Lee Stempniak
Hurricanes' Lee Stempniak: MRI ordered to address back, hip soreness
Lee Stempniak, RW, CAR
11:49 AM
News: Stempniak underwent an MRI on Thursday after experiencing soreness in his back and hip, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

He's day-to-day for now, but that could change in a hurry depending on the actual MRI results which are currently pending. The journeyman was terrific with the Hurricanes last year, as he dialed in 16 goals, 24 assists and six power-play points over a full season -- doing so despite averaging a mere 15:51 of ice time. From a fantasy perspective, try not to react too much to this news until more is known.

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Kyle Baun
Blackhawks' Kyle Baun: Waived by Chicago
Kyle Baun, RW, CHI
11:47 AM
News: The Blackhawks waived Baun on Friday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

The 25-year-old winger was never expected to win a spot on the Blackhawks' Opening Night roster, so this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. If Baun goes unclaimed, he'll report to AHL Rockford, where he'll likely spend the entirety of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Zach Redmond
Canadiens' Zach Redmond: Placed on waivers
Zach Redmond, D, MON
11:45 AM
News: Redmond was waived by the Canadiens on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

This has been a recurring theme for Redmond given the number of defensive players ahead of him on the depth chart. If he clears waivers, the blueliner will be assigned to AHL Laval but should be on the shortlist for call-ups throughout the season.

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Anton Stralman
Lightning's Anton Stralman: Cleared for contact
Anton Stralman, D, TB
11:39 AM
News: Stralman (undisclosed) apparently has been cleared for contact, but he skated with the group of players that won't play in Friday's exhibition match against the visiting Predators, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

It's a clear sign of progress for Stralman, as he's swapped his no-contact jersey for a regular one emblazoned with a bolt. The 31-year-old blueliner's production has declined for two straight seasons -- down to 17 points (five goals, 17 assists) last year, so suffice it to say he can't afford to have injuries besetting him for a sustained period of time.

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Brandon Dubinsky
Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky: Sheds no-contact jersey
Brandon Dubinsky, C, CLB
11:29 AM
News: Dubinsky (wrist) participated in contact drills Friday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Cleveland reports.

According to the report, this was the first time Dubinsky's taken contact drills in preparation for the 2017-18 season. He went under the knife at the end of May to repair the wrist, and while an updated timetable for his return is still pending, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella noted that he's "very pleased" by how the top-six pivot looked in the contact training session. At this rate, it wouldn't be surprising to see him be ready for Opening Night.

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Alexander Nylander
Sabres' Alexander Nylander: Injury still holding him out
Alexander Nylander, LW, BUF
11:04 AM
News: Nylander (lower body) hasn't hit the ice yet this preseason and remained in street clothes Friday, The Buffalo News reports.

We can only imagine how hard it would be for a bubble prospect to watch the action unfold in front of him without being able to participate. If there's a silver lining it's that the Sabres have four more games on schedule before the regular-season opener against the Canadiens on Oct. 5.

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Marco Scandella
Sabres' Marco Scandella: Hits ice for practice
Marco Scandella, D, BUF
10:56 AM
News: Scandella (hip) returned to practice Friday, The Buffalo News reports.

The Swords are easing their newcomer defenseman into hockey action following his surgical hip procedure performed over the summer. While he may be a new face to the Sabres, Scandella finds himself entering the eighth year of his NHL career. Eighty-nine points in 373 contests with the Wild doesn't inspire confidence in fantasy owners, but he's a decent shot-blocker who can handle minutes in the low 20s.

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P.A. Parenteau
Red Wings' P.A. Parenteau: Resumes practicing
P.A. Parenteau, RW, DET
10:45 AM
News: Parenteau (back) returned to practice ice Friday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The journeyman missed Thursday's game against the Blackhawks as a result of the malady, but the man on the PTO seems to have a chance of drawing into Saturday's home clash with the Bruins since he's returned to the ice with the rest of the team.

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Justin Abdelkader
Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader: Remains off ice
Justin Abdelkader, LW, DET
10:27 AM
News: Abdelkader (lower body) still wasn't skating as of Friday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

The gritty utility winger's next chance to suit up for a preseason game will come Saturday evening versus the visiting Bruins, but one would think he'd need to get in a practice or two before seeing live action. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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Filip Chytil
Rangers' Filip Chytil: Impressing early
Filip Chytil, C, NYR
10:18 AM
News: Chytil, who scored the game-winning goal on an overtime power play in Wednesday's exhibition against the Devils, has been impressing his coaches and teammates, the New York Daily News reports.

He did so while playing center between established scoring wingers Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider, but this year's No. 21 overall draft pick still faces an uphill battle to break camp with the Rangers unless he goes on a rampage for the remainder of the preseason. Just recently turned 18 years old, Chytil has nearly zero experience in North American hockey, and the Blueshirts are already deep down the middle -- unless they elect to move Kevin Hayes or J.T. Miller to the wing.

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