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Oilers offer tryout to forward Westgarth

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

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Forward Kevin Westgarth has been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on a tryout basis, the team announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 234-pound wing split last season between the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames and had four goals and seven points in 48 games.

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Alfredsson not expected at Red Wings camp: report

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 6:27 PM / News

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Forward Daniel Alfredsson is not expected to attend Detroit Red Wings training camp and is seeing specialists for his back injury, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Alfredsson hasn't skated in more than 10 days because of problems with his back and has yet to take part in any of the informal workouts with players.

"The setback is a little bigger than Alfie thought," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Monday. "I know he still wants to give himself every opportunity to see if his body will allow him to play. We're going to be patient, give him the time to make his decision.

"At this point, I don't expect him to be coming to camp."

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DeKeyser, Red Wings agree to two-year contract

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 5:39 PM / News

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Restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team said Tuesday. No financial terms were disclosed, but Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that the contract has an average annual value of $2.187 million.

The Red Wings disclosed the agreement via their Twitter account.

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Hurricanes add Samsonov to scouting department

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 5:06 PM / News

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Former NHL player Sergei Samsonov is joining the Carolina Hurricanes as a part-time scout and will be based in the Detroit area, executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said Tuesday.

"I think he's a bright guy," Francis said in a statement. "He's a good student of the game, and he'll be a nice addition to our staff."

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Lester Patrick recipient Holmgren a career Flyer

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:50 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Holmgren is proud of his Minnesota roots, but even he admits Philadelphia is his home now.

The Philadelphia Flyers president on Tuesday was named a recipient of the 2014 Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to hockey in the United States. He will be honored, along with fellow recipient NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, during a ceremony Dec. 4 in Minneapolis, just across the river from his hometown of St. Paul, Minn.

"Everybody knew who Paul Holmgren was, whether you were playing or you were a fan," Daly said. "He generated a lot of respect. Then you get to appreciate his background in the sport, where he came from, his roots in Minnesota, his different roles in the sport, working his way up to now being president of the Flyers. His career and his journey to where he is today is quite a remarkable accomplishment, and that's why he's so deserving of this award."

Holmgren, 58, has spent almost his entire professional life as part of the Flyers organization.

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Daly: Lester Patrick honor reflects NHL as whole

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:38 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly admittedly is uncomfortable with being singled out for an individual award as prestigious in hockey as the Lester Patrick Trophy. It's not his style to be front and center accepting praise and applause for a job well done.

That's why when Daly steps on stage to accept the Lester Patrick Trophy at the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Dec. 4, he will do so with the NHL and the people he represents in mind.

After all, Daly said, he wouldn't even be considered for such an honor without the backing of Commissioner Gary Bettman and the owners he works for.

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Ducks sign Smith-Pelly to two-year contract

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:38 PM / News

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Forward Devante Smith-Pelly signed a two-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Orange County Register reported the contract is worth $1.6 million, with an annual salary-cap charge of $800,000.

Smith-Pelly, 22, was a restricted free agent who comes off a solid showing in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he led the Ducks with five goals in 12 games. He had two goals and 10 points in 19 regular-season games with Anaheim, and 27 goals and 43 points in 55 games for the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

"I'm relieved to get it done," Smith-Pelly said. "It's a long process, but I knew something would get done before camp."

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Flyers hope to see Timonen return to good health

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 3:45 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PINE HILL, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers acknowledge there will be a sizable deficit to cover if defenseman Kimmo Timonen is out for a significant amount of time this season.

However, Timonen's teammates will trade his on-ice absence for knowing the 39-year-old will at least be healthy.

The Flyers announced Aug. 5 that Timonen had been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and both lungs. He spent time in a hospital in his native Finland receiving treatment, but has been in the Philadelphia area for about two weeks.

"Just good to see him around and in good spirits," defenseman Nicklas Grossmann said. "When things happen to people like that, you're always worried about the person. You don't really think much about the hockey player Kimmo, but about the person and his family and all that. You want him to get healthy quick."

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Morrissey eyes making Jets after marathon season

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 2:41 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

PENTICTON, British Columbia -- Conventional wisdom suggests after a 112-game season, one would fancy a bit of a break.

But Joshua Morrissey is ready for more, and the 19-year-old hopes it's with the Winnipeg Jets.

"I grew a lot as a player [last year] … just feeling comfortable with the pros," said Morrissey, who had triple digits in games on behalf of the Jets (NHL preseason), Prince Albert Raiders (Western Hockey League preseason, regular season and playoffs), Canada's national junior team (World Junior Championship) and the St. John's IceCaps (American Hockey League regular season and playoffs) in 2013-14.

"I'm coming in here now wanting to make the Jets," Morrissey said. "I'm going to do everything I can to do that. A big key for me was to gain strength and size to be able to play the man's game at the next level. I'll never be the biggest guy in the League, but I'm a lot stronger now. That's huge for me.

"I think I'm ready to make that jump."

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Daly, Holmgren to receive 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 11:00 AM / Lester Patrick Trophy

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NEW YORK – Accomplished NHL executive Bill Daly and former player, coach, current Flyers executive Paul Holmgren have been named recipients of the 2014 Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

The award, one of the most prestigious in hockey, was presented to the National Hockey League by the New York Rangers in 1966. It honors the memory of Lester Patrick, who spent 50 years in hockey as a player, coach and general manager and was a pioneer in the sport's development.

The recipients will be honored as part of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner on Thursday, December 4, in Minneapolis. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at http://www.ushockeyhalloffame.com/.

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