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Blue Jackets' Johansen practices, status uncertain

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:20 PM / News

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- At the same time center Ryan Johansen was preparing for his first practice since signing a new contract Monday, teammate Brandon Dubinsky was undergoing abdominal surgery in Philadelphia that could keep him out for six weeks.

Just another day of drama for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Johansen was ribbed by his teammates when he got to Nationwide Arena on Wednesday morning after staying at home in Vancouver until agreeing to a three-year, $12 million contract Monday.

"We're excited to have him back," left wing Scott Hartnell said. "It's good to see his goofy little face around the dressing room."


Blue Jackets' Dubinsky out after abdominal surgery

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 2:00 PM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Brandon Dubinsky had abdominal surgery in Philadelphia on Wednesday and is expected to miss approximately six weeks, according to the Blue Jackets.

Dubinsky had 16 goals, a career-high 34 assists and was third on the Blue Jackets with 50 points last season. He led Columbus in faceoff winning percentage (52.9 percent) and penalty minutes (98), and was second in hits.


Penguins' Malkin says he's ready to play in opener

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:50 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin declared himself ready to play in the season opener Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks at Consol Energy Center, and coach Mike Johnston said Malkin has a 99-percent chance of playing.

"Malkin skated today and looked really good," Johnston said, according to the Penguins website. "If you looked at the drills in practice he looked really good for being off a month."

Malkin practiced Tuesday for the first time since training camp started because of an undisclosed injury sustained during his offseason workouts.

"I think I will play," Malkin said Wednesday, according to the Penguins website.


Blackhawks' Versteeg out with lower-body injury

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:48 PM / News Staff

Chicago Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will miss about three weeks with a lower-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said Wednesday according to the team's official Twitter account.

Versteeg had 12 goals and 36 points in 81 games last season with the Florida Panthers and Blackhawks. Chicago acquired Versteeg from the Panthers on Nov. 14, 2013, along with Phillipe Lefebvre for Jimmy Hayes and Dylan Olsen.


Wild's Kuemper to start in goal in opener

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 1:38 PM / News Staff

Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo named Darcy Kuemper the starting goaltender for the season opener Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche, according to the team's official Twitter account.

"Real excited, obviously, I think everyone is," Kuemper told the Wild website. "We need to go out there and do what we can to get the win."


Iginla named alternate captain

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 12:35 PM / News

Veteran forward Jarome Iginla is the newest Colorado Avalanche alternate captain, the team announced on Wednesday.

Iginla joins fellow alternate captain Cody McLeod and team captain Gabriel Landeskog as the players that will don captain letters this year. Landeskog is entering his third season with the 'C' on his chest while McLeod is in his second season with the 'A.'

Now in his 18th NHL campaign, Iginla is no stranger to wearing a letter. He spent nine of his 16 seasons (2003-2013) with the Calgary Flames as their team captain and was an alternate captain for the club in the three seasons previous (2000-2003). He has also worn the 'A' several times in international play with Team Canada.


Red Wings' Datsyuk confirms he won't play in opener

Wednesday, 10.08.2014 / 12:20 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk confirmed Wednesday he will not play in the season opener Thursday against the Boston Bruins, according to the Red Wings.

Datsyuk sustained a second-degree separation of his right shoulder Sept. 22, in the Red Wings' first preseason game. He has been practicing, but the initial prognosis was Datsyuk would be out for four weeks.


Sharks haven't decided on starter in goal: report

Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 11:32 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks have not announced who their starting goalie will be in the season opener at the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday.

Coach Todd McLellan had not revealed if it would be last season's No. 1 Antti Niemi or Alex Stalock, the San Jose Mercury News reported Tuesday.

"They both have come back and worked extremely hard in training camp," McLellan told the newspaper. "Again, they'll be judged just like the rest of us on their performances moving forward. Training camp doesn't get you anything. But based on the information we have, they've worked hard, they are in excellent condition. They have supported each other."


Sabres name Brian Gionta captain

Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 9:51 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan today announced he has named forward Brian Gionta team captain. Nolan also announced that he has selected defenseman Josh Gorges and forward Matt Moulson as the team’s alternate captains.

Gionta, who spent the last four seasons as captain of the Montreal Canadiens, becomes the 19th full-season captain in franchise history and will be the 27th player to wear the captain’s “C” for at least a one-month period.


Brodeur without job 'not end of the world': report

Tuesday, 10.07.2014 / 9:41 PM / News

Goaltender Martin Brodeur remains without an NHL job with the season about to begin, and the League's winningest goalie said he's prepared to enter retirement if one is not offered.

"Hopefully I'll have an opportunity but if it doesn't happen it's not the end of the world," Brodeur said, according to The Associated Press. "I've played a lot of hockey and I'm enjoying my time off right now. I've never done that in my life so it's kind of nice to do, but just coming back and playing hockey for two days I know I still have it and it's still inside of me to want to play a little more if I can."

Brodeur this week spent time working out with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where his son Anthony Brodeur is playing this season.

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