Wild Talking To Bryzgalov About Tryout
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Minnesota has approached Ilya Bryzgalov
about coming into training camp on a tryout, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
With Josh Harding suffering an ankle injury this summer and Darcy Kuemper unsigned and threatening to play overseas, the Wild may bring back Ilya Bryzgalov
to serve as Niklas Backstrom's backup.
Wild's Harding Ruled Out Indefinitely
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News: Josh Harding
has been ruled out indefinitely with a fractured right foot sustained in an off-ice incident Sept. 14.
Analysis: Josh Harding
will fortunately be able to avoid surgery on the foot, but the injury more than likely dashes his chances of playing in the Wild's season opener. More details surrounding the nature of Harding's injury should become available in the coming days, but expect his stock to fall considerably in drafts as the season approaches. Harding already came with plenty of built-in health risk due to his complications with multiple sclerosis that have prematurely ended each of his last two seasons, so the injury only further damages his standing. Look for either Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper or perhaps a currently unsigned goalie to compete for No. 1 duties in training camp.
Kings' Quick Still On Schedule After Surgery
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News: Jonathan Quick
(wrist) hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery and has begun to face shots as part of his rehab work, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Analysis: Jonathan Quick
may not make it back for any preseason games but the Kings don't seem overly concerned with their veteran netminder. Backup Martin Jones might see a heavier workload in the early going as Quick comes back up to speed but there doesn't appear to be anything here that would impact Quick's spot in your draft day plans.
Grosenick Stops 30 For SJ In Scrimmage Loss
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News: Troy Grosenick
got the start in the Sharks' second prospect scrimmage against Anaheim. He stopped 30 of 32 shots in a 2-0 loss.
Analysis: Troy Grosenick
will start the year with AHL Worcester and will battle J.P. Anderson for minutes in net there. Should an injury occur or should San Jose trade Antti Niemi there's been much speculation on that front the battle for minutes between Anderson and Grosenick would gain significance as it's not 100% clear who is third in line on the depth chart. For now, his significance to most fantasy formats is nil, though Sunday's performance is a step toward being number three on for the Sharks.
News: Philippe Desrosiers
got the win for Dallas in the first game of the tournament, stopping 19 of 22 shots against the Rangers on Friday.
Analysis: Philippe Desrosiers
got the start in game one, but the team went with Henri Kiviaho for game two on Saturday. Desrosiers, at this early stage, looks like he's above Kiviaho on the AHL depth chart with Jack Campbell as the number one. But it's a long way for Desrosiers to climb to become fantasy relevant with three netminders also in the system at the NHL level.
Vokoun Looking For Right Situation
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News: Tomas Vokoun
still wants to play in 2014-15, his agent, Allan Walsh, reports.
Analysis: Tomas Vokoun
has declined a couple contract offers already and is waiting for the right situation to sign a deal. The 38-year-old netminder spent most of last year recovering from a pelvic blood clot, but is reportedly 100 percent heading into this season and could be valuable to a team in need of a veteran backup.
Bolts Invite Goalie Irving To Camp
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News: Leland Irving
will attend the Lightning's training camp on a tryout invite, reports the Tampa Tribune. He played last season with Jokerit in Finland.
His numbers were good overseas -- he delivered a 23-18-12 record with a 2.14 GAA and .922 save percentage in 55 games. Competition will be stiff -- the duo at the NHL level is set and so is the AHL pairing, so he'll need to stand on his head to displace another twinetender.
Blues Set To Go With Allen As No. 2 Goalie
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News: Jake Allen
is poised to enter the upcoming season as the Blues' No. 2 goalie, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Coach Ken Hitchcock has already appointed Brian Elliott for the opening night start in the net, but Jake Allen
's standing as one of the best goalie prospects in hockey should make him one of the league's more-used backups, particularly with Elliott having never entered a season as a No. 1 goalie. The 24-year-old Allen earned AHL Goalie of the Year honors in 2013-14 while playing for AHL Chicago, where he went 33-16-0 with a 2.03 GAA and .927 save percentage. His numbers were predictably less impressive in a 15-game cameo with the Blues in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, but he's developed significantly since then and should make for a good spot start option most any time he's guaranteed to be in the net.
Blues' Elliott Locked In As No. 1 Goalie
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Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Thursday that Brian Elliott
will open the season as the No. 1 goaltender for the Blues, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Brian Elliott
's appointment to the No. 1 spot was rather obvious after the Blues let Ryan Miller walk in the offseason, instead re-signing Elliott to a three-year deal. After Elliott competed with for the starting job with the since-departed Jaroslav Halak the last couple of seasons, Hitchcock said that Elliott earned the opportunity to open the campaign as the unquestioned starter based on his substantial improvement in 2013-14. The 29-year-old may not see the workload of some of the league's top netminders with top prospect Jake Allen lurking behind him on the depth chart, but thanks to an elite offense and defense to support him, Elliott figures to produce outstanding numbers on a per-game basis. In his 31 appearances last season, he delivered a 18-6-2 record, 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage.
News: Niklas Svedberg
is in line to serve as the backup to Tuukka Rask this season, CSNNE.com's Joe Haggerty reports.
While Niklas Svedberg
will technically have to compete with Malcolm Subban for the No. 2 gig, Svedberg is virtually assured of winning the role by virtue of the one-way contract he signed earlier in the summer. Though Rask figures to assume the overwhelming majority of the starts for the Bruins, previous understudies Anton Khudobin and Chad Johnson both delivered impressive numbers when called upon to play the last two seasons, thanks in large part to an impressive supporting cast. The Bruins should remain one of the NHL's strongest all-around teams on both ends of the ice in 2014-15, thereby giving Svedberg an uptick in value in fantasy leagues that start multiple goalies and allow daily roster moves.