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  • LA Kings return to camp eager for title defense

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — After a summer crammed with Stanley Cup celebrations across the globe, the Los Angeles Kings are back at work with their eyes on some rarefied goals. The Kings went through their first workouts of training camp Friday as they prepare for their run at a third NHL title in four seasons. Even with just 14 weeks off from hockey, the Kings are rejuvenated by the thought of making even more history. "It was a short summer, but we'll take it like that any time we can get it," center Anze Kopitar said. Nearly the entire roster from last summer's championship club is back in black, and the Kings appear to be largely healed from the accumulated aches of their latest trip deep into the postseason.

  • Kings' Drew Doughty misses 1st workout with injury

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty missed the first practice of training camp Friday with an upper-body injury. The defending Stanley Cup champions didn't provide a timetable for their star defenseman's return. Doughty was injured during an offseason workout back home in Ontario, but has skated in recent days. Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't provide specific details about Doughty's injury, saying only that the defenseman is "really good." Doughty had five goals and 13 assists in 26 playoff games during the Kings' run to their second NHL title in three seasons. The high-scoring defenseman had 37 points during the regular season, his sixth in Los Angeles.

  • Red Wings hoping for healthier 2014-15

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — While coach Mike Babcock focuses on systems and practice, the Detroit Red Wings just want to field a healthy team this season. Last season was derailed by injuries, although the team managed to extend its streak of 23rd consecutive seasons in the playoffs with a patchwork lineup featuring several young players on NHL ice well before the team's brass had intended. Detroit started training camp on Friday in Traverse City with an eye on both improving and keeping its lineup intact. Defenseman Niklas Kronwall noted the team is coming into camp much healthier than in previous years, despite top prospect Anthony Mantha's absence due to a broken leg sustained this week. "It's been a while since th

  • Burke: 'Unacceptable' aggression from athletes

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Brian Burke believes players who take aggression from the ice into their personal lives don't deserve to earn professional-athlete wages. The Calgary Flames' president was asked at the Global Business Forum how he would have handled the Ray Rice scandal. "The notion that 'I get paid to fight on a hockey rink so that same level of violence is acceptable on the street or in my home,'" Burke said. "And if a player can't separate them, then the player doesn't deserve to earn professional-athlete wages." A recent video showing Rice, a star NFL running back, assaulting his then-fiancee has started a debate over how pro sports leagues ought to deal with an athlete's violent behavior outside the game.

  • Grieving Suter glad to be back on ice with Wild

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Training camp for Ryan Suter will be more than a tuneup for the season. Practicing with the Minnesota Wild will bring some respite, too. Suter's father, a Wild scout and former U.S. Olympic team member, died Sept. 9 of a heart attack. Bob Suter was 57. His son, the star defenseman who hasn't missed a game and has spent more time on the ice than any other NHL skater since signing with the Wild two years ago, was naturally still having a hard time with the sudden loss. "We were really close. Just a really good guy, a hard-working guy. I'm going to miss him," said Suter after pausing to for composure when his voice faltered and his eyes welled.

  • Sharks open with new vibe after playoff collapse

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A tumultuous offseason that featured a rehash of a historic playoff collapse, talk of rebuilding and questions about the leadership on and off the ice has mercifully come to an end for the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks returned to practice Friday for the opening of training camp, looking to put that playoff loss to Los Angeles in the past and build a new kind of team even if it contains most of the same players. After becoming just the fourth NHL team to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games, the Sharks entered a new phase with general manager Doug Wilson talking about rebuilding and calling the franchise a "tomorrow" team after nearly a decade of being a perennial Stanley Cu

  • Ovechkin back at left wing as Capitals open camp

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — As if he knew the question was coming, Alex Ovechkin smiled when asked what his new coach wants him to work on. "On back-check?" Ovechkin said. Another season, another chance to find out whether one of the league's most talented goal-scorers can seriously help out some more on defense. The Washington Capitals opened training camp Friday with new coach Barry Trotz, who says he'll work — as other coaches have before him — to make the three-time league MVP into a more complete player. If Day 1 is any indication, Ovechkin sounds ready to be a cooperative student. "If you want to be good," he said, "you have to work on everything." Step No.

