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NHL announces home openers for 2015-16 season

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 30 clubs for the 2015-16 regular season. The League's complete 1,230-game schedule will be released tomorrow – Thursday, June 25 – at 10 a.m. ET.

Home openers highlighted by Blackhawks vs. Rangers

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 1:00 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks will raise another Stanley Cup banner to the rafters at United Center on Wednesday, Oct. 7, when they host the New York Rangers in their home opener on the first night of the 2015-16 season.

The NHL announced the home openers for each team Wednesday. The full schedule for the upcoming season will be released Thursday.

There will be three other games on Oct. 7: the Toronto Maple Leafs and new coach Mike Babcock will host the Montreal Canadiens; the Los Angeles Kings will host the San Jose Sharks and new coach Peter DeBoer; and the Calgary Flames will host the Vancouver Canucks, a rematch of a Western Conference First Round series of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Penguins' Letang says he'll be ready for training camp

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:37 PM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Kris Letang said Tuesday he will be ready for the start of Pittsburgh Penguins training camp for the 2015-16 season.

Letang missed the final seven games of the regular season and the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a concussion March 28 against the Arizona Coyotes

"Without a doubt, I am going to be ready for training camp; no doubt about that," the 28-year-old defenseman said during media availability for the 2015 NHL Awards, which are Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Letang, a finalist for the Masterton Trophy, has been working out since he was cleared by Penguins doctors to return to physical activity June 1.

Rangers forward Zuccarello 'progressing well'

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:37 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said on Tuesday that the latest report he received from team doctors revealed that forward Mats Zuccarello is progressing well in his recovery from a brain contusion and hairline fracture of his skull.

"I got an email from our medical staff last week, everything is coming along fine and he should be 100 percent, I was told, by the beginning of August," Vigneault said.

Zuccarello sustained the injury when he was struck in the head by defenseman Ryan McDonagh's slap shot in the first period of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Senators GM Murray set to trade Lehner or Anderson

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

LAS VEGAS -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray still intends to trade one of his goaltenders, either Robin Lehner or Craig Anderson, but does not know if it will happen at the 2015 NHL Draft that begins Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports) and ends Saturday (10 a.m. ET, NHLN-US, SN1, TVA Sports).

But whenever it happens, Murray already knows the trade will not sit well with him.

"It's not going to be a satisfactory deal, there's no question," Murray said following the general managers' meeting Tuesday. "I'm not going to get what I think I should get."

Murray said the teams inquiring about his goaltenders have tended to be more interested in Lehner, 23, than Anderson, 34, and he anticipates Lehner is the more likely of the two to be traded. Whoever is left in Ottawa will claim the starter's role, with this season's sensation, Andrew Hammond, serving as backup.

General managers move forward with 3-on-3 overtime

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 11:07 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The Board of Governors will vote during their meeting Wednesday on recommendations from the League's general managers to change the overtime format to 3-on-3 for five minutes and to expand video replay to include a coach's challenge on goals scored off of potential offside or goalie-interference plays.

If the recommendations are approved by the Board of Governors, they will go into effect for the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

Lightning's Bishop hits four HRs before Rays game

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 8:04 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop hit four home runs, including two in a row, in batting practice before the Tampa Bay Rays faced the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field in Tampa on Tuesday.

"I got a couple lucky swings," Bishop said, according to The Associated Press. "You can definitely feel it when you hit it on the sweet spot and it goes. It was fun."

Bishop missed Game 4 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a groin injury, but he ran the bases after his first home run over the left-field wall.

"I was tired after I got about to third base," Bishop said. "I feel healthier. Definitely feeling better. It's getting better every day."

Flames captain Giordano says he'll be ready for camp

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 7:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano said he will be ready to go for training camp in September after missing the last quarter of the regular season and Calgary's two-round run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon.

Giordano was injured on Feb. 25 in a game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. He led all defensemen with 48 points through 61 games at the time he was injured.

"I feel almost 100 percent, it's just a strength thing now," Giordano said Tuesday. "As far as the repair it went really well. Just trying to get strong again."

Leafs sign Granberg, Erixon, agree with Hyman

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 5:20 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed defencemen Petter Granberg and Tim Erixon to one-year contracts. The Maple Leafs also announced today that the club has come to terms with forward Zach Hyman on a two-year entry level contract.

Granberg, 22, was held pointless in seven regular season games with the Maple Leafs this past season. The Gallivare, Sweden native also registered 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 53 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies during 2014-15. Granberg, a fourth round selection (116th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has skated in eight career NHL games, all with Toronto.

McCrimmon added to Canada staff for World Juniors

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:42 PM / News

Kelly McCrimmon, general manager and coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, was added as an assistant coach for Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

McCrimmon replaces D.J. Smith, who was hired as an assistant coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 16.

Dave Lowry, coach of the Victoria Royals of the WHL, will coach Canada at the 2016 WJC, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Joining McCrimmon on Lowry's staff are Dominique Ducharme, coach of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Martin Raymond, coach of the Drummondville Voltiguers of the QMJHL.

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