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  1. Martin Gerber's return from the KHL sees battle with goalies rather than henchmen

    Sep 20, 2010, 8:25 PM EDT

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    When a player takes off the KHL from the NHL, they usually go away to never be heard from again aside from the occasional “What ever happened to…?” profile pieces. In an effort to prove that you can go home again, so to speak, former Hurricanes/Leafs/Senators goalie Martin Gerber is back trying to win a…

  2. Tyler Seguin gets his chance to play center while Marc Savard is out

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

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    With every bad turn, something good must come from it. In Boston, with Marc Savard sidelined dealing with post-concussion-like symptoms, this offers the opportunity for the team’s other talented centers to step up and prove their worth in camp. For 2010 first round pick Tyler Seguin, it offers him the chance to show the Bruins…

  3. Sather: Talent, not contracts, will decide Rangers roster

    Sep 19, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    One NHL GM that has his hands full with roster wrangling during training camp is the Rangers Glen Sather. Sather, often the focus of derision from Rangers fans and haters alike, is under the gun to make the right decision(s) to get the Rangers under the salary cap before the season starts. While the leading…

  4. Laviolette: Flyers forwards will need to be prepared to switch positions at any time

    Sep 19, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

    If you’re a head coach in the NHL and you’re going to get creative with your players and have them try out new things, training camp is the place to do it. For Peter Laviolette and the Philadelphia Flyers, he’s got a host of guys that are naturally centers that have played on the wing…

  5. Rumor time: Columbus interested in swapping Mike Commodore for Sheldon Souray?

    Sep 19, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

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    With the Columbus Blue Jackets dealing with a mild injury to defenseman Kris Russell (out 2-4 weeks with a knee sprain) it appears there are discussions being had in Columbus about acquiring a big-name defenseman to help the team out. While the Blue Jackets missed out on acquiring Toronto’s Tomas Kaberle and Kevin Bieksa from…

  6. Senators' Filip Kuba out five-to-six weeks with broken leg

    Sep 19, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

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    The leg injury suffered by Senators defenseman Filip Kuba during training camp yesterday has been diagnosed and the news isn’t good for Ottawa. General manager Bryan Murray announced that Kuba has a broken leg and will be out at least five-to-six weeks. Kuba is a key player on the Sens blueline in that he’s got a…

  7. Truculence not needed here: Tampa Bay coach stresses "no fighting" in training camp

    Sep 19, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    While the Toronto Maple Leafs are becoming the poster boys for “truculence” another NHL team doesn’t want to see anyone dropping the gloves during training camp at all. Damian Cristodero tells us about Lightning head coach Guy Boucher’s wishes to see his team work on things other than punching each other in the face during…

  8. Jason Arnott and Patrick Elias happy to be reunited once again in New Jersey

    Sep 19, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

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    In New Jersey, \it’s time to break out the Peaches and Herb song, “Reunited” for the kind of nostalgic thing going on with Patrick Elias and Jason Arnott. The pairing clicked together amazingly well ten seasons ago in New Jersey, even teaming up together on the Devils Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2000. In those playoffs,…

  9. Why Caps GM George McPhee didn't do more in the off-season

    Sep 18, 2010, 11:00 PM EDT

    A lot of fans and observers around the NHL are going to be watching the Washington Capitals with a curious eye this season. After a shockingly disappointing playoff exit in the first round at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens, many thought that this off-season would bring changes to the Capitals lineup in the form…

  10. Terry Murray: Jonathan Quick is my number one goalie this year

    Sep 18, 2010, 10:15 PM EDT

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    The fun part of training camp each year is that sometimes there’s going to be goalie controversy. You go into camp having a couple of players that are about equal and then try to judge what’s best for your team based around those couple of weeks of action. One such team that was poised for…

  11. Carey Price matures, takes his responsibility as Montreal's #1 goalie seriously

    Sep 18, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Being the starting goalie for the Montreal Canadiens could be viewed as one of the toughest jobs in the NHL. There’s pressure to be the absolute best in the world game in and game out or else you’ll be run out of town like a witch would in Colonial America. For a guy like Carey…

  12. Ducks forward Bobby Ryan to get tried out at center during training camp

    Sep 18, 2010, 8:45 PM EDT

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    Ducks forward Bobby Ryan’s summer was one that was a bit distracted by contract negotiations and discussion over whether or not he might be traded because of said negotiations. Now that he’s signed on for the next five years and ready to go, the Ducks and GM Bob Murray have a new challenge in store…

