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Raphael Diaz could ask for his release 10-04-2015
Raphael Diaz D NYR
Raphael Diaz, who was recently assigned to the minors, will reportedly ask for his release if he isn't back in the NHL within the next month.

Nicola Berger on Twitter
The 29-year-old had just two goals and four points in 56 games last season. If he is granted his release, he will have a hard time finding work in the NHL.
GM says Fabbri should start season in STL 10-04-2015
Robby Fabbri C STL
Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said the team will probably use the first nine games of the regular season to evaluate Robby Fabbri.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
"There's a really good chance we're going to use the nine games to take a look and see," Armstrong said. "We think he can compete at this level." Fabbri has one year of junior eligibility remaining, so the Blues can dress him for a maximum of nine NHL games without burning the first year of his entry level contract. The 19-year-old practiced on a line with Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz on Sunday.
Jonas Gustavsson signs one-year deal with BOS 10-04-2015
Jonas Gustavsson G BOS
The Boston Bruins have signed Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year deal worth $700,000.

Boston Bruins on Twitter
Gustavsson came to camp on a professional tryout, but his solid performances have earned him the NHL deal he was looking for. The 30-year-old had a 3-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in just seven games with Detroit last season. He missed a significant amount of time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. The signing means that he will be Tuukka Rask's backup goaltender in 2015-16.
Chandler Stephenson sent to minors 10-04-2015
Chandler Stephenson C WAS
The Washington Capitals have assigned Chandler Stephenson to the AHL.

The 21-year-old was the team's third round pick in 2012. He scored seven goals and 14 points in 54 AHL games last year. Those numbers may seem low, but reports out of Washington say that the young forward had a solid training camp.
Derek Roy won't play in Sunday's game 10-04-2015
Derek Roy C WAS
Derek Roy won't play in Sunday's game against the New York Islanders.

Chuck Gormley on Twitter
Roy is in camp on a professional tryout. It's unclear why he's not playing, but some reports out of Washington have suggested that he has earned himself an NHL contract. This is the last game of the NHL's preseason schedule.
Coyotes send Dylan Strome back to junior 10-04-2015
Dylan Strome C ARZ
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
The team has decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect. The Coyotes selected Strome third overall in last June's Entry Draft. The 6'3, 185 pound center will be able to continue his development against players his own age. He has the potential to develop into a top line forward in the NHL, but it won't be this season. Strome had an impressive 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games with Erie last season.
Matthias Plachta sent to minors 10-04-2015
Matthias Plachta C ARZ
The Arizona Coyotes have sent Matthias Plachta to the minors.
The 24-year-old will begin his first season in North America with the Springfield Falcons.
Coyotes send Louis Domingue to minors 10-04-2015
Louis Domingue G ARZ
The Arizona Coyotes have assigned Louis Domingue to the AHL.
The 23-year-old had a 1-2-1 with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven NHL games last season.
Alexey Marchenko placed on IR 10-04-2015
Alexei Marchenko D DET
The Detroit Red Wings have placed Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve retroactive to September 28.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
Wings coach Jeff Blashill mentioned that Marchenko could practice on Monday, but the exact timeline for his return isn't known just yet.
Danny DeKeyser placed on IR 10-04-2015
Dan DeKeyser D DET
Danny DeKeyser has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to September 18.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
The 25-year-old will miss about a month because of a sprained ligament in his left foot. He had two goals and 31 points while averaging 20:55 of ice time last season.
Darren Helm placed on injured reserve 10-04-2015
Darren Helm C DET
The Detroit Red Wings have placed Darren Helm on injured reserve retroactive to September 18.

Ansar Khan
Helm has been dealing with a concussion. He was supposed to rejoin his teammates on the ice at some point this week, but his return date has been pushed back a couple of times already. He remains day-to-day for now.
Red Wings place Pavel Datsyuk on IR 10-04-2015
Pavel Datsyuk LW DET
The Detroit Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) on injured reserve retroactive to September 18th.

Ansar Khan on Twitter
Datsyuk is expected to return sometime in November. This move opens up a roster spot on Detroit's roster. He is a must-add when he returns to full health. The 37-year-old scored 26 goals and 65 points in 63 games last season.
Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO 10-04-2015
Ryan Wilson D CAL
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

Calgary Flames on Twitter
The 28-year-old skated in just three NHL games with Colorado last season. He will try to latch on with another team, but he may have to settle for a stint in the minors.
Red Wings cut training camp roster to 27 10-04-2015
Anthony Mantha RW DET
The Detroit Red Wings have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players.

