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It’s camping season for Newfoundland's NHLers ... and would-be NHLers


Two Newfoundlanders who are attending NHL training camps on professional tryouts got their first chance to impress the coaches tonight.

Forward Luke Adam of St. John’s, in Calgary trying to land a contract with the Flames, played against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg last night.

Adam was an unrestricted free agent after toiling for the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack last season. He was a restricted free agent, but the New York Rangers failed to make him a qualifying offer in July, granting him UFA status.

Adam had 12 goals and 29 points last year with the Wolf Pack.

Down in south Florida, Bonavista defenceman Adam Pardy dressed for one the Florida Panthers’ two split-squad games Tuesday in Sunrise, Fla., against Nashville. The Predators won 2-1, but Pardy was plus-one and even saw three minutes of power-play time.

Pardy is an unrestricted free agent after splitting the 2015-16 season between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers.

Clark Bishop of St. John’s wore an NHL jersey for the first time Tuesday, suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington against the Capitals.

Bishop’s stat line read 8:30 of ice time, with one shot on goal and two hits. The Hurricanes won 2-1.

A 20-year-old centre, Bishop was a fifth-round draft pick of Carolina in 2014. This summer, he signed an entry-level contract with the Hurricanes after playing four years with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, including two as the team’s captain.

It’s only the first game of the pre-season, so don’t read too much into it, but Teddy Purcell had a big return in a Los Angeles Kings jersey, picking up a goal and an assist Monday night. The Kings’ split-squad lost 5-3 to a split squad from the Arizona Coyotes.

Purcell, from St. John’s, broke in with the Kings in 2007-08 and spent parts of three seasons in L.A. before he was dealt to Tampa Bay. He’s also played in Edmonton and Florida.

Needless to say, it’s a bit of a difference going from Edmonton to L.A.

“I bought a beach cruiser,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Purcell inked a free agent contract with the Kings last summer, signing for one year at $1.6 million.

The Kings are very deep up front, meaning the 31-year-old Purcell — who had 14 goals and 43 points last season — will have to settle for third- and fourth-line minutes.

He trained hard all summer in Toronto with former NHLer and renowned fitness guru Gary Roberts.

In Toronto, forward Colin Greening enjoyed a bit of a renaissance with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games after coming over from Ottawa in the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Greening had been languishing in the minors prior to the move.

The St. John’s native played in the Leafs’ first game of the pre-season — Monday against the Ottawa Senators in Halifax — skating on a line with fellow veteran Brooks Laich and prospect Mitch Marner.

Ottawa beat Toronto 6-3.

Greening is in the last year of a contract that pays him $2.65 million this season. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in July.

In Traverse City, Mich., Daniel Cleary will be reassigned to the Detroit Red Wings’ minor league camp soon. Cleary, 37, signed an American Hockey League contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins last week.

This will be his 19th in pro hockey, and 12th season in the Red Wings organization. He returns to Grand Rapids as an unofficial player-assistant coach.

The Riverhead, Harbour Grace native played all of last season in Grand Rapids, appearing in 35 games and recording three goals and 15 points for Todd Nelson’s Griffins.

Three Newfoundlanders who attended NHL camps, or rookie camps, are back in junior hockey. On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks reassigned centre Nathan Noel of St. John’s to the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, while the St. Louis Blues returned goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick to the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec league. Fitzpatrick is originally from St. John’s, but now lives in Lower Sackville, N.S.

The two played for Chicago’s and St. Louis’s teams in a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich., before spending a couple days at the main camps.

Cody Donaghey of St. John’s attended the Ottawa Senators’ rookie tournament in London, Ont. However, Donaghey — who came from Toronto in the Phaneuf/Greening trade last season — was not invited to Ottawa’s main camp.

The 20-year-old defenceman has since been returned to the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL as an overager.

In the meantime, three Newfoundlanders are serving as assistant coaches in the NHL this season — Ryane Clowe of Fermeuse with the New Jersey Devils, John Slaney of St. John’s with the Arizona Coyotes and Darryl Williams of Mount Pearl with the New York Rangers.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

 

 

Forward Luke Adam of St. John’s, in Calgary trying to land a contract with the Flames, played against the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg last night.

