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Steve Mason, G, PHI8/21/2014 1:56:00 PM
Description: Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Insight: He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey, but Mason should be ready for training camp. He posted a 33-18 record with a 2.50 goals against average in 61 games last year.
Clarke MacArthur, LW, OTT8/21/2014 1:48:00 PM
Description: Left wing Clarke MacArthur and the Senators have come to terms on a five-year extension.
Insight: MacArthur went on to tell the Ottawa Sun that he will not change the way he plays the game. "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game. I want to play good in both ends." MacArthur had 24 goals and 31 assists in his first season in Ottawa last year.
Alexander Semin, RW, CAR8/21/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins.
Insight: "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told," Francis said. A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season surgery to his wrist, which had been nagging him since the beginning of last year. Francis expects that to be a thing of the past.
Raffi Torres, LW, SJS8/21/2014 12:49:00 PM
Description: San Jose winger Raffi Torres will miss the first few months of the season because of an infection he developed after surgery to his right knee according to David Pollack of Mercury News.
Insight: Torres had another surgery on his knee due to the infection. He missed most of last season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Carey Price, G, MON8/21/2014 12:45:00 PM
Description: Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far."
Insight: Price stayed in Montreal until the end of June to rehabiliate his sprained knee. Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into Price's leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goaltender missed the rest of the series but should be ready for training camp.
Eric Staal, C, CAR7/30/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
Insight: GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Tyler Ennis, LW, BUF7/17/2014 3:34:00 PM
Description: The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension.
Insight: The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI7/9/2014 1:26:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to matching eight-year, $84 million extensions.
Insight: Toews is one of the top two-way players in the NHL. He had 68 points (28 goals) in 76 regular season games and 17 points (nine goals) in 19 postseason games this past season.
Patrick Kane, RW, CHI 7/9/2014 1:23:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews to identical eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.
Insight: The new cap hits start in the 2015-16 season. Kane has produced 124 points (52 goals) in 116 games the past two seasons and has 91 points (37 goals) in 93 career playoff games.
Mike Fisher, C, NAS7/7/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Predators center Mike Fisher suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon and will miss the next four-to-six months, according to predators.nhl.com.
Insight: While Fisher isn't great, he's the Predators top center and was expected to play with newly acquired winger James Neal. Either Matt Cullen or Colin Wilson will play with Neal while Fisher is out. Obviously, both are a big step down from Evgeni Malkin.
David Legwand, C, OTT7/4/2014 8:18:00 PM
Description: David Legwand has signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Senators.
Insight: Legwand played the first 956 games of his career with the Nashville Predators before going to his hometown Red Wings at the trade deadline last season. He finished with 51 points (14 goals) in 83 games.
Dave Bolland, C, FLA7/3/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: The Panthers signed Dave Bolland to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Tuesday.
Insight: It's a massive overpay for a player who isn't a top-line caliber center. Bolland suffered a severed tendon in his ankle last season and played just 23 games for Toronto.
Jussi Jokinen, LW, FLA7/3/2014 1:00:00 PM
Description: Jussi Jokinen will likely see a decrese in fantasy value after signing with the Florida Panthers Tuesday.
Insight: Jokinen saw top-six minutes for the Penguins last season and finished with 21 goals and 57 points, both his most since 2009-10. However, he'll go from having Evgeni Malkin as his center to 21-year-old Nick Bjugstad, 18-year-old Aleksander Barkov or fellow free agent signee Dave Bolland.
Radim Vrbata, RW, VAN7/2/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Radim Vrbata has signed a two-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.
Insight: The 33-year-old Vrbata had 20 goals, 31 assists, 263 SOG and 21 PPP last season, so he was still a quality fantasy winger. His value will grow on the Canucks, especially if he's used on the top line with the Sedins.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, NYI7/2/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: The Islanders have signed center Mikhail Grabovski to a four-year, $20 million contract.
Insight: In just 58 games for the Capitals last year, Grabovski had 13 goals and 22 assists (35 points). He's produced 50-plus points twice in his career and is a solid second- or third-line center.
Matt Moulson, LW, BUF7/2/2014 5:48:00 PM
Description: Matt Moulson signed a five-year, $25 million contract with the Sabres Tuesday.
