The oft-injured Nikitin had 10 points (4G / 6A) in 42 games last year for the Oilers. He didn’t appear to be in the Oilers plans for 2015-16 after the emergence of Oscar Klefbom and the addition of Griffin Reinhart. If he clears waivers he is expected to be assigned to Oklahoma City (AHL).
Bickell cleared waivers, but will stay with the Blackhawks.
Bickell, who was placed on waivers on Friday, cleared on Saturday at noon but head coach Joel Quenneville said Bickell will not be sent to Rockford (AHL) at this time. The Blackhawks have been trying to move Bickell, who carries a $4M cap-hit but has had an impossible time finding someone to take on the contract.
Slepyshev could start the season in the Oilers top-6.
Slepyshev will play on a line with Connor McDavid and Taylor Hall in the Oilers’ final preseason game. Slepyshev has two goals (both GWG) and two assists in six game this preseason. The 21-year-old had 15 goals and 10 assists (25 points) in 58 games with Ufa Salivate Yulayev (KHL) last season. If he does in fact start the season on that line, he makes for a speculative add in standard leagues.
Hanifin has made the Hurricanes opening night roster.
Hanifin was the fifth overall pick in this summer’s draft and had an impressive enough training camp to make the Hurricanes opening night roster. Carolina could elect to give him an extended nine game look to start the season, before making the decision to burn the first year of his entry level deal.
The Penguins have cut Sergei Gonchar from his PTO.
Gonchar is 41-years-old but still had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 45 games with the Canadiens last season. However, he didn’t have a good enough training camp for the Penguins to hold onto him. This could be the end of the line for Gonchar.
The Penguins have assigned Derrick Pouliot to Wikes-Barre/Scranton (AHL).
Pouliot was expected to make the Penguins opening roster after having a strong 2014-15 season at both levels. However, he had a bad preseason and the Penguins have elected to have him start 2015-16 in the AHL. He had 24 points (7G / 17A) in 31 games with WBS last season—if he plays like that this year, he will work his way back into the NHL.
Pulkkinen (upper-body) is expected to play in the Red Wings preseason finale.
Pulkkinen, hasn’t played since September 24th because of an upper-body injury but is expected to play in the preseason finale and should be ready for the regular season opener. The 23-year-old had five goals and three assists in 31 games with the Red Wings last season and could have a breakout season in his first full NHL season.
Colborne left Thursday’s game with a hand injury and did not return.
Colborne underwent wrist surgery this offseason which put him behind the eight-ball to begin the preseason. To make matters worse he blocked an Andrew Ladd shot last night and was forced to exit the game. He is expected to be reevaluated on Friday where more details will be released.
Islanders are unsure if Halak (upper-body) will be ready for the season opener.
Halak practice for the first time in over a week on Thursday, but was unable to make it all the way through the session. Head coach Jack Capuano said “we don’t know yet” when he was asked if Halak would be ready for next Friday’s season opener. Thomas Greiss would start the game against the Blackhawks should Halak not be ready.
The Blackhawks have placed Bryan Bickell on waivers.
If Bickell clears waivers, the Blackhawks could send him to the AHL and save about $950K in cap space. Chicago reportedly tried to trade Bickell all summer but could not find a suitor for his $4M cap-hit.
Chara (upper-body) skated again on Friday; remains day-to-day with no timetable for return.
Chara has been out for over a week and has yet to join the Bruins for full practice yet. The Bruins are already without Dennis Seidenberg and they traded Dougie Hamilton, so they can’t afford to have Chara miss anytime at all. However, given his progress to this point, it seems unlikely that he will be ready for the season opener.
The Blackhawks have cut Marko Dano and sent him back to Rockford (AHL).
Dano was expected to crack the Blackhawks opening night roster and was expected to produce this season. He had 21 points (8G / 13A) in 35 games with the Blue Jackets last year, but will start the year in Rockford.
DeKeyser is expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left foot.
This is a tough break for the Red Wings, who planned to have DeKeyser play with Mike Green so that Green could open up offensively. Green will now play with either Kyle Quincey or Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl or one of the Red Wings’ young defensemen will be inserted into the lineup. DeKeyser is expected to miss at least the first seven games of the season.
The Bruins sent Alex Khokhlachev to Providence (AHL).
Khokhlachev, 22, was expected to have a great chance to make the Bruins team out of training camp. The 2011 second round pick (40th overall) had 15 goals and 28 assists (43 points) in 61 games with Providence last season and that’s where he will start the 2015-16 season.