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Sabres' Reinhart boosted by extra year, Eichel arrival

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The attention being paid to Jack Eichel, the second pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, at Buffalo Sabres development camp has helped keep eyes off the second pick from the previous year, Sam Reinhart, and that could be mutually beneficial.

Reinhart entered his second development camp in Buffalo last week and, opposed to how camp went in 2014, the spotlight is decidedly pointed on Eichel instead of Reinhart.

"It's just as motivating to come here and be with all the guys that are really in the same position as me," Reinhart said last week. "With new guys, the level of competition is still right there. I feel a lot better just from being on the ice one time that I did last year."

Healthy Fabbri hopes to make Blues out of camp

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Louie Korac - Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Center Robby Fabbri was arguably the St. Louis Blues' most pleasant surprise at training camp last season.

But he sustained an upper-body injury when Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin inadvertently fell on him in a preseason game, and Fabbri's improbable journey did not have a storybook ending.

The goal hasn't changed this summer for the 19-year-old Mississauga, Ontario, native, who participated in Blues development camp last week.

"I like to set my goals high," said Fabbri, who was the Blues' top pick (No. 21) in the 2014 NHL Draft. "Getting there as soon as possible is one of my goals. I've been here working hard with [Blues strength and conditioning coach] Nelson [Ayotte] and the trainers to make sure I'm ready and to make that possible. Obviously I'd like to (make the team), but it's a big step."

Messier's nephew makes own mark at Oilers camp

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Luke Esposito said he feels fortunate to have an impressive hockey pedigree but is eager to carve his own identity in the game.

Esposito, 21, who was invited to Edmonton Oilers development camp, is the nephew of Hockey Hall of Fame member Mark Messier and his great uncle is Murray Murdoch, one of the original New York Rangers, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and a winner of the Lester Patrick Trophy for contributions to hockey in the United States.

"My whole family, coming from a hockey background growing up, you were kind of thrown right into it," Esposito said. "So getting to experience that and having both my uncles, my uncle Mark and my uncle Paul and my grandpa (Doug Messier, Mark's father and a former minor-league coach) available all the way up, and to be able to access all their knowledge and all their experience, has been vital in my career so far and I don't expect that to change. Any questions I've ever had, whether it's the casual postgame hockey talk or anything else, they're always there, so it's great having them around."

Oshie excited, says Capitals are 'ready to win'

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:05 PM / NHL Insider

Katie Brown - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals hope the additions of forwards T.J. Oshie and Justin Williams will help deliver what has been an elusive championship.

Oshie, who was acquired from the St. Louis Blues on July 2 in a trade for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round draft pick, met with the Washington media on Saturday and said he's excited for the challenge.

"This team's ready to win, it looks like," Oshie said. "I'm happy to be an addition to that and be a piece of the puzzle."

Holtby, Capitals may be headed for arbitration: report

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 2:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Saturday he believes he's made a fair offer to restricted free agent goalie Braden Holtby and is prepared to go to arbitration if necessary, according to The Washington Post.

Holtby, who turns 26 on Sept. 16, was 41-20-10 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts last season. The Capitals reportedly offered a contract in the mid-$5 million range annually; the Post reported Holtby is seeking about $1 million more per season.

He made $2 million last season. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 23.

"I think we've made an aggressive offer with Holtby, hoping to get it done sooner than later," MacLellan said. "I like what we've offered. We've offered a term deal with a good salary. The total dollars is pretty significant. Unfortunately, I guess you play it out. If you've got to go to [arbitration], you've got to go to [arbitration]. It's part of the process."

Sharp prepares for next chapter with Stars

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 2:22 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp's list of accomplishments over 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks is impressive.

A key contributor on three Stanley Cup championship teams, including last season, a four-time 30-goal scorer, and 2011 NHL All-Star Game MVP are some of his more pertinent bullet points.

However, all good things must come to an end and on Friday, Sharp, 33, and defenseman Stephen Johns were traded to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

"I built a home in Chicago and built a family there. It's going to be an emotional time, but I think my wife and I are excited about the new chapter in our career and our life," Sharp said Saturday. "We consider ourselves very lucky to go into an organization like the Stars have."

Hayes brothers raise money for ALS research

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 1:03 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON -- Brothers Jimmy and Kevin Hayes got their first chance in a while to be teammates and used it to help raise money for a charity close to the heart of their alma mater Friday.

Jimmy Hayes, who was recently traded from the Florida Panthers to the Boston Bruins, and Kevin Hayes, who was a rookie with the New York Rangers last season, were part of a Boston College alumni team that played a group of Boston University alums in the Comm Ave. Classic at Walter Brown Arena.

The first edition of the game drew more than 5,000 people to the BU campus and raised more than $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS.

Waterboy, Phaneuf reunite with Maple Leafs: report

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 10:27 AM / Prospects

If defenseman Andrew Nielsen makes the Toronto Maple Leafs roster one day and gets to skate alongside Dion Phaneuf, it won't be the first time they'll be co-workers.

Nielsen, the Maple Leafs' third-round pick (No. 65) at the 2015 NHL Draft, was the waterboy for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League from 2003-05. Phaneuf was a top defenseman for Red Deer at the time.

"It was pretty cool to idolize him, watch what he did best and see him grow as a person," Nielsen told the Toronto Sun during Maple Leafs development camp this week. "I tried to take in as much as I could from him.

"He hasn't called me yet, but the trainer I work out with still keeps in contact with him and texted congratulations. I'd go to Flames games in Calgary when I was younger, where he'd give a puck or whatever. I've not talked to him for a long time, but I'm sure we'll hook up at training camp."

Flames' Bennett knows he has to prove himself

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Following a roller-coaster season that began with major surgery and ended with a high-pressure audition in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sam Bennett maintains he took the entire process in stride.

The Calgary Flames' 19-year-old prospect is so insistent that the ride that saw him go from training-camp hopeful to sidelined for five months by shoulder surgery to junior standout to playoff hero -- all in the span of a single season -- hasn't elevated his expectations of what's to come in the least.

"It's been a crazy year," Bennett said during Flames development camp. "At some points it was really tough on me, and other points it was the best time of my life. It was a crazy year, but I was really happy with the way it turned out.

Adding size weighty issue for Jets' Ehlers, Morrissey

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have never strayed from their emphasis on youth and player development since general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff's arrival in 2011.

The potential rewards of Cheveldayoff's patience, including recent NHL Draft first-round picks in left wing Nikolaj Ehlers and defenseman Joshua Morrissey, headlined the Jets' annual development camp this week.

The next stage of development for Ehlers and Morrissey will involve more time in the workout room this summer.

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