Insight: The Islanders trade of Moulson to the Sabres for Thomas Vanek last season promptly sunk his fantasy value. He had 11 goals and 18 assists in 44 games with Buffalo before being dealt to Minnesota, where he had six goals and seven assists in 20 games. He'll be a 50-point player at best in 2014-15 given the talent level on the Sabres.
Ryan Miller, G, VAN 7/2/2014 12:37:00 PM
Description: Goalie Ryan Miller signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Canucks on Tuesday.
Insight: Eddie Lack had a 2.41 GAA, a .912 SV% and four shutouts as a rookie last year, but the Canucks decided to bring in the top goalie on the free agent market in Miller. Miller, a former Vezina Trophy winner, had a 2.64 GAA and a .918 SV% with the Sabres and Blues last season, but he played poorly in the final month of the regular season and the playoffs.
Jonas Hiller, G, CAL 7/1/2014 8:45:00 PM
Description: Goalie Jonas Hiller is now a member of the Calgary Flames.
Insight: Calgary gave him a two-year, $9 million contract on Tuesday. Hiller had 29 wins, a 2.48 GAA and a .911 SV% with the Anaheim Ducks last season and owns a .916 SV% in his career. The Flames were one of the worst possession teams in the NHL last season and are still in rebuilding mode, so Hiller's fantasy value takes a big hit with this move.
Ales Hemsky, RW, DAL7/1/2014 8:41:00 PM
Description: Right winger Ales Hemsky signed with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Insight: The Stars gave him $12 million over three years. Hemsky presumably will play with newly acquired center Jason Spezza on the team's second line. Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after the Oilers traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 30-year-old winger tallied four goals and 13 assists in 20 games with the Sens.
Christian Ehrhoff, D, PIT7/1/2014 8:34:00 PM
Description: After being bought out by the Sabres a couple days ago, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff signed with the Penguins Tuesday.
Insight: Ehrhoff inked a one-year deal worth $4 million. The 31-year-old Ehrhoff has averaged eight goals and 29 assists (37 points) per 82 games in his career. While the Penguins' top power-play unit has consisted of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, James Neal and Kris Letang the past few seasons, they just traded Neal and may go with Ehrhoff in his place in 2014-15.
Matt Niskanen, D, WAS7/1/2014 8:31:00 PM
Description: The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract.
Insight: With Kris Letang and Paul Martin dealing with injuries for most of the season, the 27-year-old Niskanen stepped up and served as the Penguins top blueliner. He finished with 10 goals and 36 assists in 81 games, all career highs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to quite reach those numbers again.
Thomas Vanek, LW, MIN7/1/2014 8:26:00 PM
Description: Thomas Vanek has signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Wild.
Insight: Minnesota will be the fourth team Vanek has played for since the start of the 2013-14 season. Vanek played for the University of Minnesota from 2002-04. He had fantasy value everywhere he went last season, producing nine points in 13 games with Buffalo, 15 points in 18 games with Montreal and 44 points in 47 games with the New York Islanders. He should challenge the 70-point mark again in 2014-15.
Jarome Iginla, RW, COL7/1/2014 8:22:00 PM
Description: After one season in Boston, Jarome Iginla has signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Avalanche.
Insight: Iginla, who had 30 goals and 31 assists in 78 games last season, will provide a veteran presence on a team flush with young forwards. Paul Statsny signed with the Blues on Tuesday, but Iginla will still get a chance to play with either Nathan MacKinnon or Matt Duchene.
Brad Richards, C, CHI7/1/2014 8:19:00 PM
Description: The Blackhawks have signed Brad Richards to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Insight: The Rangers bought out Brad Richards in June. The 34-year-old had 51 points (20 goals) in 82 games last season, but he certainly could see an uptick as Chicago's second-line center.
Paul Stastny, C, STL 7/1/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.
Insight: The 28-year-old Stastny had 25 goals and 60 points in 71 games last season and has produced at least 53 points in a season six times, but the Avalanche didn't have to re-sign him with so many young and talented centers in the fold. Whether he centers the top line or skates on the second line, Stastny is going to be playing with some skilled teammates as the Blues have one of the deepest teams in the NHL.
