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Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 1:15 PM

By Matt Kalman - Correspondent / - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Another Bourque, Hamilton to debut in Boston

BOSTON – Ray Bourque skated in a franchise-record 1,518 NHL games for the Boston Bruins during his Hall of Fame career.

When the Bruins open the 2013 season Saturday night against the New York Rangers at TD Garden, the legend’s son Chris should have just 1,517 to catch up to his pop.

The younger Bourque, with 33 NHL games over three seasons on his resume entering this season, joined the Bruins in a trade last summer. He earned a roster spot during Boston’s one-week training camp and should open the game against the Rangers on a line with center Chris Kelly and right winger Rich Peverley.

Bourque previously played one NHL regular-season game in the Garden – when he was with Pittsburgh in 2010.

“It was great obviously coming back playing in front of friends and family. It’s different when you’re the road team, you don’t to spend too much time around the city. It was a good experience. But I’m happy I’m on this side now,” he said after the Bruins’ morning skate.

Bourque anticipates at least 30-40 friends and family, from both the Boston area and Montreal, will be in the building using tickets he and his family secured. There should be plenty other people he knows on hand as well -- he grew up in Boston and attended Boston University for one season.

It’s been a long time since his earliest days hanging out with the Bruins.

“I grew up in this locker room here and the one that was in the building right next door that’s not here anymore,” he said. “So just skating on the ice before the team. Not wanting to get off but getting kicked off before practice, but coming in here and running around, probably pissing off all the trainers and that sort of stuff.”

Bourque and rookie Dougie Hamilton are set to make their debuts with the Bruins. Adam McQuaid, who underwent offseason surgery to treat a blood clot, has been medically cleared to play, according to coach Claude Julien.

Here’s the Bruins projected lineup:

Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Nathan Horton

Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Tyler Seguin

Chris Bourque - Chris Kelly - Rich Peverley

Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Shawn Thornton

Zdeno Chara - Johnny Boychuk

Dennis Seidenberg - Dougie Hamilton

Andrew Ference - Adam McQuaid

Tuukka Rask

Anton Khudobin

Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 1:07 PM

By Lonnie Herman - Correspondent / - 2012-13 Opening Day blog

Lightning, Capitals excited to start season

TAMPA, Fla. –- The Tampa Bay Lightning open their 20th anniversary season by hosting the Washington Capitals at the sold-out Tampa Bay Times Forum on Saturday night.

It’s not quite business as usual, though, as emotions and nerves were running high in both locker rooms.

“This is not a normal night,” Lightning coach Guy Boucher said after the morning skate. “It’s exciting for everyone. The players have been waiting for a long time, the fans have been waiting for a long time and I’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s here and it’s now and we’re all eager to go.”

The day promises to be especially exciting for Cory Conacher, who will be making his NHL debut skating on a line with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell.

“Yeah, it’s hit me,” Connacher said. “I want to act like I’ve been here before but even just walking into the rink tonight will be a great experience.”

Posted On Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 9:00 AM - 2012-2013 Situation Room blog

Get the scoop from Toronto

You have arrived at the Situation Room Blog -- the place you want to be every night of the 2012-13 season.

Starting tonight, reports instantly from inside the League's Hockey Operations situation room in Toronto, where Hockey Ops reviews and decides disputed goals.

Plus, find out the "why" behind those calls. You get the NHL's official ruling first -- here at the Situation Room Blog.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 7:13 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

The EJ5: Old Faces In New Places

The EJ 5 looks at some Old Faces in New Places, thanks to EA Sports NHL 13. Hockey is back! Start YOUR season with NHL 13 – in stores now!

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 4:50 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Coyotes assign three to Portland

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Friday they have assigned forwards Nick Johnson and Rob Klinkhammer and defenseman Michael Stone to the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Johnson has played five games with the Idaho Steelheads this season, collecting one assist. Last season, Johnson set career highs in games played (77), goals (8), assists (18), points (26) and penalty minutes (45) with the Minnesota Wild.

The 27-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (No. 67) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 214-pound Klinkhammer has played 38 games with Portland this season, recording nine goals, 31 points and 26 penalty minutes. The 26-year-old native of Lethbridge, Alberta played 15 games with the Ottawa Senators in 2011-12, collecting two assists.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Stone has recorded six goals, 22 points and 16 PIMs in 31 games with the Portland Pirates this season.

The 22-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba played in 13 games for the Coyotes last season posting one goal and three points in 13 games. He appeared in two games of the Western Conference Finals during the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defenseman also recorded nine goals, 22 points and 24 PIMs in 51 games with Portland in 2011-12. Stone was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the third round (No. 69) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 3:20 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Flames sign Begin to two-way contract

The Calgary Flames announced Friday they have signed forward Steve Begin, who was originally drafted by the team in 1996 and hasn't played in the NHL since early in the 2010-11 season.

Begin signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $525,000 at the NHL level.

His last NHL action came when he played in a pair of games for the Predators two seasons ago. He spent most of that season with their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee and was out of hockey last season.

Begin, 34, was a second-round pick (No. 40) by the Flames and played parts of five seasons for the team. He has also skated for the Canadiens, Stars and Bruins, posting career totals of 52 goals, 100 points and 539 penalty minutes in 488 games.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 2:45 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Lightning reassign three

The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forwards Mike Angelidis, JT Wyman and Kyle Wilson to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

In addition defenseman Matt Taormina was placed on injured reserve.

The Lightning have their roster set at 23 players, not including defenseman Mattias Ohlund who is on injured reserve.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 2:39 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Blues release veteran defenseman White

Hours after signing Wade Redden, the St. Louis Blues announced they had released Colin White, another veteran defenseman who had come to training camp hoping to make the team.

White, 35, appeared in 54 games for the San Jose Sharks last season posting one goal, four points and 21 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound White is a veteran of 12 NHL seasons, including 11 with the New Jersey Devils, where he won the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. Overall, White has dressed in 797 career games amassing 21 goals, 129 points and 869 penalty minutes as well as three goals and 17 points in 114 career playoff games.

The New Glasgow, Nova Scotia native was originally drafted by New Jersey in the second round (No. 49) of the 1996 NHL Draft.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:52 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Jets claim Wright off waivers from Panthers

The Winnipeg Jets claimed forward James Wright off waivers Friday from the Florida Panthers.

Wright, 22, has played in 40 games with the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League so far this season. In that time, the Saskatoon, SK native has recorded five goals, 17 points and 31 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-3 forward has played in 49 NHL games all with the Tampa Bay Lightning where he totaled two goals and five points.

Wright began his major junior career with the Vancouver Giants where he played four seasons, winning the Memorial Cup with the club in 2007. He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round of the 2008 NHL Draft.

Posted On Friday, 01.18.2013 / 1:21 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Flames make roster moves

The Calgary Flames have reduced their roster to 26 players by reassigning center Paul Bryon and defenseman Brett Carson to the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League, while goaltender Henrik Karlsson has been designated for assignment but remains with the team.

The Flames have two goalies, nine defensemen and 15 forwards remaining in camp. Teams must finalize their 23-man roster for opening night by 5 p.m. ET Friday.

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