News: Mikko Rantanen
officially made the Avs' Opening Night roster, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Mikko Rantanen
was selected as the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, and was considered to be the top overall European skater in the draft. The Finnish rookie is slated to skate on the third line with fellow Europeans, Carl Soderberg and Borna Rendulic. Rantanen will have a virtual nine game tryout before the team will need to decide whether he stays for the remainder of the season or be sent down to San Antonio of the AHL. If he plays in a 10th game, the clock on his entry level contract will start ticking, most likely ensuring his stay with the parent club for the rest of the season.
News: Olli Maatta
has been assigned to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Pens made the move in order to get forward Oskar Sundqvist up with the parent club. Just 21 years old, Olli Maatta
has already experienced multiple shoulder injuries and dealt with a cancerous tumor in his thyroid last year. Hopefully the Finn can finally stay healthy as he comes with plenty of upside as a big-bodied blueliner who works well on both ends of the ice.
Claimed off waivers by Islanders Tuesday
, G, NYI
News: J.F. Berube
was claimed off waivers by the Islanders Tuesday, TSN's Frank Seravalli reports.
With Jaroslav Halak's status for the Islanders' regular-season opener against the Blackhawks on Friday still up in the air, J.F. Berube
will serve as an insurance policy in case he isn't able to suit up for the tilt. Berube was phenomenal with AHL Manchester last season, posting a 37-9-4 record with a 2.18 GAA and a .913 save percentage en route to a Calder Cup finals win.
Claimed off waivers by Canadiens
, C, MON
News: Paul Byron
was claimed off waivers by the Canadiens Tuesday, TSN's Frank Seravalli reports.
It isn't a huge shock that Paul Byron
was snatched off waivers, as the 26-year-old forward has plenty of NHL experience. He tallied 19 points (six goals, 13 assists) in 57 games with the Flames last season, and will fill the roster spot left vacant by the recently suspended Zack Kassian in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Maple Leafs.
News: Jesse Winchester
(concussion) has been placed on injured reserve, Marc Moser of AltitudeTV reports.
Analysis: Jesse Winchester
continues to deal with concussion symptoms following a head injury that he sustained in a preseason game last year against Calgary that ultimately wiped out his entire 2014-15 regular-season campaign. He is out indefinitely.
Claimed by Maple Leafs off waivers
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News: Frank Corrado
was claimed by the Maple Leafs off waivers Tuesday, TSN's Frank Seravalli reports.
It's a bit of a surprise, as Frank Corrado
is only 22-years-old, and still developing as an NHL defenseman. The Canucks, however, felt as though they had seven better options at defense, which rendered Corrado the odd man out in their defensive corps. Vancouver reportedly reached out to a number of teams in an attempt to move Corrado in a trade, but couldn't find any takers. Corrado should get an opportunity to suit up with the Maple Leafs as a sixth or seventh defenseman in 2015-16.
News: Oskar Sundqvist
has been recalled by the Penguins, from AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Penguins assigned defender Olli Maatta to the minors to make room for Oskar Sundqvist
, a 21-year-old center with a scoring touch who has a chance to slot in on the fourth line to open the season.
Inks one-year deal with Avalanche
, RW, COL
News: Jack Skille
signed a one-year contract with Colorado Tuesday.
The former first-round pick tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in five exhibitions with Colorado this preseason, and apparently showed enough in camp to secure an Opening Night roster spot with the team. Jack Skille
has tallied 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists) in 239 career NHL games, and will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Avalanche in 2015-16.
News: Tyler Graovac
has officially made the Wild's opening night roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Tyler Graovac
finished last season as one of AHL Iowa's top scorers, accruing 21 goals and 46 points over 73 games. He'll likely center the Wild's third line with Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle.
News: Jordan Schroeder
was placed on waivers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
If Jordan Schroeder
isn't claimed off waivers, he'll likely spend much of the season at AHL Iowa barring injuries in Minnesota. Still, he showed a spark at times last year and almost made the final NHL roster, so he could work his way back into the NHL mix.