Nugent-Hopkins won't return until March at the earliest, so Anton Slepyshev will likely continue to slot into the lineup until then. The 24-year-old pivot took a backseat role to Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl last season, but he's picked up the pace this campaign with 16 goals and 31 points through 46 games. Further, the Oilers have won just four of 12 games without him in the lineup, but that may be more of a reflection of the Oilers' disappointing season as a whole rather than Nugent-Hopkins' absence.
Murphy's limited activities included fielding grounders from his knees, playing light catch and running on a treadmill with limited weight-bearing on his knee. The 32-year-old had the articular cartilage in his right knee surgically repaired in October and appears to still have significant work to do in his recovery. Opening Day remains the target for both Murphy and the Nationals, and the second baseman's progress over the coming weeks should provide additional clarity on his return.
This is consistent with Ward's week-to-week status, but it shouldn't affect fantasy owners much as the 37-year-old winger has averaged 11:57 of ice time through 46 games with just 11 points to show for it. Veteran forward Jannik Hansen will continue to man the third line until Ward can return.
What was previously determined as a shoulder issue has been switched to a right-hand injury. Thursday in Nashville will be the next chance for Hertl to suit up, and Marcus Sorensen will continue to take slot into the lineup for the time being.
It's a $16 million non-exclusive tag, meaning the wideout could still sign an offer sheet with another team but that team would have to forfeit two first-round picks to the Dolphins, a move that is highly unlikely. The three-time Pro Bowler is coming off a season in which he registered an NFL-leading 112 catches to go along with 987 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games. Landry's rookie contract ended after the 2017 season, which would have made him an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
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