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Ryan Kesler May Not Return Until December After Off-Season Surgery

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Kesler had surgery to clean out bone fragments that had plagued him most of last season and hampered him as the Ducks lost to Nashville in the Western Conference final. His absence was initially projected to be no more than three months. Coupled with the anticipated absence until Nov. 1 of defensemen Sami Vatanen and Hampus Lindholm, who each underwent shoulder surgery on May 30, the Ducks will have to get by without several key players in a tough division and tough conference.

“As of right now there is no timeline whatsoever for Ryan Kesler,” Murray said. “Basically he had to play the second half of last year with no … he couldn’t skate. He couldn’t push off his right leg whatsoever so he’s got to rebuild his total glute, quad, everything, and that’s what they’re in the process of doing right now. So I’m hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that’s all I’m going to say for right now.

“We’ll see. You know how Kes is. He’s pushing it pretty good but we’re also pushing back and just taking our time.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins Still Looking For A Center

from TSN,

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford has been in the market for a third-line centre throughout the off-season.

Rutherford said Friday the team has their eyes on three players who could be available to acquire before the team opens their season on October 4.

"We have our focus on three guys," Rutherford said of Penguins' search for a depth centre. "I think one or two may become available before the season starts."

He added the team is not in a rush to add a centre as they are looking for the "right fit."

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Confident In Toronto

from Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star,

“Teams know that the Maple Leafs are serious this year,” said centre Nazem Kadri. “We want to hang with the best, and we certainly believe we can do that.”

“We definitely had some good experiences and learned a lot of things, so hopefully we can channel that in the right way and go from there,” van Riemsdyk said. “Everyone starts in the same point, so it doesn’t matter how much buzz or hype or positivity you have around your group: you have to go out there and prove it on the ice every night, and hopefully we’re ready for that.”

“I usually used to say, if you’re (still) playing on my birthday (on April 29), you’ve had a good year, that means you’re starting the third round,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I haven’t seen a third round since I can’t remember how long. I miss you media guys so much, we’re going to play longer this spring.”

Leaving aside that if you were playing on April 29 last year, you were still early in the second round, Babcock tends to share the cockiness that Kadri carries around. After winning the World Cup of Hockey here last year, Babcock exited his press conference by saying, “This is just a sign of what’s going to happen here in Toronto, just so you know.”

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Introducing Hockey To China

from the ChinaDaily,

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the US embassy on Thursday organized "Hockey Night" for Chinese audience in Beijing, a week before the inaugural NHL China Games.

"Hockey Night" aimed to allow a larger audience to get to know the excitement of hockey while also introducing the popular NHL youth hockey program in China.

Former NHL player Kevin Westgarth attended the event, introducing his personal experience of playing hockey.

The NHL is promoting hockey with various programs throughout China, aiming to let more people experience the game.

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Alex Ovechkin statement on the Winter Olympics

From the Washington Capitals:

Below is a personal message written by Alex Ovechkin that he asked the Washington Capitals to release on his behalf:

"I wanted to make this statement so that my words are clear and nobody misunderstands what I am saying.  The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country. Ever since I was a kid and all the time I have played in the NHL, NHL players have played in the Olympic Games. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. I love the Capitals and my teammates here as much as I love my country and I know all the other NHL players feel the same for their teams. We should not have to be in position to make this choice.

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Trade Matt Duchene Now

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

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The New York Rangers Believe They Are In The Stanley Cup Mix

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The words seemed to come easily to New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, not practiced or prepared, just honest and believable.

"We believe we can compete for the Stanley Cup," Vigneault said Thursday during his first press conference of the season.

Vigneault's words are reasonable, just. The Rangers have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven straight seasons, got to the Eastern Conference Second Round last season and have won six series in four seasons under Vigneault.

Goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 35, is healthy and, according to Vigneault, looks lighter and younger.

"In my mind, he's still in the elite top-five goalies," Vigneault said, "and he wants to prove that."

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A Four-Year Deal For Marcus Foligno And The Minnesota Wild

added 6:15pm, Minnesota release is below...

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Clarke MacArthur’s Failed Physical Means He Won’t Be In Camp

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

While there were concerns throughout the summer about MacArthur’s status for the 2017-18 season – he talked about neck pain as the players packed up following their run to the Eastern Conference final – the worst fears weren’t confirmed until Thursday’s tests.

“Right now, we don’t know much, but he won’t be part of camp,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion.

“He was disappointed, but at the same time, he looked in great shape (skating). He trained all summer.”

Dorion provided few additional details – he wouldn’t even confirm that MacArthur failed the medical for concussion-related problems – saying he only had a quick discussion with MacArthur and the club’s doctors.

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Anze Kopitar Knows He Needs To Be Better This Season

from Lisa Dillman of NHL.com,

An uneasy fall turned into an unsettled winter, a spring without the Stanley Cup Playoffs and a management and coaching change for the LA Kings.

Their captain, center Anze Kopitar, had never experienced such a prolonged personal struggle on the ice, at any age. It stung when the Kings missed the playoffs for the second time in the past three seasons.

"I had periods, at a time, where it didn't go [right]," said Kopitar, who turned 30 on Aug. 24. "It's not even close to having a full season like that. It's different and you get to know yourself and you see what you've got to do. I definitely learned from it.

"Once you go in the wrong direction, it's really tough to stop it first and then get going again. I don't think my start was all that poor. It wasn't great but it wasn't a complete disaster. After a while the pucks weren't going where I wanted them to go, and you start thinking about it."

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