NHL Player News

  • Blues' Alex Pietrangelo: Will wear 'C' for Blues

    Pietrangelo will be named the 21st captain of the Blues on Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

    Pietrangelo inherits the captaincy from David Backes, who is now a member of the Bruins. Receiving this honor at the age of 26 speaks volumes to the defenseman's value to the club. A two-way talent, Pietrangelo has racked up 134 points over the last three seasons, while a pair of 51-point outputs (2011-13 and 2013-14) has been his ceiling through eight years of service time in the NHL. The emergence of Colton Parayko has resulted in less time on the man advantage for Pietrangelo but he's been vital to a penalty-killing unit that ranked third in the league in 2015-16. There's not many defenders as well-rounded as No. 27, so consider snagging him with an early pick in fantasy drafts.

  • Dave Bolland C | FLA

    Coyotes' Dave Bolland: Shipped off to Arizona

    Bolland (lower body) was traded to the Coyotes from the Panthers along with Lawson Crouse in exchange for a 2017 third round pick and a 2018 second round pick Thursday, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

    With Bolland's future still up in the air considering he played in just 25 games last campaign, this is essentially a salary dump by the Panthers who will save $5.5 million per year over the next three years. Assuming he is healthy enough to return, fantasy owners may want to avoid the center as he has seen action in less than 55 contests in each of the previous four seasons.

  • Capitals' Braden Holtby: Suffered knee injury during 2015-16 playoffs

    Holtby apparently suffered a knee injury during Round One of the 2015-16 playoffs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

    The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise given that there was no mention of it after Washington's exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins in early-May. Holtby said he fought through the injury and that it did not require any offseason procedure. The Vezina Trophy winner is expected to earn strong consideration to be Canada's starting netminder for the upcoming World Cup in September and should be the first goalie off the board in all formats for the 2016-17 season.

  • Duncan Keith D | CHI

    Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Won't participate in World Cup of Hockey

    Keith won't play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    This is purely a precautionary move for Keith. The 33-year-old defender isn't dealing with a new injury, but has decided to forego the opportunity to represent his country in September's World Cup of Hockey to focus on strengthening his right knee, which was operated on last October to repair a meniscal tear. The two-time Norris Trophy winner will be at full strength for the Blackhawks' regular-season opener, so this latest news shouldn't have any affect on his draft stock.

  • Blues' Jay Bouwmeester: Joins Team Canada for World Cup

    Bouwmeester was named Wednesday as the replacement for the injured Duncan Keith (knee) for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

    Bouwmeester has failed to reach the 20-point mark in each of his last two seasons, which will lead some to question his addition to the team. However, the 32-year-old adds veteran leadership along with the ability to play on the penalty kill. Last season, he averaged nearly four minutes per game shorthanded. Back with the Blues for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, fantasy owners may not want to bank on high production numbers, but he has been relatively durable over the course of his career and logs a lot of ice time.

  • Tomas Jurco RW | DET

    Red Wings' Tomas Jurco: Could miss start of 2016-17 season

    Jurco injured his back and required minor surgery to repair it according to general manager Ken Holland which could sideline him for 8-to-10 weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

    Jurco was a long-shot to make the opening day roster given the influx of talent at the left wing position in Detroit. This injury will make securing a roster spot that much more difficult for the 23-year-old. Once he is healthy, Jurco could find himself playing in either AHL Grand Rapids or with another organization. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role with the team, fantasy owners may want to consider steering clear of the former second round pick.

  • Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Aiming to be healthy for season opener

    Luongo (hip) plans to be in goal for the start of the 2016-17 season, the Miami Herald reports.

    Reports dating back to early July suggested that Nov. 1 was the soonest Luongo would be able to return to game ice following hip surgery performed in May, but the celebrated veteran reportedly has been rehabbing on the rink since August 5. Better yet, this doesn't appear to be an example of a player feigning optimism in order to try to come back before he's ready. Goalie coach Rob Tallas said, "We're going into our fourth week and he's doing really well. He is very optimistic about starting the season and has put a lot of time in not only at the rink but off the ice. He has really committed himself this summer to being 100 percent again. We're at the point where there aren't a lot of restrictions on what he's doing on the ice. That's a great sign." Luongo may be 37 years old, but he's turned back the clock by posting a 2.35 GAA and 63 wins over the last two seasons. While he's evidently ahead of schedule in his rehab, it would be wise to track his progress through training camp before counting on another season of 60-plus appearances between the pipes.

  • Ducks' Hampus Lindholm: Added to Sweden's World Cup squad

    Lindholm will replace the injured Niklas Kronwall (knee) on Sweden's roster for the World Cup of Hockey, Stephen Whyno of AP Sports reports.

    Some may argue this is an upgrade for Sweden, as Lindholm has put together three solid NHL seasons and injects some additional youth on the blue line. Thus far in his career, the 22-year-old has reached the 25-point mark every year and played no less than 78 games. Looking ahead to the 2016-17 campaign, fantasy owners can likely expect much of the same from the defenseman, which includes averaging over two minutes per night on the power play.

  • Dylan Larkin C | DET

    Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Likely switching to center

    The Red Wings plan to move Larkin to the center position in the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

    Larkin's natural position is down the middle, so this should be a relatively seamless adjustment. The burner played center at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and proceeded to register two goals and seven helpers in 10 games for Team USA. While Larkin played on the left wing as a rookie last season with Henrik Zetterberg at center, the offseason departure of Pavel Datsyuk presents a new look for the Wings in the top six. Given his blazing speed, and no matter where he lines up, Larkin should continue to be an absolute nightmare for defenders on the rush. However, he only won 41 percent of his draws last season and that number needs to be improved upon if he gets his wish to move back to the center spot.

  • Tim Jackman RW | CHI

    Tim Jackman: Retires from NHL

    Jackman will return to school, putting an end to his 12-year NHL career, Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press reports.

    Jackman saw action in just two contests for Anaheim during the 2015-16 campaign for which he went minus-2 and registered four PIM. After a two-year collegiate career for Minnesota State, the winger went on to play in 483 games while logging 32 goals and 43 helpers. Selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft, the 34-year-old was the definition of a journeyman and grinder who had to work relentlessly each season to prove his worth.