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Jiri Sekac is viewed as a possible candidate to claim a spot on Montreal's third line.

He'll likely have to outperform Michael Bournival, who played in 60 games with the Canadiens last season. It wouldn't be surprising if Sekac started the year in the minors after coming over from the KHL. The 22-year-old winger inked a two-year deal with Montreal in the summer.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 7:47 PM

Stephen Weiss believes he can be productive this season after dealing with a sports hernia problem in 2013-14.

"I'm confident," Weiss said. "I know I can play the game and I'm a threat on the team as a No. 2 center with those two guys [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] coming out first. We should be able to do some damage if we're healthy." He has been working hard since his second surgery on April 21 and he'll be ready to go in training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 6:54 PM

Rangers GM Glen Sather announced Thursday that the team had signed Danny Kristo.

In 65 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack this past season, he produced 25 goals and 43 points. He was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Christian Thomas on July 2, 2013. According to CapGeek.com, Kristo's one-year contract will earn him $826,875 if he plays at the NHL level and $65,000 in the AHL.
Aug 21 - 6:12 PM

Colorado Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic is "confident" Tyson Barrie will be with the team for the start of training camp.

Training camps are about four weeks away and Barrie remains a restricted free agent. The offensive defenseman is an important part of the Avalanche and he was sorely missed in the playoffs when he suffered a knee injury in the opening round.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 21 - 5:54 PM

Joe Thornton wasn't aware that he'd lost his captaincy until he was told a about the situation by a reporter.

"I talked with Todd today, and he never mentioned anything about captains or assistant captains," said Thornton on Wednesday. Coach Todd McLellan admitted that he could have been clearer in his "clean slate" talk with Thornton. Thornton appears to be handling it well and he said he would support whoever becomes the team captain. "It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," he said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you."
Aug 21 - 5:37 PM

Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

He posted 262 wins, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 career regular season appearances. Giguere was excellent in the playoffs, where he earned a mark of 33-17 to go with a .925 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final to New Jersey and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere was originally drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft.
Aug 21 - 4:44 PM

Ilya Bryzgalov would like to return to the Minnesota Wild, according to his agent.

"Ilya would very much like to return to the Wild and further the success the team had down the stretch last year," Ritch Winter said. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences he has had in his career. Ilya loved his teammates in Minnesota, loved the city and loved and appreciated the support he received from the coaching staff and Wild fans. He would love to be a part of helping this team to enjoy the success they had together last year." The problem for the Wild is that their crease is already crowded and the club is preparing to the start the year with three goalies on the roster. Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are expected to return from their respective ailments, while RFA Darcy Kuemper is slated to join them once he gets signed. There probably isn't any room for Minnesota to bring in Bryzgalov too, even though he's willing to accommodate the move the best that he can.
Aug 21 - 3:32 PM

Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis.
Aug 21 - 3:21 PM

According to swisshockeynews.ch, Simon Moser will likely play for HC Bern of the Swiss League this season.

"During the negotiations, the Predators didn't move a bit in my direction," said Moser, who is a restricted free agent. "It's been said that this is a sign that they no longer count on me." He collected two points in six games with the Predators last season and 26 points in 48 contests with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.
Aug 21 - 3:01 PM

Expectations will be higher on Gustav Nyquist this upcoming season.

The good news is that he's expected to be placed in situations where he can succeed. Nyquist is slated to start the season on one of Detroit's top-two lines and he'll get time on the power play. He registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games last year. Nyquist has the skill to be a regular 20-goal threat and he should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2014-15.
Aug 21 - 2:44 PM

Todd Bertuzzi spoke a little to the Detroit Free Press a day after reaching a settlement in his long-standing court case with Steve Moore.

"I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you." Moore's career ended after he was attacked by Bertuzzi in game back on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Aug 21 - 2:27 PM

Columbus has reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings.

The club will be the Blue Jackets' ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season. "We are excited to have the Kalamazoo Wings as our new ECHL affiliate," said Jackets assistant GM Chris MacFarland, who will oversee hockey operations for the team's minor-league affiliates. "We look forward to working with Head Coach Nick Bootland and the entire K-Wings organization to help us develop some of the young players in our system."
Aug 21 - 2:14 PM

Brooks Orpik responded to reactions that he was overpaid by Washington in free agency.

"Whether you make the minimum or $9 million a year, there’s always going to be people that think you’re overpaid," Orpik said in a phone interview Tuesday. "You're always aware of that. Washington, I think they know me well enough, so they know what they're getting." Coach Barry Trotz is excited about the intangibles that Orpik will bring to the team's back end. He was signed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on the first day of free agency.
Aug 21 - 1:57 PM

Nazem Kadri wants to elevate his game in 2014-15.

"My expectation for myself is to go up (in production) every year," he said. "No one has higher expectations of me than me, so I'm working as hard as I can to get there. You always work hard to get better, but now your body is a bit more mature, and you know it better, so it's easier to put on pounds or take them off, whatever you need." Kadri feels his ideal weight is around 190 pounds. He's been working hard on his shot and release during the summer. Kadri appears confident that he can improve on the 20 goals and 50 points he picked up in 78 games last campaign.
Aug 21 - 11:40 AM

Robert Hagg is eager to play his first full season in North America this year.

He skated in 10 minor-league games last campaign and is slated to start 2014-15 in the AHL with Philadelphia's affiliate in Lehigh Valley. Hagg is hoping to be NHL-ready in a couple of years. "It is going to be in 2 years, being realistic," he said. "Two years from now, I am going to have a Flyers jersey. That is my goal." Until then, he's busy building muscle, quickness and explosiveness to be ready when he gets a chance.
Aug 21 - 11:11 AM


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