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Davidson says Blue Jackets 'have to prove it': report

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 8:50 AM / News

Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson is pleased with the additions made this summer, but realizes they must translate into success on the ice.

The Blue Jackets failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, but went 15-1-1 over the final 17 games of the regular season. Since then, they've acquired forward Brandon Saad from the Chicago Blackhawks and signed forward Gregory Campbell as a free agent.

"I like our club, a lot of people like our club, but we have to go out and perform," Davidson told the The Columbus Dispatch. "We haven't proven anything to anybody yet."

Young players impress Sabres coach, GM at camp

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- When the Buffalo Sabres wrapped up development camp Sunday, those in charge of turning around the franchise expressed optimism about the direction they are headed.

"I think you saw [improvement] in, and I don't want to bring up names because I'm going to forget names, but I think the guys that were here last year for the first time vs. coming in for the second time this year showed great improvement," Sabres general manager Tim Murray said. "And they know when they get here it's going to be a lot of hard work and that they have to be ready for it.

"I go back to last year, and I judge from there on because I don't know exactly what they did before they got here. So I'm going from last year forward, and I like what I see."

More than 40 players took part in the annual camp that was highlighted by the Sabres' first-round picks from the past two drafts, centers Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel.

Love of family drives Islanders' Dal Colle to succeed

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

New York Islanders prospect Michael Dal Colle was forced to grow up faster than most.

When he was 11, Dal Colle's mother, Wendy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. On his birthday, she was too ill to get out of bed to help him celebrate. She could only listen while friends and family were singing "Happy Birthday" downstairs.

Wendy Dal Colle nearly lost her battle more than once. Fortunately, she beat the deadly disease in 2009 after two long years.

Michael's older brother, Jonluca, has autism. Someday soon, little brother is going to play in the NHL. It will provide Michael the opportunity to give his brother the best life has to offer.

Flyers' Provorov confident he's ready for NHL pace

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

STONE HARBOR, N.J. -- Ivan Provorov believes he is ready to play in the NHL.

"I think I'm a complete player and I think I'll be able to adjust to the speed and physical play," Provorov said at Philadelphia Flyers development camp last week.

Provorov, 18, who the Flyers selected with the No. 7 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, has proven in the past to be a quick learner.

Born in Yaroslavl, Russia, he moved to Wilkes-Barre, Pa., about two hours north of Philadelphia, in 2011 when he was 14. He knew little English and almost nothing of American culture, but he adjusted quickly in his two seasons with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights of the Atlantic Youth Hockey League. In 2012-13, he led them to an under-16 national title.

Forward Beck traded to Maple Leafs by Predators

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 6:38 PM / News

The Nashville Predators on Sunday traded the rights to forward Taylor Beck to the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Jamie Devane.

Beck, 24, who is a restricted free agent, has 11 goals, 12 assists and a minus-6 rating in 85 NHL games; he had 16 points (eight goals) in 62 games last season. The Predators selected Beck (6-foot-2, 203 pounds) in the third round (No. 70) at the 2009 NHL Draft.

Devane, 24, played in two NHL games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 but has spent the rest of his professional career in the American Hockey League and ECHL.

Dano excited to be with Blackhawks, play with Hossa

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 6:00 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Marko Dano was surprised to be part of a blockbuster trade June 30 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.

After he had eight goals and 21 points in 35 games last season to begin his NHL career, Dano, 20, figured he would play for the Blue Jackets for years and years to come.

Instead, Dano was traded to the Blackhawks with forwards Artem Anisimov, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp for forward Brandon Saad and two prospects. He is now tasked with helping the 2015 Stanley Cup champions defend their title.

"I didn't expect it, but now I'm glad to be here and excited to be part of the organization with the Blackhawks," Dano said at Blackhawks development camp Sunday. "The main reason [I'm here] is to get to know each other, and get to know the staff and coaches. That's why I'm here now. I was in Columbus for summer workouts, and then I came over."

Oduya remains top target of Sabres GM: report

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 5:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Defenseman Johnny Oduya remains the primary target of Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray in his attempt to add a left-handed shot on the blue line.

"He hasn't signed anywhere yet, so I haven't moved on," Murray told the Buffalo News on Sunday. "We've looked at everybody we feel are going to need waivers. We're still talking trades with teams. We're still talking about a couple guys that are still out there, but there's no hurry."

Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, is expected to make a decision on whether to stay with the Chicago Blackhawks this week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 33-year-old Swede won the Stanley Cup twice in four seasons in Chicago. He scored two goals and had 10 points and a plus-5 rating last season.

Flyers' Lecavalier wants chance to contribute: report

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 4:45 PM / News

Vincent Lecavalier is eager to put the past behind him and begin anew with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Following two tumultuous seasons under former coach Craig Berube, Lecavalier will play for new coach Dave Hakstol provided Flyers general manager Ron Hextall doesn't find a trade partner willing to take on Lecavalier's contract, which has three years and $13.5 million remaining, according to

Lecavalier scored 20 goals and had 37 points in 69 games in 2013-14, his first in Philadelphia. He had a career-low eight goals in 57 games, which was the fewest he played in a full season in his career, and averaged 12:39 of ice time per game last season.

Lecavalier, though, believes he still can contribute in Philadelphia. His agent, Kent Hughes, told TSN on Friday the Flyers haven't contacted him about a buyout and that Lecavalier will not retire under any circumstances.

"I'm still in shape," Lecavalier said Friday, according to RDS. "I really just want to get my chance. I am confident in my abilities and I move on.

"I kept a good attitude. You do not want to be a cancer in the room. You want to stay a good teammate, and that's what I tried to do. A good bunch of guys, it makes things easier. It is the past. I want to be in shape in September and playing hockey, that's it."

Ducks sign forward Stewart to one-year contract

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 2:30 PM / News

Forward Chris Stewart signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, the Ducks announced.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Orange County Register reported the contract is worth $1.7 million.

Stewart, 27, scored 14 goals and 36 points in 81 games last season with the Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild. He was acquired by the Wild on March 2 for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Sabres' Reinhart boosted by extra year, Eichel arrival

Sunday, 07.12.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The attention being paid to Jack Eichel, the second pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, at Buffalo Sabres development camp has helped keep eyes off the second pick from the previous year, Sam Reinhart, and that could be mutually beneficial.

Reinhart entered his second development camp in Buffalo last week and, opposed to how camp went in 2014, the spotlight is decidedly pointed on Eichel instead of Reinhart.

"It's just as motivating to come here and be with all the guys that are really in the same position as me," Reinhart said last week. "With new guys, the level of competition is still right there. I feel a lot better just from being on the ice one time that I did last year."

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