Detroit Red Wings on Twitter
Heading to the AHL are: Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Louis-Marc Aubry, Tyler Bertuzzi, Colin Campbell, Zach Nastasiuk, Tomas Nosek, Eric Tangradi, Nick Jensen, Robbie Russo and Ryan Sproul. The team also announced that goaltender Jake Patterson will be sent to the ECHL, while Mark Zengerle and Scott Czarnowczan were released from his professional tryout. Mantha, 21, was Detroit's first round pick in 2013. He had 15 goals and 33 points in 62 games in the AHL last season.
Nikita Nikitin clears waivers; Heading to AHL 10-04-2015
Nikita Nikitin D EDM
Nikita Nikitin has cleared waivers and will now be sent to the AHL.

Joanne Ireland on Twitter
The Oilers placed Nikitin on waivers on Saturday, but as expected, he went unclaimed. The 29-year-old is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.5 million this season. Even though he's been demoted, he will still count for $3.55 million on Edmonton's salary cap.
Senators send Mark Fraser to the AHL 10-04-2015
Mark Fraser D OTT
Mark Fraser has been sent to the minors.

Senators Media on Twitter
Fraser signed a two-way contract with Sens, so it's no surprise that he didn't make the final roster. The 29-year-old had four assists in 34 games with the New Jersey Devils last season.
Sens send Colin Greening to AHL 10-04-2015
Colin Greening C OTT
The Ottawa Senators have assigned Colin Greening to the AHL.

Senators Media on Twitter
The 29-year-old had just one goal and a minus-5 rating in 26 games last season. Greening has two years remaining on his contract that will pay him $2.65 million per season. The Senators will carry $1.7 million of dead money on their salary cap while Greening is in the minors.
William Nylander going to the AHL 10-04-2015
William Nylander C TOR
The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned William Nylander to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.
Joining him with the Marlies are: Antoine Bibeau, Connor Brown, Rich Clune, Zach Hyman, Kasperi Kapanen, Viktor Loov, Stuart Percy, Nikita Soshnikov, Garret Sparks and Rinat Valiev. Nylander was Toronto's first round pick, eighth overall, in 2014. The 19-year-old had 14 goals and 32 points in 37 games with the Marlies last season. He is worth owning in dynasty leagues.
Leafs send Kasperi Kapanen to AHL 10-04-2015
Kasperi Kapanen RW TOR
The Toronto Maple Leafs have assigned top prospect Kasperi Kapenen to the AHL.
Kapanen was acquired by the Leafs in the Phil Kessel trade. The 19-year-old will begin his first season in the Leafs' organization. Kapanen had one goal and one assist in a brief four-game stint in the AHL last year. He has a very bright future ahead of him, but he won't be rushed to the NHL by a rebuilding Toronto team.
Leafs place five players on waivers 10-04-2015
T.J. Brennan D TOR
The Toronto Maple Leafs have placed five players on waivers.
T.J. Brennan, Andrew Campbell, Sam Carrick, Matt Frattin and Byron Froese were all waived on Sunday. It's unlikely that any of the five will be picked up by another team.
EDM place Ben Scrivens on waivers 10-04-2015
Ben Scrivens G EDM
The Edmonton Oilers have placed Ben Scrivens on waivers.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
If the clears, he will be sent down to the AHL. The 29-year-old posted an ugly 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage. Edmonton will go into the season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson in goal. Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract. If he ends up in the NHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million in dead money on their salary cap.
Kevin Czuczman recalled by Islanders 10-04-2015
Kevin Czuczman D NYI
The New York Islanders have recalled Kevin Czuczman from the AHL.

New York Islanders
The 24-year-old played 13 games with the Islanders in 2013-14. He has no fantasy value going forward.
Adam Pelech recalled from minors 10-04-2015
Adam Pelech D NYI
The New York Islanders have recalled Adam Pelech from Bridgeport in the AHL.

New York
The 21-year-old has never skated in an NHL game. He was New York's third round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
NYI recall Scott Mayfield from AHL 10-04-2015
Scott Mayfield D NYI
The New York Islanders have recalled Scott Mayfield from the AHL.

New York Islanders on Twitter
The 22-year-old skated in just two playoff games with the Islanders last season. He was the team's second round pick, 34th overall, in 2011.
Sabres assign Cal O'Reilly to AHL 10-04-2015
Cal O'Reilly C BUF
The Buffalo Sabres have placed Cal O'Reilly on waivers, with the intention of sending him to the AHL.

Buffalo Sabres on Twitter
The 29-year-old signed a two-year deal worth $1.4 million with the Sabres on July 1st. O'Reilly had 10 goals and 61 points with the Utica Comets last season. He is the older brother of Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly.
Claude Giroux thinks he should be better 10-04-2015
Claude Giroux C PHI
Claude Giroux thinks he can be better this season than last.

Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Giroux had 73 points in 2014-15 and that was good enough to finish tied for 10th in NHL scoring but he certainly had problems in some areas, the most noteworthy one being he did not score at even strength at home until March 25. Look for Giroux to get close to the 80 point mark this season and once again place in the top 10 in scoring.
Cody Hodgson doesn't want to look at past 10-04-2015
Cody Hodgson C NAS
Cody Hodgson doesn't want to look back on his struggles from last season.

