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NHL.COM: Jack Eichel collected an assist as the Buffalo Sabres downed the New Jersey Devils 6-2 at the Buffalo Sabres prospects challenge. Speaking of the Sabres, UFA Patrick Kaleta signed a one-year contract with the Rochester Americans. He’ll attend Sabres training camp but will likely start the season with the Americans.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz says top-line center Nicklas Backstrom, who’s recovering from hip surgery, isn’t expected to play in the club’s exhibition games prior to the start of the regular season.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings forward Johan Franzen, who missed much of last season to a concussion, has received medical clearance to return to action.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: Patrik Elias is the last of the New Jersey Devils’ old guard.
MIAMI HERALD’s George Richards reports via Twitter that Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon remains confident he’ll get RFA Jonathan Huberdeau under contract before training camp opens.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH’s Aaron Portzlin reports via Twitter that former Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda has accepted a professional tryout offer from the Chicago Blackhawks.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL’s James Mirtle reports via Twitter UFA forward Sean Bergenheim could ink a PTO contract sometime this week.
THE SCORE: UFA winger Jiri Tlusty has reportedly rejected five PTO offers from NHL teams and is considering KHL options.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: The San Jose Sharks named former goaltender Evgeni Nabokov as a goaltender development coach and a special assignment scout.
NBC SPORTS: The Boston Bruins have hired Jamie Langenbrunner as a development coach and promoted Jay Pandolfo to director of player development.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Examining the construction of Las Vegas’ new arena and the city’s bid for an NHL franchise.