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According to beat reporter George Richards, the Florida Panthers won't be signing forward Martin Havlat.

The veteran attended Panthers' camp on a professional tryout. The decision not to sign Havlat isn't surprising. The 34-year-old wasn't productive with New Jersey last year and he hasn't been for quite some time. He will continue to have a hard time finding work in the NHL. His best bet may be to continue his career overseas.
Oct 6 - 10:28 PM

Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma believes that Brian Gionta is the right guy to lead his team.

"I can’t say this unequivocally because I haven’t had him as a captain," Bylsma said, "(but) in looking at him, in terms of the leadership, both in how you play and how you act and what you’re able to say, Brian is … one of the best choices for a captaincy." The 36-year-old might be a good leader, but his fantasy stock has declined significantly in the last few seasons. Gionta had 13 goals and 35 points in 69 games with Buffalo in 2014-15.
Oct 6 - 9:22 PM

Former NHLer Rob DiMaio has been promoted to Director of Player Personnel with the St. Louis Blues.

The 47-year-old had been serving as the team's Director of Scouting for the last three years. DiMaio scored 106 goals and 277 points in 894 career NHL games with the Islanders, Lightning, Flyers, Bruins, Rangers, Hurricanes and Stars.
Oct 6 - 9:17 PM

Cavan Fitzgerald signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old was invited to the team's rookie camp and impressed enough to earn himself an entry level contract. Fitzgerald scored four goals and 31 points in 40 games during his first season in the QMJHL (Halifax).
Oct 6 - 9:03 PM

Mikko Rantanen has made Colorado's roster as an 18-year-old.

He practiced Tuesday on Colorado's third line with Carl Soderberg and Borna Rendulic. That trio will probably remain intact for Thursday's regular season opener against Minnesota.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 6 - 6:46 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is making progress.

"Originally, it was zero to 10 games," GM Brian MacLellan said. "Now, it seems to be four or five games. There's still uncertainty there, but it looks like he's progressing well." Backstrom is slated to visit with his surgeon next week to get a better idea where he stands and the Capitals could have a clearer timetable after that. He practiced without contact on Tuesday.
Oct 6 - 6:40 PM

Zdeno Chara (upper body) was back at practice on Tuesday.

"I'm not looking at Thursday," Chara said referring to Boston's season opener. "It's day-to-day. I'm looking forward to [Wednesday] practice. My goal is to be better than I was today." Chara has been sidelined with an upper-body injury since Sept. 24 when he was hurt in a preseason game.
Oct 6 - 6:33 PM

Cody Eakin skated between Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin at Tuesday's practice.

That trio saw time together for parts of the 2014-15 campaign, so it wouldn't be surprising if they were reunited for the start of this season. "There's a couple things I am looking at, some of it is matchups for Thursday night (against Pittsburgh)," coach Lindy Ruff said. "Some of it is where players played and how they played at the end of last year. Some of it is distributing some of our grit amongst the lines." Another line that was featured Tuesday was newcomer Patrick Sharp alongside Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin.

Mason Raymond is still on the Flames' roster after clearing waivers.

Montreal claimed Paul Byron off waivers on Tuesday. Raymond had 12 goals and 23 points in 57 games last season.
Oct 6 - 5:42 PM

Mattias Janmark will start the regular season with Dallas.

Coach Lindy Ruff is still trying to work out where Janmark will play, but he may center the fourth line. "He's a natural centerman, so we may start him off in his position," said Ruff. "That's where he feels most comfortable. But we'll leave that for Thursday night." He skated between Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky/Colton Sceviour during Tuesday's practice.
Oct 6 - 5:32 PM

Jake Muzzin (upper body) said he feels almost 100 percent, but coach Darryl Sutter stated that the defenseman was doubtful for the season opener.

"It's an injury where it's not going to get worse, so something like that, I think we're good to go," said Muzzin after skating on Monday. "If you push it a little too hard, you may feel something for a little bit, but then it goes away, it's fine. I want to play. I don't want to not start the season sitting in the stands. I want to play." The Kings begin the regular season on Wednesday night versus San Jose.
Oct 6 - 4:34 PM

Matt Greene (upper body) skated on Monday, but he's considered doubtful to be ready for the regular season.

He could start the regular season on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.
Oct 6 - 4:31 PM

Dwight King (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He was hurt last Saturday in preseason action when he blocked a shot. Coach Darryl Sutter said that King would be sidelined for "an extended period of time," but there's no set timetable for his return.
Oct 6 - 4:21 PM

Michal Rozsival (ankle) has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

He suffered a fractured ankle in the postseason and has spent training camp recovering.
Oct 6 - 4:15 PM

Viktor Svedberg has been assigned to AHL Rockford.

He picked up three goals 11 assists in 49 minor-league matches with the IceHogs last year.
Oct 6 - 4:11 PM

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