NHL Player News: All Positions

News: Perry's contract was bought out by Anaheim on Wednesday, allowing him to hit the free-agent market July 1.
Impact: Perry was holding a no-movement clause that prevented the club from finding suitable trade partners. The center had two years remaining on the eight-year, $69 million deal he signed in March of 2013. The Ducks will save $6 million in cap space for the upcoming 2019-20 campaign. Injuries limited Perry to just 31 appearances this season, in which he tallied six goals, four assists and 59 shots. Even at 34 years of age, the four-time All-Star and 2011 Hart Trophy winner can provide solid depth scoring and will no doubt try to sign with a contender for 2019-20.
News: Tarasenko played through a shoulder injury that he suffered during Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Impact: Tarasenko was able to play through the injury during the final five games of the series, but it clearly impacted his performance, as he was only able to pick up one goal and two points over that span after racking up five goals and 10 points in the Blues' previous 10 contests. General manager Doug Armstrong described Tarasenko's injury as "nothing too serious," so it doesn't sound like it will have much of an impact on the Russian sniper's offseason program. Nonetheless, fantasy owners considering snagging the 27-year-old in drafts this year will want to circle back for an update on his health once training camp gets underway in September.
News: Hayes is nearing agreement on a seven-year, $50 million contract with the Flyers on Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: Hayes was acquired by Philly from Winnipeg earlier in June and was slated to become a free agent July 1, so the head start in contract talks appears to have paid off for the Flyers. The 27-year-old split last season between the Rangers and Jets and recorded 55 points (19 goals and 36 assists) in 71 games.
News: Pionk was traded to the Jets along with the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft in exchange for Jacob Trouba.
Impact: Like Trouba, Pionk is also a restricted free agent so Winnipeg is only acquiring his rights. However, he will be much more affordable to extend. The 23-year-old has shown promise though, notching six goals and 26 points while racking up 138 hits during the 2018-19 campaign. Pionk should be a decent bottom-four defenseman for the Jets next season.
News: Trouba was traded to the Rangers in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Impact: Trade rumors have swirled around Trouba all offseason after a terrific 50-point campaign this season. As a restricted free agent, the Rangers are technically acquiring his rights, but they have the cap space to retain him and a deal will likely be coming soon. The 25-year-old blueliner will have a similar role that he did in Winnipeg as a top-pair defenseman and a key member of the power play.
News: Karlsson (groin) signed an eight-year, $92 million contract extension with the Sharks on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Karlsson was going to be one of the most highly sought after free agents had he hit the open market July 1, but he evidently has enjoyed his time in San Jose enough to want to commit to the Sharks long term. The fact that it was the only club that could offer him an eight-year deal probably didn't hurt, either. The Swedish defenseman was hampered by injuries for much of the 2018-19 campaign, but he was still able to produce at an elite pace when available, racking up three goals and 45 points in 53 regular-season appearances before adding two goals and 16 points in 19 playoff games. The 29-year-old recently underwent surgery to address the groin injury he was playing through toward the end of the campaign, but he's expected to be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, and should be one of the first blueliners selected in this year's fantasy drafts.
News: Pastrnak aggravated a thumb injury he originally sustained in February during the Bruins' playoff series versus the Blue Jackets, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.
Impact: As the Bruins held their end-of-season media availability Friday, it was revealed that all three members of the team's top line were dealing with injuries down the stretch. The news is not surprising given the trio's uneven play during the recent Stanley Cup Finals. Pastrnak, who scored 38 goals and 81 points in 66 regular-season games before adding nine goals and 19 points in 24 postseason contests, will now have the entire offseason to heal up. He's under contract with Boston through 2022-23 and is already entrenched as a top-six forward and power-play fixture for the team. At 23 years of age, the hard-shooting Pastrnak is one of the NHL's bright young stars, both in real and fantasy terms.
News: Bergeron played through a groin injury down the stretch, Logan Mullen of NESN.com reports.
Impact: The Bruins' top line was not at its best during the Stanley Cup Finals, so it's not surprising that both Bergeron and Brad Marchand (groin, oblique, hand) were banged up during the series. Additionally, it won't shock us if we learn later that David Pastrnak was also dealing with an injury. Despite the disappointing ending, Bergeron -- who will not require offseason surgery -- turned in a stellar effort this past season, logging 32 goals and a career-high 79 points in 65 games en route to garnering his eighth straight Selke Award nomination. The 33-year-old is signed with Boston through the 2021-22 season and will thus reprise his duties as the team's No. 1 center next campaign.
News: Rantanen played with a fractured leg during Colorado's second-round matchup with San Jose, Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com reports.
Impact: Although he was undoubtedly playing through some pain, Rantanen was still highly effective against the Sharks, racking up one goal and five points in seven games while averaging 21:58 of ice time per contest. The 22-year-old Finn should be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, and will be a highly desirable option in all fantasy formats after totaling 31 goals and 87 points in 74 regular-season appearances in 2018-19.
News: O'Reilly won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
Impact: O'Reilly opened the scoring in Wednesday's 4-1 Game 7 victory, and later added an assist on Zach Sanford's insurance tally in the third period. The two-point effort gave O'Reilly eight goals and 23 points in 26 games, tying him for the league lead in postseason points with the Bruins' Brad Marchand. He added 54 shots during the playoffs and accumulated five goals and four helpers in the Stanley Cup Final.
