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.
News: Craig Cunningham is among the forwards battling for a roster spot as the regular season approaches, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: He's jostling with the likes of Simon Gagne, Matt Fraser, Jordan Caron and Bobby Robins for a spot up front, but if Gregory Campbell is unavailable to start the regular season, it's possible that Craig Cunningham could center the Bruins' fourth line out of the gate.
News: Tomas Kaberle was released from his professional tryout contract with the Devils on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports. Analysis: After playing last season in the Czech Republic, the 36-year-old Tomas Kaberle was hoping for one last tour of NHL tour, but after he was cut by the Devils, he may be resigned to ending his career in his home country. The one-time 60-point scorer last appeared in the NHL in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, skating in 10 games for the Habs.
News: Tomas Hertl is set to assume a top-line role at left wing to begin the season, Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com reports. Analysis: After his brilliant rookie season was interrupted by a knee injury, Tomas Hertl will face high expectations regarding what he may be capable of producing during a campaign in which he stays healthy. His point total of 15 goals and 10 assists over 37 games as a rookie would prorate to 33 and 22, respectively, over an 82-game schedule. And if he does in fact stick on the line next to Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski throughout the season, the scoring upside could be even greater than 55 points.
News: Carl Soderberg is projected to center a line featuring Chris Kelly and Matt Fraser on Tuesday against the Islanders, the Bruins' official site reports. Analysis: It's a trio that could remain in place to start the season, thanks to Fraser's strong preseason. In any case, the 6-3 Carl Soderberg, who recorded 48 points in 73 games with the Bruins last season, is a candidate to see an uptick in production, while opening the season at his preferred position (center) and with a power-play role on tap.
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.