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Senators’ Logan Brown among latest training camp cuts

Logan Brown will begin the 2018-19 campaign in the minors.

The 11th overall pick in the 2016 entry draft was among 15 players cut from Ottawa Senators training camp Sunday, bringing the camp squad to 27 skaters and three goaltenders.

The 20-year-old Brown was expected to be one of many young players to fill a role for Ottawa this year, a chance that may now only come as a call-up.

Brown split last season between the OHL's Kitchener Rangers and Windsor Spitfires, picking up 48 points in just 32 games. He also notched one assist in four appearances with the Senators.

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Sabres sign Reinhart to 2-year extension

Restricted free-agent forward Sam Reinhart has signed a two-year extension with the Buffalo Sabres, the club announced Wednesday.

The deal is reportedly worth $3.65 million per season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Reinhart appeared in all 82 games for the Sabres last season, notching career highs with 25 goals and 50 points.

With Reinhart's contract done, just four RFAs remain: Anaheim's Nick Ritchie, New Jersey's Miles Wood, Toronto's William Nylander, and Vegas' Shea Theodore.

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Stars sign 1st-round pick Dellandrea to entry-level deal

The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with forward Ty Dellandrea, the team announced Wednesday.

The Stars selected Dellandrea with the 13th overall pick in last year's draft.

Dellandrea has spent the past two seasons with the OHL's Flint Firebirds. He finished second in team scoring last year with 59 points in 67 games.

The 18-year-old appeared in his first NHL preseason game Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues, registering one shot in just under 10 minutes of playing time.

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Canadiens’ Deslauriers out indefinitely after suffering facial fracture

Montreal Canadiens forward Nicolas Deslauriers is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on a facial fracture, the team announced Tuesday.

Deslauriers suffered the injury in Monday's preseason tilt against the New Jersey Devils in an altercation with forward Brandon Baddock.

In 58 appearances with the Canadiens last season, Deslauriers recorded 10 goals and four assists.

The Canadiens acquired Deslauriers from the Buffalo Sabres last October in exchange for defenseman Zach Redmond.

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Hurricanes’ Williams covering cost for fans adding ‘C’ to his jersey

Talk about leading by example.

Veteran forward and three-time Stanley Cup championship Justin Williams, who was named Carolina Hurricanes captain on Sept. 13, is offering to reach into his own pocket for fans who plan to add the captain's "C" to his jersey.

"Leadership comes naturally and comes from years of watching other great leaders," Williams said following the captaincy announcement. "Certainly, my current coach (Rod Brind'Amour) is one of them. I'll be taking little things from his leadership and instilling them in mine. It's something I'm very humbled by and very proud of and something I don't take lightly."

The offer runs through the Canes' Oct. 4 home opener against the New York Islanders.

Williams was named Hurricanes captain after teammates Justin Faulk and Jordan Staal split the duties last season.

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Golden Knights remain NHL’s hottest-selling ticket

Despite falling three wins short of the Stanley Cup in their inaugural season, fan interest in the Vegas Golden Knights hasn't cooled down.

For the second year running, Stubhub has listed the Golden Knights as the NHL's most in-demand club, outselling the runner-up Toronto Maple Leafs by 27 percent.

The avid fan interest is a repeat of last season, when the Golden Knights played in front of more than 18,000 nightly at T-Mobile Arena.

This year, the team's first preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes took in an above-capacity crowd, according to ESPN's Emily Kaplan. For the coming campaign, the Golden Knights are also involved in four of Stubhub's top 10 in-demand games.

Vegas' home opener comes Oct. 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Canadiens plan to play Domi at center, shift Drouin to wing

He may not be the dominant middleman Montreal Canadiens fans were hoping for, but there will be a new top center in La Belle Province this season.

Speaking with TSN 690's Tony Marinaro on Monday, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed summer acquisition Max Domi will skate at center, while last offseason's big-ticket addition, Jonathan Drouin, will move to the wing.

"(Drouin) has been playing the wing since the beginning of camp," Bergevin told Marinaro. "We have Max Domi playing in the middle right now ...

