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August may be a slow month in terms of hockey news, but for players preparing for the upcoming season, like Roberto Luongo, it's anything but uneventful.

"To be honest, this is the worst time of the year," Luongo said. "Not only are we skating now, but you're still going to gym, working out every day. It's a lot of work. August is the toughest month because you're doing so much. It lends for some pretty long days. The fun part is being on the ice, knowing it's getting close. But I think this month is more important than training camp because of the work being put in." He is skating at informal workouts now with the first practice of training camp set for Sept. 18.
Aug 28 - 11:32 AM

Jakub Kindl views the arrival of new coach Jeff Blashill as an opportunity for a fresh start.

He was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games last year under former bench boss Mike Babcock. "He's got great ability," Blashill said in July. "He's done a good job persevering through tough times over the last few seasons. Hopefully he's putting himself in a good position to compete for a spot in training camp." Still, it will be difficult for Kindl to crack a top-six group that includes Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Mike Green.
Aug 28 - 11:01 AM

According to two NHL sources, Buffalo has offered Cody Franson a two-year contract.

Franson has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus in the rumor mill as well. Buffalo has the cap space to make him an offer he would probably prefer, though. Franson earned $3.3 million last season and it's believed that he is looking for a multi-year contract.
Aug 28 - 10:24 AM

Robby Fabbri has a better chance of making the Blues out of camp because of Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury.

Fellow prospect Ty Rattie and camp invitee Scott Gomez, who agreed to attend on a professional tryout, will be in the running for a roster spot as well. Fabbri has the talent to seize the opportunity and he impressed the team at last year's training camp.
Aug 27 - 9:15 PM

Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to stay with Carolina.

"Obviously, it's no secret I love being here and there's nowhere else I want to be," he said. "In a perfect world I'd like to have something done, but there's no pressure. I've just got to prepare myself for a great year, not just for myself but for the team. It's team first. We want to be ready." Ward outperformed Anton Khudobin last season in a bounce-back year, but in 2015-16 he is expected to compete with Eddie Lack, who was acquired from Vancouver. "From what I understand he's a great guy and obviously will push (me) and vice versa," Ward said. "It will be a similar situation to last year. Nothing is given to me. You've got to go out there and earn your ice time and right to play."
Aug 27 - 7:21 PM

Elias Lindholm has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million.

He will make $2.5 million in 2016-17 and then $2.9 million during the 2017-18 campaign. Lindholm, who was the fifth overall pick in 2013, showed plenty of promise last season while recording 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional," GM Ron Francis said after the signing.
Aug 27 - 6:57 PM

It's being speculated that Steve Moses could play on Nashville's third line.

The Predators hope that a trio of Moses, Cody Hodgson and Calle Jarnkrok can provide some additional scoring. Moses racked up 36 goals 57 points in 60 games with the KHL's Jokerit Helsinki last season.
Aug 27 - 5:00 PM

Auston Matthews said the appeal of playing against older competition helped allure him to Switzerland.

"Playing against older competition is a big 'pro' for me and just having to make quicker plays and go against men basically, I think that's one of the decisions that played into it," he said. Matthews will also get to play for coach Marc Crawford with the ZSC Lions, which contributed to his decision to head overseas. The American forward is the early favorite to be chosen first overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Aug 27 - 4:19 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere is projected to start the 2015-16 in the minors.

He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last season that is expected to delay his entry into the NHL. "I haven't played a lot of games since college, and I just want to get out there - feel the game, make some plays, get hit, hit someone - and just have some fun out there," said Gostisbehere. He appeared in just two games with the Flyers and five with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the AHL last year. Gostisbehere said his knee feels like it's 100 percent and he's ready to get back to playing.
Aug 27 - 3:55 PM

Samuel Morin is hoping to crack Philadelphia's roster this season.

"Last year, I was one of the last cuts, so I think I have a good chance," Morin said. "So I have to try to do the same. I know I have more of a chance to go to the AHL as a first-year pro, but for sure I'm going to go to camp and give it everything because I want to make the team this year." He added that if he gets sent down, he will work hard to get a call up. Morin has gained 23 pounds since the Flyers selected him 11th overall in 2013. The 6-foot-6, 228-pound defenseman has plenty of veteran and prospect competition to stick with Philadelphia, so some increased ice time in the minors to hone his skills would probably be beneficial.
Aug 27 - 3:08 PM

Patrik Berglund sustained a shoulder injury while training for the upcoming season and he'll be re-evaluated in four months.

He will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday. Berglund had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 games last season.
Aug 27 - 2:00 PM

Scott Gomez will attend training camp with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout.

He generated seven goals and 34 points in 58 games with the New Jersey Devils last season. Gomez and new assistant GM Martin Brodeur have a relationship from their days with the Devils organization, which may have played a part in this opportunity. Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury will give him a chance to get an NHL deal with the Blues.
Aug 27 - 1:35 PM

New Jersey made additions to their scouting and development staffs on Wednesday.

The Devils hired Andy Schneider as an amateur scout and brought in former NHL player Patrick Rissmiller as a development coach. "Patrick Rissmiller has played at just about every level – high school, college, ECHL, AHL, NHL and Europe, and with multiple organizations," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "He will work with all of the players in our organization, as well as our prospects. We feel that he is the ideal individual with the necessary experience and background for this position." Schneider was with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the past three seasons where he worked with the Devils' new director of amateur scouting, Paul Castron.
Aug 27 - 12:21 PM

Andrew Ladd said it would like to have a new contract in place before the start of the year, but he understands that these things can take time.

He would prefer to put the distractions behind him and just focus on preparing for and playing in the upcoming season. Ladd made it known that he wants to stay with the Jets and he believes both sides will come to an agreement because there is mutual interest. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 27 - 11:13 AM

Mike Richards has been charged for possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada, according to RCMP Manitoba's Twitter account.

He will appear in court on September 10th. Richards had his contract terminated by Los Angeles because of "a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract" before the start of free agency. The NHLPA has filed a grievance on Richards' behalf, but a hearing date hasn't been set yet.
Aug 27 - 10:29 AM


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