Torey Krug
Bruins' Torey Krug: Aims to play is season opener
Torey Krug, D, BOS
8/29/2016
News: Krug (shoulder), who is skating these days, indicated Monday that his goal is to be ready for the Bruins' regular season opener, CSN New England reports.

Krug noted that his offseason shoulder surgery was done to address a torn labrum, which bothered for him much of the 2015-16 season. How realistic a goal his participation in the B's Oct. 13 opener against Columbus is figures to gain some clarity once next month's training camp gets going.

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Trevor Daley
Penguins' Trevor Daley: On track for training camp
Trevor Daley, D, PIT
8/29/2016
News: The Penguins won't know for sure whether Daley (ankle) will be ready for Opening Night until he reports to training camp. "All the injured guys are tracking in the right direction," GM Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Until they all get here, we won't know 100 percent where they're at, but it sounds like all the guys should be ready for camp."

Rutherford made a blanket statement about his team's injured players, but it doesn't appear Daley has suffered any setbacks in his recovery from a broken ankle. The defender scored six goals and 22 points in 53 games for Pittsburgh in 2015-16, including seven points (1G, 6A) on the power play.

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Petteri Lindbohm
Blues' Petteri Lindbohm: Vying for more NHL ice time
Petteri Lindbohm, D, STL
8/27/2016
News: Lindbohm has a shot at an increased role with the Blues in 2016-17, NHL.com reports.

Lindbohm made quite the impression on the parent club in 2014-15, when he was called upon to fill in for injured players and in the same season went on to produce 18 points in 53 games for AHL Chicago. A physical defender, Lindbohm still has room to improve his skating. Entering the final year of his entry-level contact, he will be out to prove he's worthy of a full-time role with St. Louis. Fantasy owners should take note.

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John Carlson
Capitals' John Carlson: Ankle back at full strength
John Carlson, D, WAS
8/26/2016
News: Carlson said his surgically repaired ankle is back at full strength, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

Despite missing 25 regular-season games in 2015-16, Carlson returned and played throughout the playoffs, so the ankle was already healing quite well by the end of Washington's campaign. After a summer of rehab, the 26-year-old should be ready for the first game against the Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Oct. 13.

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Matt Bartkowski
Matt Bartkowski: Seeking one-way deal
Matt Bartkowski, D, VAN
8/26/2016
News: Bartkowski remains a free agent in search of a one-way deal, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Bartkowski is coming off a full season with Vancouver and has spent the last four seasons in the NHL, so a two-way deal is out of the question for the 28-year-old. It is being reported that "a ton" of teams have been in contact with his agent, therefore it seems likely a deal could be reached in the coming weeks. Wherever he lands, his fantasy owners will hope it's on a better defensive team as he finished with a minus-19 rating last season.

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Eric Gryba
Eric Gryba: Healthy, considering contract offers
Eric Gryba, D, EDM
8/26/2016
News: Gryba appears to be over a knee injury sustained last season and is seeking a new NHL contract, the Edmonton Journal reports.

Gryba would help a team in need of a penalty-kill boost as he's averaged over two minutes of shorthanded ice time per contest in each of the past three years. The report notes that three teams have offered the blueliner a professional tryout contract (PTO) but from a fantasy perspective he doesn't offer much aside from the occasional string of penalty minutes.

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Niklas Kronwall
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Expected to be healthy for training camp
Niklas Kronwall, D, DET
8/25/2016
News: Kronwall (knee) should be ready for the start of training camp despite withdrawing from the World Cup of Hockey on Wednesday, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Kronwall's knee problems dates back to January, when he underwent a scope procedure and missed 15 consecutive games. The hard-hitting rearguard also tended to his knee in March, landed on injured reserve, and was sidelined for three more contests. Kronwall contributes modestly on both ends of the ice with his 2015-16 campaign including 26 points (three goals, 23 assists) and 81 blocked shots in 64 games. Fantasy owners must've hated the minus-21 rating that he posted in that same span, but the 35-year-old should be able to improve upon that rate once he's able to make a full recovery from the nagging knee injury.

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Alex Pietrangelo
Blues' Alex Pietrangelo: Will wear 'C' for Blues
Alex Pietrangelo, D, STL
8/25/2016
News: Pietrangelo will be named the 21st captain of the Blues on Thursday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pietrangelo inherits the captaincy from David Backes, who is now a member of the Bruins. Receiving this honor at the age of 26 speaks volumes to the defenseman's value to the club. A two-way talent, Pietrangelo has racked up 134 points over the last three seasons, while a pair of 51-point outputs (2011-13 and 2013-14) has been his ceiling through eight years of service time in the NHL. The emergence of Colton Parayko has resulted in less time on the man advantage for Pietrangelo but he's been vital to a penalty-killing unit that ranked third in the league in 2015-16. There's not many defenders as well-rounded as No. 27, so consider snagging him with an early pick in fantasy drafts.

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Mike Weber
Blues' Mike Weber: Signs PTO with St. Louis
Mike Weber, D, WAS
8/24/2016
News: Weber inked a professional tryout agreement with the Blues on Wednesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.

Washington will likely describe their acquisition of Weber at the trade deadline as a bust, when you consider he played in a paltry 10 contests and failed to log a single point. His best stat line while with the Caps was his 28 PIM and 35 hits. Never a high production player, he reached the 10-point mark just once in his career. The blueliner certainly has a chance to make the roster in St. Louis but should probably be left off fantasy lineups in the majority of league formats.

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Duncan Keith
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Won't participate in World Cup of Hockey
Duncan Keith, D, CHI
8/24/2016
News: Keith won't play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

This is purely a precautionary move for Keith. The 33-year-old defender isn't dealing with a new injury, but has decided to forego the opportunity to represent his country in September's World Cup of Hockey to focus on strengthening his right knee, which was operated on last October to repair a meniscal tear. The two-time Norris Trophy winner will be at full strength for the Blackhawks' regular-season opener, so this latest news shouldn't have any affect on his draft stock.

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