Devils want to re-sign Eric Gelinas ASAP
Eric Gelinas | NJ
(August 28, 2014 11:50 AM EDT)
New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello wants to get something worked out with RFA defender Eric Gelinas done quickly.
"It's always a concern when a player isn't signed," Lamoriello said. "We'd like to get it done as soon as possible. I think it's in everybody's best interest. There's not much more I can say about it." Gelinas had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games with New Jersey last season.
The Bergen Record
Tomas Kaberle in talks with Devils for PTO
Tomas Kaberle | NJ
(August 28, 2014 11:45 AM EDT)
New Jersey has been in talks with Tomas Kaberle about attending training camp on a tryout basis.
"He has talked to us about a tryout," Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said. "That has not been officially confirmed yet, but he has talked to us." The Devils want to give Jonathon Merrill, Adam Larsson and Eric Gelinas a chance to play this season, but Kaberle could be used as insurance at camp and serve as a veteran presence.
The Bergen Record
Justin Faulk already has playoffs on his mind
Justin Faulk | CAR
(August 28, 2014 11:17 AM EDT)
Justin Faulk wants to get into the playoffs for the first time in his career.
"I haven't made the playoffs," he said. "It's tough to go home knowing you didn't make it, that you fell short. I mean, there's only one team that wins each year but you've got to make the playoffs. It's been three years for me, and I know it's been five years for a few guys here. With most of us coming back, we all have that same goal to get there and see what you can do." Carolina hasn't qualified for the postseason since losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to Pittsburgh in 2009. Faulk inked a six-year extension with the Canes last season and the young blueliner will continue to skate on the team's top defense pairing.
Raleigh News & Observer
All-American Prospects Game set for Sept. 25
Jack Eichel | CLG
(August 28, 2014 10:05 AM EDT)
The third annual CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game will take place on Sept. 25 at First Niagara Center.
2015 NHL Draft top prospect Jack Eichel will be in attendance for the event along with 2014 IIHF Men's Under-18 Championship teammates Kyle Connor and defenseman Noah Hanifin. Connor and Eichel attended the 2014 U.S. National Junior Evaluation Camp as well.
Buffalo News
Bruins extend agreement with AHL Providence
Claude Julien | BOS
(August 28, 2014 9:51 AM EDT)
Boston announced a long-term affiliation agreement with the Providence Bruins on Wednesday.
Assistant GM Don Sweeney will serve as the GM of the AHL club and Jay Pandolfo has been hired as development coach. "On behalf of the Bruins organization we are happy to have our relationship with the Providence Bruins extended," said Bruins president Cam Neely. "Having our AHL affiliate so close is a great asset to not only our hockey team, but to our fans, as they can watch our prospects develop. I'd like to thank H. Larue Renfroe, Jeff Fear and Matt Poore and the rest of the Providence Bruins organization for their continued commitment to Bruins Hockey. I would also like to congratulate Don Sweeney on being named General Manager of the Providence Bruins."
Jets may use '14-15 predictions as motivation
Andrew Ladd | WPG
(August 28, 2014 9:44 AM EDT)
Andrew Ladd says the Jets could use off-season projections as motivation this year.
Several pundits predict that Winnipeg will finish last again in a very deep Central Division. "I think as a group we can use it as motivation to tell each other that no one's really giving us a chance and there's nothing wrong with that," said Ladd. The Jets captain registered 23 goals and 54 points in 78 games last year.
Winnipeg Free Press
Devils invite Scott Gomez to training camp
Scott Gomez | NJ
(August 27, 2014 8:27 PM EDT)
Scott Gomez has been invited to attend New Jersey's training camp.
"He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing." In 46 games with the Florida Panthers last season, he contributed just two goals and 12 points. Gomez started his career with the Devils an played seven seasons with the club before signing a hefty seven-year, $51.5 million deal with the New York Rangers.
The Star-Ledger
Steve Sullivan is a big fan of James Neal
James Neal | NAS
(August 27, 2014 6:09 PM EDT)
Former Predators winger and ex-Pittsburgh Penguin Steve Sullivan likes Nashville's acquisition of James Neal.
"I think Nashville fans are going to see the most pure, natural goal scorer they've seen in the team's history in James Neal," said Sullivan. "I had a chance to play with James for a year in Pittsburgh, and he can score from anywhere. He's a threat on the ice all the time. He's a fast skater, he explodes out of the gates really quick. His shot release is ridiculous, so I'm hoping he can continue that and scoring some big goals." Neal will probably be able to hit the 30-goal mark this season. If he does that would make him the first player to accomplish the feat since Patric Hornqvist, who Neal was traded for, reached that total in 2009-10.
The Nashville Tennessean
Alfredsson decision may linger until camp
Daniel Alfredsson | DET
(August 27, 2014 4:45 PM EDT)
Daniel Alfredsson decision to play this coming season probably won't come until just before Sept. 18, according to Detroit GM Ken Holland.
That is the date when players are set to report for training camp. "I haven't talked to him in about a month," Holland said. "He's training hard. He's training to play. He does want to play. When I last talked to him, he said he felt good — he wanted to feel great. He would love to play another year. He wants to play for us. He only wants to play if he feels he can contribute. The best test for him is to skate a couple weeks prior to training camp." Holland plans to touch base with Alfredsson next week.
Detroit Free Press
Keith Aulie in line to be Oilers' 7th D-man
Keith Aulie | EDM
(August 27, 2014 4:15 PM EDT)
Keith Aulie may be Edmonton's seventh defenseman this season.
He became the frontrunner for the job after the Oilers allowed Taylor Fedun to test the open market. Aulie suited up in just 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year. He signed a one-year deal with the Oilers in the summer.
Edmonton Journal