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Brayden McNabb may see action with Los Angeles some point this season.

Kings GM Dean Lombard feels that McNabb is NHL-ready, but the team already has a full complement of defensemen. "He's worked his [butt] off, and with all the homework we've [done] on him, he's got a shot," Lombardi said. "And I think him being here in the playoffs makes him really hungry. His skating is the only issue. If we can get that tightened up, he's a good player." McNabb was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and he signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July. Look for him to get called up at some point this year should injuries become an issue.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 28 - 8:51 PM

Ryan White underwent surgery to repair his left pectoralis muscle on Wednesday.

According to Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall: "The injury occurred during an off-ice workout in Brandon, Manitoba last week. There has been no timetable established on Ryan's return." Whited signed a one-year deal with the Flyers earlier this month.
Aug 28 - 7:18 PM

Brian Lashoff may find himself as Detroit's seventh defenseman this season.

He played 75 games last year, most of which paired with Jakub Kindl, and now he'll compete with Kindl for the sixth spot on the blueline at training camp. The stay-at-home defender posted 93 blocks and 65 hits, along with six points in 2013-14.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 28 - 6:11 PM

Matt Kassian is still an unrestricted free agent with training camps just around the corner, but he isn't concerned.

"There's been two-ways (offers) and tryout (invitations). I'm not too worried," said Kassian, who has talked to several teams. He suited up in 33 games with Ottawa last season and amassed 63 penalty minutes, while picking up two points.
Aug 28 - 5:25 PM

Johnny Boychuk would like to stay with the Bruins.

He's been surrounded by trade rumors and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 21014-15 season. Boychuk has faith that Boston can work out their cap issues. "Our GM (Peter Chiarelli) is a mastermind ... he's good with doing things like this (cap struggles) and we have some good players we've developed the last couple of years, but nobody's heard of them over on the west side (NHL)," he said. "You always want to stay with the team you're with (and won a championship). They're my (hockey) family."
Aug 28 - 5:08 PM

John Carlson has been impressed by coach Barry Trotz.

He got to speak with Trotz and Washington's new coaching staff over the summer and they are all back together this week as training camp approaches. "Very detailed from what I've heard, from the summer camp to what he wants to carry over and stuff like that," Carlson said of Trotz. "He's very good with that, very directional, very detailed. I think our team could use a lot of that." Carlson is also excited by off-season acquisitions Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who are expected to add leadership and depth to Washington's back end. Their presence may take some pressure off of Carlson and ease his workload.
Aug 28 - 3:06 PM

Robin Lehner just wants a "fair chance" to earn his starts in Ottawa's crease.

"If I play good, I want to play. And if he plays good, he's going to want to play," Lehner said referring to his goalie tandem with Craig Anderson. "That's what you want on a team. You want two goalies pushing each other. If there's limited chance for one guy to play, he's not going to do as good. That's a little bit of what we wanted from our side. I think and I hope that's what's going to happen." Lehner inked a three-year, $6.75 million contract this off-season and earlier this week, Anderson agreed to a three-year, $12.6 million extension. He said that Anderson's deal didn't change his focus and it didn't upset him either.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

New Jersey still hopes to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ryan Carter.

The Devils already have 14 forwards on one-way contracts, so it's a bit odd that Carter is still on their radar. The team would have to move a body or two to make room for him. Carter had seven goals and 10 points in 62 games last campaign.
Aug 28 - 12:17 PM

New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello wants to get something worked out with RFA defender Eric Gelinas done quickly.

"It's always a concern when a player isn't signed," Lamoriello said. "We'd like to get it done as soon as possible. I think it's in everybody's best interest. There's not much more I can say about it." Gelinas had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games with New Jersey last season.
Aug 28 - 11:50 AM

New Jersey has been in talks with Tomas Kaberle about attending training camp on a tryout basis.

"He has talked to us about a tryout," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "That has not been officially confirmed yet, but he has talked to us." The Devils want to give Jonathon Merrill, Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas a chance to play this season, but Kaberle could be used as insurance at camp and serve as a veteran presence.
Aug 28 - 11:45 AM

Justin Faulk wants to get into the playoffs for the first time in his career.

"I haven't made the playoffs," he said. "It's tough to go home knowing you didn't make it, that you fell short. I mean, there's only one team that wins each year but you've got to make the playoffs. It's been three years for me, and I know it's been five years for a few guys here. With most of us coming back, we all have that same goal to get there and see what you can do." Carolina hasn't qualified for the postseason since losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to Pittsburgh in 2009. Faulk inked a six-year extension with the Canes last season and the young blueliner will continue to skate on the team's top defense pairing.
Aug 28 - 11:17 AM

The third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place on Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center.

2015 NHL Draft top prospect Jack Eichel will be in attendance for the event along with 2014 IIHF Men's Under-18 Championship teammates Kyle Connor and defenseman Noah Hanifin. Connor and Eichel attended the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp as well.
Aug 28 - 10:05 AM

Boston announced a long-term affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday.

Assistant GM Don Sweeney will serve as the GM of the AHL club and Jay Pandolfo has been hired as development coach. "On behalf of the Bruins organization we are happy to have our relationship with the Providence Bruins extended," said Bruins president Cam Neely. "Having our AHL affiliate so close is a great asset to not only our hockey team, but to our fans, as they can watch our prospects develop. I'd like to thank H. Larue Renfroe, Jeff Fear and Matt Poore and the rest of the Providence Bruins organization for their continued commitment to Bruins Hockey. I would also like to congratulate Don Sweeney on being named General Manager of the Providence Bruins."
Aug 28 - 9:51 AM

Andrew Ladd says the Jets could use off-season projections as motivation this year.

Several pundits predict that Winnipeg will finish last again in a very deep Central Division. "I think as a group we can use it as motivation to tell each other that no one's really giving us a chance and there's nothing wrong with that," said Ladd. The Jets captain registered 23 goals and 54 points in 78 games last year.
Aug 28 - 9:44 AM

Scott Gomez has been invited to attend New Jersey's training camp.

"He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing." In 46 games with the Florida Panthers last season, he contributed just two goals and 12 points. Gomez started his career with the Devils an played seven seasons with the club before signing a hefty seven-year, $51.5 million deal with the New York Rangers.
Aug 27 - 8:27 PM



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