Game

Willie Knierim, a 'B' rated skater on NHL Central's preliminary players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, will enter his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League this season. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound right wing had 12 goals and 28 points in 60 games last season. The Skokie, Ill., native is committed to Miami University in 2016-17. Knierim has offered to maintain a blog for leading up to the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y. His first entry comes from the CCM/USA All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo.

Hey everyone. My name is Willie Knierim. I'm from Chicago, Illinois, but I currently live in Dubuque, Iowa, where I am lucky enough to play for the Dubuque Fighting Saints.

This will be my second year with the Saints. My rookie year last year was filled with every kind of emotion. Whether that was the joy of scoring my first USHL goal in front of 4,000 screaming fans, or the disappointment of the realization that our season had come to an end after a game five loss last May.

Posted On Wednesday, 09.23.2015 / 12:01 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Penguins left wing Kunitz could get spot on top line

Sidney Crosby might have to get used to a new right wing this season, but it looks like he's going to have a familiar face to his left on the Pittsburgh Penguins' top line.

Crosby's line with new right wing Phil Kessel and mainstay left wing Chris Kunitz combined for seven points in the Penguins' 7-3 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

After the game, Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Kunitz is a leading candidate to play on the top line with Crosby and Kessel, who scored two goals in his Penguins debut.

"[Kunitz] worked really well on that line, and what he has to add to that line -- whoever is going to play there and [Kunitz] is probably one of the leading candidates right now -- but I like [Kunitz] when he goes hard to the net, when he plays that straight-ahead game," Johnston told the Penguins website. "… I think [Kunitz] will keep everybody in check there by going to the net hard, by driving through seams, and just creating space for those guys."

Posted On Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 9:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Canucks' Higgins sustains bone fracture in foot

Vancouver Canucks forward Chris Higgins sustained a bone fracture on his right foot during a preseason game against the San Jose Sharks and will be re-evaluated in three weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Posted On Tuesday, 09.22.2015 / 11:30 AM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Wild's Vanek feeling healthy, more used to teammates

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek said he's aiming for 30 goals this season, and feels that it's possible because he's healthy and has a better feel for his linemates.

Vanek had 21 goals and 52 points last season, his first with the Wild. They were the lowest totals of his career in an 82-game season. However, he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he played the second half of the season despite having two hernias and a detached left groin. He had surgery to repair his injuries in June.

"It's fun to be able to walk up stairs again and get out of bed without pain and actually go outside and throw the ball with my kids," Vanek said.

Posted On Monday, 09.21.2015 / 4:30 PM

By Staff -  / - 2015-16 Preseason Blog

Bruins' Griffith to miss 3-4 weeks with knee injury

Boston Bruins forward Seth Griffith sustained an MCL sprain in his left knee Sunday against the New Jersey Devils and will miss 3-4 weeks, the Bruins announced Monday.

Griffith played 30 games with the Bruins as a rookie, scoring six goals and 10 points in 30 games. He had 12 goals and 31 points in 39 games for Providence of the American Hockey League in his second pro season.

Posted On Monday, 09.21.2015 / 10:43 AM

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

Getting out of town beneficial to Red Wings' Green

Training camp without the comforts of his own home is new to Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green. It's also particularly necessary for him going into this season, his 11th in the NHL and first in Detroit after 10 seasons with the Washington Capitals.

Camping with the Red Wings in Traverse City, Mich., has given Green the opportunity to get to know his new teammates on a more personal basis without worrying about one of them rushing out of the rink to pick the kids up from school, or something similar.

Considering Green knew just about nobody on the team when he signed with the Red Wings, Traverse City has been a blessing for him.

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