Despres agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Kolner Haie (DEL) and will return to Europe, where he spent the 2017-18 campaign.
After failing to earn a contract with the Habs during training camp. Despres signed a minor-league deal with AHL Laval, but will make the move to Germany for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old played in just five games for the Rocket in which he tallied two points, four PIM and a minus-2 rating. At this point, Despres has probably logged his last NHL game, having logged 193 outings and 43 points in stints with the Penguins and Ducks.
Despres has been offered an AHL contract by the Montreal organization.
While it's better than no contract, a minor-league-only deal would not allow Despres to be called up during the season -- although the team could still sign and promote him down the road -- which is likely why the defender is looking into his options. Invited to camp on a tryout, it is a little surprising to see the team not pursue at least a two-way deal for the veteran considering it will be without Shea Weber (knee) and David Schlemko (knee) for Opening Night and beyond.
The Canadiens are expected to sign Despres and send him to AHL Laval, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Despres was in Montreal's camp on a professional tryout and apparently did enough to warrant continued interest. He had been a top-four blueliner for Anaheim before suffering a concussion one game into the 2016-17 season. He skated for Bratislava Slovan of the KHL last year.
Despres will link up with the Canadiens on a professional tryout agreement for training camp.
After logging just one game in 2016-17 while with the Ducks due to a concussion, Despres went over to the KHL last year. While with Bratislava Slovan, the blueliner notched 11 points in 44 games, along with a concerning minus-13 rating. With Shea Weber (knee) out long term, the Habs are probably trying to see what Despres has left in the tank. If there is even a glimmer of his former talent, they will likely keep him around to help shore up the lineup.
Despres agreed to terms on a one-year contract with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL on Thursday.
Despres appeared in just one contest all of last season after suffering a concussion. One has to wonder whether NHL clubs were hesitant to give him a look due to concerns over his history of head injuries. In any case, the blueliner will head to Europe for the first time in his six-year professional career.
Despres (head) was waived by the Ducks on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports. If the defenseman goes unclaimed, he'll be bought out of his remaining four-year contract.
Despres missed all but one game of the 2016-17 campaign with a concussion. Per NHL rules, a player must receive medical clearance in order to be waived. If the 25-year-old is picked up off waivers, Anaheim will be free and clear of his $3.7 million cap hit. Otherwise, it will save $2.4 million against the cap in 2017-18 and would actually receive a cap credit in the following two years. Assuming there aren't any lingering concerns about his concussion history, the blueliner could be picked up by another club -- although likely not until after the buyout is complete given his inflated price tag.
Despres (head) won't suit up for Game 6 on Sunday in Edmonton.
Despres continues to watch the game from afar and it's unclear at this point when, or even if, he'll be able to play during the playoffs. Expect more updates on his status once he resumes practicing with the team.
Despres (head) wasn't out for warmups ahead of Game 5 on Friday, per Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. This is a clear indication that he won't play.
Despres has only managed to play in one game all season, and that was the Oct. 13 season opener. He was taken off injured reserve in late April, but the Ducks aren't about to throw him into the fire in the middle of a tough playoff series.
Despres (head) is no longer listed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
While there's no guarantee that Despres will be ready to go when the Ducks open the second round of the playoffs against the Oilers, his removal from the ranks of the IR seems to suggest that he could be ready for Game 1. The 25-year-old has not suited up since being knocked out of action during the first game of the season, so even if he is able to go soon, there's a chance he'll be dealing with some rust as he gets readjusted.
Despres could miss an extended period of time due to his head injury, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. Ducks' general manager Bob Murray characterized the situation as a "very sensitive issue."
The overall tone when discussing Despres' ailment on Tuesday was very somber and seemed to imply that he could be dealing with a head issue similar to what players like Marc Savard have dealt with in the past. Hopefully it isn't as serious as that, but either way we wouldn't expect to see Despres on the ice anytime soon.
Despres (head) is on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Despres is believed to be dealing with a concussion, and the veteran defender has no timetable for his return to game action. However, per league rules, he'll be eligible to return once healthy, assuming the placement on IR is retroactive to his first and only game played this season -- Oct. 13 against Dallas.
Despres (head) has returned to Southern California after visiting specialists on the East Coast and remains without a timetable to return, the Orange County Register reports.
Despres exited last Thursday's contest with the upper-body ailment, and it sounds as though it could be a concussion. It's a bit concerning, as general manager Bob Murray suggested that it may be a recurrence of the issues he went through last season. Considering he's back home, it's safe to rule him out for Thursday's contest, and it's quite possible the blueliner will miss time beyond that.
Despres (upper-body) is out for Tuesday's contest against New Jersey, Eric Stephens of OCRegister.com reports.
Despres suffered the injury on Thursday and it is now reported that he could be dealing with concussion-like symptoms. If it's confirmed that the blueliner did indeed sustain the ailment, he could be sidelined until November as the swelling in his head subsides. In the meantime, Jacob Larsson figures to see an uptick in his ice time on Anaheim's second defensive line.
Despres (upper body) will miss Sunday's game against the Islanders.
This will be the second game in a row that Despres misses due to the upper body injury that he suffered on Thursday night. He remains day-to-day for now and his status will be worth monitoring leading up to the Ducks' next game on Tuesday. With Korbinian Holzer also scratched Sunday, look to rookie Jacob Larsson to receive more ice time.
Despres (upper body) will not play Saturday against Pittsburgh.
Despres remains day-to-day until further notice. On Saturday, the imposing rearguard reportedly will be replaced in the lineup by fifth-year German Korbinian Holzer, though neither player adds more than a teaspoon's worth of offense when healthy.
Despres left Thursday's game in the second period with an upper-body injury.
Despres is day-to-day for now, so the injury doesn't seem too serious. The 25-year-old defenseman wasn't a very valuable fantasy option before the injury, so afterwords he's even less so.
Despres (undisclosed) has been cleared to return to play and is available to suit up against the Jets on Tuesday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Despres, sidelined for the team's previous six contests, will be able to get some game action in prior to the postseason. Since joining the Ducks organziation via trade, the blueliner has tallied a meager four points, but has added 55 hits and 60 blocked shots. Unless you need help in those defensive categories, the 24-year-old is a low-end fantasy option due to his lack of offensive production.
Despres (undisclosed) will not play Thursday against the Maple Leafs, the Orange County Register reports.
The report notes Despres was sent home to be evaluated, possibly to determine if the blueliner has any recurring symptoms from the concussion that sidelined him earlier this season. "He got hit last game and he wasn't feeling right," coach Bruce Boudreau noted of Despres. "With his history, we wanted to make sure that he's completely better before he plays."
Despres (illness) will play Saturday against the Kings, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Despres missed the Ducks' last two games due to an illness, but took part in an optional skate Friday, which was the first indication he would likely be available for Saturday's matchup with Los Angeles. The 24-year-old blueliner has tallied just two assists in 19 games this season, and shouldn't be owned in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
Despres (illness) took part in an optional skate Friday, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles times reports.
Despres' presence at an optional practice certainly seems to suggest he should be available for Saturday's contest against the Kings, but no update on his status was given following the session. Check back on game day for another update, but with just two points in 19 games with the Ducks this season, there's not a ton of fantasy benefits for using the veteran blueliner.