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Claude Giroux returns in Philadelphia victory 09-30-2014
Claude Giroux C PHI
Flyers star Claude Giroux dressed in his first preseason game Tuesday night and showed no signs of being bothered by the lower-body injury that kept him sidelined in Philadelphia's previous exhibition games. Giroux played 16:53 in the Flyers' 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. He had two shots on net and dished out two hits.
Cedric Paquette has 2 points in Lightning win 09-30-2014
Cedric Paquette C TB
Center Cedric Paquette increased his chances of cracking the Tampa Bay roster by picking up a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-1 rout of the Stars in an exhibition game in Dallas Tuesday night. Ditto for right winger Brett Connolly, who also had a goal and an assist for the Tampa Bay. Richard Panik, Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown notched the other goals for the winners. Vladislav Namestnikov contributed two assists. Jamie Benn was the only scorer for the Stars. Between the pipes, Anders Lindback had a tough night against his old Lightning teammates, making 28 saves on the 33 shots he faced. Ben Bishop looked good for Tampa Bay, blocking 20 shots.
LW Nikolaj Ehlers scores game winner for Jets 09-30-2014
Nikolaj Ehlers LW WPG
Left winger Nikolaj Ehlers continued to impress the Winnipeg coaching staff Tuesday night with a performance that included the Jets' game-winning goal in a 2-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators. Ehlers, who had three shots on net, may well have cemented a spot on Winnipeg's opening-day roster with his Tuesday effort. Jim Slater had the Jets' other goal. Scoring for Ottawa was Buddy Robinson. That was the only one of the 26 Ottawa shots to get past Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec. Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner split the netminding duties for the Sens, with Anderson saving 10 of 11 Winnipeg shots and Lehner saving 12 of 13.
LW Alexander Steen scores in return to Blues 09-30-2014
Alexander Steen C STL
Left winger Alexander Steen, who was held out of the Blues' previous two preseason games because of an undisclosed injury, scored one of the St. Louis goals in the team's 3-1 exhibition triumph over the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night. Also scoring for the Blues were David Backes and Vladimir Tarasenko. Ryan Murphy had Carolina's only goal. Brian Elliott was the winning goal, giving up only the Murphy goal on 20 Carolina shots. Canes goalie Cam Ward let in three goals on the Blues' 29 shots.
Cal Clutterbuck turns in good night in Boston 09-30-2014
Cal Clutterbuck RW NYI
Cal Clutterbuck notched two points -- a goal and an assist -- in the New York Islanders' 5-3 exhibition triumph over the Bruins in Boston Tuesday night. The right winger also was a plus-3 on the night, as was teammate Scott Mayfield, who scored a goal, as well. Other goal producers for the Isles were T.J. Brennan, Cory Conacher and Kyle Okposo. Okposo also had an assist. Boston scorers were Matt Bartkowski, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. In the nets, Boston's Jeremy Smith allowed three goals on 18 shots and Niklas Svedberg allowed a goal on seven shots, while the Isles' Kevin Poulin saved 26 of the 29 shots he faced.
Matt Read grabs three points in Flyers' win 09-30-2014
Matt Read RW PHI
Left winger Matt Read scored a goal and added two assists as the Flyers downed the New York Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night in exhibition play in Philadelphia. Wayne Simmonds contributed to Philly's offense with a goal and an assist while Mark Streit chipped in with two assists. Nicklas Grossmann and Sean Couturier scored the other goals for the Flyers. Anthony Duclair and Carl Hagelin had the Rangers' goals. Dominic Moore assisted on both. Ray Emery was the winning goalie, blocking 24 of the 26 New York shots he faced. Cam Talbot allowed three goals on 22 shots in the Rangers' net. Jason Missiaen allowed no goals on seven Philly shots.
Stars loan Honka, 5 others to AHL Texas 09-30-2014
Julius Honka D DAL
Julius Honka was sent to the minors on Tuesday by the Dallas Stars.

