News: P.K. Subban was named as one of the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL's top defenseman, the Montreal Gazette reports. Analysis: P.K. Subban joins Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty as the three blue-liners being considered. Subban won the award in 2013.
News: Sven Baertschi was reassigned to AHL Utica on Monday. Analysis: The 22-year-old skated for the Canucks in two games during the team's first-round playoff series against the Flames, his former organization. He didn't make much of an impact while seeing a grand total of 19:19 of action across the two games, but should be primed to receive heavier minutes for Utica, who is in the midst of a first-round series of its own against Chicago.
News: Brad Richardson will undergo surgery to repair a fractured ankle next week, Jon Abbott of TSN 1040 reports. Analysis: Brad Richardson was able to suit up for the Canucks' final two games of their first-round series defeat to the Flames, but was consistently hobbled by the injured ankle during the second half of the season. The forward, who also will require a procedure to address ligament damage to the ankle, is slated to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The surgery shouldn't prevent him from being ready for the start of training camp with any organization he might join.
News: Jannik Hansen acknowledged Monday that he played through the Canucks' first-round playoff series against the Flames with a groin injury, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. Analysis: Jannik Hansen labeled it as a minor injury, but it will still prevent him from participating with Denmark in the World Championships in May. The winger tallied two points in the season-ending Game 6 loss Saturday, giving him four points during the postseason. The 29-year-old is still under contract with the Canucks for three more seasons.
News: Mikael Granlund posted a secondary assist in Sunday's win over the Blues. Analysis: Mikael Granlund is a proven playmaker, as evidenced by his 80 assists from the past two seasons combined. He'll look to carry the positive momentum over to the next series, against the Blackhawks.
News: David Pastrnak was forced out of AHL Providence's playoff game Sunday with a lower-body injury, csnne.com reports. Analysis: David Pastrnak, who is currently seeing some AHL playoff action, with Boston having failed to qualify for the postseason, absorbed a check Sunday during overtime that sent him to the locker room. Fortunately, his injury doesn't appear to be serious and he is day-to-day in advance of Tuesday's Game 4 against Hartford. The 18-year-old is coming off a season in which he recorded 10 goals and 27 points in 46 games for the big club, displaying a nice blend of speed, creativity and offensive instincts that bode well for his future production at the NHL level, as he continues to fill out physically.
News: Niklas Lundstrom was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Monday. Analysis: Niklas Lundstrom was with the Blues for their first-round series loss to the Wild, serving strictly as an emergency depth goalie. After spending most of the 2014-15 campaign at the ECHL level, where he went 17-16-2 with a 3.05 GAA and .895 save percentage, Lundstrom probably won't see much involvement for Chicago during their postseason run.
News: Ty Rattie was reassigned to AHL Chicago on Monday. Analysis: With the NHL squad officially eliminated from the playoffs with a loss Sunday to the Wild, Ty Rattie will join Chicago, which remains in the midst of its first-round series with Utica. Rattie, who didn't see any action with the Blues in their six postseason games, finished third on Chicago in scoring during the regular season, netting 21 goals and 42 points in 59 games.
News: Marco Scandella was plus-3 with an assist Sunday, helping the Wild to a series-clinching win against the Blues in Game 6. Analysis: The helper was a nifty one, as Marco Scandella had to fight through heavy traffic along the boards in order to drop the puck off to Justin Fontaine for the score. Scandella posted a plus-5 rating in the opening round of the playoffs, which currently has him tied with five other skaters for the league lead in the plus/minus category.
News: Beau Bennett (upper body) said Sunday that he's fully healthy heading into the offseason, Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Analysis: The upper-body injury resulted in Beau Bennett being scratched for the final three games of the Penguins' first-round series with the Rangers, but it looks like he would have been a candidate to play had his team extended the series to six games. With just 10 goals and 33 points in 96 games over his three seasons with the Penguins, Bennett has yet to emerge as the top-six winger the team thought it had on hand when they selected him 20th overall in 2010. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer, but it remains to be seen if the Penguins will tender him a contract.