Mike Weber
Blues' Mike Weber: Signs PTO with St. Louis
Mike Weber, D, WAS
4:57 PM
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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Braden Holtby
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Suffered knee injury during 2015-16 playoffs
Braden Holtby, G, WAS
4:13 PM
News: Holtby apparently suffered a knee injury during Round One of the 2015-16 playoffs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

The announcement comes as a bit of a surprise given that there was no mention of it after Washington's exit from the playoffs at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins in early-May. Holtby said he fought through the injury and that it did not require any offseason procedure. The Vezina Trophy winner is expected to earn strong consideration to be Canada's starting netminder for the upcoming World Cup in September and should be the first goalie off the board in all formats for the 2016-17 season.

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Duncan Keith
Blackhawks' Duncan Keith: Won't participate in World Cup of Hockey
Duncan Keith, D, CHI
3:35 PM
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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Jay Bouwmeester
Blues' Jay Bouwmeester: Joins Team Canada for World Cup
Jay Bouwmeester, D, STL
3:19 PM
News: Bouwmeester was named Wednesday as the replacement for the injured Duncan Keith (knee) for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Bouwmeester has failed to reach the 20-point mark in each of his last two seasons, which will lead some to question his addition to the team. However, the 32-year-old adds veteran leadership along with the ability to play on the penalty kill. Last season, he averaged nearly four minutes per game shorthanded. Back with the Blues for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, fantasy owners may not want to bank on high production numbers, but he has been relatively durable over the course of his career and logs a lot of ice time.

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Tomas Jurco
Red Wings' Tomas Jurco: Could miss start of 2016-17 season
Tomas Jurco, RW, DET
2:57 PM
News: Jurco injured his back and required minor surgery to repair it according to general manager Ken Holland which could sideline him for 8-to-10 weeks, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Jurco was a long-shot to make the opening day roster given the influx of talent at the left wing position in Detroit. This injury will make securing a roster spot that much more difficult for the 23-year-old. Once he is healthy, Jurco could find himself playing in either AHL Grand Rapids or with another organization. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role with the team, fantasy owners may want to consider steering clear of the former second round pick.

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Roberto Luongo
Panthers' Roberto Luongo: Aiming to be healthy for season opener
Roberto Luongo, G, FLA
2:49 PM
News: Luongo (hip) plans to be in goal for the start of the 2016-17 season, the Miami Herald reports.

Reports dating back to early July suggested that Nov. 1 was the soonest Luongo would be able to return to game ice following hip surgery performed in May, but the celebrated veteran reportedly has been on the ice regularly since August 5. Better yet, this doesn't appear to be an example of a player feigning optimism in order to try to come back before he's ready. Goalie coach Rob Tallas said, "We're going into our fourth week and he's doing really well. He is very optimistic about starting the season and has put a lot of time in not only at the rink but off the ice. He has really committed himself this summer to being 100 percent again. We're at the point where there aren't a lot of restrictions on what he's doing on the ice. That's a great sign." Luongo may be 37 years old, but he's turned back the clock by posting a 2.35 GAA and 63 wins over the last two seasons. While he's evidently ahead of schedule in his rehab, it would be wise to track his progress through training camp before counting on another season of 60-plus appearances between the pipes.

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Hampus Lindholm
Ducks' Hampus Lindholm: Added to Sweden's World Cup squad
Hampus Lindholm, D, ANA
10:29 AM
News: Lindholm will replace the injured Niklas Kronwall (knee) on Sweden's roster for the World Cup of Hockey, Stephen Whyno of AP Sports reports.

Some may argue this is an upgrade for Sweden, as Lindholm has put together three solid NHL seasons and injects some additional youth on the blue line. Thus far in his career, the 22-year-old has reached the 25-point mark every year and played no less than 78 games. Looking ahead to the 2016-17 campaign, fantasy owners can likely expect much of the same from the defenseman, which includes averaging over two minutes per night on the power play.

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Niklas Kronwall
Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall: Will not play at World Cup of Hockey
Niklas Kronwall, D, DET
10:21 AM
News: Kronwall (knee) has been ruled out of the World Cup of Hockey and will be replaced by Hampus Lindholm, Stephen Whyno of AP Sports reports.

Initial indications were that Kronwall would be healthy enough to participate in the World Cup after struggling with a knee injury for much of the season. The setback should be concerning for the organization and fantasy owners alike. The 35-year-old saw a significant drop in production last year, as he was able to tally just 26 points in 64 contests. With injury concerns and a dip in scoring, owners may want to consider looking at other defensive options.

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Jiri Hudler
Stars' Jiri Hudler: Inks one-year deal with Stars
Jiri Hudler, RW, FLA
9:57 AM
News: Hudler agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Dallas on Wednesday worth $2 million, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Hudler was a rental for the Panthers when they acquired him mid-season last year in the hopes of boosting their roster for a deep playoff run. The 32-year-old signing with Dallas is a clear indication that he is gunning for a second Stanley Cup Championship. Fantasy owners can expect the winger to no only to slot into a spot in the top two lines, but also to contribute on the power play, where he averaged 1:54 of ice time per game and notched 10 points with the man advantage during the 2015-16 campaign.

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Dylan Larkin
Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Likely switching to center
Dylan Larkin, C, DET
8/23/2016
News: The Red Wings plan to move Larkin to the center position in the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

Larkin's natural position is down the middle, so this should be a relatively seamless adjustment. The burner played center at the 2016 IIHF World Championship and proceeded to register two goals and seven helpers in 10 games for Team USA. While Larkin played on the left wing as a rookie last season with Henrik Zetterberg at center, the offseason departure of Pavel Datsyuk presents a new look for the Wings in the top six. Given his blazing speed, and no matter where he lines up, Larkin should continue to be an absolute nightmare for defenders on the rush. However, he only won 41 percent of his draws last season and that number needs to be improved upon if he gets his wish to move back to the center spot.

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