Minnesota’s Justin Fontaine probably won’t be available for the start of the season and it has nothing to do with David Clarkson.
While Clarkson was booted early from Thursday’s preseason contest for kneeing Fontaine, the Wild forward is dealing with an ailment from a separate hit that occurred later in the contest. Fontaine did exit the game after the Clarkson hit, but he attempted to return before leaving again.
Wild coach Mike Yeo described Fontaine’s ailment as a “sore side,” per the Star Tribune. The bench boss described the decision to hold Fontaine back as “precautionary” as they don’t want to “risk him injuring anything any worse.”
If he does miss Minnesota’s opener as expected, then it will be the second straight season a training camp injury has cost Fontaine.
His projected absence could lead to Tyler Graovac or Brett Bulmer potentially starting the season in the NHL.
The Arizona Coyotes announced that they have cut 11 players from their training camp roster and the 12th overall pick from 2014, Brendan Perlini, was included in that list.
“Rookie camp was very good for him (but he) just wasn’t able to translate to an NHL level yet,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said. “He’s a young player that still has lots of work to do and that’s going to happen. There’s a process you have to go through and he made huge strides this year. He’ll go back and continue to push his game forward in junior.”
Even if he won’t be making the team, the 19-year-old forward impressed the Coyotes with his skill level and speed.
Perlini will continue his development by playing for the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs where he had 26 goals and 60 points in 43 games last season. He’ll be competing against Christian Dvorak, who was also included on the Coyotes’ list of cuts.
Dvorak’s another highly regarded young forward, but Arizona has a lot of prospects that fit that description and that makes it easier for them to be patient with him and Perlini.
“With Max (Domi), Anthony Duclair, Dylan Strome, Henrik Samuelsson, newcomer Matthias Plachta and the strong play of Jordan Martinook all competing for the opening day roster, plus the need to get out established NHL players ready for the regular season, Dave Tippett and I feel this is the prudent, long-term decision,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney said.
Arizona has 31 players left on its roster.
It looks like Ruslan Fedotenko‘s attempt to work his way back into the NHL will involve at least one more stint with AHL Iowa. That’s assuming he clears waivers as he was one of the 17 players the Minnesota Wild cut from their training camp roster today, per the team’s website.
Fedotenko is a two-time Stanley Cup champion that has played in 863 career games. However, his last NHL game was in 2013. The 36-year-old forward spent the 2013-14 campaign in the KHL before starting a comeback attempt by attending the New Jersey Devils’ training camp in 2014. He didn’t make the team, but went on to play in 13 games with AHL Iowa. That audition earned him a one-year, two-way contract for this season that’s worth $600K at the NHL level.
Minnesota also waived Zac Dalpe, Jared Knight, and Brett Sutter. Among the trio, Dalpe stands out as the 25-year-old has appeared in 117 contests, including 21 with Buffalo last season.
The other 13 players cut were able to be reassigned directly to the minors. That list included one of the Wild’s top defensive prospects in Gustav Olofsson, although 22-year-old blueliner Mike Reilly is one of the final 27 players with Minnesota. Reilly is starting his pro career after recording 42 points in 39 games with the University of Minnesota last season.
It took a long time, but 33-year-old Brad Boyes is finally going to play for the team that drafted him.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have inked him to a one-year, $700,000 deal, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. He’s also earning $833,333 from the Panthers over the next two seasons because they bought out the final campaign of his two-year, $5.25 million deal.
Update: The Maple Leafs have confirmed the Boyes signing, although they didn’t specify the terms.
Boyes, who had been attending the Leafs’ camp on a tryout basis, was originally selected by Toronto with the 24th overall pick in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. However, Toronto dealt him in 2003 to the San Jose Sharks as part of a package to get Owen Nolan.
He’s gone on to play in 762 games with the Sharks, Boston Bruins, St. Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, New York Islanders, and the Panthers. At one time he was a major offensive force, but he recorded just 36 and 38 points in each of his last two campaigns with Florida.
Boyes managed to make the Maple Leafs over Devin Setoguchi and Curtis Glencross, who also agreed to PTOs, but were released this afternoon.
The New York Islanders reduced their training camp roster by 23 players on Saturday and 34-year-old defenseman Matt Carkner found himself released from his PTO as part of those cuts.
This is the latest chapter in Carkner’s unusual career path. After playing in a single game with San Jose at the age of 25 and then getting another cup of coffee with Ottawa when he was 28, his NHL career truly started in 2009-10 while he was 29 (as of Nov. 3 of that campaign).
He’s gone on to to participate in 237 contests with San Jose, Ottawa, and the Islanders, but didn’t play in the NHL last season. Now the question is if he’ll still manage to claw his way onto a roster once more.
The Islanders also released Tyler Barnes and Parker Milner from their PTOs. Among the other players that got reassigned to their respective junior teams are notable prospects Matt Finn and Sebastian Collberg.
James Wright, who is a 25-year-old veteran of 146 NHL games but spent the 2014-15 campaign in the KHL, was among those placed on waivers by the Islanders.