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Matt Puempel is projected to be in the mix for a roster spot with Ottawa at training camp.

He's expected to compete with Curtis Lazar, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman and Shane Prince for one or two winger spots. "You can't control who other guys are and what other guys do and you can only worry about yourself," said Puempel. "If you do that within a team environment, you will have success." He amassed 30 goals, 48 points and 94 penalty minutes in 74 games with AHL Binghamton last season.
Sep 16 - 7:27 AM

Chris Stewart has high expectations for himself going into the 2014-15 season.

"I want to re-establish myself as one of the best power forwards in the game," he said. "I think when I've been given that opportunity in my career to showcase what I can do, I've delivered." Stewart skated in just five games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller trade. He injured his ankle after the move, but is recovered now and he's looking to make a positive impact with his new club. Stewart's current contract expires after the upcoming season, so he has plenty of motivation to succeed.
Sep 16 - 7:17 AM

Kevan Miller could be a trade candidate for the Bruins, but he isn't paying attention to the rumors.

"I didn't hear that. ... I just need to worry about myself," he said. "Like I said, I don't try to pay attention to the media or anything like that. I just worry about my game and being ready to go for camp and trying to help my team." Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is looking to clear salary cap space and free up some room on the back end at the same time. Miller's contract has a cap hit of $800,000 for the next two seasons.
Sep 16 - 6:44 AM

Michael Hutchinson knows he has a lot to prove this season, as he enters training camp slated to be Winnipeg's backup netminder.

"I'm just going to come in and take it one day at a time and try and help the team win as many games as I can and just work hard every day," said the 24-year-old goalie. "I think it'll be great. We'll both be able to push each other. The main focus is to help the team win games and if we can both do that, we'll have a successful season." The AHL standout posted a 2-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in three appearances with the Jets at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
Sep 16 - 6:35 AM

Daniel Taylor will attend Winnipeg's training camp on a tryout basis.

He played for Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League last season, where he posted 4-11-0 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA.
Sep 16 - 6:28 AM

Forward Tom Wilson, who broke an ankle this summer, is scheduled to report to the Washington Capitals' training camp Thursday and has started skating.

"He’s coming back into town," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "He’ll be here for the first day of camp. He’ll skate; he’ll be with the early morning group, getting his work done early. He’s making good strides. He’s back on the ice and skating, so that’s real positive."
Sep 15 - 10:21 PM

Carey Price would have been one of the new Montreal Canadiens' alternate captains if NHL rules didn't preclude goalies from having that honor.

The Habs have chosen to play in the coming season without a captain for the second time in team history, naming Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban to serve as alternates. But "one guy we don't want to forget is Carey Price," coach Michel Therrien said. "If the league would allow us to give him a letter, certainly he would have [had one] considering his position with the team. But he's part of that group. Carey's a good leader for us, the way he handles himself on the ice, off the ice. Certainly he's going to be part of it when I meet the players. In the past, every time, I was having meetings with the captain and the assistants. This year, [Price] is going to be there."
Source: nhl.com
Sep 15 - 10:08 PM

Milan Lucic's wrist still isn't 100 percent, but he has been encouraged by his progress.

"It's getting better," Lucic said after the Bruins' last informal skate before the start of training camp. "Obviously it was a long summer with it, having it be in a cast for 12 weeks. I feel like I've turned the corner on it the last week, week and a half. So that's obviously a positive. And I'm still working to get it up to 100 percent." He had surgery on his wrist in May after he was injured during the playoffs. Lucic will provide fantasy owners with a great blend of points and penalty minutes this season.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 15 - 6:46 PM

Nikolaj Ehlers was back in the lineup for the Winnipeg rookie team on Monday after he sat out Sunday's contest with a groin ailment.

He scored in the shootout to help the Jets defeat Edmonton by a score of 5-4. Ehlers was impressive in both games he played in at the tournament.
Sep 15 - 6:37 PM

Cal Heeter will reportedly be at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 44 games with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate in Adirondack, he compiled a 16-25-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. If he ends up earning a contract with the Leafs then it will likely be a minor-league job.
Sep 15 - 6:27 PM

Krys Barch will be at Arizona's training camp on a tryout basis.

He amassed 99 penalty minutes and contributed four assists in 55 games with the Florida Panthers last season.
Sep 15 - 6:21 PM

Michal Handzus has reportedly been talking to several teams, but nothing has been worked out yet.

The veteran center was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent after spending a year and change with the Blackhawks. Handzus wants to continue playing in the NHL and it sounds like he could find a new home with training camps about to open.
Sep 15 - 6:15 PM

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said that Vladimir Tkachev will attend the big club's training camp.

Edmonton isn't concerned by his lack of size and they big on his talent. Tkachev is attending Edmonton's rookie camp and the undrafted forward has impressed the team's brass enough to earn an extended look.
Sep 15 - 6:03 PM

Tye McGinn may be able to earn a roster spot with the San Jose Sharks out of training camp.

The Sharks need someone to replace injured winger Raffi Torres and McGinn could fit the bill. He's played 36 games with the Philadelphia Flyers over the past two seasons and was acquired for a third-round pick back in July. Chris Tierney, Freddie Hamilton, Nikolay Goldobin and Daniil Tarasov may be candidates for the position as well. The competition will be settled at training camp.
Sep 15 - 5:24 PM

Daniel Alfredsson (back) might miss the start of training camp.

"I'm not sure if he'll be able to report to camp on Wednesday," GM Ken Holland said. "I want to see how he's feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours." Alfredsson didn't take to the ice on Monday after he tweaked his back last week. The veteran winger is trying to decide if he'll return for another season, but lingering back issues could stand in the way.
Source: Mlive.com
Sep 15 - 5:04 PM



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