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Ben Bishop says he won't be limited at camp 09-18-2014
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop doesn't anticipate being limited at training camp despite his wrist not feeling quite 100 percent yet.

St. Petersburg Times
"The range of motion, everything is good," Bishop said. "Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good. By the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better everyday. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go." He's projected to practice with the Lightning on Friday.
Kimmo Timonen not calling it quits yet 09-18-2014
Kimmo Timonen D PHI
Kimmo Timonen won't play for months, according to Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

Philadelphia Flyers on Twitter
"My desire is I want to play. But the chances of me playing are really slim," said Timonen. "That's a fact. But I'm ready and waiting to see. If there's a little chance there's a safe way for me to step on the ice, then we have a new discussion. But we don't know yet." There was some speculation that he would have to retire after being diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and his lungs, but he isn't ready to call it quits yet and wants to get back to playing.
Jagr isn't close to thinking of retirement 09-18-2014
Jaromir Jagr RW NJ
Jaromir Jagr doesn't plan on playing his last season in 2014-15.

The Bergen Record
"I don't think that way," Jagr said. "I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don't know if it's going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it's not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I'm good enough. I don't want to just be here just to be here." The 42-year-old winger had 24 goals and 67 points in 82 games last season. Jagr said he signed a one-year contract because he likes the added pressure of having to prove himself. Coach Pete DeBoer said Jagr is in great shape and the future Hall of Famer intends to play better than he did a year ago.
Simon Hjalmarsson may start year with Jackets 09-18-2014
Simon Hjalmarsson RW CLB
Simon Hjalmarsson could have a shot at a roster spot entering the 2014-15 season.

Columbus Dispatch
His chances improved with the news that Nathan Horton's back ailment may carry over into the regular season. Hjalmarsson will face stiff competition from Brian Gibbons and Jerry D'Amigo at training camp.
Nathan Horton (back) is out indefinitely 09-18-2014
Nathan Horton RW CLB
Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered him for most of the summer.

Columbus Dispatch
It's doubtful at this time that he will participate in training camp and he could miss the start of the regular season as well. Horton missed 40 games because of off-season shoulder surgery and he suffered an abdominal injury late in the year as well. He had five goals and 19 points in 36 games last season.
Derrick Pouliot not cleared for practices 09-18-2014
Derrick Pouliot D PIT
Derrick Pouliot (shoulder) will skate in the morning when training camp opens.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
However, he won't be available for practices with his teammates. Pouliot is still recovering from off-season surgery.
Pascal Dupuis may take contact in a week 09-18-2014
Pascal Dupuis LW PIT
Pascal Dupuis (knee) will be available for the start of training camp, but he won't take contact for the start.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Dupuis expects to get clearance for contact in about a week. He missed most of the 2013-14 season after he tore the MCL and ACL in his knee.
Olli Maatta green lighted for limited contact 09-18-2014
Olli Maatta D PIT
Olli Maatta (shoulder) will be able to take part in "limited contact" at the start of camp.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He has been on the mend from off-season shoulder surgery since May. Maatta recorded nine goals and 29 points in 78 games during his rookie campaign. It appears as though he could be on track to be fine for the start of the season.
Kasperi Kapanen (finger) cleared for camp 09-18-2014
Kasperi Kapanen RW PIT
Kasperi Kapanen (finger) has been cleared to participate in training camp.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
He was held out of the prospects tournament because of a broken finger, but he's ready to take part in Pittsburgh's main camp. The 2014 first-round pick of the Penguins will look to impress the team's brass to try to earn a roster spot.
Blues' Jaden Schwartz remains unsigned 09-18-2014
Jaden Schwartz C STL
Jaden Schwartz still doesn't have a contract with the Blues, so he won't be in attendance for the start of training camp.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"We've had dialogue recently," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "But I don't know when he's going to be here. He's not here today, I don't expect him here tomorrow. And we're just going to now concentrate on the players that are here, try and find some synergy with the centermen that are in camp with some wingers and when Jaden reports, when we get a contract done with him, he can work his way back into that group. But right now it's focus on the guys that are here." No future talks are scheduled, but Armstrong doesn't want to provide another update on the situation until the team is able to announce a new deal.
Cody Eakin poised to miss beginning of camp 09-18-2014
Cody Eakin C DAL
Restricted free agent Cody Eakin is taking part in workouts in Winnipeg.

