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Jonathan Huberdeau skated alongside veteran Alex Kovalev and converted center Peter Mueller on Tuesday.

Huberdeau and Kovalev form an interesting pair on the ice, since the Panthers' top prospect wasn't even born yet when Kovalev was 19 and playing in his first NHL game in 1992. "He's unbelievable on the ice, unbelievable hands, so it's great to see him out there," said Huberdeau. "I watched him play in Montreal [from 2003-09], and it was exciting every game he was there. To be on the ice with him is kind of a dream, to talk strategy off the ice, too, so we can get to know each other." This could be an intriguing line to watch if it stays together when Florida opens their season Saturday night against Carolina. The team is in desperate need of secondary scoring and a combination of Huberdeau, Kovalev and Mueller could help.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Jonathan Drouin is expected to miss the next three to four weeks with a fractured thumb.

In other words, Drouin will miss the rest of training camp and the start of the regular season. It's a disappointing start to what could be a great season for him. Hopefully he's able to shake off this early injury once he's healthy and this doesn't result in him being overly rusty at the beginning of the season. Just keep in mind that these preseason injuries can sometimes derail a players season as they struggle to get back on track after a falling out of their routine early.
Sep 23 - 12:17 PM

If you have more than $400 million lying around, you might be able to buy the Carolina Hurricanes.

That's in the range of what the New York Islanders sold for and Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. thinks his club has close to the same value. Karmanos isn't desperate to sell the team, but at the age of 71 he is starting to think about who the next owner of the Hurricanes will be. To that end, he's enlisted a New York investment firm, Allen & Co., so that a gradual buyout of his shares can be negotiated. Karmanos is interesting in maintaining control of the team for several more years. "I want to do the proper job in planning," Karmanos said. "Teams have gone up incredibly in value. I'm 71 and have a wife and four young kids at home. You plan. Is it wrong to do that? There's no real intrigue here."
Sep 23 - 9:55 AM

Viktor Stalberg exited Monday's practice with a lower-body injury.

He appeared to keeping the weight off his right leg when he left the ice. Stalberg is slated to be re-evaluated and then we should know about his status. He scored just eight goals and 10 assists in 70 games last season, but it's thought that he'll be better suited playing under new coach Peter Laviolette than he was with Barry Trotz in charge. Stalberg was skating on a line with Calle Jarnkrok and Olli Jokinen in the session. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Sep 23 - 9:38 AM

Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk injured his shoulder in Monday's preseason-opening 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.

Datsyuk reportedly suffered the injury as a result of a Rob Scuderi hit. There's no word on the severity of the ailment, but Red Wings fans will be holding their breath until he gets re-evaluated on Tuesday.
Sep 22 - 10:11 PM

Ryan Johansen and his agent, Kurt Overhardt, have reportedly lowered his contract demands.

The report says the latest offer was set at two years at $4.7 million per year. Overhardt has now reduced their original asking price by more than $2 million per season. The Blue Jackets probably want Johansen's demands to lower a bit more before they start meaningful negotiations.
Sep 22 - 6:06 PM

Mikael Backlund wasn't able to skate on Monday because of an abdominal strain.

The injury has prevented him from participating in training camp and there are indications that it could be worse than initially thought. Coach Bob Hartley said, "I don't have any news to tell you, but I'm worried." Backlund is still being listed as day-to-day.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 3:57 PM

Jonathan Drouin could end up missing at least another week because of an upper-body injury.

Coach Jon Cooper made the unfortunate announcement on Monday after the potential rookie underwent further testing. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 22 - 3:10 PM

Sidney Crosby did not participate in the team’s scrimmage on Sunday.

Crosby hit the ice on Friday but hasn’t taken part in any on-ice workouts since. The exact injury is unknown, but the Penguins don’t expect their captain to play in their first preseason game against Detroit on Monday.
Sep 21 - 11:13 PM

Jonathan Drouin missed Tampa Bay’s scrimmage on Sunday as he is dealing with an upper-body injury.

Drouin is believed to be dealing with a hand injury. The 19-year-old is listed as day-to-day. The injury shouldn’t affect Drouin’s availability to play in preseason games. "He’ll be in exhibition games," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. "I’m not sure about scrimmages, but in exhibition games for sure." The Lightning play their first preseason game at home against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
Sep 21 - 10:18 PM

Steven Stamkos missed Sunday’s scrimmage and is questionable to play in Monday’s scrimmage.

Stamkos broke his leg last November and had to remove a screw in his right tibia bone last month. "We’ve got a plan for him and we don’t want to [rush him]," said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper. "We want to make sure that when we are getting down to the nuts and bolts of our team that he is going to be able to play. He’s able to play now, we just want to see other guys. We know what he can do." It sounds like Tampa Bay is just being cautious with their superstar.
Sep 21 - 10:12 PM

Jarrett Stoll hopes to play in at least one game during the preseason.

Stoll had surgery during the off-season to repair a chip and labrum tear in his hip. The 32-year-old believes he suffered the injury during last year’s Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Sep 21 - 9:14 PM




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