Eric Staal has sustained only a third-degree, right-knee sprain of his MCL that will not require surgery.
The MRI results are in and the news is as good as the Hurricanes could have hoped for. Staal will need three months to rehabilitate the injury but will not need to go under the knife. If all goes well, Staal should be good to go once training camp opens in September. All Staal owners in keeper leagues can exhale now.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been fined $100,000 for his comments following Raffi Torres' suspension.
Torres was suspended for what the NHL judged to be an illegal hit to the head on Jarret Stoll. Wilson offered his own rebuttal and said the NHL "made an inappropriate application" of Rule 48.1. $25,000 of Wilson's fine was actually automatic because the NHL doesn't allow teams to make a formal statement regarding a disciplinary decision in the 48 hours that immediately follow the ruling. The other $75,000 was because the NHL felt his comments were inappropriate.
Jason Spezza (back) is ready to return to the Senators' lineup.
Look for Spezza to play on the top line in Game 3 on Sunday. The Ottawa Senators are down 2-0 in their second-round series against Pittsburgh, but getting Spezza back will be a huge boost. Although the Senators still might not make it past this round, he will help plenty of fantasy owners in playoff pools in the short term.
Look for the Canadiens to draft and/or acquire some bigger players this off-season.
The belief amongst Montreal management is that the team is fast enough to be competitive but lacks the size to defeat the bigger and more aggressive teams in the NHL. We expect the Habs will focus their attention on a number of the more physical free agents in the market and perhaps make a deal or two to bring in a power forward who can play on one of the team's top three lines and a rugged top six defenseman
San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan said that there's a "good chance" Martin Havlat will play Saturday night.
It is not yet clear what line Havlat will play on, assuming that he ends up playing at all. The Saturday practice lines weren't altered to accommodate Havlat's potential return, but that's because Havlat informed the coaching staff of his availability after the morning skate.
When Ottawa coach Paul MacLean pulled Craig Anderson early in the second period Friday night, it was the first time a Senators goalie did not finish a game he started for non-injury reasons this season.
That's a span of 55 games. It just demonstrates how good Ottawa goaltender has been this campaign to this point. That said, Anderson has not looked good in round two against the Penguins and we wouldn't be shocked if he is pulled again if he runs into trouble in Game 3.