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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

Former Predators winger and ex-Pittsburgh Penguin Steve Sullivan likes Nashville's acquisition of James Neal.

"I think Nashville fans are going to see the most pure, natural goal scorer they've seen in the team's history in James Neal," said Sullivan. "I had a chance to play with James for a year in Pittsburgh, and he can score from anywhere. He's a threat on the ice all the time. He's a fast skater, he explodes out of the gates really quick. His shot release is ridiculous, so I'm hoping he can continue that and scoring some big goals." Neal will probably be able to hit the 30-goal mark this season. If does that would make him the first player to accomplish the feat since Patric Hornqvist, who Neal was traded for, reached that total in 2009-10.
Aug 27 - 6:09 PM

Daniel Alfredsson decision to play this coming season probably won't come until just before Sept. 18, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.

That is the date when players are set to report for training camp. "I haven't talked to him in about a month," Holland said. "He's training hard. He's training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp." Holland plans to touch base with Alfredsson next week.
Aug 27 - 4:45 PM

Keith Aulie may be Edmonton's seventh defenseman this season.

He became the frontrunner for the job after the Oilers allowed Taylor Fedun to test the open market. Aulie suited up in just 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year. He signed a one-year deal with the Oilers in the summer.
Aug 27 - 4:15 PM

Despite rumors, it doesn't appear as though Dustin Penner will be attending Philadelphia's training camp on a tryout basis.

Penner is an unrestricted free agent after spending the 2014-15 campaign with Anaheim and Washington. He generated 14 goals and 35 points in 67 contests.
Aug 27 - 4:02 PM

Brian Gibbons is expected to battle for a spot on Columbus' fourth line at training camp.

His main competition is slated to come from Corey Tropp, Jerry D'Amigo, Simon Hjalmarsson, Alex Wennberg and Kerby Rychel. Gibbons had five goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Penguins last year, but he did show flashes of offensive skill as well as great speed. His spot on the roster is precarious because he agreed to a two-way deal in July.
Aug 27 - 2:12 PM

Ryan Malone participated in an informal skate last week in Minnesota.

He's an unrestricted free agent after he was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning. The New York Rangers have reportedly spoken with him. Now that Malone's legal issues are behind him, it's likely that he'll sign with another NHL club or attend training camp on a tryout.
Aug 27 - 1:40 PM

Lance Bouma has signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

He notched five goals and 15 points in 78 games last season. Bouma also finished second in the NHL among all forwards with 87 blocked shots.
Aug 27 - 1:15 PM

Cory Sarich has been slowly recovering from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Ford F-350 truck while cycling.

He suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck's muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration to his head, and road rash. "My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) . . . a bit of a mess, but I'm doing well now," he said. "It's been four-and-a-half weeks and it's been a slow recovery." As you can imagine, Sarich is still feeling the effects of the accident and he's given up on cycling for good.
Aug 27 - 12:43 PM

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there is "nothing new to report on this subject" amid reports of expansion.

The league has been listening to prospective owners in locations like Quebec City, Seattle, Las Vegas and Kansas City, but according to Gary Bettman there hasn't been a formal expansion process.
Aug 27 - 12:19 PM

Assistant GM Jeff Gorton is working to get restricted free agent John Moore signed before training camp.

"We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed," Gorton said. "I'm pretty sure we'll get him signed, and get him ready to go. He's a good player for us; he's been a good fit for us, he's a great kid, and we like his upside." The Rangers would like to get him signed before training camp and that seems like a reasonable goal. There isn't a lot of cap space left, but Moore is just coming off his entry-level deal
Source: USA Today
Aug 27 - 11:39 AM

Brandon Manning and the Flyers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Manning played on one-year, two-way deal last season as well. In 74 AHL games during the 2013-14 campaign, he recorded eight goals, 31 points and 231 penalty minutes. Unfortunately, he also had a minus-24 rating.
Aug 27 - 11:12 AM

Coach Mike Johnston intends to take some pressure off Sidney Crosby this season.

"Do we have to lessen the load? Yes," said the new Penguins bench boss. "We have to ensure that other players on our team take some of the responsibility off his shoulders — both in leadership and also in performance. He is a captain, and he is a leader, but it doesn't all rest on Sid." GM Jim Rutherford feels the team added some off-season depth with the arrivals of Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spalling and Steve Downie.
Aug 27 - 11:00 AM

According to a report from the Sports Business News, the NHL is preparing to add four teams by 2017 in Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas.

Expansion fees could reach a combined $1.4 billion. A new organization in Las Vegas is thought to be a "done deal," according to sources close to the situation. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said back in March that the league wasn't considering a formal expansion process, but they were listening to interest.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 27 - 10:34 AM

Bryan Little is getting ready for a "hard" training camp.

This will be the team's first camp under coach Paul Maurice, who took over last season in January. "I know camp is going to be hard. He said it was going to be hard," Little said. "I haven't seen everyone. I think and I hope everyone's ready to go. The guys I have seen are looking pretty good." He's been taking part in some informal workouts with some of his teammates. Little will be looking to build on the success he enjoyed in 2013-14 when he posted a career high 64 points in 82 games.
Aug 27 - 9:49 AM

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