Dillon Heatherington
Blue Jackets' Dillon Heatherington: Suffers broken wrist
Dillon Heatherington, D, CLB
3:48 PM
News: Heatherington broke his wrist during training camp practice and will be out at least six weeks.

Heatherington securing a spot on the Blue Jackets' Opening Night roster have all but been eliminated and he will likely return to AHL Cleveland once healthy. The blueliner has yet to make his NHL debut, however given his production from the point in the minors last season, three goals and 16 assists, he will likely be on coach John Tortorella's short list should Columbus need a stand in during the 2016-17 campaign.

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Samuel Girard
Predators' Samuel Girard: Inks entry-level deal with Predators
Samuel Girard, D, NSH
3:24 PM
News: Girard signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Predators on Wednesday.

Nashville selected Girard with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old defender is an offensive specialist, as evidenced by his highly impressive 74 points (10 goals, 64 assists) over 67 games with the Shawinigan Cataractes of the QMJHL last season. The 5-foot-10 161 pound blueliner still needs to mature physically, but may be ready to contribute at the next level after spending the majority of the next two seasons continuing to develop in the AHL.

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Kyle Quincey
Devils' Kyle Quincey: Inks one-year deal
Kyle Quincey, D, DET
12:22 PM
News: Quincey signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Quincey spent part of the past five season with the Red Wings, but saw his 2015-16 campaign waylaid by injuries. The 31-year-old is the second veteran added by the Devils over the summer, which should raise some red flags for fantasy owners considering youngsters Steve Santini or Colton White for their lineups. Even if Quincey can stay healthy, the defenseman is unlikely to add much in terms of point production, but could fill some ancillary stat columns.

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Derrick Pouliot
Penguins' Derrick Pouliot: Unimpressive in first game
Derrick Pouliot, D, PIT
11:44 AM
News: Despite playing against AHL regulars Tuesday, Pouliot did little to stand out. "I thought Derrick was ... OK," coach Mike Sullivan said to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'd like to see him be more assertive on the ice with his decision making. Just see him be a little bit quicker, a little more decisive. I think that will come in time. There's obviously a lot of rust involved for the player."

Pouliot is in the best shape of his life, training with Gary Roberts over the summer. He's expected to battle for a spot on the blue line but will have to show improvement over last season.

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Gustav Olofsson
Wild's Gustav Olofsson: Could start skating
Gustav Olofsson, D, MIN
11:34 AM
News: Olofsson (knee) is expected to begin skating in the next few days, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Olofsson sustained a knee injury during a prospect tournament in early September. It was thought he'd be ready for the start of training camp, so he's slightly behind schedule.

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Greg Pateryn
Canadiens' Greg Pateryn: Three assists Tuesday
Greg Pateryn, D, MON
7:06 AM
News: Pateryn collected three assists while playing a game-high 26:01 in Montreal's preseason win over Washington on Tuesday.

Pateryn got extensive ice time on the Habs' top defensive pairing Tuesday, but will not be there once Andrei Markov and Shea Weber return from the World Cup of Hockey. Still, it was an encouraging performance for Pateryn, who finished up last season as a regular top-four defenseman. Offense isn't typically his calling card but he showed some improvement in that area at the AHL level. The Canadiens will be pleased if the Michigan-native can lock down the blue line with physical play (100 hits in 38 games last season) and sacrificing his body (52 blocked shots).

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Nathan Beaulieu
Canadiens' Nathan Beaulieu: Surprises with four points after trade rumors
Nathan Beaulieu, D, MON
9/27/2016
News: Beaulieu notched a power-play goal and three assists (one on the man advantage) during Tuesday's 5-2 preseason victory over the Capitals.

Beaulieu's performance comes at an interesting time, as the defenseman was recently placed on the trade block by the Canadiens. Showcasing his offensive prowess, the 23-year-old is an intriguing name to keep an eye on, especially if he changes jerseys. The blueliner put up two goals and 17 helpers last season and could reach that with ease in the right situation (averaged 17:27 of ice time in 2015-16). It's also evident that Beaulieu is over his thumb injury, seeing over 25 minutes of ice time during Tuesday's matchup.

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Morgan Rielly
Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly: Arrives at training camp on Wednesday
Morgan Rielly, D, TOR
9/27/2016
News: Rielly will skate at Leafs' camp Wednesday for the first time his preseason, reports the Toronto Star. He played for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey.

He impressed at the WCH, delivering a goal and an assist in three games for Team North America. Rielly's ascent to the top of the blue line heap in Toronto will continue in 2016-17 and he should be the first Toronto blueliner off the board on draft day.

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Mike Reilly
Wild's Mike Reilly: Logs assist in preseason debut
Mike Reilly, D, MIN
9/27/2016
News: Reilly had an assist in the Wild's first preseason game Monday. He's in a battle with Christian Folin and Nate Prosser for the final two spots on the blue line, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Reilly could lose out because he's the only one of the three who won't need waivers if sent to AHL Iowa. Reilly could have the most upside of the the trio due to his skills on offense, however.

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Duncan Keith
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Minutes to be monitored once healthy
Duncan Keith, D, CHI
9/27/2016
News: Keith will have his minutes managed carefully once he returns from his knee injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Keith was the 12th-most utilized defenseman last season, averaging 30.1 shifts and 25:16 of ice time per contest, but the Blackhawks have wisely decided to hold him out of the first four preseason games and put his playing time under a microscope in effort to avoid wear and tear on his knee before the regular season even begins. Keith was quite efficient last season, finding twine nine times to go along with 34 helpers in just 67 games.

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