David Backes Headshot

Backes (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and appears set to play Monday against the Maple Leafs.

Added 03/20/17 7:25 pm (EST)
The veteran was held out of Monday's morning skate with the ailment but appears good to go for the evening's contest against division rival Toronto. He took line rushes in his usual spot on the top line with Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron.
Matt Greene Headshot

Greene underwent back surgery at some point during the second half of the season, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

Added Yesterday 7:36 pm (EST)
Greene has dealt with an amalgam of injuries over the years and has been limited 29 regular-season games over the past two seasons as a result. The 33-year-old has never been much of an offensive threat, as his career-high 15 points in 2011-12 will attest, and his inability to stay healthy may doom him to an early retirement, especially considering he has just one year remaining on his contract with the Kings.
Tyler Toffoli Headshot

Toffoli recently underwent a minor surgical procedure on his left knee, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Added Yesterday 5:54 pm (EST)
The operation Toffoli underwent is almost certainly related to the lower-body injury that kept him out for 19 games in the middle of the season, but it doesn't seem like something that will hamper his ability to play at the beginning of next season. The 25-year-old racked up just 34 points and a plus-6 rating in the 63 games he did suit up for, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back campaign in 2017-18.
Alec Martinez Headshot

Martinez underwent a minor procedure to correct a recurring groin issue, though he's expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.

Added Yesterday 5:41 pm (EST)
Arguably one of the most underrated defenders, Martinez managed to play in every regular-season contest this campaign, notching 39 points (nine goals, 30 assists) with two goals and 13 assists on the man advantage. However, the fun didn't stop there, as he also whipped up 137 hits and 167 blocked shots, ranking eighth in the NHL for the latter. Since he's not expected to get a late start to training camp, there'd be no reason to bump him down your cheat sheets this fall.
David Krejci Headshot

Krejci dealt with a knee injury during the Bruins' first-round series against the Senators and was targeting the second round of the playoffs for a return, Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe reports.

Added Yesterday 4:54 pm (EST)
Considering he was planning a return in short order, Krejci's ailment does not sound overly serious and, in all likelihood, he'll be ready to go once Boston begins the 2017-18 season. Despite playing in all 82 regular-season games for the first time since his third season in the league, the 30-year-old put up a relatively meager 54 points with a poor minus-12 rating, so he'll be looking for a bounce-back season during the next campaign.
Adam McQuaid Headshot

McQuaid told the media Tuesday that he suffered a neck injury in Game 2 against Ottawa that kept him out for the remainder of the series.

Added Yesterday 4:36 pm (EST)
Neck injuries can be tricky and it's unclear how severe McQuaid's is, but he'll have plenty of time to recover and he could be ready once training camp rolls around in the fall. The 30-year-old maintained his reputation as a defensive-minded blueliner during the 2016-17 campaign, managing just two goals and eight assists in 77 regular-season games while adding a plus-4 rating. With a slew of young, talented defensemen in the Bruins' system, it will be interesting to see where McQuaid fits in next season.
Logan Couture Headshot

Couture told reporters Tuesday that he's still dealing with the aftermath of taking a puck to the face against the Predators on March 25, Kevin Kurz of NBC Sports California reports.

Added Yesterday 4:27 pm (EST)
Couture wore a full face shield during the Sharks' opening-round series against the Oilers, but never seemed to be fully recovered. The center managed to record two goals and an assist, but he was unable to will his team to victory. Barring a significant setback, the 28-year-old figures to be ready to go for training camp and the 2017-18 campaign.
Patrice Bergeron Headshot

Bergeron was dealing with a sports hernia for much of the season and is contemplating surgery, Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com reports.

Added Yesterday 4:21 pm (EST)
While a sports hernia would likely keep a normal person sidelined for weeks immediately upon incidence, hockey players like Bergeron feel that playing seven months of competitive hockey at the highest level with the injury is totally fine. Even if the 31-year-old does elect to get surgery, the higher end of rehabilitation time for the operation is around 12 weeks, meaning he'll likely be ready to go once training camp opens this fall. It was something of a down year for Bergeron, as his 53 points represents the lowest total he's had in his career when playing at least 79 games, but keep in mind that he was playing seriously injured and he can be a force when totally healthy.
Kasperi Kapanen Headshot

Kapanen was sent down to AHL Toronto on Tuesday.

Added Yesterday 4:14 pm (EST)
Kapanen should provide a significant offensive boost to the Marlies, who are currently tied 1-1 in their best-of-five series against AHL Albany. The 20-year-old potted a pair of goals in Game 2 against the Caps, including the game-winner. Back in the minors, he averaged a point per game over 43 outings this year. The Maple Leafs are stocked with young talent, but Kapanen could challenge for a spot on the 23-man roster next season.
Sami Vatanen Headshot

Vatanen (upper body) will be a game-time decision against Edmonton in Wednesday's Game 1 matchup, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.

Added Yesterday 4:03 pm (EST)
Prior to getting hurt, Vatanen garnered just four helpers during a 17-game goal drought. As such, fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect an offensive explosion from the blueliner once he is cleared for action. Defensively, however, the Finn could make life difficult for Connor McDavid; especially on the penalty kill where he averaged 2:12 of ice time during the regular season.
Torey Krug Headshot

Krug told reporters Tuesday that it was a knee injury that caused him to miss the final game of the regular season, as well as the Bruins' entire postseason run.

Added Yesterday 3:57 pm (EST)
The severity of Krug's knee ailment has not been revealed, but considering he was skating prior to Boston's elimination from the playoffs, it would appear for the moment that he avoided a serious injury. Krug posted career highs in assists (43) and points (51) in his fourth full season with the Bruins, but also showed a career-worst minus-10 rating. Assuming he works on his defensive game in the offseason, he could soon be one of the NHL's elite blueliners.
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