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Ryan (undisclosed) has been ruled out of the remainder of the IIHF World Championship tournament, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Team USA may be going home if it loses to Russia on Thursday anyway, so at this point there's no reason to believe Ryan's injury will hinder his offseason program. The 32-year-old pivot will finish the tourney having notched one goal and four points in seven games.
According to Team USA coach Jeff Blashill, Larkin (groin) will miss the rest of the IIHF World Championship tournament, but he'll "be fine," Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The Americans may be packing their bags if they fall to the Russians in Thursday's quarterfinal match anyway, so this news doesn't come as a surprise. There's no reason to believe Larkin's groin issue is overly serious, so he should be back to 100 percent well ahead of next season's training camp. The 22-year-old pivot will be looking to build on a 2018-19 campaign in which he set career highs in goals (32) and points (73) in 76 contests.
Rodrigue agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with Edmonton on Wednesday.
Rodrigue -- who was selected by the club with the 62nd overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft -- went 35-9-1 with a .902 save percentage in 48 appearances with QMJHL Drummondville this season. The 18-year-old netminder figures to spend at least another year in juniors before getting a shot with AHL Bakersfield, though the organization's lack of goalie depth could force it to fast-track the youngster's development.
Binnington is slated to be between the pipes for Monday's Game 1 road clash with Boston, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
With the Blues in last place in the league Jan. 3 with just 34 points, the club made the decision to promote Binnington from the minors a few days later (Jan. 5). The netminder never looked back as he went 24-5-1 with five shutouts and a 1.89 GAA in 32 appearances to help the club make the playoffs. In the postseason, the 25-year-old is sporting a slightly higher 2.36 GAA, but has his club playing for Lord Stanley's chalice.
Rask will get the start in goal for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Blues at home Monday, NHL.com's Matt Kalman reports.
Rask was sensational during the Eastern Conference finals, helping his team eliminate the upstart Hurricanes quickly and efficiently by picking up four consecutive victories while posting an exceptional 1.25 GAA and .956 save percentage. It will have been 10 days since Rask's last start when the puck drops for Game 1 against St. Louis, but the Finnish netminder isn't worried about the time off affecting his play, and fantasy owners taking part in playoff pools shouldn't be, either. If the Bruins are able to win their seventh Cup in franchise history this year, Rask will be a shoo-in for the Conn Smythe.
Holland agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (KHL) on Wednesday.
Drafted by the Ducks with the 15th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Holland saw action in just 29 games with the club before being traded to the Maple Leafs in 2013-14. The center peaked in Toronto, as he notched 25 goals and 38 helpers in four seasons with the Leafs. The 28-year-old's career would also include stints with the Coyotes and Rangers. Last season, Holland once again found himself switching organizations, as he was acquired from New York by the Blackhawks, but was never able to earn a call-up to Chicago. With his move overseas, it's probably the last time Holland will suit up in North America, and he figures to bring his NHL career to a close with 36 goals and 49 assists in 266 appearances.
Mantha has been suspended by the IIHF for one game for a high hit he delivered on Colin White during Tuesday's 3-0 win over the United States at the World Championship tournament, La Presse Canadienne reports.
Mantha has been one of Team Canada's best players during the World Championship, racking up seven goals and 12 points in seven contests, so his absence will undoubtedly be felt during Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with Switzerland. If Canada is able to prevail over the Swiss, Mantha will be eligible to return to the lineup for a semifinal game against Russia or the United States on Saturday.
Larkin (groin) is doubtful to suit up for Team USA in Thursday's 2019 IIHF World Championship quarterfinal clash with Russia. Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters, "I don't have that final word yet, but it doesn't look like he will be available (Thursday), Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Larkin's absence will certainly hurt the Americans' chances of getting past a stacked Russian squad that includes Nikita Kucherov, Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin. Of biggest concern to fantasy owners will be the 22-year-old Larkin's long-term health, which doesn't seem to be in question at this point. The dynamic center should be ready to go for training camp in the fall and figures to challenge for the 80-point mark.
Donskoi notched a helper and two shots in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.
Donskoi was held off the scoresheet in his previous five games, but managed the helper on Dylan Gambrell's first NHL tally, which cut the score to 2-1 at the time. Donskoi had only three points in 12 playoff games, as he battled injuries throughout the postseason run and likely wasn't 100 percent this spring after posting a career high 37 points in 80 regular-season games.
The second round pick from 2016 had gone without a goal in his previous 12 NHL games, but slotted into the lineup after injuries to Tomas Hertl and Joe Pavelski in Game 5. Gambrell produced 20 goals and 45 points with AHL San Jose in 51 regular-season games, as well as a goal and three helpers in four AHL playoff games with the Barracuda.