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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

Alexander Khokhlachev was among four roster cuts by the Bruins on Wednesday.

He was assigned to AHL Providence along with Ryan Spooner, Justin Florek and Jeremy Smith. Khokhlachev led the Baby Bruins in scoring last season with 57 points in 65 contests.
Oct 2 - 10:11 AM

Jordan Staal is on the injured reserve list.

This is just an FYI as its not in the least bit surprising. Staal has a fractured right fibula and will be out for at least three months.
Oct 2 - 10:07 AM

Brandon Sutter might start the season as the Penguins' second-line center.

That's of course completely dependent on the availability of Evgeni Malkin, which is unclear. Sutter had 13 goals and 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If Malkin's undisclosed injury turns out to be a long-term problem, then that will help Sutter from an offensive production perspective. For now though, we can't recommend picking up Sutter in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 10:06 AM

Ryan Spooner has been sent down to the minors.

The Bruins like his offensive ability, but there have been questions about his defensive play. Still, the club is set at center and that's where they feel Spooner will be most effective, so there isn't a roster spot available for him at this time.
Oct 2 - 10:04 AM

Michael Frolik could open the year alongside Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little.

He played with them both during the 2013-14 campaign as well. Frolik notched 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games with the Jets last year, which will probably be around the same production fantasy owners can expect this season as well.
Oct 2 - 9:51 AM

Coach Paul Maurice is hopeful that Dustin Byfuglien (lower body) will be able to play in Saturday's preseason finale.

He hasn't been on the ice since Winnipeg's exhibition opener, which may limit his minutes on opening night of the regular season. Byfuglien has been dealing with a minor lower-body injury and the Jets haven't pushed him because they don't want the lingering ailment to worsen.
Oct 2 - 9:44 AM

Eric Tangradi (lower body) practiced Wednesday.

He hurt his leg after he crashed into the post in Monday's exhibition match versus Edmonton, but he's battling for a roster spot so he knows how important the next few days are.
Oct 2 - 9:40 AM

Erik Karlsson has been named the ninth captain of the Ottawa Senators.

Ottawa is hoping that Karlsson, 24, will serve in that role for many years to come. The Senators' long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson left the team in the summer of 2013 to sign with Detroit and then his replacement, Jason Spezza, demanded a trade less than a year later. Karlsson has emerged as one of the top offensive defensemen in the league and won the Norris Trophy in 2012.
Oct 2 - 9:38 AM

Bobby Ryan has signed a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension with the Ottawa Senators.

In other words, Ryan will come with a cap hit of $7.25 million. He had a disappointing 2013-14 campaign with 23 goals and just 48 points in 70 games, but he was also playing through a sports hernia. Ryan has four 30-plus goal seasons under his belt and we expect more to follow. With Jason Spezza gone, Ryan is now by far the best offensive weapon the Senators have, so we're not surprised that they were willing to agree to a massive contract to stop him from walking away as an unrestricted free agent.
Oct 2 - 9:34 AM

Daniel Carcillo has been removed from Pittsburgh's training camp roster.

Carcillo had been playing with the Penguins on a professional tryout contract. He might still join another team as a bottom-six forward, but at this point we wouldn't be surprised if he's forced to start the season in the AHL.
Oct 2 - 9:04 AM

Samuel Morin is one of the 26 remaining players on the Philadelphia Flyers' roster.

The Flyers might at least keep Morin on for a trial period to give him a taste of NHL action. He had 31 points and 121 penalty minutes in 54 QMJHL contests last season.
Oct 2 - 9:02 AM

Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) isn't likely to be placed on the long-term injured reserve list.

Stepan would have to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days if they put him on the list. It would certainly make things easier for the Rangers from a cap perspective, but it looks like they're hoping he'll return before he would have been eligible to be activated from the LTIR.
Oct 2 - 8:45 AM

Although Bryce Salvador is healthy, he's only played in one preseason game thus far.

Salvador dealt with a hip injury last season and that likely is related to the Devils' decision to give him a relatively light workload over the preseason. He plans to play in at least one more exhibition contest before the regular season starts.
Oct 2 - 8:41 AM

It looks like Leon Draisaitl will be part of Edmonton's opening game roster.

Nothing is guaranteed yet, but Draisaitl seems to have played himself onto the Oilers. That's exactly what they were hoping for as the Oilers entered the preseason with a second-line center vacancy. Assuming he makes the team, he'll be worth keeping a close eye on as he might have some fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Oct 2 - 8:34 AM



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