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John Tortorella is expected to be named the head coach of the Canucks by early next week, according to TVA Sports' Louis Jean.

It's a move that's been apparent for a few days now, as Tortorella was seen in Vancouver on Friday afternoon, too. Jean was told by two sources that Tortorella will be Vancouver's next coach, and all that's left is "finalizing contract details." Tortorella would take over for Alain Vigneault, who has been hired by the Rangers, Tortorella's former team.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 12:29:00 AM

Alex Ovechkin is being moved back to the left wing this season.

New Capitals coach Barry Trotz will work to help Ovechkin become a more complete player and the first step will be a move back to his off wing. "He's better on the right side a little bit defensively, but his talent is on the left side," Trotz said. "And so if I'm going to maximize his talent, I need to get him on the left side. Now if he doesn't want to adjust defensively playing the left side, then we'll talk about maybe moving him back to the right. The stuff that he does on the left side, there's no coach on the planet who can teach (it). If he's willing to learn, I can teach him the other stuff." The Capitals captain had 51 goals and 28 points last season, but it came with a minus-35 rating.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 20 - 10:04 PM

Ryan Johansen’s agent Kurt Overhardt submitted a proposal to the Blue Jackets for a two-year deal worth less than $5 million per year, according to NY Post’s Larry Brooks.

Brooks said the offer was made Thursday, so obviously it’s not something the Blue Jackets were intrigued by. Team president John Davidson has said that the Blue Jackets would not budge off a two-year deal at $3 million a year as Johansen does not have arbitration rights. The 22-year-old broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points. An agreement doesn't appear imminent, but these situations tend to resolve themselves quickly once there's a compromise.
Sep 20 - 9:15 PM

Evander Kane believes he can become a 50-goal scorer.

Kane tallied a career-high 30 goals during the 2011-12 campaign, but he dipped to just 19 last year. While talented, it’s going to be a difficult feat for him to accomplish; Alexander Ovechkin was the only player to do it last season and Kane has topped the 50-point mark just once, let alone get close to 50 goals. "I said when I got drafted that I can score 50 and I know I can score 50," said Kane. "Playing with the right guys and playing with those guys consistently and obviously staying healthy is a big part of it too. The sky is the limit." More realistic expectations are 25 goals and 55 points, with the upside for more.
Sep 20 - 8:59 PM

Boone Jenner will move to center for the Blue Jackets, at least initially.

With Ryan Johansen (unsigned) not with the team, the Blue Jackets have decided to shift Jenner to his natural position for Columbus’ first preseason game. "If Johansen’s here, we may have (Jenner) on the wing but we’d still be trying him at center," coach Todd Richards said. "You take a player like that, a fierce competitor. ... I haven’t seen him take a draw yet, but I bet he takes a draw like he plays a game. You better be ready." In his rookie season, Jenner had 16 goals and 29 points during 72 regular-season games, with five points in six playoff contests. The 21-year-old has a very bright future.
Sep 20 - 8:06 PM

Mike Richards was "a little bit" worried the Kings would buy out his contract this offseason.

Richards had 41 points last season, and six more seasons left on a deal that carries a $5.75 million cap hit. "A little bit," Richards said. "I like it here, my family likes it here, my girlfriend likes it here, and I want to be here. Obviously, on the ice speaks for itself with the team that we have. You know, just everything about it, I wanted to be here. Whether I thought [a buyout] would happen or not, I don’t know if I ever did; but there’s always that possibility that makes you nervous." It wouldn’t be a shock to see Richards return to the 20-goal mark and reach at least 50 points next season.
Sep 20 - 7:52 PM

Jonathan Drouin didn't practice on Saturday because of an upper-body injury and he's listed as day-to-day.

"This is by no means serious. ... He'll be back next week at some point," coach Jon Cooper said via the Lightning's Twitter account. He should see plenty of action in the preseason, as the Bolts get a feel of where to start him once the regular season begins. Drouin will have plenty of value if he can earn a spot alongside Steve Stamkos, but he started camp outside of the team's top-six group.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 20 - 6:30 PM

Jonathan Quick (wrist) practiced with his teammates on Friday.

However, his surgically-repaired wrist isn't quite 100 percent. Quick should be ready to go soon, as he's three days past 12 weeks from the surgery. The initial timetable for his recovery following the procedure was set at 10-12 weeks.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 20 - 4:40 PM

The Blackhawks' line of Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Brad Richards was flying in practice Friday and seems to be gelling very quickly.

This could be a devastating unit as the playmaking Richards is far superior to the aging Michal Handzus who often centered Kane and Saad last season. On Friday it looked as if the trio had played together for years by the way they were passing the puck around. It could be a big year for Kane and also for Saad, who will be looking to sign a long-term contract with the Hawks as his entry-level deal will expire in June.
Sep 20 - 12:42 PM

Logan Couture's hand was fine as training camp began.

Couture underwent hand surgery on June 10 as he injured it in a fight with Mike Richards during Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs. He found himself centering Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto during the opening day of training camp. Couture stated that his injured hand took a couple of months to heal. He should get 30 goals and 65-70 points this season and should be drafted in the middle rounds.
Sep 20 - 12:15 PM

Claude Giroux is expected to miss all of the Flyers pre-season games at least after suffering a lower body injury on Friday.

Giroux was centering Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek when the injury occurred and he was replaced by Darroll Powe in the middle. It is expected that Schenn will move back to center with Giroux out. He is expected to miss two-four weeks so he will return before the start of the season if it is only two weeks and will miss a couple of weeks of the regular season if it's the latter. Look for Giroux to get 85-90 points if he plays a full season.
Sep 20 - 11:14 AM

Griffin Reinhart has an excellent opportunity to make the opening night roster of the New York Islanders.

Reinhart was selected fourth overall in the 2012 Draft but was returned to the Edmonton Oil Kings after training camp last season and led the team to the Memorial Cup. He is more of a defensive defenseman and had only 34 points in 66 games for the Oil Kings last season so he is not expected to be a strong fantasy player. The Islanders have only a couple of veterans on the blueline and that gives Reinhart a big advantage going into training camp. Look for Reinhart to get 15-20 points this season in Long Island.
Sep 20 - 10:23 AM




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