News: James Sheppard skated by himself Monday while he battles a left knee injury, CSNBayArea.com's Kevin Kurz reports. Analysis: James Sheppard's injury is considered to be minor at this stage, so he wouldn't seem at much risk at missing the start of the regular season. The forward is slated to fill a bottom-six role for the Sharks, after tallying four goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season.
News: Josh Anderson was assigned to AHL Springfield on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: An opening existed for Josh Anderson to potentially break camp with Columbus due to Nathan Horton's uncertain return date and Ryan Johansen's ongoing contract dispute, but he didn't even make it to final cuts. As a result, the 20-year-old will make his professional debut at the AHL level, after accruing 52 points in 59 games in his final year of junior play.
News: Ryan Craig was waived by the Blue Jackets on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: The 32-year-old Ryan Craig is an AHL journeyman whose chances of cracking the Blue Jackets' Opening Night roster were remote, at best. He'll return to the familiar confines of Springfield, where he supplied 18 goals and 15 assists over 55 games last season.
News: Sean Collins was placed on waivers by the Blue Jackets on Monday, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. Analysis: It's merely a formality, as Sean Collins is expected to report to AHL Springfield after clearing waivers. Aside from a brief cup of coffee with Columbus, Collins, 25, spent all of last season at Springfield, accumulating 16 goals and 41 points in 67 games.
News: Pierre-Cedric Labrie was waived by the Blackhawks on Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Pierre-Cedric Labrie stood little chance of breaking camp with the Blackhawks, who boast considerable depth, even on the checking line. Expect Labrie to pass through waivers and open the season with AHL Rockford.
News: Cody Bass was waived by the Blackhawks on Monday, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Analysis: Cody Bass stood little chance of breaking camp with the Blackhawks, who boast considerable depth even on the checking line. Expect Bass to pass through waivers and open the season with AHL Rockford.
News: Emile Poirier was assigned to AHL Adirondack on Monday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. Analysis: One of the Flames' better prospects, Emile Poirier is set to begin his first full season as a pro, after a successful junior career for Gatineau of the QMJHL. The 19-year-old is probably another year or two away from contributing with the Flames on a regular basis.
News: The Senators reassigned Brad Mills to AHL Binghamton on Monday. Analysis: Brad Mills was picked up by the Sens after being let go by the Blackhawks over the summer, and will start the season in the AHL. He could come up for air at some point with the Sens, but he's not part of the team's long term plans at this point.
News: Dany Heatley suffered a groin injury during Sunday's preseason contest and will be out for a minimum of one week, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Analysis: The injury puts Dany Heatley's availability for the Oct. 9 regular season opener against the Penguins in serious jeopardy, but perhaps more significantly, it could end coach Bruce Boudreau's experiment with Heatley on the top line next to Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. With Heatley unable to practice Monday, Patrick Maroon occupied the top left wing spot, and would likely do so for as long as Heatley remains sidelined.
News: The Senators reassigned Derek Grant to AHL Binghamton on Monday. Analysis: Derek Grant suited up for 20 games with the Sens in 2013-14, but only managed two assists over that span. With younger players like Curtis Lazar in line for a shot at the NHL, it looks like Grant may have trouble making a significant impact at the NHL level this year.