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Austin Czarnik scored a goal in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.

Czarnik found the back of the net in the second period with him team already trailing 4-0. The 23-year-old has raised some eyebrows since being signed by the Bruins as an undrafted free agent. He scored 20 goals and 61 points in 68 games in his first full year in the AHL last season. He'll be a long shot to make the club, but another strong AHL season could put him in line for a call up to the NHL at some point.
Sep 28 - 10:35 PM

Steve Ott scored a goal and two assists in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins.

Ott isn't known for his scoring ability, but he stood out as a veteran playing against some inexperienced guys on the other side. His first period goal gave the Wings a 2-0 lead in the game. He assisted on goals by Luke Glendening and Drew Miller. Ott will likely be on Detroit's roster once training camp breaks, but don't expect him to have any value in standard fantasy leagues. He's more of an bottom-six agitator.
Sep 28 - 10:32 PM

Samuel Girard has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville.

He racked up 74 points, including 64 assists, in 67 games with the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes last season. Girard was a second-round pick of the Predators in 2016.
Sep 28 - 6:44 PM

Rickard Rakell hasn't been able to skate or train, but he is progressing from the complications he sustained from an appendectomy.

He had surgery in mid-September to remove some scar tissue and could be back skating within a week. Rakell may not be ready for the start of the regular season, though. He also still has to work out a new contract with the Ducks and TSN's Bob McKenzie speculates that it could be a six-year deal at somewhere below $4 million AAV.
Sep 28 - 6:28 PM

Mikkel Aagaard has been assigned to the AHL by Calgary.

The Flames sent down eight players to Stockton, inclduing Aagaard. Mike Angelidis, Matt Bailey, Jamie Devane, Stepan Falkovsky, Keegan Kanzig, Mason McDonald, and Brett Pollock were also cut from the training camp roster on Wednesday.
Sep 28 - 6:20 PM

Riley Bruce has been assigned to North Bay of the OHL.

He recorded 11 points and 52 penalty minutes in 52 games with the Battalion last season. Dillon Dube (Kelowna) and Eetu Tuulola (Everett) were returned to their junior teams as well.
Sep 28 - 6:12 PM

Brent Burns and the Sharks aren't close to an extension yet, according to TSN and ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun.

Burns can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season and he will probably mull over his options before making a decision. The Sharks expressed their interest in keeping him in the fold early in the off-season and there have been some talks, but nothing is believed to be imminent.
Source: TSN.ca
Sep 28 - 6:09 PM

Winnipeg isn't making it easy to acquire Jacob Trouba.

TSN's Bob McKenzie said most teams won't give the Jets what they want in return for Trouba because they specifically want a left-handed defender of similar age and potential. However, that could change and most teams are hoping that it will. Boston, Arizona, Colorado and the Rangers are very interested in Trouba, but they aren't the right fit right now for what the Jets want in return. McKenzie believes the wait could be long for a trade as a result.
Source: TSN.ca
Sep 28 - 6:00 PM

Jason Spezza got a bit slimmer in the off-season.

"I'm just trying to get better, trying to adapt with the times," Spezza said. "The game is going in a certain direction and you don't want to get left behind. I think I have a lot of good, productive years ahead of me, so I want to make changes." He is motivated for success this season and in the playoffs, so another 60-point campaign should be in the cards for the 33-year-old center.
Sep 28 - 5:45 PM

Arizona has released Lane Pederson.

He is expected to return to Swift Current of the WHL. The undrafted 19-year-old split the 2015-16 campaign between Red Deer and Swift Current, while producing 55 points in 72 games.
Sep 28 - 5:06 PM

Cam Dineen has been assigned to the North Bay Battalion of the OHL.

The third-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Draft had 13 goals and 59 points in 68 games with the Battalion last season. Fellow defenseman Kyle Capobianco was also sent back to his junior team, the Sudbury Wolves.
Sep 28 - 5:02 PM

Zach Werenski will play in Thursday's preseason match.

He missed the beginning of training camp with a groin injury. There's a very good chance that he starts the regular season in the NHL with the Blue Jackets.
Sep 28 - 4:44 PM

Dillon Heatherington has a fractured wrist.

He is expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks. The defenseman was hurt during practice on Tuesday. Heatherington posted 19 points and 50 penalty minutes in 63 games with Columbus' AHL affiliate last season. He will likely to return to minors when he is healthy.
Sep 28 - 4:38 PM

Jimmy Vesey will make his preseason debut on Wednesday night.

He will play alongside Kevin Hayes and Rick Nash in his first NHL appearance. Vesey played well at the prospects tournament for the Rangers in his first test and he'll look to do the same in prime spot during the exhibition schedule.
Sep 28 - 4:28 PM

Radek Faksa appears to be in the lineup for Wednesday's preseason game after recovering from a concussion.

Faksa missed the Czech Republic's final two games of the World Cup of Hockey due to concussion-like symptoms. However, he skated between Remi Elie and Matej Stransky during the morning skate.
Sep 28 - 4:18 PM


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