Jason Spezza, C, DAL7/1/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: The Senators have traded Jason Spezza to the Stars along with Ludvig Karlsson for Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul, Alex Chiasson and a 2015 second-round pick.
Insight: This is the second straight offseason the Stars have acquired a frontline center. Spezza is likely to center the team's second line with free-agent acquisition Ales Hemsky at right wing. He shouldn't lose any fantasy value from the move.
James Neal, LW, NAS6/27/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: The Penguins have traded James Neal to Nashville for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. SOURCE: Darren Dreger, TSN
Insight: Neal's fantasy value will never be higher than it was in Pittsburgh where he got to play alongside MVP winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Despite a weaker supporting cast, Neal is still a talented player and should score his fair share of goals for the Predators next season.
Ryan Kesler, C, ANA6/27/2014 9:21:00 PM
Description: Anaheim has acquired center Ryan Kesler from the Canucks. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: The Ducks are sending Nick Bonino to Vancouver along with Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in tonight's NHL Draft. In ten seasons with the Canucks, Kesler tallied 182 goals while firing 1,557 shots on net.
Mike Ribeiro, C, ARI6/27/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: The Coyotes have decided to buy out the rest of Mike Ribeiro's contract. SOURCE: Coyotes.nhl.com
Insight: The move has more to do with Ribeiro's increasingly erratic behavior than the Coyotes' salary cap number. He posted 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in his only year in Arizona.
Marian Gaborik, RW, LOS6/25/2014 3:03:00 PM
Description: Marian Gaborik has re-signed with the Kings for seven years.
Insight: Los Angeles hit the jackpot in its deadline acquisition of Gaborik for Matt Frattin and two draft picks. He had five goals and 11 assists in 19 regular season games and led the NHL with 14 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs to help the Kings win their second title in three years. This is still a risky signing, however, because Gaborik is 32 years old and missed 41 games last season.
Ryan Callahan, RW, TAM6/25/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Winger Ryan Callahan is staying with the Lightning on a six-year deal worth $34.8 million.
Insight: Callahan had six goals and five assists in 20 games after the Rangers traded him to Tampa Bay for Martin St. Louis. The gritty forward has accumulated 265 points in 470 career games.
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT6/24/2014 9:47:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby has won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player for the second time in his career.
Insight: Crosby's first MVP came in 2007 when he was only 19 years old. The 104 points Crosby netted this year were his most since 2010. The former No. 1 pick should be an MVP front-runner for the forseeable future.
Tuukka Rask, G, BOS6/24/2014 9:39:00 PM
Description: Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has been awarded the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Boston goalies have taken three of the last six Vezina trophies. Rask was certainly deserving of the honor, winning 36 games for the B's this year while logging an impressive 2.04 GAA. Only Minnesota's Josh Harding (.933) had a higher save percentage than Rask (.930) during the regular season.
Nathan MacKinnon, C, COL6/24/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon is your 2013-14 NHL Rookie of the Year.
Insight: The first pick in last year's draft didn't disappoint in his rookie season. In 82 games, MacKinnon produced 24 goals, 39 assists and a +20 rating while providing five game-winning goals. The 18-year-old from Nova Scotia has an extremely bright future in Colorado.
Duncan Keith, D, CHI6/24/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Chicago's Duncan Keith has won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2013-14 season.
Insight: Duncan received the same honor back in 2010. He was second in points among defenseman last season with 61 in 79 games. Duncan turns 31 in July.
Jonathan Quick, G, LOS6/24/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick will need 10-to-12 weeks to recover after undergoing wrist surgery. SOURCE: Brandon Sun, Canadien Press
Insight: If Quick was injured during the playoffs, he sure didn't play like it (16-10, 2.58 GAA in 26 games). The two-time Stanley Cup champion should be ready for the start of the season.
Scott Hartnell, RW, CLB6/23/2014 10:28:00 PM
Description: The Flyers traded Scott Hartnell to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger on Monday.