News: Skinner signed an eight-year contract worth $72 million Friday night, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Impact: New coach Ralph Krueger must be the second happiest man in Buffalo on Friday, as 40-goal scorers aren't all that easy to come by. Skinner becomes the second-highest paid Sabre behind captain Jack Eichel, and the duo will try to lead the franchise out of a lengthy playoff drought under the new coaching staff. The Sabres did the smart thing here by figuring out a way to not let Skinner reach the official start of free agency. Oddly enough, Buffalo has the NHL's longest active playoff drought while Skinner owns the NHL's longest active games played streak (661) without appearing in a playoff game. The Sabres were willing to pay up to see if they can break those two unfortunate streaks.
News: Grzelcyk (concussion) will not play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Grzelcyk was originally a game-time decision for Thursday, but it appears he didn't pass one of the last steps in the NHL's concussion protocol in time. In the blueliner's absence, Steve Kampfer will likely take over in the lineup. The next opportunity for Grzelcyk to play would be Game 6 on Sunday.
News: Chara (jaw) will play in Thursday's Game 5 matchup with the Blues, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Chara was a game-time decision, but it seems he's healthy enough to play Thursday. The blueliner was spotted with a chin protector in Thursday's morning skate but won't have his jaw wired shut, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports. Head coach Bruce Cassidy mentioned he is leaning towards rolling with seven defensemen for Game 5, which could keep John Moore and/or Steve Kampfer from having to watch from the press box.
News: Karlsson underwent successful surgery Friday to address the groin injury he suffered during the 2018-19 campaign.
Impact: Karlsson was never fully healthy this season, but he was still a force to be reckoned with while playing at less than 100 percent, racking up three goals and 45 points in 53 regular-season appearances before adding two goals and 16 points in 19 playoff games. The 29-year-old Swede is expected to recover fully and should be ready for the start of the 2019-20 campaign, which will undoubtedly help his case during negotiations as one of this offseason's top unrestricted free agents.
News: Chara suffered a broken jaw during Monday's Game 4 loss to the Blues, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Although the Bruins have yet to release an official update on Chara's status for Thursday's game, it seems highly unlikely that he'll be available just three days after suffering a broken jaw, even with the added protection of a full face shield. If Chara is in fact sidelined for Game 5, Steve Kampfer will likely draw into the lineup for just the third time this postseason.
News: Hayes was traded to the Flyers from the Jets in exchange for a fifth-round pick on Monday.
Impact: This move is a bit surprising as Hayes is set to hit free agency July 1. However, the Flyers now have a bit of a head start in trying to sign him. Hayes posted a career-high 55 points in 71 games during the 2018-19 campaign and has scored at least 40 in four of his five NHL seasons. For now, no contract extension is imminent.
News: Bergeron will be in the lineup for Game 3 against St. Louis on Saturday after missing Friday's practice session.
Impact: Bergeron's absence was classified as a maintenance day, but at this point in the season it could be anything from a stubbed toe to a broken bone, and coach Bruce Cassidy wouldn't provide much detail. The key for fantasy owners is Bergeron will play and should be in his normal top-line spot and on the No. 1 power-play unit. The center racked up eight goals and five helpers in the first three rounds of the postseason, but has yet to write his name on the scoresheet in the Stanley Cup Finals.
News: Kuznetsov will not face suspension for his appearance in a social media video that surfaced Monday which shows him sitting in front of several lines of an unidentified white powder.
Impact: Kuznetsov released the following statement Friday: "I would like to address the video of me that appeared online on Monday. While I have never taken illegal drugs in my life and career, I would like to publicly apologize to the Capitals, my teammates, our fans and everyone else, for putting myself in a bad situation. This was a hard lesson for me to learn." The NHL considers the matter formally closed, so Kuznetsov and the Capitals can now focus on putting this unfortunate incident behind them.
News: According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, it's a matter matter of "when" not "if" Kessel will be traded by the Penguins.
Impact: According to LeBrun, Minnesota has emerged as a frontrunner to land Kessel early on, but the American winger would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for that deal to come to fruition. It was clear that the Penguins would likely be looking to shake up their roster after being swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs this year, but it's still a little surprising to see them so eager to move a player that just racked up 27 goals and 82 points in 82 contests.
News: Karlsson isn't sure if his groin injury will require surgery yet, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Karlsson, a pending unrestricted free agent, missed 29 games during the regular season due to injury, and he clearly wasn't playing at 100 percent during the Sharks' playoff run. Nonetheless, the Swedish blueliner was able to rack up two goals and 16 points in 19 games this postseason, exhibiting just how deadly he can be even when hobbled. Karlsson will be one of the most highly sought after free agents this offseason, but his health will undoubtedly play a huge role in teams' willingness to sign him to a long-term deal.
News: Thornton has yet to decide if he'll play in 2019-20. However, if he does return, it will only be with San Jose, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Thornton posted a respectable 51 points in 73 games this campaign, so he probably still has at least one more productive season left in the tank, but it remains to be seen if he'll be hungry enough mentally to make one last run with San Jose in 2019-20. The Sharks have a number of big decisions to make this offseason in terms of which pending free agents they should re-sign, including Thornton, so his status for next year likely won't become clear until free agency kicks off July 1.
News: Hertl missed Tuesday's series-ending Game 6 loss to the Blues due to a head injury, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The specific nature of Hertl's injury wasn't released prior to Tuesday's contest, but this news doesn't come as a surprise considering it was a high hit from St. Louis' Ivan Barbashev that knocked him out of Game 5. The 25-year-old winger should be at full strength heading into next season, and he'll be looking to build upon a fantastic 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in goals (35) and assists (39) in 77 games. Hertl should be viewed as a top-tier fantasy option with plenty of upside ahead of next year's drafts.
