Blues' Berglund To Require Shoulder Surgery
, C, STL
News: Patrik Berglund
aggravated a dislocated right shoulder while working out and is set to undergo surgery Friday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He'll require at least four months of recovery time.
Analysis: Patrik Berglund
first dislocated the shoulder in 2013-14, and required surgery last offseason to address the issue. The center was able to recover in time from that procedure to play on Opening Night last season, but given how late in the offseason calendar the setback occurred this time around, it looks like Berglund won't take the ice again until the calendar flips to 2016. His extended absence could allow prospect Robby Fabbri to claim third-line center duties out of training camp, with veteran Scott Gomez also in the mix if coach Ken Hitchcock prefers a more experienced option for that role.
Habs' Pacioretty Still On Schedule With Rehab
, LW, MON
Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said recently that Max Pacioretty
(knee) remains on schedule in the rehabilitation process, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
Analysis: Max Pacioretty
sustained the knee injury while working out in Florida in early July, and was given a projected recovery timetable of 10-to-12 weeks. Given the length of the timetable, Pacioretty is expected to sit out all of training camp, and while his availability for the Oct. 7 regular-season opener in Toronto remains possible, he'd likely be subjected to limited minutes in the early going as he looks to build endurance. Once back to full health, Pacioretty should reemerge as the Habs' most dangerous offensive option after he potted 37 goals and a career-high 67 points in 2014-15.
Flames Expecting Smid Back For Training Camp
, D, CGY
The Flames' front office believes Ladislav Smid
(neck) will be ready to skate during the team's first on-ice session at training camp in September, the Calgary Sun reports.
Analysis: Ladislav Smid
's season came to an end last January when he required surgery on his neck, but his communication with the Flames to this point in the offseason suggests he has recovered well from the procedure. If healthy, Smid will compete in camp with Deryk Engelland for a spot as Calgary's sixth defenseman.
News: Nicklas Backstrom
(hip) relayed to a Swedish newspaper that he's not confident he'll be ready to play in the Capitals' Oct. 10 season opener against the Devils, Yahoo Sports reports. "[Surgery] has gone well and I hope it stays that way," Backstrom said. "I don't know if I will be able to play right away when the season starts."
Analysis: Nicklas Backstrom
underwent the arthroscopic procedure on his hip in late May and has since been cleared to start skating with the Capitals in training camp, but full-contact practices may represent an obstacle that proves more difficult for the center to clear. He'll likely be limited throughout camp, and even if Backstrom gets enough work in to suit up for Opening Night, it's expected that he'll see far below the 20:32 of ice time he averaged last season. It shouldn't take long after the opener before Backstrom draws closer to full health, however, so it's still quite likely that he finishes among the league leaders in assists.
Red Wings Remain Optimistic About Franzen
, LW, DET
Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Monday that he expects Johan Franzen
(concussion) to be cleared for participation at the beginning of training camp, NHL.com reports.
The Red Wings have received positive news throughout the offseason from Johan Franzen
regarding his recovery from a concussion that limited him to just 33 games last season, with none coming after Jan. 6. Holland said the 35-year-old forward has been working out at Joe Louis Arena for the last two weeks, and is just awaiting clearance from the doctor once he takes his pre-camp physical. Franzen has a lengthy history of concussions that make him an annual health risk, but given his productivity when on the ice (he had seven goals and 22 points last season) and the five years remaining on his contract, the Red Wings are still viewing him as an integral roster member.
Wings' Datsyuk (Ankle) Progressing In Rehab
, C, DET
News: Pavel Datsyuk
(ankle) continues to be "on schedule" with his rehabilitation after ankle surgery, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.
The earliest Pavel Datsyuk
has given for a return is late October, but it appears he at least hasn't experienced any setbacks. The 37-year-old continues to be dynamite when healthy, but that has been a struggle over the last few years.
Flames' Giordano Signs Six-Year Deal
, D, CGY
News: Mark Giordano
(biceps) signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract extension with the Flames on Tuesday, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Mark Giordano
, an All-Star last season, led all defensemen in scoring (11 goals, 37 assists) through 61 games before a biceps injury ended his 2014-15 campaign in late February. The 31-year-old is expected to be at full strength when the start of the upcoming season rolls around, and he projects as one of the top fantasy defensemen in most formats.
Blackhawks' Danault (Hip) Undergoes Surgery
, LW, CHI
News: Phillip Danault
underwent hip surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum, Brian Hedger of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Phillip Danault
is expected to be out of hockey activities for roughly four months, meaning he'll likely miss a solid chunk of the first half of the season. Danault spent the vast majority of the 2014-15 campaign with the Rockford of the AHL, and that's where he figures to report once healthy next season. In two appearances for the Blackhawks, Danault did not record any fantasy-relevant statistics.
News: Tyler Johnson
is no longer wearing a brace on his broken right wrist, Michelle Gingras of the Lightning's website reports.
It's encouraging that Tyler Johnson
's banged-up wrist no longer requires any stabilization, but it sounds as though he still hasn't fully recovered from the injury. He is expected to be ready for the start of the Bolts' training camp in September, but the team is likely to proceed with caution with their star player. Johnson racked up 72 points (29 goals, 43 assists) in 77 games with Tampa Bay last season and will enter 2015-16 as an early-round fantasy pick.
Caps' Peters Undergoes Knee Surgery
, G, WAS
News: Justin Peters
underwent knee surgery on Monday, but is expected to return to action by the start of Washington's training camp in September, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Although Justin Peters
is reportedly expected to return to "full hockey activities" by the start of Washington's training camp, it's still an unfortunate turn of events for the 28-year-old goaltender, as he is expected to compete with Phillip Grubauer for the team's backup job behind presumed starter Braden Holtby. With a 3-6-1 record, 3.25 GAA, and a .881 save percentage over 12 games with the Capitals last season, Peters is already likely fighting an uphill battle for the job, as Grubauer performed significantly better in limited action with the big club over the past two seasons. The Capitals should update Peters' status closer to the start of camp.