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Curtis Lazar has been chosen by the Ottawa Senators with the 17th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Before the season, Lazar was considered one of the top prospects in the draft, but a change of role into a more defensive-minded position seems to have unfairly lessened his value in the eyes of many scouts. He still scored 38 goals in 72 games for the Oil Kings, despite being asked to shut down opponents' top players on a nightly basis. Lazar is one of the top two-way forwards in the draft, and is seen as one of the surest bets to make an NHL roster. He knows how to position himself at both ends of the ice, and uses his size well despite his relatively small frame. While Lazar knows when to make the safe, smart play, he can sometimes be a little too conservative which detracts from his offensive capabilities. How he develops those capabilities will determine how far he will go once he reaches the NHL.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 04:56:00 PM

Thomas Greiss was the first goaltender to leave the ice for the Penguins Tuesday morning.

That's usually a good way of telling who the starter will be, so it looks like Greiss will get the nod. Marc-Andre Fleury played in the All-Star Game, so the Penguins presumably want to give their top goaltender a breather.
Jan 27 - 11:49 AM

Kris Letang (head) is being regarded as a game-time decision on Tuesday.

The fact that Letang is even being talked about as a possibility to play is an encouraging development. Concussions don't conform to standard timetables, so the fear when Letang was initially hit by Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo was that he would be on the sidelines for a while. As it is though, Letang has only been absent for one game, albeit partially due to the All-Star break. It Letang plays Tuesday, then Scott Harrington will probably serve as a healthy scratch.
Jan 27 - 11:44 AM

Ray Emery will play between the pipes on Tuesday.

Emery has been helping to fill the void left by Steve Mason (knee). However, Mason is healthy enough to backup now, so Emery will probably be warming the bench Thursday.
Jan 27 - 11:26 AM

Erik Johnson will be out of action for three-to-eight weeks with a knee injury.

He had a knee scope performed on Monday. Johnson missed the All-Star Game due to the ailment. He has posted a career high of 12 goals in 47 games this season and he has 23 points.
Jan 26 - 5:49 PM

Darcy Kuemper has been sent to AHL Iowa on a conditioning assignment.

He can be there for up to two weeks. That leaves Devan Dubnyk as Minnesota's likely starter and Niklas Backstrom as the backup. Kuemper made his return to the lineup last Tuesday in a relief appearance against Detroit and he stopped all 14 shots he faced. He missed six games with a lower-body injury before that.
Jan 26 - 4:53 PM

Evgeni Malkin (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve.

He hasn't played since Jan. 20. Malkin wasn't expected to return immediately after the All-Star break. He's tied for third in the league scoring race with 51 points in 45 games this season.
Jan 26 - 4:19 PM

Tyler Johnson (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against Carolina.

He took part in Monday's practice, but coach Jon Cooper said he's still day-to-day. Johnson wasn't able to play in the All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury, but he's still eligible to play because he participated in All-Star weekend events.
Jan 26 - 3:52 PM

Updating an earlier item, Dion Phanuef is being listed as week-to-week with an upper-body injury.

The Maple Leafs made the announcement via their Twitter account and said that the Toronto captain was injured before the All-Star break.
Jan 26 - 3:49 PM

Kevin Bieksa will be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks after he underwent hand surgery.

He sustained a broken hand just before the All-Star break. Bieksa has nine points, 74 hits, 75 blocks and 63 penalty minutes in 45 games this campaign.
Jan 26 - 3:15 PM

Updating an earlier item, Kyle Okposo is projected to miss six-to-eight weeks with an upper-body injury.

That's a tough blow for the Islanders, as Okposo is the second on the team with 44 points in 46 games. He's formed an excellent tandem with John Tavares this season. Ryan Strome could be a candidate to replace Okposo on the top line.
Jan 26 - 3:09 PM

Los Angeles has placed Mike Richards on waivers.

According to reports, the Kings had been trying to move Richards, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts. He has $5.75 million cap hit until 2019-2020 season and he's earning $7 million this year.
Jan 26 - 12:43 PM

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