News: Jesse Winchester
sustained a concussion in Tuesday's preseason tilt against the Kings, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Coach Patrick Roy suggested Jesse Winchester
could be out a while, as he'll be subjected to the league's concussion protocol before returning with the ice. With the regular season just over a week away, there's a good chance Winchester could land on injured reserve if he fails to make much progress.
News: Jonathan Ericsson
(hip flexor) isn't certain if he'll play in the Red Wings' remaining two preseason games, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Though Jonathan Ericsson
returned to practice Wednesday, he may not be operating at full speed when the Red Wings conclude their exhibition schedule Saturday. He does, however, feel that he will be 100 percent healthy for the Oct. 9 opener against the Bruins, especially after he gets in a few more hard skates. The blueliner is also returning from a broken finger that prevented him from playing in the final 14 regular-season contests and the playoffs, but that particular injury isn't expected to hinder him any further.
Avs' Mitchell May Miss Season Opener
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News: John Mitchell
(migraines) skated at practice on Wednesday and is feeling better, but according to head coach Patrick Roy, the forward is unlikely to play in Colorado's season opener, and could miss time beyond that, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports.
Coming off a season in which he set career marks in assists and points, John Mitchell
was expected to center the third line for the Avs entering the regular season. His continued issues with migraines will chance that plan, leaving Daniel Briere as the most likely candidate to step in as the No. 3 center. When healthy, Mitchell is generally used valued for his work on the penalty kill, which doesn't lend itself to much high-level fantasy utility. That being said, his serviceable 32 points and plus-13 rating over 75 games a season ago shows he can carry some value in deeper formats.
Avs' McGinn Set To Return By Opening Night
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News: Jamie McGinn
returned to practice on Wednesday and should be ready for Colorado's season opener next week, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Jamie McGinn
established career-highs in goals, assists, and points last season while only missing three games. When he returns to full health, he'll likely slot in on the third line, but coach Patrick Roy could drop him down if he feels the team needs more scoring talent in the bottom six. With Alex Tanguay back from injury this season, along with the Avs adding Jarome Iginla to replace the departed Paul Stastny, McGinn may have difficulty surpassing last season's point production.
News: Brenden Morrow
was held out of Wednesday's practice with an undisclosed injury, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Coach Jon Cooper said that there was nothing new to report on Brenden Morrow
's condition, other than that the forward is day-to-day with the injury. Signed to a one-year deal by the Bolts in the offseason, Morrow is clearly in the decline phase of his career, but should offer some depth scoring and leadership in the locker room. He's looking at a bottom-six role and could even be an occasional healthy scratch.
News: Mason Raymond
(lower body) was able to get in a skate Wednesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
The Flames anticipate that Mason Raymond
will be ready for the beginning of the regular season, despite his recent limitations. He's expected to see most of his duty this season on either the Flames' second or third line.
Flames' Potter (Shoulder) Back On Ice Wednesday
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News: Corey Potter
(shoulder) skated Wednesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Corey Potter
is still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, and it's uncertain if he'll be able to return to action before the end of the preseason. The strong camp performance of Raphael Diaz may result in Potter heading to the minors to begin his 2014-15 campaign.
News: Justin Fontaine
(groin) is expected to miss "a few weeks," Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
At the very least, Justin Fontaine
will be out for Opening Night, and the Wild may have to consider placing him on injured reserve if his absence ends up spanning multiple games. Fontaine provided a surprising amount of offense (21 points in 66 games) despite being relegated to a fourth-line role last season. His absence could gave the way for three of Jason Zucker, Stephane Veilleux, Cody Almond and Brett Sutter to crack the Wild's 23-man roster.
Avs' Iginla Nursing Slight Ankle Injury
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News: Jarome Iginla
is nursing a slight ankle injury and won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Kings, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
The Avs are likely just holding Jarome Iginla
out as a precaution, so as not to worsen the ankle injury any further in advance of the regular season. The newly-signed forward is expected to serve as the Avs' second-line right wing, where he'll play next to Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly.
Jackets' Jenner Out Five Weeks After Surgery
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News: Boone Jenner
had surgery on his broken hand Tuesday and is expected to miss approximately five weeks, the Blue Jackets' official site reports.
Analysis: Boone Jenner
is coming off a successful rookie season in which he notched 16 goals and 29 points, setting him up to become a top-six forward with Columbus in 2014-15. In light of this news, the Blue Jackets' first two lines look highly unsettled, as Jenner's absence, Nathan Horton's back problems, and Ryan Johansen's contract dispute have created three vacancies. Jenner should be a valuable contributor when he returns to action, but he'll likely plummet down cheat sheets with the knowledge that he'll be out until November.