Fantasy Update: Toews, Pavelec, Luongo, Stoll, Grigorenko, Konopka
(26/6/12) Jonathan Toews is reportedly healthy and ready to go in 2012-13. Toews suffered a concussion injury in the middle of last season and made it back for the Blackhawks' playoff defeat at the hands of the Coyotes. This news implies that Toews may not have been 100% in April. In addition, Steve Montador is also reported as back to 100%. Montador is a big piece of the CHI blue line and his return adds solid depth to the line-up. Marian Hossa is said to be progressing, but still not back to his normal self after suffering a concussion at the hands of Raffi Torres in the playoffs (ESPN).
The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed Ondrej Pavelec to a 5 year, $19.5 million deal. He set new career highs in 2011-12 (GP, Wins, Minutes, Saves), and is the unquestioned starter in Manitoba.
With the Devils' apparently in financial disarray, rumors regarding Zach Parise leaving the team are heating up. The Hockey News reports that the Red Wings and Penguins are potential landing spots.
The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed Jarret Stoll for three years and $9.75 million. Stoll is a key role-player for the Kings, but not a big fantasy producer. LA also re-signed defenseman Colin Fraser to a 2 year, $1.65 million contract.
Top fighter Zenon Konopka's brief tenure in Ottawa could be over. The Senators have commenced negotiations with Carkner and Winchester, but not Konopka, leading some to speculate that he could be on his way out.
Mark Fayne will be out for 3-4 months. The NJ Devils' defenseman had surgery on ligaments in his wrist this week. Fayne is coming off a career year in his sophomore season (82 GP, 17 points).
The Calgary Flames are not offering a qualifying offer to RFA Blake Comeau, who they acquired from the Islanders in 2011-12. Comeau's production dropped rapidly last year, from 24 goals in 77 GP to 5 in 74. The Flames are hoping to sign Comeau for less money after due process.
Roberto Luongo wants to be moved to Florida, which is where is wife is from, but the Canucks are reportedly asking a lot - maybe too much. The Toronto Sun reports that Luongo has already rejected a trade to Toronto, and there are even rumors that CHI is interested. Meanwhile, the Canucks look ready to walk away from multiple free agents on July 1st - including prospect Marc-Andre Gragnani.
Finally, The New York Times reports that the NHLPA and NHL are set to commence negotiations over the next Collective Bargaining Agreement. Donald Fehr, head of the players' union, sounds optimistic that negotiations will bridge the gap between the two sides. Currently, the big issue is the revenue split between players and owners, with the owners wanting to further reduce the players' share from 57% to as low as 50%.