  13. Sid the Kid grows up and moves out of Mario Lemieux's house

    Sep 18, 2010, 7:57 PM EDT

    It looks like the NHLs biggest superstar is finally all grown up. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has decided to leave the nest of Pens owner/legend Mario Lemieux and scored a pad of his own to live in. From the moment he joined the Penguins organization, Crosby has called Lemieux’s home his home as well, basically…

  14. Ducks sign Matt Beleskey to a two-year extension

    Sep 17, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

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    The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they’ve signed forward Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension. Details of the contract were not released due to team policy. (Update: Curtis Zupke gets the contract details for us. $625,000 in 2011-12 and $850,000 in 2012-13.) Beleskey got his first real shot with the Ducks last season, playing…

  15. Thrashers' Patrice Cormier sidelined indefinitely with a broken foot

    Sep 17, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The redemption of embattled Thrashers prospect Patrice Cormier will be delayed through training camp. It was revealed today that Cormier broke his foot blocking a shot during the final day of rookie camp. The Thrashers prospect will be out indefinitely after suffering a broken right foot during rookie camp. According to the team, surgery will…

  16. Penn State University will add varsity men's and women's hockey starting in 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 4:55 PM EDT

    Today marked a landmark day filled with both hope and worry for fans of NCAA hockey. Penn State University announced today that they will be spending $88 million in donated funds by Terry and Kim Pegulas to build an ice hockey facility on campus and join the ranks of Division I hockey. “We feel extraordinarily…

  17. No date set for Daymond Langkow's return to Calgary

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:56 PM EDT

    Daymond Langkow’s recovery from a neck injury suffered last season is progressing slowly. Sportsnet reports that no timetable has been set for Langkow’s return to the ice as he rehabilitates a broken bone in his neck suffered after taking a slapshot from teammate Ian White in a game against the Wild in March. Langkow is…

  18. Ilya Kovalchuk considered Russia as an option, but eager to get started in New Jersey

    Sep 17, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Ilya Kovalchuk’s wild summer is over and he’s in training camp ready to go. Of course, arriving at training camp for the first time means having to answer some questions about just how stressful the summer was. Thankfully, Tom Gulitti was there to get the word from the Devils superstar about how he handled the…

  19. Pat Burns laughs in the face of erroneous reports of his death

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    While Chuck Norris might be an inspiration to goalies and Internet memes around the world, one guy who’s managed to be tougher than everyone is former head coach Pat Burns. While Burns is struggling with terminal lung cancer and reported to be in worsening condition, it seems that some are in a hurry to be…

  20. Marc Savard still feeling effects of post-concussion syndrome

    Sep 17, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    After the Bruins incredible exit from the playoffs last year it was assumed that center Marc Savard was healthy following his return to the team during the playoffs after suffering a concussion at the hands of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke. As it turns out, that may not be all too correct as Savard is still dealing with…

  21. Mike Babcock looks into shuffling his defensive pairs around

    Sep 17, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    With the Red Wings not having won the Stanley Cup the last two seasons, head coach Mike Babcock is looking to tweak things with his defensive pairings. The Freep’s Helene St. James finds out that Babcock is going to shuffle things around defensively having Nick Lidstrom pair up with Niklas Kronwall and Brian Rafalski team…

  22. 2010 NHL free agency: Hurricanes sign forward Patrick O'Sullivan

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    The Carolina Hurricanes have made a late addition to their roster that could help figure out their dearth of talent up the middle. Former Kings and Oilers centerman Patrick O’Sullivan has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000 with the Hurricanes. Chip Alexander of Canes Now grabs some quotes. “He can win a spot,” Rutherford…

  23. Kari Lehtonen, Texas Ranger? No, that's just Chuck Norris on his mask

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Kari Lehtonen doesn’t sleep. He waits. It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it that it does with Chuck Norris, does it? That’s all right because Lehtonen is summoning the aura of cinema’s favorite B-level martial artist with his new goalie mask with the Dallas Stars. In an effort to become the Internet’s favorite…

  24. IIHF changes format for the World Championships starting in 2012

    Sep 17, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    We know it’s not all that well known or, ahem, respected by most North American hockey fans, but the IIHF is changing the format of their annual World Championships. The old format, which will be used for the last time in 2011 in Slovakia, had four groups of four teams play a round-robin style within…

  25. Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela still months away from playing

    Sep 17, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

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    With the Devils eventually having to shuffle players around to get under the salary cap, having injuries to players that will be counted on to play bigger minutes in the meantime is a killer. In the case of defenseman Anssi Salmela, his wait to get back on the ice could be a bit longer than…

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