  • Bruins eyeing redemption on 1st day of camp

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — The Boston Bruins conducted their first on-ice training camp practices for the new season on Friday, and they're already thinking about redemption. The Bruins want to atone for the way last season ended. They had the best record in the NHL during the regular season with 117 points, then fell short of the Stanley Cup by losing in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs to the archrival Montreal Canadiens. "I think it was a tough year last year and (I have) a lot to prove this year," left winger Brad Marchand said after practice at Ristuccia Arena. "So I was very excited to get back on today and get this underway and get the season going.

  • Flyers captain Claude Grioux out 2 weeks

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux will miss at least two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury on the first day of training camp. The Flyers did specify the injury on Friday. Giroux left the ice only 15 minutes into the first session at camp. He was selected last season as a Hart Trophy finalist, the league's MVP award. Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race with 86 points.

  • Young Dallas Stars open camp more confident group

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jamie Benn and the young Dallas Stars are definitely a more confident group, though it took the captain a long time to get over how last season ended. In the first year under general manager Jim Nill and veteran coach Lindy Ruff, the Stars made it to the playoffs to snap the longest postseason drought in franchise history. And they were only minutes from taking their first-round series against top-seeded Anaheim to Game 7 before the Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation, and then won on the only shot in overtime. "It was a tough way to lose in Game 6 there, but I guess looking back now, we did have a pretty good year," Benn said Friday after the Stars opened training camp.

  • Stars' Peverley working out but not back on ice

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley is doing off-ice workouts but still is unable to skate with the team six months after an irregular heartbeat led to him collapsing on the bench during a game. General manager Jim Nill says doctors will continue to monitor Peverley, who was with the team Friday for the start of training camp. Nill said Peverley has improved but still needs clearance from other doctors before he can take the next step and get back on the ice. Nill expects the situation to be week to week, and says the team isn't going to rush the player. Peverley's irregular heartbeat was diagnosed during training camp last year. He collapsed during a game March 10, and had surgery the followin

  • Gallant's era with Panthers gets underway


    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — Gerard Gallant's best hockey came when he played for a relatively easygoing coach like Jacques Demers. He's hoping the Florida Panthers find his style to be as successful. Gallant's first training camp as coach of the Panthers got underway Friday, with some players going through drills and most others getting right into scrimmage play. Gallant was hired in the offseason and left his team alone over the summer, choosing to not start getting to know most of them until this camp began. Gallant spent parts of 11 seasons in the NHL as a player, mostly with Detroit. The left wing scored 211 goals in 615 games, with four consecutive seasons of at least 34 goals from 1986 through 1990.

  • Ducks' Kyle Palmieri out 2 weeks with ankle sprain


    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Anaheim Ducks forward Kyle Palmieri is expected to miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Ducks announced Palmieri's injury Friday, saying he hopes to return for Anaheim's final preseason game. Palmieri set career highs with 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season. He has spent parts of the last four seasons in Anaheim, recording 29 goals and 31 assists. Palmieri also has scored three goals in each of the last two postseasons. Ducks prospect Shea Theodore also will be out at least for a month after spraining a ligament in his right elbow last weekend. The defenseman was Anaheim's first-round pick in 2013.

  • Reigning NHL MVP Sidney Crosby cleared to practice


    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Looks as if Sidney Crosby is a pretty quick healer. The Pittsburgh Penguins star and reigning NHL MVP practiced Friday, a day after the team announced he would be held out of the early portion of training camp as a precaution for an unspecified minor injury. Crosby didn't appear hurt while taking the ice Friday morning for the team's first official workout of training camp. He didn't wear a red no-contact jersey during the 50 minutes he skated, leaving only when the team held a short 3-on-3 scrimmage. His appearance came as a surprise after new general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that Crosby and forward Evgeni Malkin were going to skip the beginning of camp with unspecified injuries.

