Jaromir Jagr RW NJ 1 Hr
Jagr was traded to the Panthers on Thursday in exchange for a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 third-round pick.
It was no secret that Jagr desired a trade to a contender, and while this probably isn't what he had in mind, the Panthers only trail the Bruins by two points for the Eastern Conference's wild-card spot. Now set to join his eighth NHL team, Jagr may be able to grab a top-six spot, after scoring 29 points (11 goals) in 57 games for the Devils this season.
Nate Thompson C ANA 2 Hrs
Thompson (lower body) could be available for Friday's game against the Kings, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
While the demotion of William Karlsson to AHL Norfolk on Thursday would seem to suggest Thompson will be ready to play Friday, coach Bruce Boudreau didn't rule out the possibility of calling up a different center as insurance. Thompson was able to get back on the ice Thursday, but didn't put in a full workout. The Ducks will see how he looks during Friday's morning skate before making a decision on his status for the game.
Frederik Andersen G ANA 2 Hrs
Andersen (upper body) is expected to join the Ducks on their road trip that begins Sunday in Dallas, Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times reports.
That would seem to suggest that Andersen won't be ready to go for Friday's home date with the Kings, but in any case, it's clear the goalie is closing in on a return. He's been able to face shots the last couple of days and has noted that he's no longer experiencing much pain. After a couple more days to get back up to game speed, Andersen could be activated from IR and start one or both of the games on the road trip.
Paul Byron C CGY 2 Hrs
Byron (lower body) isn't expected to return in the near future, NHL.com's Aaron Vickers reports.
Byron was on the ice Thursday morning, but was limited to skating laps and didn't take part in any drills. That would seem to signal that Byron is just trying to keep conditioned, and not preparing for a return within the next couple of days. A firmer timetable should be clarified once he actually starts practicing with his teammates.
Mason Raymond LW CGY 2 Hrs
Raymond (paternity) will not return to the Flames in time for Friday's game against the Islanders, Derek Wills of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.
Raymond and his wife welcomed the birth of his daughter Thursday morning, so the forward will spend the next few days with his family. He's expected to rejoin the Flames in Philadelphia for Tuesday's game.
Ian Cole D STL 2 Hrs
Cole (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Jets, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Per the report, Cole -- who has notched points in two of his last three games -- has been playing through a minor upper-body injury of late. Consider him day-to-day as Saturday's game against the Oilers approaches.
Jesper Fast F NYR 2 Hrs
Fast (sprained knee) skated in a regular jersey at Thursday's morning skate, Newsday's Steve Zipay reports.
Fast had been able to skate in a non-contact fashion over the preceding few days. With Fast beginning to increase his involvement, coach Alain Vigneault said the forward would be about "one or two practices away" from receiving clearance to play. In accordance with that, Fast's return could come Saturday against the Flyers, but Monday's tilt with the Predators is probably a more realistic target.
Alexander Semin LW CAR 2 Hrs
Semin practiced as a member of the Hurricanes' top line Thursday, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
He'll seemingly get the first crack at replacing Jiri Tlusty, who was dealt to the Jets on Wednesday. With only 14 points and a minus-8 rating over 35 games, Semin has been a massive bust this season, but has shown signs of life of late. He submitted arguably his best game of the season Tuesday against the Flyers, picking up two assists and leading the Hurricanes with seven shot attempts.
Adam Cracknell RW CLS 2 Hrs
Cracknell was traded to the Blues on Thursday for future considerations.
The 29-year-old Cracknell spent time in the Blues' organization from 2009 through 2014, so he'll join the team as a known commodity. Expect him to report to AHL Chicago, with little chance of earning a call-up to the Blues unless a rash of injuries occurs.
Andrej Sekera D LA 2 Hrs
Sekera has passed his physical, but still appears to be a game-time decision for Thursday's game against the Senators, Jon Rosen of the LA Kings Insider reports.
Sekera, who was traded to the Kings on Wednesday, wasn't able to make it to Los Angeles in time for the team's morning skate. It's not clear if coach Darryl Sutter would be willing to throw Sekera into the fire without first practicing with the team, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he was made a healthy scratch Thursday. Once he gets acclimated with his new surroundings, Sekera should assume a top-four spot on defense for the Kings.