Marek Mazanec
Predators' Marek Mazanec: Signs with KHL club
Marek Mazanec, G, NSH
8/14/2017
News: Mazanec inked a one-year deal with HC Slovan of the KHL on Monday.

Mazanec's future has been all over the place this offseason as he was originally placed on waivers -- after filing for arbitration -- only to agree to a one-year contract with the Predators. Now it appears the netminder will head to the KHL this year, rather than suiting up with AHL Milwaukee. It's possible the team agreed to this plan in order to further develop the 26-year-old who is fourth on the team's depth chart behind Juuse Saros and Matt O'Connor. What this means for Mazanec's career with Nashville is murky at best -- but fantasy owners may not want to risk stashing him away given the lack of clarity.

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Henrik Lundqvist
Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Puts knee injury behind him
Henrik Lundqvist, G, NYR
8/10/2017
News: Lundqvist, who sustained an MCL sprain at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in May, is healthy as he looks forward to training camp, NHL.com reports.

The celebrated backstop toughed out the ailment and helped the Swedish team to the gold medal at Worlds, and luckily it was never considered to be a serious issue. Lundqvist turned in career-worst peripherals (2.74 GAA, .910 save percentage) over 57 games last season, but the Rangers' high-powered offense frequently bailed him out on his way to 31 wins -- excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, the King has impressively recorded 30-plus victories in each year of an illustrious career.

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Matt Murray
Penguins' Matt Murray: Preparing for 2017-18 campaign
Matt Murray, G, PIT
8/10/2017
News: Murray is working to cut down on the injuries that kept him sidelined for the start of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

In addition to shrugging off the "injury-prone label", Murray will have to deal with the pressure of replacing Marc-Andre Fleury -- something he says can't be done. "Nobody's going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury's shoes," he stated. Instead the 23-year-old is "just going to be myself," as he takes full-time command of the crease for the first time in his young career. Given the expectations surrounding the two-time Stanley Cup champion, fantasy owners can expect him to be taken among the elite level goalies during their drafts.

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Alex Stalock
Wild's Alex Stalock: Will fight for No. 2 spot on depth chart
Alex Stalock, G, MIN
7/28/2017
News: Stalock isn't promised the No. 2 job in Minnesota for the 2017-18 season, as he'll have to beat out Swedish backstop Niklas Svedberg, the Pioneer Press reports.

For the first time in six seasons, the Wild will be without Darcy Kuemper as the understudy to heady veteran goalie Devan Dubnyk. When asked whether Stalock is definitely going to serve as the backup in the upcoming season, head coach Bruce Boudreau said, "We don't want to give anybody anything," adding that Stalock -- who's posted a career 2.35 GAA and .912 save percentage in 64 games; all but two of those with the Sharks -- will have to come into training camp and perform well to stave off Svedberg. Nonetheless, Dubnyk has averaged 66 games played over the last two seasons and whomever ends up second in line doesn't figure to head between the pipes very often.

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Niklas Svedberg
Wild's Niklas Svedberg: In consideration for backup duty
Niklas Svedberg, G, MIN
7/28/2017
News: Svedberg will compete with Alex Stalock for the primary backup goalie job in Minnesota this season, the Pioneer Press reports.

The undrafted Swede does have NHL experience -- he recorded 19 games with the Bruins between 2013-14 -- but Svedberg will have to beat out Stalock, whose resume includes experience playing in five different levels of North American hockey. At the very least, it appears that Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is keeping his options open with training camp looming.

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Scott Wedgewood
Devils' Scott Wedgewood: Inks one-year deal
Scott Wedgewood, G, NJ
7/25/2017
News: Wedgewood secured a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.

Wedgewood was unable to get into the crease for the Devils this past year and it figures to be more of the same heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The netminder is stuck behind Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid on the organization's depth chart. If the 24-year-old wants to get a crack at an NHL gig, he may need to leave New Jersey -- a decision that he will put off until the 2018-19 season.

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Jared Coreau
Red Wings' Jared Coreau: Lobbying for role as primary NHL backup
Jared Coreau, G, DET
7/25/2017
News: The Red Wing are content using Coreau as the third option on the depth chart, but goalie coach Jeff Salajko told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month, "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either," TSN reports.

Veteran backstop Jimmy Howard is expected to reprise his role as the starter for the upcoming season, while Petr Mrazek -- who struggled to the tune of a 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage last season -- tentatively steps in as the No. 2 option. Still, Coreau made 14 NHL appearances last season, and he's fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids -- this should be enough to give Mrazek a run for his money in training camp; it's a developing situation that's certainly worth monitoring with another fantasy season looming.

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Petr Mrazek
Red Wings' Petr Mrazek: Will not be starter at onset of new campaign
Petr Mrazek, G, DET
7/25/2017
News: Mrazek will remain in a backup role behind Jimmy Howard in the upcoming season, TSN reports.

The Czech backstop was exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, but the nascent franchise pried away forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead. Mrazek must be excited for a clean slate after posting an 18-21-9 record, 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage while watching Howard -- who's eight years his elder -- turn in a career year. Of course, another threat to Mrazek's playing time is Jared Coreau, who is fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids. According to this latest report, Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko suggested the team could give Howard up to 50-55 games in the upcoming season -- provided he stays healthy -- adding that he has "no problem with (Coreau) being the backup goalie." It appears that the onus is on Mrazek to have a stellar training camp, making this a situation worth monitoring ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Jimmy Howard
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Penciled in as starter for 2017-18
Jimmy Howard, G, DET
7/25/2017
News: Howard will enter next season as Detroit's starting goaltender, TSN reports.

Two key factors heavily influenced Howard's return to the starter's role after he lost his grip on the main role during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs: he turned back the clock last season with career bests in GAA (2.10) and save percentage (.927) despite being limited 26 games due to groin and knee injuries, and Petr Mrazek -- an aggressive backstop who's eight years younger than Howard -- went the completely opposite direction with a 3.04 GAA and .901 save mark over 50 contests, and ended up getting exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft (Vegas took forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead). A true professional, it appears that Howard never complained about his role even when demoted, which is a stark contrast to alleged character concerns involving Mrazek. Consider drafting the former as a mid-tier backstop who reportedly could log 50-55 games if he stays healthy.

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Robin Lehner
Sabres' Robin Lehner: Signs one-year deal
Robin Lehner, G, BUF
7/25/2017
News: Lehner and the Sabres agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million for the 2017-18 season Tuesday.

In 59 games with the Sabres last year, Lehner posted a 23-26-8 record with two shutouts and a .920 save percentage, which ranked eighth in the league among goalies with at least 40 appearances. The 26-year-old Swede is the incumbent starter and expected to get the bulk of the starts this coming season, and with an improved defense and another year of experience under his belt, his numbers should improve. Chad Johnson is a capable backup but not a real threat to steal the No. 1 job unless Lehner falters or gets hurt. The Sabres have a fairly deep pipeline of prospects in the crease, so this one-year deal can be seen as a test to see if Lehner is indeed the long-term option. He will be a restricted free agent when the contract expires.

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