The Nashville Tennessean
The 25-year-old scored just six goals and 13 points in 78 games with Buffalo last season before being bought out. He inked a deal with Nashville over the summer and is just looking to move on from his disappointing campaign. "Obviously it was tough," Hodgson said. "I hate dwelling on the past. I'm not going to (worry about) what could have been or what went wrong. I just really focus on the present moment. I'm happy to be here. Things seem to be going well on the ice here. ... I'm going try to fit in as best I can with these guys and contribute to winning."
Luke Schenn definitely on the bubble 10-04-2015
Luke Schenn D PHI
Luke Schenn is on the bubble as far as making the Flyers 23 man roster this season.

CSN Philadelphia
Schenn has been on the sidelines looking in and it appears that the Flyers will try to trade him or failing that, put him on waivers. The trade for James van Riemsdyk did not work out at all for Philadelphia as Schenn has failed to fulfill the potential seen for him when the Maple Leafs drafted him at five overall in 2008.
Jarred Tinordi has ugly preseason finale 10-04-2015
Jarred Tinordi D MON
Jarred Tinordi struggled mightily in Montreal's 5-4 preseason loss to Ottawa on Saturday night.

Montreal Gazette
The big stay-at-home defenseman finished the night with a giveaway, no hits, no blocked shots and a minus-3 rating. The 23-year-old was Montreal's first round pick, 22nd overall, in 2010 but he hasn't been able to establish himself as a refular in the NHL just yet. One of the things working in Tinordi's favor is that Montreal would have to put him on waivers if they decide to send him back to the AHL. Considering his size (6'6, 225 pounds) and his age, there's no guarantee he wouldn't get scooped up by another team. Expect him to start the season as Montreal's seventh or eighth defenseman.
Scott Laughton plays with Umberger, Read 10-04-2015
Scott Laughton C PHI
Scott Laughton was playing alongside Matt Read and R.J. Umberger on Saturday.

CSN Philadelphia
It certainly seems that Laughton will start the season with the Flyers and that makes sense as he was very good during training camp. The status of Vincent Lecavalier could be in doubt but Laughton deserves his shot to crack the lineup. Laughton will be a fringe fantasy option in deeper leagues this season.
Pacioretty scores goal in loss to OTT 10-04-2015
Max Pacioretty LW MON
Max Pacioretty scored a goal and added four shots on goal in Saturday's 5-4 preseason loss to Ottawa.

Montreal Gazette
This was just Pacioretty's second preseason game since returning from a broken tibia. Canadiens coach Michel Therrien thought his captain looked significantly better than he did in the first game. "He looked better than he did in his first game," said head coach Michel Therrien. "He needed those two games to be ready for the regular season." The 26-year-old has 39 and 37 goals in his last two seasons. He should come close to hitting the 40-goal mark again in 2015-16.
Dustin Tokarski continues to struggle 10-04-2015
Dustin Tokarski G MON
Dustin Tokarski's preseason struggles continued on Saturday night, as he allowed five goals on 15 shots in a 5-4 loss to the Ottawa Senators.

Montreal Gazette
Tokarski came into training as the favorite to be Carey Price's backup, but his poor performances may have cost him the job. The Canadiens will now decide if Tokarski has done enough to keep his job or if they prefer to keep rookie Mike Condon with the big club. Condon has been much better than Tokarski during the preseason, but one thing working against him is that he has a two-way contract while Tokarski is on a one-way deal.
Oscar Lindberg expected to make the Rangers 10-04-2015
Oscar Lindberg C NYR
Oscar Lindberg is expected to line up as the Rangers third line center to start the season.

NY Post
Lindberg was the Rangers best rookie in training camp as he was the recipient of the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award which goes to the top rookie in the pre-season. He had 28 goals and 56 points in 75 AHL games last season and played in his first NHL game, going pointless in a 1-0 win. Look for 30-35 points from the rookie this season.
Jacob Josefson could be Devils top center 10-04-2015
Jacob Josefson C NJ
Jacob Josefson is primed to take over as the Devils top center this season.

Newark Star-Ledger
The Devils were hoping in the off-season that Josefson would take on a bigger role and apparently he has. "We've talked about him almost every day and the answer has been repetitive but it's been true. You can see that in his play. He's consistent, he has a real strong work ethic, he's playing to his foundation as a player with speed," coach John Hynes said. "His competitive level is high, so now you start to see his skill come out because he's competing and he's consistent. He's done it every day. We didn't know him as management and coaches coming in. He's a guy who's earned everything he's gotten and it is nice to be able to see him do it on a consistent, repetitive basis and that's why he's had some success here in the preseason." Look for a 45-50 point season from Josefson and draft him accordingly.
Tanner Glass undergoes MRI on leg 10-04-2015
Tanner Glass LW NYR
Tanner Glass (leg) underwent an MRI on Saturday.

