-So training camp got off to a great start as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are already injured.
-EN Says: We suspect these are "trainingcampitis" injuries. While this franchise's history with reporting injuries is suspect, these appear to be very minor ailments.
-The Penguins enter a brave, new world.
-"I don't think I've hit my full potential yet." - Daniel Carcillo who is in camp on a tryout basis.
-The Penguins will reveal another way to make money third jersey today.
-Mike Johnston speaks:
-Rob Scuderi speaks:
-Brandon Sutter speaks:
-Chris Kunitz speaks:
-Happy 26th birthday to current Penguins forward Nick Spaling. Along with Patric Hornqvist, he was acquired in a trade this past offseason which sent James Neal to the Predators. In 297 career games, Spaling has 84 points.
-Happy 44rd birthday to former Penguins coach Dan Bylsma (right). Promoted from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton midway through the 2008-09 season as a replacement for Michel Therrien, Bylsma led the Penguins to an 18-3-4 record down the stretch and the third Stanley Cup title in franchise history. He became the 14th coach in NHL history to lead a team to a championship in his first season. In 2009-10, the Penguins had a 47-28-7 record under Bylsma and reached the postseason once again. During the 2010-11 campaign, despite the absences of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal at various times, Bylsma directed the club to 49-25-8 record, 106 points - third-most in the NHL overall - and another playoff appearance. That effort helped Bylsma win the Jack Adams Award, the only time a Penguins coach has won the award. In 2011-12, Bylsma directed the team to a 51-25-6 record and another playoff appearance. During a lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, Bylsma saw the team win the Atlantic Division title with a 36-12-0 record. During the postseason, the Penguins advanced to the Eastern Conference final. Last season, the Penguins won th Metropolitan Division with a 51-24-7 record. After being eliminated by the Rangers in the second round of the postseason, Bylsma was fired. In 400 regular season games, Bylsma has a record of 252-117-32. He is the franchise's career leader in coaching wins and games coached. In 78 postseason games, he had a 43-35 record.
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-"I’ve played with guys who are louder but they also proved it with their actions. Everybody’s different. To try to come in and be someone that you’re not, guys can pick up on that pretty quickly when it’s not natural or genuine. I just want to come in and lead by example with the way I come to work every day and treat people the way they should be treated." - Former Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik on joining the Capitals.
-"I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don’t know if it’s going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it’s not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I’m good enough. I don’t want to just be here just to be here. But the longer you play in the NHL, the better challenge you get for yourself. You’re facing the best players in the world. So, if I’m good enough to play in this league, I want to do it. If I’m not, I’m going to play somewhere else. But you have to stay healthy and you have to stay motivated and you have to love the game. So, that’s what I do. That’s what I love.” - Devils forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr on entering his 20th NHL training camp at the age of 42.
-"They burned the rink. They are bombing right now. They’re bombing the city. It’s unsafe to even travel there. So, they shut the team down for this year. They let us know in July that we can go anywhere we want basically for a year. So, I was trying to come back to the NHL.” - Former Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko (right) on the ongoing military conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Fedotenko, who is in the Devils' training camp on a tryout basis, was under contract with Donbass Donetsk, a KHL team in Eastern Ukraine. That team has suspended operations for the 2014-15 season.
-For the first time in two decades, the Devils enter a training camp with a new No. 1 goaltender. Cory Schneider takes over for Martin Brodeur.
-“My desire is that I want to play, but the chance of me playing is really slim. That’s the fact.” - Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen on his recovery from blood clots in his lungs and right leg.
-Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton will be sidelined indefinitely due to a back injury.
-A report in the Toronto Star revealed a rift between star forward Phil Kessel and assistant coach Steve Spott. According to the report, Spott revealed at a coaches clinic a new breakout strategy he devised was rejected by Kessel who reportedly said, "No. I’m not going to do that.”
-“I haven’t read no article or anything yet, so I can’t really even say what you guys are talking about. I’ve obviously talked to [Spott] a couple times, but it’s not about that. It’s more about golf and stuff. I don’t really talk about hockey in the summer, to be honest, if you really want to know the truth.” - Kessel's reaction when asked about the report.
