NHL Recent Player News
|10/10/2015||Sidney Crosby, Pit, C|
|Crosby had no shots for the Penguins on Thursday.
Analysis: Crosby will try to bounce back from that pathetic effort Saturday in Arizona.
|10/10/2015||R.J. Umberger, Phi, C|
|Umberger had two assists Thursday.
Analysis: Umberger had a paltry 15 points last season so this was a surprise.
|10/10/2015||Jason Garrison, TB, D|
|Garrison had two goals Thursday.
Analysis: Garrison is off to a hot start but it's hard to imagine him lighting the lamp too often.
|10/10/2015||Drew Stafford, Wpg, RW|
|Stafford had one goal and one assist Thursday.
Analysis: Stafford had 43 points a season ago.
|10/10/2015||Antti Niemi, Dal, G|
|Niemi blanked the Pens with 37 saves Thursday.
Analysis: Niemi will see plenty of action for Dallas, which was poor defensively a season ago.
|10/10/2015||Francois Beauchemin, Col, D|
|Beauchemin had three assists Thursday.
Analysis: Beauchemin comes over from Anaheim and should fare well on an improving Colorado club.
|10/10/2015||Zach Parise, Min, LW|
|Parise had a hat trick Thursday.
Analysis: Parise is a stud who had 33 goals a season ago. He's off to a fast start in 2015-16.
|10/10/2015||Alexander Wennberg, Cls, C|
|Wennberg exited Friday's opener against the New York Rangers with an upper-body injury.
Analysis: The young center was shaken up by a hard hit by Chris Kreider in the first period. It's possible Wennberg may have sustained a concussion.
|10/9/2015||Tyler Graovac, Min, C|
|Graovac has a lower-body injury.
Analysis: Graovac's status is unclear.
|10/9/2015||Peter Budaj, LA, G|
|The Kings have signed Budaj to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The journeyman is expected to begin his Kings' tenure in the minors. Budaj last appeared in the NHL with Montreal in 2013-14.
|10/9/2015||Chad Johnson, Buf, G|
|Johnson will start Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: He may end up being Buffalo's No. 1 goaltender for the time being as well with Robin Lehner currently sidelined with a leg injury sustained in Thursday's season opener.
|10/9/2015||Robin Lehner, Buf, G|
|Lehner is scheduled for an MRI Saturday and will miss that night's game against Tampa Bay.
Analysis: The Sabres are expected to provide a timetable for Lehner's return after receiving the results. The offseason acquisition suffered a right leg injury during the second period of Thursday's season opener against his former team, the Ottawa Senators.
|10/9/2015||James Wisniewski, Car, D|
|The Hurricanes said in a release Friday that Wisniewski will have surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and will face an estimated six-month recovery time.
Analysis: He was injured during Thursday's game at Nashville after skating just 47 seconds in his debut with the Hurricanes. Carolina acquired the 31-year-old Wisniewski from Anaheim in June in exchange for goaltender Anton Khudobin.
|10/9/2015||Mike Richards, LA, C|
|Richards and the Los Angeles Kings have settled their dispute over the termination of Richards' contract after his arrest in June. The NHL Players' Association announced the settlement Friday, making Richards an unrestricted free agent.
Analysis: Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance in Manitoba after he was stopped by Canadian border authorities. The Kings terminated his contract later in the summer, and the NHLPA filed a grievance on his behalf. Richards had five years and $22 million remaining on a lavish 12-year, $69 million deal signed with Philadelphia. The two-time Stanley Cup champion's offensive production declined sharply the past few years.
|10/9/2015||Simon Despres, Anh, D|
|Despres has agreed to a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal Friday, a day before their season opener at San Jose.
Analysis: Despres has made an impressive rise with the Ducks since they acquired him in a trade with Pittsburgh on March 2. He immediately won a regular spot in Anaheim's lineup with physical two-way play, scoring six points in the Pacific Division champions' final 16 regular-season games. Despres then stepped up in the playoffs, scoring seven points while the Ducks fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final.
|10/9/2015||Logan Pyett, Phi, D|
|Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely. The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg.
Analysis: Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers' training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.
|10/9/2015||Jaroslav Halak, NYI, G|
|Halak will miss the team's first regular-season game in Brooklyn on Friday night because of an undisclosed upper body injury.
Analysis: Halak left New York's preseason opener on Sept. 21 after two periods and was sidelined for most of training camp. He took part in practice all week and was on the ice before the morning skate on Friday, but coach Jack Capuano said Halak wasn't ready to play.
|10/8/2015||Robin Lehner, Buf, G|
|Lehner will not return to the game after appearing to hurt his left leg in the second period of the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.
Analysis: Lehner was untouched when he circled his net, set himself in the crease and then grabbed at his left pad. He then went down on one knee while play continued up the ice. The Sabres announced Lehner sustained a lower-body injury.
|10/8/2015||Buddy Robinson, Ott, RW|
|Robinson has an undisclosed injury for the Sens.
Analysis: Robinson's status is not known.
|10/8/2015||Marc Savard, Fla, C|
|Savard hasn't played since 2011 due to multiple concussions.
Analysis: Savard may not ever play again, though he hasn't officially retired.
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