Sidney Crosby
Penguins' Sidney Crosby: Collects assist in Game 7 thriller
Sidney Crosby, C, PIT
5/26/2017
News: Crosby set up an even-strength goal against the Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals double-overtime win Thursday, increasing his playoff point total to 20; he's accumulated seven goals and 13 assists.

The all-world pivot was held pointless in three games of the grueling series versus Ottawa, but he'll look to expose a Nashville team that has been dampened at the center spot due to the loss of Ryan Johansen, who underwent emergency surgery on his thigh following a Game 4 loss to the Ducks. We know you'll be starting him every chance you get, and the better debate at this point is whether he'll justify a higher fantasy draft selection than Connor McDavid, who'll be wrapping his mitts around the Art Ross Trophy at the awards ceremony in June.

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Ryan Dzingel
Senators' Ryan Dzingel: Lights lamp in deciding loss
Ryan Dzingel, C, OTT
5/26/2017
News: Dzingel scored a goal in Thursday's 3-2 double overtime Game 7 loss to the Penguins.

Dzingel's second goal of the playoffs tied the game 2-2 with 5:19 to play, but it didn't end up being enough to earn a Stanley Cup Finals berth. He wasn't the only unlikely hero on this night, with all of the game's goalscorers having combined for just seven goals entering the night.

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Anton Lander
Anton Lander: Headed to KHL
Anton Lander, C, EDM
5/25/2017
News: Lander signed a contract with Ak Bars of the KHL on Thursday, TSN reports.

After spending much of the 2016-17 season between Edmonton's NHL and AHL teams, Lander has decided to take his talents to Russia where he will likely be able to receive more ice time. Since his 20-point season in 2014-15, the 26-year-old managed just two goals and five assists in 83 total games. He'll focus on his game in Europe and perhaps we'll see him back in North America in due time.

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Nate Thompson
Ducks' Nate Thompson: Played through fractured ankle
Nate Thompson, C, ANA
5/25/2017
News: Thompson continued to play during the Ducks' playoff run despite a hairline fracture in his ankle.

It's likely that Thompson suffered the injury late in the second-round series against Edmonton after he missed a practice prior to Game 7, but the injury was apparently not deemed severe enough to hold him out of action at all. The 32-year-old finished the postseason with two goals and four assists in 17 contests. While there's no guarantees at this point, hairline fractures tend to have short recovery times, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Thompson ready to go once training camp opens in the fall.

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Steve Ott
Steve Ott: Retiring to pursue coaching
Steve Ott, C, MON
5/25/2017
News: Ott will join the Blues as an assistant coach, effectively ending his playing career.

After a 2016-17 campaign that saw him post just three goals and four assists in 53 games, Ott has decided to end his playing days and turn his attention to patrolling the back of the St. Louis bench. The 34-year-old ends his NHL career with 109 goals and 179 assists after suiting up for 848 games, but he will mostly be remembered for his physical play, for which he accrued 1555 penalty minutes.

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Mika Zibanejad
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Mixed results in first season on Broadway
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
5/24/2017
News: Zibanejad finished the 2016-17 campaign with 14 goals and 37 points in 56 games, then added nine points in 12 games during the Rangers' playoff run.

He was off to a big start -- 15 points in 19 games -- but a broken leg cost him nearly two months, and Zibanejad wasn't nearly so productive upon returning. Still, his return gave the Rangers much-needed help at the faceoff dot as well as strong two-way play from their second-line center. A full, healthy 2017-18 should see Zibanejad exceed his career-high 51 points from two seasons ago.

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Mikhail Grabovski
Islanders' Mikhail Grabovski: Looking to put concussion issues behind him
Mikhail Grabovski, C, NYI
5/24/2017
News: Grabovski (concussion) missed the entire 2016-17 campaign, but he remains hopeful that he will get past his injury, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

The German-born pivot reportedly resumed isolated skates during the second half of this season, so there still may be light at the end of the tunnel. When you consider that the 33-year-old posted more than 40 points in three of five campaigns with the Maple Leafs between 2009-13, it might be worth taking a flier on Grabovski in deeper fantasy drafts this fall. Even if he's a shell of his former self upon returning, the cost to get him is likely to be extremely low.

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Mike Fisher
Predators' Mike Fisher: May return for Game 1
Mike Fisher, C, NSH
5/24/2017
News: According to general manager David Poile, Fisher (undisclosed) has a "real good chance" of being available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Fisher missed the final two games of the Predators' series against the Ducks, but would help fill the gap left by the loss of Ryan Johansen (thigh) if he is able to return. The 36-year-old has yet to register a point during the postseason, despite averaging nearly 17 minutes of ice time per contest. Fellow veteran Vernon Fiddler figures to be the leading candidate to get bumped from the game-day lineup if Fisher is given the all clear.

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Evgeni Malkin
Penguins' Evgeni Malkin: Scores seventh goal in Game 6 defeat
Evgeni Malkin, C, PIT
5/23/2017
News: Malkin opened the scoring in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 loss to the Senators.

Malkin was all over the ice in this one, launching a game-high seven shots, including the lone Pittsburgh shot in 46 tries to beat Anderson. Unfortunately for him and the Penguins, Malkin's tally 4:51 into the second ended up being for naught when Bobby Ryan and Mike Hoffman both answered with goals of their own for the Senators. The Russian sniper should be a major force in Game 7 after racking up seven goals and 24 points through 18 playoff games.

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Dylan Strome
Coyotes' Dylan Strome: Posts Memorial Cup-record seven points
Dylan Strome, C, ARI
5/23/2017
News: Strome posted four goals and three assists in OHL Erie's 12-5 drubbing of QMJHL Saint John in Memorial Cup action on Monday.

Strome's seven points were the most in a single game in the 99-year history of the Memorial Cup. Tampa Bay prospect Taylor Raddysh "chipped in" two goals and four assists. Erie will now play host Windsor on Wednesday with a trip directly to championship game on the line. As for Strome, he will be playing in the NHL with the Coyotes next season and he should be worthy of a roster spot in deeper redraft leagues. He is obviously an elite option in all keeper/dynasty formats.

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