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Dennis Seidenberg agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Islanders on Wednesday worth $1 million, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

Impact

Seidenberg has definitely seen a drop off in his point production over the last few years, but remains a solid shutdown defenseman. While the move could mean little in terms of fantasy given his minimal value, the 35-year-old should compete for play time with youngsters Scott Mayfield and Ryan Pulock.

Zack Smith notched an assist and two PIM during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to Buffalo.

Impact

Clarke MacArthur suffered another brutal concussion, leaving the opportunity for Smith to return to the top six, a role he flourished in last season. The 28-year-old was originally told he would be in the checking role, but before the regular season even dropped the puck, the winger shoots up next to newcomer Derick Brassard and stud Bobby Ryan. The 2008 third-round pick may not reach 25 goals again, but based off surrounding talent alone, Smith has the opportunity to reach 30-plus points.

Bobby Ryan picked up an assist during Tuesday's 3-2 preseason loss in overtime to the Sabres.

Impact

Ryan assisted on new teammate Derick Brassard's goal, which could prove to be a rock solid combo in the regular season. With Clarke MacArthur out with another concussion, Zack Smith slid up to the second line and joined the party with a helper himself. The 29-year-old was just shy of 60 points last year, but with established center Brassard dishing the puck and threatening to score on a consistent basis, the 2005 No. 2 pick should have plenty of opportunities come his way in 2016-17.

Derick Brassard lit the lamp during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres.

Impact

Brassard came over from the Rangers in a swap for Mika Zibanejad in the offseason, a move that solidified Ottawa's desire to win now. The 29-year-old looked comfortable next to Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan, which could be the starting second line with Clarke MacArthur (concussion) out for the foreseeable future. The 2006 No. 6 pick should have no problems fitting in with his new team.

Kyle Quincey signed a one-year, $1.25 million deal with New Jersey on Wednesday.

Impact

Quincey spent part of the past five season with the Red Wings, but saw his 2015-16 campaign waylaid by injuries. The 31-year-old is the second veteran added by the Devils over the summer, which should raise some red flags for fantasy owners considering youngsters Steve Santini or Colton White for their lineups. Even if Quincey can stay healthy, the defenseman is unlikely to add much in terms of point production, but could fill some ancillary stat columns.

Despite playing against AHL regulars Tuesday, Derrick Pouliot did little to stand out. "I thought Derrick was … OK," coach Mike Sullivan said to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I'd like to see him be more assertive on the ice with his decision making. Just see him be a little bit quicker, a little more decisive. I think that will come in time. There's obviously a lot of rust involved for the player."

Impact

Pouliot is in the best shape of his life, training with Gary Roberts over the summer. He's expected to battle for a spot on the blue line but will have to show improvement over last season.

Joel Eriksson-Ek will return to his team in Sweden rather than the AHL if he doesn't make the Minnesota roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He had two shots on goal in Tuesday's preseason loss to Colorado.

Impact

Eriksson-Ek is competing with Tyler Graovac and Zac Dalpe for the center spot on the fourth line.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who allowed three goals on 19 shots Tuesday against Red Wings, was cut lightly across his throat by a Detroit player's skate but remained in the game, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Impact

Forward Matthew Lorito crashed the Pittsburgh net, grazing Fleury with his skates in the air. "The guy drove to the net and fell down," Fleury said. "I felt a little something. I was lucky it wasn't too serious." With Matt Murray sidelined for the opener, the Pens need to keep the veteran healthy.

Gustav Olofsson (knee) is expected to begin skating in the next few days, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Impact

Olofsson sustained a knee injury during a prospect tournament in early September. It was thought he'd be ready for the start of training camp, so he's slightly behind schedule.

Jack Eichel returned from representing Team North America at the World Cup and skated on his usual spot next to Sam Reinhart on Wednesday.

Impact

Eichel wasn't the big headline-making star for Team North America, but was still quite solid throughout the tournament, finishing with a goal and an assist in three games. After leading the Sabres with 24 goals in his rookie season, big things continue to be expected from Eichel, and scoring 30 goals this coming season isn't out of the question. At the end of the year the previous season, head coach Dan Bylsma indicated he'd like to keep Eichel and Reinhart together, and so far he's made good on his word. Who will play left wing on that line remains a question, and though Matt Moulson is getting the first look, the top two options are still Evander Kane and Tyler Ennis. Eichel is an excellent building block in dynasty leagues and should be able to score 60-70 points this season.

Matt Moulson skated alongside Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart at Wednesday's skate.