Insight: The Flyers also received a fourth-round pick. Hartnell had 52 points (20 goals) in 78 games this past season. The 32-year-old has five years remaining on a six-year, $28.5 million contract and had to waive his no-trade clause. "(Flyers GM Ron Hextall) decided it was best for me to move on from the Flyers," Hartnell said. "To be honest, I was pretty shocked at first. I was upset and a little angry. I took a few days to look at the situation. It was hard." Hartnell will lose fantasy value going from Philly to Columbus.
Brad Richards, C, NYR6/21/2014 4:20:00 PM
Description: Brad Richards has been bought out by the Rangers. SOURCE: Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet
Insight: It's not unexpected and the move frees up nearly $7 million in cap room for New York. Richards was productive during his three-year stay in Manhattan, generating 56 goals and 95 assists in 210 games for the Blue Shirts. This season marked Richards' second trip to the Stanley Cup after winning it with the Lightning in 2004.
Shawn Thornton, LW, BOS6/17/2014 7:41:00 PM
Description: The Bruins have told left wing Shawn Thornton that they won't be re-signing him. SOURCE: TSN
Insight: Thornton (five goals, three assists in 2013-14) said he appreciated the team's honesty. He's a fourth-liner with no fantasy value.
Justin Williams, RW, LOSHot6/14/2014 5:12:00 PM
Description: Kings winger Justin Williams took home the Conn Smythe trophy for the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Insight: Williams produced nine goals and 25 points in 26 postseason games for the Stanley Cup champions after putting up 19 goals, 24 assists and 239 shots on goal in the regular season. In the seven games in which the Kings faced elimination this postseason, Williams had six goals and five assists.
Kimmo Timonen, D, PHI6/13/2014 9:14:00 PM
Description: The Flyers have re-signed defenseman Kimmo Timonen. SOURCE: Flyers.nhl.com
Insight: Timonen's one-year deal is worth $2 million. It wouldn't be surprising if the 39-year-old called it quits after next season.
Jason Spezza, C, OTT6/11/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Senators center Jason Spezza has asked for a trade. SOURCE: Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun
Insight: We've heard rumblings about this for a while so it isn't exactly breaking news that Spezza wants out of Ottawa. He was 14th among centers in scoring this year with 66 points in 75 games.
Logan Couture, C, SJS6/11/2014 4:01:00 PM
Description: San Jose center Logan Couture underwent surgery on his hand last week, according to the Associated Press.
Insight: Couture hurt his hand fighting with Mike Richards of the Kings in Game 6 of San Jose's first-round playoff series, which the Kings won after coming back from a 3-0 deficit. He's expected to be fully recovered by training camp.
Ondrej Palat, LW, TAM6/10/2014 8:02:00 PM
Description: Ondrej Palat and the Lightning have agreed to a new three-year, $10 million deal. SOURCE: St. Petersburg Times
Insight: Palat performed admirably as a rookie, scoring 23 goals and contributing 36 assists in 81 regular season contests. The 23-year-old has a bright future in Tampa Bay.
Daniel Carcillo, LW, NYR6/10/2014 3:20:00 PM
Description: New York Rangers left wing Daniel Carcillo is eligible to play in Game 4 after serving his suspension.
Insight: Whether he does, is another story. Carcillo only contributed in one fantasy category this season. He had 100 penalty minutes in 57 games.
Dan Boyle, D, NYI6/9/2014 8:11:00 PM
Description: Defenseman Dan Boyle reportedly has no interest in playing for the New York Islanders, who acquired the veteran blueliner's rights from the Sharks on June 5 for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick. SOURCE: Andy Strickland, Big 550 KTRS.
Insight: The 37-year-old Boyle will become a restricted free agent on July 1 and is only interested in playing for a contender. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Martin Brodeur, G, NJD6/6/2014 9:30:00 PM
Description: Martin Brodeur will test free agency this summer. The veteran goaltender is not expected to return to New Jersey. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: All good things must come to an end. Assuming Brodeur has played his final game for the Devils, he'll finish his New Jersey career with 688 wins, 394 losses and a 2.24 GAA. The 42-year-old is likely to be a backup wherever he plays next season.
