NHL Player News

  • Bruins' Urho Vaakanainen: Loaned overseas

    Vaakanainen will start the 2020-21 season on loan with Finnish club SaiPa, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.

    Vaakanainen saw action in five games for the Bruins last season in which he registered two shots, eight hits and three blocks while averaging 16:51 of ice time. Looking ahead to the upcoming campaign, the blueliner should earn additional opportunities to crack the lineup, though he won't offer more than mid-range fantasy value at best.

  • Stars' Anton Khudobin: Expected to be ready for camp

    Khudobin (arm) is on track to be ready for training camp, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.

    The NHL has yet to confirm when the season or training camp will begin, but the current belief is that they're targeting mid-December for the start of camp. If that's the case, Khudobin should be ready to begin practicing after undergoing October surgery to fix a nerve issue in his right arm. Meanwhile, Ben Bishop (knee) is expected to be out until mid-March, so Khudobin should be the unequivocal No. 1 when the season commences.

  • Egor Sokolov LW | OTT

    Senators' Egor Sokolov: Signs entry-level contract

    Sokolov signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Senators on Friday.

    The Senators selected Sokolov with the 61st overall pick in this year's draft. The 20-year-old Russian spent the 2019-20 campaign with the Cape Breton Eagles of the QMJHL, racking up 46 goals and 46 assists in just 52 games. He could make the jump to the AHL for the 2020-21 campaign, but he's likely still at least a year or two away from making an impact at the NHL level.

  • Jake Walman D | STL

    Blues' Jake Walman: Secures two-year deal

    Walman inked a two-year contract with St. Louis on Thursday.

    Walman's deal will be a two-way contract in the first year before converting to a one-way in the second. While this likely means the blueliner will spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the minors, the organization clearly believes he can grow into a full-time NHL caliber player. With AHL San Antonio last year, the 24-year-old Toronto native racked up career-highs in both goals (eight) and assists (19). Walman made his NHL debut last year and should see a few more games in 2020-21 if/when injuries crop up.

  • Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook: Healthy for training camp

    Seabrook (hip) says he's healthy and "excited for training camp," NHL.com reports.

    Seabrook will still need to be cleared medically but it sounds like the veteran blueliner is ready to make a comeback after a brutal year. Since last playing in December of 2019, the 35-year-old has had surgeries on his shoulder and both hips. He may not get back to eating up over 20 minutes per game, but the Blackhawks would surely welcome back Seabrook's physical play and shot-blocking abilities.

  • Ducks' Isac Lundestrom: Brought back from loan stint

    Lundestrom was recalled from his loan spell with Timra IK (Sweden) on Monday, Elliott Teaford of The Orange County Register reports.

    Lundestrom racked up five goals and six helpers in 12 appearances for Timra. There wasn't any indication of an injury for the 21-year-old winger, so it could simply be the Ducks are preparing to open up their facility as part of the expanded return to play for non-playoff teams. The Swede saw action in a mere 15 contests for Anaheim last year but could be in the mix for an increased role in 2020-21, barring any setbacks during training camp.

  • Jakub Skarek G | NYI

    Islanders' Jakub Skarek: Loaned overseas

    Skarek will join Finnish team Heinolan Peliitat on loan for the start of the 2020-21 campaign, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

    Skarek split time between the AHL and ECHL last season but struggled regardless, posting sub-900 save percentages with both teams and registered just six wins in a combined 30 games. At this point, fantasy players shouldn't be expecting the 21-year-old netminder to crack the Isles roster any time soon, making him a non-factor in almost all formats.

  • Jake Allen G | STL

    Canadiens' Jake Allen: Targeted for 30 games

    Canadiens goalie coach Stephane Waite projects Allen to play 30 games if the NHL has a regular 82-game schedule, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

    With an 82-game schedule looking unlikely, the Habs expect Allen to start somewhere between 35 and 40 percent of the games. The goal is to give the 33-year-old Carey Price plenty of rest, "His body is slower to recover between games," Waite said. "Carey wants to play every game, but he's going to appreciate playing a little less for quality starts. He won't have to cut corners to save his body." The benefits of a well-rested Price, who played a league-high 58 games during the regular season before it was suspended, was on display in the playoffs.

  • Penguins' Kasperi Kapanen: Set for first-line role

    Kapanen will start the 2020-21 campaign playing on the top line with Sidney Crosby, Tracey Myers of NHL.com reports.

    When acquired by the Penguins in the offseason, Kapanen was expected to join the first line with Crosby and Jake Guentzel, and now coach Mike Sullivan has confirmed that plan. The 24-year-old Kapanen registered 20 goals and 44 points during the 2018-19 campaign and should be capable of reaching those numbers again playing with Crosby. In addition, Kapanen should slot into a role on the No. 2 power-play, which will further bolster his fantasy value.

  • Micheal Haley LW | FLA

    Senators' Micheal Haley: Pens one-year deal

    Haley (upper body) inked a one-year, two-way contract with Ottawa on Friday.

    Haley saw action in 22 games for the Rangers last season in which he garnered one goal, 50 PIM and a minus-7 rating. The 33-year-old winger hasn't been a full-time NHL player since 2017-18, when he played 75 contests for the Panthers. Given the lack of depth for the Senators, Haley could be in the mix for regular minutes with Ottawa, though he figures to still spend some time in the minors.