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Kassian Takes Gagner's Teeth Out

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Sam Gagner took a high stick from Zack Kassian and not only lost some blood, but a few teeth as well. Hockey players are tough fellows and typically don't miss much time due to dental work. But if there are jaw problems, Gagner might miss a week or two. If that happens, expect to hear a word or two from Ryan Batty: Centre Depth | 4th line centre battle | Life without Hopkins | Taylor Hall to centre

Tom Gilbert Looking Good in Florida

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I liked his game tonight. He was one guy that could, probably, walk away feeling--well, not the one guy, but he had a solid game, I thought. He looked comfortable playing with Brian Campbell, and he showed some strong poise out there, so I think that was a good first showing for him.

That's Florida's coach, Kevin Dineen, talking about Tom Gilbert's first exhibition game. Gilbert, who's on a try-out with the Panthers, scored Florida's only goal. I'd tell you how much he played, but sadly, the NHL didn't track anything but the score.

Yakimov Scores His First KHL Goal

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Oilers prospect Bogdan Yakimov scored his first KHL goal early in the third period of Neftekhimik's game against Admiral today. The Admiral defence looks Oilers-esque on this particular goal with three players lining up and watching him go to the net. Like Yakupov last year though, the goal celebration could use some work.

Tom Gilbert Joins Florida On A PTO

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Ex-Oiler, and Copper & Blue favourite, Tom Gilbert will be joining the Florida Panthers during training camp on a PTO. Gilbert was bought out by the Wild this summer after he spent a season getting amazingly unlucky when it comes to his on-ice save percentage. Gilbert is a heck of a defender, and the Panthers might have just gotten themselves an absolute steal of a deal.

Anton Belov Arrives In Edmonton

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After being delayed by red tape, Belov has landed in Edmonton and will attempt to play catch up. Belov turning out to be a real NHL defenseman will go a long way towards making Edmonton a legitimate playoff team. Belov could supplant Nick Schultz in the 3rd pairing and bring an effective physical presence to the bottom of the lineup.

Simpson's Sioux #5

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Dillon Simpson's Fighting Sioux are ranked #5 in the College Hockey News pre-season rankings. Simpson was ranked #13 in our Top 25 Under 25, and talked about his time at North Dakota with Alan Hull.

Klefbom Has Concussion Symptoms

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[Klefbom] was hit in the head [during the game against the Golden Bears] and we’re following the [concussion] protocol with every head injury. He’ll be reassessed in the morning.

That's Dallas Eakins talking about Oscar Klefbom's injury. Not a good sign for a player that the Oilers are expecting to be a big part of the future on the blueline.

Ryan Whitney on PTO at Blues camp

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The irascible Whitney has signed a PTO with the Blues and will attempt to make the roster as a longshot after the Oilers made no attempts to re-sign him. The Blues are looking for an insurance policy as long as Alex Pietrangelo remains unsigned.

Hemsky & Smid On Olympic Candidate List

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Both are likely to make the team and Smid could play a prominent role, give the lack of defensive depth on the list.

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