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Dennis Seidenberg will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee.

According to GM Peter Chiarelli, Seidenberg is expected to require six to eight months of recovery time. He was injured in Friday's win over Ottawa when he tangled up with Ottawa forward Cory Conacher. Seidenberg ranks second among Boston's defensemen in average ice time this season at 21:50 per contest. He has 10 points and a plus-11 rating in 34 games.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 03:26:00 PM

Mikael Backlund did not practice with the Flames on Friday as he suffered an abdominal strain a few weeks ago.

Do not expect to see Backlund on the ice when the Flames start their pre-season schedule on Sunday. "I just talked to my agent (Mark MacKay) the other day and he said he had this problem for a full year when he played, and I don't want to go through that," Backlund said. "It's important that I stay patient and don't rush anything so that when I get back to playing, I'm going to be healthy for the rest of the year and it's not going to bug me. I don't want that to happen. I want to take my time now instead of have setbacks later in the season." Backlund was the Flames top centerman last season but his future role is likely to be on the second line as Sean Monahan will eventually take over the role. Look for Backlund to pick up 15-20 goals and 40-45 points in 2014-15.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 20 - 7:04 AM

Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that Anze Kopitar doesn’t get enough recognition for his offensive game.

"He’s one of the best players in the league. I mean he’s led the playoffs in scoring," said Sutter. "It tells you what kind of player he is, and he doesn’t get much recognition for that." Kopitar registered 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season. The 27-year-old is an elite center and should be drafted fairly early in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 19 - 9:40 PM

San Jose Sharks head coach Todd McLellan reiterated that the team sees Brent Burns as a defenseman, not a forward.

Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau said they’d like to see Burns return to being a forward, but their head coach doesn’t seem to agree. "Brent was acquired to provide us with a long-term, quarterback offensive defenseman," said McLellan. "He’s an NHL all-star defenseman and he’s earned the right to be there in those types of situations." The Sharks lost Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart this off-season and leaving Burns on the blue line is probably the right decision. The 29-year-old registered 22 goals and 48 points in 69 games primarily as a forward last season.
Sep 19 - 9:24 PM

Rene Bourque is hoping to build off the success he had in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bourque struggled during the regular season, registering only 9 goals and 16 points in 63 games. He caught fire in the playoffs however, scoring 8 goals and 11 points in just 17 games. "I want to be ready for the season-opener on October 8th, obviously. I want to be in the best shape that I can be," said Bourque. "I’m going to work as hard as I can the next couple of weeks and prepare myself as much as I can."
Sep 19 - 8:59 PM

Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of Blue Jackets training camp because he’s still rehabbing a knee injury.

Murray was supposed to practice with the afternoon group of players on Friday, but never hit the ice. Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray’s absence was just part of his rehab schedule. "This is part of his rehab process, and he’s not going to skate everyday" said Kekalainen. "So, today was just one of those days where he’s not going to skate." The Jackets are counting on the former second overall pick in 2012 to be a key part of their defense this season.
Sep 19 - 8:10 PM

Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of Avalanche training camp with a back injury.

McGinn is still recovering from off-season back surgery. Avs head coach Patrick Roy said that McGinn is day-to-day. The 26-year-old had 19 goals and 38 points for Colorado last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 7:46 PM

Joe Sakic is now the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche.

The former Avalanche GM, Greg Sherman, will stay on as the team's assistant general manager. While we can't know what goes on in the Avalanche's organization behind closed doors, from the outside looking in, this looks like just a change on paper. Sakic already outranked Sherman as the executive vice president of hockey operations (a title Sakic still holds) and had been the public face on the team's front office for some time now.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 4:02 PM

Claude Giroux (lower body) is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp.

"This just happened today. Its the first day of camp and guys go 100 miles per-hour and things happen," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "Obviously its not the way you want to start. That's the hand we were dealt and we're going to deal with it." The good news is Giroux won't miss any playing time, barring a setback. Unless his condition gets worse, this shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign, although it's certainly troubling that Giroux is already dealing with lower-body issues.
Sep 19 - 1:57 PM

Drew Doughty sustained an upper-body injury over the summer.

Doughty consequently didn't skate with the rest of the Kings on Friday. It's not clear how serious the injury is, but obviously he still has weeks to recover before he's in danger of missing any playing time.
Sep 19 - 1:09 PM

Ryan Whitney will participate in the St. Louis Blues' training camp on a tryout basis.

Whitney had 23 points and 52 penalty minutes in 45 AHL games last season. He also participated in seven contests with the Florida Panthers, but didn't record a point. At his height, Whitney was one of the league's top offensive defenseman, but we don't think he'll have any fantasy value in 2014-15.
Sep 19 - 12:47 PM

Despite earlier expectations that Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) would miss the start of training camp, he was on the ice for 50 minutes on Friday.

The decision for Crosby to skate was made Friday morning. "I just talked to [trainer Chris Steward] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit," Crosby said. "I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here." In other words, it doesn't sound like Crosby is completely over whatever's bothering him, but he feels he'd probably be able to play in a regular season game in his current state, so this situation isn't too concerning. He might practice with the Penguins on Saturday.
Sep 19 - 10:59 AM




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