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DFS NHL PLAYBOOK: FEBRUARY 28
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Rick Porcello Headshot

Porcello will make his spring training debut Friday against the Braves, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports.

Porcello, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2016, has been able to use the success he experienced last season to ease into spring training. In previous springs, Porcello had to be worried about winning a rotation spot and didn't have the luxury of taking the time to focus on the areas that he needed to focus on.
9:16 am (EST)
Isaiah Canaan Headshot

Canaan is a candidate to get waived by the Bulls in the coming weeks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Bulls are overloaded at both backcourt spots, and with neither Canaan nor Michael Carter-Williams (knee) shaping up as rotation options at this stage of the season and both on expiring deals, it would make sense for Chicago to let one of them go in order to address depth at another position. Canaan may be the more vulnerable of the two players in losing his roster spot, as he's appeared in just eight of the Bulls' last 32 games and lacks the overall upside of Carter-Williams, a former Rookie of the Year winner who has had a handful of productive outings this season. Even if he's ultimately released and quickly lands a roster spot elsewhere, it seems unlikely that Canaan will find his way into meaningful minutes, given his status as an undersized guard who is shooting a lowly 27.3 percent from three-point range on the season.
8:45 am (EST)
Tyler Saladino Headshot

Saladino started at third base and went 1-for-2 in Monday's game against the Cubs.

Saladino has played three spring game thus far and started at second base, shortstop and now third base. It doesn't take a baseball savant to see he's getting ready for a super-utility role for the White Sox in 2017. During the 2016 season, Saladino played every position in the field except catcher. In theory, he's in the mix with Brett Lawrie, Yolmer Sanchez and Leury Garcia for the starting job at second base, but his main asset is position versatility.
8:40 am (EST)
Michael Carter-Williams Headshot

Carter-Williams (knee) could be waived by the Bulls, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Carter-Williams is dealing with some patellar tendinitis in his knee that could force him to miss some time, but that appears to be the least of his worries for the time being. Instead, it's the Bulls' logjam at point guard that remains more troubling for Carter-Williams, who will likely find himself behind Jerian Grant, Rajon Rondo and Cameron Payne on the depth chart once he's healthy again. Since Carter-Williams is slated to become a restricted free agent this summer and has done little this season to justify a long-term commitment from the Bulls, it wouldn't be too surprising if the team decided to just wash their hands of the former Rookie of the Year completely in order to add depth at another position. Along with Carter-Williams, Isaiah Canaan, another non-rotation guard on an expiring deal, is also a candidate to get waived.
8:40 am (EST)
Brandon Jennings Headshot

The Hornets don't have interest in signing Jennings, ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports.

After Jennings was waived by the Knicks on Monday, his former coach in Detroit, Stan Van Gundy, indicated that the point guard was en route to Charlotte and likely to sign with the Hornets, but it appears those reports are premature. Though the Hornets are lacking in depth at point guard following the multi-week injury to reserve Ramon Sessions (knee), the team recently added D-League standout Briante Weber on a 10-day contract, and are apparently satisfied with him and Brian Roberts as their backup point guards behind starter Kemba Walker. While it appears we can cross one potential destination off the list for Jennings, the 27-year-old is still likely to attract interest from other contending clubs, with the Wizards reportedly being one of those teams, according to Turner Sports' David Aldridge.
8:27 am (EST)
Jake Muzzin Headshot

Muzzin collected a goal and an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

After hitting the 40-point plateau in consecutive seasons, Muzzin has registered just eight goals and 12 assists this year. He's seen a slight dip in ice time (including on the power play), and his shots, hits and blocked shots per game are all down from the 2015-16 campaign. Muzzin shouldn't be viewed as a universal fantasy asset and is best left to deeper settings at this stage of the game.
8:27 am (EST)
Eduardo Rodriguez Headshot

Rodriguez is scheduled to start Thursday, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.

All signs point to his recovery from knee surgery as complete, or very close to it. It is believed that Rodriguez is currently ahead of Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright in the battle for the final two spots in the Boston rotation to begin the season.
8:24 am (EST)
Nick Shore Headshot

Shore notched a goal and an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

Through 25 games since the calendar flipped to 2017, Shore has just two goals and five points, and Monday's multi-point showing was his first of the year. Shore is playing a depth role and rarely finding the scoresheet, so the 24-year-old center shouldn't be counted on in any fantasy setting.
8:23 am (EST)
Marian Gaborik Headshot

Gaborik scored a goal and added an assist during Monday's overtime loss to Minnesota.

Following a nine-game point drought, Gaborik was a healthy scratch against Anaheim on Saturday. While it's certainly a positive to see him respond with his first multi-point game of the year, it also has to be frustrating for fantasy owners and the organization. Between injuries and inconsistent production, Gaborik should be left to the waiver wire in the majority of seasonal leagues. He's still an intriguing flier in daily contests because of his upside, though.
8:20 am (EST)
Jared Spurgeon Headshot

Spurgeon collected two assists -- including on the overtime-winning goal -- during Monday's win against Los Angeles.

Spurgeon has turned in a solid fantasy campaign with eight goals, 30 points, 99 shots, 108 blocked shots and an incredible plus-35 rating. Additionally, his 1.08 points per 60 minutes rank seventh among all defensemen with at least 1,000 minutes at five-on-five this season. He's only better power-play production -- just five points with the man advantage -- away from being a fantasy star.
8:15 am (EST)
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