Stars.nhl.com
The 18-year-old defenseman, who was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft, is being loaned to AHL Texas. Radek Faksa, John Klingberg, Curtis McKenzie, Brendan Ranford and Justin Dowling were also assigned to the minors.
Sabres assign 7 to AHL, including Joel Armia 09-30-2014
Joel Armia RW BUF
Joel Armia was among seven players assigned to the minors on Tuesday by the Sabres.

Sabres.nhl.com
Matt Ellis and Drew Bagnall will be sent to the AHL pending waivers, while Tim Schaller, Nick Petrecki, Nathan Lieuwen and Andrey Makarov were also trimmed from Buffalo's training camp roster.
Thomas likes Cedric Paquette's grit 09-30-2014
Cedric Paquette C TB
Cedric Paquette is on the bubble to start the year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Petersburg Times
However, assistant coach Steve Thomas likes what Paquette brings to the table. "I love his grit, his determination, playing with a little snot on his sleeve so to speak," Thomas said. "Our team is much better when we have a little bit more grit and when you play with grit like he does that makes us a harder team to play against." Paquette played with the Bolts at the end of the regular season last year and in the playoffs.
Jonathan Drouin hopes to play in opener 09-30-2014
Jonathan Drouin LW TB
Jonathan Drouin (thumb) was on the ice Tuesday at practice in a no-contact jersey.

St. Petersburg Times
He's hopeful that he'll be ready to play when the Lightning open the regular season on Oct. 9 versus Florida. "I'm feeling better," Drouin said. "There's still a little bit of pain, but we're going in the right direction. A couple weeks left and I'm sure I'll be fine by then. Progress has been really good."
Brandon Dubinsky says he'll be fine 09-30-2014
Brandon Dubinsky C CLB
Brandon Dubinsky (undisclosed) skated on his own Monday.

Columbus Dispatch
He was held out of practice for a second straight day, but insists that he'll be fine. Dubinsky's ailment is considered to be minor, but the Jackets are being cautious with his recovery.
Jonathan Ericsson (hip) sits again Tuesday 09-30-2014
Jonathan Ericsson D DET
Jonathan Ericsson didn't skate Tuesday because of a hip flexor injury.

Detroit Free Press
He didn't take to the ice on Monday either due to the ailment.
Mitchell Callahan could be lost on waivers 09-30-2014
Mitchell Callahan RW DET
Mitchell Callahan has to clear waivers to be sent down to the minors, so he's getting an extended look at training camp with Detroit.

Detroit Free Press
"Cally's played good, but we've had lots of guys play good," coach Mike Babcock said. "Lots of kids that look like they might be able to play here." Callahan plays a feisty game and he can play at both ends of the ice, so he may not get through the waiver process.
Patrik Berglund will start with Backes, Oshie 09-30-2014
Patrik Berglund C STL
Coach Ken Hitchcock said that Patrik Berglund will start the year on a line with David Backes and T.J. Oshie.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Berglund didn't have a successful transition from center to the wing last season, but the Blues feel it was because he wasn't given a chance to solidify himself anywhere. Perhaps a move alongside a pair of talented players will help in that regard.
Alex Steen will get into the lineup Tuesday 09-30-2014
Alexander Steen C STL
Alexander Steen (undisclosed) will get into St. Louis' lineup on Tuesday night.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He was held out of the team's previous two preseason contests after he got "banged up" in a scrimmage. Steen is excited to be seeing game action even if it is just the exhibition schedule. He's slated to play with Paul Stastny and Joakim Lindstrom.
Paul Postma takes to the ice Tuesday 09-30-2014
Paul Postma D WPG
Paul Postma (undisclosed) skated Tuesday morning.

Winnipeg Free Press
He hasn't played yet in the preseason and is listed as day-to-day still due to an undisclosed ailment. "It's a matter of strength" coach Paul Maurice said. "These are all kind of minor muscle issues that we're waiting for them to feel good."
Eric O'Dell close to getting back on the ice 09-30-2014
Eric O'Dell C WPG
Coach Paul Maurice said that Eric O'Dell (upper body) is close to getting back on the ice.