Dallas Morning News
He notched 16 goals and 19 assists in 81 game last campaign. However, negotiations could get complicated because now his role on the team has changed with the off-season acquisition of Jason Spezza. Eakin is expected to be bumped to the third line this year. If something isn't worked out quickly then he could be a no-show for the start of training camp.
Brenden Dillon may miss start of camp 09-18-2014
Brenden Dillon D DAL
Brenden Dillon is working out in Vancouver, while he waits for a contract to be worked out with the Dallas Stars.

Dallas Morning News
He's coming off his entry-level deal and played well for the Stars last season. Dillon posted 17 points, 86 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in 80 games. He's also a strong contributor in hits and blocked shots.
Brett Ritchie out 2 weeks with broken pinkie 09-18-2014
Brett Ritchie RW DAL
Brett Ritchie sustained a broken pinkie at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and it's expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.

Dallas Morning News
There's a chance that he may skate with the Stars at training camp, but his participation in drills will obviously be limited. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take part in preseason games.
Announcement on Rich Peverley coming soon 09-18-2014
Rich Peverley C DAL
Rich Peverley (heart) has not been cleared for skating yet.

Dallas Morning News
The Stars are projected to announce on Thursday what his schedule might be. Peverley's season was ended abruptly in 2013-14 by a cardiac incident when he collapsed on the bench. In the meantime, he is expected to continue to work out off the ice his teammates.
Cody Corbett ready to start pro career 09-18-2014
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Cody Corbett is thrilled to be attending Colorado's training camp.

Denver Post
Three years ago, he couldn't find an NCAA program, but the undrafted defenseman has improved each season in the WHL while playing for Edmonton Oil Kings. Corbett posted 17 goals and 61 points in 65 games from the back end last year. He has a three-year, $1.85 million contract with the Avalanche and is ready to begin his pro career in the minors.
Leafs' Robidas expects to be ready for opener 09-18-2014
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Stephane Robidas (leg) expects to participate in drills during training camp.

Paul Hendrick on Twitter
He's hoping to play in a couple of preseason games and be ready for the start of the year in October. Robidas is still recovering from two separate leg fractures, but he's been skating since the end of June and said he felt "great" earlier this month.
Hawks invite Cam Barker to training camp 09-18-2014
Cam Barker D VAN
Cam Barker will attend training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago Tribune
The former Blackhawks defender was originally drafted by the organization in 2004 with the third overall pick. Barker was shipped to Minnesota for Nick Leddy in 2010, but he was never able to display the same form he had in 2008-09 when he hit the 40-point mark.
Anthony Mantha fractures tibia, out 6-8 weeks 09-18-2014
Anthony Mantha RW DET
Anthony Mantha will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.

Michigan Live
He was injured Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game with Detroit's other prospects, but still finished the contest. "He's going to be in crutches for a while, take the weight off," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "We think somewhere around six weeks he should be back up and running and skating and from there playing. In the meantime we got lots of other people looking for opportunity." The 20th overall draft pick in 2013 was slated to compete for a roster spot at training camp, but this injury will prevent that from happening.
Evgeni Malkin day-to-day with minor injury 09-18-2014
Evgeni Malkin C PIT
Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury. on Twitter
Malkin will miss the start of training camp due to the ailment. There's no reason for the Penguins to push the star player to participate in practices weeks before the start of the season.
Sidney Crosby dealing with minor injury 09-18-2014
Sidney Crosby C PIT
Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury. on Twitter
Crosby's ailment isn't related to his previously injured wrist. Whatever it is, it's considered minored.
Nick Bonino looks forward to new opportunity 09-18-2014
Nick Bonino C VAN
Nick Bonino is looking forward to the opportunity to serve as Vancouver's second-line center.

Vancouver Sun
"You want to play as many minutes as you can," Bonino said. "I think that's the goal in this league and the second-line center is going to play good minutes and be in a lot of good situations. Obviously that is something everyone wants. At the same time, last year in Anaheim I was a fourth-line center and did a bit of everything. So no matter how the lineup shakes out, I will do whatever I can to help the team." The Ducks acquired Bonino in the Ryan Kesler trade. Bonino broke out last season with 22 goals and 49 points in 77 games.
Joe Thornton might still regain captaincy 09-18-2014
Joe Thornton C SJ
Although Joe Thornton lost the captaincy, he still might regain it.

