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Brandon Yip was a surprise addition to the Anaheim Ducks training camp roster.

The former 239th overall pick in the 2004 draft hasn't played a regular shift in the NHL since his time with Colorado in 2010-'11, but he did manage to set professional scoring highs for himself while with Portland of the AHL. Yip potted 34 points in 66 games last year, a feat he hadn't reached since college.
Sep 19 - 1:47 AM

The contract talks for Ryan Ellis with the Nashville Predators "are not going well at all", according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

This one is hard to understand because Ellis is not in position to demand top dollar, and the Preds with plenty of cap space. Regardless with Ellis "nowhere close to a new contract", the Preds have brought in former Lightning and Senator Brian Lee on a PTO.
Sep 19 - 1:38 AM

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli stated that still unsigned RFA forward Reilly Smith was "not going anywhere" when he met with the fans on Thursday.

Like with Torey Krug, it's still unclear what Smith will come in for, but it sounds like Chiarelli is intent on finding a way to bring the talented young forward back into the fold. The Bruins sit $809,143 above the salary cap ceiling.
Sep 19 - 1:27 AM

Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli was emphatic when he met with the fans on Thursday that still unsigned RFA defenseman Torey Krug was "not going anywhere".

It's still unclear how Krug, along with fellow unsigned RFA Reilly Smith will be brought in for as Boston sits $809,143 above the salary cap ceiling. But it sounds like a deal will get done ... eventually.
Sep 19 - 1:23 AM

Colton Gillies has been invited to the New York Islanders training camp on a PTO, according to Arthur Staple of Newsday.

The former 16th overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Minnesota Wild hasn't played in the NHL since suiting up for Columbus for 27 games in 2012-'13. Last year, he was invited to camp by the Buffalo Sabres and ended up playing 65 games for their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He scored 23 points.
Sep 19 - 1:05 AM

Brian Lee has agreed to a Professional Try Out contract with the Nashville Predators, GM David Poile announced.

The 2005 draft pick of the Ottawa Senators brings veteranship, and if nothing else, serves as added motivation to Ryan Ellis to finally agree to a new RFA contract. Lee has scored 36 points in his 209 career games but hasn't seen regular time since the 2011-'12 season.
Sep 19 - 12:56 AM

Plekanec came away favoring an elbow while performing the long-jump during off-ice training, according to Doug Harrison of CBC Sports.

Harrison reported Plekanec "tweaked" it but it's unclear whether he merely banged his elbow or if there's a real injury. We'll be sure to keep you posted as details come out.
Source: CBC Sports
Sep 19 - 12:39 AM

Wayne Simmonds is going to be one of the Philadelphia Flyers' assistant captains in 2014-'15, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post.

With Scott Hartnell now in Columbus and Kimmo Timonen's career in doubt, there was a clear void in leadership hierarchy. The 26-year-old Simmonds is coming off a career season in goals (29) and points (60) with five seasons left on his contract.
Source: Dave Isaac
Sep 18 - 11:51 PM

Bob McKenzie reported Thursday night that Josh Harding has been suspended by the Minnesota Wild because his fractured ankle was not a hockey-related injury.

As long as Harding is injured, he will not be paid by the Wild and his contract does not count against Minnesota's salary cap. We will keep you posted with any other developments on this hectic day in the Wild's goalie crease, which also saw Darcy Kuemper resigned to a two-year deal and Ilya Bryzgalov invited to training camp on a pro tryout.
Sep 18 - 9:48 PM

Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Minnesota at an average annual value of $1.25 million on Thursday night.

Kuemper posted a solid rookie season in 2013-14, going 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Considering Thursday's news that Josh Harding will be sidelined for at least a month with a broken foot, Kuemper slots in as at least the backup goaltender out of the gate with the potential to win the starting job over Niklas Backstrom if the veteran can't get his career back on track.
Sep 18 - 9:34 PM

Teemu Selanne has apologized following the reaction to his critical comments about Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in his autobiography.

"I’m sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else, that was not my intent," said Selanne through a statement. "As I’ve said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks." Selanne was reportedly angry at his role on the Ducks and his healthy scratch in Game 4 of April's first round series versus Dallas. The legendary Finn wrote about it in his book, while Boudreau responded that Selanne was one of his favorites, and he would not say anything bad about the future hall of famer.
Sep 18 - 8:31 PM

The Arizona Coyotes will try to put last season's major injury problems behind them, as the Coyotes began camp on Thursday in the desert with a completely healthy roster.

"Everybody is 100 percent [healthy]," general manager Don Maloney told the team website. "We have no issues whatsoever, which is always important coming into camp. The guys who had the bumps and bruises at the end [of last season] are feeling great." Arizona faltered out of the playoff race last spring in large part due to the crippling amount of injuries they had to overcome.
Sep 18 - 7:38 PM

The Mike Johnston era kicked off on Thursday in Pittsburgh with the start of training camp, and one early focus the rookie coach plans to implement will be maintaining puck possession.

"The one thing I keep hearing is the puck possession, kind of the analytics of the game and being able to hold onto the puck instead of giving it away," said forward Chris Kunitz on Thursday. "If you keep the puck your shots go up, and I think we have a team that can skate up and down the ice." While the Pens made a few moves in the off-season to their roster, the most sweeping changes over the offseason came in shuffling off-ice personnel. "It's going to take a bit to learn a new system and to understand the expectations of our coaching staff," said Kunitz. "But I think we're all eager and excited to get into that process."
Sep 18 - 7:32 PM

A line to watch at training camp for the Predators could be a combination of Derek Roy, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson.

"They're both good players with the puck and real smart," Roy said. "Smitty's an offensive dynamic with a great shot. Colin is a great passer and has great vision around the ice. I'm looking forward to playing with those guys and seeing where it goes." Roy inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville back in July after he accounted for nine goals and 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Sep 18 - 6:44 PM

Josh Harding is projected to miss a minimum of two-to-three months because of a fractured foot.

Harding apparently suffered the ailment in an off-ice altercation with a teammate. This could lead to a suspension if the Wild decide to go down that route. Harding's injury puts the team in a tough position. Ilya Bryzgalov was invited to camp on a tryout basis, as a result, and the club is still trying to negotiate with young netminder Darcy Kuemper.
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

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