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Crosby, Malkin to miss start of training camp

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:35 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be held out of the start of training camp after sustaining unspecified injuries, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced Thursday.

The Penguins' top two centers sustained injuries in preparation for camp, Pittsburgh general managers Jim Rutherford announced in a press release. Penguins coach Mike Johnston did not go into detail on either injury, except stating that neither is expected to be long-term and that Crosby's is not related to the wrist injury he played through late last season and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"We'll see over the next few days. I don't expect any of them to be long [absences]," Johnston said. "But when the trainers and the doctors inform us at this time of the year that we better be cautious with a few people, then we're going to be cautious."

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Red Wings' Mantha out with broken leg

Thursday, 09.18.2014 / 12:29 PM / News

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Detroit Red Wings top prospect Anthony Mantha will be out 6-8 weeks with a fractured right tibia, the team announced Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound forward was injured Monday during a game at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament when his leg caught in a rut on the ice and he got hit.

"The puck was in the corner," Mantha told reporters. "I turned to my right at center ice and I hit a crack in the ice so my foot came back to the left, and me and another guy bumped into each other so my knee went sideways. It happened so fast you can't know exactly what happened."

General manager Ken Holland said surgery is not needed.

"He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off," Holland said. "We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity."

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Ryan hopes Senators have a captain this season

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 11:47 PM / News

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Bobby Ryan
Right Wing - OTT
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 25 | PTS: 48
SOG: 190 | +/-: 7
The Ottawa Senators have been without a  captain since center Jason Spezza was traded to the Dallas Stars on July 1.

It appears they're in no rush to name a replacement for Spezza, but Senators right wing Bobby Ryan said Wednesday he hopes one is named sooner rather than later. Defensemen Erik Karlsson and Chris Phillips, and forward Chris Neil appear to be the logical candidates.

Spezza wore the "C" for Ottawa last season after longtime captain Daniel Alfredsson opted to sign with the Detroit Red Wings in July 2013.

"I'm a big believer that you should (have a captain)," Ryan said, according to the Senators website. "I think at the same time you've had two captains in two years leave and you don't want that kind of thing to happen a third time or whatever that may be. You want to make sure that captain is a guy you're building around and is a guy who's going to stay a long time, whether it's a Karlsson or Philly who could be leaving in two years or Neiler who could be leaving in two years, you never know."

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Thornton says Sharks will have '23 captains:' report

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 11:13 PM / News

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Joe Thornton is no longer captain of the San Jose Sharks, but said he will be one of many.

"We're going to have to have 23 captains on the team this year. It doesn't matter who has it or who doesn't have it. We all have to come together and be leaders," Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News on Wednesday. "It's up to Todd and Doug who they pick and we'll end up supporting whoever they choose as captain."

Sharks coach Todd McLellan and general manager Doug Wilson stripped Thornton of the captaincy on Aug. 20, about four months after San Jose blew a 3-0 lead to the Los Angeles Kings and lost its Western Conference First Round series in seven games.

Thornton said he did not plan to alter his approach after the demotion.

"You've just got to compete hard every day and I've always done that," the 35-year-old center told reporter David Pollak. "I'm not changing a thing."

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Blue Jackets' Horton could miss opener: report

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 9:42 PM / News

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Columbus Blue Jackets right wing Nathan Horton could miss the 2014-15 season opener because of an injured back.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday he is unsure if Horton would be able to play in the opener Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres.

Kekalainen said he does not expect the injury to be long-term.

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Wild goalie Harding out indefinitely with injury

Bryzgalov given tryout with Kuemper unsigned

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 6:37 PM / News

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Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is out indefinitely with a fractured right foot, the team announced Wednesday, further complicating a muddled situation at the position.

Josh Harding
Goalie - MIN
RECORD: 18-7-3
GAA: 1.65 | SVP: .933

Harding was injured Tuesday and it occurred away from the ice, the Wild said. Harding's injury, combined with the lack of a signed contract for restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper, leaves the team without its top two goaltenders when training camp begins Thursday.

"I'm frustrated and I'm disappointed," coach Mike Yeo told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "I'm disappointed for our guys that we're here before Day One of camp, and we've got a lot of guys that put in a lot of work, and this is what we're sitting around talking about. I'd rather us talk about the excitement around our team and the work that these guys put in."

The Wild were expected to have a crowded situation in net at the start of the 2014-15 season, but now they could be short. Niklas Backstrom is the only one of the three veteran goaltenders who will be available, along with John Curry, who has played six NHL games. On Wednesday, the Wild invited Ilya Bryzgalov to camp on a pro tryout. Minnesota traded for Bryzgalov late last season when Harding and Backstrom were injured.

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Blue Jackets ready to open camp without Johansen

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 6:36 PM / News

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Restricted free agent Ryan Johansen, the Columbus Blue Jackets' leading scorer last season, left the city Wednesday on the eve of training camp.

Coach Todd Richards said he won't let those contract negotiations be a distraction.

"Right now he's not here," Richards said. "I'm treating it like the regular season when you deal with an injury. He's not in the lineup. You move past it. If he's in the lineup, great; if not, I've got to find somebody else that'll do it.

"The one thing that will become an issue from what I've seen in the past, just based on my history and what I've been through as a coach, is when you miss time in training camp you try to play catch-up and a lot of times you can't catch up."

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Braun signs five-year extension with Sharks

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 2:30 PM / News

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Defenseman Justin Braun has signed a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, the team announced Wednesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Braun's agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeted that it is worth $19 million, an average annual value of $3.8 million.

Braun, 27, is now under contract through the 2019-20 season.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."

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Blue Jackets' Davidson upset with Johansen talks

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 11:26 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- John Davidson, the Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, addressed the contract negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Tuesday.

Johansen, coming off his entry-level contract, last season led the Blue Jackets in goals (33) and points (63). Agent Kurt Overhardt is using that production to seek $6.5 million a year, according to published reports.

"We're an organization that treats the players well, we treat our players fair because our ownership demands that," Davidson said. "But we don't want to have numbers shoved down our throat. … Hopefully we'll get a deal done."

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Letang ready for 'new start' with Penguins: report

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 10:34 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was limited to 37 games last season because of a stroke, and knee and elbow injuries. But the 27-year-old has recovered and is eager to put it all behind him.

"I think it's going to be a new start for me," Letang said Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I want to make sure nobody is going to doubt me, the job I'm going to be doing on the ice. I think basically I just want to prove myself to everyone that is part of the past and we're looking ahead."

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