News: Haydn Fleury was returned to his junior team Thursday, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. Analysis: Haydn Fleury, 18, was the Canes' first-round draft pick this year and appeared in two preseason exhibition games for the Canes before his demotion. He had a solid camp and preseason, however the Canes have solid depth on the blue line coming into this season with eight defensemen who played 40 or more games at the NHL level last year. Fleury will get his shot someday, but may need to spend some time in the AHL before he lands in the NHL full time. For now, he will ply his trade for the Red Deer Rebels of the WHL.
News: Tyler Seguin has played in four of the Stars' preseason contests, accruing three goals and an assist. Analysis: All four of Tyler Seguin's points came in Monday's contest against the Panthers, with his hat trick keying the Stars' comeback victory. Seguin emerged as one of the NHL's premier scoring talents in his first season in Big D, and with Jamie Benn and talented youngster Valeri Nichushkin back beside him, it's possible he could make a run at his first Art Ross Trophy.
News: Valeri Nichushkin seems to be behind the groin injury that limited him last week, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports. Analysis: Valeri Nichushkin has appeared in the Stars' last three preseason contests, supplying a goal and two assists during that span. He was skating on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin at Thursday's practice, and it's all but certain that he'll open the season with that duo. Nichushkin turned in an excellent campaign as a rookie (14 goals, 20 assists, plus-20 rating in 79 games) and looks poised to take a leap forward in his sophomore season.
News: Darren Helm (groin) is planning to play in one of the Red Wings' two remaining preseason games, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Darren Helm has not played since since the Red Wings' Sept. 22 preseason opener, but he is on track to return to action before the regular season begins, so it seems likely be will be available for Opening Night.
News: Nate Prosser was claimed off waivers by the Wild on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. Analysis: With the Wild still in search of a seventh defenseman, they'll kick the tires on Nate Prosser, who already has extensive familiarity with coach Mike Yeo's system. Before signing with St. Louis in the offseason, 28-year-old Prosser appeared in 126 games across five seasons with the Wild, totaling 21 points and 127 penalty minutes.
News: Pavel Datsyuk (shoulder) will likely miss another 2-to-3 weeks, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports. Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk has been able to practice despite the injury, but it will be at least a couple more weeks before he is ready to see game action.
News: Bobby Ryan agreed to a seven-year, $50.25 million extension with the Senators on Thursday, CBC News Ottawa reports. Analysis: Bobby Ryan's deal will keep him in Ottawa through the 2021-22 season and makes him the team's highest-paid player. He is slated to be the right wing on the Senators' top line, alongside Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur.
News: Daniel Carcillo was released from his professional tryout offer with the Penguins on Thursday, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: A foot injury limited Daniel Carcillo throughout training camp, and was likely the kiss of death to his chances of making the 23-man roster. The experienced fourth liner could get a look from another club at some point this season, but likely not until he's further removed from the foot injury.
News: Matthew Lombardi (groin) took part in Thursday's practice, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports. Analysis: Matthew Lombardi has been held out since injuring his groin Sunday, but it appears he is feeling good enough to return to practice, and the setback should not prevent him from being ready for Opening Night.
News: Patric Hornqvist, who skated with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz on Wednesday, was held pointless against Detroit. Analysis: He registered one shot while seeing five other attempts blocked or missing the net. Patric Hornqvist makes for a strong fantasy sleeper, as he regularly totals 50-plus points and takes a healthy number of shots. The Penguins are expected to play him with Evgeni Malkin, but even if Malkin misses time with an undisclosed injury Hornqvist will still see ample opportunity on Pittsburgh's potent power play. Hornqvist, Kunitz and Crosby all played more than four minutes (4:05 TOI) on the man advantage Wednesday to lead the team.