News: Updating an earlier report, Grimaldi was reassigned to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Impact: After scoring his first career goal Saturday, Grimaldi is being sent back because some of Florida's regulars are becoming healthy. The 21-year-old will be left down in the minors unless more injuries pop up, but knowing how Dale Tallon likes to take his time with his prospects, expect him to continue developing in the AHL.
News: Grimaldi was recalled from AHL Worcester on Sunday
Impact: Grimaldi will give the Panthers some emergency depth in case the team loses another forward before Monday's game. His addition will likely be temporary, as a number of forwards could return at some point this week.
News: Campbell was able to notch an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators.
Impact: The assist gives him seven points (1G,6A) in the first 18 games of the season. After only putting two assists on the board in the month of October, he has had a solid month of November collecting one goal and four assists. Averaging 23:53 minutes of ice time per game ranks him 23rd in the NHL this season. Campbell will always produce the majority of his points on the power play which is good news for fantasy owners who are awarded extra points for special teams points. He is only owned in 17% of espn leagues, so if his play continues to improve don't be surprised to see him on someone else's roster instead of the waiver wire.
News: Ekblad dished out an assist in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators.
Impact: The assist gives the 18-year-old rookie 11 points on the season, which leads all rookie defencemen in scoring. He continues to play over 20 minutes a night on the first defence pairing and averaging 2:51 on the power play.
News: Grimaldi scored his first goal career goal in Saturday's shootout loss to the Predators.
Impact: The marker came with less than one minute left in regulation with the extra attacker on the ice, which sparked a comeback to get the game to overtime but eventually losing in the shootout. Grimaldi should continue to play for the Panthers until one of their regulars can come back into the lineup from injury. Scottie Upshall is day-to-day and considering Grimaldi can be sent down to the minors without having to clear waivers, he should be the first option to be taken out of the lineup.
News: Bjugstad's current point streak stands at four games and eight points, including five goals, after scoring his seventh of the season in Saturday's shootout loss to the Predators.
Impact: He's white-hot right now -- his goal came with 31 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime. He really is carrying this squad on his back. And that means you can benefit. Get him in there.
News: Bolland (groin) joined the team for Saturday's morning skate, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: Bolland doesn't appear to be close to returning from injured reserve just yet, but the fact that he's skating with the rest of his mates would seem to indicate progress. The veteran center has been sidelined since mid-October with a groin strain.
News: Pirri (concussion) participated in the Panthers' morning skate and could be a lineup option for Saturday's match with the Predators, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: In addition to Pirri, fellow injured forwards Scottie Upshall and Sean Bergenheim took to the ice. Coach Gerard Gallant was reluctant to say whether any of those players would return to the lineup later in the evening, but Pirri and Upshall in particular seemed to be ready to go. No decision on the status of either player will likely be known until the Panthers take part in their pregame warmup. Unlike Upshall, Pirri would face the added complication of having to be activated from injured reserve, a move that would likely force the team to send Rocco Grimaldi back to AHL San Antonio.
News: Upshall (lower body) was on the ice for Saturday's morning skate, Craig Davis of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Impact: In addition to Upshall, fellow injured forwards Brandon Pirri and Sean Bergenheim took to the ice. Coach Gerard Gallant was reluctant to say whether any of those players would return to the lineup later in the evening against the Predators, but Upshall and Pirri in particular seemed to be ready to go. No decision on the status of either player will likely be known until the Panthers take part in their pregame warmup.