Winnipeg Free Press
However, he is expected to be sidelined for a few more days with an unspecified upper-body injury.
Patrice Cormier's eye didn't get damaged 09-30-2014
Patrice Cormier C WPG
Patrice Cormier didn't suffer any damage after he took a stick to his eye on Monday.

Winnipeg Free Press
He's still listed as day-to-day. Cormier will probably be heading to the minors when he's ready to go.
Dustin Byfuglien (LBI) is 'better every day' 09-30-2014
Dustin Byfuglien D WPG
Dustin Byfuglien is still out with a minor lower-body injury.

Winnipeg Free Press
"He's getting better every day," coach Paul Maurice said. "We're just waiting for it, to get a real strong sense of it." It doesn't sound like Byfuglien will be out of action for much longer, but lingering issues can be concerning if they aren't taken care of at the right time. However, he isn't expected to miss time at the start of the regular season.
Eric Staal will play in Tuesday's exhibition 09-30-2014
Eric Staal C CAR
Eric Staal has recovered from his core muscle injury and is expected to suit up in Tuesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.

Hurricanes.nhl.com
"It's been good," Staal said of his progress in training camp thus far. "I'm ready to get into game action to test that and see how it feels, but I foresee no issues moving forward." It will be his first preseason game.
Alexander Semin to make preseason debut 09-30-2014
Alexander Semin RW CAR
Alexander Semin is set to make his preseason debut on Tuesday night.

Hurricanes.nhl.com
He had been dealing with a wrist injury that underwent surgery during the off-season. Semin is projected to join Jiri Tlusty and Eric Staal on the top line in the contest.
Jason Akeson battles for NHL spot 09-30-2014
Jason Akeson C PHI
Jason Akeson is battling for a roster spot with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
If the team starts the year with 13 forwards then there appears to be two spots left for Blair Jones, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Akeson to compete for. Philadelphia also has Scott Laughton, Chris VandeVelde and Zack Stortin, but they are likely ticketed for the minors.
Sean Couturier recovers quickly from UBI 09-30-2014
Sean Couturier C PHI
It looks like Sean Couturier's upper-body injury isn't anything to worry about.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
He suited up for the Flyers on Sunday and he participated in Tuesday's morning skate in preparation for another preseason game. Couturier will probably be between Wayne Simmonds and Matt Read against the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Claude Giroux will make preseason debut Tues. 09-30-2014
Claude Giroux C PHI
Claude Giroux (lower body) will dress in his first preseason game on Tuesday night.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
"I'm fine and ready to go," said Giroux, who had been limited at camp due to a lower-body injury. "I want to make sure I'm ready to play against Boston (in the season opener Oct. 8), and for me to play this game tonight it's going to make me a better player for that game." He was between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek during the morning skate. Coach Craig Berube also expects Giroux to play Thursday against Washington in another preseason outing.
Predators need to work on power play 09-30-2014
Mike Bales G Ott
Nashville's power play has gone 0-for-19 in the preseason so far.

The Nashville Tennessean
Coach Peter Laviolette said the team will work on some things this week and he's confident they will turn it around. "Usually the first sign is chances and opportunities," Laviolette said. "We're in the zone. We're getting looks. It's not dropping right now. But, typically for me, when you start to get the looks and the chances and they're not dropping, the next thing to happen from there is results."
Stars waive goaltender Jussi Rynnas 09-30-2014
Jussi Rynnas G DAL
Jussi Rynnas was placed on waivers Monday, but he could still stick with the team if he clears.

Dallas Morning News
The Stars play their final preseason game Tuesday against Tampa Bay and Kari Lehtonen has a mild concussion. The fact that he was put on the waivers means that Anders Lindback has likely won the backup job, though.
Kari Lehtonen suffers mild concussion 09-30-2014
Kari Lehtonen G DAL
Kari Lehtonen suffered a mild concussion in Monday's preseason game against Florida.

