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1 year agoThe Dallas Stars acquired defenseman Connor Carrick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 on Monday. The conditional pick will become a sixth-round selection if Carrick dresses at least 50 games with the Stars. The 24-year-old had issues finding a regular spot in the Leafs' lineup over the past three seasons, having played in just 130 games. The Illinois native finished the 2017-2018 season with 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 47 games with the team. An offensive-minded defenseman, Carrick's fantasy relevance largely depends on if he can earn regular minutes for the Stars over the course of the 2018-2019 campaign.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: TSN
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1 year agoBoston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will be sidelined for at least three weeks after suffering an ankle injury in a preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. Krug is coming off another excellent season with the Bruins in 2017-2018, having posted 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists), 24 power play points and 197 shots on goal in 76 games. The 27-year-old has developed into a premier offensive defenseman in the league, earning an average of 20:24 time-on-ice in the Bruin's top four defenseman group and first power play unit. Krug will wear a protective foot for the next three weeks and be re-evaluated after that.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe Los Angeles Kings announced that forward Dustin Brown would be out for an undisclosed amount of time after suffering a broken finger in the team's preseason finale against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday. The news comes as a big blow to his fantasy owners after a career resurgence with the Kings in 2017-2018. The team's former captain finished the 2017-2018 season with 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists), a plus-31 rating, 58 penalty minutes and 222 shots on goal in 81 games. For those who have yet to draft, Brown could be a great stash for leagues with injured reserve spots.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: LA Times
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1 year agoNashville Predators forward Scott Hartnell decided to call it a career on Monday. The 36-year-old played 17 NHL seasons including stops in Nashville, Philadelphia and Columbus. Hartnell, known for his combination of grit and scoring ability, posted 24 points (13 goals, 11 assists) in 62 games for the Predators in his final season last year. The Saskatchewan native registered 707 points (327 goals, 380 assists) in 1,249 career games.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: ESPN
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1 year agoThe Montreal Canadiens named defenseman Shea Weber team captain on Monday. The 33-year-old becomes the franchise's 30th captain. Since being acquired via trade back in June 2016, Weber has registered 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) in 104 games with the club. Unfortunately, the British Columbia has had issues staying healthy during his short time in Montreal. Weber, who played just 26 games in 2017-2018, is currently recovering from offseason foot surgery and isn't expected to return to the Canadiens lineup until mid-December.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Montreal Gazette
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1 year agoOttawa Senators center prospect Filip Chlapik was sent down to the Belleville Senators on Friday. Chlapik, who looked to easily start for the Senators for the regular season is relatively a surprise, however, the Senators are really looking to ice a successful AHL team this year with some of their top rookies like Logan Brown and Drake Batherson. He could easily get a call-up and will remain a rookie to keep an eye on, but the Senators are looking to keep Alex Formenton on the roster which doesn't leave much room for Chlapik. He shouldn't be owned in any re-draft format.--Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Bruce Garrioch on Twitter
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1 year agoEdmonton Oilers forward Ty Rattie (upper body) will not play in the Oilers' preseason games in Europe, however, will still travel with the team. Rattie took a head hit first into the boards in the preseason game against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, so it's most likely just Edmonton doing their due diligence and keeping their new found top winger healthy for the regular season. Rattie has absolutely tore up the NHL this preseason with seven goals and four assists in only four preseason games, and looks to continue off his hot finish last year when playing with Connor McDavid. He's easily projected to start on McDavid's line with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and should be added in all formats. --Caden Inaba - RotoBallerSource: Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
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1 year agoBoston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron practiced with his team for the first time this preseason on Friday. Bergeron had previously been sidelined with back spasms, suffered after recovering from offseason groin surgery. The 33-year-old is coming off an excellent season with 63 points (30 goals, 33 assists) in 64 games. Bergeron is expected to be ready to go for the Bruins season opener against the Washington Capitals this Wednesday.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoTampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov left Tuesday's preseason game against the Florida Panthers with a lower-body injury. The issue does not appear to be too serious but head coach Jon Cooper did not want to commit to a time-frame for recovery just yet. Kucherov, as expected, is not in the lineup for Thursday's tilt with the Panthers. The 25-year-old is coming off a monster 2017-2018 season in which he posted 100 points (39 goals, 61 assists) to go along with a 36 power play points and 279 shots on goal.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Erik Erlendsson
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings rookie forward Filip Zadina pocketed the game-winning goal in overtime during a 3-2 preseason win over the Boston Bruins. The Red Wings finished the preseason with a perfect 6-0-0 record. Zadina was the sixth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and is the Wings' most valuable prospect. The 18-year-old had 44 goals and 38 assists in 57 games with the Halifax Mooseheads last season. Zadina is likely to start 2018-19 in the AHL with the Grand Rapids Griffins in order to round out his game, but he could be called up to Detroit as the season progresses.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoColumbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (knee) is expected to be out four to six weeks after suffering an MCL sprain in a preseason game on Tuesday. This timeframe has him set to return somewhere between October 24 and November 7. Jones was the 13th ranked defenseman on Yahoo Fantasy heading into the regular season. He was a Second Team All-Star last season and came fourth in Norris Trophy voting. He tallied 16 goals, 41 assists, 17 PPP, and 249 shots on goal in 2017-18. Jones had an ADP of 54 prior to the injury, so perhaps fantasy managers can snag the elite defenseman a little later on draft day. He remains a D1 for fantasy purposes.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Aaron Portzline
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks right-winger Corey Perry is set to miss the next five months after undergoing knee surgery to repair meniscus and MCL injuries. The former Hart Memorial Trophy winner has regressed a bit over the past few years (17 goals, 32 assists in 2017-2018) likely due to the wear and tear of playing an agitator role throughout much of his 12 year career. However, the loss is still significant for the Ducks as Perry plays an integral top-six role in the Ducks lineup when healthy. Perry, ranked #135 in Yahoo's preseason rankings, should likely now be avoided by fantasy owners in upcoming drafts.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings forward Andreas Athanasiou had two goals and two assists in Tuesday's 8-6 preseason win over the Chicago Blackhawks. Athanasiou has impressed during all of the exhibition games, recording four goals and two assists across three contests. He has played exclusively with Thomas Vanek throughout training camp, while rookie stalwart Filip Zadina has occasionally filled in on the other side. All signs point to Athanasiou being utilized as a dynamic offensive weapon this season which means he should crush the 16 goals and 33 points he put up last year. Snag him as a flier in the later rounds of drafts, although be wary of a poor +/- rating.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoArizona Coyotes center Alex Galchenyuk (groin) is doubtful to play in the regular season opener and has been listed as week-to-week. It appears he sustained the injury during a preseason game last Tuesday. Galchenyuk has breakout potential playing with the Coyotes top-six, so hopefully, he can return soon. He was underutilized in Montreal but should see every opportunity to succeed in the desert. He can be drafted as a C3/C4 depending on the severity of his injury. Dylan Strome is the likely beneficiary in his absence.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Arizona Coyotes
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler (hip) has still not been cleared for contact. Kesler has been practicing with the team during the preseason, but he has not been a full participant. Kesler only appeared in 48 games last season as he recovered from offseason hip surgery. The hip gave him discomfort for the entirety of 2017-18 and the issue continued over the summer. While it is promising that Kesler has been on the ice during practice, it seems likely that he will not be ready in time for the Ducks' season opener on October 3. Even when he is healthy, Kesler has been an average fantasy asset for the past few seasons. He could be worth a stash in deeper leagues, but it looks like he may be out for at least a couple of weeks. --Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Eric Stephens

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