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Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:10 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Goc, Gudbranson doubtful for Panthers' opener

Florida Panthers forward Marcel Goc and defenseman Erik Gudbranson are unlikely to play in Saturday's season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes due to injuries, general manager Dale Tallon said via the team's official Twitter account.

Miami Herald reporter George Richards wrote via Twitter that Tallon also said Goc and Gudbranson are suspended until medically cleared.

Goc injured his ankle while playing in his native Germany during the lockout, while Gudbranson is recovering from shoulder surgery resulting from a wakeboarding accident back in September.

Another key member of the team, forward Sean Bergenheim, was also hurt while playing overseas during the lockout. Bergenheim suffered a groin injury playing in Finland, but according to a tweet from Richards is not currently suspended by the Panthers because the team has not determined the extent of his injury.

Forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who was selected No. 3 in the 2011 NHL Draft and has spent the past several months playing in juniors, did not practice Monday. Tallon said Huberdeau is fine and will practice Tuesday, according to Richards.

The Panthers, who won the Southeast Division last season and earned the franchise's first playoff berth in 12 years, also begin training camp without the services of young defenseman Dmitry Kulikov, who remains a restricted free agent. Kulikov has been playing for Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the Kontinental Hockey League during the lockout.

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Canucks sign veteran defenseman Vandermeer

The Vancouver Canucks added to their defense corps Monday with the free-agent signing of veteran Jim Vandermeer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vandermeer, 31, played in 25 games for the San Jose Sharks last season, recording one goal and four points along with 33 penalty minutes.

After going undrafted, Vandermeer broke into the League with Philadelphia back in 2002-03 and has played in 461 career games for the Flyers, Blackhawks, Flames, Coyotes, Oilers and Sharks, compiling totals of 25 goals, 105 points and 664 penalty minutes.

Vandermeer also has a pair of assists in 21 career playoff games.

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 3:09 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Top Prospects Blog

Desrosiers replaces Comrie in Top Prospects Game

The Canadian Hockey League on Monday announced that goalie Eric Comrie of the Tri-City Americans will miss the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.

Comrie, NHL Central Scouting's No. 1-rated goalie on its preliminary list of players at his position in the Western Hockey League, will be replaced on Team Orr by Philippe Desrosiers of the Rimouski Oceanic in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Top Prospects game is scheduled Wednesday at Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at 7 p.m. ET (NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 2:46 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Report: Flyers move Paddock to assistant coach

The Philadelphia Flyers have named John Paddock as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season, according to a report from Tim Panaccio of

Paddock had been serving with the Flyers as assistant general manager.

Panaccio writes that Paddock's new role will involve concentrating on the defensive side of the puck and he'll operate from out of the press box rather than behind the bench.

“I’m going to be a sounding board on different things,” Paddock said.

Panaccio writes that the change in Paddock's job title came about over the summer after a conversation with general manager Paul Holmgren and coach Peter Laviolette.

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:40 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Sabres set ticket-sale record Sunday

The Buffalo Sabres are again a hot ticket in Western New York.

The Sabres announced Monday that they sold 31,213 tickets for the 2012-13 season on Sunday during a 24-hour pre-sale period for current season-ticket holders and current mini-pack holders. The amount sold sets a club record for single-day ticket sales -- excluding sales on the first day of availability for the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.

Individual game tickets will be available for the general public beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m.

"With the uncertainty surrounding the schedule and the timing of the start of hockey, we didn't know what to expect," Sabres President Ted Black said in a statement released by the team. "However, Sunday's ticket sales took us by surprise and, frankly, blew us away.

"Our box office staff is the best in the business and they worked tirelessly all day, fielding more than 800 phone calls, to keep up with the record volume of orders. The extraordinary fan response makes us humble, grateful and even more committed to our core mission. We can't wait to drop the puck before a full house."

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Islanders claim Finley off waivers from Sabres

The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Joe Finley off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.

Finley, a first-round pick (No. 27) of the Washington Capitals in the 2005 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut by going scoreless in five games for the Sabres last season, amassing 12 penalty minutes. He had one goal, five points and 81 penalty minutes in 36 games for AHL Rochester this season.

At 6-foot-8 and 249 pounds, Finley provides size and has two years remaining on the three-year, $1.575 million deal he signed with Buffalo prior to the 2011-12 season.

John Vogl, who writes the Sabres Edge blog for the Buffalo News, reports that the Islanders' claiming of Finley could affect what the team does with defense prospect TJ Brennan. Vogl writes the Sabres might be interested in sending Brennan back to Rochester, but he would have to pass through waivers first. Now, with Finley having already been lost, that move seems less likely.
Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 11:58 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Crosby, Bylsma among Monday's NHL Live guests

We celebrate #hockeyisback in the season premiere of Cisco NHL Live today 5-7 p.m. ET on the NHL Network. Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek will keep you updated on all the news as training camps open to prepare for the NHL season.

Every day this week NHL Network will be live at a different training camp starting with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. We will talk with Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby from the team practice facility on his health and readiness for the start of the season. We will also talk to Penguins coach Dan Bylsma and get a report from Rob Rossi from the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

With four new coaches in the League and training camps shortened, we will ask our own resident coach, NHL Network analyst Barry Melrose, how he thinks these teams and new leaders should prepare. We'll also get the latest stories on signings, injuries and players to watch from NHL Network insider Bob McKenzie.

What is going on with goalie Roberto Luongo? On Cisco NHL Live we will talk to Kevin Woodley on what the current status is of the All-Star and what kind of effect his presence is having on the Canucks.

Don't forget to submit your #AskEJ questions through Twitter via @NHLNetwork or @EJHradek_NHL and keep an eye on this Senior Reporter's dance moves in his inaugural EJ5: Hradek's Top 5 Thoughts of the Day.

Make sure to tune in on the season premiere of Cisco NHL Live on NHL Network from 5-7 p.m. ET with Bill Pidto and EJ Hradek.

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 10:30 AM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

Welcome to the Cisco NHL Live blog

The Cisco NHL Live Blog is your inside source for everything Cisco NHL Live, airing on the NHL Network from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday from the NHL Powered by Reebok Store in the heart of New York City. The NHL Live Blog will detail the appearances of all our great guests, including current and former NHL players, coaches, front-office personnel, prospects, hockey insiders and celebs.

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite TV show? Well, here at the Cisco NHL Live Blog, we'll give you, the NHL super fan, a unique insider experience. You'll also have your voice seen and heard as we'll host chats and search for the best "Ask EJ's." Ask, and ask often, because your question could be answered live on the air.

Want to re-watch your favorite player, coach or celebrity get interviewed? We'll share clips of the most memorable interviews and discussions from the crew right here.

Posted On Monday, 01.14.2013 / 7:00 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - Top Prospects Blog

Top prospects ready to shine in Halifax

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- Defenseman Seth Jones and center Nathan MacKinnon will highlight the rosters for their respective teams on Wednesday when the 2013 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is held at the Metro Centre in Halifax.

The contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET (NHLN-US, Sportsnet).

MacKinnon of the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League will captain Team Cherry and Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League will wear the 'C' for Team Orr.

With the exception of the three players representing Team Cherry from Halifax -- MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin and Zachary Fucale -- 37 others will be arriving in the province of Nova Scotia on Monday afternoon.

Team Cherry and head coach Don Cherry will conduct a practice session at 6 p.m. ET, followed by Team Orr and coach Mike McPhee at 7 p.m. ET.

On Tuesday, the players will undergo on- and off-ice testing at the Metro Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET. The remainder of the day is set aside for interviews and television promos.

Posted On Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 7:24 PM

By Staff -  / - 2012-13 Training Camp blog

Iginla misses practice with groin injury

Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla did not skate with his teammates Sunday on the first day of training camp because of a groin injury.

General manager Jay Feaster told reporters it was a precautionary move. The Flames were also short center Roman Cervenka and defenseman Anton Babchuk.

Cervenka is not allowed to skate because he is still taking blood-thinning medication after dealing with blood clots while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League. Feaster said Cervenka will visit a specialist in the next week to determine when he can stop taking the medication.

A free-agent addition in the offseason, the Flames hope Cervenka can fortify what has been an ongoing problem for several seasons at center.

Feaster said Babchuk is expected to be out three weeks with a shoulder injury he incurred while playing in the KHL during the lockout.

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