News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Ellis from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Ellis, who has recorded 13 points in 38 games AHL games to date, adds experience and depth up front, but he's off the fantasy radar in his depth role with the Sabres.
News: The Sabres have recalled Matt Hackett from AHL Rochester, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Matt Hackett will combo with Jhonas Enroth for the Sabres in the coming days, with fellow goaltender Michal Neuvirth currently sidelined by a lower-body injury.
News: Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury, the Sabres' official site reports. Analysis: Michal Neuvirth suffered his injury "while working out during the All-Star break and will miss some time," GM Tim Murray relayed Monday. "He will not join the team for our trip out west this week," Murray added. With Neuvirth ailing, the Sabres have recalled fellow goalie Matt Hackett.
News: Kyle Okposo will miss 6-8 weeks with an upper-body injury. Analysis: Coach Jack Capuano delivered the news Monday, and Kyle Okposo's loss represents a major hit to the Isles' offense. The winger has recorded 14 goals and 44 points through 46 games to date, while working on the team's top line.
News: The Sharks signed Nikita Jevpalovs to an entry-level deal on Monday. Analysis: Nikita Jevpalovs is having a great year in junior, playing for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the QMJHL. He has 38 goals and 71 points in 45 games for the Armada.
News: The Sabres have suspended Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL All-Star break, the team's official site reports. Analysis: Nikita Zadorov, who has eight points in 34 games to date, shouldn't be out of commission too long, though. GM Tim Murray indicated that he expects the blueliner (who missed Monday's practice) to rejoin the team "at some point during this week's western road trip."
News: Steve Mason (lower body) did not practice Monday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Analysis: That said, the report notes that GM Ron Hextall expects Steve Mason to play at some point this week, which puts the goalie in the day-to-day category following the NHL All-Star break.
News: The Bruins may still be looking to trade for Chris Stewart, reports The Boston Globe. Analysis: With 15 points in 45 games, Chris Stewart isn't having a good season for the Sabres and on most nights doesn't seem too interested in the game. It's not entirely his fault as the Sabres continue to struggle, and his mix of size and skill is still attractive to other teams. The Bruins are already keeping David Pastrnak around, but they like Stewart's versatility and his playing style is similar to Milan Lucic's. Stewart's fantasy value gets a huge boost if he moves to Boston, but the Sabres' asking price will be quite high with the team still undergoing a re-build.
News: Tyler Johnson (lower body) was on the ice for Monday's practice, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports. Analysis: Per the report, Tyler Johnson didn't appear to be slowed by the lower-body injury that kept him out of the NHL All-Star Game, which bodes well for the forward's chances of suiting up Tuesday against the Hurricanes.
News: The Wild have recalled Stu Bickel, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Analysis: Stu Bickel -- who has one assist and 46 PIM (including 39 on Jan. 3) in nine NHL games to date -- gives the Wild an extra blueliner to have on hand for the team's upcoming Western road trip.