Danault signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Kings on Wednesday.
One of the bigger names available in free agency, Danault appears set for a long-term commitment with the Kings. The 28-year-old center should slot into a middle-six role with his new team. He produced just 24 points in 53 regular-season contests and another four points in 22 outings during the playoffs with the Canadiens last year. Danault's main appeal comes from his steady faceoff work and defensive effort, which should provide some two-way stability down the Kings' lineup. He'll have some appeal in deeper fantasy formats, as he had 100 points across 152 games in the two seasons before his offense dipped last year.
Danault scored a goal on three shots, logged five hits and went plus-2 in Friday's 6-3 loss to the Lightning in Game 3.
Danault's first postseason tally this year came at 11:16 of the first period. The veteran center has just four points to go with 38 shots on goal, 37 hits, 22 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating in 20 playoff contests. He remains an effective defensive presence in the Canadiens' top six, but there's little scoring upside with the 28-year-old.
Danault registered an assist, three shots on goal and four hits in Thursday's 3-2 overtime win over the Golden Knights in Game 6.
Danault sent a backhand pass to Artturi Lehkonen, who scored 1:39 into overtime to send the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Finals. The assist was just Danault's third point in 17 playoff outings. The 28-year-old center sees big minutes as a shutdown option -- he's added 29 hits, 21 blocked shots, 34 shots on net and a minus-2 rating in these playoffs. The relative lack of offense will often keep him below the fantasy radar.
Danault recorded an assist and blocked two shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Jets in Game 3.
Danault set up Artturi Lehkonen for what was the game-winning goal in the second period. The 28-year-old Danault has just two assists, 14 shots on net, 15 hits and 11 blocked shots in 10 playoff contests. He plays a key role defensively, but he's usually good for a slightly better scoring pace than he's produced so far.
Danault produced an assist, three hits and two blocked shots in Monday's 3-1 win over the Maple Leafs in Game 7.
Danault's first point in seven postseason games was a secondary assist on Tyler Toffoli's empty-net goal. The 28-year-old Danault isn't a huge scoring threat -- he had 24 points in 53 regular-season contests this year. The Quebec native instead provides a solid two-way game and skill at the faceoff dot in a top-six role.
Danault (concussion) is expected to suit up in Thursday's Game 1 matchup versus Toronto, Kevin McGran of The Toronto Star reports.
Danault missed the final three games of the regular season with a concussion, but after practicing in full Sunday, he was finally cleared to return to the lineup. The 28-year-old had a decent season in 2021, recording five goals and 24 points across 53 games. Look for Danault to return to his normal duties as the team's top-line center for Thursday's contest.
Danault (concussion) centered the top line in Sunday's practice, John Lu of TSN Montreal reports.
Danault's return to practice four days in advance of Thursday's Game 1 against Toronto puts him in position to suit up for the beginning of the postseason. Barring a setback, expect Danault to be in the Game 1 lineup.
Danault (concussion) will miss the remainder of the regular season but is expected to return for the start of the playoffs, per coach Dominique Ducharme, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Danault is expected to be joined by Carey Price (concussion), Shea Weber (upper body) and Brendan Gallagher (thumb) for the start of the postseason, as the Canadiens are getting healthy at just the right time. The defensive-minded center's set to hit unrestricted free agency on the heels of a pedestrian regular season, which he'll finish with five goals and 19 assists in 53 games.
Danault didn't travel with the team to Toronto on Saturday and is instead back in Montreal recovering from a concussion, per coach Dominique Ducharme.
Danault's upper-body injury has been clarified as a concussion. The Canadiens come back home Monday to face the Oilers, but it remains to be seen whether Danault will be able to rejoin his teammates at that point. There's no set timetable for his return.
Danault (upper body) returned to Montreal and will not be available for Saturday's game against Toronto, Arpon Basu of The Athletic reports.
Danault sustained an injury against the Maple Leafs on Thursday and will miss at least one game as a result. The Canadiens are back at home Monday against Edmonton and the 28-year-old will be considered questionable for that contest. He has 24 points in 53 games this season.
Danault left Thursday's game versus the Maple Leafs with an upper-body injury, John Lu of TSN.ca reports.
Danault apparently came into Thursday's game banged up, and he wasn't able to continue after exiting in the first period. It's not expected to be a long-term issue for the center, but his status for Saturday's rematch with the Maple Leafs is in doubt.
Danault (undisclosed) won't return to Thursday's game versus the Maple Leafs.
Danault was injured in the first period, though the details around his injury are scarce. With the Maple Leafs ahead of the Canadiens 4-0 after one period, this may be a precaution to keep Danault out of action in what's already likely a lost game.
Danault scored the game-tying goal and had four hits in Monday's 3-2 overtime win over Toronto. He also had two shots and two blocks.
With Montreal netminder Jake Allen on the bench for an extra skater, Danault stuffed home a puck from the side of the net to tie the game at 2-2 with just 52 seconds left in in regulation. It was Danault's fifth goal of the year and ended his 13-game dry spell.
Danault registered an assist, two shots on goal, three hits and a minus-2 rating in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Flames.
Danault had the lone assist on Joel Armia's first-period tally. The 28-year-old Danault has produced 22 points, 66 shots, 58 hits and a plus-14 rating through 45 contests. A defensive center, the Quebec native won't pile up much offense, but he's winning faceoffs at a 51.8 percent rate (399-for-770) this season.
Danault had an assist, one shot on goal, three hits and two PIM in Monday's 4-2 win over Toronto.
Danault, along with Tomas Tatar and Paul Byron, were dogged on the forecheck behind the Toronto net, which eventually led to the first of Tatar's two goals. It was the second assist in three games for Danault, who along with Tatar worked with a new right winger Monday in Byron. He and Tatar will miss Brendan Gallagher (thumb), but the newly constituted threesome produced immediately.
Danault scored a goal on his only shot Thursday in a 4-2 loss to the Jets.
Danault cleaned up a Tomas Tatar rebound in front to tie the game at 1-1 just 1:40 into the opening period. It was only the fourth goal of the year for Danault, though he does have nine points (three goals, six assists) in his last nine games.
Danault scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-1 win over the Senators on Thursday.
Danault put up 11 points, including a single goal, in the first 28 games of the season. Then he heated up and has eight points, including six helpers, in his last five games. Danault and his linemates Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar have been on fire in those five games.
Danault had a pair of assists and was plus-3 in a 4-0 win over Edmonton on Tuesday.
Danault logged his second straight two-assist night, setting up even-strength tallies by Brendan Gallagher and Tomas Tatar in the first and second periods, respectively. Danault is on a nice stretch offensively, producing a goal and five helpers with a plus-8 rating over his last four games.
Danault had two assists with six shots, two hits and one blocked shot in Saturday's 5-4 shootout win over Vancouver.
Danault had a hand in goals by linemates Tomas Tatar and Brendan Gallagher. His clean faceoff win led to Gallagher's game-tying goal early in the third period, setting up Montreal's first win in 10 extra-time tries. It's been a frustrating season for Danault, a top-line center with points in just nine of 31 games. Thankfully for antsy fantasy managers, he's registered multiple points in six of those nine contests.
Danault scored a goal on his only shot and added an assist Wednesday in a 4-3 overtime loss in Winnipeg.
Danault got the Canadiens on the board 86 seconds into the second period, leading a 2-on-1 rush and burying a wrister from the right circle. He later drew the lone assist on Brendan Gallagher's third-period goal. It's been a tough go this season for Danault, who has just two goals and 11 assists in 27 games after a 47-point campaign a year ago.
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