The Bergen Record
The Rangers wanted to make sure there was not anything seriously wrong with their fourth line winger after he was not able to practice on Saturday. There was no word as to the results. Glass suffered the injury blocking a shot on Friday.
Josh Anderson to go on injured reserve 10-04-2015
Josh Anderson RW CLB
Josh Anderson will likely go on the injured reserve list after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone.

Columbus Dispatch
Anderson was injured during a pre-season game on September 21 in a fight with Steve Oleksy of Pittsburgh. He will miss the next four-six weeks. Look for Anderson to be sent to the minors when he returns.
Daniel Zaar expected to go on injured reserve 10-04-2015
Daniel Zaar RW CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets are expected to place Daniel Zaar on the injured reserve list before the start of the NHL season.

Columbus Dispatch
Zaar was drafted in the sixth round in 2012 and has played in his native Sweden, picking up nine goals and 27 points for Lulea of the SEL this past season. Look for Zaar to go to Lake Erie of the AHL when he gets over his undisclosed injury.
Blue Jackets put Andrew Bodnarchuk on waivers 10-04-2015
Andrew Bodnarchuk D CLB
Defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk has been placed on waivers by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Columbus Dispatch
Bodnarchuk had 25 points and 84 penalty minutes in 61 AHL games in 2014-15. Bodnarchuk was in the Kings chain until this off-season when the Blue Jackets inked him to a two-way contract.
Michael Chaput placed on waivers by Columbus 10-04-2015
Michael Chaput C CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed Michael Chaput on waivers.

Columbus Dispatch
The 23-year-old center had a goal and four assists in 33 games last season. He will be sent to the AHL if he passes through waivers.
Justin Falk put on waivers 10-04-2015
Justin Falk D CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Justin Falk on waivers.

Columbus Dispatch
Falk inked a two-way deal in the off-season. He had a goal and an assist in 18 NHL games last season.
Kerby Rychel sent to the minors 10-04-2015
Kerby Rychel LW CLB
The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent Kerby Rychel to the minors.

Columbus Dispatch
Rychel needs some playing time as his season ended last year on February 27 due to a concussion. Rychel was taken 19th overall in the 2013 Draft and made his NHL debut last season with three assists in five games. Markus Hannikainen and Dean Kukan were also sent packing.
Derek Ryan sent to Charlotte of the AHL 10-04-2015
Derek Ryan C CAR
Derek Ryan has been sent to Charlotte of the AHL.

Raleigh News & Observer
Ryan was on a two-way contract so this is not a surprise. He was the Swedish League's MVP last season with 15 goals and 60 points in 55 games. He is 28, but received a lot of interest from other NHL teams in the off-season.
Brock McGinn among four sent to the minors 10-04-2015
Brock McGinn LW CAR
Brock McGinn has been sent to Charlotte of the AHL.

Raleigh News & Observer
The winger was taken 47th in the 2012 Draft and had 15 goals and 27 points in 73 games in his first pro season after a 43 goal, 85 point effort in 58 games for Guelph of the OHL. Brett Pesce and Jaccob Slavin and Derek Ryan were also sent to the AHL.
Haydn Fleury sent back to junior 10-04-2015
Haydn Fleury D CAR
The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Haydn Fleury back to Red Deer of the WHL.

Raleigh News & Observer
The 19-year-old rearguard was selected seventh overall in the 2014 Draft and has a bright future in the NHL, just not this season. His offensive skills are not fantasy-worthy as he is more of a good defensive player as well as a good skater. He had only six goals and 28 points in 63 games in the WHL last season.
Drew Shore to minors after clearing waivers 10-04-2015
Drew Shore C CAL
Drew Shore was sent to Stockton of the AHL after clearing waivers Saturday.

Calgary Sun
Just an FYI as Shore had a goal and two helpers in 11 games with Calgary last season. He will be an injury call up at best this season.
Jiri Hudler suffers lower body injury 10-04-2015
Jiri Hudler LW CAL
Jiri Hudler suffered a lower body injury on Saturday in the second period and did not return.

Calgary Sun
The injury is considered 'very minor' so look for Hudler in the opening night lineup. He had a career year in 2014-15 tallying 76 points including 31 goals, in 78 games. While it is likely that it was a career year for the 31-year-old, 60-70 points is not out of the realm of possibility this season.
Colton Orr signs with Stockton of the AHL 10-04-2015
Colton Orr RW TOR
Colton Orr will play for the Calgary Flames farm team in Stockton this season.

Calgary Sun
The deal is a minor league one as the NHL Flames did not sign him. Orr spent last season with the Toronto Marlies save for the last game of the season when he suited up for the Maple Leafs.