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NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked what the NHL's response would be if Alex Ovechkin decided to play in the Olympics against the league's wishes.

"I don’t have a league reaction to that," Daly said. "If that became a prevailing view of a group of players, or a significant group of players, I might have a different view. But at this point it’s a single superstar player who will have a contract with one of clubs, and the club will handle that within its own discretion." This is all hypothetical right now of course because the NHL hasn't reached a decision on the Olympics yet. However, Ovechkin did suggest that he would play in the 2018 Winter Games even if the NHL refused to participate.
Sep 28 - 6:06 AM

Jake Virtanen left Tuesday's contest with a shoulder injury.

We'll have to wait and see if Virtanen will miss a meaningful amount of time. Prior to the injury he was playing on a line with Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat.
Sep 28 - 6:02 AM

Bo Horvat had a strong showing in Tuesday's preseason contest.

Horvat netted a goal and won 20-of-23 faceoffs. He was playing on a line with Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen. "To get on the board right away gives me confidence and our line had some good chemistry going," said Horvat, who endured a 27-game goal drought last season. "Now is the time to try stuff, but there are things I still have to work on and the team has to work on, stuff I have to clean up. I have to be better in my D-zone in closing gaps quicker and moving my feet." Unfortunately Virtanen also suffered a shoulder injury Tuesday night and it's not clear yet how long he'll be out. If he's going to miss a significant amount of time, then Horvat's line will of course have to change for now.
Sep 28 - 6:00 AM

Manuel Wiederer has been cut from the San Jose Sharks' training camp roster.

Wiederer had 29 goals and 64 points in 54 QMJHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 150th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:55 AM

Tommy Wingels found the back of the net in San Jose's 3-2 overtime win against Vancouver on Tuesday.

Wingels was playing on a line with Chris Tierney and Nikolay Goldobin. It one of the first steps in Wingels' comeback attempt after he was limited to seven goals and 18 points in 68 games last season. "It could have been a lot better, and it starts with me and not producing and playing the way I want to play," Wingels said. "But it’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new opportunity to show that you can be better."
Sep 28 - 5:52 AM

Garrett Wilson scored twice in Pittsburgh's 4-2 preseason loss to Detroit on Tuesday.

Wilson also got into a fight. The 25-year-old is doing everything he can to force his way onto the roster after inking a one-year, two-way deal with the Penguins over the summer. He had no points and 24 penalty minutes in 29 contests with Florida in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 5:46 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers have reassigned Carsen Twarynski to the WHL's Calgary Hitmen.

Twarynski had been participating in the Flyers' training camp. He had 20 goals and 45 points in 67 games with the Hitmen last season.
Sep 28 - 5:43 AM

Connor Bunnaman has been taken off the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

Bunnaman had 16 goals and 38 points in 68 OHL contests in 2015-16. He was taken by the Philadelphia Flyers with the 109th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:41 AM

Anthony Salinitri has been cut from the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp roster.

Salinitri had 17 goals and 30 points in 62 OHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 172nd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
Sep 28 - 5:39 AM

Sean Couturier feels the World Cup helped him substantially when it came to getting ready for the regular season.

Couturier was part of Team North America. "I feel almost in midseason form," Couturier said. "We were there for three weeks of pretty intense [play] and six games. Three games in four nights in the tournament, so it was a pretty busy schedule, and the level of hockey was pretty impressive for September." It would be interesting to see how much playing in the World Cup benefits those who took part in it. At the same time, it's also hard to gauge, particularly because it was mostly the league's best in the tournament anyways, so it won't be surprising if they excel out of the gate. Perhaps the Team North America players could see the most tangible gains as it gave the promising youngsters a bit of a potential edge over some of the league's veterans.
Sep 28 - 5:36 AM

Roman Lyubimov has been making a strong case for himself early in training camp.

Lyubimov has been serving as a right winger on a line with Boyd Gordon and Chris VandeVelde. Among other things, Lyubimov has been battling hard after loose pucks. "It’s a nice trait for a player to have automatically and it’s an important trait," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. "His competitiveness and his battle level on 50-50 pucks, things like that, hasn’t changed from Day 1." Lyubimov, who is trying to make the leap from the KHL, also logged 3:55 minutes of ice time on the penalty kill during Tuesday's preseason contest.
Sep 28 - 5:31 AM

The New York Islanders are experimenting with using Alan Quine as a right winger in training camp.

Quine is used to playing as a center and logged some time as a left winger during the Islanders' 2016 postseason run. If he works out as a right winger too, it would really highlight his versatility. "If that’s the spot that gets me into the lineup, I’m going to put everything I can into it," said Quine. He played alongside Michael Dal Colle and Brock Nelson in Tuesday's preseason contest.
Sep 28 - 5:26 AM

Joseph Raaymakers has been released by the New York Rangers.

Raaymakers had been attending the Rangers' camp on a tryout basis. He had a 3.61 GAA and .891 save percentage in 28 OHL contests with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season.
Sep 28 - 5:21 AM

Timothy Gettinger has been cut from the New York Rangers' training camp roster.

Gettinger recorded 17 goals and 39 points in 60 OHL games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2015-16. He'll play in the OHL again this season.
Sep 28 - 5:20 AM

Ahti Oksanen has been reassigned to the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack.

Oksanen had been attending the Rangers' training camp. He had 15 goals and 36 points in 39 NCAA contests with Boston University in 2015-16.
Sep 28 - 5:18 AM


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