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John Mitchell (migraines) skated again Wednesday and he's feeling better.

However, it's unlikely that he'll be available to play at the beginning of the regular season. Mitchell sustained a concussion at the end of the 2013-14 campaign and he was experiencing migraines prior to the start of training camp.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 2 - 12:52 PM

Jesse Winchester suffered a concussion in Tuesday's exhibition game at Calgary.

It will probably keep him on the sidelines when Colorado opens the regular season next week. His absence will give someone else a chance to play on the fourth line.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 2 - 12:47 PM

Coach Patrick Roy said Wednesday that Jamie McGinn should be available for the team's regular season opener on Oct. 9.

McGinn has had a back injury since the start of training camp, but he was on the ice for practice Wednesday. He's expected to skate on Colorado's third line to begin the year. McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 2 - 12:40 PM

J.T. Brown recorded a shorthanded goal in Tuesday's preseason game.

He was gifted the marker after Dallas goalie, and former Tampa Bay teammate, Anders Lindback mishandled the puck at the blueline. "We were wondering if he and 'Lindy' had worked it out beforehand," coach Jon Cooper joked. "You could tell there was a weight lifted off his shoulders when he came back. A lot of guys were giving it to him. It's only a matter of time." Brown recorded just four goals in 63 games last season and he didn't score any after Dec. 23.
Oct 2 - 12:29 PM

Minnesota has claimed Nate Prosser off waivers from St. Louis.

Prosser played 53 games with the Wild last year before signing a one-year, two-way contract with the Blues in the summer. Even if he manages to crack Minnesota's lineup, he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Oct 2 - 12:13 PM

Brenden Morrow (back) didn't practice on Wednesday.

He was limited during sessions on Monday and Tuesday because of a lower back issue and he's considered day-to-day.
Oct 2 - 12:00 PM

Ben Bishop did not have any issues with his surgically repaired right wrist after playing a full 60 minutes against Dallas on Tuesday.

"The wrist feels pretty good shooting the puck and everything, it really isn't an issue right now," he said. "It's more just getting the body back in full-game mode like that." Bishop made 21 stops in a 5-1 victory and he may go the distance again in Saturday's preseason finale.
Oct 2 - 11:57 AM

Aaron Ekblad had a rough preseason debut last Saturday and he'll be looking for improvement when he plays again on Thursday versus Tampa Bay.

In the Panthers' 4-1 loss to Nashville, Ekblad posted a minus-3 rating and two giveaways. He also suffered a minor injury, but coach Gerard Gallant has plenty of confidence in him. "We don't have to make a decision tomorrow or next week and as far as I know we can play him up to nine games [in the regular season] and then have to make a decision," said Florida's new bench boss. "We plan on him being on the team, but it's like any other position. We got to make sure he's ready. ... I like his chances." The 18-year-old defender has great potential, but it wouldn't hurt to play another season in junior if he isn't ready for full-time NHL duty.
Oct 2 - 11:29 AM

Tomas Kopecky practiced with newcomers Derek MacKenzie and Shawn Thornton on Florida's fourth line on Wednesday.

His season ended early in 2013-14 because of a concussion he sustained during the Winter Olympics, while playing for Slovakia. However, he posted only four goals and eight assists in 49 games. Kopecky doesn't feel like his roster spot is secure, so he's working hard at training camp to try to fend off some Panthers' youngsters.
Oct 2 - 11:19 AM

Mike Babcock spoke with GM Ken Holland about a contract extension on Tuesday, but a deal is unlikely to be reached before the start of the 2014-15 season.

"I think what we're going to do is -- we talked yesterday," said Holland. "I'm not sure when we are going to talk about it again, but we're not going to talk about it any more (in the media). Once the season starts, we don't need any more distractions. We've got enough distractions that will be created for a variety of reasons. He and I travel together. We can talk any time we want. It doesn't do anybody good to talk about it in the press." Babcock has one year left on his contract and the Red Wings obviously want him back.
Oct 2 - 11:05 AM

Tomas Jurco feels his game is rounding into form after he scored his first goal of the preseason on Monday.

"I'm finding my hands again," he said. "After I arrived, I was a little bit out of shape from traveling. I didn't have my visa, so for the last week I was just traveling around Slovakia getting my visa. So first few days, I was kind of out of it. Now I feel good again." He has displayed great chemistry alongside Riley Sheahan and Tomas Tatar, which could help his case of sticking with the Red Wings to start the 2014-15 campaign.
Oct 2 - 10:58 AM

Stephane Robidas will make his preseason debut on Friday.

He skated alongside Dion Phaneuf during Thursday's session, but he may be paired with Morgan Rielly or Jake Gardiner once the regular season begins. Robidas suffered two separate leg fractures last year, but he's ready to return to game action.
Oct 2 - 10:48 AM

Bobby Robins has made a good impression on coach Claude Julien during training camp.

"I think he's certainly making a case for himself," said Julien. "When you see what he brings and how hard he works and the energy that he gives our team, and everything else that we know about him, I'm certainly not ready to write him off yet." Boston still has Robins at training camp because he can replenish some toughness that was lost when the club decided not to bring back Shawn Thorton.
Oct 2 - 10:33 AM

Sam Reinhart got his first goal of the preseason on Wednesday night.

He played between Marcus Foligno and Chris Stewart in a 6-1 win over Washington. "There's no question about that. I've been waiting for that for quite some time," Reinhart said. "I created room for myself but it goes back to my linemates, Foligno moving it behind the net over to Stewie and out to me. That puck movement really opened things up and I really didn't have to move much." Reinhart isn't a lock to make Buffalo's opening night roster, but he could remain with the big club for a trial period.
Oct 2 - 10:26 AM

Dane Byers was just about the only player that Capitals coach Barry Trotz liked in Washington's 6-1 preseason loss to Buffalo Wednesday night.

Trotz felt there were players that played themselves off of the roster on Wednesday. Byers is still a long shot to make the team, but it can't hurt to make a strong impression with the team's new coach. He had 37 points and 211 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games last season.
Oct 2 - 10:17 AM



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