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Kari Lehtonen Headshot

With the buyout of Antti Niemi, it's now clear that Lehtonen will be the Stars' backup goaltender this season.

The Stars had a problem in net with three goaltenders on one-way contracts. Lehtonen seemed like the obvious choice to be the backup behind Ben Bishop, but it wasn't clear how things would shake out. With the buyout of Niemi, it's clear Lehtonen won't be shipped out or sharing backup duties. Nonetheless, the 33-year-old posted a .902 save percentage through 59 games last year. His fantasy value isn't high.
1:29 pm (EST)
Petteri Lindbohm Headshot

Lindbohm was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

Lindbohm hasn't played much in the big league lately, and he hasn't recorded a point since the 2014-15 season. In AHL Chicago last season, he only put up eight goals and 16 points in 52 games, but the Blues know he'll be cheap, so hanging onto the young talent is an easy decision.
1:28 pm (EST)
Antti Niemi Headshot

The Dallas Stars have bought out the final year of Niemi's contract.

Niemi has become a free agent. Though, it remains to be seen what kind of job he'll get now. Reports indicated the Stars had trouble finding a trade partner, so there might not be much work out there for the 33-year-old netminder. He finished last season with an .892 save percentage through 37 games.
1:26 pm (EST)
Colton Parayko Headshot

Parayko received a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

After posting 33 and 35 points in his first two seasons, respectively, there's no way the Blues wouldn't give themselves the chance to match the best offer he receives. Parayko, 24, is due for big money this summer, as he's been a valuable asset on both ends of the ice, posting a combined plus-35 rating over his first two seasons and clocked significant power-play minutes. The St. Louis blue line is solidified with his 6-foot-5, 214-pound frame, so expect any offer that comes across the table to be matched.
1:15 pm (EST)
Ben Zobrist (B) Headshot

Zobrist (wrist) swung a bat Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list on June 16, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Zobrist said the swings felt fine and he expects to test it again on Tuesday. Barring a setback, the veteran will then make a decision on a minor league rehab stint. Zobrist has already been ruled out for the series against the Nationals, but a return by the end of the week is possible.
1:13 pm (EST)
Jim Furyk Headshot

Furyk shot a two-under 68 in the final round of the Travelers Championship to finish in a tie for 26th place.

In the final round of this event last season, Furyk shot a 12-under 58 to mark the lowest 18-hole score in PGA Tour history. The Ryder Cup captain had another extremely accurate driving week as he hit over 78 percent of the fairways which was tied for the second best for the week. Furyk was also T8 in greens in regulation. He didn't really have his best stuff on the greens as he was a mediocre 42nd in SG: Putting and 39th in putts per GIR. This is now back-to-back top-30's after six straight missed cuts. Furyk will not be in the field for the Quicken Loans National this week.
1:11 pm (EST)
C.J. Edwards (R) Headshot

Edwards recorded his 10th hold of the season in Monday's win over the Nationals. He struck out the side on 13 pitches in his lone inning of work.

The Cubs used seven relievers behind starter Eddie Butler, and Edwards was first out of the gate in the sixth inning. With the three strikeouts, he now has 44 in just 31.1 innings this year. Edwards also has a sparkling 1.72 ERA and 0.83 WHIP, and he should continue to help fantasy owners with holds, strikeouts and solid ratios.
1:05 pm (EST)
Brandon Tanev Headshot

Tanev was issued a qualifying offer by the Jets on Monday.

Although Tanev played in just 51 games with Winnipeg this past season, he figures to take on a bigger role this upcoming year, which is no doubt why the team decided to tender him a qualifying offer. The 25-year-old registered just four points in those NHL appearances while averaging 10:41 of ice time per game. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect a huge uptick in scoring, but don't be surprised if his ice time starts to creep up throughout the 2017-18 campaign.
1:03 pm (EST)
Oskar Sundqvist Headshot

Sundqvist was extended a qualifying offer by the Blues, Fox Sports Midwest reports.

After being picked up in a draft-day trade, St. Louis is making sure they keep the 23-year-old center around. Sundqvist hasn't proven yet that he's a NHL-ready center yet, but a solid summer with the Blues could change some minds. He scored 20 goals and 46 points in 66 games for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last season, so it's obvious that his long-term potential is something general manager Doug Armstrong wants to hold onto.
1:02 pm (EST)
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