News: Pavelski (lower body) is confident that he'll be back with the Sharks in 2019-20, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: Pavelski is just one of the many unrestricted free agents the Sharks will have to make a decision on this offseason -- a list that includes Joe Thornton and Erik Karlsson -- but he always seemed to be the most likely of the bunch to be re-signed. The veteran pivot missed the final game of San Jose's postseason run due to a nagging lower-body injury, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his offseason training regimen. Pavelski eclipsed the 60-point mark for a third straight season in 2018-19, and there's no reason to believe he won't be able to continue that trend in 2019-20, making him a desirable option in all fantasy formats.
News: Nelson agreed to terms on a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Islanders on Thursday.
Impact: Nelson had his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in assists (28) and points (53) while registering a respectable plus-20 rating in 82 games. The 27-year-old pivot will continue to be an important piece up front for the Islanders in 2019-20, but he lacks the offensive upside necessary to be considered a premier fantasy option. Nonetheless, Nelson's relatively high floor will make him a desirable depth option in all fantasy formats for the foreseeable future.
News: Pavelski (undisclosed) is listed as a scratch for Tuesday's Game 6 in St. Louis and won't play, per the NHL's Official roster report.
Impact: This is damaging news to a team that is already without Tomas Hertl (undisclosed) and Erik Karlsson (groin), as they try to send the series back to San Jose for Game 7. Since returning from a head injury in Game 7 versus Colorado, Pavelski has notched two goals, three assists and 10 shots in six appearances. Joe Thornton will slide in as the second-line center, and Marcus Sorenson will draw into the lineup with Pavelski out.
News: Karlsson (groin) didn't make the trip to St. Louis for Game 6 and will be out of the lineup Tuesday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Karlsson -- who has been hampered by a groin injury throughout the postseason -- still racked up two goals and 14 assists in 19 playoff contests. Replacing a player of the Swede's caliber won't be easy, but Marc-Edouard Vlasic should see an uptick in minutes, including on the power play, while Tim Heed suits up for the first time since April 16 versus Vegas. If his teammates can extend the series to Game 7, Karlsson could be an option after a few days off, though the club likely won't make any decision until closer to puck drop.
News: Lindell signed a six-year, $34.8 million contract extension with the Stars on Thursday.
Impact: Lindell enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (11) and assists (21) in 82 games while averaging a whopping 24:20 of ice time per contest. The 24-year-old Finn should only continue to improve offensively in 2019-20, but the emergence of Miro Heiskanen and the presence of John Klingberg on the Stars' blue line will cap his upside as a scorer. Lindell will be a solid secondary option in most formats next year, but he shouldn't be viewed as a No.1 defenseman during fantasy drafts.
News: McElhinney will guard the cage in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins in Carolina, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Impact: McElhinney was rock solid in Tuesday's Game 3, turning aside 29 of 31 shots, but he ultimately suffered his first loss of the playoffs due to insufficient goal support from his teammates. The journeyman netminder will look to stay sharp and help his team stave off elimination by picking up his third home victory of this postseason Thursday.
News: McElhinney will tend the home goal for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: After the team gave up a total of 11 goals in their two-game swing in Boston, head coach Rod Brind'Amour elected to bench his starting goaltender Petr Mrazek in favor for McElhinney. He was stellar when filling in for the injured Mrazek, going 3-0-0 along with a 1.56 GAA and .947 save percentage in three games. The start gives the 35-year-old an opportunity to put pressure on Brind'Amour to ride the hot hand if he performs well Tuesday.
News: MacKinnon won't need to undergo surgery on his injured shoulder, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Impact: MacKinnon temporarily exited Wednesday's Game 7 loss to the Sharks after falling awkwardly into the boards, but he was ultimately able to return to that contest, which all but confirmed his injury likely wasn't overly serious. The 23-year-old superstar had his best season as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (41), points (99) and shots on net (365) while appearing in all 82 regular-season contests, and should be one of the first forwards taken off the board during fantasy drafts next season.
News: Kesler underwent surgery to repair his injured hip and is slated to miss the entire 2019-20 campaign.
Impact: Kesler missed the final 14 games of the 2018-19 campaign due to his hip issue, but now will be forced to miss all of next season. The team was quick to point out that there is still a chance the 34-year-old could play again, but it will certainly be an uphill battle. There's no doubt the center will be placed on long-term injured reserve to start the season in order to provide the team some relief from his $6.875 million cap hit. Several youngsters; including Troy Terry, Sam Steel and Isac Lundestrom, figure to compete for a spot on the 23-man roster with Kesler unavailable.
News: Tavares suffered an oblique strain while training for the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia and will be sidelined for approximately four weeks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Tavares won't be able to suit up for Team Canada at Worlds, but this injury shouldn't have much impact on his offseason program. The 28-year-old pivot just logged his best season as a pro in his first year with the Maple Leafs, setting career highs in goals (47) and points (88) in 82 appearances, and will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20.
News: McAvoy will be eligible to return from his one-game suspension Sunday for Game 2 against Carolina.
Impact: Steve Kampfer did an admirable job filling in for McAvoy in Game 1, scoring a goal while logging 14:56 of ice time, but he'll likely head back to the press box for Game 2. McAvoy, who's notched six points while posting a plus-8 rating in 13 games this postseason, will return to his role skating on the Bruins' top pairing and first power-play unit Sunday.
News: Mrazek (groin) will start between the pipes for Thursday's Game 1 road matchup with the Bruins, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Mrazek missed Games 3 and 4 of Carolina's second-round sweep of the Islanders after sustaining a groin injury in Game 2. While Curtis McElhinney performed well in his absence -- 2-0-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and .931 save percentage -- the Ontario native will return to the crease to kick off Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. So far in the postseason, Mrazek is 5-3-0, has allowed 20 goals, and boasts a 2.22 GAA and .913 save percentage.
