Wednesday Update

Knuble has knack for scoring

Mike Knuble might not be the second coming of John LeClair, but he certainly has a similar knack for getting the most out of his ability.

Elias to miss start of season

Elias can just watch for the time being. Looking at Patrik Elias’ physical appearance you would never know the Devils left winger is still recovering from a severe case of hepatitis A, a virus that could have caused long-term liver problems. He has gained back 20 pounds and is working out regularly off the ice.

Ron Francis announces retirement

Ron Francis, one of the NHL’s career leaders in games played, goals, assists and points, announced his retirement Wednesday, ending his 23-year career.
Francis, 42, was a four-time all-star who played for Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto. He ranked among the league’s all-time leaders with 1,731 games (third), 549 goals (19th), 1,249 assists (second) and 1,798 points (fourth).

Ryan Smyth signs two year deal with Oilers
Bruins sign Tim Thomas

Roundup: Primeau missed Flyers practices

It sounds as if Philadelphia forward Keith Primeau and coach Ken Hitchcock really missed each other. A season of no hockey will do that.
“I was actually looking forward to one of his practices, so you know that it’s been a long time,” Primeau said Tuesday after the Flyers’ first workout under the demanding coach.

Burnside: Western Conference camp questions
Umberger earns attention as Flyers start camp

The 23-year-old would have a legitimate chance to make the NHL team if only he weren’t a center. The Flyers already have five centers, including veterans Peter Forsberg, Keith Primeau and Michal Handzus.

Thrashers land free agent Bondra

Seventeen months after their last game, the Atlanta Thrashers finally got back on the ice.
Peter Bondra was there.
Ilya Kovalchuk was not.

Great One feels like a beginner again

Wayne Gretzky gave a hint of his coaching style Tuesday when he opened training camp with a greeting to Phoenix Coyotes players, then went into the stands at Glendale Arena to watch two scrimmages while his assistants oversaw the line changes.

Lemieux: Pens will still lose money

The Pittsburgh Penguins expect to lose at least $7 million this season despite a more favorable NHL labor agreement, player salary concessions and a big jump in ticket sales created by adding rookie Sidney Crosby.

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