The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday returned 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin to his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The defenseman, selected with the 11th pick of the NHL Draft, posted a farewell message to Flyers fans on his Twitter account: "come back in Rimouski today. thanks to the flyers organisation for this camps. #fun #philly great fans great city."
Morin had impressed in two preseason games; he led the team in ice time with 22:22 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, one night after he played 23:14 in a shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.
With the opening of Florida Panthers training camp, goaltender Jacob Markstrom was expected to transition from prized prospect into a franchise goaltender. Considering he started 15 of the team's last 18 games last season, his place as the team's No. 1 goaltender coming into camp was never in doubt.
But Florida's goaltending picture shifted with the announcement that two-time Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas had accepted a professional tryout (PTO) and would be attending camp. In his first comments regarding Thomas' arrival, Markstrom sounded eager to learn from the decorated goaltender who took a year off from the game to spend more time with his family.
"He's been through a lot. He played in Europe and was successful there and was very successful in Boston and won the Cup there," Markstrom said. "He's got a lot of experience. So hopefully I can learn a lot from him."
Forward Rich Peverley returned to practice with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday after being sidelined since last week following a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.
"I am not really worried about it. I am on medication to help me," Peverley told the Stars' website. "Even if it does come back, it is not a career-threatening thing. I could play through it, and there are other things they could do to help me."
Peverley, 31, was diagnosed last Wednesday after an EKG during testing prior to training camp. He had a corrective procedure in Cleveland, has skated three times since then and is expected to need three weeks to recover fully.
The Chicago Blackhawks released or reassigned nine players on Tuesday, paring their training camp roster to 47.
The Blackhawks assigned forward David Gilbert to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League and returned three players to their junior teams. Five other players were released from training camp
The defending Stanley Cup champions' active roster includes 28 forwards, 14 defensemen and five goaltenders.
Brassard likely will play for the Charlottetown Islanders of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
Tampa Bay also signed 21-year-old forward Joel Vermin to a three-year, entry-level contract. The Lightning selected the Swiss native in the seventh round (No. 186) of the 2013 NHL Draft. Vermin had 13 goals and 35 points in 47 games with Bern of the Swiss A-League last season.