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Nicklas Backtrom (illness) and Jason Chimera (undisclosed) are both expected to play Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Both players participated in Tuesday's morning skate and said they planned to play against Carolina. Chimera has been skating on the Caps' top line, but Backstrom is far more fantasy relevant. Fantasy owners should feel free to use both players as they normally would.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 05:40:00 PM

Tyler Seguin scored three goals and added an assist in the Dallas Stars' 5-4 victory over the visiting Florida Panthers in exhibition competition Monday night.

Two of Seguin's goals came on third-period power plays, and new Dallas center Jason Spezza assisted on both. Spezza turned in a productive night himself, with three points. He also scored his first goal of the preseason. Valeri Nichushkin chipped in with a goal and an assist while Ales Hemsky picked up two assists for the Stars. Florida goalie Roberto Luongo allowed five goals on 28 Dallas shots. Kari Lehtonen was beaten on three of the 16 Florida shots he faced while Anders Lindback, the other Dallas goalie Monday, let in a goal on eight shots.
Sep 29 - 11:33 PM

Jason Pominville scored three goals in the third period to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 preseason victory Monday night over the Pittsburgh Penguins, who played once again without superstar Sidney Crosby.

The Penguins announced Sunday that Crosby would make his preseason debut at Xcel Energy Center, but he returned to Nova Scotia for the funeral of his grandmother, who died Saturday. Pominville broke a 1-1 tie when he converted a pass from Zach Parise at 8:39 of the third period. He scored again at 12:57 and completed his hat trick by hitting the empty net with 20 seconds remaining. Parise opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. Pittsburgh tied it on a goal by Steve Downie at 15:33 of the second. That was the only one of the Penguins' 33 shots to beat goaltender Darcy Kuemper.
Sep 29 - 11:14 PM

Cody Eakin has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Dallas Stars.

Eakin has missed most of the preseason, but at least he has a week and a half to get back up to speed before the Stars' season opener. He's projected to be Dallas' third-line center after Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza.
Sep 29 - 4:33 PM

Patrick Maroon is practicing alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

Maroon is filling in for Dany Heatley, who is out with a groin injury. This situation is worth watching closely because there's no timetable for Heatley's return beyond the assertion that he'll miss at least a week and his presence on the top line wasn't set in stone to begin with. If Maroon gels with Getzlaf and Perry, then he might simply stick with them even once Heatley returns.
Sep 29 - 3:24 PM

Dany Heatley's previously undisclosed injury is a groin problem.

Heatley will be out for at least a week. If that's the extent of his absence, then he'll still be available for the start of the regular season.
Sep 29 - 3:11 PM

Lubomir Visnovsky is dealing with back spasms.

Visnovsky left Monday's practice as a result and is day-to-day. Back problems are always concerning and it remains to be seen if this will keep him out of the season opener.
Sep 29 - 12:04 PM

Cody McLeod has agreed to a three-year, $4 million extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

That will represent a mild increase over McLeod's current $1.15 million cap hit. Of the Avalanche forwards that currently have one-way contracts, only Daniel Briere is still scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July. McLeod had 13 points and 122 penalty minutes in 71 contests in 2013-14.
Sep 29 - 11:51 AM

Brad Stuart has agreed to a two-year, $7.2 million contract extension with Colorado.

In other words, Stuart will maintain his 2014-15 salary of $3.6 million. Stuart is 34 years old, so locking him up through the 2016-17 campaign is certainly a risk. He had 11 points in 61 games with San Jose last season. The Avalanche acquired him over the summer in exchange for a 2016 second round pick and 2017 sixth rounder.
Sep 29 - 11:07 AM

Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is likely to miss Pittsburgh's final two preseason games.

That would mean that Malkin wasn't able to play in a single exhibition contest. The Penguins have downplayed Malkin's ailment, but at this point we have to wonder if he'll be available for the start of the regular season.
Sep 29 - 10:59 AM

Reilly Smith has signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Boston Bruins.

Boston is lucky that Smith and Torey Krug finally blinked and signed matching $1.4 million deals because the Bruins weren't going to be able to pay them what they were worth unless they cleared up cap space with a trade. Smith broke out last season with 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games. If he manages to build on that, then he has plenty of bigger paydays ahead of him.
Sep 29 - 9:56 AM

Torey Krug has agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.4 million.

Krug is worth more than that, but the restricted free agent didn't have arbitration rights and the Bruins' cap situation tied their hands, barring a trade. Krug has missed most of training camp, but he'll be joining it with enough time to shake off the rust before Boston's opening game.
Sep 29 - 9:53 AM




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