Ramblings: Jordan Staal Update; Coyotes Injuries; Deadline; Dahlin – February 19

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Jordan Staal was back at practice for the Carolina Hurricanes, but this time he was in a regular jersey instead of a non-contact one. For a player returning from a concussion, this is a significant step. I imagine he’ll need a few more practices under his belt before he’s cleared, but it looks like he should return to the lineup sooner rather than later. That’s a huge boon for the Hurricanes in this playoff push, if not overly fantasy-relevant.


Pontus Aberg should be back for Minnesota’s game Tuesday night while Victor Rask will not be.


Boone Jenner returned for the Blue Jackets having missed their last couple games, skating in his usual spot with Nick Foligno and Josh Anderson. Anthony Duclair, meanwhile, was a healthy scratch:



I know it’s the way of the world that a player at the end of the roster will get nitpicked to death while those at the top of the roster will not. However, it always struck me as a way to alienate a guy who could help a team win.


Corey Crawford is still skating with Chicago, which continues to be a good sign, but there’s still no firm update on a return.


We got an update from Craig Morgan at The Athletic about a few of the injured Arizona players:

To summarize:

  • Still not expecting Antti Raanta to return this year.
  • Christian Dvorak’s conditioning stint length is not determined, could be one game, could be several.