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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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Boogaard in Rangers' thoughts as camp opens

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 5:54 PM / NHL Insider
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- As the Rangers gathered on their first day of training camp, their thoughts turned to who was missing.

Derek Boogaard would have been starting his second season in New York on Friday, but he passed away on May 13 -- the first of far too many tragedies during the past few months that sent the hockey world into mourning.

"You have your thoughts about it," coach John Tortorella said, "but you mourn, you grieve and you have to move along with your life and get about your business -- never forgetting, but also trying to conduct yourself each day."
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Coach, teammates defend Byfuglien's conditioning

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 4:30 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Dustin Byfuglien could not speak in depth about the legal questions that have been associated with him since last month's boating incident in Minnesota, but his teammates and coach did plenty of talking in his defense.

Byfuglien and his Winnipeg Jets teammates underwent physicals and fitness testing Friday at the MTS Centre, and this was Byfuglien's first time answering questions from the media since the incident.

He was arrested Aug. 31 in Minnesota for suspicion of boating while impaired and faces criminal charges because he refused to provide a blood or urine sample. Legal considerations prevented Byfuglien from discussing details of the arrest, though he acknowledged he regretted the situation.
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No pucks in sight as Rangers camp opens up

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 4:27 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Mike Rupp excitedly proclaimed he "survived" the first installment of John Tortorella's dreaded fitness testing. After joking earlier in the week about hoping he doesn't have a heart attack, prized free-agent signee Brad Richards was doing just fine after finishing the grueling sprints.

Sure, his heart was racing, but whose wasn't? Everyone were wearing a Rangers practice jersey Friday at the MSG Training Center had sore legs and were struggling to catch their breath.
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Hawks won't rush Sharp after appendectomy

Friday, 09.16.2011 / 2:25 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- There's never a good time to have an appendectomy, but the Chicago Blackhawks do feel a little fortunate star forward Patrick Sharp had one before the start of training camp.

Sharp, 29, is recovering from an emergency appendectomy on Monday night, after he showed up to a charity golf outing that morning and started to feel ill. The team doctor estimated Sharp will be out three-to-four weeks, which would mean missing the most -- if not all -- of the pre-season and training camp.

A fixture in Chicago's top six forwards, Sharp could potentially return for the season opener Oct.7 in Dallas but no set timeline has been established. The Hawks are just glad the outcome was positive.
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'Finnish Flash' to return to Helsinki as NHL great

Thursday, 09.15.2011 / 4:20 PM / NHL Insider

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

50 -- Goals by Selanne against the Los Angeles Kings, the most he's scored against any opponent. He has 109 points against the Kings, also the most Selanne has scored against any other team.

As he prepares for the 2011-12 season, Teemu Selanne's career has come full circle.

The "Finnish Flash," now an Anaheim Duck for at least one more season, will play before the home fans in Helsinki on Oct. 7, when the Ducks face Buffalo as part of the NHL Premiere Series. It's a homecoming nearly two decades in the making -- Helsinki is where Selanne first came to hockey prominence with Jokerit, initially as a junior and then as one of the deadliest snipers in the SM-Liiga, Finland's top league. He led the team to the league championship in 1991-92 and was tops among all goal-scorers with 39 in 44 games.

Selanne left Finland that fall for Winnipeg, where the Jets had selected him with the 10th pick in the 1988 Entry Draft and signed him to come to North America. Wearing No. 13 because his preferred No. 8 belonged to defenseman Randy Carlyle (later his coach in Anaheim), Selanne lit up the NHL for 76 goals and 132 points, shattering the rookie record in both categories. He joined Finnish legend Jari Kurri and Russian Alexander Mogilny (who also scored 76 in '92-93) as the only Europeans to lead the NHL in goals, and took home the Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie.
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