San Jose Mercury News
While that scenario seems unlikely, Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn't rule it out. McLellan said that he'll award the 'C' based on what he sees during training camp. For his part, Thornton said he'll back whoever gets the job.
Erik Karlsson needs to be better defensively 09-18-2014
Erik Karlsson D OTT
The Ottawa Senators will be looking for more defensively from Erik Karlsson this season.

Ottawa Citizen
The offensive defender can rack up points like a forward, but he has been criticized for his work in his own end. Much of that last season was blamed on his recovery from an Achilles injury, but he feels better going into 2014-15. "It's obvious, (weak defense) was probably our main concern last year and the thing we couldn't really figure out and something we're going to try and address as soon as the season starts," Karlsson said. "We all know it, we're all professionals, we've been around and that's one of the things we need to improve in our game to be successful." Karlsson logs big minutes for the Senators and the team needs him to play responsibly in all zones.
Kris Letang excited to work with new coach 09-18-2014
Kristopher Letang D PIT
Kris Letang is upbeat about new Penguins head coach Mike Johnston.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
"Every time you have something new in life, you're pretty excited," Letang said. "You want to get it going. You want to see what it's like to have change. Every one of us is really excited." Letang is entering the first season of his eight-year, $58 million contract. He's one of the best offensive defensemen in the game, but he has ran into a variety of health problems over the last few years.
New York Islanders need to move past rebuild 09-18-2014
John Tavares C NYI
The pressure will be on the New York Islanders to perform this season.

New York Newsday
The Islanders made the playoffs in 2013, but regressed last season. In the past, the Islanders' shortcomings have been written off as part of the rebuilding process, but as Tavares put it, "We're young, but we've certainly got enough experience." Throw in the fact that the Islanders' first-round pick belongs to Buffalo and the Islanders will be harshly criticized if they miss the playoffs again.
R. Clowe likely to be available for practice 09-18-2014
Ryane Clowe LW NJ
Ryane Clowe (concussion) will probably be available for the Devils' first training camp practice on Friday.

The Bergen Record
Clowe has been undergoing testing to make sure he's healthy enough to play and so far, it sounds like the results have been encouraging. He's looking to bounce back after being limited to 43 games in 2013-14.
Peter Budaj to contend with Tokarski at camp 09-18-2014
Peter Budaj G MON
Peter Budaj will have to contend with Dustin Tokarski at training camp, as they both vie for Montreal's backup goalie job.

Montreal Gazette
Both of them require waivers to be sent down and GM Marc Bergevin has already suggested that the Canadiens will carry three goaltenders entering the season. Budaj was passed over by Tokarski for starts in the playoffs when Carey Price was injured, but he's been a decent backup for the club for the past three seasons.
Cory Schneider 'excited' to continue legacy 09-18-2014
Cory Schneider G NJ
Cory Schneider understands that he has big shoes to fill in New Jersey.

The Bergen Record
Schneider has been hungry for the opportunity to be a starting goaltender for a while, but his current position is more than that. He also has the legacy left by Martin Brodeur to wrestle with as he will, fairly or not, inevitably be compared to the future Hall of Famer. That doesn't bother Schneider though. "We all knew at some point he was not going to be here, though it sort of seems strange without him here, but, at the same time, if it's going to be anyone, I'm excited and proud that it's me," Schneider said.
Francis Bouillon agrees to PTO from Montreal 09-18-2014
Francis Bouillon D MON
Francis Bouillon will attend Montreal's training camp on a tryout basis.

Montreal Gazette
The Canadiens are looking for Jared Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu and/or Greg Pateryn to earn full-time NHL roles this season, but Bouillon will be around to act as insurance. He skated in 52 regular season games and nine playoff matches with Montreal last year prior to becoming an unrestricted free agent.
Selanne had rocky relationship with Boudreau 09-18-2014
Teemu Selanne RW ANA
Teemu Selanne's new biography revealed that he didn't see eye-to-eye with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Los Angeles Times
Selanne felt Boudreau didn't make proper use of him and pointed to his limited playing time as evidence. That was a longstanding disagreement between them, but it reached its boiling point when Selanne was made a healthy scratch in Game 4 of the Ducks' first-round series against Dallas in 2014. Selanne confronted Boudreau over what he felt was a humiliating act and the two haven't spoken since. Selanne went as far as to skip the exit interviews. Selanne did add that he feels the differences between the two are hockey-related and not personal.
Patrick Kaleta gets green light for camp 09-18-2014
Patrick Kaleta RW BUF
Patrick Kaleta has been cleared for all training camp activities.