Impact

Moulson is coming off a difficult season where he scored just eight goals in 81 games, and he's getting an early look on Buffalo's second line. Reinhart, Kyle Okposo and Brian Gionta are virtual locks for the top three spots on the right wing, but the left wing will likely be more fluid and feature Moulson, Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis and possibly Zemgus Girgensons rotating between the top three spots, depending on injuries or matchups. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect Moulson to be a fixture on that second line – with Tyler Ennis playing with Kyle Okposo for the time being, it is still Kane's job to lose. At 32 years old and severely declining production, Moulson is a risky bet.

Derek Grant continues to impress at camp and could be named to the roster when the season starts, The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

Grant and general manager Tim Murray have known each other since both were members of the Ottawa Senators organization, and Grant was signed this past summer to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-3 center has been consistently excellent in the AHL over the past two seasons, and though there's a logjam at center with Ryan O'Reilly, Jack Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson in the mix, there is a lineup spot available and carrying extra centers never hurt. Should Grant make the team, it'll likely be as the fourth-line center. Though he scored 45 points in 36 games for AHL Stockton last year, his fantasy upside in the NHL is limited.

Andrew Shaw is scheduled for a hearing Thursday for his boarding penalty in Tuesday's matchup with Washington, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.

Impact

Shaw's physicality got the best of him Tuesday as he picked up 30 PIM in a preseason contest. Regardless of whether or not he is suspended for the hit, this will put the center on the repeat offender list for the entire season, which could serve to lengthen any future bans.

Al Montoya stopped seven of eight shots in 29:20 of action in Tuesday night's preseason win over Washington.

Impact

Montoya is expected to be Carey Price's backup when the regular season opens, but the Canadiens are letting the preseason battle play out with Montoya, Zach Fucale, Mike Condon and Charlie Lindgren each getting a look in net.

Andrew Shaw picked up two major penalties, a 10-minute misconduct and then a game misconduct in Tuesday night's preseason win over Washington.

Impact

Shaw's stat line from his first preseason game as a Canadien: 12:27 of ice time, one shot on goal, one hit and 30 minutes in penalties. The Habs acquired Shaw in the offseason to add some grit to the lineup, and the former Blackhawk is already living up to his reputation. He's slated to skate on the second line with Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Radulov when the season opens.

Greg Pateryn collected three assists while playing a game-high 26:01 in Montreal's preseason win over Washington on Tuesday.

Impact

Pateryn got extensive ice time on the Habs' top defensive pairing Tuesday, but will not be there once Andrei Markov and Shea Weber return from the World Cup of Hockey. Still, it was an encouraging performance for Pateryn, who finished up last season as a regular top-four defenseman. Offense isn't typically his calling card, but he showed some improvement in that area at the AHL level last year. The Canadiens will be pleased if the Michigan native can continue to lock down the blue line with physical play (100 hits in 38 games last season) while sacrificing his body (52 blocked shots).

Alexander Radulov had a hand in two power-play goals during the first period of Montreal's preseason win over Washington on Tuesday.

Impact

Radulov planted himself in front of the net in prime position to tip in a Greg Pateryn shot from the point and give Montreal a lead, then fed Nathan Beaulieu with a cross-ice pass to set up the Habs' second goal. The power play was a drag on the Canadiens' offense last season, so Radulov's efforts Tuesday were a welcome sign for a team starving for offense.

Jake Virtanen left Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Sharks with an upper-body injury and will not return, Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province reports.

Impact

The exact location of the injury remains unclear, but it appeared to be either a shoulder or neck issue for Virtanen. He'll likely be evaluated further following the game, so we should get a better understanding of a potential absence in the near future.

Mika Zibanejad exploded for a power-play goal and two assists – one on the man advantage – during Tuesday's 5-2 preseason victory over the Islanders.

Impact

Well, that didn't take long. Traded by the Senators over the offseason, Zibanejad looked stellar in his debut with the Rangers. While we can't get overly excited about preseason, the 23-year-old has been poised for a breakout and this type of performance can only help his case. The center amassed 21 goals and 30 assists last season with Ottawa and will be asked to shoulder more of the load in New York, leaving owners excited for what's to come in 2016-17.

Wayne Simmonds notched a power-play goal, adding an assist, two PIM and four hits during Tuesday's 4-0 preseason win against the Islanders.

Impact

Simmonds already looks in regular season form, even without a few studs in the lineup. The 28-year-old had a career year in 2015-16, finding twine 32 times and adding 28 assists, 147 PIM and 229 shots on goal. The winger has been a consistent offensive threat for five years with the Flyers, but struggles in the plus/minus department. The 2007 second-round pick has only reached positive for the year once (2009-10 with the Kings), which is one of the few knocks against the power-play weapon.