Ryan McDonagh
Rangers' McDonagh Played Through Broken Foot
Ryan McDonagh, D, NYR
5/29/2015
News: Coach Alain Vigneault acknowledged after the Rangers' Game 7 loss to the Lightning that Ryan McDonagh played the final couple games of the series with a broken right foot.
Analysis: It likely would have taken nothing less than a broken foot for the Rangers captain not to be on the ice in the Eastern Conference Finals, but he clearly wasn't himself in the last three games. After tallying a goal and assist in Game 4, Ryan McDonagh failed to get on the score sheet and mustered only one shot on goal in Games 5 through 7. Additionally, he skated fewer than 22 minutes in each of the last three contests, well below his postseason average of 23:51 TOI.

Mats Zuccarello
Rangers' Zuccarello Practices Without Contact
Mats Zuccarello, RW, NYR
5/28/2015
News: Mats Zuccarello (upper body) briefly joined the Rangers during the non-contact portion of Thursday's practice, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.
Analysis: As soon as coach Alain Vigneault blew the whistle for the start of full-contact work, Mats Zuccarello left the ice, suggesting that he's not a candidate to play during Friday's Game 7 against the Lightning. Zuccarello could receive clearance to take contact in the coming days, and should have a decent shot at reentering the lineup in the Stanley Cup Finals if the Rangers are able to advance.

Nicklas Backstrom
Caps' Backstrom Undergoes Arthroscopic Hip Surgery
Nicklas Backstrom, C, WAS
5/28/2015
News: Nicklas Backstrom underwent arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday afternoon, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Analysis: The Capitals are optimistic that Nicklas Backstrom will make a full recovery and be back to 100 percent health by the start of the 2015-16 regular season. Backstrom didn't indicate during his exit interview following the second round of the playoffs that he had been nursing any sort of injury, but perhaps he elected to get out ahead of the hip issue before it became a recurring problem. Backstrom's recently completed season was a near mirror image of 2013-14, as he finished with the same goal total (18) and one fewer assist (60) while playing all 82 games for the second straight year.

Lubomir Visnovsky
Isles' Visnovsky Not Signing In Europe
Lubomir Visnovsky, D, NYI
5/27/2015
News: Lubomir Visnovsky's agent has refuted a report that his client will sign to play in Europe next season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: Perhaps Lubomir Visnovsky has had a change of heart about leaving the best league in the world or perhaps this is just a negotiating ploy. Either way it would still seem unlikely that the Isles would be interested in his services as they have quite a few young players in their pipeline that deserve the playing time and don't have anywhere near the injury history of Visnovsky.

Michael Grabner
Isles' Grabner Has Hernia Surgery
Michael Grabner, RW, NYI
5/27/2015
News: Michael Grabner has had hernia surgery this off-season, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Analysis: This is the second hernia surgery Michael Grabner will have undergone since the start of the 2014-15 season. Grabner was a constant scratch this season whether healthy or not as he just seemed to be constantly in coach Jack Capuano's doghouse. The coming season will likely be his last in an Islanders uniform.

Trevor van Riemsdyk
Blackhawks' Van Riemsdyk Not In For Game 6
Trevor van Riemsdyk, D, CHI
5/27/2015
News: Van Riemsdyk (wrist) will not enter the lineup for Wednesday's Game 6 against the Ducks, NHL.com's Brian Hedger reports.
Analysis: While it appears coach Joel Quenneville will adjust his defensive ranks with the Blackhawks facing elimination, it's David Rundblad -- not Trevor van Riemsdyk -- that is in line to replace the struggling Kimmo Timonen. Though van Riemsdyk is probably the more talented of the two players, it's still risky to the throw him back in the lineup after he's barely seen any competitive action over the last six months. He'll continue to work out with the team over the next few days, but don't count on van Riemsdyk warranting consideration for playing until perhaps the Stanley Cup Finals.

Jacob De La Rose
Habs' De La Rose Undergoes Wrist Surgery
Jacob De La Rose, LW, MON
5/20/2015
News: Jacob De La Rose underwent wrist surgery Wednesday and is expected to be out for three months.
Analysis: That timetable should have Jacob De La Rose ready to go for the start of training camp. The 20-year-old only generated four goals and six points over 33 games with the Canadiens and he's probably several more years away before emerging as a major asset in the fantasy realm.

Stephen Johns
Hawks' Johns Enters Summer With Broken Forearm
Stephen Johns, D, CHI
5/19/2015
News: Stephen Johns said he suffered a broken forearm while skating for AHL Rockford in Sunday's season-ending playoff loss, CBS Chicago reports.
Analysis: Stephen Johns was considered a potential candidate to receive a call-up to the Blackhawks during their Western Conference Final series with the Ducks, but the injury will end those hopes. The 23-year-old is expected to require four-to-six weeks of recovery time -- yet another setback during a season in which Johns missed time due to a concussion and knee injury. The blueliner should be back at full strength by training camp.

Nathan Beaulieu
Habs' Beaulieu Suffered Fractured Sternum
Nathan Beaulieu, D, MON
5/14/2015
News: Nathan Beaulieu suffered a fractured sternum in Game 3 against the Senators, the team revealed Thursday, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The team simply called it an "upper body injury" for the duration of the playoffs, but it caused Nathan Beaulieu to miss seven games. He returned to play two games against Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, and it's unclear whether the injury will require offseason surgery.

Mikkel Boedker
Coyotes' Boedker (Stomach) Will Be Ready For Camp
Mikkel Boedker, LW, ARI
5/13/2015
News: Mikkel Boedker (stomach) confirmed Tuesday that he anticipates being ready for training camp in September.
Analysis: In a blog post he penned for the team's website, Mikkel Boedker indicated that he's progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured spleen. "I'm feeling good and a lot stronger than just a few weeks ago," Boedker said. "My rehab and workouts are going well. I'm not quite there yet but I'll get there. I'm about five pounds short of reaching my target weight so it's not a big deal." Boedker went on to confirm that he'll be "100 percent ready" for training camp and said that he plans to "skate as much as I can this summer."

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