Adam was an unrestricted free agent after toiling for the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolf Pack last season. He was a restricted free agent, but the New York Rangers failed to make him a qualifying offer in July, granting him UFA status.

Adam had 12 goals and 29 points last year with the Wolf Pack.

Down in south Florida, Bonavista defenceman Adam Pardy dressed for one the Florida Panthers’ two split-squad games Tuesday in Sunrise, Fla., against Nashville. The Predators won 2-1, but Pardy was plus-one and even saw three minutes of power-play time.

Pardy is an unrestricted free agent after splitting the 2015-16 season between the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers.

Clark Bishop of St. John’s wore an NHL jersey for the first time Tuesday, suiting up for the Carolina Hurricanes in Washington against the Capitals.

Bishop’s stat line read 8:30 of ice time, with one shot on goal and two hits. The Hurricanes won 2-1.

A 20-year-old centre, Bishop was a fifth-round draft pick of Carolina in 2014. This summer, he signed an entry-level contract with the Hurricanes after playing four years with the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, including two as the team’s captain.

It’s only the first game of the pre-season, so don’t read too much into it, but Teddy Purcell had a big return in a Los Angeles Kings jersey, picking up a goal and an assist Monday night. The Kings’ split-squad lost 5-3 to a split squad from the Arizona Coyotes.

Purcell, from St. John’s, broke in with the Kings in 2007-08 and spent parts of three seasons in L.A. before he was dealt to Tampa Bay. He’s also played in Edmonton and Florida.

Needless to say, it’s a bit of a difference going from Edmonton to L.A.

“I bought a beach cruiser,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News.

Purcell inked a free agent contract with the Kings last summer, signing for one year at $1.6 million.

The Kings are very deep up front, meaning the 31-year-old Purcell — who had 14 goals and 43 points last season — will have to settle for third- and fourth-line minutes.

He trained hard all summer in Toronto with former NHLer and renowned fitness guru Gary Roberts.

In Toronto, forward Colin Greening enjoyed a bit of a renaissance with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season with seven goals and 15 points in 30 games after coming over from Ottawa in the Dion Phaneuf trade.

Greening had been languishing in the minors prior to the move.

The St. John’s native played in the Leafs’ first game of the pre-season — Monday against the Ottawa Senators in Halifax — skating on a line with fellow veteran Brooks Laich and prospect Mitch Marner.

Ottawa beat Toronto 6-3.

Greening is in the last year of a contract that pays him $2.65 million this season. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent in July.

In Traverse City, Mich., Daniel Cleary will be reassigned to the Detroit Red Wings’ minor league camp soon. Cleary, 37, signed an American Hockey League contract with the Grand Rapids Griffins last week.

This will be his 19th in pro hockey, and 12th season in the Red Wings organization. He returns to Grand Rapids as an unofficial player-assistant coach.

The Riverhead, Harbour Grace native played all of last season in Grand Rapids, appearing in 35 games and recording three goals and 15 points for Todd Nelson’s Griffins.

Three Newfoundlanders who attended NHL camps, or rookie camps, are back in junior hockey. On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks reassigned centre Nathan Noel of St. John’s to the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, while the St. Louis Blues returned goaltender Evan Fitzpatrick to the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec league. Fitzpatrick is originally from St. John’s, but now lives in Lower Sackville, N.S.

The two played for Chicago’s and St. Louis’s teams in a rookie tournament in Traverse City, Mich., before spending a couple days at the main camps.

Cody Donaghey of St. John’s attended the Ottawa Senators’ rookie tournament in London, Ont. However, Donaghey — who came from Toronto in the Phaneuf/Greening trade last season — was not invited to Ottawa’s main camp.

The 20-year-old defenceman has since been returned to the Charlottetown Islanders of the QMJHL as an overager.

In the meantime, three Newfoundlanders are serving as assistant coaches in the NHL this season — Ryane Clowe of Fermeuse with the New Jersey Devils, John Slaney of St. John’s with the Arizona Coyotes and Darryl Williams of Mount Pearl with the New York Rangers.

 

rshort@thetelegram.com

 

 

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