Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins are in the process of finalizing an eight-year contract extension that will pay him roughly $52 million, sources with knowledge of the talks told CSN New England's Joe Haggerty.
Jacob Markstrom will miss at least three weeks due to a lower-body injury.
Anton Slepyshev is projected to open the season on a line with Taylor Hall and Connor McDavid.
Cody Eakin will start the campaign on the Stars' top line.
Ales Hemsky is projected to play on the fourth line in Dallas' season opener.
Jonas Hiller will start in Calgary's game against Vancouver on Saturday.
Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on both Friday and Saturday.
Brian Gionta (lower body) will not participate in Thursday's opener.
Raffi Torres has confirmed that he won't appeal his suspension.
Antti Niemi will play between the pipes on Thursday.
Zdeno Chara (upper body) will not participate in Thursday's season opener.
Clarke MacArthur (upper body) is regarded as a game-time decision on Thursday.