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Nikita Kucherov has started skating this week and is targeting a return in time for the playoffs, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith. This is kind of what I thought would happen with Kucherov all along. They know they can win a Stanley Cup without an elite scorer, having been without Steven Stamkos for almost all of the bubble playoff run. Putting Kucherov on LTIR was an out-of-the-box solution to their cap problems, which they won't have to worry about since there's no salary cap in the playoffs. Without Kucherov, the Bolts still had great odds to make the Central Division playoffs and even win the division, which holds true given their current place in the standings. With a well-rested Kucherov, the Bolts are in a great spot to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. Yes, Kucherov would be a high playoff pool pick as well.
In a trade that doesn't have significant immediate fantasy implications, the Leafs have acquired goalie Veini Vehvilainen from the Blue Jackets for defenseman