NHL Recent Player News

Date Player
10/9/2015 Mike Richards, LA, C
Richards and the Los Angeles Kings have settled their dispute over the termination of Richards' contract after his arrest in June. The NHL Players' Association announced the settlement Friday, making Richards an unrestricted free agent.

Analysis: Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance in Manitoba after he was stopped by Canadian border authorities. The Kings terminated his contract later in the summer, and the NHLPA filed a grievance on his behalf. Richards had five years and $22 million remaining on a lavish 12-year, $69 million deal signed with Philadelphia. The two-time Stanley Cup champion's offensive production declined sharply the past few years.
10/9/2015 Simon Despres, Anh, D
Despres has agreed to a five-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal Friday, a day before their season opener at San Jose.

Analysis: Despres has made an impressive rise with the Ducks since they acquired him in a trade with Pittsburgh on March 2. He immediately won a regular spot in Anaheim's lineup with physical two-way play, scoring six points in the Pacific Division champions' final 16 regular-season games. Despres then stepped up in the playoffs, scoring seven points while the Ducks fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final.
10/9/2015 Logan Pyett, Phi, D
Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely. The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg.

Analysis: Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers' training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.
10/9/2015 Jaroslav Halak, NYI, G
Halak will miss the team's first regular-season game in Brooklyn on Friday night because of an undisclosed upper body injury.

Analysis: Halak left New York's preseason opener on Sept. 21 after two periods and was sidelined for most of training camp. He took part in practice all week and was on the ice before the morning skate on Friday, but coach Jack Capuano said Halak wasn't ready to play.
10/8/2015 Robin Lehner, Buf, G
Lehner will not return to the game after appearing to hurt his left leg in the second period of the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Analysis: Lehner was untouched when he circled his net, set himself in the crease and then grabbed at his left pad. He then went down on one knee while play continued up the ice. The Sabres announced Lehner sustained a lower-body injury.
10/8/2015 Buddy Robinson, Ott, RW
Robinson has an undisclosed injury for the Sens.

Analysis: Robinson's status is not known.
10/8/2015 Marc Savard, Fla, C
Savard hasn't played since 2011 due to multiple concussions.

Analysis: Savard may not ever play again, though he hasn't officially retired.
10/8/2015 Mattias Ohlund, TB, D
Ohlund is out with a knee injury.

Analysis: Ohlund's return date has not been set.
10/8/2015 Chris Pronger, Ari, D
Pronger appears to be out due to post-concussion syndrome.

Analysis: Pronger's status is unclear.
10/8/2015 David Clarkson, Cls, RW
Clarkson has a lower-body injury for the Jackets.

Analysis: Clarkson's status for the next game is unclear.
10/8/2015 Xavier Ouellet, Det, D
Detroit assigned Ouellet to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Analysis: Ouellet had two goals and one assist in 21 games for Detroit in 2014-15.
10/8/2015 Daniel Cleary, Det, RW
The Detroit Red Wings have assigned Cleary to Grand Rapids of the AHL.

Analysis: Cleary played in 17 games for the Red Wings last season, finishing with one goal and one assist.
10/8/2015 Jacob Markstrom, Van, G
Markstrom was scratched in Wednesday's season opener at Calgary after suffering a lower-body injury at the end of Tuesday's practice.

Analysis: General manager Jim Benning said it's too early to say how long Markstrom will be out.
10/8/2015 Chris Higgins, Van, LW
Higgins is out with a broken foot.

Analysis: Higgins suffered the injury during preseason. It's unclear how long he'll be out, but the Canucks said he'll be re-evaluated next week.
10/8/2015 Chris Brown, Was, C
The Washington Post is reporting that Brown will miss at least the first two weeks of the season.

Analysis: The Capitals forward has an injured hand.
10/8/2015 Cedric Paquette, TB, C
Paquette has an injured foot.

Analysis: Paquette has been practicing.
10/8/2015 Tom Kuhnhackl, Pit, RW
Kuhnhackl is beginning the season on injured reserve.

Analysis: The Pittsburgh Penguins forward has an undisclosed ailment.
10/8/2015 Chris Phillips, Ott, D
Phillips is out with a cracked vertebra, the Ottawa Sun is reporting.

Analysis: It's unclear when the Senators defenseman will return to the ice, and he might be out until after the All-Star break.
10/8/2015 Andrew Hammond, Ott, G
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that Hammond will miss at least the first two weeks of the season.

Analysis: The Hamburglar's injured groin is a big blow to the Senators. Hammond went 20-1-2 with a 1.79 goals-against average in 24 games last season and was signed to a three-year extension in May.
10/8/2015 Michael Bournival, Mon, LW
Sportsnet's website has reported that Bournival is dealing with post-concussion issues.

Analysis: It's unclear when the Montreal Canadiens forward will return.
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