News: Pascal Dupuis is no longer dealing with the blood clots that ended his season prematurely, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Analysis: While the fact that Pascal Dupuis is "clot-free" is certainly encouraging, general manager Jim Rutherford stated that "there are other things from a medical point of view that have to be looked at." It seems as though Dupuis' future with the Penguins, and perhaps the NHL in general, remains uncertain.
News: Ryan McDonagh is currently donning a walking boot and using crutches due to the broken foot he suffered in the Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Analysis: He'll remain in a walking boot and on crutches for four weeks, at which point his broken foot will be re-evaluated. While a broken foot is certainly nothing to scoff at, if all goes well with the healing process, Ryan McDonagh should be ready for the Rangers' training camp in September.
News: Daniel Walcott was traded to Tampa Bay on Monday in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Analysis: Daniel Walcott isn't quite fantasy relevant yet, but he's worth a look in dynasty formats. He had a solid second season at defense for QMJHL's Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last year, tallying 41 points in 54 regular season games. He joins a Tampa Bay organization full of young, promising talent.
News: Van Riemsdyk (wrist) will make the trip to Tampa Bay with the Blackhawks, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: It remains to be seen if coach Joel Quenneville will opt to shake up his defensive corps after Kyle Cumiskey and David Rundblad played relatively well when getting the call against the Ducks, but the fact that Trevor van Riemsdyk is travelling with the team indicates he's at least considering it. Whether or not van Riemsdyk will suit up for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final will be confirmed prior to puck drop on Wednesday.
News: Marcus Kruger is "fine" and will play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports. Analysis: Marcus Kruger didn't play much after taking a big hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler with about 13 minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday's Game 7. However, at that point the Hawks had the game pretty well in hand, so Krugers' lack of ice time was likely a precautionary measure. Kruger has tallied two goals and one assist thus far during Chicago's playoff run.
News: Bryan Bickell is reportedly "fine", and will be ready to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. Analysis: Bryan Bickell only had one shift in the second period of Saturday's Game 7 against the Ducks, and did not touch the ice once in the third period. During the game, it wasn't clear whether Bickell was nursing an injury that was keeping him off the ice, or if head coach Joel Quenneville had decided to bench the big-bodied forward. Quenneville was critical of Bickell's physicality in Saturday's Game 7 when speaking to reporters on Monday, so it appears Bickell's lack of ice time was due to poor play rather than an ailment. It's highly unlikely that Bickell will be a healthy scratch for Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but it remains to be seen how much ice time he'll receive in the matchup.
News: Marc Staal played with a hairline fracture in his ankle that he suffered in one of the final games of the regular season throughout the Rangers' playoff run. Analysis: The injury didn't have a noticeable effect on Marc Staal's production or ice time during the Rangers' post season campaign, so it likely isn't anything to be concerned about. Staal should be ready for the Rangers' training camp in September.
News: Dan Girardi played the final three games of the Eastern Conference Final with a Grade 1 MCL sprain. Analysis: The Rangers' defensive corps was incredibly banged up by the end of their playoff run, with Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, and Keith Yandle all playing through injury at some point during the post season. Dan Girardi's ailment, however, isn't considered to be too serious, and he should be ready for the Rangers' training camp in September.
News: Keith Yandle (shoulder) played with a sprained AC joint for much of the Rangers' playoff run, Andrew Gross of the Record reports. Analysis: The injury didn't noticeably effect Keith Yandle's playing time or production during the Rangers' playoff run, but the fact that New York was banged up early on in the postseason likely contributed to their ultimate demise in the Eastern Conference Final. The injury shouldn't keep Yandle out of action for long, and he should be ready for the Rangers' training camp in September.
News: Mats Zuccarello suffered a brain contusion in Game 5 of the Rangers' first round series against Pittsburgh, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Analysis: The injury occurred after Mats Zuccarello was hit in the head by a slap shot from teammate Ryan McDonagh, and kept him out of the rest of the Rangers' playoff run. A brain contusion is without a doubt a frightening injury, which is made apparent by the fact that Zuccarello was reportedly unable to speak for four days following the incident. However, he expects to be ready for the Rangers' training camp in September.