Patrick Marleau LW SAN 9 Hrs
The Sharks announced Wednesday that they would enter camp without a captain, which includes taking the "A" off Marleau's sweater, the Mercury News reports.
It had been rumored and hinted at all summer that Marleau and captain Joe Thornton would have their leadership roles passed to younger players. It has also been rumored that both were asked to waive their no trade clause. Neither did. The team wants the younger generation to take the torch, but as far as fantasy is concerned, you can't reduce the playing time of a player like Marleau, who scored 33 goals and 37 assists last season.
Joe Thornton C SAN 9 Hrs
The Sharks officially announce Wednesday that Thornton would not be the team captain entering training camp, the Mercury News reports.
Coach Todd McLellan said that he doesn't consider it to be stripping Thornton of anything, since he'll be given the opportunity to earn the "C" back. The team has talked frequently this offseason of passing the torch to the next generation and that's what this appears to be. Thornton was not only rumored to be losing his "C," but was involved in trade rumors as well. However, he has a no trade clause and doesn't seem interested in leaving San Jose.
Raffi Torres LW SAN 10 Hrs
Torres suffered an infection in his surgically-repaired right knee and is expected to miss the first few months of the season, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Torres was limited to just five regular-season contests last season after undergoing knee surgery and suffering a subsequent setback. He returned to the Sharks during the postseason and looked to be healthy heading into the 2014-15 campaign, but it seems the infection surfaced at some point over the summer. For the second straight season, he'll open on injured reserve, with no concrete date for his return. Torres has been useful for the Sharks when he's been on the ice, but with two years still remaining on his contract, his durability concerns might sidetrack the remainder of his tenure with his team.
Dennis Seidenberg D BOS 11 Hrs
Seidenberg (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, NHL.com reports.
Seidenberg, who last suited up on Dec. 27, had surgery in early January to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in. At the time, the estimated timetable for a return was in the 6-8 month range. With no reported setbacks since then, and given that the sturdy blueliner indicated that he probably could have returned to action had the Bruins advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, things appear to be on track for him to be at, or near, 100 percent in advance of the upcoming regular season.
Kevin Hayes F NYR 15 Hrs
Hayes agreed to a contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Chris Johnston of Rogers Sportsnet reports.
A former first-round selection by the Blackhawks in 2010, Hayes never signed a contract with the club and became a free agent last weekend as a result. A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award during a 27-goal, 65-point season with Boston College, Hayes will have a shot at cracking the Rangers' roster out of training camp. His offensive talents may make him a fit for the Rangers on their third line, working on the wing opposite Mats Zuccarello.
Henrik Zetterberg LW DET 15 Hrs
Coach Mike Babcock relayed that Zetterberg (foot) said he was "feeling the best he has in years" this offseason, suggesting he'll be a full participant in training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
With both Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk missing 37 games apiece last season, the Red Wings were forced to get by with a patchwork forward ranks to so-so results. Now that both players are feeling healthy, the depth chart should enjoy more stability in 2014-15, but don't be surprised if Zetterberg notices a drop in ice time for maintenance purposes as he enters his age-34 season. Still, Zetterberg hasn't had many health issues prior to last season, and managed to supply 48 points over the 45 contests in which he suited up. There's plenty of value to be had in Zetterberg, even as he takes on a more deferential role to emerging wings Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in the years to come.
Pavel Datsyuk C DET 15 Hrs
Coach Mike Babcock relayed that Datsyuk (knee) said he was feeling "the best he has in years" this offseason, suggesting he'll be ready to go for training camp, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Considering Datsyuk hasn't played since late April, it's no surprise he's feeling spry, but there's serious questions he'll hold up for 82 games as he enters his age-34 campaign. He's missed a total of 76 games over his last four seasons, muting the impact of the nearly point-per-game production he provides when healthy. Considering his injury history, Datsyuk might not be worth the markup price his name will cost fantasy players on draft day.
Stephen Weiss C DET 16 Hrs
Weiss indicated he's feeling healthy following his April 21 surgery to repair his sports hernia, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Weiss was a disaster in his first season with the Red Wings after inking a five-year, $24.5 million deal last summer, appearing in only 26 games and totaling four points. He ultimately required a pair of sports hernia surgeries that prevented a second-half return, but after spending the last four months recovering, he appears ready to go for 2014-15. Weiss will be given the opportunity to win back his job as the Wings' No. 2 center, but it seems dubious that he'll be able to return to the 50-point form he showed during his prime years with the Panthers.
Mike Mottau D FLA 1 Day
Mottau announced his retirement from professional hockey Tuesday, Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com reports.
The Massachusetts native was exploring the option of playing with AHL Providence to stick with his hometown Bruins organization, but decided he was content to spend more time with his family. Mottau, 36, appeared in 321 career NHL games with the Rangers, Flames, Devils, Islanders, Bruins and Panthers, with his most productive seasons coming in the late-2000s with New Jersey.
Josh Harding G MIN 1 Day
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said Harding is "a go" for training camp, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season are feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals."
With an 18-7-3 record, 1.65 GAA and .933 save percentage, Harding was playing as well as any goal in hockey before a setback in his treatment for multiple sclerosis sidelined him after the end of December. Because he's missed large chunks of both of the last two seasons while dealing with the effects of the illness, fantasy players shouldn't look to invest heavily in Harding. Even if healthy, he's no lock to open the season as the regular starter in goal for the Wild with Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper still around.