Dan Boyle, D, NYI6/5/2014 7:51:00 PM
Description: The Sharks have traded Dan Boyle's rights to the Islanders for a conditional 2015 fifth-round pick.
Insight: The pick becomes a fourth-rounder if Boyle signs with the Islanders. He'll become a restricted free agent on July 1. In 75 games this past season, Boyle had 12 goals but just 24 assists, 154 shots and a -8 rating. Two seasons ago, Boyle had 48 points (9 G, 39 A), a +10 and 252 SOG in 81 games.
Daniel Carcillo, LW, NYR6/3/2014 7:47:00 PM
Description: On appeal, New York left wing Daniel Carcillo had his suspension reduced from ten games to six. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He made contact with an official in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and sat out the rest of the series. Carcillo is eligible to return in Game 4 of the upcoming Stanley Cup Finals against the Kings.
Carey Price, G, MON5/31/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Montreal netminder Carey Price won't need surgery for the knee injury he suffered against the Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: It's fair to wonder how the series, which the Rangers won in six games, would have played out had Price been healthy. Either way, it sounds like he should be fine for the start of next season.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR5/29/2014 10:56:00 PM
Description: Henrik Lundqvist shook off a brutal outing in Game 5 to shut out Montreal in the Rangers' series-clinching win Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
Insight: New York is headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994. Lundqvist has saved a remarkable 92.2 percent of the shots he's faced this postseason. The Rangers will face the winner of the Blackhawks/Kings series that resumes tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
Dale Weise, RW, MON5/29/2014 3:00:00 PM
Description: Montreal right wing Dale Weise will not play Thursday in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: The Bergen Record
Insight: Weise took a blow to the head in Game 5, though the Canadiens aren't calling his injury a concussion. Rangers defenseman John Moore was handed a two-game suspension for the hit.
J.T. Miller, C, NYR5/29/2014 11:23:00 AM
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller is doubtful for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday against Montreal due to an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He didn't travel with the team to Montreal for Game 5 and its unclear whether he'll be ready for this game. Miller has posted six points in 30 regular season games and two points in four playoff games.
Dale Weise, RW, MON5/29/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Montreal winger Dale Weise is questionable for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Thursday against New York after taking a blow to the head in Game 5.
Insight: Weise had just 16 points in 61 regular season games between Vancouver and Montreal, but has been productive in the playoffs with three goals and four assists in 16 games.
Alexei Emelin, D, MON5/29/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin is questionable for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final Thursday against New York due to a lower body injury.
Insight: Emelin has posted three goals and 14 assists in 54 regular games, but just two assists in 15 playoff games with a -4 rating.
John Moore, D, NYR5/28/2014 8:21:00 PM
Description: New York defenseman John Moore has been suspended for the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals. Moore received a game misconduct for a high hit on Montreal right wing Dale Weise Tuesday in Game 5. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: If the Rangers clinch in Game 6, Moore will be suspended for the opening game of the Stanley Cup Finals. Moore has averaged 14 minutes of ice time per game in the postseason.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, MON5/28/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk (knee) has recorded three points in four games since returning to the lineup.
Insight: Galchenyuk missed the first two series of the playoffs with a knee injury. He scored a goal and had an assist Tuesday against the Rangers.
Rene Bourque, LW, MON5/28/2014 11:07:00 AM
Description: Montreal left wing Rene Bourque had a hat trick in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers Tuesday night.
Insight: Bourque has eight goals this postseason after scoring nine in 63 games during the regular season.
Chris Kreider, LW, NYRHot5/28/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Rangers winger Chris Kreider had a goal and three assists in New York's loss to Montreal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals Tuesday night.
Insight: Kreider has eight points in the series and 10 points in nine postseason games.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/28/2014 11:04:00 AM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) had two goals in his return to the lineup for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. He's produced nine points in his last six playoff games.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/27/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) did not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal and is questionable for Game 5.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. He has been a solid points producer during the playoff season with 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in 17 games.
J.T. Miller, C, NYR5/27/2014 10:59:00 AM
Description: Rangers rookie center J.T. Miller is doubtful for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final Tuesday against Montreal due to an upper body injury (shoulder).
