Content provided by Player News - Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
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|Coach expects Price and Desharnais to rebound||08-14-2013|
|Carey Price G MON|
Montreal coach Michel Therrien has "no doubts" that goalie Carey Price and center David Desharnais will bounce back this season.
|The Canadiens bench boss is confident in their abilities and he said it is the responsibility of the coaches as well to help them get back on track. Therrien believes that the addition of new goaltender coach Stephane Waite will help Price get over an inconsistent lockout-shortened campaign. Desharnais also fell off last year, with 28 points, after he had 60 points in 81 games in 2011-12.|
|Lennart Petrell heads to Swiss League||08-14-2013|
|Lennart Petrell C EDM|
Lennart Petrell has signed with Geneve-Servette of the Swiss League.
|He had nine points and 23 shots in 35 games with the Edmonton Oilers last season. Petrell was a good penalty killer and he could rack up hits, but his departure to Switzerland won't hurt anyone's fantasy squad heading into the 2013-14 campaign.|
|Lundqvist can't imagine not being a Ranger||08-14-2013|
|Henrik Lundqvist G NYR|
Henrik Lundqvist, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, can't envision himself playing with another team.
|"The way the organization and fans have treated me and how much I've enjoyed it, it's hard to picture myself playing elsewhere," Lundqvist told Swedish TV network SVT2. According to translations on Marie Lehmann's Twitter account Lundqvist also said, "If a new contract is signed or not before the season starts I can't let it affect my game. It's obviously going to be a very important part of my career, this next contract, there's no reason for me to deny that." He could end up signing an eight-year contract extension with the Rangers to remain with the club for the rest of his career. Lundqvist won the 2012 Vezina Trophy and he's expected to be Sweden's starter for the 2014 Winter Olympics. It would be very surprising if the Rangers didn't lock him up with a hefty contract.|
|Beaulieu, father plead guilty to assault||08-14-2013|
|Nathan Beaulieu D MON|
Nathan Beaulieu and his father, former Sarnia Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu, have pleaded guilty to assault.
|They were granted conditional discharges, which will allow them to continue their hockey careers. "That means that there is no conviction registered," lawyer Patrick Ducharme said. "The court accepts their taking responsibility for it, but instead of convicting the accused they gave each of them a discharge." The Beaulieus were charged with assault in April after an altercation at a house party. Nathan will be looking to earn a roster spot out of training camp, but it's likely that he spends most of his time in the AHL this campaign.|
|Jonathan Toews speaks openly about PEDs||08-14-2013|
|Jonathan Toews C CHI|
Jonathan Toews supports more testing for performance-enhancing drugs in the NHL.
|"I think guys that apologize and plead that they didn't know what they were doing, I think they know exactly what they're doing," said Toews on Sportsnet 590 The Fan. "So the more tests the better. It protects the guys that are being fair and are putting good things into their body. So I have no problem with (more testing)." He also "it would be naive to say that there's no one in the NHL that is trying to get the edge in that fashion." The NHL has drug testing and several of their top athletes have competed at the Olympics, but there are some people who believe that drug scandals for the league could occur eventually.|
|Patrice Bergeron aims to be ready for camp||08-14-2013|
|Patrice Bergeron C BOS|
Patrice Bergeron, who concluded the playoffs with several injuries, feels like he's on track to be ready for training camp.
|"I'm feeling pretty good. Recovery's going well," said Bergeron whose ailments included a broken rib and torn cartilage, a separated shoulder and a collapsed lung. "I'd say I'm pretty much 95 percent back to where I'd like to be and I'm feeling pretty good. So I guess everything's going well and I've been cranking up the workouts as well so, so far so good." He didn't require any surgeries.|
|Ducks GM high on Vatanen and Lindholm||08-14-2013|
|Sami Vatanen D ANA|
Anaheim defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm will be interesting players to watch at training camp.
|Ducks GM Bob Murray is excited about their potential and they will be looking to earn roster spots with the big club this season. "I'm going to force the issue on Sami Vatanen," Murray said in a July conference call. "I wanted him to play more last year. I want to give him a good, hard look. Lindholm, he's only going to be 19 years old, but he was really coming gangbusters." Vatanen played well at the AHL level last year and Murray is clearly very high on him. If he can crack the team's lineup then he will be able to contribute offensively in a depth role.|
|Oilers add Bob Green to scouting staff||08-14-2013|
|Dallas Eakins D CAL|
Edmonton has hired Bob Green as the team's Director of Amateur Free Agent Scouting.
|He will work with the Oilers Hockey Operations department and Amateur Scouting staff where his responsibilities will include assisting with identifying and recruiting NCAA, CHL and European free agents, as well as develop a free agent priority list. Green was named the WHL's Executive of the Year in 2011-12 and 2012-13.|
|Sens discussed getting Ryan and keeping Alfie||08-14-2013|
|Bobby Ryan LW OTT|
Ottawa GM Bryan Murray believes the Senators could have found a way to add Bobby Ryan and re-sign Daniel Alfredsson even though Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said that the team could only afford to do one or the other.
