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Training Camp Buzz: Gaborik won't go with Kings to China

35-year-old forward continuing recovery from offseason procedure on left knee @NHLdotcom

Welcome to the 2017 preseason! Several rookie camps opened across North America last Friday. Veterans report Thursday, for the most part hitting the ice Friday.

This is a busy time, with rookies looking to make a name for themselves and veterans looking to lock down roster spots. Each day, we will have all the updates of note right here.

Here is the training camp news for Wednesday:


Gaborik won't go with Kings to China

Los Angeles Kings forward Marian Gaborik, who is recovering from an offseason procedure on his left knee, won't make the upcoming trip to China, coach John Stevens said Wednesday.

The Kings and Vancouver Canucks will take part in the 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging. They are scheduled to play at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai on Sept. 21 and at Wukesong Arena in Beijing on Sept. 23.

"We're happy with the progress he's making," Stevens said on the opening day of training camp. "He's been skating. He's been integrating in some practices, non-contact. He's getting stronger. He's not going to China, and he's going to stay here and continue his rehab and keep progressing along. ... He skated today early by himself, at 7 this morning, and will continue to skate.

"I think he's close to the point where he can get involved with practices so he can get his timing back."

Gaborik had 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 56 games with the Kings last season. The Kings announced April 25 that the 35-year-old had a non-surgical procedure on his knee.


Fiddler retires after 14 NHL seasons

Forward Vernon Fiddler, who played 14 NHL seasons, announced his retirement Wednesday.

"I know, I know. I really thought I was going to play longer than [Jaromir] Jagr, too. But here we are," Fiddler wrote in The Players' Tribune.

Fidder, 37, played his first six NHL seasons with the Nashville Predators, who signed him as an undrafted free agent on May 6, 2002. He had 93 points (45 goals, 48 assists) in 305 games for Nashville, and 261 points (104 goals, 157 assists) in 877 games for the Predators, Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils.

He was acquired by the Predators in a trade from the Devils on Feb. 5, and played 20 regular-season games (one goal) and nine Stanley Cup Playoff games (one goal, one assist) with Nashville.

The Predators lost the Cup Final to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

"The Cup run that that followed was the perfect way to finish my career," Fiddler wrote. "Even though we didn't quite get the job done, it was an amazing few months. And to be honest, it was just icing on the cake; my whole career was."

Tweet from @DallasStars: Congratulations on a fantastic career, Vern. Thank you for everything.


Desjardins invited to Rangers camp

Forward Andrew Desjardins, 31, will attend training camp with the New York Rangers on a professional tryout contract. He is a potential candidate to make the Rangers as a bottom-six forward, potentially at center. 

Desjardins has 64 points (23 goals, 41 assists) in 408 games with the San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks. He was acquired by the Blackhawks in a trade from the Sharks on March 2, 2015. Desjardins was part of Chicago's Stanley Cup championship team in 2015, when he had four points in 21 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

He had one assist in 46 games last season.  

In addition, forward Bobby Farnham, 28, will be in camp with the Rangers on a PTO. Farnham has 10 points (eight goals, two assists) in 67 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Montreal Canadiens. He spent most of last season in the American Hockey League and had 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 71 games with St. John's.

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