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Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Head coach Barry Trotz is hopeful Orlov (wrist) will return to the lineup sometime in early-October, although he indicated there is an "open time frame" for the recovery, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Orlov (wrist) broke his wrist during Team Russia's gold medal-winning performance at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in Belarus this summer. Trotz indicated Orlov has resumed skating and is on track to return to the lineup fairly soon. However, with the arrival of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, Orlov appears destined for a decrease from the top-four minutes he saw last season, so he faces an uphill battle to be a fantasy producer.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Head coach Barry Trotz is hopeful Wilson (leg) will return to the lineup around the start of the season, but no firm timeline has been established, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Wilson underwent surgery to repair a broken fibula, sustained during a fall in June, and is apparently progressing well. With Alex Ovechkin poised to play more at left wing and the new coaching staff desiring a greater role for Wilson than the fourth-line pugilist duties he had last season, the door is open for Wilson to gain more quality ice time if he can return to the lineup in a timely manner. Keep an eye on his progress, as the power forward could have decent sleeper upside in deeper leagues this season.
Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Head coach Barry Trotz is "leaning towards" having Ovechkin start the season at his former position of left wing, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Trotz had indicated previously during the summer that he would keep Ovechkin at right wing to start the season, but Prewitt speculates something may have changed over the summer or that Trotz, like his predecessor, plans to move Ovechkin between both wings. The flexibility should help Ovechkin keep his place as one of the league's top goal scorers, and this should do nothing to adversely affect his fantasy appeal.
Thu. Sep 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Ovechkin says the right knee he injured at the hockey world championship is fine and he's been working out for the past month or so.
Impact: The three-time NHL MVP says: "Everything feels fine and 100 percent." He says it took about two months for his knee to heal after he took a hit at the world championship in May. Asked whether he would play left wing or right wing under new Capitals coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin replied: "Ask him about it. He's the coach and he's going to make the decision."