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Opening of camp intensifies hockey fever in Winnipeg

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 6:26 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG – A 15-year wait for a new era of the Winnipeg Jets officially ended for the city's ravenous hockey fans on Saturday morning.

Veteran Nik Antropov will go down in lore as the first Jets player to hit the ice at 9 a.m. as the Winnipeg team officially started training camp at the MTS Iceplex, the club's gleaming year-old practice facility. A packed building of 1,500 fans greeted Antropov -- and the teammates who followed his lead -- with unrestrained cheering and the city's ubiquitous "Go Jets Go" chant that has been breaking out at various points across the city since the team moved from Atlanta this spring.

On the ice, the club had three separate briskly paced sessions. Head coach Claude Noel's practice sessions are always lively, and the excitement that comes with the opening of training camp only quickened the pace.
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Older, wiser Jagr hopes for positive NHL return

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 5:21 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

VOORHEES, N.J. -- There were 66 players divided into two sessions on the ice for Philadelphia’s opening day of training camp here Saturday at the Virtua Flyers Skate Zone.

The one player in the spotlight, however, was also the oldest -- 39-year-old right wing Jaromir Jagr.

Following a three-year stint with Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, the Flyers signed Jagr to a one-year deal worth $3.3 million on July 1, the first day of free agency this offseason. He was introduced to the local media for the first time during a press conference following his morning session with most of the veteran players.

"I was pretty sure when I left for the KHL that it was the last time I would play in the NHL, but you can never say never," Jagr said. "You never know what life's going to bring you."
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Bruins welcome Pouliot, Corvo into fold

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 5:16 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON – They're the new kids on the block, but at least publicly they haven't been picked on or hazed by their new teammates in the Bruins' dressing room.

Defenseman Joe Corvo and forward Benoit Pouliot were the only two NHL regulars acquired by the defending Stanley Cup champions during the offseason. Both are expected to crack the lineup and are finding that their teammates are more than welcoming to new additions.

"It was pretty easy joining the guys," Pouliot, who signed with Boston as a free agent in July, said shortly after the first on-ice day of training camp at TD Garden. "A lot of the guys have been good to me, so I can't really complain. The first practice is out of the way. It was good. It was a long one but it feels good."

Just because the Bruins won the Cup doesn't mean they're any less down-to-Earth than your average hockey player.
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Yemelin gets physical in first Montreal scrimmage

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:46 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Que.Montreal Canadiens fans have heard so much about, yet seen so little, of Alexei Yemelin in the seven years since he was a second-round draft pick, some may have needed conformation of his existence.

At the team's first intra-squad scrimmage Saturday, fans saw first hand just how real Yemelin is.

The 25-year-old bruising Russian defenseman with seven years of professional experience in his homeland stood out during the game, administering a number of big hits and showing head coach Jacques Martin how valuable he could turn out to be for the Canadiens this season.

"You can see he moves well, he's a good skater," Martin said. "He plays physical and brings a dimension that could help our defense this season."
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No contact, but Crosby able to skate at top speed

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:28 PM / NHL Insider

Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH – This was what the thousands of fans who showed up for the opening day of Pittsburgh Penguins training camp wanted to see: Sidney Crosby at full speed for the first time in eight months.

Crosby pushed himself harder, longer and at a faster pace  throughout a nearly 70-minute practice Saturday than he has at any time during his concussion-caused layoff. Afterward, he said he felt fine and plans to test himself similarly throughout camp, unless there are unexpected setbacks.

The practice session began with him receiving a loud and lengthy standing ovation from fans who waited three hours for him to take the ice with the third and final practice group of the day at Consol Energy Center.
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Gaborik honors lost friends, hopes for chemistry

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 4:05 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- With heavy legs and an even heavier heart, Marian Gaborik returned Saturday to the Rangers and went right to work at training camp.

It was maybe the best medicine for the star right wing, who is still grieving the deaths of his close friends and former teammates, Derek Boogaard and Pavol Demitra.

"It's been a crazy offseason," said Gaborik, who eulogized Demitra at his funeral Thursday in Slovakia. "To see Boogie go, Pavol and a couple of other guys were lost as well -- this summer has been tough, but you have to move on. Obviously I'm never going to forget these guys. I'm always going to have them in my heart, but I have to move on."

Gaborik spent six days in his native Slovakia and didn't return to North America until Friday, meaning he missed the Rangers first day of on-ice fitness testing here at the MSG Training Center. Gaborik, though, skated three times with fellow Slovaks such as Marian Hossa and Zdeno Chara, who were also in for Demitra's funeral, "to get my mind off things."
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Ex-Lokomotiv goalie Varlamov eager for start of camp

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER – While eager to begin a new chapter in his hockey career, Semyon Varlamov has been carrying a heavy heart since the Sept. 7 plane crash that claimed the lives of nearly the entire Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team.

The 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche goalie, acquired July 1 from Washington, was a product of the Lokomotiv system in his native Russia and he remains heartbroken about the loss of so many of his friends.

"That was my old team," Varlamov said softly Friday after undergoing a battery of medical and physical tests at the Pepsi Center in preparation for the first official training camp sessions Saturday.
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Coyotes, Turris remain worlds apart in negotiations

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 7:58 PM / NHL Insider

Jerry Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The ice-level hallways of Jobing.com Arena were packed with more than 50 Coyotes players Friday -- hopefuls and prospects going through physicals, mugging for pictures and filling out forms on the official opening day of training camp.

Center Kyle Turris, still embroiled in a contract stalemate with the team, was missing from the crowd, however. And it sounds like the Coyotes aren't expecting him to appear anytime soon.

Turris, the highest Coyote draft pick since the team moved to Phoenix (No. 3 in 2007), made $800,000 in the final year of his entry-level contract this past season – one in which he potted 11 of his 19 career NHL goals and appeared to be taking steps toward being the player who was projected to be an offensive force in the League.
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Pronger named 18th captain in Flyers history

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 7:46 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Chris Pronger can be the jokester in the dressing room. He can be the sarcastic and sometimes a witty, larger-than-life personality in the dressing room. He can also be serious, occasionally stern, vocal and, most definitely, powerful.

He won't change as the captain of the Philadelphia Flyers.

"I think you have to be who you are and play the way you've always played," said Pronger, who was named the 18th captain in Flyers history Friday at the same time that Danny Briere and Kimmo Timonen were named alternates. "Whether you have a letter on your jersey or not, if you're a leader, lead. Don't do anything outside of your comfort zone or outside of anything you've done to this point to be successful."
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Hawks' Kane aims to get to the next level

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 6:08 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It's the kind of talk that, frankly, Chicago Blackhawks fans have longed to hear from star forward Patrick Kane.

Despite having surgery to fix a broken bone in his wrist this summer, Kane is anxious to make good on a vow he made at the end of last season, after the Hawks were eliminated in overtime of Game 7 in a classic first-round series against the Vancouver Canucks.

Sporting a black eye that was the result of a big hit in that final game, Kane said last spring that he would concentrate his offseason on getting into tip-top shape and doing whatever it took to help him become an "elite" NHL player. Some might see his 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) in 73 regular-season games last season and 103 goals and 303 points in 317 NHL games over four seasons as impressive ... but he feels those numbers are not good enough to make him "elite."
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— Sabres forward Tim Schaller on scoring his first NHL goal Sunday against the Bruins