News: Tavares suffered an oblique injury during Team Canada's practice Thursday and will return to Toronto for further evaluation by the Maple Leafs medical staff.
Impact: At this point there's no reason to believe Tavares' injury is overly serious, but the Leafs aren't going to risk having him exacerbate the issue by remaining in Slovakia for the IIHF World Championship. Another update on the 28-year-old forward's status should surface in the coming days.
News: Pavelski (head) will be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7 against the visiting Avalanche.
Impact: Pavelski hasn't suited up in a game for the second-round series against the Avs after suffering a head injury in Game 7 against Vegas. Inserting his 38 goals and 64 points this season into the lineup could give the club a huge boost in the series-deciding game. The 34-year-old figures to play with Tomas Hertl and Evander Kane and his return will relegate Michael Haley to the press box. Pavelski has three points in six career Game 7's.
News: McAvoy was suspended one game for an illegal check to the head of Columbus' Josh Anderson on Tuesday, NHL's Department of Player Safety reports.
Impact: McAvoy delivered a vicious check to the unsuspecting Anderson, but he was only assessed a two-minute minor in Monday's Game 6. Following his hearing with the league, he's set to miss Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. In his stead, Matt Grzelcyk figures to see an uptick in playing time, especially on the power play, and Steve Kampfer or John Moore could draw into the lineup as the team's sixth defenseman.
News: Pavelski (head) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 7 clash with Colorado, Tim Campbell of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Pavelski hasn't played in this second-round series against the Avs after suffering a head injury in Game 7 versus Vegas. Having a world-class player of his caliber, 38 goals and 26 assists this season, back in the lineup would be a huge boost for the Sharks' attack. If Pavelski does suit up, he figures to replace Gustav Nyquist on the top line and would likely relegate Joonas Donskoi or Michael Haley to the press box.
News: McAvoy will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for his hit on Columbus' Josh Anderson on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: If McAvoy does get handed a suspension, it will stretch the depth of a Boston blue line that is already dealing with the extended absences of John Moore (upper body) and Kevan Miller (lower body). Depending on the health of Moore and Miller, a suspension for McAvoy would likely see Steve Kampfer back in the lineup, while Matt Grzelcyk figures to see an uptick in ice time. A decision by the league should be made ahead of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals versus Carolina.
News: Bishop will tend the twine for Tuesday's Game 7 road matchup with St. Louis, Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: After Bishop took a puck to the collarbone in Game 6 on Sunday, and was subsequently pulled from the game, there was some concern he wouldn't be available for Game 7. Coach Jim Montgomery shut down any speculation by naming his starter early, going back to Bishop who is sporting a solid .929 save percentage in the postseason.
News: Pavelski (head) won't be in the lineup versus Colorado on Monday for Game 6, but was able to join his teammates on the ice for the morning skate, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Pavelski is certainly making progress, which leaves open the door for the world-class center to return should Game 7 be necessary Wednesday. The Wisconsin native will miss his sixth straight outing after suffering a scary head injury in Game 7 versus Vegas. Pavelski notched two goals and two helpers, including four power-play points, in the opening round and will no doubt bolster the Sharks' attack as soon as cleared to play.
News: Bishop was pulled during the third period of Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Blues, but head coach Jim Montgomery says he is "fine," Sean Shapiro of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Things got messy for Bishop in the third period. He got run over by Pat Maroon but slowly got back up. Then, just moments later, he took a laser shot from Colton Parayko near the collarbone, leaving him in obvious pain on the ice. While he was down, St. Louis capitalized by extending the lead to 3-1 with a Jaden Schwartz goal. Bishop would stay in the game and let up his fourth goal just over 30 seconds later, prompting Anton Khudobin to replace him. The 32-year-old ended his day with four goals allowed on 20 shots. For now, it seems that he should be healthy for Game 7 on Tuesday, but an update on his status should be available in the coming days.
News: According to coach Peter DeBoer, Pavelski (head) has begun skating regularly, but he won't be in the lineup for Saturday's Game 5 against the Avalanche, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Pavelski is clearly making progress in his recovery, but he'll have to wait for Game 6 for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Whether or not the veteran forward travels with the team Sunday will be a telling indication of his potential availability for Monday's game in Colorado.
News: Lehner will start between the pipes in Friday's Game 4 matchup with the Hurricanes in Carolina, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.
Impact: So far in this series, Lehner is 0-3-0 despite having allowed just six goals while posting an impressive 1.99 GAA and .930 save percentage. The Swede has been solid for the Islanders, but their offense has been stagnant, scoring a meager three goals over the first three games of the series. New York is currently down three games to none to Carolina and in danger of getting swept Friday -- all this not long after the Islanders brought out the brooms themselves in the first round against Pittsburgh.
News: McElhinney will patrol the crease in Friday's Game 4 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: McElhinney was rock solid during his first career postseason start in Game 3, turning aside 28 of 30 shots en route to a 5-2 victory. The 35-year-old journeyman will look to stay dialed in and help his team advance to the Eastern Conference finals by picking up a second straight home win and completing the sweep of the Islanders on Friday.
News: Pavelski (head) is scheduled to skate on his own back in San Jose on Wednesday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Pavelski has already missed the first three games of San Jose's second-round matchup with Colorado and won't be available for Thursday's Game 4, but getting back on the ice in any capacity is a huge step in the right direction in his recovery, and suggests there might be an outside chance that he'll be ready to return Saturday for Game 5. Additional updates on the veteran forward's status should continue to surface in the coming days.
News: Pavelski (head) didn't travel with the team to Colorado and will miss Games 3 and 4 versus the Avs on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Pavelski remains without a timeline to return to the action, but will for sure miss the next two games. The University of Wisconsin product tallied four points in seven postseason contests, include a goal and an assist on the power play. Gustav Nyquist figures to continue slotting into a first-line role with Logan Couture until Pavelski is cleared to return.
News: Mrazek -- who is day-to-day with a suspected groin injury -- won't be available for Wednesday's Game 3 against the visiting Islanders, Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Impact: Carolina has a comfortable 2-0 lead in these conference semifinals, but Mrazek is the team's No. 1 goaltender, and now Curtis McElhinney will need to step up and prove that he can fill the void. Mrazek's day-to-day label suggests that the injury isn't a significant one, though Alex Nedeljkovic is on hand as the emergency backup in the interim.
News: Mrazek (lower body) was labeled day-to-day by coach Rod Brind'Amour heading into Wednesday's clash with the Islanders, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Mrazek was forced to leave Game 2 on Sunday after sustaining his lower-body issue, but appears to have avoided serious injury. Still, the bench boss didn't provide any additional details, so it remains unclear whether it will be Mrazek or backup Curtis McElhinney between the pipes for Game 3 on Wednesday.
News: Van Riemsdyk (upper body) is "not coming back anytime soon," Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Impact: Van Riemsdyk took a hard hit against the boards from Cal Clutterbuck early in Sunday's Game 2, appearing to injure his shoulder in the process. Head coach Rob Brind'Amour wasn't very clear regarding his timetable, but it's fair to say he'll miss at least the next couple games.
News: Mrazek (lower body) left Sunday's Game 2 contest against the Islanders and will not return, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Mrazek left roughly six minutes into the second period of Sunday's contest and Curtis McElhinney replaced him with a 1-0 deficit. It's unclear what Mrazek's status is but a further update should be available soon.
News: Svechnikov (concussion) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 1 against the Islanders, Sara Civian of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The fact that Svechnikov was considered a game-time call for this contest suggests he's likely on the verge of returning, but he'll have to wait for Sunday's Game 2 for his next opportunity to do so.
News: As expected, Pavelski (head) won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 1 against Colorado, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Impact: This news comes as no surprise considering Pavelski just suffered a frightening head injury during Tuesday's Game 7 win over the Golden Knights. The Sharks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for the veteran pivot's recovery, but at this point he should probably be considered questionable at best for Sunday's Game 2 against the Avalanche.
News: Svechnikov (concussion) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 7 against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Svechnikov was on the ice for morning skate, so although he won't be available for Wednesday's elimination game, there's a chance he'll be ready for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals if his teammates are able to pull off the upset over Washington. If the 19-year-old Russian doesn't get another opportunity to play this season, he'll finish his rookie campaign having notched a respectable 22 goals and 40 points in 85 appearances.
News: Demko signed a two-year contract extension with the Canucks on Wednesday, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports. The deal is worth $1.05 million annually.
Impact: According to Jeff Paterson of TSN 1040 Vancouver, Demko -- who went 4-3-1 with a 2.81 GAA and .913 save percentage through nine games this season -- should make roughly one-third of the starts for the Canucks in 2019-20 as the understudy to Jacob Markstrom. Those plans could always change if injuries strike, though we at least know he's the clear frontrunner for the backup goalie gig at the expense of Richard Bachman and junior prospect Michael DiPietro.
News: Pavelski exited Tuesday's Game 7 versus the Golden Knights with an upper-body injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Midway through the third period, Pavelski lost his balance and fell head first into the ice after being cross-checked by Cody Eakin. Pavelski was bloodied by the incident and laid on the ice for a while before heading to the locker room. Eakin was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for the incident. Pavelski isn't expected to return.
News: Schwartz scored three goals in a 3-2 Game 6 win over Winnipeg on Saturday.
Impact: Schwartz was the best player on the ice Saturday, lighting the lamp three times in St. Louis' series-clinching victory. Following his slow start to these playoffs, the 26-year-old has picked up his play in recent games, scoring the Blues' last four goals. Schwartz now has five points in six postseason games.
News: Boychuck (leg) will miss 3-to-4 weeks, Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is a big blow to an Islanders team that swept the Penguins in the conference quarterfinals behind a stingy defense that permitted only six goals in the opening series. Boychuk is tending to an injury caused by him blocking a Marcus Pettersson slap shot that drilled his left leg in Game 4. Luca Sbisa, Thomas Hickey and Dennis Seidenberg are all candidates to sub in for Boychuk during the conference semifinals.
News: Ehlers (lower body) had to be helped off the ice and into the locker room after blocking a shot late in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 Game 5 loss to the Blues, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Impact: Ehlers suffered what appeared to be a lower-body injury when he blocked a howitzer from St. Louis' Colton Parayko with less than a minute left in regulation. The Jets have yet to release any details regarding the 23-year-old winger's condition, but they'll certainly hope to have him available for a must-win Game 6 on Saturday after dropping Game 5 at home in dramatic fashion.
News: Following Thursday's 2-1 Game 4 loss to the Hurricanes, coach Todd Rierden told reporters Oshie (upper body) will be out "for quite some time," Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Unfortunately this news comes as no surprise, as it was obvious that Oshie was likely dealing with a significant injury when he was writhing on the ice in pain after being boarded by Carolina's Warren Foegele in the third period of Thursday's loss. Foegele was only assessed a minor penalty for the hit, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him face supplemental discipline from the NHL. The Capitals have yet to release any details regarding the specific nature of Oshie's injury or a potential timetable for his recovery, but at this point it's safe to assume he'll miss the rest of the conference quarterfinals at a minimum.
