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Bruins eyeing redemption on 1st day of camp (The Associated Press)

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.

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Keep on truckin’

BROSSARD – With a brand new season on the horizon, Rene Bourque is hoping to pick up right where he left off last year.

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Kicking off the WHL’s 2014-15 season with 10 bold predictions (Buzzing The Net)

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Canadiens training camp: Tomas Plekanec injures elbow (CBC)

The Montreal Canadiens failed to get through opening day of training camp Thursday without one of their regular players getting hurt. Centre Tomas Plekanec tweaked an elbow performing the long jump during off-ice physicals in Brossard, Que., and reportedly favoured the elbow for the rest of the NHL team’s workout. The 31-year-old Plekanec is entering his 10th season with the Canadiens and coming off a 20-goal, 43-point campaign.

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Habs Galchenyuk just wants to be more productive, at centre or on the wing (The Canadian Press)

BROSSARD, Que. – Alex Galchenyuk feels it is time to step up and become a dominant player, whether it is at centre or on left wing.

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Avs look to build off momentum in Roy’s 2nd year (The Associated Press)

DENVER (AP) — Jarome Iginla took a few wrong turns and got lost heading into the office for his first day of work.

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Job seekers

BROSSARD – With a couple of spots up for grabs on the blue line, a trio of Habs young guns is out to prove they’re ready for a full-time NHL gig.

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Devils open camp without veteran goalie Brodeur (The Associated Press)

The New Jersey Devils began the post-Martin Brodeur era. The Devils hope to return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons, but they’ll have to do it without the NHL’s all-time leader in career goaltending victories. ”It’s going to be weird not having Marty back there,” said captain and defenseman Bryce Salvador. It’s going to be tough to replace him.” The Devils cut ties with Brodeur at the end of last season and signed replacement Cory Schneider to a seven-year contract.

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Leafs open camp hoping competition and depth make them a better team (The Canadian Press)

TORONTO – The post-mortem of the past two Toronto Maple Leafs seasons hasn’t been pretty. A Game 7 collapse against the Boston Bruins in 2013 gave way to 14-game plunge that cost them a trip to the playoffs in 2014.

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Sabres rebuild after franchise record for losses (The Associated Press)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Josh Gorges showed up at Buffalo Sabres training camp eager for a ”fresh start” after spending seven seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.

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The Last Word: Chad Johnson

One of the NFL’s most productive and flamboyant receivers of the past decade, Chad Johnson has a knack for standing out from the crowd. The architect behind some of football’s most memorable touchdown celebrations over the years, the man who once legally changed his last name to “Ochocinco” has unsurprisingly become one of the most followed athletes on Twitter thanks to his unfiltered tweets and unmatched ability to engage with fans. We caught up with the 36-year-old during his first CFL season in Montreal to learn more about the Als’ marquee wideout.

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Puck Daddy’s NHL 2014-15 Emoji Preview: Montreal Canadiens (Puck Daddy)

(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)   Last Season In Emojis

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64 players to attend the Montreal Canadiens Training Camp

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MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens announced Tuesday that 64 players will participate in the 2014-15 training camp. Players will report for physicals and medical exams at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Thursday, September 18. The first on-ice session will take place at the Bell Sports Complex on Friday, September 19, at 10 a.m.

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Pausing to reflect

BROSSARD – After going all-out for the last five days at the Bell Sports Complex, players were quick to put their Canadiens Rookie Camp experience into perspective.

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Canadiens to have 4 alternate captains this season (The Associated Press)

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens will play with four alternate captains this season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

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Canadiens will have four alternate captains rather than giving anyone the C (The Canadian Press)

Debate raged all summer over who would be the next captain of the Montreal Canadiens. General manager Marc Bergevin said the team will go with four alternate captains rather than have one player wear the C. The four alternates will be defencemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban and forwards Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty. Markov and Plekanec already wore the A, and Pacioretty had one briefly last season.

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Abundance of riches

LAVAL-SUR-LE-LAC – There will be no shortage of leadership inside the Canadiens’ locker room in 2014-15.

