News: Though he was generally expected to play in Monday's exhibition against the Oilers, Evander Kane ended up sitting out the contest. Analysis: It's not believed that Evander Kane is dealing with any sort of injury, so perhaps the Jets just decided the winger could use a little more rest in advance of the regular season. He'll likely return to preseason action at some point this week, which should allow the coaching staff to determine where he fits best. He's expected to receive an audition with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler on the top line, a combination that could help Kane unlock the 60-point potential that exists within him.
News: Coach Paul Maurice said Eric O'Dell is "coming along" from an undisclosed injury, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Eric O'Dell has yet to appear in any preseason games for the Jets, which could make him vulnerable as the team prepares their final cutdowns. Even if he returns to full health and makes the squad, O'Dell would likely spend most games in the press box.
News: Paul Postma is dealing with an undisclosed injury, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: He was held out of Monday's exhibition against the Oilers and is considered day-to-day. Paul Postma is expected to be a regular on the Jets' defense, likely as a third-pairing skater.
News: Dustin Byfuglien (undisclosed) was held out of Monday's exhibition loss to the Oilers, the Winnipeg Free Press reports. Analysis: Dustin Byfuglien is considered day-to-day with the undisclosed ailment, but the Jets don't seem to think he'll be unavailable for the team's regular-season opener. He'll be tabbed for a full-time role at forward this season, though it's not quite certain who his linemates might be to start the year.
News: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (knee) has been practicing in full for the Sharks as of late, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been practicing next to Justin Braun on the first pairing through most of camp, as the Sharks look to create a larger role for a player who garnered Norris Trophy votes a season earlier. Though he's highly adept on his own end, Vlasic lacks the scoring aptitude of some of the league's other premier blueliners, which inhibits his value in fantasy. There should be more of an opportunity for him to find time on the power play this season now that Dan Boyle is departed, but it likely won't be a significant enough of a development to dramatically elevated his point total.
News: Patrice Bergeron's teammate, Reilly Smith, has rejoined the Bruins after signing a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the team, the Boston Herald reports. Analysis: Smith, who recorded 51 points in 82 games for the B's last season, is thus presumably on track to rejoin left winger Brad Marchand on the Bruins' capable second line, centered by Patrice Bergeron, who remains one of the league's elite two-way pivots, on the heels of a season in which he recorded 30 goals and 62 points in 80 games, to go along with a plus-38 mark.
News: Erik Condra (undisclosed) is expected to return to practice Tuesday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: Erik Condra hasn't skated with the team the previous five days, but was able to work out on his own Sunday, signaling a forthcoming return.
News: Milan Michalek (hip flexor) returned to practice Monday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports. Analysis: Milan Michalek was off the ice over the weekend after sustaining the hip injury in an earlier practice, but he appears in the clear for the remainder of the Senators' exhibition schedule. The Senators expect to deploy Michalek on their second line this season.
News: Matt Bartkowski remains a candidate to be traded by the Bruins, the Boston Globe reports. Analysis: Adam McQuaid is another player that the Bruins could move to free up some salary cap room, but with Torey Krug and Reilly Smith now back in the fold on team-friendly deals, it looks like Johnny Boychuk (and his $3,366,667 contract) will be retained by the Bruins.
News: Ruslan Fedotenko was released from his professional tryout contract with the Devils on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: The biggest impact Ruslan Fedotenko might have made in camp was injuring young defenseman Jon Merrill in an accidental collision, but the 35-year-old was otherwise quiet for the Devils in the preseason. He'll likely return to KHL club Donbass HC, with whom he has two years remaining on a three-year, $9 million contract.