Montreal's Price Begins Skating
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News: Carey Price
(knee) began skating a couple of weeks ago, Hockey Inside Out reports.
Analysis: Carey Price
suffered a sprained knee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals that ended his season. He said the skating has done "pretty good so far."
Sharks' Torres To Miss Months With Knee Infection
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News: Raffi Torres
suffered an infection in his surgically-repaired right knee and is expected to miss the first few months of the season while he undergoes another operation on the knee, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Raffi Torres
was limited to just five regular-season contests in 2013-14 after undergoing knee surgery and suffering a subsequent setback shortly after returning after the Olympics. He would ultimately rejoin the Sharks during the postseason and looked to be healthy heading into the upcoming campaign, but it seems the infection surfaced at some point over the summer. For the second straight season, he'll open on injured reserve as a result, with no concrete date for his return. Torres has been a useful player for the Sharks when he's been on the ice, but with two years still remaining on his contract, his durability concerns might dampen the remainder of his tenure with his team.
News: Dennis Seidenberg
(knee) expects to be ready for training camp, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Dennis Seidenberg
, who last suited up on Dec. 27, had surgery in early January to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in. At the time, the estimated timetable for a return was in the 6-8 month range. With no reported setbacks since then, and given that the sturdy blueliner indicated that he probably could have returned to action had the Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, things appear to be on track for him to be at, or near, 100 percent in advance of the upcoming regular season.
Red Wings' Datsyuk Feeling Good Heaing Into Camp
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Coach Mike Babcock relayed that Pavel Datsyuk
(knee) said he was feeling "the best he has in years" this offseason, suggesting he'll be ready to go for training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Considering Pavel Datsyuk
hasn't played since late April, it's no surprise he's feeling spry, but there's serious questions he'll hold up for 82 games as he enters his age-34 campaign. He's missed a total of 76 games over his last four seasons, muting the impact of the nearly point-per-game production he provides when healthy. Considering his injury history, Datsyuk might not be worth the markup price his name will cost fantasy players on draft day.
Flyers' Mason Returns To Ice
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News: Steve Mason
(finger) returned to the ice Monday for the first time since breaking his finger three weeks ago, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
With training camp still a month away, the expectation is that Steve Mason
will be healthy enough by that time to participate in full activities. After having to fight for his job as the No. 1 goalie a season ago, Mason will be the team's unquestioned top option between the pipes after going 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and .917 save percentage in 2013-14.
Pens' Crosby (Wrist) Progressing Well
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News: Sidney Crosby
(wrist) is pleased with the the way his wrist has responded to treatment this summer, reports the New York Times. "It's good," said Crosby, who added, "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts, so I'm happy with the way it's gone."
Analysis: Sidney Crosby
is working out in Florida with several other NHLers under the direction of trainer Matt Belfry. He likened it to a "hockey school" because there's increased focus on fundamentals and individual skill work. And he hasn't looked out of place among the likes of John Tavares, Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon. Great news for fantasy owners -- he should be on track to compete for both the Art Ross and Hart trophies again this year.
Penguins' Bennett: (Wrist) Nearing Full Health
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News: Beau Bennett
(wrist) has resumed skating and is taking part in drills while continuing to recover from offseason surgery, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Analysis: Beau Bennett
, who underwent the procedure May 22, was given a four-month recovery timetable from the injury, putting him on pace to be ready in time for the Penguins' season opener Oct. 9. However, because Bennett had previously undergone two wrist surgeries, he understandably isn't calling himself 100 percent healthy just yet. Bennett said his main goal is adding strength before training camp begins, after which he'll have a better idea if he'll be ready in time for the opener. With James Neal and Jussi Jokinen both departing in the offseason, a top-six role could potentially await for Bennett if he proves healthy.
Preds' Fisher Targeting Late-November Return
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News: Mike Fisher
(Achilles) is targeting a return to the Predators around Thanksgiving Day, Josh Cooper of The Tennessean reports.
GM David Poile said that Mike Fisher
still remains under the four-to-six month recovery timetable prescribed for him when he ruptured the Achilles tendon in July, but the center is optimistic he can meet the short end of that time frame. With Fisher unavailable to act as the top-line pivot to begin the campaign, the Predators will likely try to break in either of their offseason acquisitions, Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy, to assume important roles in the team's top six.
Bolts' Bishop (Wrist) Beginning To Face Shots
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News: Ben Bishop
(wrist) began facing shots last week for the fist time since undergoing surgery, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Ben Bishop
indicated the session went well, and he'll likely had further activities to his offseason training program in the days to come. The netminder plans on being ready to go for training camp, and should be viewed as a top-tier goalie option in light of his high probable workload, as well as the impressive ratios he showed last season.
Canes' Semin (Wrist Surgery): Slow Recovery
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News: Alexander Semin
's recovery from wrist surgery has been slower than expected and he is returning to the U.S. to complete his rehabilitation, reports Dmitry Chesnokov.
The Canes had hoped Alexander Semin
would be ready for camp, but it's not clear if this slow recovery will keep him out when camp opens in mid-September. He's entering year two of a five-year, $35 million deal with the Canes, who are counting on him to be a key cog in their machine this season.