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Mike Smith made 24 saves for the shutout in his return to the Coyotes lineup on Saturday which brings the team to within two points of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Out with an upper-body injury since March 21, Smith got the job done with a great performance Saturday night. You can be sure he’ll be at his best for the remainder of the regular season as Phoenix fights to sneak into the playoffs.
Sun, Apr 7, 2013 01:40:00 AM

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

Bobby Ryan had his "bell rung" during Sunday's scrimmage.

Ryan isn't experiencing concussion symptoms, but won't play in Monday's preseason game as a precaution. As we mentioned before, the stakes are low right now so it's completely feasible that the Senators are simply deciding to err heavily on the side of caution. After all, they have nothing to lose by keeping Ryan out of the preseason contest. That being said, head injuries are tricky and sometimes a player's outlook will be optimistic initially, but turn sour quickly. Hopefully that won't be the case here.
Sep 21 - 3:58 PM

Bobby Ryan has suffered an undisclosed injury during Ottawa's scrimmage on Sunday.

Ryan exited the game in the second period and will be held out of the remainder of the contest as a precaution. This scrimmage means very little to Ottawa and even less to Ryan, whose position on the team isn't in question. With that in mind, it wouldn't be shocking to discover they decided to shut him down over the mildest of injuries. Unfortunately, we don't know that for a fact as Ottawa didn't specify the nature of Ryan's problem and sometimes the word precautionary gets thrown around for injuries that turn out to be significant. With that in mind, it's worth keeping an eye on this situation, even if it's too early to worry.
Sep 21 - 2:24 PM

Ryan Johansen has gotten "several" KHL offers over the last two months, according to his agent.

CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov recently denied a report that he made Johansen a one-year, $5 million offer, but it wouldn't be surprising if other KHL teams had made an attempt to sign Johansen. The 22-year-old forward isn't likely to bolt to the KHL despite his impasse with Columbus.
Sep 21 - 1:11 PM

Roberto Luongo is excited to see how the Florida Panthers will progress this season.

"I’m excited to be here at this time of year. I’m definitely excited about the team; [I] like the veteran players we brought in," said Luongo. "Last year, when I got here, I was just excited to be here. I didn’t care what the team’s record was. I knew I was coming in for the future, and I’m excited to see how we progress." After having been acquired from the Vancouver Canucks last season, Luongo is entering his first training camp with the Panthers since 2005. The 35-year-old went 25-23-7 last season with a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage.
Sep 21 - 9:54 AM

Maple Leafs first round pick William Nylander received praise from his teammates after the team’s first scrimmage on Saturday.

"You can see he has the quick hands and he’s a great skater," said Leafs forward Nazem Kadri. "If he brings that package to the NHL level he’ll be a dynamic player." The 18-year-old has been playing on a line with Phil Kessel and Petri Kontiola. With the Leafs looking to get younger and more skilled at the forward position, Nylander may have a real shot at making the team.
Sep 21 - 9:41 AM

After coming over in a trade with the Dallas Stars, Senators forward Alex Chiasson is looking forward to a fresh start in Ottawa.

"I feel like the trade can really be a big opportunity for me to bring my game to the next level," said Chiasson. The 23-year-old has been skating on a line with Mika Zibanejad and Milan Michalek. The line will be counted on to produce offensively this season. "I thought we made some good plays out there and you can tell those two guys are really skilled." With the right opportunity, a 50-point season isn’t out of the question for Chiasson.
Sep 21 - 9:19 AM

Johan Franzen is hoping to be more consistent this season, and wants to use his size more effectively.

"(Franzen) has been a hot-and-cold player," said Detroit head coach Mike Babcock. "I think he has the ability to be a hot player, period." Franzen scored 16 goals in just 54 games last season but also admitted that he needs to be more consistent. "I usually worry about the other parts of the game. But I want to be a factor up front," said Franzen. "I’m one of the guys that should score. I want to get off to a good start. When you’re scoring, you feel very light on your skates and you’re flying out there." If healthy, Franzen will probably score between 20-25 goals this season.
Sep 21 - 9:10 AM

Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is hoping some of his young defensemen push for jobs during training camp.

"I’m hoping (Xavier) Ouellet, (Alexey) Marchenko, (Matthias) Backman and (Ryan) Sproul all have a chance to push for jobs," said Babcock. "We added depth up front last year. We’d like to do the same on the back, but they have to be ready." All four prospects could potentially return to the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids this year, but it looks like Detroit will give each player a serious chance to earn a roster spot with the big club.
Sep 21 - 9:00 AM

Sven Andrighetto hopes to stick with the Montreal Canadiens this season but there probably isn’t a roster spot for him.

The Habs don’t have many openings at the forward position and that is definitely playing against Andrighetto. The 21-year-old Swiss forward had a good year with the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate in Hamilton last season registering 17 goals and 44 points in 64 games. "Of course I could the transition (to the NHL)," said Andrighetto. "I’m here to make the team, after that we’ll see what happens. There’s always something I can learn in Hamilton but I’m here to make the team." Andrighetto will likely start the year in Hamilton, but he’s a candidate for a call-up if the Habs suffer any injuries to their top-six forwards.
Sep 21 - 8:35 AM

Brayden Schenn took over the top spot at center in training camp Saturday.

Schenn was playing on the left side on the top line but moved over to center with the injury suffered by Claude Giroux on Saturday. Michael Raffl took over Schenn's spot on the left side with R.J. Umberger moving up the left wing depth chart to play alongside Vincent Lecavalier and Jason Akeson on the second unit. Expect Schenn to move back to the left side when Giroux returns to action in two-four weeks.
Sep 21 - 8:33 AM




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