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As far as Erik Karlsson's contract situation goes, he's not looking beyond the 2018-19 campaign yet.

San Jose recently acquired Karlsson, who has a season left on his contract, from the Ottawa Senators. While the Sharks likely hope to turn this into more than a rental, it's not surprising that Karlsson wants some time to settle in before making any decisions about his future. This could be a very special season for Karlsson and the Sharks though. San Jose looked like a strong team before the trade and now they arguably have the two best offensive defensemen in the league in Karlsson and Brent Burns. "I see this as an extremely motivating challenge to grow as a player and as a person," Karlsson said. "I think, from everything so far, I’m going to have a great opportunity to do that here."
Sep 20 - 6:14 AM

Philippe Myers has participated in three of the Flyers' four preseason games thus far.

Myers is getting a serious look for a roster spot, but he's far from a lock for making the team. One big X-Factor is Andrew MacDonald, who was initially expected to miss the start of the season with a lower-body injury, but might end up being available from the start after all. That would be a blow to Myers' chances, but it's not out of the question that Myers could make the team even if MacDonald is healthy. Myers is a towering defenseman at 6-foot-5 and had five goals and 21 points in 50 AHL contests as a rookie in 2017-18.
Sep 20 - 6:09 AM

Nick Lappin has made a good impression so far in the Devils' training camp.

Lappin found the back of the net twice during Monday's preseason game and has impressed with his skating. "He’s come to camp on a mission," Devils coach John Hynes said. "He’s in great shape and I really like the way he’s skating. He’s moving his feet really well. He’s on pucks. He’s an identity player for us on the ice and in camp and in the games." Lappin had 31 goals and 53 points in 65 AHL contests in 2017-18. He's got a real shot of making the Devils out of training camp.
Sep 20 - 6:00 AM

Nathan Dunkley has been reassigned to OHL London.

Dunkley had been attending the Kings' training camp. He scored 21 goals and 57 points in 60 OHL games last season.
Sep 20 - 5:51 AM

Michal Ivan has been cut from Los Angeles' training camp roster.

Ivan will instead play for the QMJHL's Acadie-Bathurst. He had three goals and 17 points in 48 contests last season in the QMJHL.
Sep 20 - 5:49 AM

While Kale Clague is expected to start the 2018-19 campaign in the AHL, he's optimistic about his chances of making the Kings out of training camp.

"I’ve showed a lot better so far …" Clague said. "I think I’m right in the mix and my goal is definitely to make L.A." Even if Clague doesn't start the season with Los Angeles, it wouldn't be surprising to see him summoned at some point as an injury replacement. He had 11 goals and 71 points in 54 WHL contests in 2017-18.
Sep 20 - 5:46 AM

Ty Rattie worked on his skating over the summer.

Rattie is hoping that will make him more effective offensively and he certainly looked good on Tuesday when he scored twice. He excelled in the AHL last season with 21 goals and 43 points in 53 contests and added another five goals and nine points in 14 games with Edmonton. There's a chance he'll start the season on a line with Connor McDavid, so he's worth keeping an eye on.
Sep 20 - 5:42 AM

Christian Dvorak (lower body) hasn't been skating with the Coyotes so far in training camp.

Although Dvorak's injury has been classified as lower-body by the team, he's reportedly dealing with a back problem related to the one that cost him the final four games of the 2017-18 campaign. He's being listed as day-to-day and it remains to be seen if he'll be available for the season opener.
Sep 20 - 5:29 AM

Jakob Chychrun (knee) hasn't begun to skate yet with Arizona.

Chychrun is coming off ACL surgery after suffering a tear on April 3. Coyotes GM John Chayka did say that Chychrun's rehab is ahead of schedule, but the team is being cautious to avoid a potential re-injury. Consider him questionable for the start of the season.
Sep 20 - 5:27 AM

Kelly Klima was part of the Arizona Coyotes' first round of cuts.

Klima will report to AHL Tucson. He had 18 goals and 36 points in 58 QMJHL games in 2017-18 and was never expected to make the Coyotes, so this demotion was anticipated.
Sep 20 - 5:24 AM

Juuso Valimaki scored a goal and picked up an assist in a 4-1 win against the Canucks on Wednesday night.

Valimaki collected his second assist in his second game of the 2018 preseason on Matthew Phillips’ opening goal in the first period. On the assist, Valimaki displayed his great passing skills by making a pass through the neutral zone onto the tape of Phillips’ stick to send him on a partial breakaway. Then with less than a second left in regulation, the 2017 16th overall pick shot the puck from his own end into the empty net for his first goal. Now with three points in two games this preseason, he is building a strong case as to why the Flames should have him as part of their starting six defensemen on opening night against the Canucks.
Sep 20 - 1:08 AM

Brendan Leipsic scored the only goal for the Canucks in a 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.

The Canucks fired 39 shots on the Flames goaltenders in the game, however, only Leipsic was able to find the back of the net in the loss. Leipsic took a pass from Alex Edler, dangled his way to the front of the net and slide the puck underneath Tyler Parsons for the goal midway through the third period, making it a 3-1 game. Leipsic, who is competing for a top-six spot, was on the ice for 19:50 and registered five shots on goal.
Sep 20 - 12:44 AM

The NHL is reviewing the incident that left Florida Panthers' defenseman Aaron Ekblad bloodied.

Ekblad appeared the slash Max Domi behind the legs when the new Hab decided it might be a good idea to respond by sucker-punching Ekblad square in the face. Domi received a match penalty and it appears he might face further discipline from the league.
Sep 19 - 10:46 PM

Tyler Bozak scored two goals during Wednesday's 3-2 preseason win over the Minnesota Wild.

Bozak scored his first of the night with just under five minutes left in regulation and needed just 27 more seconds to give the Blues the lead. The veteran center signed a three-year deal with the Blues during the off-season and will likely slide right into a third line role with the team. He should only be owned in deeper leagues.
Sep 19 - 10:42 PM

Justin Kloos scored a goal during Wednesday's 3-2 preseason loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Kloos followed up his nine-shot game in Winnipeg with a goal off a deflection tonight. The 24-year-old got one game in with the Wild last season and another 76 in the AHL where he had 50 points. He has offensive upside but will likely begin the season in the AHL.
Sep 19 - 10:42 PM



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