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Drew Doughty sustained an upper-body injury over the summer.

Doughty consequently didn't skate with the rest of the Kings on Friday. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but obviously he still has weeks to recover before he's in danger of missing any playing time.
Sep 19 - 1:09 PM

Ryan Whitney will participate in the St. Louis Blues' training camp on a tryout basis.

Whitney had 23 points and 52 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games last season. He also participated in seven contests with the Florida Panthers, but didn't record a point. At his height, Whitney was one of the league's top offensive defenseman, but we don't think he'll have any fantasy value in 2014-15.
Sep 19 - 12:47 PM

The Blackhawks plan to begin the season with Brad Richards on the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

That's what people have suspected since Richards signed a one-year deal with Chicago in July, but now coach Joel Quenneville has confirmed the Blackhawks' intentions. This is a great opportunity for Richards to bounce back after recording 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 19 - 12:33 PM

Claude Giroux has a lower-body injury.

Giroux was on the ice for around 15 minutes of the Flyers' practice on Friday before he left the ice. The severity of the injury isn't known yet.
Sep 19 - 12:15 PM

Sam Bennett has sustained a groin injury.

Bennett is listed as day-to-day and we still have weeks before the start of the regular season. At the same time, this is his first training camp and he's fighting for a roster spot, so does hurt him to be on the sidelines at this time.
Sep 19 - 12:11 PM

James Sheppard (knee) isn't expected to be on the sidelines for long.

The Sharks wouldn't provide a more specific timetable though, so it's not clear if Sheppard is in serious danger of missing the start of the regular season. For now, he's skating on his own and is strengthening his leg muscles in preparation for doing more intensive drills.
Sep 19 - 11:10 AM

Zach Sill is going into training camp with the hope of securing a bottom-six roster spot.

As a small indication of what the team thinks of Sill, he was given a locker in the team's main dressing room rather than the one for prospects. "I liked seeing that when I walked in the first day," said Sill. "It definitely makes you feel good." Of course, he's not a prospect at this point, but he's not an established NHL regular yet either. He did play in 20 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, but the 26-year-old forward has an uphill battle ahead of him in the fight for a roster spot.
Sep 19 - 11:04 AM

Despite earlier expectations that Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) would miss the start of training camp, he was on the ice for 50 minutes on Friday.

The decision for Crosby to skate was made Friday morning. "I just talked to [trainer Chris Steward] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit," Crosby said. "I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here." In other words, it doesn't sound like Crosby is completely over whatever's bothering him, but he feels he'd probably be able to play in a regular season game in his current state, so this situation isn't too concerning. He might practice with the Penguins on Saturday.
Sep 19 - 10:59 AM

Martin Havlat was on a line with Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias during Friday's practice.

Havlat is getting ready for his first season with New Jersey after inking a one-year, $1.5 million contract, but he's good friends with Elias. It's expected that Havlat will get every opportunity to prove that he's a good fit on that line.
Sep 19 - 10:47 AM

Michael Cammalleri skated alongside Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr in the Devils' first training camp practice.

A lot can change between now and the start of the season, but it wouldn't be surprising if this line is used in the season opener. Jagr and Zajac already have chemistry with each other while Cammalleri was brought in to help bolster the Devils' offense. Cammalleri had 26 goals and 45 points in 63 contests with Calgary last season.
Sep 19 - 10:44 AM

Nail Yakupov is upbeat as training camp gets underway.

"I feel much better than I did last year," Yakupov said. "I came here to Edmonton earlier this year and I've been training here for a while. I'm happy to be here and I'm happy to see everyone here. I'm ready to turn the page. I think we have the people to have a great season here. We'll see what happens." Yakupov struggled last season after being taken with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. That's caused some fantasy owners to sour on him, but he's still worth a late round draft pick in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 10:38 AM

It doesn't sound like Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is going into training camp with a goaltender he's already tapped as the starter.

Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth are both viable candidates for the top job, although the edge should probably go to Scrivens after his strong 2013-14 campaign. "I expect those two to push each other for who will get the minutes," Eakins said. "The great thing about them, is that they're both very good people, they’re very supportive of each other already and they've only spent a short amount of time together." Given that Edmonton's defense figures to be better this season, whoever wins the starting job should put up decent fantasy numbers.
Sep 19 - 10:33 AM

Edmonton Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins wants to be more concise with the media this season.

"I don’t ever want to turn into a coach who says 'work hard and give 100%.' I think our fans deserve more than that. But I did find out about how people can shorten your quote or message and turn it into something else. So maybe I learned not to speak so much," Eakins said. Everything he says will inevitably be heavily scrutinized and some of his quotes will be turned against him, so for his sake this might be a good idea. However, a coach will be judged on the team's performance versus expectations and everything else is secondary. If the Oilers have another bad year, then Eakins will likely be heavily criticized regardless of what he says and conversely, if the Oilers have a strong season, then he will likely receive plenty of the credit.
Sep 19 - 10:25 AM

Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters is toying with the idea of having Jordan Staal and Eric Staal play on the same line.

The more likely scenario still involves Eric Staal playing alongside Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin, but it's worth keeping a close eye on this situation as uniting the Staal brothers would be good news for Jordan. Both Staal brothers are coming off of disappointing campaigns, but while Eric still has fantasy value even in an off campaign, Jordan is far more of a borderline player from a fantasy perspective.
Sep 19 - 10:15 AM

Jonas Hiller wasn't surprised by Teemu Selanne's harsh critic of Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

Like Selanne, Hiller felt he was being underused by Boudreau. "I think at the end, it's a coach’s decision who's playing and who’s not," Hiller said. "I wasn't, in his eyes, the go-to guy and I think that's a tough part of being a goaltender, there's just one guy on the ice, and if the coach isn't rooting for you or doesn't have your back, it's tough to play at your best." Hiller signed with Calgary over the summer in the hopes of proving that he's still capable of serving as a starter. He'll have to fight with Karri Ramo for that spot, but Hiller is the heavy favorite going into the season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 19 - 10:09 AM

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