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Mikael Backlund has left Team Sweden to do his concussion rehab in Calgary.

Backlund sustained the ailment during Sweden's match with Finland when Sami Lepisto hit him square in the face. Obviously leaving the World Cup early is not a good sign, however it is not clear how serious his symptoms are at the moment. Stay tuned.
Sep 24 - 2:52 PM

Devin Shore is set to miss "some time", according to Stars coach Lindy Ruff.

The 22-year-old Shore hasn't proven much yet in the Stars organization. He may have 19 goals and 32 points in 42 games with AHL Texas over the last two seasons, but he's done squat up with the big boys. No word yet on the type or severity of his injury yet, but we'll keep you posted.
Sep 24 - 2:38 PM

Cody Eakin will miss the next six weeks with a knee injury.

The six week mark puts Eakin's return in early November. The 25-year-old is coming off three straight seasons of at least 16 goals and 35 points. However he's also seen his raw shot attempt totals drop sharply in that time, so we wouldn't put a lot of stock into him when he does come back unless your pool is especially deep.
Sep 24 - 2:34 PM

Encouraging news for Matt Murray, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and their fans.

According to General Manager Jim Rutherford, Murray won't need surgery to repair his broken hand. He's still expected to miss three-to-six weeks, and we'd expect the youngster to get all the time he needs considering it'll be Marc-Andre Fleury in net.
Sep 24 - 2:04 PM

Still dealing with concussion symptoms dating back to February, Mikhail Grabovski unsurprisingly failed his physical.

The veteran forward is still not cleared to skate as he continues to recover from a concussion. His season continues to be in doubt. However even when healthy, the veteran forward has a high of 13 goals and 35 points since his 2011-12 campaign, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't feel like their talent pool just got thinner.
Sep 24 - 1:07 PM

Johnny Boychuk has been sidelined with an upper body injury.

Coach Capuano noted that this is an ailment that's been "nagging" his stud defender, and there's no timetable for his return. However, it should be noted that neither party seems overly worried about the Boychuk. So this likely a cautious maneuver than anything else. Expect Boychuk to enter the season ready to try to finally hit the 10-goal mark after striking nine in each of the last two.
Sep 24 - 1:01 PM

Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a concussion by the Senators.

No word yet on the severity, or even how he suffered the concussion. Either way, that's a tough way to kick off training camp with. Stone has scored 49 goals and 125 points over the last two seasons while missing just nine games, so we'd draft him confidently even if he misses a bit of time in October.
Sep 24 - 12:40 PM

Tomas Fleischmann will not join Minnesota on a PTO after all due to failing his physical.

Tough break for the veteran forward, who scored 14 goals and 25 points in 76 games with Montreal and Chicago last season. No details were released about the 10-year veteran's health but suffice it to say, teams will come calling should his health improve.
Sep 24 - 12:34 PM

Updating an earlier item, Pavel Datsyuk is still considered a game-time decision for this evening's bout with Team Canada.

Datsyuk missed Thursday's game versus Finland due to the same ailment. Already facing an uphill battle, Team Russia will certainly want their Magic Man in the fold.
Sep 24 - 12:31 PM

With Matt Murray set to begin the season on the shelf with a broken hand, Marc-Andre Fleury will get first rights at Pittsburgh's crease.

Murray suffered a broken hand during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, and will be out "three-to-six weeks" according to the Penguins. Fleury meanwhile is looking to have his third straight season of improvement. He's entering his age-32 season but the veteran netminder has arguably never been better than he's been over the last two campaigns. Pittsburgh was demonstrably hockey's best team in the 2017 portion of the calendar, and it's hard to imagine why that would change.
Sep 24 - 12:27 PM

The Penguins have announced that Matt Murray will be out "three-to-six week" with a broken hand.

The injury came during Team North America's bout with Team Russia, which may help explain why he gave up four goals in a little over six minutes during the second period. Needless to say, Marc-Andre Fleury will enter the season as Pittsburgh's starter. Expect Murray to return between mid-October and early-November.
Sep 24 - 12:22 PM

After years of losing, the Florida Panthers have a winning mentality.

"We have our own expectations and don’t really rely on what others say about us," said Nick Bjugstad. "We all expect to win, have a winning mentality that has been introduced the past couple of years. Us younger guys have learned it’s not acceptable to miss the playoffs. That has been instilled by our veteran guys, our coaches, our organization. We’re all buying in. Everyone wants to win here, not just the players." Expect the Panthers to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
Sep 24 - 11:58 AM

Tyler Bozak has been impressed with rookie Auston Matthews.

"I don’t think anyone would mind playing with him," Bozak said. "What I’ve seen of him so far is very impressive. You’d never think he’s as young as he is. He looks composed out there. He’s fast, he’s big. He’s winning a lot of battles in the corners against big guys, which is really impressive. He just looks really calm and poised and confident, that’s hard to find in young guys." Matthews should get every opportunity to produce strong offensive numbers right off the bat on a young Toronto team. He enters the year as the Calder Trophy favorite (slightly ahead of Winnipeg's Patrik Laine).
Source: Toronto Sun
Sep 24 - 11:52 AM

Cory Conacher knows this could be his last chance in the NHL.

Conacher managed to get a one-year contract with the Lightning this offseason, but if he fails to perform, he knows he might find himself out of the league. "The fire is in the belly," Conacher said. "This is my last chance, I think." The Lightning are stacked up front, so it's unlikely that he'll get an opportunity to produce much offense, but that doesn't mean he can't be an effective player for the Bolts this season.
Sep 24 - 11:43 AM

Ryan Sproul is hoping to "step up" during Red Wings training camp.

"They are looking for guys to step up here in this camp and that's my goal, step up, and make it hard for them to send me down or even put me on waivers in the first place," Sproul said after practice at Centre Ice Arena. "I need to definitely be shooting the puck in the preseason a lot and using that to my advantage." Sproul produced 12 goals and 35 points in 75 games in the AHL last year, but failed to earn a look in Detroit. The fact that he has to go through waivers if he's sent down to the minors might play in his favor.
Sep 24 - 11:36 AM



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