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 Rask
Hurricanes' Victor Rask: Becomes RFA July 1; eyeing return to Canes in fall
Victor Rask, C, CAR
9:34 AM
News: Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said he reached out to Rask's agent recently and is waiting on a response, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.

Without Rask, who becomes a restricted free agent July 1, the Canes are quite thin down the middle following the departure of Eric Staal last season, so the team would love nothing more than to lock him up long-term. Tellingly, Francis sounded quite confident that a deal will get done, saying Rask "will be ready for training camp" following the shoulder surgery he underwent recently. Bottom line, we believe you will see a healthy Rask back in a Hurricanes uniform this fall, and given his career-high 48-point campaign last season, this is a guy you should be targeting in the middle to later rounds of your fantasy drafts come October.

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Ben Bishop
Lightning's Ben Bishop: Cap issues could put goalie on trade market
Ben Bishop, G, TB
5/28/2016
News: The Lightning are at the salary cap ceiling and has cap issues going forward, and that could mean Bishop (ankle) and his $5.9 million contract are traded this offseason.

Bishop's value has never been higher coming off a season in which he led the NHL in goals against average and was the only goalie to finish in the top five in wins, save percentage and shutouts. But he has full no-move clause in his contract. Still, Andrei Vasilevskiy's strong performance during the Eastern Conference finals shows he's ready for more playing time. The Bolts may still go with its current tandem, but moving Big Ben and rolling with the lower-cost Vasilevskiy could make real cap sense.

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Scottie Upshall
Blues' Scottie Upshall: Limited by thumb injury in playoffs
Scottie Upshall, RW, STL
5/28/2016
News: Upshall played with a broken and dislocated thumb for the last two series of the playoffs, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Upshall explained that he initially sustained the ailment while facing the Blackhawks in Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals. The fourth-line forward wound up missing Games 3-5 of the conference finals against the Sharks but returned for the deciding match on May 25 and doled out five hits. Upshall added that the injury affected his shot most of all. "I was starting to become a passer," he said. "It was my top hand, so it restricted me a bit. Obviously I didn't feel my best puck handling but I got through it. It didn't get any worse, which is good." While it's nice to put some closure on Upshall's postseason injury, fantasy owners probably didn't miss a beat since his offensive upside was severely limited in the first place.

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Claude Giroux
Flyers' Claude Giroux: Should be ready for World Cup of Hockey
Claude Giroux, C, PHI
5/28/2016
News: Giroux (hip) will represent Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto this fall, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Giroux underwent surgeries on his hip and abdomen in mid-May, though he expects to be ready for the international tournament. Given that the World Cup promises to be intense and precedes the start of the NHL season, this will give fantasy players a golden opportunity to confirm whether Giroux looks to be at full speed. We'd be cautiously optimistic on the captain since his rehab seems to be going well, though Giroux's detractors won't soon forget about how he produced just one point with a minus-2 rating against the Capital in the quarterfinals this past April.

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Matt Nieto
Sharks' Matthew Nieto: Eyeing return in Stanley Cup Finals
Matt Nieto, LW, SJ
5/28/2016
News: Nieto (upper body) said he "absolutely" expects to be available at some point during the Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Nieto, who hasn't played since May 9, reportedly went through a full practice with contact Friday. Until the fleet-footed winger gets the green light to play, Melker Karlsson should continue to occupy a left-wing spot on the third line. With just two teams left in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, fantasy players abound are either celebrating a title of their own or looking ahead to next season. Having totaled 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) to go along with a minus-24 rating in 205 regular-season games, Nieto would need to improve his all-around game before he'd be able to captivate fantasy owners.

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Zach Parise
Wild's Zach Parise: Expects to be healthy for 2016-17
Zach Parise, LW, MIN
5/27/2016
News: Parise (back) said there's no question that he'll be available for the World Cup of Hockey in September and the start of the 2016-17 NHL season.

Parise decided against surgery to treat a herniated disk in his back, but nonetheless, the rehab is said to be going well. Minnesota was defeated by Dallas in the conference quarterfinals, a playoff round that Parise was unable to take part in due to his ailing back. Still, with his condition improving and the Wild bringing in Bruce Boudreau as the new coach, it looks like the star forward is well on his way to a fresh start in 2016-17.

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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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Drew Miller
Red Wings' Drew Miller: Could get contract renewal
Drew Miller, LW, DET
5/19/2016
News: Miller, a pending unrestricted free agent, is in consideration for a contract extension by the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.

Detroit worked with a penalty kill that was only decent in 2015-16, as it ranked 14th in the league at 81.6 percent. Miller excels on special teams, so it would make sense to keep him in the fold, especially if general manager Ken Holland can retain him at a reasonable rate -- Miller certainly didn't break the bank last year at $1.35 million. He underwent surgery to reconstruct his left ACL in January, but the recovery reportedly has gone well for the 32-year-old winger. Consider this nugget to be an FYI to fans of the Winged Wheel. He lacks fantasy value, having eclipsed the 20-point mark just once in his nine-year career.

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Patrick Wiercioch
Senators' Patrick Wiercioch: Doubtful that Ottawa makes offer to blueliner
Patrick Wiercioch, D, OTT
5/19/2016
News: Wiercioch is not expected to receive an offer from the Senators when the defenseman becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.

This comes as no surprise, as the blueliner was shopped at the trade deadline and will most likely receive the same treatment before ultimately being allowed to walk in free agency. General manager Pierre Dorion was believed to have told Wiercioch in his exit meeting that the 25-year-old was doubtful to return to Ottawa, which all but seals his fate. The 2008 second-round pick should receive interest in the market, although five points in his 2015-16 campaign is not promising in terms of potential fantasy value on another team.

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