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Date Player
1/27/2015 Martin Brodeur, G
Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring. He plans a Thursday news conference to announce that he is retiring and will join the Blues in a management role in hockey operations.

Analysis: The 42-year-old Brodeur wrapped up a 22-year career with St. Louis after signing as a free agent on Dec. 2. He was 3-3 and his final victory was a 3-0 shutout over Colorado on Dec. 29.
1/27/2015 Michal Neuvirth, G
Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray told the team's official website that Neuvirth suffered a lower-body injury during the All-Star break.

Analysis: Murray added that the goaltender will not be with the team on its four consecutive road games. Matt Hackett was recalled from the minors Monday.
1/26/2015 Kyle Okposo, RW
Okposo will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Analysis: Okposo, who played in New York's first 46 games this season, is second on the club with 44 points - one fewer than All-Star John Tavares. He has 14 goals, including four against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16.
1/26/2015 Nikita Zadorov, D
The Buffalo Sabres have suspended rookie defenseman Nikita Zadorov for failing to report to the team on time following the NHL all-star break.

Analysis: The Sabres did not say how long the suspension would last. The penalty was handed down after Zadorov missed Monday afternoon's practice.
1/26/2015 Mike Richards, C
A person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have released center Mike Richards. The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the Kings had not announced the decision.

Analysis: Richards was a standout for the Flyers when he was acquired by the Kings, but his scoring has dropped every year since - from 18 goals in 2011-12 to just five halfway through this season with the defending Stanley Cup champions one point out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Kings valued Richards' responsible two-way play and leadership, but he also represented a $5.75 million annual cap hit over the next six seasons.
1/24/2015 Tyler Johnson, C
Johnson has been ruled out from playing in the NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday night because of a lower body injury.

Analysis: The Lightning also announced that it's unclear whether the second-year player will be able to compete in the All-Star game on Sunday. The team did not reveal the severity of the injury or how Johnson was hurt. Johnson is eighth in the NHL and leads Tampa Bay with 48 points (17 goals and 31 assists) in 46 games this season.
1/22/2015 Erik Johnson, D
The Colorado Avalanche will be without top defenseman Erik Johnson for three to eight weeks due to a knee injury.

Analysis: The 26-year-old has a career-high 12 goals this season.
1/22/2015 Evgeni Malkin, C
Malkin has a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Malkin's status is unclear.
1/22/2015 Kris Letang, D
Letang has a head injury that is believed to be a concussion.

Analysis: It's unclear when Letang will return.
1/22/2015 Kevin Bieksa, D
Bieksa has a broken hand.

Analysis: Bieksa is out indefinitely.
1/22/2015 Sidney Crosby, C
Crosby has received an injection to deal with an unspecified lower-body injury and will sit out the NHL All-Star game, along with Tuesday's game against Winnipeg.

Analysis: Crosby is tied with Evgeni Malkin for the team lead with 51 points, which ranks fourth in the NHL. Crosby has come on following a sluggish December with three goals and four assists in his last five games.
1/22/2015 Filip Forsberg, RW
Forsberg has been added to the NHL All-Star game being played Sunday, making him the only rookie in the lineup. The league announced the addition Wednesday, the news coming on the heels of the Penguins announcing that Evgeni Malkin will not be able to play in the game due to a lower-body injury.

Analysis: Forsberg already was headed to Columbus for the rookie portion of the weekend. He leads the Predators and all rookies with 40 points through 45 games. He also is plus-24, which is third overall in the NHL.
1/22/2015 Patrick Marleau, LW
Marleau picked up a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.

Analysis: It was a nice night for the veteran, whose production has otherwise slowed. The goal stands as just his second tally in 20 games, and after scoring 33 goals in 2013-14, has just nine through 48 games this season.
1/22/2015 Logan Couture, C
Couture scored two goals and added an assist in Wednesday's win over Los Angeles.

Analysis: Couture has 13 points in his last 11 games and is now just two goals shy of his fifth consecutive 20-goal season.
1/22/2015 Tuukka Rask, G
Rask made 34 saves in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout loss to Colorado.

Analysis: Rask had a slow start to the season, but he's returned to form with a 1.46 goals-against average and .952 save percentage over a 5-1-2 span.
1/22/2015 Sergei Bobrovsky, G
Bobrovsky has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 21, and the former Vezina Trophy winner will be out the next four to six weeks with a groin injury.

Analysis: Bobrovsky was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game prior to the injury. He has a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.
1/22/2015 Sergei Bobrovsky, G
Bobrovsky, who is slated to play in his first career All-Star game Sunday on his home rink in Columbus, was helped off the ice Wednesday night in the second period after he was injured while stretching to stop a wide shot by Michael Frolik.

Analysis: Bobrovsky didn't return to the game, and Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch that Bobrovsky had a lower-body injury and will have an MRI on Thursday.
1/22/2015 Michael Hutchinson, G
The Jets rookie goalie made 29 saves, and Winnipeg stretched its winning streak to a season-high five games with a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

Analysis: The 24-year-old netminder, who is 14-4-2, could end up replacing Sergei Bobrovsky during All-Star weekend. Bobrovsky didn't return to the game, and Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Dispatch that Bobrovsky had a lower-body injury and will have an MRI on Thursday.
1/22/2015 Evgeni Malkin, C
Malkin skated during warm-ups on Wednesday before telling trainers he couldn't play due to an undisclosed issue.

Analysis: Malkin's status for All-Star weekend is uncertain.
1/22/2015 Zach Sill, C
Sill scored his first NHL goal Wednesday.

Analysis: He only has two points this season and no fantasy value.
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