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-Jaromir Jagr said he didn't think he should be captain. So, the New York Rangers went in a different direction. After Darius Kasparaitis and his $3.4 million salary were kept on by the Rangers, the team on Sunday announced that Kasparaitis would also serve as team captain. -Reports out of South Florida this weekend indicated that linemates Olli Jokinen and Joe Nieuwendyk left a Saturday practice with injuries. Both players will be out of the team's final preseason game Monday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. oach Jacques Martin said he didn't think either injury was serious. -Curtis Leschyshyn retired Monday, ending a 16-year NHL career in which he was a key part of the Colorado Avalanche's championship team in 1996. The 36-year-old defenceman returned to Colorado this offseason and was competing for a roster spot. But with the Avalanche set to start the season Wednesday, Leschyshyn decided to retire. update 2:50pm, The competition for the Predators’ second-line center has come to an end. The team signed veteran center Yanic Perreault to a one-year, two-way deal this morning and he’ll be in Wednesday’s lineup for the season opener. Perreault, an 11-year NHL veteran, had been in training camp on a tryout basis. -The Montreal Canadiens hope to stage the NHL all-star game, entry draft and world junior championship in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NHL's oldest club. Team president Pierre Boivin said Monday the team would begin the countdown to the anniversary this month by retiring the jerseys of three former players. The names are to be announced on Oct. 15. -Let the betting begin. Odds on favorite for most goals and points go to Jarome Iginla. Best GAA, Marty Brodeur. Check out the rest.

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