-“I think we had a very general conversation that took place, talking about his drive, and also talking about different things on the ice, and that’s part of my job. Get to know these guys, things they like to do on the ice, things that they think we can improve on, and just getting to know them.” - Spott on the report.
-Former Flyers/Lightning/Kings forward Simon Gagne is trying to revive his career on a tryout contract with the Bruins.
-Unsigned restricted free agent forward Reilly Smith (right) and defenseman Torey Krug did not report to the start of the Bruins' training camp.
-Red Wings forward prospect Anthony Mantha, a first-round pick in 2013, will be sidelined six to eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.
-The Wild re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Darcy Kuemper to a two-year contract worth a total of $2.5 million. Coming off an entry-level contract with a salary cap hit of $776,667, Kuemper's new deal will have a cap hit of $1.25 million. In 26 games last season, Kuemper, 24, had a 12-8-4 record with a 2.43 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and two shutouts.
-The Wild suspended goaltender Josh Harding after he suffered an ankle injury in a non-hockey related activity. While he is suspended, he will not be paid and his salary cap hit will not count.
-EN Says: As the Wild found out last season when injuries hit hard, you can never have enough goaltending. With Kuemper under wraps, as well as Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Ilya Bryzgalov in camp in various capacities, the Wild will have plenty of options at the position.
-Stars forward Rich Peverley (right) was given medical clearance to resume working out but not to skate. During a game March 3, Peverley suffered what was described as a "cardiac event" and has not played since.
-Avalanche forward/enforcer Patrick Bordeleau will be sidelined approximately three months while recovering from offseason back surgery.
-Despite having one of the lowest average ticket costs, the Avalanche has one of the league's highest salary cap figures.
-The Blackhawks invited defenseman Cam Barker, selected No. 3 overall by the Blackhawks in the 2004 draft, to training camp on a tryout basis. Drafted after Washington Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, Barker has struggled to stick in the NHL.
-Blues forward Jaden Schwartz, currently an unsigned restricted free agent, did not report to training camp.
-In his newly published autobiography, former Ducks star forward Teemu Selanne blasted head coach Bruce Boudreau. Selanne, who retired this past offseason, said he would still be playing if the Ducks had a different coach and said, "It would have been wrong if we had won the Stanley Cup with a coach like that."
-“I tried to explain honestly what happened last year. In frustration, I made several comments following our Game 7 loss to the Kings that I shouldn’t have said. As I’ve said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks. I’m sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else. That was not my intent.” - Selanne's reaction when asked to comment on the biography.
-“That’s the problem with Vancouver. The media makes up a lot of stories that aren’t true. To be honest, I was really sick of certain media guys throwing people under the bus. No matter how much my old teammates say it doesn’t bother them. It affects them. It does in that city.” - Ducks forward Ryan Kesler (right) on his time with the Canucks. Kesler was dealt to Anaheim this past offseason.
-Oilers forward David Perron is still dealing with a hip injury lingering from the spring.
-The Sharks assigned defensemen Kyle Bigos, Brenden Ellis, Nick Jones, forwards Chris Crane, Jeremy Langlois and John MacInnis to Worcester of the AHL. Forwards Rourke Chartier (Kelwona - WHL), Kevin Labanc (Barrie - OHL), Dylan Sadowy (Saginaw - OHL), Alex Schoenborn (Portland - WHL) and defenseman Alexis Vanier (Baie-Comeau - QMJHL) were assigned to their junior teams.
-Can forward Devin Setoguchi re-discover his 20-goal scoring touch with the Flames?
-Former Flyers defenseman Oskars Bartulis has joined Barys Astana of Russia's KHL.
-Former Flyers forward Stefan Ruzicka has joined Lausanne of Switzerland's NLA.
-What's next for the WHL's Portland Winterhawks now that former coach/general manager Mike Johnston is in Pittsburgh?
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