Dallas Morning News
He's expected to miss at least a couple of days practice as a result. Lehtonen left the game in the third period after allowing three goals on 16 shots.
Wild assign three players to AHL Iowa 09-30-2014
Justin Falk D MIN
Justin Falk was sent down to the minors by Minnesota on Tuesday.

Michael Russo on Twitter
He cleared waivers, along with Jonathan Blum and Joel Rechlicz, which paved their paths to AHL Iowa.
Wild place Jordan Schroeder on waivers 09-30-2014
Jordan Schroeder C MIN
Jordan Schroeder has been placed on waivers by the Wild.

Michael Russo on Twitter
He will head down to the minors if he clears. Schroeder appeared in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and he recorded six points.
Christian Folin, Dumba could play for Wild 09-30-2014
Christian Folin D MIN
Christian Folin and Mathew Dumba have a shot at making Minnesota's roster.

Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
However, for that to happen both players would have to be in Minnesota's top-six group. "They've got to be playing [to stay]," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "I don't need to state the obvious, but things change quickly with injuries and situational play. ... There's going to be a constant battle for ice time all season long and players like Blum and Falk will factor into it again. They need to pick up their play, they need to get their game going, but we fully expect that they'll factor into the equation at some point, too." Folin and Dumba have played well at training camp, but they are both 23 years of age and there's no need to rush them if the situation doesn't make sense.
Marian Hossa (LBI) misses practice Monday 09-30-2014
Marian Hossa RW CHI
Marian Hossa didn't practice Monday because of a minor lower-body injury.

Chicago Tribune
Coach Joel Quenneville expects Hossa to practice on Tuesday, so this ailment shouldn't be anything to worry about.
Trevor van Riemsdyk has enjoyed a strong camp 09-30-2014
Trevor Van Riemsdyk D CHI
Trevor van Riemsdyk has been a surprise success at training camp for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Chicago Tribune
"Every camp there's always a surprise or two - (van Riemsdyk) is definitely one where we're very pleased," coach Joel Quenneville said. "It's still early in measuring him and seeing where he could go, but we'll look a little bit longer because we like what we saw." The younger brother of Toronto forward James van Riemsdyk is still with the Hawks at training camp, but he should still be considered a long shot to make the final roster.
Brandon Mashinter sticking with Blackhawks? 09-30-2014
Brandon Mashinter LW CHI
Brandon Mashinter appears to have earned a spot on Chicago's roster, as the team's resident tough guy.

Chicago Tribune
Pierre-Cedric Labrie and Cody Bass are poised to be roster cuts and coach Joel Quenneville wants to see how Mashinter performs this week. He could be a player to watch if he sticks with the Blackhawks and you are looking for penalty minutes. Mashinter amassed 79 minutes in the sin bin in 47 games with AHL Rockford last year.
Brenden Morrow takes part in Tuesday's skate 09-30-2014
Brenden Morrow LW TB
Brenden Morrow was back on the ice Tuesday after he missed most of Monday's session due to back spasms.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Coach Jon Cooper said Monday that he didn't believe the issue was anything serious. "It happens to everybody at some point during the year," Cooper said. "I saw him holding a cup of coffee in the morning and all was good and all of a sudden something tightened up. He's all right."
Ruslan Fedotenko let go from PTO by Devils 09-30-2014
Ruslan Fedotenko LW NJ
New Jersey has announced that Ruslan Fedotenko has been released from his pro tryout agreement.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
He played in the KHL last season, where he had seven goals and 17 points in 46 games with HC Donbass. If he doesn't land an NHL deal somewhere else then he could return to Europe to continue his career.
Devils release Tomas Kaberle from PTO 09-30-2014
Tomas Kaberle D NJ
Tomas Kaberle has been released from his professional tryout with the Devils.