"The first half of last year, I think (Drouin) had a hard time (at center). The second half, especially toward the end, he got better and better," Bergevin continued. "We're going to try Max in the middle because he did play some center in Phoenix last year. We'd like to try that for now but we know we could also put Jonathan in the middle if need be, so it just gives us more options."

With the Arizona Coyotes last year, Domi saw a stretch of games at center midseason - his first time playing the position since age 16 - and played well defensively according to former bench boss Rick Tocchet. He appeared in all 82 games with the Coyotes a year ago, finishing the campaign with nine goals and 36 assists. However, he was less than 45 percent efficient in the faceoff dot, far behind fellow centers Derek Stepan, Christian Dvorak, and Brad Richardson.

Related: Coyotes will give Galchenyuk chance to play center

Bergevin also rattled off how he envisions the rest of his lineup fitting in at center.

"We've got (Phillip) Danault. There's (Tomas) Plekanec, there's (Matthew) Peca," Bergevin said. "Right now we have Big Mac (Michael McCarron), but he could also play the wing. We have (Jacob) de la Rose, who can also play the wing."

Bergevin added that top prospects Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki have been trying their hand at center in training camp as well.

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Senators’ Ryan spent summer in Idaho to escape rumor mill

When you need to get away from it all, head to the Gem State.

That was the offseason destination of choice for Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who, along with his wife and two children, packed his bags for quaint Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as a way to escape the rampant rumor mill.

"Honest to God, I wanted to throw a dart at the map and be off the grid as much as I could. Somewhere remote so nobody wanted to visit," Ryan told Sportsnet's Luke Fox. "There's no people. I need(ed) to get away from hockey for a couple months. I need(ed) to recharge."

Ryan's name was thrown around throughout the offseason as a possible addition to a potential Erik Karlsson trade.

Karlsson was ultimately shipped to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13, while Ryan, who has four years and $30 million remaining on the seven-year pact he signed in 2014, is still a Senator.

With Karlsson gone and the offseason in the rearview mirror, Ryan has returned to the Canadian capital for training camp and is ready to start anew after a 2017-18 campaign in which he tallied just 33 points.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Ryan, as the Senators usher in a new era with coach Guy Boucher readying a more offensive game.

"I'm really encouraged. I had a couple meetings with coach, and he showed me what's going to change, where we're going from here," Ryan said. "It's stuff I think our team will relate to and get. It's going to be very simple and it's going to work."

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Senators’ Ryan spent summer in Idaho to escape rumor mill

When you need to get away from it all, head to the Gem State.

That was the offseason destination of choice for Ottawa Senators winger Bobby Ryan, who, along with his wife and two children, packed his bags for quaint Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as a way to escape the rampant rumor mill.

"Honest to God, I wanted to throw a dart at the map and be off the grid as much as I could. Somewhere remote so nobody wanted to visit," Ryan told Sportsnet's Luke Fox. "There's no people. I need(ed) to get away from hockey for a couple months. I need(ed) to recharge."

Ryan's name was thrown around throughout the offseason as a possible addition to a potential Erik Karlsson trade.

Karlsson was ultimately shipped to the San Jose Sharks on Sept. 13, while Ryan, who has four years and $30 million remaining on the seven-year pact he signed in 2014, is still a Senator.

With Karlsson gone and the offseason in the rearview mirror, Ryan has returned to the Canadian capital for training camp and is ready to start anew after a 2017-18 campaign in which he tallied just 33 points.

There will be plenty of opportunity for Ryan, as the Senators usher in a new era with coach Guy Boucher readying a more offensive game.

"I'm really encouraged. I had a couple meetings with coach, and he showed me what's going to change, where we're going from here," Ryan said. "It's stuff I think our team will relate to and get. It's going to be very simple and it's going to work."

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Canadiens associate coach Muller signs 2-year extension

Montreal Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller isn't going anywhere, as he and the team agreed to a two-year contract extension on Sunday.

Muller spent the past two seasons behind the Canadiens' bench, working alongside former coach Michel Therrien and current bench boss Claude Julien.

Previously, Muller spent two years as an assistant with the St. Louis Blues and parts of three seasons as head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes. He was also an assistant coach with the Canadiens from 2006-11.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, the longtime NHL veteran skated in 1,349 games, including four seasons with Montreal, where he served as a captain during the 1994-95 campaign.

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