Ryan Ellis
Preds, Ellis Still At Odds Over New Contract
Ryan Ellis, D, NSH
9/21/2014
News: Preds GM David Poile addressed Ryan Ellis' contract situation Saturday, saying the main stumbling block continues to be money, according to the Tennessean. "Unfortunately at this time we have not agreed what they think and what we think is fair compensation," Poile said. "We want [Ellis]. We are not trading him, we really like him. We really like the way he played last year. It's just a disagreement on dollars."
Analysis: Ryan Ellis, who has missed the first two days of training camp so far, played in 80 games last season for and finished with 27 points - his highest full season total to date. And while there is still plenty of time left to get a deal done before the start of the season, the clock is ticking. Not only is he missing out on conditioning drills and scrimmages, the more Ellis misses of training camp, the greater the chances of some other defenseman impressing the coaching staff and grabbing a roster spot that might otherwise go to Ellis. Bottom line, we think Ellis will get signed by the start of the regular season, but what his role on the team will be is anybody's guess. He's a risky fantasy pick right now, until all of the above gets sorted out.

Jon Merrill
Devils' Merrill Misses Practice With Head Injury
Jon Merrill, D, NJ
9/21/2014
News: Jon Merrill missed the second day of Devils' training camp on Saturday due to a head injury he suffered after colliding with teammate Ruslan Fedotenko during Friday's practice, Rich Chere of NJ.com reports.
Analysis: Luckily for Jon Merrill, the Devils' first regular season game isn't until October 9th. While head injuries are never a good thing, the promising young defender should have ample time to get healthy before the regular season kicks off.

Mark Stuart
Jets' Stuart Dealing With Muscle Issue
Mark Stuart, D, WPG
2:59 PM
News: Mark Stuart is dealing with a minor muscle issue, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: Mark Stuart is apparently improving and is considered day-to-day at this point. The injury doesn't appear as though it will cost him any regular season time.

Ryan Murray
Jackets' Murray Has Lingering Knee Issue
Ryan Murray, D, CLB
9:12 AM
News: Ryan Murray was held out of the first day of training camp due to some soreness in his knee following an offseason scope, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: The Jackets aren't treating this as a major issue, but given Ryan Murray's history of lower body injuries so far in his brief NHL career this is worth keeping an eye on.

Corey Potter
Flames' Potter Still Recovering From Surgery
Corey Potter, D, BOS
8:22 AM
News: Corey Potter is still a couple weeks away from being cleared for contact following shoulder surgery, the Calgary Herald reports.
Analysis: Corey Potter is hoping to nab one of the final blue line spots available in Calgary, as the first five spots are pretty much locked down. Potter played sparingly with Edmonton and Boston last season, but the Flames like his game.

Tyler Wotherspoon
Flames' Wotherspoon Awaiting Contact Clearance
Tyler Wotherspoon, D, CGY
8:16 AM
News: After offseason shoulder surgery, Tyler Wotherspoon still has yet to receive medical clearance, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Tyler Wotherspoon is one of the contenders for the final few defenseman spots, so he's hoping to get cleared soon so he can show what he can do. He had a couple of points in limited action last season but has shown a lot of potential in both the AHL and NHL.

Torey Krug
Bruins' Krug Remains Away
Torey Krug, D, BOS
7:26 AM
News: Per the Boston Herald, there have been no visible developments with regard to the contract situations of Torey Krug and Reilly Smith.
Analysis: With training camp underway, the duo remain unsigned, and though we'd expect both Torey Krug and Smith to rejoin the Bruins' fold in time, such an outcome is not yet imminent. Meanwhile, Krug's absence paves the way for fellow smallish mobile David Warsofsky to see added opportunities in training camp.

Lubomir Visnovsky
Visnovsky Reports To Islanders Camp
Lubomir Visnovsky, D, NYI
5:59 AM
News: Lubomir Visnovsky has completely recovered from the concussion that ended his 2013-14 season and reported to camp, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Lubomir Visnovsky may not be the defenseman he once was, but he should still anchor the Islanders' top power-play unit and could be a viable fantasy option if health permits.

Greg Pateryn
Habs' Pateryn Competiting For Spot
Greg Pateryn, D, MON
5:43 AM
News: Greg Pateryn is competing with fellow prospects Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi for the final spot available on defense, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Greg Pateryn is the forgotten defensive prospect as both Beaulieu and Tinordi were first-round draft picks. They've also played more games in Montreal than Pateryn, including postseason action. Pateryn offers a mix of Beaulieu's offensive skills and Tinordi's physicality in his own end, and was the best of the three with a plus-5 with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League last season.

Brian Lee
Preds Invite Free Agent Lee To Camp
Brian Lee, D, NSH
9/19/2014
News: The Predators have invited Brian Lee to training camp on a tryout basis, according to the team's official website.
Analysis: The odds of Brian Lee cracking the Preds' roster are slim, since he missed the entire 2013-14 season due to a knee injury, and has never played a full 82-game season in his entire career. However, Lee does have 209 NHL games to his credit with Ottawa and Tampa Bay since the 2007-08 season, amassing 36 points (5g-31a) and 124 penalty minutes.

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