Tom Gulitti on Twitter
He was hoping to land an NHL job after playing in the Czech League last season.
Matt Frattin on the bubble to make Leafs 09-30-2014
Matt Frattin RW TOR
Toronto coach Randy Carlyle wants Matt Frattin to elevate his game.

Toronto Star
"Frattin has had a mediocre camp," Carlyle said. "Frattin needs to find a way to regenerate some enthusiasm. I feel sorry for him right now. The puck is not his friend. It's going away from him versus bouncing for him. He's a guy who has to be physical. And usually when he's physical, goals follow him around." As it stands right now, he is on the bubble to open the regular season with the Maple Leafs.
Erik Condra set to practice on Tuesday 09-30-2014
Erik Condra RW OTT
Erik Condra is expected to rejoin the Senators for practice on Tuesday.

Ottawa Citizen
He took to the ice on his own Sunday, but he hasn't skated with his teammates for the past five days. Condra posted six goals and 16 points in 76 contests last season.
Milan Michalek returns to the ice Monday 09-30-2014
Milan Michalek LW OTT
Milan Michalek was back on the ice Monday after he sat out three sessions last week with a hip flexor injury.

Ottawa Citizen
He still has high expectations of himself and he believes he can be a 30-goal scorer this season if he can stay healthy. Michalek skated in all 82 games last year, but he managed to generate just 17 goals and 39 points. He spent most of his playing time at five-on-five alongside Jason Spezza, who was traded to Dallas in the summer, last season. It's hard to envision him having much success this campaign unless he really clicks with David Legwand or gets promoted to the top line with Kyle Turris.
Shawn Thornton's mentality won't change 09-30-2014
Shawn Thornton LW FLA
Shawn Thornton was eager to show that he'll protect his teammates this year in Florida by engaging in a pair of fights during Saturday's 4-1 preseason loss against Nashville.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"I'd like to contribute in other ways but over my career, a lot of it has been sticking up for my teammates, so I won't change now," said Thornton, who signed with the Panthers after the Bruins decided to let him go. He's projected to play on the fourth line this campaign alongside Derek Mackenzie and Tomas Kopecky or Jimmy Hayes.
Aaron Rome leaves Monday with LBI 09-30-2014
Aaron Rome D DET
Aaron Rome left Monday's preseason game against Toronto in the first period due to a lower-body injury.

Detroit Free Press
He is attending Detroit's training camp on a tryout basis, so an injury at this ime won't help his chances of earning an NHL deal.
Johan Larsson skips practice Monday 09-30-2014
Johan Larsson LW BUF
Johan Larsson (undisclosed) didn't practice on Monday.

Buffalo News
He was hurt in Sunday's preseason game against Toronto when he received an elbow to the head. Larsson was being evaluated by doctors, so the extent of his ailment isn't known yet.
Brian Flynn expects to get 'bounced around' 09-30-2014
Brian Flynn RW BUF
Brian Flynn expects to play several different roles this season with the Sabres if he sticks with the team.

Buffalo News
"I expect to be bounced around a little bit between different lines and right wing, center, even left wing," he said. "I was prepared for that coming into training camp. I've played a few positions so far but I'm used to it so it's not that big an adjustment for me anymore." He suited up in 79 games with Buffalo last season, while contributing six goals and 13 points. Flynn mostly played as a bottom-six forward and he saw time on the penalty kill. He shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Cap played big role in talks with Smith, Krug 09-30-2014
Reilly Smith RW BOS
Reilly Smith said that Boston's cap situation played a significant role in his negotiations with the team.

Boston Herald
"The cap is a huge factor," said Smith, who signed matching one-year deals worth $1.4 million along with defenseman Torey Krug. "When that comes into play, you kind of have to accept it and move on. Our agents advised us of the situation, the cap constraints the Bruins have. Obviously, both of us wanted to play here. . . . You don't want to push anyone out (in a cap space-clearing trade), so that was the one solution that was there." Boston was able to agree to terms with two key restricted free agents on Monday, but now they have to clear some cap room.
Hertl could play with Thornton, Pavelski 09-30-2014
Tomas Hertl C SJ
It seems likely that Tomas Hertl will start the season on a line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski.

