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The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't likely to trade Marc-Andre Fleury.

While Fleury isn't expected to be part of the Penguins' long-term future anymore, Penguins GM Jim Rutherford would rather have the goaltending depth going into the playoffs. "I'm going to say what I've said all along. I'd prefer to keep him," Rutherford said. "We play a lot of games in March. You don't know when players are going to get hurt. He's handled the situation very well. I'm going to have some communication with him in between now and the [deadline] and see exactly where he sits and how he feels. That will play a part in the final decision. But I'm not going to get too far ahead of myself because he very well could be a part of our team going down the stretch." This situation will likely be dealt with in the summer as the Penguins will want to protect Matt Murray in the expansion draft and they don't have the option of protecting both goaltenders.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 4:51 PM

Despite clearing waivers, Jeff Zatkoff will remain with the Kings for now.

Jonathan Quick is still sidelined, but now the Kings know they can send Zatkoff to the minors once Quick is ready to play. The Kings might also still end up trading Zatkoff. While it might seem odd that a team would acquire Zatkoff after they declined to claim him on waivers, if they had done so then he would have had to remain on their NHL roster. By acquiring Zatkoff now, after he cleared waivers, he can be stored in the AHL for now to add some extra goaltending depth without requiring an NHL roster spot.
Feb 23 - 4:10 PM

Ron Hainsey should join the Penguins in time for Friday's practice.

That might set the stage for Hainsey to play for the Penguins on Saturday. He was acquired by Pittsburgh from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a 2017 second-round selection and Danny Kristo. With the Penguins' blueline decimated by injuries, Hainsey will be a very welcome addition.
Feb 23 - 3:45 PM

Aaron Ness has been called up by the Washington Capitals.

Ness has five goals and 16 points in 41 AHL games this season. He was called up back in Washington, but didn't end up playing for the Capitals during that stint.
Feb 23 - 3:13 PM

The Washington Capitals have called up Riley Barber.

This is the first time Barber has been summoned since inking an entry-level contract in April 2015. He has seven goals and 11 points in 18 AHL contests in 2016-17.
Feb 23 - 3:12 PM

Mike Smith will get the nod on Thursday.

Smith is making his fourth straight start. He has a 2.84 GAA and .918 save percentage in 39 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 2:49 PM

Craig Anderson will play between the pipes on Friday.

Anderson will be going for his third straight win. He has a 2.34 GAA and .927 save percentage in 23 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 23 - 2:48 PM

Joe Morrow has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning stint.

Boston hasn't used Morrow since Jan. 22, so it's not surprising to see him head to the minors for some work. He has an assist in 17 games with Boston this season.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 2:08 PM

Austin Czarnik (lower body) has been taken off the injured reserve and sent to the minors.

Czarnik has five goals and 13 points in 47 games with Boston in 2016-17. He also has a goal and three assists in seven AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 2:07 PM

Justin Schultz (concussion) took part in Thursday's practice.

Schultz is hoping to get the green light to return on Saturday. He's missed the Penguins' last three games.
Feb 23 - 1:53 PM

Michal Neuvirth will start for Philadelphia on Saturday.

The Flyers will play against Pittsburgh at Heinz Field in a Stadium Series game. Neuvirth has a 2.78 GAA and .890 save percentage in 22 contests this season.
Feb 23 - 1:22 PM

Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per Capitals GM Brian MacLellan.

Niskanen's injury isn't believed to be serious, so he shouldn't be out for too long. He sustained the ailment on Wednesday.
Feb 23 - 12:55 PM

Kris Letang is dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Penguins didn't offer any further details other than to say that Letang is day-to-day. Unfortunately injury troubles are nothing new for Letang and this season has been no exception as he's been limited to 41 games so far. The Penguins are also missing blueliners Justin Schultz, Trevor Daley, and Olli Maatta though, so the timing of Letang's injury is particularly brutal. The silver lining is that the Penguins acquired Ron Hainsey, so at least they have a much needed reinforcement.
Feb 23 - 12:53 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to start on Thursday.

Lundqvist was the first goaltender off the ice, which is usually a good indicator of who the starter will be. He has a 2.63 GAA and .912 save percentage in 45 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 23 - 12:27 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have waived Bryan Bickell.

Bickell hasn't played since Oct. 30 as he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He resumed practicing a month ago and if he clears waivers, he'll be sent to the AHL so that he can get back into the swing of things.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 12:15 PM



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