Kris Letang
Penguins' Kris Letang: Takes maintenance day Sunday
Kris Letang, D, PIT
2:46 PM
News: Letang was not on the ice for practice Sunday but the team officially deemed his absence a "maintenance day," Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Letang didn't have a reported prior injury and the maintenance day indicates he should be good to go Monday. However, the situation is something worth monitoring to ensure nothing more comes of it on gameday. Unless otherwise noted, it's still best to assume he'll dress for the contest.

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Trevor Daley
Penguins' Trevor Daley: Won't rule himself out for Finals
Trevor Daley, D, PIT
2:22 PM
News: Daley hasn't ruled himself out for the Stanley Cup Finals but noted it's highly unlikely he will be ready to play, Josh Yohe of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

Daley has been given a four-to-eight week timeframe from the broken ankle that occurred May 20, so any return would have to come at the end of a long series should it make it that far. Still, it's better to not count on him at this point and wait for further updates as the series progresses.

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Victor Hedman
Lightning's Victor Hedman: Could see contract restructured
Victor Hedman, D, TB
5/28/2016
News: Hedman is likely to get a contract extension this summer, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Hedman actually won't be an unrestricted free agent until 2017-18, though general manager Steve Yzerman could wind up restructuring his contract before next season since he's due for a raise after dazzling yet again this year. Hedman finished with 47 points in 78 games in the regular season, followed by 14 more in the postseason. As noted in the report, the team's top priority will be re-signing superstar forward Steve Stamkos with Hedman's agent saying they'll practice patience in waiting for a new deal. There are rumblings that Hedman could command around $9 million annually, which is consistent with how much P.K. Subban, defenseman for the Candiens, currently makes.

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Alexei Marchenko
Red Wings' Alexey Marchenko: Will play in World Cup of Hockey
Alexei Marchenko, D, DET
5/27/2016
News: Marchenko will represent Russia at the World Cup of Hockey this fall, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

Marchenko is a true gamer honing his craft in international play. The 24-year-old was a member of a Russian team that earned a bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship earlier this month, pitching in a goal, two assists, and an immaculate plus-12 rating. All of this experience should do wonders for Marchenko's development after he provided modest offensive totals this past season, averaging one point every six games. Detroit sorely needs another reliable scoring threat on the blue line, and Marchenko could fit the bill as he embarks on what should be his second full season in the NHL.

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Corey Potter
Corey Potter: Signs contract with German team
Corey Potter, D, NSH
5/27/2016
News: Potter agreed to a one-year contract with Kolner Haie of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

Potter has played in just seven NHL games over the last two seasons where he recorded a mere two shots on goal. In the AHL this year, the defenseman tallied 20 points in 70 regular season outings in addition to logging 44 PIM. At 32 years old, Potter is unlikely to find his way back to the NHL following this stint in Europe.

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Martin Gernat
Martin Gernat: Lands deal to play in the Czech Republic
Martin Gernat, D, ANA
5/26/2016
News: Gernat signed a contract with HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Republic on Wednesday, TSN reports.

Gernat was drafted by the Oilers with a fifth-round pick in 2011, but he would end up getting stuck in the minor leagues. In fact, he failed to land an NHL gig despite getting sent to the Ducks in a trade that involved NHL-regular Patrick Maroon this season.

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Chris Phillips
Senators' Chris Phillips: Will hang up skates for good Thursday
Chris Phillips, D, OTT
5/26/2016
News: Phillips is expected to announce his retirement from Ottawa on Thursday, Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen reports.

With the combination of age -- Phillips is 38 years old -- and lingering back issues, the 1996 No. 1 pick will hang up his skates to finish out a 17-year career with the team that called his name on draft day. The blueliner's last game played marked a milestone, as Phillips suited up for the most contests in Ottawa's history -- 1,179 career outings. The veteran finished his time in the NHL with 71 goals and 217 assists.

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Brent Burns
Sharks' Brent Burns: Leads Sharks with plus-4 rating as they advance
Brent Burns, D, SJ
5/26/2016
News: Burns finished with an assist and a team-high plus-4 rating in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Blues.

Burns finished with just two assists in Games 3 through 6, but was nonetheless instrumental to the Sharks' 3-1 record thanks a plus-5 rating due to strong two-way play. The offensive-minded blueliner finished the regular season with a minus-5 mark despite his high scoring rate, but he has put up a plus-8 showing when it matters most in the playoffs.

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Erik Gudbranson
Panthers' Erik Gudbranson: Traded to Vancouver
Erik Gudbranson, D, FLA
5/25/2016
News: The Panthers traded Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Canucks in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick on Wednesday.

The Panthers are fairly deep at defense, and the Canucks are in desperate need of reliable defenders, so this deal makes sense for both sides. Gudbranson tallied nine points (two goals, seven assists) with a plus-3 rating over 64 games last season, and will likely slot into a top-four role with Vancouver in 2016-17. The 6-foot-5 blueliner isn't known for his offensive contributions, however, limiting his value in fantasy formats that don't count hits or blocked shots.

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Jon Merrill
Devils' Jon Merrill: Under goes shoulder surgery
Jon Merrill, D, NJ
5/25/2016
News: Merrill (shoulder) had surgery to fix the shoulder injury that ended his season prematurely, Dhiren Mahiban of The New York Times reports.

Merrill missed the last 10 games of the year, his second lengthy absence during the 2015-16 campaign. With a four month recovery time, the blueliner should be good to go for the start of next season. Considering he tallied a meager five points in 47 contests, fantasy owners are unlikely to start clamoring for the 24-year-old.

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