CSN Bay Area
Hertl played primarily with Thornton and Brent Burns in 2013-14. This is an even more enviable line for the young forward and could allow for Hertl to breakout this season after his rookie campaign was derailed due to a PCL/MCL injury.
Pascal Dupuis gets into a preseason game 09-30-2014
Pascal Dupuis LW PIT
Pascal Dupuis (knee) took part in Monday's preseason game.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dupuis was on the ice for 16:28 minutes as he gets ready for the Penguins' regular season opener. He was limited to 39 games in 2013-14 after he tore the MCL and ACL in his knee. At this point his knee feels 100%.
Ray Emery is a possibility to start Tuesday 09-30-2014
Ray Emery G PHI
Ray Emery (lower body) might start in Tuesday's game.

CSN Philadelphia
It looks like Emery will be fine for the season opener unless he suffers a setback. He had a 2.96 GAA and .903 save percentage in 28 contests in 2013-14.
Patrice Cormier takes a stick in the eye 09-30-2014
Patrice Cormier C WPG
Patrice Cormier took a stick in the eye during Monday's preseason match against Edmonton.

Winnipeg Sun
The incident occurred during the third period of a 3-1 loss for the Jets and Cormier's status isn't clear yet. "We're hoping it's not significant," coach Paul Maurice said. "I'd like to tell you more but I don't have more." It's likely that Cormier will open the regular season in the minors if he's healthy.
Eric Tangradi suffers LBI in exhibition play 09-30-2014
Eric Tangradi LW WPG
Eric Tangradi suffered a lower-body injury during Monday's exhibition loss to Edmonton.

Winnipeg Sun
He was hurt when he crashed into the post while driving to the net in the third period and is listed as day-to-day for now. Tangradi notched three goals and three assists in 55 games last season.
Nelson might get chance to play on top line 09-30-2014
Brock Nelson C NYI
Brock Nelson is expected to get a chance to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo before training camp is over.

New York Newsday
Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been auditioning a number of the Islanders' top players for the vacant first-line role. Nelson is primarily a center, but might end up shifting to the wing anyways to help the Islanders' cope with their logjam up the middle.
Boyle, Staal get used to playing together 09-30-2014
Dan Boyle D NYR
Dan Boyle and Marc Staal participated in their second preseason game as defensive partners on Monday.

The Bergen Record
There's been a bit of an adjustment period for Staal and Boyle. "It was a little better tonight," Staal said on Monday. "Obviously, he's a different player than (Anton) Stralman, he likes hanging onto the puck more. I've got to get used to that." Boyle is also expected to get plenty of power-play ice time with the Rangers.
Ryane Clowe will play in two preseason games 09-30-2014
Ryane Clowe LW NJ
Ryane Clowe intends to play in the Devils' final two preseason contests.

The Bergen Record
Clowe, who has been medically cleared to return from a concussion, skipped New Jersey's first four exhibition games. "I've been through enough of these that maybe sometimes early on when you get a concussion or your first one or your second one, you're not really sure when you're 100 percent," Clowe said. "You just kind of come back when you feel good. But, when you've had a couple, you kind of know when it's right, when the timing's right. I would not come back unless I was cleared 100 percent and I got the green light." He's returning from his third concussion since the start of 2013.
Jarret Stoll (hip) might return on Tuesday 09-30-2014
Jarrett Stoll C LA
Jarret Stoll (hip) might be able to play on Tuesday.

LAKingsInsider.com
Stoll has been feeling better lately, but nothing is set in stone yet when it comes to his return date. Including Tuesday's contest, Los Angeles has three preseason games left.
Jordan Weal is still on Kings roster 09-30-2014
Jordan Weal C LA
Jordan Weal has managed to survive to the final round of roster cuts.

