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The Carolina Hurricanes announced they have activated forward Max Pacioretty from the injured non-roster list. (Source: Carolina Hurricanes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pacioretty has yet to suit up for the Hurricanes after undergoing surgery for an Achilles tear on Aug. 10. Acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights this summer, Pacioretty notched 37 points in 39 games last season and posted 154 points over 158 games over the last three seasons. As long as he's healthy, he's a point-per-game player with a boatload of shots on goal and should be on every fantasy roster when he gets into the Hurricanes' lineup.


The Los Angeles Kings released veteran forward Nate Thompson from his professional tryout on Tuesday. (Source: Chris Johnston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Thompson signed a PTO with the Kings on Sept. 14 but it appears he'll be looking for a new home for the 2022-23 NHL season. The perennial bottom-six forward has skated in parts of 15 NHL seasons, spending the 2021-22 campaign with the Philadelphia Flyers while registering just one goal and three points across 33 contests.


The Vancouver Canucks released veteran defenseman Danny Dekeyser from his professional tryout Tuesday. (Source: Chris Johnston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: After spending parts of 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, Dekeyser latched on with the Canucks via a PTO on Sept. 9. A former hot commodity out of college, Dekeyser's game never materialized into fantasy relevance but he could garner further NHL interest given his experience.


James Neal released from PTO

Mon, Oct 3rd 2:53pm EDT
By Brenton Kemp

The Columbus Blue Jackets have released veteran forward James Neal from his professional tryout. (Source: Aaron Portzline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Once a fantasy stud, Neal has struggled to keep his footing at the NHL level of late. The former 40-goal winger split last season between the St. Louis Blues and their AHL affiliate Springfield Thunderbirds, tallying just two goals and four points across 19 NHL contests. He could earn further NHL interest based on a productive 14 goals and 26 points across 28 games at the AHL level last season.


Alex Galchenyuk had signed a professional tryout with the defending Cup champs on Sept. 20 but has been released from that deal. (Source: Peter Baugh on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The journeyman has looked to revive his NHL career with several clubs over the last few seasons and it appears that search will continue towards the 2022-23 campaign. A former 30-goal scorer, Galchenyuk most recently tallied six goals and 21 points across 60 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season.


Andrew Peeke was rewarded with a three-year, $8.25M contract extension by the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday. The deal runs through the 2025-26 season and carries a $2.785M cap hit. (Source: Aaron Portzline on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Known more for his defensive work than his offense, Peeke recorded just two goals and 15 points while skating in all 82 games a season ago. However, he also recorded 169 blocks and 191 hits, ranking sixth and tied for 31st in those categories, respectively.


Former Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen has been traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for prospect defenseman Justin Barron and a 2024 second-round pick. Montreal is retaining half of Lehkonen's $2.3M cap hit this season. He will be an RFA in the offseason. (Source: Frank Seravalli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lehkonen, just 26, is a fantastic middle-six player who makes his teammates around him better. Largely considered the darling of hockey analytics, he is an extremely underrated player who will significantly improve Colorado's cup chances. He has 13 goals, 16 assists, and 29 points this season, while managing to have a 0 plus/minus rating despite being on one of the worst teams in the history of the NHL. As good as he is in real life, his skills don't quite translate to fantasy. However, while he should not be on fantasy rosters at the present moment, he may become a valuable commodity surrounded by better talent on a contending roster. Montreal gets a decent return for their best player this season as they begin their rebuild.


Former Anaheim Ducks winger Rickard Rakell has been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a large haul including forwards Zach Aston-Reese and Dominik Simon, a 2022 second-round pick, and prospect goaltender Calle Clang. Rakell, a UFA after this season, carries a cap hit of $3.9M, and Anaheim will retain 35% of it in this deal. Aston-Reese and Simon will also be free-agents this offseason. (Source: Bob McKenzie on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rakell, 28, is a strong goal-scoring forward who struggles defensively at times, scoring 16 goals and 12 assists in 51 games this season. He will provide a large scoring boost for Pittsburgh as the arms race in the Eastern conference continues. He should certainly be rostered in fantasy leagues and watched with intent. Aston-Reese and Simon are better known for their elite defensive play in the bottom-six, and have 11 and nine points respectively this season. Neither are worth considering in fantasy. Clang, just 19 years old, is having a fine season in the SHL and is not yet with Anaheim. Anaheim begins its rebuild by acquiring very solid bottom-six pieces and a potential replacement for John Gibson. Should Pittsburgh go far in the playoffs, they likely won't mind the high price tag it took to acquire the sniper.