  • Hurricanes begin Peters' 1st training camp


    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It didn't take long during Carolina's first practice of training camp for the Hurricanes to figure out what new coach Bill Peters wants. The pace was faster than under previous regimes. There was more attention to detail, an almost rigid adherence to a plan. "He comes in with a presence, a plan and an idea, and that's what you want," captain Eric Staal said after Friday's workout. "You want to follow someone who shows that confidence and exudes that confidence. He's done that." Peters was mostly pleased with both of the split practice sessions that marked the opening day of camp, and praised his players' conditioning. "I thought we got some things done," Peters said.

  • Wild sign goalie Darcy Kuemper

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Darcy Kuemper is on his way back to Minnesota to try to save the Wild's muddled goaltending situation. Kuemper ended a summer-long stalemate with the Wild when he signed a two-year contract on Thursday night, one day after starting goalie Josh Harding was ruled out indefinitely with a broken right foot. The 24-year-old Kuemper went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 26 games as a rookie last season, stepping in to keep the Wild afloat when Harding had to step away due to multiple sclerosis, and Niklas Backstrom struggled with an array of injuries. The Wild made several moves in free agency over the summer, most notably signing veteran Thomas Vanek to help boost th

  • Selanne rips Boudreau, but Ducks coach understands

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Teemu Selanne managed to make a stir on the first day of the Anaheim Ducks' training camp even after his retirement. Coach Bruce Boudreau and Selanne's former teammates reacted with disappointment and chuckles Thursday after hearing about Selanne's fierce criticism of Boudreau in a new biography published in Finland. Selanne retired at 43 years old last summer following a 21-season NHL career spent mostly in Anaheim. His disagreements with Boudreau about his playing time and role last season were hardly secrets, but Selanne's decision to air them in public surprised the Ducks. "Nobody likes hearing anything negative about themselves, so in that sense I'm a little disappointed," Boudreau said. "B

  • Bruins have some lineup questions

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have some lineup questions entering training camp after a disappointing second-round exit in the playoffs. "Absolutely. Competition, with it comes uncertainty, and we'd all like things to be certain," general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "But it also comes like the cream will rise to the top and I'm looking forward to it. On a smaller level we had a competition last year for a couple forward spots and we did OK. So we've got some invites, we've got some young players pushing. I look forward to it." The players went through off-ice conditioning tests Thursday at TD Garden and will open practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington. Two unsigned players did not report for testing.

  • Avs look to build off momentum in Roy's 2nd year

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    DENVER (AP) — Jarome Iginla took a few wrong turns and got lost heading into the office for his first day of work. So new to town, it's understandable the Colorado Avalanche forward can't quite navigate his way to the Pepsi Center yet. His direction on the ice, though, is impeccable. That's why the Avalanche brought his leadership to Denver, hoping the 37-year-old can take them to the next level. This is a team that surprised the NHL last season by tying a franchise record with 52 wins in coach Patrick Roy's first season. This is also a team that lost a Game 7 at home against the Minnesota Wild. Months later, that postseason loss still bothers captain Gabriel Landeskog, who reported for physicals Thursday with a

  • Blackhawks open training camp at Notre Dame

    Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks want to get back to the Stanley Cup final. The Game 7 Western Conference finals loss in overtime to the eventual Cup champion Los Angeles Kings still weighs on their minds. The 2013 Cup champions are focused on bettering last season's finish. "It's motivation knowing our potential and how close we came," Chicago captain Jonathan Toews said ahead of training camp on Friday at Notre Dame's campus. "(We're) using that as a source of energy to improve upon." The roster will look slightly different by the end of camp. The Blackhawks are still around $2.2 million above the NHL salary cap and will need to make a move, possibly in the form of a trade, to get below the cap before