|"We do have an in-house budget that we're trying to stay very close to, so I think [Melnyk] was just a little harder on himself in that regard in terms of what we could do and couldn't do," Murray said. "I'm not saying if Alfie stayed that we would have absolutely gone ahead and made the Bobby Ryan trade, but we had certainly talked about that scenario happening as well." Alfredsson joined the Detroit Red Wings on a one-year/$5.5 million contract, while Ryan has two seasons left on a deal that pays him $5.5625 million per year at a $5.1 million salary cap hit.|
|Stars will choose next captain at camp||08-14-2013|
|Ted Donato RW Bos|
The Dallas Stars won't name a new captain until after training camp gets underway.
|"I am going to sit down with Lindy when we get into training camp and we'll make that call then," GM Jim Nill said. "I want Lindy to get a feel for the team a little bit first. It will happen sometime during training camp or the exhibition season." The team's captaincy has been vacant since Brenden Morrow was traded to Pittsburgh last season. Jamie Benn should be considered the favorite to wear the "C" right now.|
|Brennan hopes to land roster spot with Leafs||08-14-2013|
|T.J. Brennan D NYI|
T.J. Brennan could see some action with the Leafs in 2013-14.
|"A surplus of defense is a good thing to have," he said Tuesday after a scrimmage with some of his new Toronto teammates. "But (management) are the ones who have to make the hard decisions. Something like that is out of my control. ...I've had a good summer so far and wanted to get here early and get to know the guys. So when camp comes, it's just 'go' time, I can be 100 percent focused and ready to move on." If Cody Franson remains unsigned going into the season then Brennan or Paul Ranger could be on Toronto's opening night roster.|
|Report: Gilbert Brule signs PTO with Coyotes||08-14-2013|
|Gilbert Brule C PHO|
Gilbert Brule has reportedly agreed to a professional tryout agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes.
|He skated in 33 games with the Coyotes in 2011-12 and he contributed 14 points. Brule appeared in 14 contests with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss League last year, but he ended up getting released by the team. Signing a PTO gives him some flexibility if he doesn't earn a roster spot in Phoenix because he can try to find a job in Europe and not be immediately sent to the minors.|
|Thieves steal Roberto Luongo's tires||08-14-2013|
|Roberto Luongo G FLA|
Roberto Luongo has already had an eventful off-season.
|He learned he would be staying Vancouver after the team traded starting goalie Cory Schneider to New Jersey. After that, he lost money playing at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas and on Tuesday he woke up to see that thieves had stolen the tires off his car. He'll be on the hot seat in Vancouver this year with Schneider gone, but he has a real opportunity to be a solid fantasy option again.|
|Canadian camp will unite Giroux and Crosby||08-14-2013|
|Claude Giroux C PHI|
Claude Giroux admits that it will be "a little weird" playing with Sidney Crosby at Team Canada's Olympic Orientation camp in a couple of weeks.
|The two of them have had their share of contentious encounters, both on and off the ice, as members of a heated Philadelphia-Pittsburgh rivalry. However, Giroux said that would be swept under the rug if they were both representing their country. "But if I end up making the team, we'll have the same goal, to win gold," he said. "Whatever happened in the past won't matter."|
|Weiss, Alfredsson should help Wings' offense||08-14-2013|
|Stephen Weiss C DET|
The Red Wings have plenty of options for wingers to play with free agent addition Stephen Weiss this season.
|Johan Franzen, Daniel Alfredsson and Gustav Nyquist appear to be the frontrunners, while Todd Bertuzzi and Mikael Samuelsson could also land top-six spots if they are healthy. With Weiss in the fold, Detroit coach Mike Babcock may decide to keep Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line this year. GM Ken Holland is counting on Alfredsson and Weiss to help improve the team's scoring potential. "We felt we had some needs we wanted to fill," Holland said. "We wanted to get more scoring. We were challenged last season to score some goals."|
|Okposo or Bouchard for Isles' top line RW?||08-14-2013|
|Kyle Okposo RW NYI|
Arthur Staple of New York Newsday believes in his "gut" that Kyle Okposo will line up alongside John Tavares and Matt Moulson this season.
New York Newsday
|In a live chat with Islanders fans he was asked who he thinks will play right wing on the top line he responded: "My head says [Pierre-Marc] Bouchard, since Jack Capuano and his staff are fairly conservative. But my gut tells me Kyle Okposo will be there. I think Kyle and Tavares are forming a pretty good bond and the coaches may want to see if those two can mesh as well as Tavares and Moulson have in the past." Okposo played very well for the Isles in the postseason, where he had three goals and one assist in six games versus Pittsburgh. Bouchard was signed by the club in the off-season and he possesses very good playmaking instincts.|