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  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    NHL roundup: Avs sign McLeod, Stuart to extensions
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Avalanche on Monday signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season and defenseman Brad Stuart to a two-year extension through 2016-17.

    • Financial terms were not released for the contracts but TSN reported Stuart's extension is worth $7.2 million, for a $3.6 million salary-cap charge. ESPN.com reported the total value of McLeod's deal is $4 million, for a $1.33 million annual cap charge.

      Stuart and McLeod are entering the final season of their current contracts and would have been unrestricted free agents after the 2014-15 season. Their new contracts begin next season.

      McLeod, 30, has spent his entire career with the Avalanche after signing as a free agent on July 6, 2006.

      Stuart, 34, is entering his first season with Colorado after being acquired from San Jose on July 1.

      --The Dallas Stars signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

      The deal is worth $3.8 million, according to the Dallas Morning News.

      Eakin, 22, had 16 goals and 35 points in 81 regular-season contests last season. In last season's playoffs, he had two goals and three assists in six games.

      ---The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year, $1.4 million contracts.

      Krug and Smith had been entry-level free agents.

      Krug, 23, was second among Bruins defensemen last season with 14 goals and tied for first with captain Zdeno Chara with 40 points. Smith, acquired by the Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin trade with the Dallas Stars in July 2013, had 20 goals and 51 points.

      --The New York Islanders and forward Michael Dal Colle agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

      Dal Colle, 18, was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 95 points in 67 games with the Oshawa Generals last season.

      ---The Minnesota Wild reduced their training camp roster to 32 players.

      The team assigned forward Brett Bulmer, defenseman Guillaume Gelinas and forward Tyler Graovac to Iowa of the American Hockey League. The Wild also placed defensemen Jonathon Blum and Justin Falk, and forward Joel Rechlicz on waivers. In addition, Minnesota assigned goalie Brandon Whitney to Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks reduced their roster to 30 with the reassignment of six players.

      The team assigned forwards Joakim Nordstrom, Dennis Rasmussen and Garret Ross, defensemen Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Bruins sign Krug, Smith to one-year contracts
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Torey Krug and forward Reilly Smith to one-year, $1.4 million contracts on Monday. Krug and Smith had been entry-level free agents.

    • The team also announced Chris Breen was released from training camp and assigned to the Providence Bruins, while Ville Leino was released from from his tryout agreement.

      Krug, 23, was second among Bruins defensemen last season with 14 goals and tied for first with captain Zdeno Chara with 40 points. He finished fourth overall in the NHL rookie scoring race, but was first among NHL rookie defensemen. He was named to the 2013-14 All-Rookie Team.

      The 23-year-old Smith, acquired by the Bruins as part of the Tyler Seguin trade with the Dallas Stars in July 2013, was fifth on the team last season with 20 goals and sixth with 51 points. He played in all 82 regular-season games.

      In total, Smith has skated in 122 NHL games -- 40 with Dallas and 82 with Boston -- racking up 23 goals and 37 assists for 60 points with a plus-25 rating.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Isles agree to terms with top pick Del Colle
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Islanders and forward Michael Dal Colle agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    • Dal Colle, 18, was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 95 points in 67 games with the Oshawa Generals last season. The Ontario, Canada native also scored 20 points in 12 Ontario Hockey League playoff games, earning second All-Star Team accolades.

      In 2012-13, Dal Colle was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team after collecting 48 points (15 goals, 33 assists) in 63 games with Oshawa. On the international stage, he won gold with Team Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and played for Canada-Ontario at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Stars sign Eakin: two years, $3.8 million
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars signed forward Cody Eakin to a two-year contract, the team announced Monday.

    • The deal is worth $3.8 million, according to the Dallas Morning News.

      Eakin, 22, had 16 goals and 35 points in 81 regular-season contests last season. In last season's playoffs, he had two goals and three assists in six games.

      "Cody is a two-way, young forward who competes hard and has the ability to make plays offensively," said Stars general manager Jim Nill. "He has just scratched the surface in terms of his development at this level and we are confident that over these next two years, we'll see him mature into an even more dependable and productive player."

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Wild reduce camp roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild reduced their training camp roster to 32 players on Monday.

    • The team assigned forward Brett Bulmer, defenseman Guillaume Gelinas and forward Tyler Graovac to Iowa of the American Hockey League.

