Dennis Rasmussen C CHI 3 Hrs
The Blackhawks have recalled Rasmussen from AHL Rockford, the team's official site reports.
Rasmussen, who has recorded 16 points in 44 games AHL games to date, gives the Blackhawks some extra forward depth for the team's upcoming six-game road trip.
Patrick Kane RW CHI 21 Hrs
Kane won the Shooting Accuracy competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Columbus on Saturday night.
He needed just five shots to get through all four targets in the fastest time (13.529 seconds).
Shea Weber D NAS 21 Hrs
Weber won the Hardest Shot competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Columbus on Saturday.
He fired the puck at 108.5 mph, just 0.3 mph off Zdeno Chara's record (2012). There were plenty of nods and murmurs among the other all stars, so perhaps this win will buy Weber a few more lanes to the net for that shot. No-one will want to stand in front of one of those.
Steven Stamkos C TB 21 Hrs
Stamkos is eyeing a summer contract extension with the Lightning, reports the Tampa Bay Times. He can't sign an extension until July 1.
Stammer is in line for a deal like the ones that Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews signed in Chicago. Those are eight-year, $84 million contracts and they both inked the deals a year before they could become unrestricted free agents. It looks like he'll be a fixture in Tampa for a long time and that's great news for fans and fantasy owners alike.
Tyler Johnson C TB 22 Hrs
Johnson (lower body) will not play in Sunday's All-Star Game, but he will be eligible to play in Tuesday's game against the Hurricanes if healthy, ESPN reports. He is at the All-Star festivities even though he isn't going to play.
Johnson appears to be sitting out as a precaution more than anything. He played in the last three games leading up to the All-Star break, so there's little reason to think he won't be ready to go for Tuesday's game.
Jonathan Drouin LW TB 22 Hrs
Drouin won the Fastest Skater competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Columbus on Saturday night. His time was 13.103.
He's been in and out of the lineup, but he is an elite talent. He also scored a beauty goal in another part of the competition. Short term, his value may be limited, but long term, he will be among the league's elite.
Clayton Stoner D ANA 1 Day
Coach Bruce Boudreau said that he expects Stoner (lower body) to be available when the Ducks resume play the Canucks on Tuesday, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
Stoner was a late scratch for the Ducks' final game before the All-Star break this past Wednesday due to the lower-body ailment, which he sustained the previous weekend against the Kings. It appears to be just a minor concern for Stoner, whose availability for the game against the Canucks should be confirmed when he returns to practice Monday.
Stephen Johns D CHI 1 Day
Johns, who is considered one of the top Blackhawks' top prospects, continues to battle injuries at AHL's Rockford as he suffered a knee injury on Monday and is expected to missing two-to-three weeks, ESPN Chicago reports.
The 22-year-old defenseman had suffered a head injury Nov. 26 which forced him to miss nearly two months. After his return last week, he only skated in three games before the knee injury. He has six assists and is plus-13 in 23 games with Rockford. This is his first season as a pro after finishing four years at the University of Notre Dame. Despite the injuries Hawks' general manager Stan Bowman likes Johns. "He's a big, strong kid," said Bowman. "He plays more of a physical game. It's nice knowing we have that as well. He'll be back pretty soon. He's played well when he's healthy. It's unfortunate he has missed the time he has."
David Rundblad D CHI 1 Day
Rundblad has been showing some good stuff in the first half as one of the last pair of defensemen on the Blackhawks, Hawks' general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago.
Rundblad scored goals in back-to-back games earlier this week and has collected three goals and six assists in 27 games this season. The games skated is the most in his six seasons in the NHL including stints with Ottawa and Arizona. Bowman gave Rundblad raves so far this season, but it will be interesting once rookie defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk returns from a leg injury which could be as early as mid-February. "I think David has probably grabbed the reins the most of all those guys," Bowman said. "He's (Rundblad) really shown he's kind of emerged as a guy that's getting more comfortable. He's always had the talent. I think as a young defenseman it's trying to gain the game-to-game confidence. He's moved from the left side to the right side. Having not only not played the left side much, that was an adjustment for him, but I thought he got pretty good at it."
Anton Forsberg G CLS 2 Days
Forsberg will be recalled from AHL Springfield at the conclusion of the NHL's All-Star break, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
The Blue Jackets confirmed Friday that No. 1 netminder Sergei Bobrovsky is dealing with a right groin injury that figures to sideline him for "a while," creating a need for the team to bring up an extra goalie. Forsberg previously operated as the team's No. 2 option in goal when Bobrovsky missed a month of action with a left groin injury earlier in the season, but his outstanding play at Springfield could allow him to earn more work during the upcoming stint with the club. Curtis McElhinney currently tops the Jackets' depth chart for now, but he's been far from reliable this season, submitting a 4-6-1 record, 2.98 GAA and .907 save percentage over his 15 games. Should McElhinney's struggles wear on coming out of the break, don't be surprised if coach Todd Richards turns quickly to Forsberg, who has a tidy 2.04 GAA and .927 save percentage for Springfield.