Simon Gagne declined an offer to wear the captain’s C once before. If Philadelphia offers perhaps the biggest honor in hockey again, he’ll accept the responsibility. Then again, there’s no guarantee coach John Stevens will turn to Gagne. The Flyers locker room, which was devoid of strong leadership last season, is suddenly overflowing with options.
New Ducks defenseman Mathieu Schneider will be out at least four weeks after breaking a bone in the left ankle during his first preseason game with the Stanley Cup champions. An MRI taken Sunday revealed that Schneider sustained a non-displaced fracture of the ankle Saturday night in Anaheim’s 3-2 victory over Los Angeles.
Radim Vrbata scored the tying goal on a power play in the second period and netted the deciding tally in a shootout, giving Phoenix a 2-1 victory over the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night in the Coyotes’ preseason opener. Vrbata’s goal in the shootout was the difference in the Coyotes’ 2-1 edge
Eric Perrin scored twice to lead the Atlanta Thrashers to a 3-1 win over the St. Louis Blues on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams. The Blues’ top offseason acquisition, free-agent forward Paul Kariya, got off to a good start by scoring St. Louis’ only goal. Colin Stuart also scored for the
Scott Nichol and Jed Ortmeyer scored while killing a 5-minute power play, leading the Nashville Predators past the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 in a preseason game on Sunday night. Both teams opened camp on Friday, so few frontline players saw much action in the first preseason game. Nashville offseason acquisitions Radek Bonk, Greg de Vries
Erik Cole scored with 47.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Carolina Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Sunday in the preseason opener for both teams. Cole’s second goal of the game came with the Hurricanes holding a two-man advantage. Eric Staal’s shot from the slot tipped off Cole’s stick and
Ryan Getzlaf scored the go-ahead goal on a screened 25-foot wrist shot with 5:32 left in the third period and the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 Saturday night in an exhibition game. Skating on their archrival’s rink for the first time since winning the Cup — in front of
The horsepower has always been there for Marian Gaborik. One of the fastest skaters in the NHL, the Minnesota Wild winger can accelerate in a flash. But too often in his young career, Gaborik’s wheels have failed him. He missed 34 games last season with a groin injury and has never played a full NHL
Jeremy Roenick spent the last 2 1/2 years building his dream retirement home in Arizona, and he finally moved into it three weeks ago. After that, the San Jose Sharks’ newest forward couldn’t wait to get out of town. The talkative veteran already was a hit among his new teammates as the Sharks formally opened
Daniel Briere’s hands were stiff as he whizzed around the ice at what felt like 100 mph, feeling lost early, and slow to contribute on a team that failed to score. And the new Flyers center’s assessment of his debut? “Exciting,” he said. Briere practically felt like a rookie again when Philadelphia opened training camp
As Teppo Numminen prepares for open-heart surgery to repair a faulty valve next week, the Buffalo defenseman is determined to return to the ice. “It’s been quite an emotional week,” Numminen said Friday, a day after the Sabres announced he will have surgery. “And my plan was to play for the Sabres this year, and
The Finnish Flash is still not sure if he is finished. “Part of me wants to play, but right now, a part of me is not ready to do what it takes,” Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne said. “I’m just going to wait a little longer and see how I’m going to feel when the