      The Wild also placed defensemen Jonathon Blum and Justin Falk, and forward Joel Rechlicz on waivers.

      In addition, Minnesota assigned goalie Brandon Whitney to Victoriaville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Blackhawks reassign 6 players
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks reduced their roster to 30 with the reassignment of six players Monday.

    • The team assigned forwards Joakim Nordstrom, Dennis Rasmussen and Garret Ross, defensemen Adam Clendening and Klas Dahlbeck and goaltender Scott Darling to Rockford of the American Hockey League.

      The Blackhawks' active roster now includes 18 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    Avs sign McLeod, Stuart to extensions
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Colorado Avalanche on Monday signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season and defenseman Brad Stuart to a two-year extension through 2016-17.

    • Financial terms were not released for the contracts but TSN reported Stuart's extension is worth $7.2 million, for a $3.6 million salary-cap charge. ESPN.com reported the total value of McLeod's deal is $4 million, for a $1.33 million annual cap charge.

      Stuart and McLeod are entering the final season of their current contracts and would have been unrestricted free agents after the 2014-15 season. Their new contracts begin next season.

      "Cody has been an Avalanche his entire career," general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. "He brings grit, energy and passion to the rink every single day. We are excited to have him under contract for another three years.

      "Brad is a steady, experienced defenseman who is a solid addition to our blue line."

      McLeod, 30, has spent his entire career with the Avalanche after signing as a free agent on July 6, 2006. The Binscarth, Manitoba native has appeared in 467 career games, tallying 91 points (50 goals, 41 assists) and 978 penalty minutes. He has played in 23 career playoff games, registering three points.

      Stuart, 34, is entering his first season with Colorado after being acquired from San Jose on July 1. He has appeared in 985 career games in the NHL, recording 322 points (77 goals, 245 assists).

      Selected third overall by San Jose in the first round of the 1998 draft, Stuart is beginning his 15th NHL season this fall. He has spent most of his career with San Jose but has also played for Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles and Detroit.

      Stuart helped the Red Wings capture the 2008 Stanley Cup championship. The Rocky Mountain House, Alberta native has played in 142 career playoff games, notching 40 points.

      The Avs also reassigned two players to the American Hockey League training camp. Defenseman Stefan Elliott and goalie Roman Will were sent to Lake Erie.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Stars sign Elie to entry-level contract
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Dallas Stars signed forward Remi Elie to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

    • Elie, 19, was the No. 40 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He led the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League in scoring last season with 65 points, on 28 goals and 37 assists in 61 games. He had two goals and one assist for the London Knights before he was acquired by the Bulls.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Bruins trim 11 from roster; Pastrnak skates
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins announced 10 players will join the Providence Bruins training camp: Chris Casto, Alex Fallstrom, Brian Ferlin, Seth Griffith, Jared Knight, Matt Lindblad, Joe Morrow, Tyler Randell (subject to clearing waivers), Ben Sexton, and Zach Trotman. Bracken Kearns was released from his tryout agreement with the club.

    • Meanwhile, 2014 first-round pick David Pastrnak returned to practice for the first time since the 18-year-old suffered a shoulder injury early in training camp. Pastrnak, 18, has not been cleared for contact as he attempts to win a roster spot.

      Coach Claude Julien said forward Gregory Campnnell will be questionable for the team's Oct. 8 regular-season opener.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Habs cut '14 first-round pick Scherbak
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Montreal Canadiens assigned 2014 first-round pick Nikita Scherbak to the minors among 17 players trimmed from the roster Sunday. Scherbak, 18, was the 26th overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, but the forward became a longshot to make the roster and will open the season with the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips.

    • Also cut from the roster was Tim Bozon, who was placed into a medically-induced como in March after being hospitalized with bacterial meningitis. Bozon worked to regain the 40 pounds he lost, and will continue his comeback with Hamilton of the American Hockey League.

      Joining Bozon in Hamilton will be: Mac Bennett, Daniel Carr, Michael Condon, Connor Crisp, Morgan Ellis, Joe Finley, Stefan Fournier, T.J. Hensick, Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland, David Makowski, Jack Nevins, Magnus Nygren, Bobby Shea, Nick Sorkin, Dalton Thrower.

