Leafs' Bernier: Competition Looming For Top Role?
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News: Jonathan Bernier
(sports hernia) may face competition from James Reimer for the starter's job in training camp, according to Toronto's Sportsnet590 TheFAN. James Reimer says he was told there was a "definite opportunity" for him to win back the starter's gig.
Maybe it's semantics and maybe it's a ploy to get Reimer re-signed. Who knows? Jonathan Bernier
clearly won the starter's gig last year, but he did suffer an injury that put him on the sidelines for a period of time. Camp should be interesting, although our money is on Bernier.
Bolts' Bishop (Wrist) On Track For Training Camp
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News: Ben Bishop
(wrist) "seems on track" for training camp, reports Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. Bishop underwent surgery on his right wrist at the end of April.
The Vezina candidate will be the Bolts' go-to guy once again in 2014-15 and will be motivated to prove that last season's breakout wasn't a fluke. Draft with confidence.
UFA Sarich (Broken Back) Should Make Full Recovery
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News: Cory Sarich
(broken back) "will most likely make a full recovery," according to a tweet from the defenseman. He suffered five broken vertebrae and severe road rash after being struck by a motor vehicle as he cycled in Invermere, B.C.
He did not need surgery and isn't wearing a brace. Talk about lucky. He is an unrestricted free agent; this would be a horrible way for his career to end.
Sabres' Hackett Sidelined Until Christmas
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News: Matt Hackett
suffered a season-ending ACL in the second-last game of the regular season and will not be returning until Christmas, reports The Buffalo News.
It's been less than two months since Matt Hackett
's surgery to repair a torn ACL, so the Christmas return date is only a rough estimate for now. When Hackett is healthy enough to return, he will have to go undergo rehab before he can return to game action. With Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov already vying for the starting job, there's no hurry for Hackett to return, but if he can't play, he can't convince the Sabres to keep him around long-term. The Sabres qualified Hackett in June, which means the organization is willing to be patient and give him a fair shake. The 24-year-old has 162 AHL appearances under his belt but has managed only to appear in 21 NHL games.
Blackhawks' Oduya Has Broken Foot, Wearing Boot
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News: Johnny Oduya
revealed Friday that the injury he suffered in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals was a broken foot, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. He was interviewed wearing a walking boot on his foot.
While Johnny Oduya
was revealed to have suffered an injury in the game, the team initially declined to specify what the injury was. The 32-year-old winger apparently broke his foot when it was hit by a shot, but he expects to be back for training camp.
Flames' Hiller Undergoes Appendectomy
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News: Jonas Hiller
underwent a minor procedure to address appendicitis and is expected to make a quick recovery, Wes Gilbertson of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Jonas Hiller
, who agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract at the beginning of the month, should make a full recovery well before the beginning of training camp. He can still be expected to compete against Karri Ramo for playing time between the pipes.
Pens' Pouliot Progressing From Shoulder Surgery
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News: Derrick Pouliot
(shoulder) said he's been progressing as expected from May surgery to repair a torn labrum and remains hopeful he'll be back on the ice for training camp, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
The Penguins don't have a firm timetable for Derrick Pouliot
's return, as he's only about eight weeks through a recovery process that typically last about four-to-six months. The 20-year-old has an impressive pedigree as the No. 8 overall selection in the 2012 NHL draft, so if Pouliot continues to progress well in his recovery and immediately proves effective in the minors once he returns to action, it's conceivable that he could see time with the Penguins this season.
Pens' Dupuis (Knee) Skates Wednesday
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News: Pascal Dupuis
(knee) skated Wednesday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery February 12 to repair his torn right ACL.
Analysis: Pascal Dupuis
suffered the knee injury December 23 against Ottawa and has now progressed to the point in his rehab where he can skate. The 35-year-old hasn't reached the point of being cleared for contact yet, but believes he will be ready for training camp.
News: Semyon Varlamov
suffered a minor ankle injury Tuesday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Semyon Varlamov
suffered the injury while at the Francois Allaire camp in Switzerland, but isn't expected to miss much time. The Avs released a statement calling the injury "very minor," so the netminder's status going into next season shouldn't be affected.
Wild Re-Signs Zucker (Quad) To Two-Year Deal
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News: Jason Zucker
(quad) signed a two-year deal with the Wild on Tuesday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
A quad issue limited Jason Zucker
to 21 games for the Wild last season, during which he notched four goals and one assist, in addition to two penalty minutes. He underwent surgery in March to repair the injury and is expected to be at full strength for training camp.