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Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma doesn't sound like he has any intention of hurrying any of his injured star players back for the final stretch of the regular season.

"There's benefit in playing hockey games ... when you haven't played for a stretch of games," Bylsma said. "But we're talking about players who are good hockey players and can get in games and be factors in games, (and) I think they're going to do that in their first game whenever it is; be that Game 47 (of the regular season) or Game 1 (of the playoffs)." Sidney Crosby (broken jaw), Evgeni Malkin (shoulder), James Neal (concussion) and Paul Martin (broken thumb) remain on the sidelines for the Penguins and there's a chance that none of them will play until the playoffs begin. Malkin is the only one who is practicing, while the others continue to rehab and work on their conditioning. They would like to play before regular season is over, but Bylsma said, "There's going to be no thought of rushing those players back to get an opportunity to play that game before the playoffs."
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Marc Staal's agent, Paul Krepelka, told ESPN.com via email that it's "all quiet on that front right now," while referring to contract talks with the Rangers.

Staal bounced back in 2013-14 from some serious injuries in his previous two seasons, which included an eye ailment and concussion issues. Former New York blueliner and Hall of Famer Brian Leetch wants to see the Blueshirts lock up Staal to a contract extension. "My fingers are always crossed that Marc can stay healthy because he's on the verge of getting to that next level," Leetch said. "Obviously, that's my hope for him, and I think he's an elite player with the ability to be a top D in the league if he can continue to play and get those reps."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 22 - 10:34 AM

Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

He posted 262 wins, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 career regular season appearances. Giguere was excellent in the playoffs, where he earned a mark of 33-17 to go with a .925 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final to New Jersey and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere was originally drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft.
Aug 21 - 4:44 PM

Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Aug 21 - 3:21 PM

Carey Price (knee) was back on the ice a couple of weeks ago in Kelowna.

He stayed in Montreal until late June to work on his rehabilitation from a sprained knee. Price has been skating with former teammate Josh Gorges, Travis Moen and other NHLers. "It's probably been one of the fastest summers I can remember," Price said. "(Skating) is going pretty good so far. So far, so good." He was injured in the Eastern Conference Final when Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1. It sounds like he'll be ready to go by the time training camp opens.
Aug 21 - 10:13 AM

Raffi Torres is projected to miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season after he suffered a setback in his surgically repaired right knee.

He developed an infection after he underwent a cleanup procedure once the Sharks were knocked out of the playoffs. Torres missed most of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL and it looks like he'll miss most of the coming campaign as well.
Aug 20 - 6:01 PM

Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks, but coach Todd McLellan isn't calling the decision a "stripping."

The Sharks won't have a captain or assistants going into training camp and the players will compete for the leadership roles. McLellan said that Thornton is a candidate just like everyone else. Regardless of their reasoning, this seems like a very odd move.
Aug 20 - 5:31 PM

Kevin Hayes has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

He became a free agent this past weekend when the Chicago Blackhawks were unable to sign him. Hayes was selected with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He broke out last season with Boston College, scoring 27 goals and 65 points in 40 games, while playing alongside NCAA point leader Johnny Gaudreau.
Aug 20 - 11:59 AM

Hurricanes GM Ron Francis expects Alexander Semin (wrist) to be ready for training camp based on the information he's been given.

"My understanding was that he was coming back to train," Francis said. "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told." A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season wrist surgery, but Francis' optimism is a much better sign.
Aug 20 - 10:43 AM

Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.

He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 19 - 4:41 PM

Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.

"I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million.
Aug 19 - 1:10 PM

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen feels it's very important for Ryan Johansen's contract situation to be settled before training camp opens in a about a month from now.

"It's a business," Kekalainen said. "But for me, the team is always first. Everything we do — whether you're a star, a fourth-liner, a grinder, the tough guy, a depth guy — this is all about the team. That's why you have to be in camp the first day. That's when it starts, and that's when the team comes together. It's very, very important that we start as a team. To me, that is huge. That's going to be a very serious matter from a team point of view." That's not a surprising point of view and it has the potential to change the relationship between the two sides if it becomes a holdout. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, feels an unresolved contract into camp puts more pressure on Columbus than it does on his client. Both sides feel they have leverage in the process and they haven't budged for more than four weeks. They are roughly $3 million apart per season on a two-year contract. Kekalainen said there's "plenty of time to get a deal done."
Aug 19 - 12:27 PM




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