      Released from training camp were: Justin Baker, Riley Brace, Joël Chouinard, Tanner Eberle, Sahir Gill, Stefano Momesso, Evan Wardley, Zach Yuen.

      The Canadiens still have 35 players on their training camp roster.

  • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    Blues sign D Sergeev
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues signed defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

    • Sergeev, who went undrafted, originally joined the Blues for the prospects tournament in Traverse City, where he earned an invitation to training camp on an amateur tryout basis.

      Sergeev, 18, had two goals, seven assists and 22 penalty minutes in 49 regular season games with Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League. Following his stint at Blues training camp, the Russian was assigned back to Kitchener, where he has since appeared in two games, serving six penalty minutes.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Blues' Schwartz signs two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The St. Louis Blues signed forward Jaden Schwartz to a two-year contract on Saturday worth a reported $4.7 million.

    • Schwartz will make $2 million in 2014-15 and $2.7 million in 2015-16, TSN reported.

      The 22-year-old Schwartz had 25 goals and 31 assists last season and was among the league's top 15 with a plus-28 rating and 66 takeaways.

      The former first-round draft pick became the fourth youngest player in club history to reach 25 goals, following Rod Brind'Amour, Doug Gilmour and Wayne Babych.

      "We are excited to have Jaden in the fold for the next two seasons," Blues president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He is an exciting young talent that will play a key role in the success of our club in the near future."

      In 132 career regular-season games with the Blues, Schwartz has 72 points (34 goals, 38 assists) and 31 penalty minutes.

      The Blues also assigned five players to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.

      Forwards Cody Beach, Pat Cannone, Sebastian Wannstrom and Jeremy Welsh, and defenseman David Shields were sent to Chicago.

      After the moves, the Blues have 37 players in training camp.

  • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Crosby to miss Saturday's game
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will not play Saturday's preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets after his grandmother passed away, the team announced.

    • Crosby traveled to Nova Scotia to be with his family.

      Crosby, the team's captain, has not yet made his preseason debut because of an unspecified injury.

      Andrew Ebbett will replace Crosby in the lineup.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Sharks sign top two picks to entry-level deals
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks signed forward Nikolay Goldobin and defenseman Julius Bergman to entry-level deals on Friday.

    • Goldobin, 18, the Sharks first-round selection (27th overall) in the 2014 draft, played for the Sarnia Sting in the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 season. He scored 38 goals and added 56 assists in 67 games, leading Sarnia in scoring while ranking seventh in the OHL in points.

      "Nikolay is a dynamic player with a high-end skill set and tremendous vision," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He's got great hockey sense which we feel will allow him to be successful."

      Bergman's second-round pick in this year's draft. He played for Frolunda in the Swedish Junior League during the 2013-14 season, scoring 13 goals while adding 21 assists in 45 games. He ranked second in goals and was tied for third in points in the league.

      "We were very pleased to select Julius in this year's draft," said Wilson. "He plays a solid two-way game and sees the play well. You can never have too many smooth skating defensemen, and we look forward to watching his development."

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Penguins' Bennett injured at practice
    By The Sports Xchange

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett had to be helped off the ice after getting injured at practice Friday.

    • The injury appeared to be to Bennett's knee or leg, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which reported he was hurt during a 3-on-3 scrimmage in the neutral zone.

      Penguins coach Mike Johnston said the skate of Kasperi Kapanen clipped Bennett on the heel.

      "He was in the drill as you saw. Kapanen's skate clipped him in the heel and he fell awkwardly," Johnston said. "Early indications seem that it wasn't as bad as it looked. We will have another update later this afternoon."

      Bennett missed a significant amount of time last season with a wrist injury that required surgery. He had three goals and seven points in 21 regular-season games, and one goal and five points in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games.

      Meanwhile, forwards Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz will play in their first game this preseason when the Penguins host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday, Johnston confirmed Friday.

      Crosby and Kunitz each missed time at the beginning of training camp with unspecified injuries, but have been skating for the past several days.

      "Yeah, I feel good," Crosby said Friday. "It will be good to get in a game and get back in there. It's been awhile."

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Predators sign D Ellis to 5-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Nashville Predators signed restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan Ellis to a five-year, $12.5 million contract on Friday.

    • Ellis will make $1.5 million in 2014-15, $2 million in 2015-16, $2.5 million in 2016-17, $3 million in 2017-18 and $3.5 million in 2018-19.

      Ellis, 23, ranked second on the team in games played (80) and plus/minus rating (plus-9), while ranking third among blueliners in points (six goals, 21 assists) during the 2013-14 season.

      In 144 career NHL contests since 2011-12, the 5-foot-10, 179-pound native of Freelton, Ontario has recorded 44 points (11 goals, 33 assists).

      In May, Ellis played in his first World Championship, leading all Canadian defensemen in points (one goal, four assists).

      Ellis was Nashville's first choice, 11th overall in the first round, in the 2009 draft.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Wild reduce training camp roster
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild reassigned 12 players to reduce their training camp roster to 39 players on Friday.

    • The team assigned 10 players to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League: defenseman Corbin Baldwin, center Brady Brassart, left winger Raphael Bussieres, goalie John Curry, right winger Kurtis Gabriel, defenseman Alex Gudbranson, goalie Johan Gustafsson, defenseman Colton Jobke, right winger Zack Mitchell and left winger Ryan Walters.

      The Wild also assigned defensemen Dylan Labbe and Hunter Warner to their junior team.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Hurricanes' Staal has successful leg surgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal underwent successful surgery Friday to repair a broken fibula in his right leg.

    • General manager Ron Francis reiterated on Friday that recovery time will be three to four months.

      Staal was injured in the third period of a preseason game at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. He got his right skate caught in the ice while taking a check. He went down and had to be helped off the ice.

      Staal played all 130 regular-season games for the Hurricanes the past two seasons since being acquired in a trade from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Carolina opens the regular season Oct. 10 at home against the New York Islanders.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014
    Predators, Ellis come to terms
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Nashville Predators reached agreement on a five-year, $12.5 million contract with defenseman Ryan Ellis on Thursday.

    • The deal was first reported by TSN and later confirmed by the 23-year-old Ellis' agent. The deal will result in a $2.5 million cap hit for the Predators this season.

      Last season, Ellis had six goals and 27 points in 80 regular-season games for the Predators.

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Hurricanes' Staal breaks leg, out 3-4 months
    By The Sports Xchange

    Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal broke his right leg in a preseason game against the Sabres in Buffalo on Tuesday.

    • He will undergo surgery, the team announced Thursday, and is expected to be out three to four months.

      Staal got his right skate caught in the ice while taking a check. He went down and had to be helped off the ice. Hurricanes president Ron Francis announced after the game that the injury was a broken leg.

      There is no timetable for when Staal, who didn't miss a game the past two seasons, will return.

      The Hurricanes open the regular season Oct. 10 against the New York Islanders.

  • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    Jackets' Horton deals with back issue
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets still aren't sure when -- or if -- Nathan Horton will be on the ice this season.

    • The oft-injured center is dealing with a degenerative back condition that the club is trying to remedy with core strengthening, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekelainen said Thursday.

      "Everybody is different, obviously, because there is pain involved and all kinds of things involved with that," Kekalainen said. "I think Nathan Horton is probably more frustrated than anybody right now as far as trying to find a way to get stronger and get back to being able to play again."

      The Blue Jackets open the regular season on Oct. 9 against the Buffalo Sabres.

      "(Horton) is the only person that really knows where he is at and how much pain there is involved," Kekelainen said. "It's impossible for anybody else to know what he is going through right now. He is suffering."

      The 29-year-old Horton was limitied to 35 games last season after signing a seven-year, $37.1 million contract with the team in 2013. He missed the early part of the season recovering from shoulder surgery and then suffered an abdominal injury that required surgery. He did not see any action in Columbus' first-round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      When Horton was able to play, he had 18 points on the Jackets' top line with Ryan Johansen and Boone Jenner.

      The Jackets also are without Johansen in training camp. He is holding out for a bigger contract in negotiations with the team.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    NHL roundup: Rangers' Stepan breaks leg in practice
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained a fractured fibula during an on-ice workout Wednesday.

    • The team said there was no timetable for his return.

      According to Northjersey.com, Stepan was taking part in a full-rink sprint drill, but shortly after pushing off and trying to get up to speed, he fell to his knees. Stepan was helped off by teammates to get to the locker room.