Insight: He didn't travel with the team to Montreal, but its unclear whether he'll be there for the game. Miller posted six points in 30 regular season games and two points in four playoff games.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYRHot5/26/2014 9:26:00 AM
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist wasn't one of the three stars of Game 4, but he did stop 27 of 29 shots en route to the victory and a 3-1 lead in the series.
Insight: Lundqvist has stopped 109 of 117 attempts (.931 save percentage) in this series. He's 11-7 with a .931 save percentage and a 1.98 GAA in 18 playoff games this season.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/25/2014 8:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan (jaw) will not play in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against Montreal.
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw in Game 3 when he took a high hit from Brandon Prust. It's possible he'll miss the rest of the postseason, though a couple of Montreal players have expressed doubt about the severity of Stepan's injury.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: According to Montreal right wing Brendan Gallagher, the Canadiens are expecting New York center Derek Stepan to suit up Sunday in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: National Post
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw a little over 48 hours ago so this would be an incredibly fast recovery. If Stepan does play on Sunday, he'll obviously have to wear some sort of protection to cover up his face.
Jonathan Toews, C, CHI5/24/2014 11:05:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Jonathan Toews found the net twice Saturday versus the Kings.
Insight: It wasn't enough as Los Angeles was able to capture a 4-3 win, securing a 2-1 series lead in the process. Toews now has eight goals and five assists this postseason.
Drew Doughty, D, LOS5/24/2014 11:02:00 PM
Description: Drew Doughty scored his second goal of the playoffs Saturday in a win over Chicago.
Insight: Doughty also added an assist. His goal 11 minutes and 57 seconds into the third period ended up being the difference maker. The 24-year-old now has 13 goals in 67 postseason appearances.
Jeff Carter, C, LOSHot5/24/2014 10:59:00 PM
Description: Kings center Jeff Carter stayed hot by providing a goal and two assists Saturday in a Game 3 victory over the Blackhawks.
Insight: Only teammate Anze Kopitar has produced more points than Carter this postseason. Game 4 is Monday night at Staples Center.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/24/2014 4:09:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Game 4 versus Montreal. SOURCE: Steve Zipay, Newsday
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw Thursday in Game 3. We wouldn't expect him on the ice anytime soon.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR5/24/2014 3:59:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard is expected to play Sunday in Game 4 against Montreal. SOURCE: Steve Zipay, Newsday
Insight: Brassard has missed the last two games with an upper body injury. New York could certainly use his help on offense after scoring just twice Thursday night in Game 3.
Tyler Johnson, C, TAM5/23/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson has agreed to a three-year, $10 million contract extension. SOURCE: Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night in Canada
Insight: The 23-year-old is coming off a strong rookie season, delivering 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) in 82 appearances. Johnson is a bargain at that price.
Derek Stepan, C, NYR5/23/2014 8:07:00 PM
Description: New York center Derek Stepan is out indefinitely after suffering a broken jaw Thursday against Montreal. SOURCE: Darren Dreger, TSN
Insight: Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust was suspended two games for the hit that led to the injury. Don't be surprised if Stepan misses the remainder of the postseason.
Daniel Carcillo, LW, NYR5/23/2014 7:50:00 PM
Description: Rangers left wing Daniel Carcillo is facing a ten-game suspension for "applying physical force" against an official. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: He was ejected from Thursday's Game 3 early in the first period. Carcillo has chosen to appeal the ruling. If it stands, Carcillo would likely miss the rest of the playoffs.
Brandon Prust, LW, MON5/23/2014 7:42:00 PM
Description: Canadiens left wing Brandon Prust will serve a two-game suspension for his hit on Derek Stepan Thursday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. SOURCE: NHL.com
Insight: Stepan broke his jaw on the play. Prust (two assists in 12 playoff appearances) is getting off easy with only a two-game ban. He'll be eligible to return for Game 6, assuming the Rangers don't win the next two to close out the series.
Jaroslav Halak, G, NYI5/22/2014 8:20:00 PM
Description: Jaroslav Halak has agreed to a four-year, $18 million extension with the Islanders. SOURCE: Arthur Staple, Newsday
Insight: The 29-year-old spent most of last season with the Blues before being sent to Washington at the trade deadline. He was traded again a few weeks later. Halak was going to be a free agent this offseason but now he's under Islanders' control until 2018.
