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Date Player
10/1/2016 Ladislav Smid, Cgy, D
The Flames announced that Smid will miss the entire 2016-17 season due to a potentially career-ending neck injury.

Analysis: Smid is attempting to work his way back from a serious injury he sustained when he was slammed hard into the boards in a game against Minnesota on Feb. 17. The 30-year-old, who has one year remaining on his contract, will spend the season on long-term injured reserve.
10/1/2016 Duncan Keith, Chi, D
Keith will miss most of the preseason to strengthen his surgically repaired right knee.

Analysis: The 33-year-old defenseman, who had surgery last October to repair a meniscus tear, also did not participate in the recent World Cup of Hockey for precautionary reasons. Keith is expected to be fine for the start of the regular season, though he could see a reduction in minutes over the first few games.
9/30/2016 Mikael Backlund, Cgy, C
Backlund is dealing with a concussion.

Analysis: Backlund was back practicing with the Flames and should be ready for the start of the regular season.
9/30/2016 Nail Yakupov, Edm, RW
Yakupov is dealing with a lower body injury.

Analysis: The Oilers don't believe it is serious and he should be ready to begin the regular season.
9/30/2016 Shane Prince, NYI, LW
Prince is dealing with a lower body injury.

Analysis: He is considered day to day.
9/30/2016 Patrick Maroon, Edm, LW
Maroon is dealing with a leg injury.

Analysis: The club doesn't believe it to be serious, though Maroon does not have much fantasy value at the moment.
9/30/2016 Robin Lehner, Buf, G
Lehner is dealing with a forearm contusion.

Analysis: The Sabres don't believe the injury is too serious, so Lehner should be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
9/30/2016 Mattias Janmark, Dal, C
Janmark will miss most or all of the upcoming season after being diagnosed with a joint disorder in his knee.

Analysis: The 23-year-old underwent surgery Friday and is expected to be sidelined a minimum of 5-to-6 months, and the condition could threaten Janmark's career. The Swede was expected to play a key role for the Stars after recording 15 goals and 14 assists in 73 games as a rookie in 2015-16.
9/30/2016 Graham Knott, Chi, LW
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with Knott on a three-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Knott was drafted by the Blackhawks in the second round (54th overall) in 2015. He posted 12 goals and 30 assists in 68 regular-season games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2015-16 season and added two goals and three assists in 17 postseason games. In three seasons with Niagara, Knott accumulated 45 goals and 62 assists in 191 games.
9/30/2016 Jaden Schwartz, StL, LW
Schwartz will miss at least four weeks and the start of the regular season after injuring his left elbow during practice Thursday.

Analysis: Schwartz appeared in 33 regular-season games with the Blues in 2015-16 after fracturing his ankle last October, posting 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists). He also played in all 20 postseason games, recording four goals and 10 assists.
9/30/2016 Rasmus Ristolainen, Buf, D
Ristolainen is a restricted free agent whose rights were retained by the Sabres in June. After representing Finland in the World Cup of Hockey, Ristolainen reported to the Sabres on Thursday in what was regarded as a sign of good faith.

Analysis: Though he's not allowed to play because he's not under contract, Ristolainen is practicing with the team and also taking part in meetings. In three seasons, Buffalo's 2013 first-round draft pick has established himself as the Sabres' top defenseman. Last year, Ristolainen led the team in averaging more than 25 minutes of ice time per game, and led Buffalo defensemen with 41 points (nine goals, 32 assists).
9/28/2016 Dennis Seidenberg, Bos, D
The New York Islanders signed Seidenberg to a one-year deal reportedly worth $1 million on Wednesday.

Analysis: Seidenberg, 35, scored one goal while adding 11 assists in 61 games with the Boston Bruins last season. It was the Germany native's 13th NHL season. Seidenberg played 758 career games with Philadelphia, Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers and the Bruins, scoring 39 goals while adding 185 assists since being drafted the Flyers in the sixth round in 2001.
9/26/2016 Marian Gaborik, LA, RW
Gaborik is leaving the World Cup of Hockey and will be out for eight weeks because of a foot injury.

Analysis: Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan says Gaborik was injured during Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over Sweden in the tournament semifinals. He had 12 goals and 10 assists last season for the Kings, playing just 54 games in the regular season because of a knee injury.
9/26/2016 Brad Marchand, Bos, LW
The Bruins have signed Marchand to an eight-year, $49 million contract extension.

Analysis: The 28-year-old Marchand had a career-high 37 goals and 60 points last season. In seven NHL seasons - all with the Bruins - he has 153 goals and 136 assists. He was a member of Boston's Stanley Cup-winning team in 2011, with 11 goals in the playoffs, the second-most on the team, and he's been a valuable scorer for Team Canada in the hockey World Cup.
9/25/2016 Alexandre Fortin, Chi, LW
The Blackhawks agreed to terms with Fortin on a three-year contract Sunday.

Analysis: Fortin, 19, registered 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 54 regular-season games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies last season. He recorded 105 shots on goal, four game-winning goals and a plus-13 rating. The Laval, Quebec, native added four goals and three assists in 20 postseason games en route to the organization's first-ever President Cup championship. Fortin also notched three assists in five 2016 Memorial Cup contests.
9/24/2016 Jacob Trouba, Wpg, D
Trouba has requested a trade and will not be attending the Jets' training camp, his agent said Saturday.

Analysis: Trouba and the Jets have been embroiled in a contract dispute throughout the offseason, with the 22-year-old restricted free agent unhappy with the team's glut of right-side defensemen. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff responded to the request with a statement saying "any decisions made regarding Jacob Trouba will be made in the best interest of the Winnipeg Jets hockey club." The standoff doesn't appear to be reaching a resolution anytime soon.
9/24/2016 Mark Stone, Ott, RW
Stone has been diagnosed with a concussion.

Analysis: Senators coach Guy Boucher said Saturday that Stone will be evaluated on a daily basis. The 24-year-old Stone had 23 goals and 38 assists in 75 games for the Senators last season. Ottawa opens the regular season at home against Toronto on Oct. 12.
9/24/2016 Frank Vatrano, Bos, C
The Bruins announced Saturday that Vatrano tore ligaments in his left foot while training. Vatrano will undergo a surgical repair by Dr. George Theodore at Massachusetts General Hospital on Monday. He is expected to need three months to recover.

Analysis: Vatrano had eight goals and three assists with 14 penalty minutes in 39 games last season for the Bruins. The 22-year-old also led the American Hockey League in goals in 2015-16 with 36 in 36 games. Vatrano also had 19 assists for 55 points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating.
9/24/2016 Matt Murray, Pit, G
Murray is out three-to-six weeks with a broken hand. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford announced the injury Saturday on the second day of training camp.

Analysis: Murray broke his right hand while playing for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey. Murray said he jammed his thumb in North America's loss to Russia on Monday and was held out of its game on Wednesday. The 22-year-old went 15-6 with a 2.08 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in the playoffs last spring as the Penguins won the Stanley Cup. This injury makes it unlikely Murray will be available for opening night against the Capitals on Oct. 13.
9/23/2016 Ryan Sproul, Det, D
The Wings re-signed Sproul to a two-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Sproul, 23, played in 75 games for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League in the 2015-16 season and led all defenseman on the team in goals with 12. His 35 points ranked second among Grand Rapids defenseman during the regular season and his nine playoff points placed second on the team. The 6-foot-4, 206-pound Sproul has totaled 28 goals and 63 assists in 215 career games with the Griffins, while adding 14 points in 24 career playoff games.
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