The IR – Coming Soon

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After two reports of bad news, this week we’ll focus on some good news. Let's take a look at players who are coming back very soon to provide some fantasy relief, or have recently made their triumphant return.


Mike Green, Washington Capitals – Groin – Day-to-Day

After seeing a specialist, Green joined the team on the road but still did not play. He participated in full practice on Tuesday but did not play that night. Expect his return any day.


Marc Staal, New York Rangers – Concussion – Day-to-Day

Larry Brooks reports Staal may receive clearance to resume full contact practice with the team in a few days if all goes well. It is conceivable that he may make his return in the Winter Classic. One year after his brother made his return in the Winter Classic. Poetic.


Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning – Eye – Day-to-Day

St. Louis has progressed well, and has been able to return to practice wearing a full face shield, and without the red (no contact) jersey as per Guy Boucher does not expect him back before Christmas, saying “We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves. We want to let him ease into what he feels that he can do and where he is going to go.”


Tyler Myers, Buffalo Sabers – Wrist – Day-to-Day

Myers has returned to practice now that he can grip his stick. Myers did some on-ice stick handling drills. Coach Lindy Ruff told “We got good news with his last visit [to the doctor],” Ruff said. “He can handle the puck now and hopefully we can progress him along quickly.” As soon as he can pass and shoot, Myers will be back.


Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings – Concussion – Day-to-Day

Richards is practicing in the red no contact jersey. He says he feels good and hopes to return any day now.


Erik Gustafsson, Philadelphia Flyers – Wrist – Day-to-Day

Tim Panaccio reports Gustafssons return should come just after Christmas as he is now able to shoot and pass in practice, but it is causing some pain. "Shooting and passing, it's still a little sore," said the 23-year-old rookie. "I don't have full motion. That's the stuff we're kind of working on. As I get motion and strength, the pain will go away [then], I'll be 100 percent and ready to go."


Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers – Neck – Day-to-Day

With 11 points in his last 13 games, fantasy owners hope he returns soon.



Welcome back


Brendan Morrow, Dallas Stars


Morrow has played in six games since returning from injury, and in that time he has four goals, and three assists.