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October 25, 2016 01:11 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Placed on waivers Monday
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Michalek was placed on waivers by Toronto on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

The 31-year-old was placed on waivers to make room for Ben Smith, who the Leafs picked up in a corresponding move. If Michalek clears waivers, he'll report to AHL Toronto.

October 11, 2016 11:40 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Will skate on top line to start season
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Michalek will skate on the Leafs' top line beside Nazem Kadri to start the season.

There was thought he might provide a veteran presence to Auston Matthews' line, but he gets the top gig with Nazzy instead. Michalek still has some gas in the tank and is eager to prove his injury-riddled 2015-16 isn't an omen for a decline in his career. Michalek may provide sneaky fantasy value in deep leagues, as he'll also get some power-play time.

September 23, 2016 02:10 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Bangs home two goals against Team USA
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Michalek potted a pair of goals in Thursday's 4-3 win over Team USA.

The veteran also received the second most ice time (21:26) among Czech forwards in this one, trailing only Martin Hanzal of the Coyotes (22:54). Michalek's three points in three games at the World Cup is a nice omen for those considering utilizing his fantasy services in what will be his first full season with the Maple Leafs. He's expected to fill a top-six role -- potentially beside stud rookie Auston Matthews -- so the 31-year-old (and former 35-goal scorer) appears to have an outside shot at cracking the 20-goal plateau for the sixth time in his career.

July 30, 2016 11:18 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Gearing up for World Cup of Hockey
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Michalek (knee) is healthy and ready to play with the Czech team in the World Cup of Hockey this fall, Sportsnet reports.

Michalek is the elder statesman on a team littered with skaters vying for consistent NHL roles. Included in the Dion Phaneuf trade with Ottawa last February, the winger will look to get off to a strong start to the 2016-17 campaign after he was limited to 45 games last season; since he's on track to participate in the World Cup, it appears that fantasy owners will have a chance to evaluate his performance before deciding whether to draft him. Even though Michalek is past his prime, he's adept on the power play and projected for second-line duty with James van Riemsdyk and Nazem Kadri, a pair of heavy point producers. Consider buying low on Michalek.

April 2, 2016 10:51 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Out for season with knee injury
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Michalek will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Michalek sustained the injury in Thursday's game against Buffalo, but he still managed to log 17:15 of ice time in the loss. The savvy veteran has had trouble with injuries, as he was traded to the Buds in early February with the club knowing he was dealing with a fractured finger. With the Leafs having been eliminated from playoff contention for a while now, he has plenty of time to get over this latest ailment for 2016-17. Replacing Michalek on the roster is Frederik Gauthier, who reportedly was called up from the minors Saturday.

April 1, 2016 11:01 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Suffers injury Thursday
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Michalek suffered an undisclosed injury in Thursday's 4-1 loss in Buffalo, Dhiren Mahiban of The Canadian Press reports.

It's unclear when the injury occurred during the game, but it appears as though Michalek will miss out on Saturday's contest with Detroit. The report notes that Michalek will be evaluated Friday and that a recall is expected for Saturday's game. Michalek has missed two separate stretches of the season with finger injuries to this point, so this current ailment may be related.

March 25, 2016 12:39 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Starting to come alive in Toronto
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Michalek handed out two power-play assists Thursday in a 6-5 overtime win against the Ducks.

He's been thriving in a weird way over the course of Boston's current homestand, racking up five points despite putting only three shots on goal in the last five games. That pair of primary helpers represent Michalek's first assists with the man advantage all season. A two-time 60-point man earlier in his career, the Czech veteran is currently thin on fantasy value outside deep formats despite a spike in ice time over the last two games.

March 8, 2016 05:48 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Makes first appearance with Leafs
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Michalek overcame a finger injury and made his Leafs debut Monday against the Sabres, picking up four hits and two PIM in 12:43 of ice time, including 1:32 on the man advantage.

Last month, Michalek was involved in a nine-player swap that resulted in defenseman Dion Phaneuf ending up with the Senators. A fractured finger had kept Michalek out until Monday, but he was quite active in the limited time that he was on the ice. Still, there's not much fantasy appeal with Michalek, as he's been moved from the eighth-ranked offense in Ottawa to a Toronto team that averages just 2.31 goals per game, 29th in the league.

March 7, 2016 10:58 AM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Will return Monday
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Michalek indicated Sunday that he's "ready to go," for Monday's contest against the Sabres, the Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star reports.

Michalek hasn't played since breaking his finger Jan. 27, and will be in new colors when he takes the ice. The veteran has seen a dip in scoring this season (10 points in 32 games), and moving to a bad Maple Leafs squad probably won't help his case. However, he will remain a top-six forward, so the winger could still be an option in daily contests and deep season-long leagues.

