News: Garrett Mitchell signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Capitals on Tuesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports. Analysis: Garrett Mitchell has yet to suit up for an NHL Game, but has logged 224 career games with the AHL's Hershey Bears. Last season he scored four goals and tallied four assists while racking up 121 PIM for the Bears. He'll compete for a spot on Washington's roster during training camp, and will likely see some time with both the AHL and NHL clubs next season.
News: Mackenzie Skapski (hip) underwent arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to repair a labral tear in his right hip. He's expected to be sidelined 4-to-5 months. Analysis: The 20-year-old will likely spend the entire offseason rehabbing in hopes of returning around the start of the 2015 season. Mackenzie Skapski made two appearances for the Rangers in 2014-15 but spent the bulk of the season at AHL Harford, where he started 28 games and posted a 2.40 GAA with a .914 save percentage.
News: The CHL has named Stars' prospect Philippe Desrosiers the CHL's Goaltender of the Year. Analysis: Philippe Desrosiers finished the QMJHL season with a 2.50 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. It seems low, but in the high-scoring QMJHL that's an impressive mark from the Stars' 2013 second round pick. At just 19, he's not quite ready to be the solution to the Stars goaltending woes, but it's a bit of light out on the horizon for the franchise.
News: Maxime Fortunus revealed on Monday that the Stars organization has informed him that he will not be re-signed this summer, according to Sean Shapiro. Analysis: Maxime Fortunus captained AHL Texas to their 2014 Calder Cup victory in one of three seasons he's spent as team captain. He was also a captain of the AHL All-Star team this season. The veteran defenseman posted nine goals and 25 assists in 65 AHL games, but has totaled just nine career NHL games. He'll certainly get signed, he doesn't figure to make an impact in fantasy hockey.
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: Dal Michael Dal Colle finished tied for the team lead in points as his junior team won the Memorial Cup, according to the Islanders website. Analysis: Dal Michael Dal Colle has been everything the Islanders hoped for when they selected him with the 5th overall pick in the 2014 draft. He finished the season with 42 goals and 93 points and then added another eight goals and 23 assists in the playoffs. He is a player to watch in dynasty drafts.
News: Julien Brouillette agreed to a one-year contract Monday with Karlskrona HK of Sweden, Tim Leone of PennLive.com reports. Analysis: Julien Brouillette primarily spent the 2014-15 season with AHL St. John's, though he was called upon to play in one game with the team's parent club in Winnipeg. Rather than toiling in the minors for another season, Brouillette will elect to try his luck overseas before pondering a return to North America.
News: Daniel Walcott was traded to Tampa Bay on Monday in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry 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 in 2014-15, 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 for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals, 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 for Game 7 against the Ducks, but the fact that Trevor van Riemsdyk is traveling with the team indicates the Blackhawks' head man is at least considering it. Whether or not van Riemsdyk will suit up for Game 1 of the series should be confirmed during warmups Wednesday.