OUTErik Cernak D TB
Mon 6/21/21 8:05 PM
Cernak (undisclosed) will not be in Monday's Game 5 lineup against the Islanders, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisCernak was with the team for warmups before the game but will be replaced in the lineup by Luke Schenn. The 24-year-old blueliner has eight assists and a plus-7 rating in 15 postseason games. He'll be considered questionable for Game 6 on Wednesday until another update is available.
Andrei Vasilevskiy G TB
Mon 6/21/21 7:40 PM
Vasilevskiy will be stationed between the pipes for Monday's Game 5 showdown with the Islanders, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
EDGE AnalysisVasilevskiy is coming off a Game 4 loss where he allowed three goals (all in the second period) on 30 shots. With a 10-5 record during the playoffs, the Vezina candidate has yet to lose back-to-back games this postseason. He owns a stellar 2.04 GAA and .930 save percentage in four games this season.
IRMatt Nieto LW SJ
Mon 6/21/21 4:37 PM
Nieto agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.7 million contract with San Jose on Monday.
EDGE AnalysisNieto appeared in just 28 games for the Sharks this season, ending the year on injured reserve due to a lower-body issue. When he was healthy, the 28-year-old winger managed five goals and two assists while averaging 14:00 of ice time. In a full 82-game season, Nieto should challenge for the 20-point threshold, a mark he had reached in the previous three campaigns.
J.T. Brown RW FA
Mon 6/21/21 1:29 PM
Brown announced his retirement Monday and will join the Seattle Kraken as a color commentator, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisBrown spent last season playing in Sweden for Bjorkloven IF for which he tallied six goals and six helpers in 19 contests. Over the course of his seven-year NHL career, the 30-year-old Brown saw action in 365 games for the Lightning, Ducks and Wild and tallied 23 goals, 49 assists and 221 PIM along the way.
Laurent Dauphin C MTL
Mon 6/21/21 12:56 PM
Dauphin penned a one-year, two-way deal with Montreal on Monday.
EDGE AnalysisDauphin hasn't played in the NHL since Jan. 10, 2019, and has spent the last two seasons playing exclusively in the AHL. At this point, it's hard to imagine the 26-year-old center can break into the NHL with any consistency and figures to be a fringe roster player for the Habs next year. As such, any fantasy players in dynasty formats hoping the 2013 second-round pick will eventually return some value could probably consider dumping him at this point.
Blake Comeau RW DAL
Mon 6/21/21 12:43 PM
Comeau inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Dallas on Monday.
EDGE AnalysisFor the third straight season, Comeau failed to reach the 20-point mark and appears to have become more of a bottom-six role player than the 30-point, 20-goal scorer he was in previous stops in his career. Given his reduced minutes and lack of power-play opportunities, the 35-year-old Comeau figures to offer mid-range fantasy value, at best, heading into the 2021-22 campaign.
Semyon Varlamov G NYI
Mon 6/21/21 12:36 PM
Varlamov was the first goalie to exit the ice at Monday's game-day skate, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports, indicating he'll tend the twine on the road for Game 5 versus Tampa Bay.
EDGE AnalysisConsidering Varlamov is sporting a .920 save percentage and 2.36 GAA in four matchups with the Lightning, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him continuing to defend the cage over Ilya Sorokin. It figures to be another close contest between the two clubs given three of the first four games have been decided by one goal and the 33-year-old Varlamov will need to remain in peak form to give the Isles the chance to knock off the defending champions.
OUTCharlie Coyle C BOS
Mon 6/21/21 11:50 AM
Coyle is slated to undergo an offseason knee procedure, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
EDGE AnalysisThe report indicates that the procedure will address a knee issue that the forward played through this past season. Coyle, who logged six goals and 16 points in 51 regular-season contests, expects to be ready for training camp. Looking ahead to the 2021-21 campaign, the 29-year-old, who's under contract with Boston through 2025-26, is in line to reprise his role as the team's No. 3 center.
Nicholas Suzuki C MTL
Mon 6/21/21 1:20 AM
Suzuki recorded an assist, three shots on goal, seven hits and two PIM in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights in Game 4.
EDGE AnalysisSuzuki took a hooking penalty in the second period, but he was able to atone for it by setting up Paul Byron's tally shortly after exiting the penalty box. The 21-year-old Suzuki has been fairly consistent with four goals and six helpers through 15 playoff contests. He's added a physical edge with 43 hits and 14 blocked shots while filling a top-six role.
Paul Byron LW MTL
Mon 6/21/21 1:17 AM
Byron scored a goal in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Golden Knights in Game 4.
EDGE AnalysisShortly after the Canadiens killed a penalty, Nick Suzuki set up Byron for a partial breakaway that resulted in the opening tally late in the second period. Byron has gotten on the scoresheet in three straight games (two goals, one helper), and he's up to five points through 15 playoff contests overall. He's still more of a defensive forward, but the Ottawa native has supplied some depth scoring in the Stanley Cup Semifinals.