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  • Chris Tanev D | VAN

    Canucks' Chris Tanev: Evidently staying in Vancouver

    Tanev (knee) is likely to be retained by the Canucks, Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet reports.

    "We are not looking to move Chris Tanev," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. The 28-year-old defenseman has been with the team for the first eight years of his career, so there's obviously a sense of loyalty between the two sides. Tanev's 2017-18 campaign was cut short by his knee injury, but he was impressive in limited action, having accumulated 11 points, 21 hits and 70 blocked shots to complement a plus-7 rating through 42 games. Vancouver should be able to keep him until his contract expires following the 2019-20 season.

  • Viktor Loov D | MIN

    Viktor Loov: Headed overseas

    Loov agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Helsinki Jokerit of the KHL on Friday.

    Loov was brought over by the Wild from the Devils in exchange for a pair of forwards in order to bolster Minnesota's blue-line depth. While the 25-year-old did earn a couple of call-ups, he was never able to crack the lineup. Instead, the Swede played 60 games in the minors this year -- split between Iowa and Binghamton -- tallying five goals and 19 assists. Without an NHL contract in hand, the 2012 seventh-round pick will look to revitalize his career in the KHL.

  • Samuel Morin D | PHI

    Flyers' Samuel Morin: Likely sidelined until February with torn ACL

    Morin is expected to be sidelined until February after it was revealed Wednesday that he suffered a torn ACL, The Courier-Post reports.

    Morin was forced to wait more than two weeks to undergo surgery due to some irritation in the knee, but he's finally expected to undergo the procedure this week. The 2013 first-round pick has played reasonably well in the AHL the past few seasons and posted his best -- albeit injury-shortened -- effort in 2017-2018 with seven points (one goal, six assists) and a plus-4 rating. The issue will derail any chance he has at making the Opening Night roster next season, but he could eventually earn a promotion if his health permits late in the campaign.

  • Ryan Suter D | MIN

    Wild's Ryan Suter: Not ready to test injured ankle

    Suter is still unable to put any weight on his surgically-repaired right ankle, The Pioneer Press reports.

    It's been a month and a half since Suter went under the knife to repair his broken ankle, and he's reportedly been relying on crutches to get around. A veteran who's been known to log huge minutes on the blue line, Suter logged 51 points (six goals, 45 assists) to complement one goal and 22 helpers on the power play over 78 regular-season games this past season, though he missed the entire first-round playoff series against the Jets. His injury may not be career-threatening as it was initially believed, but this report indicates that Suter is "still a few weeks away" from putting weight on the ankle.

  • Rangers' Kevin Shattenkirk: Still on track in recovery

    Shattenkirk (knee) remains on schedule in his rehab and he'll resume skating in approximately one month, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

    The New York native last played Jan. 18 -- missing the final 36 games -- but there's been nothing to suggest that the star defenseman will get off to a late start in training camp. Shattenkirk recorded 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) over 46 contests as part of his debut season in The Big Apple, and with any luck in the health department, he could revert to being one of the premier fantasy options at the blue-line position.

  • Tyler Myers D | WPG

    Jets' Tyler Myers: Plays all 82 games

    Myers logged a full 82-game campaign for the first time in his career.

    After missing nearly all of the 2016-17 season, Myers was one of five Jets players to see action in every game this year. As a result, the defenseman registered his highest point total (36) since 2010-11 with Buffalo. Perhaps the biggest reason for the Houston native's increased production was his role with the man advantage, where he averaged 2:04 of ice time and tallied three goals and 14 helpers. If he can hold onto his spot on the power play, the 27-year-old could rack up another 30-plus point campaign in 2018-19.

  • Jets' Dmitry Kulikov: Hampered by injuries

    Kulikov was limited to a mere 62 games this season due to injuries.

    Not only did Kulikov miss 28 contests as a result of a back injury, it also caused him to be a healthy scratch for three outings before returning for the final game of the year. Where the Russian fits into the Jets' lineup next season likely won't be decided until closer to training camp, but if it becomes clear he will be watching more than playing, the club will almost certainly look at moving him due to his $4.3 million cap hit -- a high price to pay for a fringe defenseman.

  • Joe Morrow D | WPG

    Jets' Joe Morrow: Returns to lineup for Game 5

    Morrow was back in the lineup against the Capitals in Game 5 after sitting out the previous 11 contests.

    After joining the team at the trade deadline, Morrow logged 18 regular-season contests in which he averaged 14:30 of ice time and notched five points. Once the team got healthy, the 24-year-old was relegated to a seat in the press box, but needing a change of pace, coach Paul Maurice reinserted him into the lineup -- albeit in a losing effort. While he won't jump out to fantasy owners, the organization will likely re-sign the restricted free agent in order to keep some quality deep on the blue line.

  • Toby Enstrom D | WPG

    Jets' Toby Enstrom: Injuries take toll

    Enstrom appeared in a mere 43 contests this season.

    Various injuries throughout the 2017-18 campaign set Enstrom back and limited him to six points -- the lowest total of his 11-year NHL career. At this point, it seems improbable the blueliner will get back to being a 50-point producer like he was in his Thrashers days. More likely, the 32-year-old figures to be in the high teens, low 20s in terms of offensive numbers heading into 2018-19.

  • Senators' Patrick Sieloff: Inks two-year extension

    Sieloff signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.

    Sieloff competed mainly in the ECHL last season, compiling 11 points -- three goals and eight assists -- over 47 games. The 24-year-old blueliner made one appearance with the Senators in 2017-18 and managed to notch a goal, but he also recorded a minus-2 rating in the contest. He will likely begin 2018-19 in the minors as well, but he could surface in the NHL at some point in the campaign should the need arise.

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