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Mitch Marner was impressive in his exhibition debut on Monday night.

He picked up two assists in Toronto's 6-3 loss to Ottawa and created chances just about every time he was on the ice. "Did he ever want the puck — sometimes he came back just to get the puck," said Jim Hiller, who served as the head coach with Mike Babcock still at the World Cup of Hockey. "He led four or five breakouts on his own and carried through to the offensive zone. That's not something most players can do. The league is too tight. There's not a lot of room. It's difficult to explain how a player like that can create time and space for himself. He's a special player." Marner is looking to claim a roster spot with the Maple Leafs this season or else he will have to return to the OHL.
Sep 27 - 11:45 AM

Mikhail Sergachev (upper body) has received the green light to resume practicing by Montreal's medical staff.

He is expected to skate on Tuesday, but he won't play against Washington in preseason action. Sergachev was injured during a rookie tournament game on Sept. 18.
Sep 27 - 11:35 AM

Nothing appears to be imminent on the Nikita Kucherov contract front.

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Sunday he's "very hopeful" to get something done. The two sides have been talking now that the World Cup is done for Kucherov and Team Russia. According to GeneralFanager.com, the Lightning have $5,866,667 in cap space remaining, so the team may have to clear some salary to make room for Kucherov's anticipated charge of $6 million or more per season.
Sep 27 - 11:29 AM

Zach Redmond isn't worried about the uphill climb he will face for ice time in Montreal this season.

He is excited to be a member of the Canadiens and scored a goal in his preseason debut on Monday night in a 3-2 loss to New Jersey. Montreal already has seven defensemen with NHL contracts, so Redmond may not get an opportunity to play unless injuries occur.
Sep 27 - 11:19 AM

Phil Varone amassed two goals and two assists in Ottawa's 6-3 win over Toronto in preseason action on Monday night.

He inked a one-year contract with the Senators in the summer after he finished the 2015-16 campaign with Ottawa. Varone wasn't able to stick with the Sabres four-plus years with the organization. He is hoping to land a spot with the Senators this season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he spent most of the year in the minors.
Sep 27 - 10:53 AM

Artturi Lehkonen amassed nine shots in Montreal's 3-2 exhibition loss to New Jersey on Monday night.

"I had my chances, and I had a chance to go backdoor late in the game and tie it, and I'm pissed off that I didn't," said Lehkonen. He played on the top line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Lehkonen will be back with Frolunda in the Swedish League if he doesn't earn a roster spot with the Canadiens.
Sep 27 - 10:33 AM

Arizona and Edmonton are considered the early favorites for Winnipeg defender Jacob Trouba.

The Jets want a top-four or top-pairing left-shot defenseman in return because their plan was to play Trouba alongside Dustin Byfuglien or Tyler Myers this year. Boston could also be in the mix because their interest in Trouba has been reported since the off-season began.
Sep 27 - 10:26 AM

Steve Ott is ready to compete for his roster spot on the Red Wings.

"There are great players on this team, and I want to make sure that I have earned a spot here and pushed the young guys out and continue to earn my spot," Ott said. "I am looking to hopefully have a good year this year and have more years left in my career. For an older guy, I don't want my job to be stolen yet, so I'm going to be pushing extremely hard." He skated with Drew Miller and Luke Glendening on Monday at practice. Ott intends to make an impact in Detroit's exhibition schedule.
Sep 27 - 10:11 AM

Cliff Pu was among some early training camp roster cuts by the Sabres on Monday.

The 2016 third-round draft pick was returned to the London Knights of the OHL. Austin Osmanski, Vojtech Budik, Devante Stephens, Vasily Glotov and Brandon Hagel were also returned to their junior teams.
Sep 27 - 10:06 AM

Jack Eichel is expected to join Buffalo for practice on Wednesday.

He hasn't skated with the Sabres since participating in the World Cup of Hockey with Team North America. Eichel is a rising star in the NHL and he should be an offensive catalyst for Buffalo this season.
Sep 27 - 10:00 AM

Frank Vatrano underwent surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments in his left foot.

"Timeline remains the same," said GM Don Sweeney. "Doctors felt it was the right thing to do for both the short and long term. All good on that front." Vatrano is slated to miss three months from an injury he sustained in a workout prior to training camp.
Sep 27 - 9:49 AM

Jimmy Hayes scored Boston's first goal of the preseason in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Monday.

He didn't have a problem when GM Don Sweeney calling him out at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. "It's the truth, you've got to hear stuff," said Hayes. "He made it clear to myself, too. I expected more of myself. I've got to make sure to play this year at a high level." He recorded 13 goals and 29 points in 75 games last year.
Sep 27 - 9:42 AM

Mark Scheifele learned from his experience at the World Cup of Hockey.

"I don't know if it there are specific things, but playing with certain guys and with me being a center, now I can maybe empathize with what a winger is doing," said Scheifele. "The biggest thing for me was to get to play against the best guys in the world and be a part of that." He skated on the right side for most of the tournament on a line with Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. When Scheifele gets back with the Jets he is penciled in to begin the regular season between Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers.
Sep 27 - 9:33 AM

Coach Claude Julien was glad to see the Bruins lock up Brad Marchand to an eight-year contract extension on Monday.

"Well-deserved contract for Brad with the way he's grown as a player, as a person, and everything else," Julien said. "He's become a real elite player. He's being rewarded for it. At the same time, I feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is. I think both sides won on this. I really do. You hope it's a great example of more of those to come." The 28-year-old forward should click again alongside Patrice Bergeron in 2016-17.
Sep 27 - 9:25 AM

Patrik Laine joined the Jets for his first practice on Monday.

He started camp alongside Blake Wheeler and 2015 first-rounder Jack Roslovic, but he could start the regular season with Bryan Little has his center and Drew Stafford as his other linemate. "Just hard-working every day and hope I can make it to the team," said Laine. "That's my only goal, is making the team and playing in the NHL the whole season. Everything else is a plus."
Sep 27 - 9:09 AM


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