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Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 1:26 PM

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Wild assign Reilly to AHL, place Fontaine on IR

The Minnesota Wild assigned defenseman Mike Reilly to Iowa of the American Hockey League and placed forward Justin Fontaine on injured reserve among a series of roster moves Tuesday.

Reilly, 22, signed with the Wild as a free agent this summer after playing collegiately at the University of Minnesota. He was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2011 NHL Draft but did not sign.

"This is not a long-term deal," coach Mike Yeo said about Reilly's demotion in comments tweeted by the Wild. "We don't know what's going to happen a week out ... it's just part of the process."

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 1:18 PM

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Bruins defenseman Chara returns to practice

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returned to practice Tuesday, two days ahead of the season opener against the Winnipeg Jets.

"I'm not looking at Thursday," Chara said in comments tweeted by the Bruins. "It's day-to-day. I'm looking forward to [Wednesday] practice. My goal is to be better than I was today."

Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was a good sign Chara was on the ice and that he'll continue to be evaluated after each on-ice session.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 1:06 PM

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Lightning send goaltender Gudlevskis to AHL

Kristers Gudlevskis, who had been competing for the Tampa Bay Lightning backup goalie position, was one of four players assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, the Lightning announced.

Defenseman Luke Witkowski, and forwards Mike Angelidis and Jonathan Marchessault, were also sent to the Crunch.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 12:32 PM

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Canadiens claim forward Byron, assign three to AHL

The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday claimed forward Paul Byron off waivers from the Calgary Flames.

Byron, 26, had six goals and 19 points in 57 games last season.

A sixth-round pick (No. 179) of the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 NHL Draft, Byron has 17 goals and 48 points in 138 games over parts of five seasons with the Sabres and Flames.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 12:23 PM

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Islanders claim goaltender Berube off waivers

The New York Islanders on Tuesday claimed goaltender Jean-Francois Berube off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings.

Berube, 24, led the Kings' American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester to a Calder Cup championship last season. He won 37 games in the regular season with a 2.18 goals-against average and .913 save percentage, and 13 games in the postseason.

He had 28 wins with a 2.37 GAA and .913 save percentage for the Monarchs the previous season.

Posted On Tuesday, 10.06.2015 / 9:04 AM

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Penguins' Dupuis out a month with lower-body injury

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury that is not related to his blood clot from last season, the Penguins announced Tuesday.

Dupuis left practice Sunday and did not skate Monday. Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website Dupuis had a slight injury and was kept off the ice as a precaution.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 8:32 PM

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Condition of Stars' Benn for opener a 'mystery'

The condition of Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is unclear heading into the season opener, coach Lindy Ruff said Monday.

Benn and forward Ales Hemsky, who each had hip surgery this offseason, did not practice Monday. Ruff was asked if either would be 100 percent for the game Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"That is the great mystery," Ruff told the Stars website. "I don't know quite where we are at. I don't know that they know where they are at. They are obviously getting better, but they are still missing practices. Part of this is to make sure that we don't have a setback. We are trying to do the right thing, and the right thing is they miss quite bit of practice time, and they miss quite a bit of game time."

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 8:15 PM

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Ducks' Silfverberg sits out practice after Torres hit

Anaheim Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg did not practice Monday, two days after being hit in a preseason game by San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres.

The incident occurred at 12:45 of the first period. The NHL Department of Player Safety announced Monday that Torres has been suspended 41 games for an illegal check to the head and interference.

Silfverberg was kept out of the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons.

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 6:18 PM

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Forward Dylan Larkin makes Red Wings roster

DETROIT -- Forward Dylan Larkin will be in the Detroit Red Wings' opening-night lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

"Yeah, I think it's awesome being here, but it would be a dream come true," Larkin said Saturday before learning Monday he made the team. "It's something that I want and it's something that I've worked for my whole life and I dreamed of. So it would be really special."

Detroit usually brings its prospects along slowly, with at least a season or two in the American Hockey League. But Larkin, a 19-year-old who is from the Detroit suburb of Waterford, Mich., forced his way onto the roster in training camp, helped in part by injuries to Pavel Datsyuk and Darren Helm.

"If a young guy makes our team better and is going to have the opportunity to play enough minutes to make our team better, then he was going to be on the team, whether that was him or somebody else," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said Monday. "We feel like he's earned a chance to play in a top-nine type of role, which is going to give him minutes to be successful. So, as a result, we made a decision to put him on the team."

Posted On Monday, 10.05.2015 / 4:37 PM

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Flames name goalie Ramo opening night starter

The Calgary Flames on Monday named Karri Ramo to start their opening game Wednesday against theVancouver Canucks at Scotiabank Saddledome (10 p.m. ET; Sportsnet, TVA Sports 2).

Jonas Hiller will serve as the backup while Joni Ortio, who remains on the Flames roster, will be a healthy scratch.

"Sometimes you make decisions for the game and sometimes you make decisions for the business," coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website. "Both come in the same bowl after a while. At the same time, it's our situation right now and that's fine. The guys are working hard and [goalie coach Jordan Sigalet] is handling them very well. It's our situation.

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