LAKingsInsider.com
Weal is coming off of a strong season where he scored 23 goals and 70 points in 76 AHL games. He's still not a great bet to make the team's opening game roster, but even if he doesn't, it wouldn't be surprising if he makes his NHL debut this season.
Tyler Pitlick plays alongside Hall, RNH 09-30-2014
Tyler Pitlick C EDM
Tyler Pitlick got an opportunity to play alongside Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in Monday's preseason game.

Edmonton Sun
Pitlick didn't get an assist on either of Hall's goals. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins called the assignment a reward for Pitlick's strong play on Sunday.
Jackets reopen contract talks with Johansen 09-30-2014
Ryan Johansen C CLB
Ryan Johansen's contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets have resumed.

Aaron Portzline on Twitter
Johansen is still a restricted free agent with the start of the regular season fast approaching. His reported demands for a two-year, $9.4 million contract are tough to justify when Jaden Schwartz, who has put up similar numbers and was in a similar situation, agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million extension with the Blues. At the same time, the Blue Jackets need Johansen even more now that Boone Jenner has been sidelined with a broken hand.
Nathan Horton (back) isn't progressing yet 09-30-2014
Nathan Horton RW CLB
Nathan Horton (back) has reportedly not made any progress yet.

Columbus Dispatch
There's no timetable for Horton's recovery, but we wouldn't count on him being back any time soon. He was limited to just 35 games last season and finished with 18 points as a result.
Boone Jenner is out with broken bone in hand 09-30-2014
Boone Jenner C CLB
Boone Jenner has a broken bone below the middle finger of his left hand.

Columbus Dispatch
Jenner might be out for as long as eight weeks, but his timetable won't be firmed up until he undergoes further testing. Along with Nathan Horton (back) and Ryan Johansen (unsigned) being unavailable, the Blue Jackets are now missing their entire projected first line. Jenner, 21, had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games last season.
Victor Rask might end up on Canes' 2nd line 09-30-2014
Victor Rask C CAR
Victor Rask is a candidate to serve as Carolina's second-line center while Jordan Staal (leg) is sidelined.

Raleigh News & Observer
Rask still isn't a lock to make the team at all, but he's certainly worth keeping an eye on. He had 16 goals and 39 points in 76 AHL games last season.
Raphael Diaz continues fight for contract 09-30-2014
Raphael Diaz D CAL
Raphael Diaz has recorded three assists in four preseason games.

Calgary Sun
Diaz is trying to earn a contract with Calgary after joining its training camp on a tryout basis. He had two goals and 15 points in 63 games last season.
Turner Elson heads to the minors 09-30-2014
Turner Elson LW CAL
The Calgary Flames have cut Turner Elson from their training camp roster.

Calgary Sun
Elson was never expected to make the Flames, but they are hoping that he can build off of his strong performance in the 2014 ECHL playoffs. His goal this season will be to establish himself as a regular at the AHL level.
Ekman-Larsson picks up two assists Monday 09-30-2014
Oliver Ekman-Larsson D ARZ
Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two assists in Arizona's 4-2 victory over Vancouver on Monday.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Ekman-Larsson set career-highs last season with 15 goals and 44 points. We're looking for the 23-year-old defenseman to be just as productive in 2014-15.
Frank Corrado sustains upper-body injury 09-30-2014
Frank Corrado D VAN
Frank Corrado left Monday's game against Arizona due to an upper-body injury.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
Corrado suffered the ailment in the second period. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Kyle Palmieri (ankle) is skating on his own 09-30-2014
Kyle Palmieri C ANA
Kyle Palmieri (ankle) has skated on his own for each of the last two days.

Orange County Register
The Ducks don't have firm plans when it comes to when Palmieri might take his recovery to the next level. When he originally suffered a high ankle sprain, there was some hope that he might be available for Anaheim's final preseason game on Saturday, but that seems very unlikely at this point.