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Giordano raising expectations for Flames' season

Wednesday, 09.17.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.

Mark Giordano's expectations for the Calgary Flames this season are simple. In fact, they're the same as the 29 other NHL teams.

"We want to make the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs," Giordano said. "Winning is everything in this League. We want to get into the playoffs and we want to go from there. With the parity in the League, if you get in … the goal is to get in. From there you can make some noise."

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Blue Jackets' Davidson upset with Johansen talks

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 11:26 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- John Davidson, the Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, addressed the contract negotiations with restricted free agent center Ryan Johansen on Tuesday.

Johansen, coming off his entry-level contract, last season led the Blue Jackets in goals (33) and points (63). Agent Kurt Overhardt is using that production to seek $6.5 million a year, according to published reports.

"We're an organization that treats the players well, we treat our players fair because our ownership demands that," Davidson said. "But we don't want to have numbers shoved down our throat. … Hopefully we'll get a deal done."

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Letang ready for 'new start' with Penguins: report

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 10:34 PM / News

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Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was limited to 37 games last season because of a stroke, and knee and elbow injuries. But the 27-year-old has recovered and is eager to put it all behind him.

"I think it's going to be a new start for me," Letang said Tuesday, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I want to make sure nobody is going to doubt me, the job I'm going to be doing on the ice. I think basically I just want to prove myself to everyone that is part of the past and we're looking ahead."

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Gagne, Leino have chance with Bruins, Julien says

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 9:37 PM / News

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Forwards Simon Gagne and Ville Leino will have a chance to make the Boston Bruins roster at training camp, coach Claude Julien said Tuesday.

"We wouldn't invite those guys just to fill in our training camp roster," Julien told the Bruins website. "Older guys that have some experience … both of them are coming off injuries, major injuries. They both feel really good. Gagne didn't play at all last year but trained a lot; he's feeling the best he's felt in a long time. And Leino's the same way. Those guys have experience, so it's an opportunity for those guys to seize some of those spots, if they want to, and then for the young guys to battle their way into it."

Gagne and Leino will attend camp, which begins Thursday, on a tryout basis. Gagne, 34, did not play in the NHL last season because of injuries to his neck, head and groin. Leino, 30, had 15 points (all assists) in 58 games with the Buffalo Sabres and was given a compliance buyout this summer.

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Canadiens plan to move Galchenyuk to center: report

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 9:13 PM / News

Alex Galchenyuk played left wing in his first two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, but the team is planning to move him to center, TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Tuesday.

During an interview with Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, it was revealed that Montreal would like to try the 20-year-old in the middle. Galchenyuk, who was a first-round pick (No. 3) at the 2012 NHL Draft, had 13 goals and 18 assists in 65 games last season and two goals and one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"We will start him in training camp at center," Bergevin said. "We want to see where he's at. We know sometimes it's harder for a young player to player center in the NHL, especially down low. But with two years under his belt, we want to evaluate where he's at in the center position and then we'll make a decision."

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Oilers offer tryout to forward Westgarth

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 7:05 PM / News

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Forward Kevin Westgarth has been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on a tryout basis, the team announced Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4, 234-pound wing split last season between the Carolina Hurricanes and Calgary Flames and had four goals and seven points in 48 games.

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Alfredsson not expected at Red Wings camp: report

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 6:27 PM / News

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Forward Daniel Alfredsson is not expected to attend Detroit Red Wings training camp and is seeing specialists for his back injury, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday.

Alfredsson hasn't skated in more than 10 days because of problems with his back and has yet to take part in any of the informal workouts with players.

"The setback is a little bigger than Alfie thought," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Monday. "I know he still wants to give himself every opportunity to see if his body will allow him to play. We're going to be patient, give him the time to make his decision.

"At this point, I don't expect him to be coming to camp."

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DeKeyser, Red Wings agree to two-year contract

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 5:39 PM / News

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Restricted free agent defenseman Danny DeKeyser has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team said Tuesday. No financial terms were disclosed, but Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports that the contract has an average annual value of $2.187 million.

The Red Wings disclosed the agreement via their Twitter account.

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Hurricanes add Samsonov to scouting department

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 5:06 PM / News

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Former NHL player Sergei Samsonov is joining the Carolina Hurricanes as a part-time scout and will be based in the Detroit area, executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis said Tuesday.

"I think he's a bright guy," Francis said in a statement. "He's a good student of the game, and he'll be a nice addition to our staff."

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Lester Patrick recipient Holmgren a career Flyer

Tuesday, 09.16.2014 / 4:50 PM / Lester Patrick Trophy

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Holmgren is proud of his Minnesota roots, but even he admits Philadelphia is his home now.

The Philadelphia Flyers president on Tuesday was named a recipient of the 2014 Lester Patrick Award for his contributions to hockey in the United States. He will be honored, along with fellow recipient NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, during a ceremony Dec. 4 in Minneapolis, just across the river from his hometown of St. Paul, Minn.

"Everybody knew who Paul Holmgren was, whether you were playing or you were a fan," Daly said. "He generated a lot of respect. Then you get to appreciate his background in the sport, where he came from, his roots in Minnesota, his different roles in the sport, working his way up to now being president of the Flyers. His career and his journey to where he is today is quite a remarkable accomplishment, and that's why he's so deserving of this award."

Holmgren, 58, has spent almost his entire professional life as part of the Flyers organization.

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I've been so fortunate, blessed, to play a long time with some great players and be on power plays, play in some great cities and stuff. It's been fun.

— Avalanche forward Jarome Iginla on tying Dino Ciccarelli for 46th place on the NHL's all-time list with his 1,200th career point after their win vs. the Predators on Friday