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Date Player News
9/30/2014 Dan Ellis, G The Florida Panthers have assigned reserve goaltender Ellis to the team's AHL affiliate in San Antonio. The move means that, as expected, Al Montoya is set to begin the season as the backup to Florida starter Roberto Luongo.

Analysis: Ellis has appeared in 204 NHL games with six different franchises, including Florida. He has a career 2.81 goals-against average, saving 90.5 percent of the shots he's faced.
9/30/2014 Taylor Beck, LW The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free agent forward Taylor Beck to a one-year, $550,000 deal.

Analysis: The Predators announced the deal Tuesday. Beck, 23, has played 23 career NHL games over the past two seasons with Nashville, and he has seven points. The 6-foot-2, 206-pound right wing was Nashville's fourth choice at No. 70 overall in the third round of the 2009 draft.
9/30/2014 Matt Ellis, LW Ellis is among seven players the Buffalo Sabres have assigned to their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester.

Analysis: Ellis has eight seasons of NHL experience, including the past six in Buffalo. He had four goals and two assists in 50 games with Buffalo last season, and also played 25 games in Rochester.
9/29/2014 Cody Eakin, C The Dallas Stars have signed young forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract after he recorded career highs in most categories last season.

Analysis: Eakin led the Stars in faceoff wins and total faceoffs taken. He was acquired in the trade that sent Mike Ribeiro to Washington two years ago. The 22-year-old Eakin tied for fourth on the team with 16 goals and 35 points in 81 games to help Dallas end a five-year playoff drought.
9/29/2014 Reilly Smith, RW Boston re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts, both worth an annual salary-cap charge of $1.4 million.

Analysis: Both players were restricted free agents, but because of their service time at the NHL level lacked the rights to negotiate with other teams or take the Bruins to arbitration. They are both scheduled to be restricted free agents again next summer, when they will have arbitration rights.
9/29/2014 Torey Krug, D Boston re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year contracts, both worth an annual salary-cap charge of $1.4 million.

Analysis: Both players were restricted free agents, but because of their service time at the NHL level lacked the rights to negotiate with other teams or take the Bruins to arbitration. They are both scheduled to be restricted free agents again next summer, when they will have arbitration rights.
9/27/2014 Jaden Schwartz, LW Restricted free-agent left wing Jaden Schwartz signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Schwartz had 25 goals and 31 assists in 80 games last season. In 132 career regular-season games in parts of three seasons, he has 34 goals and 38 assists.
9/27/2014 Sergei Bobrovsky, G Bobrovsky finished with 29 saves Saturday in preseason action.

Analysis: Bobrovsky and the Jackets are gearing up for the regular season.
9/26/2014 Ryan Ellis, D The Predators have agreed to terms on a new deal with Ellis.

Analysis: Ellis, 23, was a restricted free agent who has stayed away from Nashville's training camp with new coach Peter Laviolette. Ellis played 80 games last season for the Predators and had a plus-9 rating. He also ranked third among Nashville defensemen with 27 points. He played in his first World Championship in May and led all Canadian defensemen with five points. Ellis was Nashville's top draft pick at No. 11 overall in the 2009 entry draft.
9/26/2014 Jordan Staal, C Staal is expected to miss 3-4 months after breaking a bone in his right leg during an exhibition game.

Analysis: Staal is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday on his fractured fibula. He was hurt on what appeared to be an innocent play with 6:35 left in the third period of a 2-0 loss at Buffalo on Sept. 23. He was skating up the right boards inside the Sabres zone when he was checked into the boards by defenseman Josh Gorges. Staal immediately fell to the ice and was unable to put any weight on the leg as he left the rink.
9/25/2014 Pavel Datsyuk, C Datsyuk is expected to miss the start of the regular season because of a separated right shoulder. The Detroit Red Wings open the season Oct. 9 against Boston.

Analysis: Detroit general manager Ken Holland says his star center likely will miss 4-5 weeks. The 36-year-old Datsyuk was injured in the Red Wings' exhibition opener at Pittsburgh on Monday night when he was checked into the glass by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. Datsyuk missed 37 games in 2013-14, 30 from a knee injury and seven with a concussion. He still managed 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games.
9/24/2014 Derek Stepan, C Stepan has broken his lower left leg during a conditioning drill.

