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Todd Bertuzzi will be sidelined indefinitely due to his ailing back.

Bertuzzi apparently left practice Friday to get an MRI after he could barely walk following Thursday's 5-1 win over St. Louis. Bertuzzi has long been bothered by his back and missed time due to it as recently as last season. The injury is just the latest this season in a long line of ailments for the wounded Red Wings, who will call up Joakim Andersson to replace Bertuzzi on the roster.
Fri, Feb 8, 2013 04:48:00 PM

Daniel Alfredsson (back) might miss the start of training camp.

"I'm not sure if he'll be able to report to camp on Wednesday," GM Ken Holland said. "I want to see how he's feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours." Alfredsson didn't take to the ice on Monday after he tweaked his back last week. The veteran winger is trying to decide if he'll return for another season, but lingering back issues could stand in the way.
Sep 15 - 5:04 PM

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000.
Sep 15 - 10:58 AM

The Montreal Canadiens won't feature a captain for the 2014-15 season.

Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban will serve as alternates. Subban will have an "A" on his sweater during home games for the first half of the season and Pacioretty will wear an "A" for road games. The two of them will switch midway through the year.
Sep 15 - 10:49 AM

Eric Gelinas has agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal with the New Jersey Devils.

"It worked out over the weekend," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "He's here and there are certainly no issues. He's just getting ready. I'm just happy to have everybody here and everybody ready. It's the first step towards getting our team together. We've got all our players here and now training camp begins." The 23-year-old defender recorded seven goals and 29 points in 60 games last season.
Sep 15 - 10:20 AM

Brayden Schenn is the front runner for the job as the first line left winger with the Philadelphia Flyers.

The Flyers dealt Scott Hartnell who played on the left side with Claude Giroux and Jacob Voracek on the first line. The Flyers are deep down the middle with Giroux, Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Sean Couturier as well as rookie Scott Laughton so it makes sense that someone moves to the wing. Others being considered are: Michael Raffl, R.J. Umberger and Lecavalier. Schenn had 20 goals and 41 points last season and his numbers would jump exponentially if he gets the gig on the first line.
Sep 14 - 9:19 AM

The New York Rangers could name Ryan McDonagh their new captain as early as Thursday.

Ryan Callahan was the old captain of the Rangers but was dealt during the 2013-14 season to Tampa Bay and the Rangers did not name another captain for the rest of the season. "I think I've progressed into being a go-to guy, someone teammates can look up to and someone they can count on," McDonagh said. "I think guys see I'm willing to do whatever it takes to win... (Captain) is a big responsibility, too. It's not just about on the ice but how you carry yourself off of it and represent the organization." McDonagh had a big offensive season for New York in 2013-14 with 14 goals and 43 points in 77 games with a plus-11 rating and 13 power play points. He should be a lower end number one defenseman in a 12 team fantasy league.
Sep 14 - 8:30 AM

Leon Draisaitl scared everyone on Friday when he left the ice favoring his right leg.

Everyone in Edmonton was holding their respective breaths but it turned out to only be a leg cramp for the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft. Draisaitl will need more than a day to recover as even a couple bottles of an energy drink did not help but he should be fine for the start of training camp this week. "I've never had it that bad. I had it once in one game in the third period last season in Prince Albert and that's it. I had a Powerade and after that I was totally fine. I had two bottles Friday and it wouldn't get better. It was pretty scary." Draisaitl sat out Saturday's game. Look for a big season from Draisaitl as he is one of the favorites for the Calder Trophy.
Sep 14 - 7:42 AM

After undergoing offseason surgery, it appears that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is just now facing shots in practice environments.

In other words, he might not get much/any time in the preseason and could conceivably even start the 2014-15 season a bit slow. Martin Jones may be in line for extra early appearances. Quick is still a valuable pick, particularly considering the team in front of him, but keep an eye out for setbacks.
Sep 13 - 3:11 PM

While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward.
Sep 13 - 12:37 PM

Josh Rimer is reporting that the New Jersey Devils are giving Jordin Tootoo a professional tryout offer.

Tootoo played for the Detroit Red Wings last season and was bought out of his contract in June. There were rumors that the Winnipeg Jets offered him a two-way contract that he turned down before agreeing to go to camp with the Devils. Tootoo has value in pools that use penalty minutes but of course he will have to crack the Devils roster to have any value.
Sep 13 - 8:32 AM

Sam Bennett set up Josh Jooris for an empty net goal in the Flames 6-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets rookies.

Bennett was taken fourth overall in the 2014 Draft and this was his first game at the professional level, albeit in a rookie game against the Jets. He was a force as he played a strong two-way game. Bennett could use another year in junior hockey so do not be surprised if he is sent back to the OHL before the start of the NHL season.
Sep 13 - 6:29 AM

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