Let's start with some injury updates:
Earlier this week, we learned that Anthony Duclair had injured his Achilles but didn't know how long he would be out. Now we know that following surgery, Duclair is expected to miss the first half of the season. This is an unfortunate break for Duclair and the Panthers, but they could use LTIR to load up their roster during the offseason, then worry about who to drop later as long as they are not facing other significant injuries during the season. Does that remind you of anyone?
At this point you can probably ignore Duclair in standard-size league drafts but keep an eye on him during the season for an expected return date. Deeper leaguers could probably keep him on an IR spot until he returns, as the well-travelled forward has been playing the best hockey of his career with the high-scoring Panthers.
Alexei Toropchenko is expected to be out until early December after undergoing shoulder surgery. Toropchenko played 28 games for the Blues this past season, recording just two points (both goals). He adds an element of physicality with 69 hits over those 28 games (nearly 2.5 HITS/GP).
I had started the Rick Bowness to Winnipeg article on Friday, but I didn't finish it as I was waiting for the official announcement. Even though the Jets still list Dave Lowry as the interim head coach on their website as I write this, I decided to finish the article since I think there are several takeaways from the hiring that I wanted to share. You can read it here. If for whatever reason Bowness is not hired, I'll pull it down later.
Friday was busy with a couple of other coaching changes (Bougher out in San Jose, Montgomery hired in Boston).
This is quite a disturbing story regarding goalie prospect Ivan Fedotov: