News: Greg Zanon
was waived by the Panthers on Sunday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
The 34-year-old blueliner never had much of a chance at cracking the Panthers' Opening Night roster. Alex Petrovic, Colby Robak and MacKenzie Weegar remain in a battle for the team's seventh defenseman job.
News: Joshua Morrissey
remains in contention for an Opening Night roster spot with the Jets, Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal reports.
The 2013 first-rounder paired up with Jacob Trouba in Monday's exhibition against the Oilers, providing Jets fans with a glimpse of their future top pairing. Joshua Morrissey
didn't do much in his 17:49 of ice time Monday (minus-2, one hit, one block) and is generally expected to head back to his junior team at the end of camp, but he's probably not far away from making an impact in the NHL.
Pens' Maatta Won't Play Wednesday
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News: Olli Maatta
(shoulder) has been ruled out for Wednesday's tilt against Detroit, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Olli Maatta
is practicing with the team but has yet to played in the preseason. The 19-year-old blueliner continues to recover from spring shoulder surgery and his status for the start of the regular season remains unclear.
News: Trevor Daley
(hip) returned to preseason action Monday against the Panthers, collecting an assist in 25:18 of ice time.
Analysis: Trevor Daley
is back in the lineup again for Tuesday's exhibition as well, suggesting the hip injury is providing no complications for him. Look for him to serve on the Stars' top pairing this season, offering a more defensive-minded counterpart to the puck-moving Alex Goligoski.
News: Julius Honka
was reassigned to AHL Texas on Tuesday, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
As an 18-year-old, Julius Honka
would normally have to report back to the junior level after failing to make the NHL roster, but because he was on loan with his junior club last season, he's not allowed to play at that level again. Instead, the Stars will keep him in North America rather than having him return overseas to his native Finland, allowing the team to keep closer tabs of their first-round draft choice. With 16 goals and 40 assists over 56 games in the WHL in 2013-14, Honka offers loads of offensive upside and may be a defensive cornerstone in Big D before long.
News: John Klingberg
(hip) was assigned to AHL Texas on Tuesday, NHL.com's Mark Stepneski reports.
Analysis: John Klingberg
was limited for most of training camp with a hip injury, taking him out of the running to help fill the defense void left by Brenden Dillon, who remains away from the deal due to a contract dispute. It shouldn't be long before the former fifth-round draft pick returns to full health and plays regularly for AHL Texas, the reigning Calder Cup champs.
News: Jordie Benn
will be held out of Tuesday's exhibition game after getting hit with a puck Monday night, NHL.com reports.
The Stars are more than likely exercising precaution with the elder Jordie Benn
, who missed the final part of the third period Monday. He'll assume a top-four role with the Stars this season, but isn't an especially enticing fantasy option.
News: Brendan Smith
(hip) returned to action Monday against the Maple Leafs, logging 25:57 of ice time.
Almost 10 minutes of Brendan Smith
's time came on the penalty kill, a unit coach Mike Babcock expects him to be a fixture on this season. While not a premier blueline scorer, Smith did manage to pot five goals to along with 14 assists in 71 games, proving he does have some puck-moving ability. As he prepares for his third NHL season, it wouldn't be inconceivable for Smith to take a decent-sized jump in scoring this season, though he's unlikely to usurp Niklas Kronwall as the team's top point-getter on defense.
Oilers' Petry Recovering From Shoulder Issue
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News: Jeff Petry
hasn't participated in any exhibition contests after suffering a shoulder injury on the first day of training camp, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
The injury occurred when Jeff Petry
collided with teammate Anton Lander in a scrimmage, with his left shoulder taking the brunt of the damage. After taking last week off, Petry has been on the ice with his team for the past two days, with a return to preseason action likely to come later this week. The 26-year-old, who is on a one-year deal with the Oilers, is expected to assume a top-four role on defense. He has some sandpaper in his game (181 hits, 132 blocks in 80 contests in 2013-14), but a minus-22 rating might have limited his overall fantasy impact.
Caps' Schmidt Recovering From Head Injury
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News: Nate Schmidt
(head) is hoping to return to practice Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Nate Schmidt
passed all concussion tests after he was laid out by the Habs' Jarred Tinordi in Sunday's preseason contest, and it appears the Capitals are simply proceeding carefully with the blueliner. Even if he's able to take full contact Wednesday, Schmidt is far from a safe bet to secure an Opening Night roster spot.