News: Martin Havlat
will not sign with the Panthers, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Martin Havlat
wasn't able to find a spot on one of the Panthers' top-three lines, and isn't really suited for fourth-line duties, which means the veteran winger will have to keep looking for a new home if he plans on suiting up for an NHL team early on in the 2015-16 campaign. Havlat did, however, recently purchase a home in Florida, which means the Panthers could offer him a contract at some point down the road if and when injuries strike. The 34-year-old tallied 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 40 games with the Devils last season.
News: Thomas Raffl
signed a one-year, one-way contract with the Jets Tuesday.
Analysis: Thomas Raffl
will have an opportunity to live out his lifelong dream of suiting up for an NHL team in 2015-16. The 29-year-old winger tallied 53 points (26 goals, 27 assists) in 52 games in the Austrian Hockey League last season. He will report to AHL Manitoba to begin the season, but will likely be one of the first players recalled by Winnipeg in the event of injury or poor performance.
News: Teuvo Teravainen
will start the season on the Blackhawks' top line, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
With Jonathan Toews and Artem Anisimov in the fold, Teuvo Teravainen
was originally expected to slot in as Chicago's third-line center. However, it now appears as though head coach Joel Quenneville, at least for the time being, has had second thoughts about sticking the 21-year-old Teravainen at center, as the Finland native is now expected to skate alongside Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa on the Hawks' first line. Teravainen showed flashes of excellence last season, tallying nine points (four goals, five assists) in 34 regular season games, and an additional 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 18 postseason contests with Chicago. Barring injury, Teravainen could very well be in for a breakout season if he is able to stick with Toews and Hossa on the Blackhawk's top line.
News: Adam Cracknell
has made the Canucks' final roster and will serve as the fourth-line center, The Province reports.
A 30-year-old veteran who's never really caught on as a full-timer in the NHL, Adam Cracknell
owns 17 points in 82 career games and shouldn't bring much from a fantasy standpoint while he's skating on Vancouver's fourth line.
News: Linden Vey
was placed on waivers Monday and cleared Tuesday, reports The Province. He will head to AHL Utica.
After a fairly quiet 2014-15 in qhich Linden Vey
managed only 24 points in 75 games, it seems likely Vey will pass through waivers. However, at just 24 years old and with two hugely productive AHL campaigns under his belt, Vey retains some long-term upside, so it's surprising to see him pass through waivers safely. He'll likely be the top call-up option for the Canucks when they need help in their forward ranks.
Back at practice Tuesday
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News: Erik Haula
(groin) practiced Tuesday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Erik Haula
originally tweaked his groin in practice last week. At 24 years old, he is an important depth player in a high-powered Wild offense.
News: Mason Raymond
cleared waivers and was back on the ice with Calgary on Tuesday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 reports.
Analysis: Mason Raymond
comes with a bit of a price tag for his skill set at this point of his career, so teams passed on him. He may actually stay in Calgary for now due to injuries, but being placed on waivers doesn't show a lot of confidence in how much ice time he'll receive.
Out at least one month with lower-body injury
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News: Pascal Dupuis
will be out for at least one month with a lower-body injury, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Just when Pascal Dupuis
is said to have put a blood clot issue behind him, this new but apparently unrelated malady crops up. When healthy, the 36-year-old Dupuis should find a place on the team's third line.
News: Justin Fontaine
(oblique) has been placed on injured reserve, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Analysis: Justin Fontaine
took a knee-to-knee hit in an exhibition game in late September, and it's also been reported that Fontaine has an oblique injury. The silver lining is that the forward was able to return to practice Tuesday, so hopefully the injury does not keep him out of game action for long.
Gets in workout Tuesday
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News: Eric Fehr
, who underwent elbow surgery in early June, participated in a workout Tuesday at the team's training facility, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
It's been reported that Eric Fehr
is aiming for a return to game ice in about a month. A former member of the Capitals, Fehr is looking ahead to his first campaign with the Penguins. He brings extensive experience as someone drafted by the Caps back in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.