Former Winnipeg Jets center Andrew Copp has been traded to the New York Rangers, along with a 2023 sixth-round pick, in exchange for prospect center Morgan Barron, two conditional second-round picks, and a 2023 fifth-round pick. The first conditional second-round pick becomes a 2022 first-round pick if the Rangers win two rounds this year and Copp plays 50% of the games. The second conditional pick is Winnipeg's choice of St. Louis's 2022 second-round pick, initially acquired by New York in the Pavel Buchnevich trade, or New York's 2023 second-round pick. Copp is on the final year of his contract with a cap hit of $3.64M. Barron has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, valued at $0.925M per year. (Source: Darren Dreger on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Copp immediately provides a massive boost to New York's playoff push as a middle-six forward. The 27 year-old has 13 goals, 22 assists, and 35 points in 56 games this season. If available in fantasy leagues, he should be added, given his new team. A good even-strength player, he also takes face-offs particularly well. Barron, just 23, serves as a gritty depth piece for Winnipeg and should be disregarded for fantasy. He has one point in 13 games this season.


Former Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Justin Braun has been traded to the New York Rangers for a 2023 third-round pick. Braun is in the last year of a two-year deal, and will be an unrestricted free-agent this offseason. (Source: Jeff Marek on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Braun offers little offensively, but is a strong shutdown defenseman that will push for time on the third pairing. Look for veteran Patrik Nemeth or rookie Braden Schneider to receive reduced roles. He is best left on waivers for fantasy purposes, but will help the Rangers' playoff push, providing a valuable veteran presence.


Per Chris Johnston on Twitter, the Seattle Kraken are sending forward Marcus Johansson to the Washington Capitals. The return is a 2022 fourth-rounder, 2023 sixth-rounder, and forward Daniel Sprong. The Kraken are also retaining 50% of Johansson’s contract.

Fantasy Impact: It remains to be seen where Johansson fits in the Capitals lineup. With Carl Hagelin out on long term injured reserve, the natural thought would be on the wing for the Capital’s fourth line. The veteran winger was solid in his previous stint in D.C. from 2010-2017. Fantasy managers will want to wait to see exactly what line he plays on for the Capitals, and if he gets any power play time.


Kaapo Kahkonen traded to San Jose

Mon, Mar 21st 11:48am EDT
By Ethan Genn

Former Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen has been traded to the San Jose Sharks, along with a fifth-round pick, in exchange for defenseman Jacob Middleton. (Source: Pierre LeBrun on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Kahkonen, just 25, has a 2.87 GAA and .910 save percentage this season. In addition, he has 0.1 goals saved above expected, indicating he has been an average goalie. After Minnesota traded for Marc-Andre Fleury, the writing was on the wall for Kahkonen or Cam Talbot to get subsequently moved. Due to his young age, he has strong upside, but for now, look for him to back up James Reimer in San Jose. Middleton, 26, is a defensively-minded player who provides solid depth for Minnesota. He has nine points in 45 games this season, and should be ignored for fantasy purposes.


Former Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has been traded to the Minnesota Wild for a 2022 conditional second-round that can become a first-round pick if the Wild make the Western Conference final and Fleury wins four games in the first two rounds. Chicago will also retain 50% of Fleury's $7M cap hit this season. In another move, the Wild are reportedly trading goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen. (Source: Frank Seravalli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fleury, 37, has had a tumultuous season following his Vezina-winning performance last year. The Canadian goalie has a 2.95 GAA and .908 save percentage this year, but also has -17.5 goals saved above expected, one of the worst in the entire NHL. With Cam Talbot already entrenched in Minnesota's net, look for Fleury to split time with him, providing a steady veteran presence for their playoff push. It's best to consider Fleury a fringe starter for fantasy purposes, but more likely a bench player in shallow leagues.


