Byfuglien is taking a personal leave of absence to “ponder his NHL future.”
Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that Byfuglien is using the time to ponder his future. McKenzie did not explicitly say that Byfuglien is retiring or gaming back to play, just that he’s contemplating his options and there’s “no timetable” for a decision.
Forbort (back) is “struggling to get healthy” and the Kings don’t have a timetable for his return.
Forbort, who plays a key role next to Drew Doughty for the Kings, is still not in training camp and head coach Todd McLellan isn’t sure when he’ll get the 27-year-old defneseman back. The Kings went out and signed Benn Hutton to a one-year deal on Tuesday to add a little more depth while Forbort heals up.
Eaves (illness) has been ruled out for the entirety of the 2019-20 season.
Eaves has played just nine games over the last two seasons due to an illness. "Whatever you want to call what he had keeps resurfacing,” GM Bob Murray said. :He's tried a couple times to come back, but he and his wife have decided that's enough for now, and I totally agree with that at this point in time." Eaves will sit out the entire 2020 season and his career is in jeopardy at this point.
Ducks' Ryan Kesler has been ruled out of the 2019-20 due to recovery from offseason hip surgery.
The Ducks confirmed what was already believed about Kesler’s status for the 2020 season. Kesler underwent right hip refacing surgery in early-May and will not play this season but the door is still open for him to resume his NHL career following a lengthy recovery.
Perry suffered a broken foot on Wednesday; will be re-evaluated in two weeks.
Perry’s first training camp with the Stars will be delayed after suffering a broken foot on Wednesday. Perry will be re-evaluated in two weeks but will likely miss at least one month, which would put his status for opening night in jeopardy.
Valimaki will miss six to nine months with a torn ACL.
The Flames D-depth took a hit in August when Valimaki suffered a torn ACL. Michael Stone was signed on Wednesday to help fill that void. Stone and Oscar Kylington will likely battle for the sixth spot to open the 2020 season. Best case scenario, Valimaki returns late in the season and is ready for the playoffs.
Thomas underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his left wrist.
Thomas suffered the injury during Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals but appeared in two games in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Blues announced that Thomas will rehab the injury throughout the offseason and will undergo a full evaluation ahead of training camp.
The Lightning will place Ryan Callahan on long-term IR.
Callahan has degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine that will likely end his career at the age of 34. Callahan has one-year remaining on his contract that would have carried a $5.8M cap-hit but LTIR will provide the Lightning with some cap relief. Callahan finished the 2018-19 season with seven goals and 10 assists (17 points) in just 52 games.
Grzelcyk (concussion) will not play in Game 6.
There seemed to be some optimism that Grzelcyk would be able to return in Game 5 after being listed as a game-time decision, but the Bruins defenseman will be held out once again for Game 6.
Thomas (wrist) will return to the Blues lineup for Game 6.
Thomas has been out since Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals but is set to return in a potential Stanley Cup clinching Game 6 in St. Louis. Thomas, who has six points (1G / 5A) in the postseason, will replace Ivan Barbashev who was suspended for a hit to the head on Marcus Johansson in Game 5.
Source: Lou Korac 06/9/19, 3:51 pm EST
Grzelcyk (concussion) will be a game-time decision for Game 5.
Grzelcyk has been sidelined by a concussion since Game 2 but is expected to draw back into the Bruins lineup for Game 5. Grzelcyk was on the ice for Wednesday’s practice and Thursday’s optional gameday skate and will likely replace Zdeno Chara (jaw), who is also a game-time decision. Grzelcyk is expected to play on the top-pairing and second power-play unit.
Source: @NHLBruins 06/6/19, 10:54 am EST
Chara (broken jaw) will be a game-time decision for Game 5.
Chara missed Wednesday’s practice but was back on the ice for today’s optional gameday skate. Chara was wearing a regular jersey, which is a good sign for his potential availability for Game 5. Matt Grzelcyk (concussion) is also a game-time decision and would likely replace Chara on the top-pair if Chara can’t play.
Source: @NHLBruins 06/6/19, 10:52 am EST
Chara questionable for Game 5 after taking puck to the face in Game 4.
Chara left Game 4 after being hit in the face by a puck and did not return. Chara returned to the bench for the third period but never took a shift. "Obviously his mouth has some blood and I don't know what's going on in there, but he can barely talk and he's out there supporting us," Brandon Carlo told reporters postgame. Luckily for the Bruins captain, the series will have an extra day off before Game 5 on Thursday.
Grzelcyk (concussion) will not play in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy said that Grzelcyk is “better than he was” but will miss Game 4 in St. Louis. Grzelcyk’s improvement leaves the door open for a potential Game 5 return when the series shifts back to Boston.
McAvoy is “fine” after blocking a shot in Game 3; will play in Game 4.
McAvoy was visibly in pain after blocking a shot with a few minutes left in Game 3 but head coach Bruce Cassidy said his top-pairing defenseman is “fine” and will be in the lineup for Game 4. The 21-year-old has one goal on four shots in the series and has tallied eight points (2G / 6A) in 19 postseason games.
Dunn (face) will return to the Blues lineup for Game 4.
Dunn will play for the first time since taking a puck off of his face in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. Dunn, who has two goals and five assists (seven points) in 16 playoff games, will replace Robert Bortuzzo on the Blues’ third pairing and will play on the second power-play unit.
Grzelcyk (concussion protocol) will not play in Game 3 in St. Louis.
Grzelcyk was crunched from behind by Oskar Sundqvist in Game 2 and will not be available for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Sundqvist was handed a two-minute minor on the play but has been suspended for Game 3. John Moore is expected to replace Grzelcyk in the lineup on Saturday.
Source: @NHLBruins 05/31/19, 6:03 pm EST
Dunn (face) will not play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Dunn has skated regularly this week and was a full participant on Wednesday but isn’t ready to return to the lineup for Game 2. The Blues depth defensemen had a tough time in Game 1 so they certainly could have used Dunn’s services in Game 2.
Source: Lou Korac 05/29/19, 2:20 pm EST
Fabbri will draw into the Blues lineup for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Fabbri has been a healthy scratch since Game 5 of the Blues round-two win over the Stars, but will replace Robert Thomas in the lineup for Game 2 in Boston. Fabbri, who had just six points in the regular season, has just one goal in eight playoff games.
Source: Lou Korac 05/29/19, 2:19 pm EST
Thomas (undisclosed) will not play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Thomas was crushed by Bruins defenseman Torey Krug late in Game 1 and will not play in Game 2. Head coach Craig Berube said that his absence is not related to that hit, but he will be replaced by Robby Fabbri regardless of what is taking him out of the lineup. This will be Fabbri’s first game since May 3rd, when he appeared in Game 5 vs. the Stars.
Source: Lou Korac 05/29/19, 2:13 pm EST