News: Sena Acolatse was waived by the Flames on Wednesday, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports. Analysis: He's expected to clear waivers and report to AHL Adirondack. Sena Acolatse, 24, notched 17 points over 41 with the Sharks' AHL affiliate (Worcester) in 2013-14.
News: Peter Mueller was placed on waivers by the Blues on Wednesday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Analysis: Peter Mueller played last season in Switzerland, but signed with the Blues on a one-year, two-way deal in the offseason. The 26-year-old has failed to crack the roster, and if he passes through waivers unclaimed, he should be assigned to AHL Chicago.
News: Corban Knight was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Wednesday, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports. Analysis: The former University of North Dakota standout saw action in seven games with the Flames last season, but was otherwise a fixture in the minors. It should be more of the same for him in 2014-15, with little more than a bottom-six role waiting for him with the Flames on the few occasions he receives a promotion.
News: Nolan Yonkman was released from his professional tryout contract with the Flames on Wednesday. Analysis: With Sheldon Brookbank also released Wednesday, only Raphael Diaz remains among the PTOs who were attempting to claim a role as the Flames' seventh defenseman. Nolan Yonkman will more than likely try to land an AHL deal somewhere.
News: Sheldon Brookbank was released by the Flames from his professional tryout contract on Wednesday. Analysis: With Noah Yonkman also released Wednesday, only Raphael Diaz remains among the PTOs who were attempting to claim a role as the Flames' seventh defenseman. Sheldon Brookbank will more than likely try to land an AHL deal somewhere.
News: Bill Arnold was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Wednesday, Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: After concluding his career at Boston College last spring, Bill Arnold jumped right from the NCAA ranks to the Flames, seeing action in the NHL club's final game of the season. Though he was given the opportunity to earn a roster spot with the Flames out of camp, Arnold could probably benefit from some more development time at the AHL level. Eventually, he could become a viable second- or third-line player for the Flames.
News: Max Reinhart was reassigned to AHL Adirondack on Wednesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. Analysis: The 22-year-old was one of several young centers auditioning for duty with the Flames, but it looks like the fourth-line gig will come down to Joe Colborne or Markus Granlund. After registering 21 goals and 42 assists over 66 games in the AHL last season, Max Reinhart has little left to prove in the minors, and should get multiple opportunities to rejoin the Flames in 2014-15.
News: Rocco Grimaldi is on the bubble for an Opening Night roster spot with the Panthers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Analysis: Checking in at just 5-foot-6, the 21-year-old Rocco Grimaldi has thrived in his first camp with the Panthers, after concluding a dazzling three-year career at the University of North Dakota. As is typical for players of his stature, Grimaldi has used his blazing speed to his advantage, showing goal-scoring ability at every level he's played at, including preseason action to this point. However, unless the Panthers are able to deal one of their veteran forwards on an expiring contract, it might be tough for the team to make roster room for the promising youngster.
News: While Blackhawks head man Joel Quenneville indicated Wednesday that the team hasn't decided on Teuvo Teravainen's fate for this season, the coach strongly suggested that the young winger would open the season at the AHL level, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: With only a fourth-line duty available for Teuvo Teravainen if he makes the team's Opening Night roster, it seems the Blackhawks are leaning toward stashing him in the minors, where he could better develop as a top-six player. The 20-year-old ranks as the Blackhawks' top prospect and one of the best in all of hockey, and while he might not get a full-time opportunity to showcase his skills in 2014-15, he could be centering Patrick Kane by this point next season.
News: Brad Marchand notched a goal and an assist in 19:17 worth of ice time in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Islanders. Analysis: Meanwhile, Brad Marchand (who averaged less than half a minute of power play time in 2013-14) saw 3:21 worth of man-advantage action Tuesday, a trend that could potentially extend into the regular season, ESPN.com reports. "It's certainly a possibility," coach Claude Julien said with regard to Marchand seeing added power play duty in 2014-15. "He's a better player this year already than he was all of last year." On heels of a season in which he recorded 25 goals and 53 points in 82 games, while seeing limited power play ice time, any sort of uptick on that front would bode well for the winger's chances of seeing increased production this year.