Former Seattle Kraken defenseman Jeremy Lauzon was traded to the Nashville Predators for a 2022 second-round pick. Lauzon, just 24, was initially selected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft by Seattle from the Boston Bruins. Lauzon will be a restricted free-agent (RFA) following the conclusion of the 2021-2022 season. (Source: Pierre LeBrun on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lauzon has just six points in 53 games this season with the Kraken, and appears to be a depth move for the Predators. He doesn't merit roster consideration as of this moment. Seattle continues their firesale, attempting to remake their core for the future.


Mark Giordano dealt to Leafs

Sun, Mar 20th 5:20pm EDT
By Chris Schommer

Defenseman Mark Giordano has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs along with forward Colin Blackwell in exchange for two second-round picks and a third-round pick to the Seattle Kraken. (Source: Chris Johnston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Toronto gets their stay-at-home defenseman before the trade deadline as they look to make a deep playoff run in the Eastern Conference.


On Saturday, former Anaheim Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was traded to Boston for defenseman Urho Vaakanainen, defenseman John Moore, a 2022 first-round pick, a 2023 second-round pick, and a 2024 second-round pick, with 50% of his $5.2M cap hit retained by Anaheim. Boston also received defenseman Kodie Curran. A pending unrestricted free agent (UFA) this offseason, Lindholm promptly signed an eight-year extension with Boston for an AAV of $6.5M. (Source: Chris Johnston on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Lindholm has 22 points this season over 61 games, tallying five goals and 17 assists. Although not known for his scoring, Lindholm's statistics may improve in Boston being surrounded by more talented players. His fantasy status is worth monitoring, although likely not worth adding to rosters as of this moment. Boston makes a key addition for their playoff push, a necessary move given that divisional rivals Florida and Tampa made key moves of their own recently. Vaakanainen, just 23, has four points in just 15 games this season, and although he should not be rostered, he may gain a larger role with a rebuilding Anaheim team and thus should be monitored for the future. Moore has just one point in seven games and does not merit the same upside Vaakanainen has. As a result, he should be left on waivers. Curran will be an AHL player for Boston and thus should be ignored for fantasy purposes.


Carolina Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter was suspended one game by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Saturday. During his game Friday night against the Washington Capitals, after being legally checked by Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson into the Washington bench, Niederreiter slashed Capitals' Axel Jonsson-Fjallby in the face. As a result, Niederreiter will miss Sunday's game against the division rival New York Rangers, and could return to action as soon as Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Source: @NHLPlayerSafety on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Niederreiter is a talented forward with 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points this season. While not a fantasy starter, he certainly merits roster consideration.


Center Claude Giroux was traded by the Philadelphia Flyers to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Owen Tippett, a first-round pick in 2024, and a third-round pick in 2023. (Source: Frank Seravelli on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Giroux will immediately provide another veteran offensive presence to a Panthers' team in pursuit of a deep playoff run that ends with a Stanley Cup championship. The veteran center has scored 18 goals and 42 points in 57 games with the Flyers this season.


The New York Rangers acquired forward Frank Vatrano from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 4th round pick in 2022. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Frank Vatrano has a modest 19 points (10 goals, 9 assists) in 49 games this season. Vatrano has been playing predominantly on the fourth line on a potent Panthers team and could see an increased workload with the Rangers. That being said, Vatrano is likely not a viable fantasy option in most formats.


The Florida Panthers acquired defenseman Ben Chiarot from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for prospect Ty Smilanic, a first-round pick in 2023, and a fourth-round pick in 2022. (Source: NHL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Ben Chiarot is on pace for the best statistical season of his career on a last place Montreal Canadiens team. Chiarot is now joining a very talented Florida Panthers team that currently find themselves at the top of the NHL standings. The big defenseman is all but a lock to further increase his point production.