Torey Krug
Bruins' Torey Krug: Aims to play is season opener
Torey Krug, D, BOS
8/29/2016
News: Krug (shoulder), who is skating these days, indicated Monday that his goal is to be ready for the Bruins' regular season opener, CSN New England reports.

Krug noted that his offseason shoulder surgery was done to address a torn labrum, which bothered for him much of the 2015-16 season. How realistic a goal his participation in the B's Oct. 13 opener against Columbus is figures to gain some clarity once next month's training camp gets going.

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David Krejci
Bruins' David Krejci: Making progress
David Krejci, C, BOS
8/29/2016
News: Krejci, who is still recovering from hip surgery, started skating again last week, CSN New England reports.

The report further relays that Krejci said he will play for the Czech Republic in the World Cup of Hockey, which begins Sept. 17, if he is "100 percent" recovered from his hip issue, a scenario that is not a lock at this stage. Still, that Krejci is aiming to play in the tournament at all bodes well for his regular season status. The Bruins open up their 2016-17 slate with a road game at Columbus on Oct. 13.

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Trevor Daley
Penguins' Trevor Daley: On track for training camp
Trevor Daley, D, PIT
8/29/2016
News: The Penguins won't know for sure whether Daley (ankle) will be ready for Opening Night until he reports to training camp. "All the injured guys are tracking in the right direction," GM Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "Until they all get here, we won't know 100 percent where they're at, but it sounds like all the guys should be ready for camp."

Rutherford made a blanket statement about his team's injured players, but it doesn't appear Daley has suffered any setbacks in his recovery from a broken ankle. The defender scored six goals and 22 points in 53 games for Pittsburgh in 2015-16, including seven points (1G, 6A) on the power play.

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Phil Kessel
Penguins' Phil Kessel: Questionable for start of season
Phil Kessel, RW, PIT
8/29/2016
News: Kessel (hand) was originally expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 campaign after offseason hand surgery, however that now appears to be in doubt, Josh Yohe of DK on Pittsburgh Sports reports.

An extended absence from Kessel would be minor set back for the Penguins, but as they demonstrated last year, in an 82-game grind there is plenty of time to get back on track from a slow start. Fantasy owners don't need to panic, the winger, if he misses time, is on track to repeat his 2015-16 production in which he tabulated 26 goals and 33 assists and could even improve on those numbers with a full season under coach Mike Sullivan.

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Robin Lehner
Sabres' Robin Lehner: Ruled out for World Cup with injury
Robin Lehner, G, BUF
8/26/2016
News: Lehner is dealing with an undisclosed injury which will prevent him from playing in the World Cup of Hockey, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

It's not clear if this is a new injury or one related to the high-ankle sprain that cost him significant time in 2015-16. At any rate, Jhonas Enroth reportedly will replace him on Sweden's World Cup roster. Buffalo had the intention of making Lehner the undisputed No. 1 backstop from the start of last season, but the big Swede was injured Opening Night, causing backups Chad Johnson and Linus Ullmark to be featured more prominently than they otherwise would've been. Johnson is now in Calgary, but Buffalo still has plenty of talented young goalies waiting for a shot in the NHL, including Jason Kasdorf and Cal Petersen. Although the severity of Lehner's injury has yet to be disclosed, this latest development illustrates the risk involved in drafting him as a fantasy starter.

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Alexander Steen
Blues' Alexander Steen: Surgery recovery moving along nicely
Alexander Steen, LW, STL
8/26/2016
News: Steen (shoulder) continues to progress from a shoulder injury suffered in late February, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.

The original timetable for return was 4-to-6 months, but at this point, it seems much more likely to be four months, which should have the 32-year-old winger ready for the start of the season. If his recovery slows in the next month, then he would likely only miss the first few games. Health permitting, Steen should continue to put up steady goal and assist totals as he embarks on his 12th NHL campaign.

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Teemu Pulkkinen
Red Wings' Teemu Pulkkinen: Future with Detroit in doubt
Teemu Pulkkinen, LW, DET
8/26/2016
News: Pulkkinen (shoulder) is not guaranteed a spot on the Opening Night roster with the Red Wings, MLive.com reports.

Late October is the soonest Pulkkinen may come back following offseason shoulder surgery. The Finn has tremendous offensive upside but given he's only appeared in 70 games since he was drafted in 2010, fantasy owners will need to be patient with the winger. He has the disadvantage of missing training camp and has to compete with healthy prospects in Detroit's system including the likes of Andreas Athanasiou and Anthony Mantha.

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Dave Bolland
Coyotes' Dave Bolland: Shipped off to Arizona
Dave Bolland, C, ARI
8/25/2016
News: Bolland (lower body) was traded to the Coyotes along with Lawson Crouse in exchange for a 2017 third round pick and a 2018 second round pick, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

With Bolland's future still up in the air considering he played in just 25 games last campaign, this is essentially a salary dump by the Panthers who will save $5.5 million per year over the next three years. Assuming he is healthy enough to return, fantasy owners may want to avoid the center as he has seen action in less than 55 contests in each of the previous four seasons.

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Tomas Jurco
Red Wings' Tomas Jurco: Could miss start of 2016-17 season
Tomas Jurco, RW, DET
8/24/2016
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
8/24/2016
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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