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Quick hits: Couture, Neal, Stralman deal with injuries


Frederick Breedon

With the regular season looming, a lot is going on. Let’s cover some additional bases in quick hit fashion. If you need even more updates, Rotoworld’s news feed goes even deeper.


  • The San Jose Sharks are an aging bunch, with even younger players carrying some mileage. Logan Couture already dealt with a dental nightmare late in 2016-17, and now the team is holding its breath that his leg injury is no big deal.

  • James Neal has experienced his fair share of bad breaks, including a literal one in injuring his right hand during the Nashville Predators’ run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. Neal was able to skate for the Vegas Golden Knights, yet the team stated that they’re not looking to rush him back for the season-opener. It sounds like the power forward’s situation is touch-and-go.
  • It’s a good news - bad news scenario for Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman.

On the positive side, Stralman is suiting up for the Bolts’ preseason game and hopes to get one more under his belt. Is anyone else a little concerned that Stralman might be limited for 2017-18 and beyond, even if it’s not with a major issue?


Some cuts

(Again, this isn’t comprehensive. Check here for even more.)

  • The Washington Capitals made Jyrki Jokipakka one of their training camp cuts on Tuesday. CSN Washington has more.
  • Jokipakka wasn’t the only PTO who didn’t make it, as the Ottawa Senators parted ways with Chris VandeVelde.