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Red Wings' Franzen pushes to return from injury

Wednesday, 09.02.2015 / 2:58 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Johan Franzen is feeling good and pushing himself.

The Detroit Red Wings right wing was limited to 33 games last season because of post-concussion syndrome and other injuries; he last played on Jan. 6. But the 35-year-old has been on the ice working out with teammates during informal skates at Joe Louis Arena for the past few weeks, and he's been trying to ramp up his effort and intensity.

"Going pretty hard, probably too much for me, just to see if I can get through it," Franzen said after the informal skate Wednesday. " … My threshold is getting higher and higher every week. [I'm] just pushing my body a little more, letting it rest and see where we are after that."

Franzen said he expects to pass his physical and be cleared for training camp, which begins Sept. 17 in Traverse City, Mich.

Flames players brighten day of cancer-stricken fan

Wednesday, 09.02.2015 / 2:42 PM / News

Madi Freeman's battle against leukemia got a bit easier for one day thanks to her favorite hockey team.

Freeman, a Calgary Flames fan who recently celebrated her 17th birthday, was diagnosed with leukemia in February. Her 12-year-old brother Ty sent a letter to Flames coach Bob Hartley asking for a meet-and-greet for his sister and their family with the team.

She got something even better this week when Flames forward Joe Colborne and mascot Harvey the Hound visited Madi at her home in High River, Alberta to celebrate her birthday. Colborne brought a bouquet of flowers, a birthday cake and other presents, including jerseys from Colborne and teammate Sean Monahan. Monahan also talked to Madi via Skype from his offseason home in Toronto.

Oilers', Flames' AHL affiliates to play outdoor game

Wednesday, 09.02.2015 / 1:52 PM / News

The Stockton Heat and Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League will play an outdoor game Dec. 18 at Raley Field in Sacramento, Calif.

The game will be part of the Golden State Hockey Rush, an outdoor event held at Raley Field from Nov. 20, 2015, to Jan. 3, 2016.

The Heat is the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames and the Condors are the Edmonton Oilers' AHL affiliate. They are two of five new California-based teams joining the Pacific Division of the AHL this season.

Sharks to honor first owner Gund with banner

Tuesday, 09.01.2015 / 10:30 PM / News

SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks today announced that prior to the team's 2015-16 home opener on Oct. 10 against the Anaheim Ducks, the organization will be unveiling a banner dedicated to the late George Gund III, the team's original owner.

Coinciding with the start of the Sharks 25th anniversary season, the ceremony will serve as a permanent tribute to Gund and his vital role in bringing the National Hockey League to San Jose. Participants in the tribute will include Gund's brother and former original Sharks co-owner Gordon Gund, son George Gund IV, Susan Savage, wife of the late Art Savage who served as the Sharks first president & CEO, Matt Levine, the team's first head of business operations, and George Kingston, the Sharks first head coach.

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Blues invite forward Upshall to training camp

Tuesday, 09.01.2015 / 5:45 PM / News

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has invited forward Scottie Upshall to training camp on a professional tryout basis.

Upshall, 31, dressed in 63 regular season games with the Florida Panthers last season, posting 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) and 28 penalty minutes.

Ice ready for Islanders' first season in Brooklyn

Tuesday, 09.01.2015 / 5:24 PM / News

David Satriano - Staff Writer

The ice is down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the new home of the New York Islanders.

A time-lapse video posted on the Islanders Twitter account Tuesday showed the ice being placed in the arena, followed by the traditional logo being added at center ice. The Islanders previously said they would not change their logo or jerseys upon moving to Brooklyn.

The jerseys will include a commemorative patch for the inaugural season in Brooklyn, Newsday reported in June.

Bruins' Marchand had elbow surgery during offseason

Tuesday, 09.01.2015 / 1:50 PM / News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

WILMINGTON, Mass. -- There were few positives for the Boston Bruins to take out of missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season for first time in eight seasons.

Forward Brad Marchand took advantage of Boston's extended time off over the summer to have surgery to repair torn tendons in his right elbow that had been bothering him since before the start of the 2014 postseason.

Marchand, who is taking part in informal workouts with teammates here at Ristuccia Arena, said he expects to be at full strength when training camp opens Sept. 17.

"It just started feeling better around the start of August," Marchand told on Tuesday. "So it was tough. I couldn't do a whole lot of upper-body workouts for the first three months off. The last month has been good though. It's come around and it's feeling pretty good. But I'm still in the rehab process. So I'm trying to get my strength back up. It's tough to train on one side of your body. You don't want to get too out of whack when you do that, so now I'm just trying to get my strength back up and hopefully feel good for the season."

Kings' Lucic can see himself playing for Canucks

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 11:24 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic, entering the final year of his contract, said Monday he's always dreamed of playing for his hometown Vancouver Canucks.

"I honestly don't know what's going to happen moving on," Lucic told TSN 1410 Radio in response to a direct question on the topic. "I mean I have one year left on my contract, and there's a possibility that I can hit the [unrestricted free agent] market. ...

"It's obviously something that's been a dream of mine since I've been a kid, is to play in your hometown and play for the Canucks, but right now the main focus is going down to L.A. and trying to make the most of that."

Flyers goalie Neuvirth puts 'Rocky' on mask

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 6:09 PM / News

Mike Battaglino - Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth has a knockout new mask.

Neuvirth chose a design centered on the "Rocky" movies for his move to Philadelphia.

Neuvirth signed a two-year contract July 1 after playing last season for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders.

"After a few trades and some moves, there were no more spots open for a No. 1 [goalie]," Neuvirth told CSN Philadelphia on Monday. "I had to change my mindset. I was hoping for the best fit. When I got the offer from the Flyers, I felt they were the right fit for me.

"They were one of the first teams that called me. There were a couple more teams, but Philly had the best offer and I felt this was best fit for me."

NBA star Stephen Curry to be Sharks bobblehead

Monday, 08.31.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors won the NBA's most valuable player award last season, but he'll open this season in a San Jose Sharks jersey -- sort of.

Curry and the Warriors, who won the NBA championship last season, will play their preseason opener Oct. 5 against the Toronto Raptors at the Sharks' home, SAP Center. To commemorate the occasion, the first 10,000 fans will receive a bobblehead figure of Curry in a Sharks jersey.
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