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Date Player
9/19/2017 Colin White, Ott, C
White sustained a broken left wrist and will be sidelined six to eight weeks, the team announced Tuesday.

Analysis: White was injured while blocking a shot in the third period of Ottawa's preseason victory against the provincial-rival Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday. The 20-year-old Boston native already underwent surgery and was "devastated," according to general manager Pierre Dorion. He did not record a point in two regular-season games and one playoff contest with Ottawa last season.
9/19/2017 Jay Bouwmeester, StL, D
Bouwmeester has a left ankle fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.

Analysis: Bouwmeester, who is 33, is entering his sixth season for St. Louis and had 14 assists and a goal last season.
9/19/2017 Zach Sanford, StL, LW
Sanford will undergo surgery and miss 5-6 months of action after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Sanford joined St. Louis in February after a trade with Washington. The forward had two goals and three assists in 13 regular season appearances for the Blues, and he also played in four playoff games.
9/18/2017 Mikko Koivu, Min, C
The Wild have signed Koivu to a two-year, $11 million extension through the 2019-20 season.

Analysis: Koivu turns 35 in March but hasn't shown signs of slowing down, as he finished among the league leaders in plus-minus (+27) while recording 18 goals and 40 assists in 80 games last season. The Wild captain also excels on faceoffs and was a finalist for the Selke Trophy in 2016-17.
9/17/2017 Jason Demers, Fla, D
The Arizona Coyotes acquired Demers from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jamie McGinn on Sunday.

Analysis: The 6-foot, 201-pound Demers registered nine goals and 19 assists with the Panthers last season. He ranked second among Florida defensemen in points and goals and his nine goals were a career high. Demers also finished with 106 hits and 90 blocked shots.
9/15/2017 Ryan Kesler, Anh, C
Kesler is without a timetable to return to the ice after having offseason hip surgery, general manager Bob Murray announced on Friday. Murray told the Los Angeles Times that he was hopeful that Christmas could be the return date for Kesler, who underwent hip surgery after the Ducks were eliminated by the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference final on May 22.

Analysis: Kesler, who won the Selke Trophy in 2011, collected 22 goals and 36 assists in 82 games last season. The 33-year-old scored one goal and set up seven others in 17 playoff games.
9/14/2017 Alex Ovechkin, Was, LW
Ovechkin released a statement through the Capitals late Thursday describing his disappointment with the NHL not participating in the upcoming Winter Olympics. The statement comes after reports that the International Ice Hockey Federation, which oversees international competitions, teamed up with the NHL to block players from defying the North American league's directive, which Ovechkin was assumed to have on his agenda.

Analysis: "The Olympics are in my blood and everybody knows how much I love my country," Ovechkin's statement read. "Ever since I was a kid and all the time I have played in the NHL, NHL players have played in the Olympic Games. We never have to make choice between our team and our country my whole career. I love the Capitals and my teammates here as much as I love my country and I know all the other NHL players feel the same for their teams."
9/14/2017 Marcus Foligno, Min, LW
The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with Foligno on a four-year, $11.5 million contract on Thursday.

Analysis: Foligno was acquired by the Wild on June 30, along with forward Tyler Ennis and a third-round selection in the 2018 draft, from Buffalo in exchange for forward Jason Pominville, defenseman Marco Scandella and a fourth-round selection in the 2018 draft. Foligno had 13 goals and 10 assists with 73 penalty minutes in 80 games with Buffalo last season. He also ranked fifth in the NHL with a career-high 279 hits and set career highs in goals and blocks (57).
9/14/2017 Roman Polak, Tor, D
The Toronto Maple Leafs signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Roman Polak to a professional tryout contract, the team announced Thursday.

