COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have extended their agreement with the Springfield Falcons for the club to serve as the organization's American Hockey League affiliate through the 2015-16 season with an option for two additional years, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
"The affiliation between the Blue Jackets and Springfield Falcons has been a successful and rewarding one for both clubs and we're pleased that the relationship will continue," said Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees hockey operations for the club’s affiliates. "The Falcons organization, under the leadership of Sarah Pompea, has been tremendous to work with and we look forward to having our prospects continue to grow and develop in Springfield."
Sharks coach Todd McLellan told the San Jose Mercury News on Monday that he plans on taking a good look at Niemi and Alex Stalock this preseason and then will give each an opportunity to grab the staring job when the regular season gets underway on Oct. 8.
"Preseason, they'll have equal opportunity -- they always have," McLellan told the newspaper. "Then as the season opens they'll both have the opportunity to establish themselves, and if somebody gets hot, we'll run that hot goaltender for a little while."
"It's sick," Hornqvist said. "It's really nice. It's looking good, a little old school, and hopefully we play good in it."
The Penguins will wear the black and Pittsburgh Gold jerseys in 12 games this season.
The Penguins website describes them as "reminiscent of the early 1990s Penguins team that won two Stanley Cups in 1991 and '92."
Donaghey, 18, registered 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 67 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 185-pound defenceman also collected 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in five playoff games with the Remparts last season. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Donaghey led all defencemen on his team in both points (38) and goals (9) during the 2013-14 season.
Anaheim general manager Bob Murray and coach Bruce Boudreau spent the first portions of their media sessions defusing some pointed criticism that reportedly surfaced in Selanne's book regarding the forward's playing time.
Boudreau, Murray and captain Ryan Getzlaf chalked it up to Selanne's frustration at the end of his two-decade career at 43.
"Nobody likes hearing anything negative about themselves in anything," Boudreau said. "So in that sense I was a little disappointed. But I understand the frustration. You have to understand when he said those things it was right after Game 7 (of the Western Conference Second Round Series loss to the Los Angeles Kings). I can see the frustration was [with] everybody.
"When you're a great player your whole life, you want him to want more and to be the best guy and everything else. I understand where he comes from. I didn't like to hear that in a book, but I understand and I'm sure it was in frustration."
Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the newspaper Wednesday he was unsure if Horton would be able to play in the opener Oct. 9 at the Buffalo Sabres, and he did not expect the injury to be long-term.
On Thursday, the Dispatch reported, "It's doubtful [Horton will] take part in training camp and he may miss the early stages of the regular season."
The Penguins' top two centers sustained injuries in preparation for camp, Pittsburgh general manager 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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