Nick Magyar heads to OHL Kichener
Nick Magyar | COL
(September 21, 2014 4:11 PM EDT)
Nick Magyar has been sent to OHL Kichener.
Magyar got a brief taste of life in the NHL during training camp. He had 20 goals and 46 points in 66 OHL games last season.
Denver Post
Wilhelm Westlund returns to Europe
Wilhelm Westlund | COL
(September 21, 2014 4:10 PM EDT)
Wilhelm Westlund was returned to Vita Hasten HC.
Westlund had been participating in the Colorado Avalanche's training camp, but he was never expected to make the team. He was taken with the 183rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Denver Post
Skinner gets two assists in preseason opener
Jeff Skinner | CAR
(September 21, 2014 4:07 PM EDT)
Jeff Skinner had a pair of assists in Carolina's 4-3 preseason loss to Columbus.
Naturally, we wouldn't read too much into that as Columbus had 21-year-old prospect Anton Forsberg playing between the pipes. Skinner should flirt with the 30-goal and 60-point marks this season, provided he doesn't suffer a major injury.
Cam Atkinson nets 2 goals in preseason opener
Cam Atkinson | CLM
(September 21, 2014 4:04 PM EDT)
Cam Atkinson scored two goals in Columbus' 4-3 victory over Carolina in the 2014 preseason opener on Sunday.
Atkinson is looking to build off of breakout 2013-14 campaign where he scored 21 goals and 40 points in 79 games. He's worth keeping an eye on as he might end up getting plenty of ice time while Nathan Horton recovers from a back injury, but we still can't recommend drafting Atkinson in standard leagues.
Jonathon Merrill is being kept off the ice
Jonathon Merrill | NJ
(September 21, 2014 4:00 PM EDT)
Jonathon Merrill (head) didn't skate on Sunday.
Merrill has been kept out of practices since he accidentally smashed heads with Ruslan Fedotenko on Friday. He appeared to be woozy immediately following the incident, but the Devils continue to insist that he's fine. "I think we're probably erring on the side of caution right now, just being safe with him," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "We have some time on our hands here right now. We're not in a rush. But I'm not concerned about it."
The Bergen Record
Bobby Ryan got his 'bell rung,' is day-to-day
Bobby Ryan | OTT
(September 21, 2014 3:58 PM EDT)
Bobby Ryan had his "bell rung" during Sunday's scrimmage.
Ryan isn't experiencing concussion symptoms, but won't play in Monday's preseason game as a precaution. As we mentioned before, the stakes are low right now so it's completely feasible that the Senators are simply deciding to err heavily on the side of caution. After all, they have nothing to lose by keeping Ryan out of the preseason contest. That being said, head injuries are tricky and sometimes a player's outlook will be optimistic initially, but turn sour quickly. Hopefully that won't be the case here.
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Thomas Vanek, M. Koivu shine on line together
Thomas Vanek | MIN
(September 21, 2014 3:20 PM EDT)
Thomas Vanek has been playing alongside Mikko Koivu.
Wild coach Mike Yeo has liked what he's seen from the pairing so far. "It's been exciting," Yeo added. "I've been really pleased with Thomas so far. I have a whole new appreciation for his skill level and how smart he is. I mean, he's thinking usually two or three plays ahead. So that's been fun, and he's been working." Vanek signed a three-year, $19.5 million contract with Minnesota over the summer.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Coach Horachek likes Nylander, Kessel combo
William Nylander | TOR
(September 21, 2014 2:47 PM EDT)
William Nylander has looked good on a line with Phil Kessel.
Maple Leafs assistant coach Peter Horachek thinks they "could be an exciting duo." If Nylander actually plays with Kessel in the regular season, then he'll be worth picking up in standard leagues, but that's far from guaranteed. For now, it's best to just keep an eye on this situation.
Matt Brown on Twitter
Bobby Ryan sustains injury in scrimmage
Bobby Ryan | OTT
(September 21, 2014 2:24 PM EDT)
Bobby Ryan has suffered an undisclosed injury during Ottawa's scrimmage on Sunday.
Ryan exited the game in the second period and will be held out of the remainder of the contest as a precaution. This scrimmage means very little to Ottawa and even less to Ryan, whose position on the team isn't in question. With that in mind, it wouldn't be shocking to discover they decided to shut him down over the mildest of injuries. Unfortunately, we don't know that for a fact as Ottawa didn't specify the nature of Ryan's problem and sometimes the word precautionary gets thrown around for injuries that turn out to be significant. With that in mind, it's worth keeping an eye on this situation, even if it's too early to worry.
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Karri Ramo (lower body) won't play Sunday
Karri Ramo | CAL
(September 21, 2014 2:19 PM EDT)
Karri Ramo won't play in either of Calgary's preseason games Sunday night due to a lower-body injury.
The silver lining is that Ramo was healthy enough to participate in a practice with the Flames. He's projected to start the season as Calgary's backup goaltender, but he's capable of challenging Jonas Hiller for the starting job.
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