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Canadiens goalie Fucale returned to junior team

by NHL.com Staff / NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday returned goaltender Zachary Fucale to his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Fucale was a second-round pick (No. 36) at the 2013 NHL Draft and the first goaltender selected. He is No. 57 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking.

Last season Fucale led the QMJHL in wins (36), goals-against average (2.26), and was tied for second with six shutouts. He also had a 2.42 GAA and .902 save percentage in five games for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. Fucale has a chance to return as the starting goalie for Canada at the 2015 WJC, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

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The Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday reduced their training camp roster to 46 by sending six players to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Among the players assigned to the AHL were goaltenders Mac Carruth and Kent Simpson.

The moves were made prior to the Blackhawks' preseason opener Tuesday night against the Detroit Red Wings at United Center.

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The Buffalo Sabres returned nine players to their junior teams: centers Joseph Blandisi and Eric Cornel, right wings Michael Joly, Vaclav Karabacek and Jack Rodewald, defenseman Ryan MacKinnon, Brycen Martin and Jared Walsh, and goalie Francois Brassard.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning reduced their training camp roster by six players: forwards Michael Aviani, Cristiano DiGiacinto and Brayden Point, and defensemen Kodie Curran, Dominik Masin and Ben Thomas.

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The Colorado Avalanche pared their training camp roster to 40 players on Tuesday.

Colorado sent 12 players to the training camp of its American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters: goaltenders Sami Aittokallio and Francois Tremblay; defensemen Cody Corbett and Karl Stollery; and forwards Troy Bourke, Paul Carey, Trevor Cheek, Nate Condon, Mitchell Heard, Garrett Meurs, Michael Sgarbossa and Colin Smith.

Three other players were returned to their junior teams. Conner Bleackley, Colorado's first-round pick (No. 23) in the 2014 NHL Draft, was sent back to Red Deer of the Western Hockey League. Defenseman Mason Geertsen was returned to Vancouver of the WHL, and defenseman Chris Bigras was sent to Owen Sound of the Ontario Hockey League.

Colorado also released forward Kenny Ryan from his professional tryout contract.

The reductions leave 23 forwards, 13 defensemen and four goaltenders in camp.

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The Dallas Stars trimmed their training camp roster by three players.

Goaltender Philippe Desrosiers, the Stars' second-round pick (No. 54) in the 2013 NHL Draft, was assigned to Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Left wing Remi Elie (Belleville, OHL) and center Brett Pollock (Edmonton, WHL) were returned to their respective junior teams.

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The St. Louis Blues trimmed their training camp roster to 53 players.

Forwards Samuel Blais (Victoriaville, QMJHL), Jaedon Deschaneau (Kootenay, WHL) and C.J. Yakimowicz (London, OHL), and defenseman Thomas Vanelli (Medicine Hat, WHL) and Dmitrii Sergeev (Kitchener, OHL) were sent back to their junior teams. Defenseman Santeri Saari was assigned to Jokerit in Finland.

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The Edmonton Oilers got their training camp roster down to 49 players Tuesday.

Ten players were sent to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, among them goaltender Tyler Bunz, left wing Alexander Krushelnyski and defenseman C.J. Ludwig.

Seven players were returned to their junior teams, among them goaltender Keven Bouchard (Val-d'Or, QMJHL), the Oilers' seventh-round pick (No. 183) at the 2014 NHL Draft.

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The Ottawa Senatorsreturned three players to their junior teams Tuesday. Among them was left wing Nicholas Paul, who was sent to North Bay of the Ontario Hockey League. Paul was one of the prospects acquired by the Senators from the Dallas Stars as part of the Jason Spezza trade.

Also cut from camp were defensemen Ben Harpur (Guelph, OHL) and Matt Murphy (Halifax, QMJHL).

The Senators' roster now stands at 54 players.

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The Los Angeles Kings pared their training camp roster by sending six players back to their junior teams and releasing four others.

Among the six players sent back to juniors was defenseman Roland McKeown, the Kings' second-round pick (No. 60) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Also sent back to juniors were defenseman Jacob Middleton and forwards Matthew Mistele, Michael Amadio, Jake Marchment and Spencer Watson.

The four players released from camp were goaltender Brandon Maxwell, defenseman Stephen Harper and forwards Taylor Burke and Conor McGlynn.

Los Angeles has 50 players remaining on its training camp roster.

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