News: Loui Eriksson is projected to work on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci on Tuesday against the Islanders, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: With Lucic back in action, the Bruins' top line is taking shape, with Loui Eriksson on track to fill the void created by the offseason departure of Jarome Iginla. While Eriksson is not the goal-scorer that Iginla is, he is a skilled two-way winger who should mesh well with Krejci and Lucic, with an uptick in production a likely outcome for the 29-year-old Swede. Eriksson notched 37 points in 61 games for the Bruins in 2013-14.
News: Petri Kontiola was assigned to AHL Toronto on Monday, Matt Brown of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports. Analysis: Signed in early July out of the KHL, Petri Kontiola entered camp as a presumed favorite to nail a center job on one of the Leafs' four lines, but the 29-year-old struggled mightily in exhibitions. The Leafs tried to jumpstart his production by trying him out with multiple different linemates, but nothing seemed to click for Kontiola, who will now have to prove his worth in the minors. Peter Holland or Mike Santorelli are now in line to battle for the third-line center gig.
News: Petter Granberg was assigned to AHL Toronto on Monday, Matt Brown of Sportsnet 590 The FAN reports. Analysis: Petter Granberg was audition for a depth role on defense with the Leafs, but he'll shuttle back to AHL Toronto for additional seasoning. With Granberg out of the picture, Korbinian Holzer may have the inside track on winning the team's seventh defenseman gig.
News: Markus Granlund is currently going through the NHL's concussion protocol, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports. Analysis: Markus Granlund suffered the injury Friday and has been held out since. It remains to be seen when he will play next, but he will need to be cleared to do so.
News: Bracken Kearns was released by the Bruins from his tryout agreement Sunday, the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Bracken Kearns, 33, appeared in a career-high 25 NHL games last season with the Sharks, recording three goals and two assists. He could still stick with the Boston organization if he signs an AHL contract.
News: Cody Franson has been diagnosed with a bruised knee cap, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. Analysis: Cody Franson will not be allowed to skate until Thursday, but he appears to have avoided a serious injury, as he is considered day-to-day. It seems unlikely that the knee injury, which Franson suffered Sunday, will prevent him from being ready for the Maple Leafs' season opener.
News: Kari Lehtonen felt fine Tuesday after leaving Monday's game with a mild concussion, Mark Stepneski of the Stars' official website reports. Analysis: Head coach Lindy Ruff said Kari Lehtonen will sit out a few days, but he does not believe that Lehtonen is dealing with a serious setback. Lehtonen will need to be cleared to resume playing, but it appears he should be available for Opening Night.
News: Mike Green (upper body) did not take part in Tuesday's practice, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports. Analysis: Mike Green (upper body) hasn't practiced since Saturday for what head coach Barry Trotz called "maintenance" of an upper body injury. There's no indication this will affect his availability for the start of the regular season season next week, but it's not a good sign for an injury prone player to already be ailing before the season has even begun. Green is a high-risk / high-reward player that will be worth a flier in the mid to late rounds of all formats.
News: David Pastrnak (shoulder) has resumed practicing with the Bruins, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: While David Pastrnak isn't projected to play Tuesday against the Islanders, the hope is that he'll see action in one of the team's final two preseason tilts. If he doesn't make the Bruins' roster, the 18-year-old Pastrnak would be in line to be returned to his team in Sweden, Sodertalje.
News: The Wild assigned Zack Phillips to AHL Iowa on Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer PRess reports Analysis: Zack Phillips was the Wild's first-round pick in 2011. He spent training camp with the Wild, but he will head back to Iowa, with whom he tallied 33 points (12G, 21A) in 76 games last season.