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  • Janne Kuokkanen moves up to second line
    Janne Kuokkanen has moved up to the second line in practice. 

    Advice: Kuokkanen has some offensive upside but has been buried as a bottom-six forward through the first four games of the NHL season as he has been held pointless. Kuokkanen moved to the wing with Miles Wood and Travis Zajac. "It gives him an opportunity to provide more offense to the top end," Ruff said of Kuokkanen. "Gives him a better look." While we cannot recommend Kuokkanen at this time, he may have some fantasy value shortly.  Rotoworld.com Today, 5:03 am
  • Nick Merkley activated off taxi squad
    Nick Merkley practiced on the third line Saturday after the Devils activated him from their taxi squad.

    Advice: Merkley started the season in Finland with Assat Pori of the SM-liiga where he picked four goals and 13 points in 19 games before the Devils ended their loan agreement. Merkley lined up with Nikita Gusev and Pavel Zacha and that trio could provide the Devils with some extra scoring heading into Sunday's matchup against the Islanders. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:00 am
  • Jets to retain 26 percent of Patrik Laine's salary
    The Winnipeg Jets will retain 26 percent of Patrik Laine's salary and cap hit.

    Advice: Laine was dealt to Columbus with Jack Roslovic for Pierre-Luc Dubois and a third-round pick in 2022. Laine is currently out with an upper-body injury and still has to quarantine in Columbus for seven days so he could be in the Columbus lineup as early as January 31 versus the Blackhawks. Laine has two goals and an assist in only one contest thus far this season. He lacks a first line center in Columbus but is still expected to be the big goal scorer the Blue Jackets have been missing since Rick Nash left town. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:51 am
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  • Dubois says reason for leaving wasn't Tortorella
    Pierre-Luc Dubois said that the reason he wanted to leave the Columbus Blue Jackets was not because of coach John Tortorella.

    Advice: Dubois was adamant that he wanted out of Columbus once he signed a two-year deal last month and some of the speculation was that he was at odds with the Blue Jackets coach. Dubois knew going in what kind of coach Tortorella was and that he had the players best interests at heart.  “The consensus I got, was that he helps guys, he motivates guys, he gets guys going. For some people, that might be the reason, but it’s not,” he said when confirming it wasn’t the coaching that led him to want out. “I can take it, it’s nothing personal.” Dubois went on to say that it was hard for a 20-year-old to see that Tortorella was trying to help him but when he looks back on his career, he'll know how much Tortorella helped and made him a better player. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:41 am
  • Jesper Fast on COVID list
    The Carolina Hurricanes have placed forward Jesper Fast on the COVID-19 protocol list.

    Advice: That gives the Hurricanes six players on the list and rumors have it that Tuesday's contest against Tampa Bay will also be postponed. “So much is unknown,” Canes coach Rod Brind’Amour said Thursday on a media call. “We always want to err on side of caution. We’ve done all the protocols, done a great job. Obviously it didn’t matter. It got into our room.”  Rotoworld.com Today, 4:30 am

NHL Roster Changes

Date
Player
Change
Jan 23
Added LW
Jan 23
Added LW
Jan 23
Added RW
Jan 22
Added RW
Jan 22
Added RW
Jan 22
Added RW
Jan 22
Added LW
Jan 20
Added RW
Jan 19
Added LW
Jan 9
Added G

Injury Reports

PlayerInjuryStatusEffective
Erik Cernak TB - DUndisclosed injury - left gameDTDJan 23, 2021
Jack Roslovic Cls - C,RWCOVID-19 protocolIRJan 23, 2021
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