Olli Maatta, D, PIT5/22/2014 8:16:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta needs 4-to-6 months to recover from shoulder surgery. SOURCE: Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: If that timetable holds true, Maatta may miss the beginning of next season. The 19-year-old logged nine goals and 20 assists during his rookie campaign.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS5/22/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice for Russia's quarterfinal game against France Thursday at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. SOURCE: IIHFworlds2014.com
Insight: Ovechkin injured his knee early in the tournament but only ended up missing one game. He felt encouraged by his performance and could shed the knee brace he wore today for the semifinals.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI5/22/2014 8:05:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw hopes to return Saturday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Mark Potash, Chicago Sun-Times
Insight: He's sat out the last seven games with a leg injury. Chicago has compiled a 4-3 record during his absence.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR5/22/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: New York center Derick Brassard won't play Thursday in Game 3 versus Montreal. SOURCE: Jim Cerny, Rangers.NHL.com
Insight: That became obvious when Brassard (four goals, three assists this postseason) wasn't on the ice for pre-game warmups. He's missed the last two games with an upper body injury.
Jeff Carter, C, LOSHot5/21/2014 11:07:00 PM
Description: With the Kings down 2-1 going into the third period and facing a 2-0 series deficit in the Western Conference Finals versus Chicago, Jeff Carter suddenly came to life. He had a hat trick in the final period and L.A. walked away with a 6-2 win.
Insight: The Kings scored the final six goals of the game, five in the third period. The veteran has had an outstanding postseason, putting up 16 points (seven goals) in 16 games.
Dustin Tokarski, G, MON5/21/2014 6:43:00 PM
Description: Dustin Tokarski will start a second straight game Wednesday against the Rangers.
Insight: Tokarski started Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals after Carey Price suffered a knee injury in Game 1 that will keep him out the rest of the series. The 24-year-old allowed three goals on 30 shots in the Game 2 loss.
Andrew Shaw, C, CHI5/21/2014 6:41:00 PM
Description: Chicago center Andrew Shaw (lower body) will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals Wednesday against the Kings, according to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune.
Insight: Shaw (two goals, two assists this postseason) suffered a lower body injury in the first game of Chicago's second-round series and hasn't played since. He wanted to play Wednesday but will be held out by coach Joel Quenneville.
Rick Nash, LW, NYR5/19/2014 10:48:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash scored a goal for the second straight game Monday in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Canadiens.
Insight: Nash had just five points, all assists, in the team's first 14 games this postseason, but he's lit the lamp twice in the ECF and New York has a 2-0 lead.
Martin St. Louis, RW, NYRHot5/19/2014 10:45:00 PM
Description: Rangers winger Martin St. Louis extended his points streak to four games in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday night.
Insight: St. Louis didn't have a point in seven straight games this postseason, but he's compiled three goals and two assists in his last four.
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYRHot5/19/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was nearly impenetrable again in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday against the Canadiens.
Insight: Lundqvist made 40 saves on 41 shots to lead New York to a 2-0 series lead. He's won five straight games while allowing a total of six goals on 168 shots (.964 SV%, 1.20 GAA) in that span.
Carey Price, G, MON5/19/2014 10:10:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goalie Carey Price (knee) is done for the rest of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Rangers.
Insight: Price left Game 1 after just two periods due to his injury. The Canadiens started Dustin Tokarski, not Peter Budaj, in net for Game 2 Monday.
Marian Hossa, RW, CHI5/18/2014 7:46:00 PM
Description: Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa distributed two assists Sunday in a series-opening win over Los Angeles.
Insight: That gives Hossa eight helpers in his last six contests. Only Anze Kopitar has given out more assists than Hossa this postseason.
Brandon Saad, LW, CHI5/18/2014 7:35:00 PM
Description: Chicago left wing Brandon Saad opened the Western Conference Finals Sunday with two points and a +1 rating.
Insight: So far, he's delivered three goals and six assists in his first 13 postseason appearances. The Blackhawks are now just three wins away from clinching their second straight Western Conference title.
