NHL Player News

  • Coyotes' Darcy Kuemper: Dealt to Arizona

    Kuemper was traded from the Kings to the Coyotes on Wednesday in exchange for Tobias Rieder and Scott Wedgewood, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. The netminder will also sign a two-year extension with Arizona worth $1.85 million annually.

    Kuemper will serve as a nice backup piece behind Antti Raanta and could be a plan b in goal next season should the Coyotes be unable to reach an agreement with Raanta -- who is an impending free agent. The 27-year-old netminder posted an impressive 10-1-3 record with a 2.10 GAA and a .932 save percentage over 19 games as the backup to Jonathan Quick in LA, but those numbers may be difficult to replicate with the downgrade in talent around him in Phoenix.

  • Kings' Scott Wedgewood: Traded to LA

    The Coyotes traded Wedgewood and Tobias Rieder to the Kings in exchange for Darcy Kuemper on Wednesday.

    Kuemper has been excellent for the Kings this season, but the opportunity to pick up a winger with solid upside in Tobias Rieder was clearly too enticing for LA to pass up. Wedgewood, on the other hand, has struggled this campaign, compiling a 5-9-4 record while posting an ugly 3.45 GAA and .893 save percentage in 20 appearances with the Coyotes, but he'll likely fare far better behind the Kings' stout defense, and he'll only have to spell starter Jonathan Quick on occasion down the stretch. The 25-year-old netminder will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so he'll need to perform well in order to earn another contract from LA or another NHL club after the 2017-18 season comes to a close.

  • Carey Price G | MON

    Canadiens' Carey Price: Won't be available Thursday

    Price (undisclosed) won't dress for Thursday's game against the Rangers, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

    The specific nature of Price's malady remains unclear, but it may be related to the slap shot he took off his mask during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Flyers. The 30-year-old netminder was able to remain in the game after getting his bell rung, but he wasn't able to participate in Wednesday's practice, which was the first indication he may be in danger of missing Montreal's matchup with New York. With Price unavailable, Antti Niemi will likely draw the start against the Rangers, with Charlie Lindgren slotting in as his backup.

  • Blue Jackets' Markus Hannikainen: Not injured, but playing time fleeting

    Hannikainen is not dealing with an injury, per George Richards of The Columbus Dispatch, clarifying that he intended to report on Markus Nutivaara, who has been designated for injured reserve with an upper-body malady.

    While this Markus is not believed to be dealing with any type of malady, he has watched the past two games from the press box. The Finn is still picking up the nuances of being a defenseman at the highest level, but he projects to be a serviceable fantasy option long term. He's gathered three goals and 15 helpers through 51 games this season, despite averaging only 16:06 of ice time.

  • Blue Jackets' Markus Nutivaara: Lands on IR

    Nutivaara (upper body) was transferred to injured reserve Wednesday.

    The move was retroactively made to Feb. 16 when Nutivaara suffered the injury in a loss to Philadelphia, meaning he can be activated as early as Friday. Nutivaara, who's already improved his point total to 18 after scoring just seven last season, is yet to practice with his teammates since getting injured, so he faces a tight timetable if he's to get back into the lineup Saturday against Chicago.

  • Canadiens' Charlie Lindgren: Brought up Wednesday

    Lindgren was recalled on an emergency basis Wednesday.

    Despite information regarding a potential injury to Carey Price being limited, it seems to be more than nothing now that Lindgren's been called up. Whether or not Lindgren sees any game action during his recall remains to be seen, though if he does, the 24-year-old netminder could be worth a look for fantasy owners. In eight games with the Habs, Lindgren is 3-4-1 with a 2.43 GAA and .924 save percentage.

  • Noah Juulsen D | MON

    Canadiens' Noah Juulsen: Added to Montreal's roster

    Juulsen was recalled from AHL Laval on Wednesday.

    The 20-year-old, who gained prominence playing for the WHL's Everett Silvertips, projects to be the seventh defenseman on the active roster for Thursday's home game against the Rangers. Juulsen displayed supreme passing skills at junior, but it could take him awhile to adjust to the rapid-fire nature of the NHL, so temper your expectations for now.

  • Nathan Gerbe LW | NYR

    Blue Jackets' Nathan Gerbe: Returning to NHL

    Gerbe was recalled from AHL Cleveland on Wednesday, George Richards of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    The diminutive forward last played in the NHL during the 2015-16 campaign, tallying three goals and seven points in 47 games as a member of the Carolina Hurricanes. Gerbe then spent 2016-17 and part of this season with Geneve Servette of the Swiss-A league, totaling 13 goals and 35 points over 45 contests before signing with Columbus in January. It's unclear whether Gerbe will feature for the Jackets during his recall, but if he does, it'll likely come in a fourth-line role where the 2008 NCAA champion will have limited opportunities to get his name on the scoresheet.

  • Blue Jackets' Markus Hannikainen: Placed on IR

    The Blue Jackets placed Hannikainen (undisclosed) on injured reserve Wednesday, George Richards of The Columbus Dispatch reports.

    The specific nature of Hannikainen's ailment remains a mystery, but fantasy owners shouldn't need to concern themselves with his status anyway, as he's only tallied two goals and four points while averaging a mere 7:58 of ice time per game in 29 contests this campaign. The Blue Jackets should provide an update on the 24-year-old winger's status once he's cleared to return to game action.

  • Jon Merrill D | LV

    Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Back in action Wednesday

    Merrill (undisclosed) was activated from injured reserve and is slated to return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with Calgary, SinBin.vegas reports.

    The former Michigan Wolverine will be suiting up for the first time since Jan. 4, having missed 20 games while recovering his health. With just a single goal and assist in 14 contests, Merrill doesn't typically offer much from a fantasy standpoint, though partnering with the offensive-minded Colin Miller -- as he's projected to do Wednesday -- could provide a spark to Merrill's attacking play.