-The Penguins all NHL teams must get their rosters finalized by 5 p.m. today.
-The Penguins have mixed feelings on the NHL's conference realignment.
-“I think these guys are at the right age. That core group is about 26 years old. They should be going into their prime. It’s not like we made long-term commitments to players that are 33, 34, 35 years old. These guys are special players, top players, and you try to keep them." - Ray Shero (right) on the core of his team.
-Nick Drazenovic and Philip Samuelsson each scored for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 2-1 preseason win against the Hershey Bears.
-Goaltender Eric Hartzell is ready for a heavy workload in his first professional season.
-Goaltender Jeff Drouin-Deslaurier is looking from some stability with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Cal O'Reilly. Claimed off waivers from the Coyotes midway through the 2011-12 season, O'Reilly's Penguins career amounted to six games and one assist that campaign. During the 2012 offseason, he joined Mettalurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. He remains a member of that organization.
-Happy 29th birthday to former Penguins forward Colin McDonald. A free agent signing during the 2011 offseason McDondald's Penguins career amounted to five games during the 2011-12 campaign. During the 2012 offseason, he joined the Islanders. He remains a member of that organization.
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-In the first half of a split-squad game, Johan Sundstrom scored two goals for the Islanders in a 5-2 win against the Senators.
-In the second game, Evgeni Nabokov made 14 saves for the Islanders and led them to a 4-1 win against the Senators.
-As he enters the final year of his contract, Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (right) is seeking a contract extension.
-The Rangers assigned forwards Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Brandon Mashinter, Darroll Powe, defensemen Conor Allen and Stu Bickel to Hartford of the AHL.
-The Devils placed forward Cam Janssen on waivers.
-Flyers forward Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais cleared waivers.
-The Hurricanes placed forward Tuomo Ruutu ("lower-body") on injured reserve.
-Blue Jackets forwards Ryan Craig, Jack Skille, goaltenders Jeremy Smith, Mike McKenna and defenseman Cody Goloubef cleared waivers and were assigned to Springfield of the AHL.
-The Maple Leafs placed defenseman John-Michael Liles on waivers.
-The Sabres placed defenseman Alexander Sulzer on waivers and assigned forward Luke Adam to Rochester of the AHL.
-The Panthers signed former Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney (right) to a one-year contract worth $900,000 and assigned defenseman Coby Robak to San Antonio of the AHL. In 34 games with the Oilers last season, Whitney, 30, had 13 points (four goals, nine assists).
-Bruins forwards David Krejci (back) and Carl Soderberg (undisclosed) are dinged up.
-"It was a tough camp, but it’s kind of like the easy part is over because you’ve got to play well during the season. I’m excited for it and I’ll focus on the day-to-day. It’s a tough league. The best players are here and this is where I want to be.” - Former Penguins goaltending prospect Chad Johnson on making the Bruins' roster out of training camp.
-The Red Wings assigned forwards Mitch Callahan, Luke Glendening, Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen, Riley Sheahan, defensemen Adam Almquist, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul and goaltender Jared Coreau to Grand Rapids of the AHL, released forward Jeff Hoggan and defenseman Nathan Paetsch from tryout contracts and placed forwards Willie Coetzee, Landon Ferraro and defenseman Nick Jensen on injured reserve due to undisclosed ailments. Detroit also placed forward Cory Emmerton on waivers.
-The Red Wings are also expected to place forward Darren Helm (groin) on long-term injured reserve.
-The Lightning assigned forwards Dana Tyrell, Nikita Kucherov, Mike Angelidis, J.T. Brown, Brett Connolly, defenseman J.P. Cote, Dmitry Korobov and Matt Taormina to Syracuse of the AHL, goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis to Florida of the ECHL and returned forward Jonathan Drouin (Halifax - QMJHL) to his junior team.
-The Blackhawks officially received their Stanley Cup rings:
-If you didn't see it, here's the Blackhawks' names as recently engraved on the Stanley Cup:
-The Blackhawks loaned forward Kyle Beach to HV71 of Sweden's SHL.
-The Predators assigned forward Taylor Beck, goaltender Marek Mazanec and defenseman Joe Piskula to Milwaukee of the AHL and placed forward Viktor Stalberg (shoulder) on injured reserve.
-Blues forward Chris Porter cleared waivers and was assigned to Chicago of the AHL.
-The Jets placed defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Patrice Cormier on waivers.
-The Wild assigned forwards Jason Zucker and Jake Dowell to Iowa of the AHL.
-The Stars assigned forwards forwards Travis Morin, Colton Sceviour and goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp to Texas of the AHL.
-The Canucks signed forward Jannik Hansen (right) to a four-year contract extension worth a total of $10 million. Entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.35 million, Hansen's new deal will have a cap hit of $2.5 million. Hansen, 27, appeared in 47 games last season and scored 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists).
-EN Says: Hansen has been a steady, two-way third-line winger during his career. He can play with skill and offer a little grit at the same time. This is a bit of a bargain.
-The Ducks acquired forward Mathieu Perreault from the Capitals in exchange for minor league forward John Mitchell and a fourth round pick in 2014. Perreault, 25, appeared in 39 games last season and scored 17 points (six goals, 11 assists). Perreault is entering the final year of a contract with a salary cap hit of $1.05 million.
-EN Says: The Capitals needed to shed Perreault's salary to be in compliance with the salary cap. For the Ducks, they add a versatile center who can play on all fourth lines. Additionally, Perreault is familiar with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau from their days in Washington.
-The Kings released former Penguins goaltender Matheiu Garon from a tryout contract and assigned forwards Tanner Pearson, Linden Vey and Tyler Toffoli to Manchester of the AHL. Los Angeles also placed defenseman Jeff Schultz on waivers.
-The Oilers claimed forward Luke Gazdic off waivers from the Kings.
-“He’s everything you look for ... you start rattling off words like compete, honest, commitment — his young man has everything you want in a leader. But the biggest thing is he can unite an organization." - Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on naming former Penguins defenseman Andrew Ference as the team's captain.
-Former Oilers defenseman Colten Teubert has joined the Iserlohn Roosters of Germany's DEL.
(Photos: Shero-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Lundqvist-Jen Fuller/Getty Images; Whitney-Perry Nelson/Getty Images; Stanley Cup-@NinaFalcone; Blackhawks ring-Jostens; Hansen-Christian Petersen/Getty Images)