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Newfoundland presence on NHL rosters is nil

Boston Bruins winger Teddy Purcell (41) is congratulated by linemate Austin Czarnik (27) after scoring a goal during preseason NHL action against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston on Tuesday. Purcell is attending the Bruins’ training camp on a tryout.
Boston Bruins winger Teddy Purcell (41) is congratulated by linemate Austin Czarnik (27) after scoring a goal during preseason NHL action against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston on Tuesday. Purcell is attending the Bruins’ training camp on a tryout.

For the first time since the 1993-94 hockey season, there will not be a Newfoundlander on an NHL opening-day roster.

The last two hopefuls for jobs — Teddy Purcell and Colin Greening of St. John’s — were cut by the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs Monday.

Purcell will return to his free agent status after the Bruins released him from his professional tryout.

The 32-year-old, who became an unrestricted free agent last summer, was invited to camp after averaging a point-per-game for the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign last season.

However, the Bruins opted in the end to go with younger players.

Through seven full NHL campaigns, and parts of three others, Purcell has 110 career NHL goals, 327 points in 599 NHL games.

Colin Greening

Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs placed Greening on waivers Monday. Greening will clear, and will be assigned to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, which was the plan all along. Greening, who signed a one-year free agent deal with the Leafs last summer, played all of last season with the Marlies.

The big winger also has extensive NHL experience with the Leafs and Ottawa Senators, with 303 career games, 48 goals and 107 points.

Adam Pardy

Defenceman Adam Pardy from Bonavista saw some action with the Nashville Predators last season, but was primarily in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. Pardy is also an unrestricted free agent, but so far has had no takers.

Pardy has 350 career NHL games punched in, with five goals, 55 points and 276 career penalty minutes. Pardy has suited up for the Predators, Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames.

There is, however, some NHL representation. Ryane Clowe and Darryl Williams, who both grew up in Mount Pearl, are assistant coaches with the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, and Darryl Seward of Lewisporte is the Vancouver Canucks’ video coach. Derek Clancey of St. John’s is the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of pro scouting and the just-retired Daniel Cleary of Riverhead, Harbour Grace is one of the Detroit Red Wings’ directors of player development. Dave Roper of Mount Pearl is a newly-appointed assistant equipment manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

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