Analysis: Polak is working his way back from a gruesome leg injury sustained during Toronto's first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals. The 31-year-old Czech collected four goals and seven assists in 75 regular-season games in 2016-17.
9/14/2017 Bryan Little, Wpg, C
The Winnipeg Jets signed Little to a six-year, $31.75 million contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Analysis: The 29-year-old Alberta native has logged 672 career games with the franchise since being selected with the 12th overall pick of the 2006 draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. He highlighted his time in Atlanta by netting a career-high 31 goals in 79 games during the 2008-09 season. Little resides second in club history for points (432), second in goals (184) and fifth in assists (248).
9/14/2017 David Pastrnak, Bos, RW
The Bruins have signed Pastrnak to a six-year contract worth $40 million.

Analysis: The team had been negotiating with the restricted free agent over the summer. Pastrnak had career highs with 34 goals, 70 points and a plus-11 last season. A native of the Czech Republic, Pastrnak was a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. In his three-year NHL career, the 6-foot Czech native has 59 goals and 64 assists in 172 games.
9/13/2017 Vernon Fiddler, Nsh, C
Fiddler announced his retirement from the NHL following a 14-season career with four different teams.

Analysis: The 37-year-old Fiddler's announcement was made in The Players' Tribune on Wednesday, approximately three months after his Nashville Predators fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals. Fiddler, who made his NHL debut with Nashville in 2002, collected 104 goals 157 assists and 558 penalty minutes in 877 career contests with the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Devils and Predators.
9/12/2017 Kris Letang, Pit, D
Letang has been cleared for contact before training camp opens Friday. Letang, who underwent season-ending neck surgery on April 13 to repair a herniated disc, said he felt healthy Tuesday but continues to take his recovery one day at a time. He hopes to play when the defending Stanley Cup champions open their regular season against the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 4.

Analysis: Letang had five goals and 29 assists in 41 games while battling various injuries last season. Throughout that season, Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said he would like Letang to adjust his style and avoid unnecessary hits. If it's up to Letang, nothing will change. He plans to average over 25 minutes per game again in 2017-18.
9/11/2017 Damon Severson, NJ, D
The Devils have signed Severson to a six-year, $25 million contract that will keep him with the team through the 2022-23 season.

Analysis: Severson set career highs with 28 assists and 31 points in 80 regular-season games last season, leading all New Jersey defensemen in assists and points.
9/7/2017 Ryan Ellis, Nsh, D
Ellis will need a full six months to recover from offseason knee surgery, and general manager David Poile says they don't expect him back until possibly 2018.

Analysis: Ellis was injured during the Stanley Cup Final that Nashville lost in six games to Pittsburgh. Poile says Ellis had knee surgery during the offseason and that doctors want to take it slower with Ellis' recovery, using a full six months. That schedule would have the defenseman returning around the end of this year.
9/6/2017 Sam Bennett, Cgy, C
The Calgary Flames signed Bennett to a two-year contract Wednesday with an annual average value of $1.95 million.

Analysis: The 21-year-old Bennett had 13 goals and 13 assists in 81 regular-season games last season, and added two goals in four playoff games. Selected by Calgary in the first round of the 2014 draft, he has 31 goals and 32 assists in 159 career NHL games.
9/6/2017 P.A. Parenteau, Nsh, RW
Parenteau has accepted a professional tryout with the Detroit Red Wings, his agent Allan Walsh announced on Wednesday.

Analysis: Parenteau collected 13 goals, 15 assists and 35 penalty minutes in 67 games last season with the New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators. The 34-year-old Quebec native notched an assist in eight games with the Predators after being acquired at the trade deadline in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft. He failed to record a point in five playoff games with Nashville in its run to the Stanley Cup Final.
9/6/2017 Erik Karlsson, Ott, D
Karlsson has no timetable to get back on the ice following offseason foot surgery.

Analysis: Karlsson, the runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, says he hasn't been able to do anything for three months since the operation in June to repair torn tendons in his left foot. The 27-year-old played with foot fractures and torn tendons during the playoffs as the Senators reached Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. At the time of the surgery, Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion forecast a four-month recovery that would allow Karlsson to start the season.
 

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