      The 24-year-old Stepan set career-highs last season in assists (40), points (57), shots on goal (199), power-play goals (5), power-play assists (13) and power-play points (18) in 82 games. He had 15 points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      ---Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has a second-degree separation of his right shoulder and will be out four to five weeks.

      Datsyuk sustained the injury in Detroit's preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Monday when he was checked into the glass by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi. Datsyuk, who had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 2-1 win, had an MRI on Wednesday.

      Datsyuk, 36 and entering his 13th season, missed 30 games with a knee injury and seven with a concussion in 2013-14. He still managed 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games.

      The Red Wings also agreed to terms with defenseman Joe Hicketts on a three-year, entry-level contract. Hicketts, 18, signed his first NHL contract after attending Detroit's development camp in July and playing for the club last week at the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first roster moves of training camp, returning two prospects to their respective junior clubs on Wednesday.

      Left winger Markus Soberg was sent back to Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League and defenseman Blake Siebenaler returned to Niagara of the OHL. The team also released goaltender Scott Munroe from his professional tryout contract. He was expected to report to Springfield, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate.

      ---The San Jose Sharks reduced their training camp roster by three players on Wednesday, according to general manager Doug Wilson.

      Forward Jimmy Bonneau and goaltender Aaron Dell were sent to the Worchester Sharks camp and goalie Ben Meisner was released from a tryout contract, bringing the Sharks' roster to 45 players.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Red Wings' Datsyuk out 4-5 weeks
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk has a second-degree separation of his right shoulder and will be out four to five weeks.

    • Datsyuk sustained the injury in Detroit's preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Monday when he was checked into the glass by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi.

      Datsyuk, who had a goal and an assist in the Red Wings' 2-1 win, had an MRI on Wednesday.

      "The good news is that there's two weeks to go before the regular season starts (Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins)," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He'll have two weeks of healing under his belt."

      Datsyuk, 36 and entering his 13th season, missed 30 games with a knee injury and seven with a concussion in 2013-14. He still managed 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games.

      The Red Wings also agreed to terms with defenseman Joe Hicketts on a three-year, entry-level contract.

      Hicketts, 18, signed his first NHL contract after attending Detroit's development camp in July and playing for the club last week at the 2014 NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich.

      In 2013-14, Hicketts skated in 36 games for Victoria of the Western Hockey League, ranking second among the team's defensemen with 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) despite missing nearly half the season due to injury. The 5-foot-8, 186-pound blueliner has played in 103 WHL games for Victoria since 2012-13, totaling 48 points.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Rangers' Stepan suffers fractured fibula
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Rangers center Derek Stepan sustained a fractured fibula during an on-ice workout Wednesday.

    • The team said Stepan will be examined by team doctors later Wednesday but there was no timetable for his return.

      "We're going to know exactly this afternoon," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. "He was feeling real good the last 48 hours. He came in this morning, had a third X-ray done. Everything looked normal and good to go, stepped on the ice and unfortunately he got hurt. Normally, a broken leg is four to six (weeks)."

      According to Northjersey.com, Stepan was taking part in a full-rink sprint drill, but shortly after pushing off and trying to get up to speed, he fell to his knees. Stepan was helped off by teammates to get to the locker room.

      Stepan had not been on the ice since Saturday because of a foot contusion sustained blocking a Dan Girardi shot during an informal skate Sept. 9. Vigneault said Stepan had X-rays taken immediately after he was hit, again Sunday and then again before skating Wednesday, and all came back negative.

      The 24-year-old Stepan set career-highs last season in assists (40), points (57), shots on goal (199), power-play goals (5), power-play assists (13) and power-play points (18) in 82 games. He had 15 points in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

      In four seasons, Stepan has not missed a regular-season game. He has missed one Stanley Cup playoff game last seasn.

      The Rangers begin the regular season Oct. 9 against the St. Louis Blues.

  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    Blue Jackets make 3 roster moves
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets made their first roster moves of training camp, returning two prospects to their respective junior clubs on Wednesday.

    • Left winger Markus Soberg was sent back to Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League and defenseman Blake Siebenaler returned to Niagara of the OHL.

      The team also released goaltender Scott Munroe from his professional tryout contract. He was expected to report to Springfield, the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate.

      The Blue Jackets, who are 3-0-0 in the preseason, return to action on Thursday when they visit the St. Louis Blues.