March 6, 2016 01:20 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Expecting Leafs' debut Monday
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Michalek (finger) anticipates making his team debut Monday against Buffalo, Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun reports.

Michalek was already nursing a finger injury when the Sens shipped him to Toronto on Feb. 9 and resumed practicing on Feb. 26. It's anticipated that Michalek will skate on the Leafs' third line, though the former 35-goal scorer won't provide much fantasy value playing on a bad Toronto team.

February 26, 2016 05:47 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Gets in practice, aiming for next week
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Michalek (finger) participated in his first full practice with the Maple Leafs, Mark Masters of TSN reports.

Finally nearing a return, the Maple Leafs should update the winger's status again when he's fit to play. While he did take a step in the right direction by practicing Friday, Michalek likely needs to get himself into game shape considering he's been out since early December. When healthy, the 31-year-old Czech should slot into a top-six role with his new club.

February 19, 2016 05:23 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Few weeks away from Toronto debut
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Michalek (finger) could move onto the Leafs' third line upon his return from injury, reports the Toronto Star. He said he "should be back in a few weeks."

He was one of Ottawa's best two-way forwards and would add a scoring touch to a checking line in Toronto. Michalek had 35 goals in 2011-12, but has seen his pace slow considerably since then and he has just six snipes in 32 games this season.

February 17, 2016 12:43 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Remains week-to-week
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Michalek (finger) remains on a week-to-week timetable, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

Michalek has yet to take the ice since being traded to the Maple Leafs, and it appears his return won't be coming any time soon. Given the lack of depth among the club's forwards, Michalek should easily slot into a top-six role when he's healthy. The team should continue to update the veteran's status as he begins nearing a return, but his timetable remains indefinite at this stage.

February 9, 2016 12:40 PM
Maple Leafs' Milan Michalek: Traded to Toronto
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Michalek (finger) was acquired by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday in a nine-player deal that included defenseman Dion Phaneuf, among four others, traded to the Senators.

Michalek is an experienced winger who's quick on his feet and has a nose for the net. Toronto really needed some scoring punch, as a team depositing 2.29 goals per game, fourth-worst in the NHL, and Michalek fits the bill. Unfortunately, he's currently dealing with a fractured finger that has him out indefinitely. Phaneuf was the headliner of this huge trade, with the Senators also getting a blue-line prospect in Cody Donaghey, plus forwards Casey Bailey, Matt Frattin and Ryan Rupert. Heading to Toronto with Michalek are Jared Cowen, Collin Greening, Tobias Lindberg and a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

January 22, 2016 09:57 PM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Out indefinitely with fractured finger
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Michalek is out indefinitely with a fractured finger.

Michalek already sustained a fractured finger earlier this season, and was forced to miss 16 games as a result.  The 31-year-old winger will likely be sidelined for a similar period with his latest broken finger.  Expect an update on the former first-round pick's status once he's able to return to the ice.

January 6, 2016 01:32 PM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Returning Thursday
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Michalek (finger) will return to the lineup Thursday against Florida.

Thursday will mark the end of a 16-game absence for Michalek after he broke a finger Dec. 1. The 31-year old looks set to skate on Ottawa's second line, playing alongside Mike Hoffman and Mika Zibanejad. This set up could be a boon for Michalek, as he only produced eight points in 24 games prior to his injury.

December 3, 2015 03:44 PM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Lands on IR
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Michalek (finger) is now on injured reserve, per's official media site.

Michalek is dealing with a fracture to his right index finger that reportedly will keep him out indefinitely. While he tends to the broken digit away from the ice, the hockey world could see more of Curtis Lazar and Colin Greening among the bottom-six group of forwards.

December 2, 2015 10:46 AM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Out indefinitely with fractured finger
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Michalek (finger) suffered a fractured right index finger and will be out indefinitely.

The former first round pick hasn't developed into as big of a point scorer over the past few years as he's scored five goals and eight points in the first 24 games this season, but the 30-year-old's presence will be sorely missed. He will likely be replaced by Colin Greening.

December 1, 2015 11:08 PM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Will be out indefinitely
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Michalek suffered a hand injury Tuesday and will be out "for a while," TSN's Steve Lloyd reports.

This is bad news for Michalek's owners, as it sounds like he will miss extended time with the hand injury he suffered Tuesday. It appears Colin Greening is set to get another opportunity while Michalek is out.

December 1, 2015 09:50 PM
Senators' Milan Michalek: Leaves Tuesday's game
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Michalek left Tuesday's game with an upper body injury and will not return, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

Michalek logged 9:22 of ice time before leaving early with the injury. The seriousness of the injury is unclear, and he can be considered day-to-day. His next chance to return to the ice will be on Thursday when the Senators host the defending champion Blackhawks.