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NHL and NHLPA finish “two productive days of meetings” in New York


Other than the fact the two sides met again today in New York, there’s not a whole lot of news to report on the CBA front.

At this point in the negotiations, that’s probably a good thing.

“We had two productive days of meetings with the NHLPA and the players, concluding this afternoon at about 1:45 pm,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in a release. “A number of important issues were raised on both sides of the table, all of which will be discussed more thoroughly as we get deeper into bargaining.  We are pleased with the level of engagement and look forward to meeting again next week.”

At the very least, neither side has come out of a meeting and publicly criticized its counterpart.

Of course, the tone is likely to change once negotiations start hitting the inevitable snags. We may not hear the complaints straight from the horses’ mouth, but they’ll come out one way or another.

Senators select Kyle Turris as alternate captain

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Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.

Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.

Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.

With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.

Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.