Daniel Alfredsson RW DET 6 Days
Alfredsson (back) suffered a setback while skating last week and will likely enter Red Wings training camp without a contract, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Alfredsson, who had been weighing retirement versus playing another season, was skating daily with the Red Wings last week before his back pain resurfaced. While Detroit GM Ken Holland dismissed the injury as the "nothing major," the 41-year-old Alfredsson previously stated he didn't want to return for a 19th NHL season unless he felt he still had something to offer as a lineup regular. He did end up tying for the team lead in scoring with 49 points in 68 games last season, but his desire to return could be lessened if the back pain becomes a chronic issue.
Jonathan Ericsson D DET 6 Days
Though Ericsson acknowledged Wednesday that he's not 100 percent recovered from Mar. 19 surgery on his finger, he expects to be ready for the Red Wings' regular-season opener, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
The Red Wings will more than likely proceed slowly with Ericsson during training camp, but for the time being, there seems to be little doubt that he'll be on the ice for Game 1. After he was limited to 48 games during an injury-plagued 2013-14 season, Ericsson will look for better health during the upcoming campaign. Ericsson join Niklas Kronwall on the team's top pairing, but his historically meager offensive productive makes him the far less viable fantasy option of the two players.
John Moore D NYR 6 Days
Moore signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.
Moore's 15 points in 74 games last season wouldn't seem to suggest an ascension to universal fantasy relevance is in order, but since he's still just 23 years old, some more growth could still exist in his game. He'll more than likely open the season as one of the Rangers' third-pairing rearguards, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him emerge as a top-four player on defense as the campaign wears on.
Alexander Semin LW CAR 6 Days
GM Ron Francis has indicated that he expects Semin (wrist) will be ready to go for training camp, NHL.com reports.
There was speculation about a month ago that Semin hit a wall in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery, but the winger has apparently experienced no lingering issues to this point. After signing a five-year, $35 million extension prior to last season, Semin's 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games qualified as a disappointment. He'll probably need to get back to producing around 60 points per season in order to justify the Hurricanes' huge financial outlay.
Pascal Dupuis RW PIT 6 Days
Dupuis (knee) is expected to receive clearance for full contact during training camp, Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The winger looks to be progressing positively from the reconstructive knee surgery that ended his most recent season prematurely, as he was skating on the ice in a red "no-contact" jersey during Wednesday's scrimmage. Dupuis likely has only a few more steps to pass in his rehab program before being cleared for full activity, but it remains undetermined where he'll fit in with the Penguins during the upcoming season. New head coach Mike Johnston prefers to use his forwards as pairs rather than traditional lines, and with the promise of working alongside luminaries Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz no longer guaranteed, Dupuis could be in line for a sharper dropoff in his point total.
Johnny Boychuk D BOS 6 Days
While there has been speculation that the Bruins might deal Boychuk, he would prefer to remain with the team, the Boston Herald reports.
Boychuk, who is on track to become a free agent after the coming season, carries a cap hit of $3,366,667 in 2014-15, and with the team dealing with salary cap issues, his name has been mentioned as a possible candidate to be dealt in order to free up some needed space under the cap. The rugged and hard-shooting Boychuk is coming off a 2013-14 season in which he recorded five goals and 23 points in 75 games, to go along with a plus-31 rating.
Andrej Sekera D CAR 6 Days
Sekera said Wednesday that he's fully recovered from his April abdominal surgery, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Despite missing eight games due to injury, Sekera turned in the best season of his career in his first campaign in Carolina, netting 11 goals and 33 assists to go along with a plus-4 rating. Though he'll seemingly enter 2014-15 with his health intact, Sekera's modest offensive output during his prior six seasons in Buffalo should give fantasy players pause in paying for last season's numbers. It's probably within his abilities to make another run at 40 points, but there's an equally good chance he played over his head last season based on what his larger career sample size would suggest. He'll open the year on the Canes' top pairing alongside Justin Faulk.
Jonathan Ericsson D DET 6 Days
Ericsson has stated his surgically repaired hand is still healing, but he expects to be ready for the upcoming season, Ansar Khan of MLive reports.
Ericsson is one of the top defensemen in Detroit, and they need him healthy for the regular season. He was injured in March but the injury appears to have been more severe than originally thought. He had 11 points in 48 games in 2013-14.
Saku Koivu C ANA 6 Days
Koivu announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Koivu, 39, became a free agent this summer after the Ducks declined to tender him an offer, and chose to hang up his skates after generating little interest on the open market. The veteran two-way center will be best remembered for his tenure in Montreal, where he captained the Habs for 10 seasons. He'll end his career with 832 points in 1,124 games, making him one of the more accomplished Finnish forwards to ever skate in the NHL.
Ryan Johansen C CLS 6 Days
After six weeks of silence, the Blue Jackets front office is expected to resume negotiations with Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, during this weekend's Traverse City prospect tournament, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "The last time they contacted us, (the offer) wasn't something that merited further talks," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.
The two sides are said to be $3 million per year apart, although they have agreed in principle on a two-year contract. The Blue Jackets' training camp begins September 17, and if Johansen isn't under contract by then he'll be officially considered a holdout. He has been in Columbus the last two weeks participating in voluntary practices, however, so if he does sign over the next few days Johansen won't be behind in his conditioning.