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Montreal goes sans captain instead of choosing Subban or Pacioretty (Puck Daddy)

This is going to be hard to believe, but the Montreal Canadiens announced they will have no captain for the 2014-15 season and will instead of have four “assistant captains “: Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban.  I know, right? “Assistant captains?” This franchise has been around since the Jurassic Era and it doesn’t know they’re called “alternates?” Who’s running social media over there … an American? Less surprising is that the Canadiens opted not to name a captain. First, because it’s not unheard of: The Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres have gone without one; the San Jose Sharks are expected to do the same in their halfhearted “rebuild” of leadership. But mostly because the Canadiens recognized the delicate situation they had here. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Hockey: It's time to join a league today! ] Carey Price is basically the captain, except he can’t be one because he’s a goalie. Max Pacioretty is captain material, but so is P.K. Subban, who along with Price is a pillar in the team’s foundation. It becomes a BIG DEAL if Subban isn’t named captain; and yet it’s also a BIG DEAL if he is named captain, because it creates another entry point for his critics. Ask Dion Phaneuf what life’s like with the media on your rump about nebulous “leadership” critiques every season. So the Habs opted for a system in which the two foreign guys always wear the ‘A’ while Subban and Pacioretty will alternate the alternate. GM Marc Bergevin said: “We’ll start with P.K. at home, Max on the road and the other two guys will [wear letters] every game.”  (That’s per NHL rules, by the way, which states there can be only three alternates each game if there’s no captain.) This is a Cirque du Soleil level of contortionism to avoid having to name either Pacioretty or Subban captain, but hey, whatever works. They clearly don’t think Subban’s ready for the role, and that’s fine. Better to do this than what the Washington Capitals did in 2006, when Olaf Kolzig was the de facto captain, Alex Ovechkin was considered too immature for the ‘C’ (even though Crosby already had it) and the team named Chris Clark their captain. Yes, THE Chris Clark. The Canadiens are kicking the can down the road a bit. Maybe the situation gains clarity over the next 82 games. 

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What We Learned: Do NHL players actually care about Corsi? (Puck Daddy)

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Growing stronger

BROSSARD – After coming up a little bit short in the fitness department during his last trip to La Belle Province back in early July, Mac Bennett returned to his alma mater with a plan.

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Under the spotlight

BROSSARD — Singled out by GM Marc Bergevin in July as prospects who could potentially crack the team’s Day 1 roster come October 8, a trio of Habs hopefuls are nevertheless taking the added attention at this year’s Canadiens rookie camp in stride.

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Phoenix’s Tim Wieser outwits Memorial Cup host Remparts: Friday’s QMJHL 3 Stars (Buzzing The Net)

No. 1 star: Tim Wieser, Sherbrooke Phoenix

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Live stream – Rookie camp

Thanks to RDS.ca, Habs fans can catch live streams of every Canadiens scrimmage from both rookie camp and training camp alike, in preparation for the upcoming season on canadiens.com.

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Hab at Heart – Jean-Michel Anctil

MONTREAL – When he isn’t hosting television and radio shows, comedian and presenter Jean-Michel Anctil always finds time to show his support for the Montreal Canadiens in a variety of ways. The canadiens.com crew caught up with the renowned humourist to learn more about his love for the CH.

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To hell and back

BROSSARD – To say that Tim Bozon has made a remarkable comeback would be an understatement.

In joining the 43 other prospects and invitees at Canadiens Rookie Camp on Friday, Bozon accomplished something that few people thought possible about six months ago.

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MacKinnon’s ready to dominate; expansion pros and cons; Malone signs with Rangers (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. • Malcolm Subban’s mask is quite awesome. [ SCoC via Dielairbrush ] • Nathan MacKinnon is ready for a big year: “I expect more out of me. I feel like I can really take the next step this season. I had a year of growth, but now I need to prove that I can be a dominant player in the league more than last year.” [ Yahoo ] • Sean McIndor examines the pros and cons of NHL expansion. [ Grantland ] • Alex Ovechkin skated with some special needs kids this week and was even asked out on a date by one of them. [ RMNB ] • Great read on Saku Koivu’s lasting legacy in the Montreal community. [ Sportsnet ] • The NHL’s interest in advanced statistics could be a boon for hockey fans. [ Eye on Hockey ] • The New York Rangers made it official on Thursday by signing Ryan Malone to a one-year, two-way deal worth $850,000. [ Blueshirt Banter ] • Guy Lapointe’s no. 5 will be retired by the Montreal Canadiens on Nov. 8 before their game against the Minnesota Wild. [ Canadiens ] • Are the improvements made by the Nashville Predators this summer enough for them to take a big step forward? [ Section 303 ]  • Despite their playoff failures, maybe the San Jose Sharks shouldn’t be labeled “chokers” after all. [ Last Word on Sports ]  • Fantasy hockey draft coming up? Be sure to check on the latest injury updates. [ Dobber Hockey ] • Please welcome At Even Strength, a site dedicated to covering women’s hockey. [ AES ] • More scoring in the OHL? Bring it on. [ Buzzing the Net ]  • Washington State is investigating four WHL teams for possible child labor law violations. Players may have been paid less than the state’s minimum wage. [ King5 ]  • Great satire: “Upcoming NHL 15 patch puts Martin Brodeur on every NHL team, extending his career forever” I’d take it over the U2 album. [ Lighthouse Hockey ] • From Al Montoya’s new bucket to Braden Holtby’s patriotic lid, there are some cool new goalie masks  coming out this season. [ Hockey by Design ]  • Finally, players aren’t the only ones who participate in training camp, officials do as well:

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Guy Lapointe will be honoured on November 8

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MONTREAL – The Montreal Canadiens will pay tribute to defenseman Guy Lapointe at an on-ice jersey retirement ceremony on November 8 as the Minnesota Wild will be at the Bell Centre for a regular season match-up.

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Ducks extend Boudreau; Murray talks Ryan, Methot; Subban for Habs captain? (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)

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NHLers in new places for 2014-15 (CBC)

The 2014-15 National Hockey League season opens Oct. 8. Ducks general manager Bob Murray again worked his magic by acquiring one of the more sought-after players in the off-season. The 29-year-old Kesler is known for his strong two-way play and probably will be a huge help to an Anaheim outfit that ranked 14th of 16 playoff teams in faceoff percentage.

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Former Canadiens captain Koivu announces retirement after 18-year NHL career (The Canadian Press)

Injuries, a battle with cancer and struggles to make the playoffs marked his 13 years in Montreal, but for the generation of fans who grew up in the 1990s and early 2000s, Saku Koivu was the face of the Canadiens. The memories flooded back Wednesday when the gifted and dauntless centre announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons, including 10 years as the Canadiens captain. The 39-year-old played his final five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks skating alongside fellow Finnish great Teemu Selanne, but his career will mostly be remembered for the great highs and devastating lows he experienced in Montreal. “Looking back at my 22 years of pro hockey, first in Finland and then in the NHL, I feel truly blessed and fulfilled,” Koivu said in a statement released through the NHL Players Association.

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Saku Koivu retires from NHL after 18 seasons (The Associated Press)

Saku Koivu retired Wednesday after an 18-year NHL career with the Anaheim Ducks and the Montreal Canadiens. The four-time Finnish Olympic medalist and cancer survivor announced his decision through the NHL players’ association. The Ducks decided they wouldn’t attempt to re-sign Koivu earlier in the summer. The 39-year-old Koivu spent his first 13 NHL seasons with Montreal, becoming the first European-born captain in the Original Six franchise’s history in 1999.

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Subban, Pacioretty among candidates as Canadiens look for a new captain (The Canadian Press)

With Brian Gionta gone the Montreal Canadiens need a new captain — and there is no shortage of candidates. A pair of 25-year-old stars, 2013 Norris Trophy-winning defenceman P.K. Subban and U.S. Olympic forward Max Pacioretty, each said they’d love to wear the “C” beginning this season. Veteran defenceman Andrei Markov and veteran centre Tomas Plekanec are also considered among the top possibilities.

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44 players to take part in the Canadiens rookie camp

MONTREAL (September 10, 2014) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today that 44 players will participate in the team’s rookie camp from September 12-16, at the Bell Sports Complex, in Brossard.

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Saku Koivu retires after 18 NHL seasons, leaving impact on and off the ice (Puck Daddy)

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P.K. Subban makes his case for captaincy of the Canadiens (Yahoo Sports)

P.K. Subban recently signed an 8-year $72 million contract and is key piece of the Montreal Canadiens’ present and future plans. But at 25 years old, is he ready for the weighty responsibility of wearing the ‘C’ for the NHL’s most storied franchise?

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WHL’s top 10 new faces to watch in 2014-15 (Buzzing The Net)

No different from any other year, it’s out with the old and in with the new in the WHL. The major junior league graduated a handful of top-notch talents over the offseason such as New York Islanders prized pick Griffin Reinhart and Pittsburgh Penguins first-rounder Derrick Pouliot. But with a stacked 2013 bantam crop about to make the jump and some enticing import picks, there should be no complaints about the league’s talent level this year. Without further ado, here is a look at some rookies to keep an eye on in the WHL throughout the 2014-15 season. 1. Tyler Benson, wing, Vancouver Giants – The anticipation to see Benson hit the WHL’s big stage has been boiling since his second year of bantam. And for good reason, he scored 57 goals and 146 points in 33 contests with the SSAC Lions in 2012-13. It seems the only unanswered question regarding the 2013 bantam draft’s top pick is whom does he compare accurately to of former Giants? Some have argued that he’s the next Gilbert Brule while others have made a case for a bigger version of Montreal Canadiens agitator Brendan Gallagher. But when it comes right down to it, the 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is going to be the first Tyler Benson. 2. Nolan Patrick, wing, Brandon Wheat Kings – The No. 4 selection of the 2013 bantam draft is already garnering attention as one of the top prospects of the 2017 NHL draft class. He has it all: a towering 6-foot-3, 183-pound stature, elite offensive skill and vision and hockey bloodlines (father is former NHLer Steve Patrick and uncle is Dallas Stars assistant coach James Patrick) to boot. Based on his 33 goals and 63 points in 39 matches in ‘AAA’ midget last year, Patrick should not only have a smooth major transition, but he also should be in the mix for the Rookie of the Year honour. 3. Sam Steel, centre, Regina Pats – With Calgary Flames first-rounder Morgan Klimchuk only having one year left in a Pats uniform, Steel is the future of the Queen City Kids. From what the Sherwood Park, Alta., native has shown so far, Regina seems to have the right kid to lead the charge. He blew roves off rinks in bantam by potting 52 goals and 104 points in just 31 games in 2012-13. The 5-foot-11, 172-pounder did suffer a major wrist injury this past year, but when healthy, he showed off his elite offensive talent with 23 points in 14 contests. 4. Brett Howden, centre, Moose Jaw Warriors – It’s déjà vu in Moose Jaw. They are hoping a Howden will lead them to major junior glory. There are, however, some differences between Brett Howden and Quinton Howden, who moved on to the Florida Panthers organization from the Warriors in 2012. The younger Howden, whom Moose Jaw selected with the No. 5 pick in 2013, is a more of a power-forward type and doesn’t possess quite as much raw skill as his brother. 5. Kale Clague, defence, Brandon Wheat Kings – The Wheat Kings got a steal in the 2013 draft when they snagged Clague with the No. 6 selection. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound rearguard broke Dion Phaneuf’s bantam scoring record with 35 goals and 77 points in 33 games in 2012-13. In addition to his record-breaking stats, his smooth transition to midget puck last year with the Lloydminister Bobcats is a strong indication that he’s ready to make an impact in the Dub. He ultimately has the potential to develop into a cornerstone defenceman. 6. Pavel Skumatov, forward, Lethbridge Hurricanes – The 5-foot-10, 163-pound Russian sniper, who was the 63 rd pick in the 2014 CHL import draft, has quickly turned heads in Lethbridge. He’s shown off his raw skill, speed and top-notch puck handing ability. Skumatov isn’t the only highly regarded rookie import in Lethbridge. Russian winger Nikita Milekhin appears to be ready to make an impact in the Dub. 7. Josh Anderson, defence, Prince George Cougars – With a 6-foot-3, 216-pound frame, it’s hard to miss Anderson on the ice. The No. 3 selection of the 2013 bantam draft has the size and mental toughness to develop into a bruising blueliner, much like former Warriors star Dylan McIlrath. He should have no problem competing against his older opponents along the wall and in front of the net because of his early physical maturity, but don’t expect much offensive production out of him. 8. David Quenneville, defence, Medicine Hat Tigers – The Edmonton, Alta., native has thick hockey bloodlines as he’s the brother to New Jersey Devils first-rounder John Quenneville and Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Peter Quenneville and cousin to Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and Boston Bruins defender Johnny Boychuk. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Quenneville, whom the Tigers chose with the No. 10 pick in 2013, isn’t just coasting off his family’s solid reputation, though. He’s a slick skating offensive defenceman that plays with a chip on his shoulder. 9. Pavel Karnaukhov, centre, Calgary Hitmen – The hulking 6-foot-3, 205-pound Karnaukhov comes into the Dub with a fair bit of hype around him. The 17-year-old Russian shone with the Krasnaya Armiya Moskva in the MHL last year, potting 13 goals and 29 points in 48 matches, and was selected eighth overall in the 2014 KHL draft. 10. Sergey Zborovsky, defence, Regina Pats – The Pats are hoping the towering 6-foot-4, 190-pound Zborovsky will help beef up their thin back end. It has been so far so good for the 17-year-old native of Russia as he stood his ground and notched three goals in his first five pre-season games. Honourable mention: Simon Stransky, forward, Prince Albert Raiders – He lit up the Czech U18 league last year with 20 goals and 51 points in 37 contests. He seems to have the tools to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, former Saskatoon Blade and Dallas Stars prospect Matej Stransky. Kelly Friesen is a Buzzing the Net columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter @KellyFriesen

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All for one

MONTREAL – The singing of the Canadian and American national anthems on game nights at the Bell Centre has always been something special.

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NHL Fantasy Hockey: Crucial training camp battles in Eastern Conference (Puck Daddy)

Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy’s resident fantasy hockey enthusiast since 2009. Boston Bruins – Ville Leino vs. Simon Gagne vs. Ryan Spooner The Bruins have a gaping space in the lineup with Jarome Iginla gone. Prospect Ryan Spooner, who is a natural center, is the most NHL-ready forward in the system and appeared to have a job sewn up. But the Bruins invited Simon Gagne and Ville Leino to camp, implying that Spooner won’t have a job handed to him. Gagne, who has been out of the league so long that I keep adding an “r” to his name when I type it, last played on April 27 of 2013. A year and a half off could be a good thing for him though, as he is just 34 years old and was battling injury after injury. This kind of time to fully heal may actually counteract the rust. None of the three players are draft-worthy, but the winner of this little battle could be waiver-wire-worthy by Week 2 (say that three times fast). Buffalo Sabres – Mikhail Grigorenko vs. Sam Reinhart Grigorenko has already had two kicks at the can when he actually should have been dominating junior hockey instead of rotting in a losing NHL environment. Now that he’s 20, he can play in the AHL where he is probably best suited. At least for the first half. But the Sabres are not deep down the middle and a job is there to be had. Did the organization learn any lessons from the treatment of Grigorenko? We’ll know soon enough, because Reinhart was the second overall pick of the recent NHL Draft and in most cases that means an NHL job right away. In an ideal world, both prospects would develop in another league for 2014-15 but I think you’ll see one of them make the Sabres. Carolina Hurricanes – None. For Now. Unless your fantasy team gives you a rooting interest on the question of whether or not Zach Boychuk can stave off the likes of Chris Terry and Brock McGinn (in which case – I’m sorry), the Hurricanes have a set group of 12 forwards and seven defensemen. In a somewhat related note, Boychuk’s fall from fantasy hockey grace has been steep and it would be really cool to see him somehow find his mojo and kick ass to start the season.  Columbus Blue Jackets – Secondary Power-Play Time Let’s assume that Scott Hartnell, Ryan Johansen, Nathan Horton, Brandon Dubinsky and Cam Atkinson are locks for five of the six forward PP spots. That leaves one spot for Boone Jenner/Matt Calvert/Artem Anisimov and newcomer Simon Hjalmarsson to fight over.  The winner of this ‘battle’ won’t exactly make tidal waves in the fantasy hockey community, but it would mean the difference between 35 points and 45 points. Detroit Red Wings – Kids vs. Vets Now that Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Stephen Weiss are all healthy, what does that mean for Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco? And if Daniel Alfredsson gets signed, just think of how much murkier this scenario will get. Many teams would start riding the young guns. Given that the Wings are looking to bring Daniel Alfredsson back and for some reason re-signed Daniel Cleary…they are obviously not “many teams”. But think about the wide range of possibilities here – Nyquist could get anywhere from 40 points to 70 points, depending on how he is used, if Alfredsson signs, etc., etc. And Sheahan’s range could be 30 to 55. Tatar’s would be between 35 and 55. Jurco could have zero points…or 50. It’s teams like Detroit that make fantasy hockey so challenging. A perceived sixth-line winger could get 50 points, while a tentative first-line winger (i.e. a Justin Abdelkader) could end up with 25. Florida Panthers – Brandon Pirri vs. Vincent Trocheck vs. Jimmy Hayes Assuming that Quinton Howden and Drew Shore don’t make the team, the Panthers have 12 NHL forwards…plus Pirri, Trocheck and Hayes. Of the three, Trocheck is the only player on a two-way contract. So even though he was one of the best Panthers down the stretch last season and even if he has a dynamite training camp, the politics of his situation would see him sent to the AHL. So which former Blackhawk prospect gets into the lineup? That’s what training camp is for. Montreal Canadiens – Rene Bourque for a Scoring-Line Job After Bourque’s rebirth in the postseason (eight goals in 17 games) and given his $3.3 million ticket, you’d have to think that he gets top six minutes to start the year, no? But if so, who comes out? Fortunately, with the depth that the Habs have up the middle, Bourque will have a talented pivot to play with regardless. Which kind of makes this blurb pointless. But what else is there, Dustin Tokarski vs. Peter Budaj in the battle of “who gets to have eight wins this year”? New Jersey Devils – Which Reclamation Project Gets PP Time? Injury-prone (Ryane Clowe, Martin Havlat, Mike Cammalleri), aging (Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias), slumping (Tuomo Ruutu, Michael Ryder) or unproven (Damien Brunner). Count’em – that’s eight players with upside, but other than Elias there is quite a bit of downside. How the lines shake out (and PP units) in training camp will determine which of these players get off to a hot start and help your fantasy roster. This is not going to be resolved in a couple of practices (it takes a whole training camp to do that) – but at least we’ll see how and where some of the pieces will fit for Game 1. New York Islanders – Anders Lee vs. Brock Nelson Many poolies have Nelson penciled in on that big line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. But Lee boasts size, strength and the talent to keep up. He entered the NHL with a splash, scoring six goals in his first eight games last season. If he could win a job alongside JT it would quite literally mean a nomination for the Calder Trophy. Or he could go back to the AHL. Nelson, on the other hand, seems pegged for close to 40 points as a third/second line tweener… or if he snags that top line job then you can add 15 or 20. Long-shot candidate: Cory Conacher. New York Rangers – Kevin Hayes vs. Ryan Malone Hayes was a top prospect for the Blackhawks who elected not to sign with the team that drafted him, as was his right, and become an unrestricted free agent. He chose New York because it offered, in his mind, the best combination of opportunity to play immediately, plus an opportunity to win (which effectively rules out his brother’s team in Florida, and his buddy Johnny Gaudreau’s team in Calgary). And the Rangers had a depth chart that would have pretty easily allowed for Hayes to make the team out of camp provided he didn’t blow it. But now Malone is skating with the team and although there is no official contract as of yet, you have to figure that his arrival would spell ‘AHL’ for Hayes. Both men will be playing for an NHL job, though at different points in their careers.

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How many points will your NHL team earn in 2014-15? (Puck Daddy)

One of the harbingers of the upcoming NHL season is the release of 2014-15 odds from ye olde oddsmakers, and seeing how quickly they change as wagerers do their wagering.  Bovada released its annual regular-season point total over/unders on Tuesday, and already some of the lines have moved. But here they are upon their initial release; keep in mind these are betting lines, meaning they’re set up to entice you to wager rather than being to-the-digit predictions of teams’ point totals. From Bovada: Over/Under Point Totals Anaheim Ducks – 105½ Arizona Coyotes – 80½ Boston Bruins – 112½ Buffalo Sabres – 65½ Calgary Flames – 71½ Carolina Hurricanes – 81½ Chicago Blackhawks – 111½ Colorado Avalanche – 98½ Columbus Blue Jackets – 90½ Dallas Stars – 89½ Detroit Red Wings – 91½ Edmonton Oilers – 80½ Florida Panthers – 70½ Los Angeles Kings – 106½ Minnesota Wild – 98½ Montreal Canadiens – 93½ Nashville Predators – 76½ New Jersey Devils – 83½ New York Islanders – 81½ New York Rangers – 95½ Ottawa Senators – 78½ Philadelphia Flyers – 90½ Pittsburgh Penguins – 105½ San Jose Sharks – 102½ St Louis Blues – 105½ Tampa Bay Lightning – 94½ Toronto Maple Leafs – 88½ Vancouver Canucks – 88½ Washington Capitals – 88½ Winnipeg Jets – 80½ ***  A few reactions: 1  The 112-point Colorado Avalanche getting their points set at 98.5 is interesting. Many are predicting a point regression for the Avs, but will it be steeper than that? 2. The Sabres’ 65 points are of course the lowest betting total in the league. And while we all assume they’re Dishonor For Connor, keep in mind that their 52-point season last year was the first time a team finished with less than 60 points in an 82-game season since the 2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers. It doesn’t happen often. 3. Um, 93.5 points for the Montreal Canadiens? What’s the French phrase for “automatic over, collect profits in a few months”?  

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Quintal to continue as NHL head of player safety (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has decided to keep Stephane Quintal in his role as the league’s senior vice president of player safety, dropping the interim tag for the former defenseman.

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