Alex Ovechkin, RW, WAS5/18/2014 4:17:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin suffered a right leg injury Sunday while representing his native Russia at the IIHF World Championships. SOURCE: Stephen Whyno, Canadian Press
Insight: He had to be helped off the ice. Until we know the full extent of Ovechkin's injury it's tough to speculate on how much time he might miss. The reigning Hart Trophy winner has led the league in goals each of the last two seasons.
Carey Price, G, MON5/18/2014 3:04:00 PM
Description: Canadiens goalie Carey Price (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals Monday against New York. SOURCE: Canadiens on Twitter
Insight: Price left Saturday's game after just two periods. He was also absent from practice on Sunday. If Price can't go in Game 2, Peter Budaj would get the start in his place.
Derick Brassard, C, NYR5/17/2014 9:15:00 PM
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard (undisclosed) is questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Canadiens, according to espn.com.
Insight: Mike Weaver crushed Brassard with an open-ice hit from behind in Game 1 and Brassard appeared to hurt his back. Brassard said he didn't feel like he could help the team after the hit and that he's "not sure" if he'll play in Game 2.
Mats Zuccarello, LW, NYRHot5/17/2014 6:34:00 PM
Description: Rangers left wing Mats Zuccarello led the team in points during the regular season and he's leading them in the postseason as well.
Insight: Zuccarello had a goal and two assists Saturday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Montreal, giving him 11 points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Rick Nash, LW, NYR5/17/2014 6:32:00 PM
Description: At long last, Rangers winger Rick Nash has scored a goal in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Insight: Nash had just five points, all assists, in the team's first 14 games this postseason. He came up with a goal and an assist in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday against Montreal.
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR5/17/2014 6:30:00 PM
Description: The Rangers scored seven goals against Montreal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and defenseman Ryan McDonagh had a hand in four of them.
Insight: McDonagh had a goal and three assists, giving him more points in one game than he had in the first 14 of this postseason.
Alex Galchenyuk, C, MON5/17/2014 9:33:00 AM
Description: Canadiens center Alex Galchenyuk, who suffered a right knee injury, has been cleared for contact, but no word on when he might return to the ice.
Insight: Galchenyuk could return sometime in the series with the Rangers. He produced 13 goals and 18 assists in 65 games with a -12 rating, though he had a better rookie season - nine goals, 18 assists and a +14 rating in 48 games.
Robyn Regehr, D, LOS5/16/2014 12:22:00 PM
Description: Kings defenseman Robin Regehr is questionable for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals Saturday against Anaheim due to an undisclosed injury.
Insight: He only produced 14 points in 79 games this season and has little to no fantasy value even when healthy.
Willie Mitchell, D, LOS5/16/2014 12:20:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is questionable for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals Saturday against Anaheim with an upper body injury.
Insight: He did skate before Game 6, but didn't play. Mitchell isn't a big scorer (1 G, 11 A), but he plays solid defense (+14). Still, it's not enough production for most fantasy owners. He has one point in six playoff contests.
Matt Beleskey, LW, ANA5/16/2014 12:18:00 PM
Description: Anaheim Ducks forward Matt Beleskey has been downgraded to out for Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals Saturday against Los Angeles.
Insight: Beleskey scored 24 points (9 G, 15 A) in 55 games this season, his best career totals. He totaled four points in five playoff games this season.
Frederik Andersen, G, ANA5/16/2014 12:15:00 PM
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen will miss Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals Saturday against Los Angeles due to a lower body injury.
Insight: The 24-year-old rookie went 20-5-0 with a 2.29 GAA and a .923 SV% as a backup to Jonas Hiller this season and he's 3-2 with a 3.10 GAA and .899 SV% in the postseason.
Brent Burns, RW, SJS5/15/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: The Sharks are planning to move Brent Burns back to defense next season. SOURCE: David Pollak, Mercury News
Insight: Burns actually did pretty well at forward in 2013-14, contributing 22 goals and 26 assists in 69 games. His 245 shots on goal were a career-high. Because of his knack for scoring, we'd expect Burns to be one of the better defensemen in fantasy hockey next season.


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