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  • Flyers' Sean Couturier: Recovering from sports hernia

    Couturier said he's recovering from a "little sports hernia surgery, lower abs," Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports Thursday.

    Couturier was limited to a goal and eight points over his final 33 contests in 2023-24 after supplying 10 goals and 30 points across his first 41 appearances. Although it's not clear how long he was dealing with a sports hernia, the injury might help explain his steep decline in offensive production in the second half of the campaign. The 31-year-old will look to rebound next season, but injuries have been a recurring problem -- he missed the entire 2022-23 campaign and was limited to 29 games in 2021-22.

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Good to go for Game 3

    Barkov (upper body) will play in Thursday's Game 3 versus the Oilers, Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site reports.

    Barkov exited and did not return to Monday's Game 2 win over Edmonton after taking a high hit from the Oilers' Leon Draisaitl in the third period, but luckily for the Panthers, it seems whatever injury prevented him from returning to that contest didn't end up being overly serious. The 28-year-old pivot, who's racked up six goals and 19 points through 19 games this postseason, will skate on the first line and top power-play unit Thursday.

  • Hurricanes' Jalen Chatfield: Inks three-year contract

    Chatfield signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Hurricanes on Thursday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

    Chatfield had eight goals, 22 points, a plus-15 rating, 24 PIM, 58 hits and 66 blocks in 72 regular-season outings with Carolina in 2023-24. The 28-year-old was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in July after completing his two-year, $1.525 million deal, but he'll stick with the Hurricanes instead. Although he averaged just 14:48 of ice time across his first 48 regular-season appearances this season, that ticked up to 17:09 over his most recent 37 regular-season and playoff contests. It would not be surprising to see that increased role carry into the next campaign.

  • Panthers' Sergei Bobrovsky: Starting Game 3

    Bobrovsky will guard the road goal in Game 3 versus the Oilers on Thursday, Steve Goldstein of Bally Sports Florida reports.

    Bobrovsky has been spectacular through the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, picking up back-to-back wins while posting an exceptional 0.50 GAA and .980 save percentage. The Oilers have gone 6-3 at home this postseason, and they'll undoubtedly be desperate to try to avoid falling into a 3-0 series hole, so Bob could face his toughest test yet from Edmonton on Thursday.

  • Senators' Angus Crookshank: Signs new deal

    Crookshank signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Wednesday, per PuckPedia.

    Crookshank made his NHL debut in 2023-24, picking up three points, 20 shots on net, 20 hits and a minus-3 rating over 13 appearances. He also had 46 points in 50 contests with AHL Belleville. Crookshank will likely spend some time in the minors in 2024-25, but he may be ready to push for a larger role at the NHL level.

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    Oilers' Evander Kane: Questionable for Thursday

    Kane (hip) is questionable for Game 3 against Florida on Thursday, per Dan Rosen of NHL.com.

    Kane has four goals, eight points, 37 PIM and 64 hits in 20 playoff contests this year. Corey Perry, who was a healthy scratch in Game 2 on Monday, is projected to draw back into the lineup at the expense of Ryan McLeod on Thursday. However, if Kane ends up being unavailable, then both Perry and McLeod might dress for Game 3.

  • Oilers' Darnell Nurse: Slated to play in Game 3

    Nurse (hip) is expected to play in Game 3 against Florida on Thursday, Chris Johnston of The Athletic reports Wednesday.

    Nurse was initially questionable after sustaining a hip injury during Monday's 4-1 loss to the Panthers, and that concern only grew after he missed Wednesday's practice, per Reid Wilkins of 630 CHED. However, coach Kris Knoblauch expects the 29-year-old Nurse to be available Thursday. Nurse has struggled in the 2024 playoffs, recording just three assists and posting a terrible minus-15 rating over 20 appearances.

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    Sharks' Nathan Todd: Hits unconditional waivers

    Todd was placed on unconditional waivers Tuesday for the purpose of contract termination, per CapFriendly.

    Todd generated 19 goals and 55 points in 69 regular-season contests for AHL San Jose during the 2023-24 campaign. The 28-year-old forward doesn't have any NHL experience yet. Per Max Miller of The Hockey News, Todd intends to sign in Russia for the 2024-25 season.

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov: Making progress

    Barkov (upper body) is progressing ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday against Edmonton, according to Jameson Olive of the Panthers' official site.

    Barkov's availability for Thursday's contest is in question due to an injury he sustained during the third period of Monday's 4-1 victory over the Oilers. He will be assessed further Wednesday, but head coach Paul Maurice expressed optimism Tuesday that they will be in "good shape" if the 28-year-old forward continues to make positive progress. Barkov has registered six goals and 19 points in 19 outings this postseason.

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    Blues' Colten Ellis: Inks one-year deal

    Ellis agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis on Tuesday.

    Ellis split his time between the AHL and ECHL this season, logging 16 games for AHL Springfield in which he posted a 7-9-0 record and .924 save percentage while also going 12-5-2 for ECHL Orlando. Selected by the Blues in the third round of the 2019 NHL Draft, the Nova Scotia native shouldn't be expected to make his NHL debut anytime soon but could push for a more prominent role with the AHL Thunderbirds.

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