News: Oshie headed straight to the locker room after suffering an apparent upper-body injury in the third period of Thursday's Game 5 against the Hurricanes.
Impact: Oshie suffered the injury when he crashed face first into the boards after being contacted by Carolina's Warren Foegele from behind. The American winger writhed on the ice in pain before gingerly skating straight to the locker room. More information regarding Oshie's condition should surface ahead of Saturday's Game 5, but at this point it appears as though he may be in danger of missing extended time.
News: Pacioretty contributed two goals and two helpers along with seven shots and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 5-0 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Impact: Pacioretty has a superhuman 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four postseason contests so far. One of his goals Tuesday came on the man advantage. Pacioretty's line with Mark Stone (two apples in Game 4) and Paul Stastny has carried the Golden Knights to a 3-1 series lead.
News: Hedman (undisclosed) won't be in the lineup for Tuesday's Game 4 against Columbus.
Impact: Hedman tried to play through his undisclosed injury during Games 1 and 2, but it clearly affected his play, as he went scoreless while posting a minus-2 rating in back-to-back home losses. Coach Jon Cooper decided to keep the Swedish blueliner out of the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 in hopes it'd give him time to recover ahead of Game 4, but Hedman's obviously still ailing. The reigning Norris Trophy winner will have to hope that his team will be able to steal a win on the road Tuesday to give him an opportunity to return to action Friday for Game 5.
News: Thornton received a one-game suspension and will not play Tuesday in Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Thornton drilled Tomas Nosek with an ugly check to the head in Game 3 and will have to face the consequences. He'll be eligible to return for Game 5 at home on Thursday.
News: Kadri has been suspended for the remainder of the first round for his cross-check to the head of Bruins forward Jake DeBrusk in Game 2.
Impact: Kadri is no stranger to "crossing the line", having been suspended four times before this most recent incident. The decision from the league means he'll sit for a maximum of five games, which is undeniably a big blow to Toronto's forward group. Needing to fill the void left by Kadri's absence, Mike Babcock figures to deploy either William Nylander or Patrick Marleau at center for the rest of the first round.
News: Hedman (undisclosed) will not be in Sunday's lineup for Game 3 against Columbus, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Lightning were already without Nikita Kucherov (suspension) and this won't make things any easier. It's unclear what Hedman is dealing with or if he'll be available for Game 4 on Tuesday.
News: McCann (upper body) will be in the lineup for Sunday's Game 3 tilt against the Islanders, Wes Crosby of NHL.com reports.
Impact: McCann was originally slated to miss Sunday's game, but refuting an earlier report, he will slot in on the fourth line and replace Teddy Blueger. The 22-year-old has been solid this campaign, notching 35 points in 78 games.
News: Kadri was offered an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety in response to his actions during Saturday's loss to the Bruins.
Impact: In a game that featured plenty of questionable hits, Kadri's egregious cross-check to Jake DeBrusk's head had a clear intent to injure. Kadri is a repeat offender and was suspended three games during last year's playoffs for boarding Boston's Tommy Wingels. An in-person hearing gives the NHL DOPS an opportunity to suspend Kadri six or more games, so it seems likely he'll be done for the rest of this series.
News: Simmonds went back to the locker room after testing out his leg during Saturday's Game 2 versus the Stars, John Glennon of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Simmonds was absent from the bench for a long time after taking a shot to the leg, but he reappeared during the second period before heading back down the tunnel again. It's tough to tell how serious the injury is, but it's encouraging that he was able put pressure on his leg and skate. Expect an update on his condition after the contest.
News: Johansson (illness) was absent from warmups and won't play in Game 2 versus the Maple Leafs on Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Johansson was nursing an undisclosed injury ahead of Game 1 but he was able to tough it out. The 28-year-old winger now is dealing with a sickness. Look for Johansson to try to rest up and get healthy before Game 3 in Toronto on Monday.
News: The league has suspended Kucherov for Game 3 in Columbus, Chris Johnston of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Impact: Kucherov had a controversial boarding penalty on the Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara in Friday's contest, checking him into the boards while Nutivaara was on his knees. With that, Kucherov -- the team's leading scorer -- will have to watch from the press box as the Lightning look to steal one on the road after dropping both Games 1 and 2 on the home sheet. If healthy, Ryan Callahan (undisclosed) would presumably draw in for Game 3, though Danick Martel also remains on hand. Kucherov will rejoin the lineup for Game 4.
News: Hedman is "banged up" and didn't practice Saturday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: This is the last thing Tampa Bay fans want to see, as the Lightning can ill afford to lose their best defenseman heading back to Columbus for Game 3 while down two games to none in the series. Confirmation on Hedman's status for Game 3 should surface prior to puck drop, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him labeled a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's contest.
News: McDavid (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 campaign, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: McDavid suffered a small tear of the PCL ligament in his knee during the Oilers' regular-season finale against Calgary, but he won't require surgery, and should be at full strength once training camp gets underway in September. The 22-year-old phenom, who racked up 41 goals and 116 points in 78 games this campaign, will be the unquestioned No. 1 overall pick in all fantasy formats heading into next season.
News: Vlasic left Game 2 versus the Golden Knights on Friday with an undisclosed injury, Nick Cotsonika of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Vlasic missed the entire second period and wasn't present for the start of the third frame, so he's not expected to return for the remainder of the contest. The veteran blueliner had an excellent Game 1 with a goal and an assist during 23:08 of ice time, so the Sharks could be in trouble if Vlasic has a serious injury.
News: Kucherov will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday regarding his boarding penalty Friday against the Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara.
Impact: During the third period of Game 2, Kucherov tripped Nutivaara, and while Nutivaara was on his knees, Kucherov checked him into the boards. It was clearly a dangerous hit, and Kucherov received a five-minute major and game misconduct for his actions. A hearing of this sort is often followed by a suspension, but we'll have to wait for the official verdict. The Lightning are down 2-0 in the first-round series and can ill-afford to lose their top scorer.
News: McDavid will immediately begin rehabbing his leg injury, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: The Oilers brass decided not to provide any details on the nature of McDavid's injury or a timeline for his recovery, but it appears they have a plan in place for his rehab. He was walking without crutches just days after the event, so we don't expect his recovery to impact his status for next season.
News: McCann (upper body) was missing from warmups and won't play in Game 2 versus the Islanders on Friday, Jonathan Bombulie of TribLive.com reports.
Impact: During Game 1, McCann was cross-checked in the back by Cal Clutterbuck and may still be feeling the ill effects of it. McCann has added solid depth to the Penguins since being traded from the Panthers at the deadline. Teddy Blueger will draw into the lineup and Zach Aston-Reese will bump up to the second line to fill McCann's void.
News: Rantanen (upper body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Flames, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: After posting more than a point per game in 2017-18, Rantanen followed it up with an even better showing this season, notching 87 points -- 31 goals and 56 assists -- over 74 contests. He's slated to play on the second line alongside J.T. Compher and Carl Soderberg in his return from an eight-game absence.
News: Meier (undisclosed) is in the projected lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against Vegas, NHL.com's Nicholas Cotsonika reports.
Impact: Meier missed the final game of the regular season due to an undisclosed issue, but he was always expected to be ready for Game 1 against the Golden Knights. The 22-year-old, who's racked up 30 goals and 66 points in 78 games this campaign, will slot into a top-six role Wednesday, skating with Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski on the Sharks' second line.
News: General manager Paul Fenton is confident that Parise (knee/foot) should be able to recover fully while resting over the next four weeks.
Impact: A broken foot and a knee injury forced Parise to miss the last two games of the regular season, but it sounds like he'll be able to make a full recovery well ahead of next season's training camp without undergoing surgery. The 34-year-old winger enjoyed a bounce-back campaign in 2018-19, notching 28 goals and 61 points in 74 games after totaling just 24 points in 42 appearances in 2017-18. Parise's production will likely begin to decline over the next few seasons, but he'll still be a desirable secondary piece in all fantasy formats next year.
News: Hedman (upper body) practiced again Tuesday and indicated afterward that he's feeling fresh ahead of Wednesday's playoff opener against the Blue Jackets, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. He will play against the Blue Jackets in Game 1 on Wednesday, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Impact: Hedman's full participation in practice again Tuesday suggested Hedman would make his return, and coach Jon Cooper confirmed that was the case after the session. While he's had a slightly down year in the form of 54 points over 70 contests, the output still ranks Hedman among the top 15 defensemen in the league. He should be a big piece for Lightning in the playoffs and again in 2019-20.
News: General manager Paul Fenton believes Parise (knee) will make a full recovery while resting during the next four weeks.
Impact: Parise missed the final two games of the regular season due to a knee injury, but it appears as though he'll make a full recovery well ahead of next campaign's training camp without going under the knife. The veteran winger enjoyed a bounce-back campaign in 2018-19, notching 28 goals and 61 points in 74 appearances after totaling just 24 points in 42 games in 2017-18, and will remain a desirable complimentary piece in all fantasy formats next season.
News: According to Ryan Rishaug of TSN.ca, MRI results on McDavid's leg injury are "encouraging."
Impact: Expect the team to provide more details and perhaps a timeline in the coming days, but McDavid and the Oilers appear to have dodged a big bullet based on these early reports. At this point, nothing would suggest No. 97 won't be fully healthy once training camp gets underway next season.
News: The Oilers don't believe McDavid's leg injury is serious, although they're still waiting for the results of an MRI, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Impact: It was a scary sight Saturday night as McDavid was tripped up by Mark Giordano and crashed into the net. He remained down for a while but was eventually helped off before heading to the hospital. The preliminary news is favorable and should allow Oilers fans to breathe again. but the results of his MRI will be the final verdict when it comes to a recovery timetable.
News: X-rays on McDavid's left leg came back negative and an MRI will be conducted in Edmonton on Sunday.
Impact: McDavid was crashing towards the Calgary net with the puck at a very high speed as his legs got taken out from under him, sending him sliding unprotected into the post. The Ontario native reportedly left the stadium -- assisted by a wheelchair -- to get x-rays at a nearby hospital. The news of negative x-rays comes as a sigh of relief -- especially in the last game of a lost season -- but a timetable for McDavid's recovery is still yet to be determined. The two-time Art Ross Trophy recipient will return home with the team and have an MRI in Edmonton on Sunday.
News: Kucherov scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's 6-3 victory over Boston.
Impact: Drop the mic. Kucherov just broke the record for most points (128) in a single season by a Russian-born NHLer. Alexander Mogilny held the record (127), set in 1992-93. Last game, Kucherov broke Joe Thornton's record for the most points in a season during the NHL's salary cap era (125 in 2005-06). That year, Jumbo Joe not only won the Art Ross, but also took home the Hart as the league's MVP. Come June, we'll know if Kucherov can match that ... and perhaps add a big silver chalice named Stanley to the mix. Great season.
