NHL Player News

  • Mike McKenna G | DAL

    Stars' Mike McKenna: Returned to minors

    McKenna was sent down to AHL Texas on Thursday.

    McKenna's stint in the NHL was never expected to be long term as he was filling in for backup netminder Kari Lehtonen, who was away from the team for the birth of his child. Barring any future injuries or leaves of absences, McKenna figures to spend the remainder of the season in the minors.

  • Senators' Craig Anderson: Tending twine Friday

    Anderson will be between the pipes versus the Blue Jackets on Friday, Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.

    Anderson has lost three straight outings in which he posted a .897 save percentage. Fortunately for the netminder, he will be facing a Columbus team he has historically performed well against -- a career 12-5-0 record and 2.37 GAA -- which could help him get out of his slump.

  • Avalanche's Semyon Varlamov: Won't travel with team

    Varlamov (illness) will remain in Colorado as the team heads to Minnesota to square off against the Wild on Friday.

    Varlamov is set to miss his third consecutive outing due to his illness. While it could be just to avoid the added stress of travel, the netminder's absence from the lineup doesn't bode well for a potential return Saturday versus Calgary, considering it is the second half of a back-to-back. Until the Russian is cleared to play, Jonathan Bernier will likely continue to deputize in his stead.

  • Avalanche's Jonathan Bernier: Gets starting nod against Wild

    Bernier will tend the twine for Friday's tilt versus Minnesota, Adrian Dater of BSN Denver reports.

    Bernier will be making his third straight appearance between the pipes as starter Semyon Varlamov (illness) continues to work his way back to 100 percent. In addition to the need to give Varlamov some extra recovery time, the recent performance of the 29-year-old Bernier -- two wins including a shutout -- probably instilled some confidence in the coaching staff to stick with him a bit longer.

  • Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: In goal Friday

    Hellebuyck will get the starting nod for Friday's road clash with the Ducks, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.

    Hellebuyck returns to the Jets' crease after getting the night off Wednesday. Perhaps coach Paul Maurice felt his netminder needed some rest after playing 10 of Winnipeg's previous 11 outings and giving up five goals on 29 shots against the Predators his last time out. While the Michigan native's numbers are still solid as the visitor -- a 4-2-1 record with a 2.71 GAA -- he is not nearly as dominant as he is at home, where he has yet to lose in regulation.

  • Eddie Lack G | CGY

    Eddie Lack: Waived by Flames

    Lack was waived Thursday by the Flames, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    In his most recent start, Lack gave up five goals in just 25 minutes of ice time before being yanked. Now, with regular starter Mike Smith back from an upper body injury, the Flames will expose Lack to waivers and look elsewhere for a backup goalie if someone else wants his salary.

  • Coyotes' Marek Langhamer: Recalled from AHL

    Langhamer was recalled from the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners on Thursday.

    Langhamer being brought back up to the NHL is being described as an emergency recall, as it appears as though the upper body injury to starting goalie Antti Raanta could be one that causes him to miss some time. Should Raanta be unable to play in Friday's game against the Kings, Langhamer would be in line to serve as the backup behind Scott Wedgewood.

  • Coyotes' Scott Wedgewood: Fills in for injured Raanta

    Wedgewood was forced into action Wednesday against San Jose after starting netminder Antti Raanta suffered an upper-body injury.

    Wedgewood entered early in the third period and allowed two goals on 16 shots in a losing effort. The last time the 25-year-old got in the crease was a relief appearance against Winnipeg, which tells you everything about the current goaltending situation. It's unclear how serious Raanta's injury is, but even if he does miss an extended period of time, it's hard to recommend Wedgewood as a suitable replacement. Arizona has struggled all year and the former Devil owns a below-average .909 save percentage in five contests.

  • Sharks' Martin Jones: Gets job done against Yotes

    Jones stopped 26 of 27 shots in Wednesday's victory over Arizona.

    Jones is having a strong season and is now 9-5-1 with a .929 save percentage. While the Coyotes are struggling at the bottom of the standings, Jones still had to come up with some impressive saves and played a major role in the victory. He's picked up some losses recently due to a lack of offensive support, but the 29-year-old has allowed two goals or fewer in 11 of his last 13 outings. A mediocre record aside, Jones' consistency makes him a very safe fantasy play whenever he gets the nod.

  • Avalanche's Jonathan Bernier: Stymies Stars with first shutout

    Bernier stopped all 28 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season Wednesday against Dallas.

    Bernier had really been struggling entering Wednesday's game, so a shutout victory was just what he needed to get back on track. He's the backup to Semyon Varlamov, but this performance could earn him some more crease time in the near future. While Bernier stole the show against Dallas, we need to see some more consistency from him before recommending him as a spot start.