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Bettman: NHL Proactive On Off-Ice Issues

Amid the NFL's domestic violence scandals, Gary Bettman says the NHL has been proactive about off-ice conduct. 

Speaking at The Canadian Club of Toronto, the NHL commissioner did not specifically address football's problems but said hockey has tried to stay ahead of similar issues by educating players. Bettman added that sports can be a "vehicle for positive social change."

Via ESPN.com

Leafs Sign Cody Donaghey To Entry Level Contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Cody Donaghey to a three-year entry level contract.

Donaghey, 18, registered 38 points (9 goals, 29 assists) in 67 regular season games with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season. The 6-1, 185-pound defenceman also collected 8 points (1 goal, 7 assists) in five playoff games with the Remparts last season. A native of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Donaghey led all defensemen on his team in both points (38) and goals (9) during the 2013-14 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Drew Doughty Misses Workout With Injury

Drew Doughty missed the first practice of training camp on Friday with an upper-body injury.

The Los Angeles Kings don't yet have a timetable for Doughty's return.

Doughty was injured during an offseason workout back home in Ontario, but has skated in recent days.

Via Greg Beacham/AP

Claude Giroux Out At Least Two Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

Claude Giroux will miss at two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury on the first day of training camp.

Giroux left the ice only 15 minutes into the first session at camp.

Giroux was selected last season as a Hart Trophy finalist, the league's MVP award. Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race with 86 points.


Via AP

Sidney Crosby Cleared To Practice

Star center Sidney Crosby skated with his teammates Friday when the Penguins opened training camp. The team had announced on Thursday that Crosby would be held out of the early days of training camp with an unspecified minor injury.

Crosby said he was cleared to practice on Friday morning and wasted little time jumping onto the ice at Consol Energy Center. He skated for about 50 minutes before leaving.

Via ESPN.com

Selanne Apologizes For Criticism Of Boudreau

Teemu Selanne managed to make a stir Thursday on the first day of the Ducks' training camp even after his retirement.

For the troubles, Selanne apologized, saying he was sorry if criticism of head coach Bruce Boudreau in a new biography published in Finland "hurt Bruce or anyone else."

"That was not my intent," Selanne said in a statement released by the Ducks.

Via ESPN.com

Pens Hold Out Crosby, Malkin From Practice

Sidney Crosby and Evengi Malkin are being held out of the start of training camp for precautionary reasons, the Penguins announced Thursday.

GM Jim Rutherford announced in a statement that both players "suffered injuries while preparing for camp.''

Via ESPN.com

Justin Braun Signs Deal With Sharks

The Sharks have signed defenseman Justin Braun to a $19 million, five-year extension, according to an ESPN.com report.

The deal announced Wednesday will keep Braun under contract through the 2019-20 season. Braun has one year remaining on his current contract.

Via ESPN.com

Ducks Re-Sign Devante Smith Pelly

The Ducks have re-signed restricted free-agent winger Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract, the club announced Tuesday.

The deal is worth $800,000 per season, a source told ESPN.com.

Via ESPN.com

Alfredsson Won't Open Camp With Wings

Daniel Alfredsson won't be with the Red Wings when they open camp Thursday. Whether his NHL career continues is also in question.

The 41-year-old winger had some back issues while skating earlier this month. He's been off the ice for more than a week.

Via ESPN.com