John Vogl on Twitter
He suffered a torn ACL last season after he was demoted to the minors, so he's eager to get back on track and wants to earn a roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres. Kaleta doesn't intend to change his aggressive style much, but he admitted that he needs to settle down a bit.
Byfuglien probable to see PP time on defense 09-18-2014
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Dustin Byfuglien's play as a forward and a power-play defenseman is likely to continue this season.

Winnipeg Free Press
He went from a minus-16 to minus-4, while producing 10 goals and 12 assists in 32 games after he was moved to forward. Byfuglien ended up tying his previous career high with 20 goals and he set a new personal best with 56 points in 78 games last campaign.
Oilers expected to give Mitch Moroz fair shot 09-18-2014
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Mitch Moroz should get a long look from the Edmonton Oilers during training camp.

Edmonton Sun
Moroz had 63 points and 156 penalty minutes in 70 WHL games last season. "If I can keep playing my game, there is room for a big, power forward and guys with a physical edge and a bigger body," he reasoned. "We'll see. I just want to make it a long stay here and make it tough for them, I guess." He might not be one of the favorites to make the team's opening game roster, but he's not a long shot either.
David Pelletier joins Oilers as skating coach 09-18-2014
Dallas Eakins D CAL
The Edmonton Oilers have hired David Pelletier to serve as their new skating coach.

Edmonton Journal
Pelletier has experience teaching hockey players, but he's better known for his work as a professional figure skater. At his height, Pelletier won and Olympic gold medal in 2002 for pairs figure skating. "When I first started working with a WHL player or an NHLer, my first thought was 'Well, you've been drafted, what am I going to teach you?' Then you quickly realize that as a figure skater, your strength is agility," Pelletier said. "It's that ability to change direction quickly that is key and balance is an area where I can make a difference. Edge work . . . that's what I'm trying to bring to the world of hockey."
Johansen, CBJ talks have gotten ugly 09-18-2014
Ryan Johansen C CLB
Agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents restricted free agent Ryan Johansen, reportedly tried to meet with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, but was turned down.

Columbus Dispatch
Overhardt and Blue Jackets president John Davidson have made their cases to the public lately in a heated fashion and that has led to Columbus taking the unusual step of revealing what its offers were. The Blue Jackets proposed three deals to Johansen, including a two-year, $6 million contract, six-year, $32 million deal, and an eight-year $46 million offer. All were rejected. At this point, it wouldn't be in the least bit surprising if Johansen doesn't sign by the start of the season.
M. McDonald strong vs. University of Calgary 09-18-2014
Mason McDonald turned aside all 15 shots he faced as the Flames' prospects earned a 3-1 win against the University of Calgary.

Calgary Sun
McDonald was only asked to play in the first half of the contest. "I felt good out there," McDonald said. "The first was kind of a weird period. The puck was bouncing off the boards, and there were some weird tips, but I settled down and felt pretty good." Obviously a prospects game, especially one that didn't even involve two NHL teams, isn't something you can really read much into, but in McDonald's case these rookie games have allowed him to settle down and get used to the idea of playing as a member of the Flames' organization. At 34th overall, he was the first netminder taken in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Sullivan to use past good, bad times as coach 09-18-2014
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Steve Sullivan has plenty of personal experiences he can lean on as he begins his new career as the Coyotes' development coach.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Sullivan played in 1,011 career NHL games, but as impressive as that is, it doesn't begin to tell the full story of his playing career. He nearly had his career derailed because of back problems that sidelined him for almost two years. In the end, he managed to return and, despite being in his mid-30s by the time he was back, enjoy several solid campaigns before hanging up his skates. He also had to climb up the ranks to get into the NHL after being passed on until the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. His ability to overcome the odds might help inspire the Coyotes' young players as he tries to help them get the most out of their careers.
Boudreau feels Kesler's size addresses need 09-18-2014
Ryan Kesler C ANA
Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.

Orange County Register
"He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs.