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|9/19/2014||Drew Doughty, D||Doughty has missed the first practice of training camp with an upper-body injury. The defending Stanley Cup champions didn't provide a timetable Friday for their star defenseman's return.
Analysis: 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. 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.
|9/19/2014||Claude Giroux, C||Giroux will miss at least two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury on the first day of training camp. The Philadelphia Flyers did specify the injury on Friday.
Analysis: 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.
|9/19/2014||Shea Theodore, D||Theodore will be out at least for a month after spraining a ligament in his right elbow last weekend.
Analysis: The defenseman was Anaheim's first-round pick in 2013.
|9/19/2014||Kyle Palmieri, RW||Palmieri is expected to miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Anaheim Ducks announced Palmieri's injury Friday, saying he hopes to return for Anaheim's final preseason game.
Analysis: 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.
|9/19/2014||Rich Peverley, C||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. Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill says doctors will continue to monitor Peverley, who was with the team Friday for the start of training camp.
Analysis: 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 following week to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.
|9/19/2014||Sidney Crosby, C||Crosby skated with his teammates Friday when the Pittsburgh Penguins opened training camp. The team had announced on Thursday that Crosby would be held out of the early days if training camp with an unspecified minor injury.
Analysis: The reigning NHL MVP said he was cleared to practice on Friday morning and wasted little time jumping onto the ice at Consol Energy Center. He skated for about 50 minutes before leaving. The 27-year-old declined to elaborate on how he was injured, saying only that it occurred a few days before camp began.
|9/18/2014||Darcy Kuemper, G||The Minnesota Wild have signed Kuemper to a two-year contract.
Analysis: The Wild finally secured Kuemper on Thursday, one day after starting goalie Josh Harding broke his right foot. The injury helped motivate the Wild to get a deal done with Kuemper, who went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage in 26 games last season.
|9/17/2014||Josh Harding, G||Harding has a broken right foot, putting him out indefinitely. The Wild announced Wednesday the injury was suffered in an off-ice incident. The team said Harding was hurt Sunday but did not specify how.
Analysis: Harding will not need surgery, but with training camp starting Friday and the opener Oct. 9 the Wild's tenuous depth in the net is a concern. Veteran Niklas Backstrom has returned after midsection injuries kept him out of action after January. But restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper has not yet been signed.
|9/17/2014||Justin Braun, D||The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension.
Analysis: Braun emerged as one of San Jose's top defensemen last season, often drawing the most difficult matchups. He was second on the team in average time on ice per game (20:59), tied for first in short-handed ice time per game (2:11) and set career-highs for points (17), goals (4) and assists (13).
|9/16/2014||Danny DeKeyser, D||The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with DeKeyser on Tuesday on a two-year deal, with an average cap hit just under $2.2 million.
Analysis: The 24-year-old DeKeyser is coming off a fine rookie season in which he had four goals and 19 assists in 65 games. He averaged 21:38 of ice time, second to only Niklas Kronwall on the team.
|9/16/2014||Devante Smith-Pelly, RW||Smith-Pelly has agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million deal to return to the Anaheim Ducks.
Analysis: Smith-Pelly has scored 23 points in 75 games over the past three seasons with the Ducks, bouncing between the NHL and Anaheim's AHL affiliates. He had two goals and eight assists in 19 games last year for the Ducks. Smith-Pelly solidified his Anaheim roster spot with an outstanding postseason last spring, leading the Ducks with five playoff goals.
|9/11/2014||Nino Niederreiter, RW||The Minnesota Wild have signed Niederreiter to a three-year contract. The Wild announced the deal Thursday.
Analysis: Minnesota had been negotiating with Niederreiter all summer and time was running short with training camp set to begin next week. But the two sides finally got the deal done, ensuring that the 22-year-old Niederreiter will remain with the team that helped jumpstart his career after it began with the New York Islanders. Niederreiter came to Minnesota in a trade last summer and had 14 goals and 22 assists to help the Wild to the playoffs.
|9/11/2014||Alex Ovechkin, RW||Ovechkin says the right knee he injured at the hockey world championship is fine and he's been working out for the past month or so.
Analysis: The three-time NHL MVP says: "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He says it took about two months for his knee to heal after he took a hit at the world championship in May. Asked whether he would play left wing or right wing under new Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin replied: "Ask him about it. He's the coach and he's going to make the decision."
|9/11/2014||Sonny Milano, LW||The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed forward Sonny Milano, the club's first pick in the 2014 NHL draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Analysis: The 18-year-old left wing was the 16th overall pick in June's draft. A member of the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers, he is among 25 players representing the Blue Jackets at the annual NHL prospects tournament from this weekend in Traverse City, Michigan.
|9/10/2014||Saku Koivu, C||Longtime Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has retired.
Analysis: The NHL players association announced on Wednesday that the Finnish star would call it a career after 18 seasons, all but five of which were spent in Montreal. He won four Olympic medals with Finland in the Winter Olympics, including a silver medal in their 2006 loss to archrival Sweden in the final.
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