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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 favourites, 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.
Source: NHL.com
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."
Source: NHL.com
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

It isn't clear yet if Rich Peverley will be able to return or if his career is over.

Stars GM Jim Nill was asked if there's a chance that doctors will tell Peverley to stop at any point and he said: "I'm not sure on that. I think we're all moving day to day and trying to see how far he can push it. We'll have patience with Rich and support him and simply go through the process. So much of it is listening to the doctors and allow them to guide the process." Peverley hasn't been cleared to skate, but he has been permitted to work out. To return to the ice he has to see a cardiologist first to be tested and as of now there's no timeline on that, according to Nill.
Sep 18 - 6:24 PM

John Mitchell has been experiencing migraines, which could put him on the sidelines when camp opens on Friday.

He had a concussion at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Mitchell was back on the ice Tuesday for an informal skate, but this setback could cost him some preparation time for the upcoming season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 5:57 PM

Jamie McGinn may miss the start of training camp with a back injury.

He registered 19 goals and 38 points in 79 games last season. McGinn inked a two-year contract extension with the Avalanche back in June.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 5:51 PM

Patrick Bordeleau underwent off-season back surgery.

He's expected to miss about three months of the season. Bordeleau picked up 11 points and 115 penalty minutes in 82 games last year as the Avalanche's resident enforcer.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 5:44 PM

Ben Bishop doesn't anticipate being limited at training camp despite his wrist not feeling quite 100 percent yet.

"The range of motion, everything is good," Bishop said. "Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good. By the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better everyday. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go." He's projected to practice with the Lightning on Friday.
Sep 18 - 5:05 PM

Kimmo Timonen won't play for months, according to Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

"My desire is I want to play. But the chances of me playing are really slim," said Timonen. "That's a fact. But I'm ready and waiting to see. If there's a little chance there's a safe way for me to step on the ice, then we have a new discussion. But we don't know yet." There was some speculation that he would have to retire after being diagnosed with blood clots in his leg and his lungs, but he isn't ready to call it quits yet and wants to get back to playing.
Sep 18 - 5:00 PM

Coach Alain Vigneault plans to wait until close to the start of the regular season to name a team captain.

"I think that all teams have a core leadership group and it's not up to just one individual, it's not up to just the captain to be the leader, it has to be a group effort," Vigneault said. "I see in our team I see some real strong possibilities as far as being captain but I also think because this is a new year and because we've changed some pieces to the puzzle I want to see how things unfold during training camp. Captain will be named before the first game of the regular season." Ryan McDonagh appears to be the favorite for the position, but Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis will get some consideration as well.
Sep 18 - 4:35 PM


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