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Miro Heiskanen, who is a heralded blue-line prospect, believes that he is ready to compete at the highest level, NHL.com reports.

Erik Gudbranson (shoulder) has experienced no setbacks this summer and all signs point to the defenseman being ready for the start of the season, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 reports.

David Backes, who dealt with a number of issues and missed 25 games last year, is confident that he won't have a similar fate this coming season, NHL.com reports. "There's no doubt in my mind," he said. "I'd put money on it, that this year is better."

Jeff Skinner is projected for a top-line assignment flanking Jack Eichel to open the season, according to John Vogl of The Athletic Buffalo.

Nick Jensen is no lock to be a regular with the Red Wings this season, MLive.com reports.

Despite the Red Wings having acquired Jonathan Bernier in free agency, Jimmy Howard could still play in 50-plus games this season, MLive.com reports.

Kris Versteeg will sign with Avangard Omsk of the KHL, Ryan Leslie of Sportsnet reports.

Sean Monahan (wrist) believes he's 100 percent healthy and recovered from offseason surgeries, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

Marian Gaborik (back) could be placed on long-term injured reserve to open the 2018-19 season, Sporting News reports.

Anders Bjork (shoulder) will participate in the Stars and Stripes Showdown on Aug. 26 to honor the late Jim Johannson, who had been an executive for Team USA Hockey, The Hockey Writers reports.

Henrik Zetterberg's (back) health remains a serious concern for the Red Wings ahead of training camp, The Detroit News reports.

Ondrej Kase signed a three-year, $7.8 million contract with the Ducks on Wednesday.

Ryan Callahan (shoulder) participated in an informal workout on the ice Wednesday.

Cory Schneider has been dealing with his hip injury since 2016-17, NJ.com reports.

Joe Vitale will join the St. Louis Blues as a radio analyst.

Tommy Wingels inked a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (NLA) on Wednesday.

Lance Bouma inked a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette (NLA) on Wednesday.

Ville Pokka will spend the 2018-19 campaign playing for Avangard Omsk in the KHL.

Paul Postma agreed to terms with Ak Bars (KHL) on a one-year deal Wednesday, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.

Zach Werenski (shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the Blue Jackets' Opening Night clash with Detroit on Oct. 4, NHL.com reports.