News: Parayko (undisclosed) wasn't on the ice for warmups, so it appears that he'll be rested for the regular-season finale against the Canucks on Saturday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: The Blues are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs, so it makes sense that he'd be scratched for the regular-season finale. Parayako finishes with a career-high 10 goals, but his assists are way down considering his 28-point total for the year represents his worst mark as an NHL defenseman.
News: Karlsson (groin) will take part in Saturday's regular-season finale against the Avalanche, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Karlsson last played Feb. 26 against the Bruins, so he will get a useful warmup game under his belt before the Sharks embark on their playoff run. The star blueliner could help shift some season-long fantasy standings with a big effort to close out the campaign and should be seriously considered for daily lineups as well.
News: Tkachuk (rest) won't play Saturday against the Oilers, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: The Flames have been locked into the No. 1 seed in the West for a while, so there's no reason for them to risk Tkachuk suffering an injury in a meaningless game against Edmonton. The 21-year-old American will be ready to rock for Game 1 of Calgary's first-round playoff series.
News: Point won't play Saturday against the Bruins for the regular-season finale, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports. It appears that he's merely being rested ahead of the playoffs.
Impact: Point is far too valuable for the team to risk him getting injured in a rather meaningless contest. The burgeoning center experienced a rocket launch to fantasy stardom in his third season, with Point dropping 41 goals and 92 points -- not to mention 35 power-play points -- over 79 games. Barring a significant injury, there's no reason to believe that he'll trail off in the postseason, and fantasy owners are sure to go after him with an early round pick in drafts during the fall.
News: Krejci (rest) will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against the Lightning.
Impact: Krejci will reenter the lineup after taking a night off Thursday for rest purposes, needing two points to tie a career-high mark set back in 2008-09. He will center the top line and is slated to be flanked by Jake DeBrusk and David Pastrnak in the regular-season finale.
News: Crawford was replaced by Cam Ward in the second period of Friday's game versus the Stars, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It's not readily apparent why Crawford left the game, as he had stopped all nine shots up to that point there wasn't an obvious injury. However, he didn't stay on the bench after being pulled, signaling he could be injured. More information should come out soon, and the Blackhawks will need to call up another goalie from AHL Rockford if Crawford can't go Saturday versus the Predators.
News: Meier left Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers after suffering an undisclosed injury, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Meier was seen exiting the Sharks' X-ray room following Thursday's contest, so the fear is obviously that he may have suffered some sort of break during the win. Additional information regarding the 22-year-old winger's condition should surface prior to Saturday's season finale against the Avalanche.
News: Letang (upper body) will rejoin the lineup for Thursday's game against the Red Wings.
Impact: Letang will ultimately miss just four games because of an upper-body issue, but he'll return to the fold for a couple of tune-up games prior to the playoffs. The Penguins still technically need a win to secure a playoff berth, so he will suit up to help the cause. Letang will be paired with Olli Maatta and should reassume his duties on the power play, looking to add to his 56 points through 63 games.
News: Malkin (upper body) will play in Thursday's matchup with Detroit.
Impact: Malkin was a game-time call heading into the contest, but it now appears that he will slot into the second line with Bryan Rust and Phil Kessel as his wingers. Kris Letang (upper body) will also slot back into the lineup after being a game-time decision, a great sign for a Pittsburgh team trying to wrap up a playoff spot. With Malkin back in the lineup, it seems Matt Cullen will lose his spot among the forward lines.
News: Fleury (lower body) will be between the pipes at home versus the Coyotes on Thursday.
Impact: Fleury gets the nod for the first time since March 15 versus the Stars. Prior to getting hurt, the Flower was riding a six-game winning streak in which he posted two shutouts, a 0.83 GAA and .973 save percentage. The three-time Stanley Cup champion will look to pick up where he left off versus the Coyotes. Depending on how the veteran feels, he could either use Saturday's matchup with the Kings as a final regular-season tuneup or let Malcolm Subban take the crease in order to rest up for the playoffs.
News: Getzlaf (upper body) will rejoin the lineup Wednesday against the Flames.
Impact: After four games on the sidelines and with a visit to the doctor in the books, it appears the veteran has been cleared to rejoin the action following some muscle spasms. Getzlaf slotted in on the second line alongside Nick Ritchie and Daniel Sprong during practice Tuesday, so look for him to slot in there versus a Flames squad that will be without much of its usual defensive corps for rest purposes ahead of the playoffs.
News: Karlsson (groin) was a full participant at practice Wednesday, Paul Gackle of the Bay Area News Group reports.
Impact: It remains to be seen if Karlsson will be available for either of the Sharks' final two regular-season games, but the fact that he was a full participant at Tuesday's practice certainly bodes well for him being close to 100 percent for Game 1 of San Jose's first-round playoff series. Confirmation on Karlsson's status for Thursday's matchup with Edmonton should surface prior to puck drop.
News: Lindholm (rest) won't suit up for Wednesday's game against Anaheim, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: The Flames have already locked down the No. 1 seed in the West, so they'll use the last few games of the regular season as an opportunity to give their studs some extra rest. It remains to be seen if Lindholm will rejoin the lineup for Saturday's season finale against Edmonton.
News: Giordano (rest) won't play Wednesday against Anaheim, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Impact: Giordano was given the night off Monday against L.A. as well, so it's possible that we won't see him again until postseason play gets underway. The Flames will play their regular-season finale Saturday against Edmonton, so plan on checking back for confirmation on Giordano's status prior to puck drop.