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|Olli Maatta is close to skating again||04-27-2015|
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Olli Maatta (shoulder) should resume skating in about two weeks.
|With the Penguins eliminated from the playoffs, Maatta has plenty of time to recover before the start of training camp. He also had to get a cancerous tumor on his thyroid gland removed and was limited to 20 contests in 2014-15.|
|Kris Letang expects to be fine for 2015-16||04-27-2015|
|Kristopher Letang D PIT|
Kris Letang (concussion) expects to be fine for the start of the 2015-16 campaign.
|Given that Letang recent resumed skating and he's got months left to recover, we imagine he'll be available for the start of training camp. That being said, each road back from a concussion is unique so it's impossible for us to say with 100% certainty that Letang will be able to practice and play without limitations right from the beginning of camp.|
|Pens won't trade Evgeni Malkin this summer||04-27-2015|
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The Pittsburgh Penguins don't have any intention of trading Evgeni Malkin.
|That might seem obvious, but it has been brought up since Pittsburgh's first round exit. The idea of trading Malkin does have some merit. After all, Pittsburgh's cap is very top-heavy and moving Malkin would be one way to free up space so the Penguins can become a more well-rounded squad. Malkin might also start to decline in value quicker than anticipated given the soon-to-be 29-year-old's lengthy injury history. That being said, it's not at all surprising that the Penguins intend to keep the two-time Art Ross Trophy winner.|
|Johnny Boychuk has tons of Game 7 experience||04-27-2015|
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Johnny Boychuk is getting ready for his eighth career Game 7 on Monday.
New York Newsday
|The core of the Islanders is still somewhat thin on playoff experience, so Boychuk's presence is particularly helpful in this regard. He's been averaging 26:01 minutes per contest in the first round, but he'll probably end up topping that mark in the deciding game of New York's series against Washington.|
|Mark Giordano (torn biceps) starts to skate||04-27-2015|
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Mark Giordano (torn biceps) has started to skate.
Los Angeles Times
|Giordano probably isn't close to returning, but at the same time it wouldn't be shocking to see him rejoin the Flames at some point during the second round. That would be a big boost for Calgary as Giordano was looking like a Norris Trophy candidate before his season was cut short.|
|Taylor Hall excited after Oilers' changes||04-27-2015|
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Taylor Hall is upbeat about the Edmonton Oilers' recent changes.
|"The past couple summers it's taken me to July or August to really get the optimism going. After a couple tough seasons, that's usually what it takes," said Hall. "But I feel that now. I'm excited. And it's such a nice feeling." Between the Oilers winning the draft lottery and with it first dibs at Connor McDavid, Bob Nicholson being named the team's CEO, and Peter Chiarelli taking over as the president and general manager, there are plenty of reasons for the Oilers to be upbeat. It's still far too early to say if they're likely to end their playoff drought next season, but there's certainly been a lot of positive moves for them lately.|
|James Wisniewski didn't play in first round||04-27-2015|
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James Wisniewski didn't play at all in the first round.
Orange County Register
|Anaheim acquired Wisniewski from Columbus on March 2 and it's surprising to see the talented defenseman kept out of the lineup. At the same time, the Ducks swept the Jets, so there wasn't any incentive for Anaheim to make adjustments. It's likely just a matter of time before Wisniewski gets his chance.|
|Gibson will likely return as Ducks' backup||04-27-2015|
|John Gibson G ANA|
There's a good chance that John Gibson (hand) will start the second round as Frederik Andersen's understudy.
Orange County Register
|It sounded like Gibson would have been available for Game 4 of the first round, but the Ducks opted to wait. The starting gig is Andersen's to lose, but Gibson's return does give Anaheim a strong insurance policy should Andersen falter.|