Analysis: The Rangers say it's unclear how long Stepan will be sidelined. The 24-year-old Stepan missed a scrimmage on Sunday and preseason game on Monday with a leg injury. After several X-rays, he was cleared to take part in fitness testing on Wednesday. Coach Alain Vigneault says after the final X-ray, "everything looked normal and good to go. Then he stepped on the ice and unfortunately got hurt."
9/23/2014 Jordan Staal, C Staal broke his lower right leg in a preseason game at Buffalo on Tuesday night, general manager Ron Francis said.

Analysis: Staal is scheduled to return to Raleigh, North Carolina, with the team Wednesday after its preseason game against the New York Islanders, and will be evaluated by team doctors the next day. Francis said he didn't have a timetable for Staal's recovery.
9/23/2014 Jonathan Drouin, LW Drouin will miss three to four weeks due to a right thumb injury. The team announced Tuesday that the third overall pick in the 2013 draft has a slight fracture of the thumb, which Drouin says occurred when he fell to the ice during practice Thursday.

Analysis: Drouin, who was expected to make the Lightning opening day roster, added that that injury is disappointing and unfortunate. He will skate on his own until cleared to resume practicing with the team. Drouin was one of junior hockey's top players the past two years, finishing with 29 goals and 108 points in 46 games last season for Halifax of the QMJHL.
9/19/2014 Drew Doughty, D Doughty has missed the first practice of training camp with an upper-body injury. The defending Stanley Cup champions didn't provide a timetable Friday for their star defenseman's return.

Analysis: Doughty was injured during an offseason workout back home in Ontario, but has skated in recent days. Kings coach Darryl Sutter wouldn't provide specific details about Doughty's injury. Doughty had five goals and 13 assists in 26 playoff games during the Kings' run to their second NHL title in three seasons. The high-scoring defenseman had 37 points during the regular season, his sixth in Los Angeles.
9/19/2014 Claude Giroux, C Giroux will miss at least two weeks after sustaining a lower-body injury on the first day of training camp. The Philadelphia Flyers did specify the injury on Friday.

Analysis: Giroux left the ice only 15 minutes into the first session at camp. He was selected last season as a Hart Trophy finalist, the league's MVP award. Giroux matched a career high with 28 goals and finished third in the NHL scoring race with 86 points.
9/19/2014 Shea Theodore, D Theodore will be out at least for a month after spraining a ligament in his right elbow last weekend.

Analysis: The defenseman was Anaheim's first-round pick in 2013.
9/19/2014 Kyle Palmieri, RW Palmieri is expected to miss at least two weeks with a high ankle sprain. The Anaheim Ducks announced Palmieri's injury Friday, saying he hopes to return for the final preseason game.

Analysis: Palmieri set career highs with 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season. He has spent parts of the last four seasons in Anaheim, recording 29 goals and 31 assists. Palmieri also has scored three goals in each of the last two postseasons.
9/19/2014 Rich Peverley, C Peverley is doing off-ice workouts but still is unable to skate with the team six months after an irregular heartbeat led to him collapsing on the bench during a game. Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill says doctors will continue to monitor Peverley, who was with the team Friday for the start of training camp.

Analysis: Nill said Peverley has improved but still needs clearance from other doctors before he can take the next step and get back on the ice. Nill expects the situation to be week to week, and says the team isn't going to rush the player. Peverley's irregular heartbeat was diagnosed during training camp last year. He collapsed during a game March 10, and had surgery the following week to correct an abnormal heart rhythm.
9/19/2014 Sidney Crosby, C Crosby skated with his teammates Friday when the Pittsburgh Penguins opened training camp. The team had announced on Thursday that Crosby would be held out of the early days of training camp with an unspecified minor injury.

Analysis: The reigning NHL MVP said he was cleared to practice on Friday morning and wasted little time jumping onto the ice at Consol Energy Center. He skated for about 50 minutes before leaving. The 27-year-old declined to elaborate on how he was injured, saying only that it occurred a few days before camp began.
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