Josh Leivo
Maple Leafs' Josh Leivo: Advice from coach yields returns
Josh Leivo, LW, TOR
9/24/2016
News: Leivo was motivated by some offseason advice from Leafs' coach Mike Babcock to get stronger and work on his skating, and his game has improved significantly over the summer, reports the Toronto Sun.

"His game is better this far at training camp than it was last year and he's pushing hard to make the team," Leafs assistant coach Jim Hiller said on Saturday. Leivo had a goal and an assist in a training camp scrimmage Saturday and he has made one of the strongest early impressions among the 68 players in camp. He has always had outstanding hands. Leivo will be in tough to earn a roster spot, but if he does, he might have value as a cheap plugger who can snipe.

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Matt Martin
Maple Leafs' Matt Martin: Will play role of protector
Matt Martin, LW, TOR
9/24/2016
News: Martin will play the role of protector, not enforcer, this season with the Leafs, reports the Toronto Sun and the team is being transparent about his role.

"Obviously, they brought me here for a reason," said Martin, who led the NHL with 365 hits last season. "I play the game a certain way for seven years in this league. I'm going to continue to play the game the way I did in New York and be that physical presence. At the same time, it's an opportunity to produce more offensively. In talking to the coaching staff, this is something they want from me." Martin's career high in production was set in 2015-16 with 10 goals and nine assists. His value will come in formats that count muscle stats. And in keeping Auston Matthews, William Nylander and Mitch Marner safe.

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Cal Clutterbuck
Islanders' Cal Clutterbuck: Leaves practice early
Cal Clutterbuck, RW, NYI
9/24/2016
News: Clutterbuck left practice early Saturday due to a lower body injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The injury could keep Clutterbuck out of practice for a few days but is not expected to be anything serious. He will once again be an agitator on the fourth line for the Islanders this season.

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Keegan Kolesar
Blue Jackets' Keegan Kolesar: Sustains undisclosed injury
Keegan Kolesar, RW, CLB
9/24/2016
News: Kolesar was placed on the injured list with an undisclosed ailment, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Kolesar, the 69th overall pick in the 2015 draft, improved every season with WHL Seattle, compiling eight, 38, and 61 points, respectively, in three consecutive 60-plus game seasons. Now at 19-years-old, it remains to be seen what level the right winger will be placed on for the 2016-17 campaign, but given his rapid growth through hockey juniors, it seems likely he has a future in the NHL.

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Mark Stone
Senators' Mark Stone: Being evaluated following concussion
Mark Stone, RW, OTT
9/24/2016
News: Stone is dealing with a concussion, TSN reports.

It's not clear when Stone sustained the ailment, but the report notes that he'll be evaluated on a daily basis. The 24-year-old winger has been quite the find for the Sens. Despite getting selected as late as the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, he's managed to amass 125 points over the past two seasons along with a spot on the first power-play unit.

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Alexander Steen
Blues' Alexander Steen: Skates without contact Saturday
Alexander Steen, LW, STL
9/24/2016
News: Steen (shoulder) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey Saturday morning, one day after participating in a half practice, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

Steen is being eased back into action following shoulder surgery. At 32 years old, he and top-line teammate Vladimir Tarasenko are shaping up to be the primary leaders of a St. Louis team that no longer has versatile veteran talent David Backes at its disposal. Steen secured a four-year $23 million contract renewal as recently as Friday, so now he can focus squarely on being healthy for the season opener against the Blackhawks on Oct. 12.

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Phil Kessel
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Practices without restrictions Friday
Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
9/24/2016
News: Kessel (hand) returned to the ice for practice Friday without any apparent restrictions, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

After learning that Team USA would get knocked out of contending for a medal in the World Cup of Hockey, a tournament for which Kessel was snubbed, the star winger lit up social media with a scathing tweet that read, "Just sitting around the house tonight w my dog. Felt like I should be doing something important, but couldn't put my finger on it." It's not clear if he even would've been healthy enough to play in the latest international tournament, but he could have changed the narrative for an American team that went winless. After all, he was named the best forward in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, having scored five goals with three assists in six games. Kessel remains on track for Opening Night with the Penguins.

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Bryan Rust
Penguins' Bryan Rust: Held out of practice
Bryan Rust, RW, PIT
9/23/2016
News: Rust (finger) was held out of practice Friday, Sam Warner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says that Rust, along with several other players, was held out due to "precautionary reasons", and that they "want to make sure that we get ahead of [the injuries] right away, so they don't turn into anything that we've got to manage moving forward." The 24-year-old right wing injured his finger during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Rust netted four goals and helped on seven more in 41 games last season for the Penguins.

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Ben Street
Red Wings' Ben Street: Expects to play in AHL
Ben Street, RW, DET
9/23/2016
News: Street (chest) is expected to play for AHL Grand Rapids, Peter J. Wallner of MLive.com reports.

Street split time between the Avalanche and AHL San Antonio last season until the chest injury in November ended his campaign. The 29-year-old center failed to record a point in seven games with Colorado. In San Antonio, Street recorded 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 15 games.

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Jiri Tlusty
Avalanche's Jiri Tlusty: Did not pass physical
Jiri Tlusty, LW, COL
9/23/2016
News: Tlusty failed his pre-camp physical.

It's unclear why he failed the physical, but it could have something to do with his wrist surgery in January. No matter the reason, this isn't a good start for Tlusty, who was going to attend training camp as a tryout.

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