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.
News: The Wild placed Jordan Schroeder on waivers Tuesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Analysis: Jordan Schroeder did not lock up a regular role during training camp, and the Wild decided he would not be part of the Opening Night roster. He will head to AHL Iowa if he clears waivers.
News: Troy Bodie cleared waivers and was assigned to AHL Toronto on Tuesday. Analysis: Troy Bodie appeared in 47 games with the Maple Leafs last season, but it does not appear he will break camp with the club this year. He could be an option for the Maple Leafs at some point this season.
News: Claude Giroux (lower body) will make his preseason debut Tuesday night. Analysis: Claude Giroux will return to action 11 days after suffering a lower body injury on the first day of training camp. He will have just over a week to get back in playing shape, so it seems likely he will be good to go when the Flyers kick off their season a week from Wednesday.
News: The Blue Jackets have resumed negotiations with Ryan Johansen's agent, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The Ryan Johansen camp suddenly has a bit more leverage with the news that Boone Jenner suffered a broken hand during Sunday's practice and will miss the beginning of the regular season. There's no report of any movement towards a contract yet, but a two-year bridge deal for something in the vicinity of $4 million a season seems a little more probable than it did last week.
News: Michael Chaput had another strong exhibition game Monday, picking up an assist and winning seven of 12 faceoffs, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: With Ryan Johansen, Boone Jenner and Nathan Horton all now likely to miss the beginning of the regular season, Michael Chaput stands a good chance of making the NHL roster and centering the fourth line, which would allow coach Todd Richards to use Mark Letestu higher up in the lineup. Chaput wouldn't have much fantasy upside in that role, but he was able to provide some offense last season in the AHL, and once he gets a foot in the door he has the grit and skill to earn Richards' trust.
News: Boone Jenner suffered a broken left hand during Sunday's practice after being struck by a puck, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: He'll undergo more tests before the Jackets have a clear idea regarding the timetable for his return, but initial reports suggest Boone Jenner could be out as long as two months. Combined with Ryan Johansen's contract dispute and Nathan Horton's lingering back issues, the club will begin the regular season missing an entire line's worth of top six forwards.
News: Curtis McElhinney made 36 saves Monday as the Blue Jackets downed the Predators 2-0 in preseason action. Analysis: He won't see much action behind Sergei Bobrovsky, but Curtis McElhinney looks ready for the regular season to begin.
News: Alexander Steen (undisclosed) is expected to be back in the Blues' lineup Tuesday against Carolina, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Alexander Steen missed the Blues' last pre-season game with a "minor injury," but should be ready for the regular season. Health is a concern for Steen after he missed a dozen games last season, but the fact he scored 33 times shows that he can be very productive when he is near 100%.
News: Jaden Schwartz is expected to make his pre-season debut Thursday against Minnesota, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Analysis: Jaden Schwartz will get back on the ice with teammates in a game for the first time since re-signing with the Blues. He is looking to build on his breakout season by getting into camp early enough to be ready for the Blues' opener on October 9.