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NHL Notebook: Oilers prospect Philip Broberg dealing with ‘deep bruise,’ Golden Knights place Mark Stone on IR, and more

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Zach Laing
1 month ago
Edmonton Oilers prospect Philip Broberg is dealing with a deep bruise that is expected to keep him out of the AHL Bakersfield Condors lineup for “a few weeks.”
This is according to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, who reported the news of Broberg’s injury on Thursday.
Broberg, 22, was injured in a Feb. 10th game with the Condors taking on the San Jose Barracuda. The injury happened early in the second period of that game, when Broberg went to retrieve a puck behind the Condors net.
As he touched the puck, he was bowled over by a forechecking Barracuda forward.
Broberg has been a significant story for the Oilers this season as their top-ranked prospect. He played just 10 games through the first two months of the season in the NHL, struggling to break into the lineup and earn a consistent spot. Reports surfaced that the Oilers granted he and his agent the ability to seek a trade, but nothing has materialized despite other reports suggesting that Edmonton could trade him in a package to clear Jack Campbell’s salary off the books.
The Oilers, however, don’t appear eager to move on from Broberg as a prospect, going so far as telling teams they aren’t willing to move him for a rental. He was, after all, Ken Holland’s first draft pick with the eighth overall pick in 2019.

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Stone heads to IR

The Vegas Golden Knights have placed winger Mark Stone on the injured reserve.
It comes days after the veteran was injured during the second period of a Tuesday game against the Nashville Predators. According to Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli, the injury is a lacerated spleen, and the team has said it will keep him out on a “week-to-week” basis.
Stone, 31, has remained healthy up to this point of the season for the first time in recent years, scoring 16 goals and 53 points in 56 games. Last year, he dealt with a back injury that kept him out of over half the season freeing up the cap space that allowed the Golden Knights to acquire Ivan Barbashev, Teddy Blueger and Jonathan Quick ahead of the deadline.
There’s no word yet if Stone will land on the long-term injured reserve, which would clear his $9.5-million off Vegas’ books and open up the ability to add a big-name player.
Seravalli reported that the “ever-aggressive” Golden Knights have been “active in seeking an impact winger” even before Stone’s injury, so they can’t be ignored as the trade market heats up.

Flower staying in Minny?

Trade deadline plans may be changing in Minnesota after a recent 6-3-1 run has got them back into the Western Conference’s Wild Card race.
Sitting just two points out of the second spot heading into Friday’s games, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reported that the Wild are likely going to keep goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, instead of potentially trading him to a contender.
Here’s what Seravalli said on Friday’s edition of Daily Faceoff Live:
Frank Seravalli: I would say it’s down to about a 10% shot that Marc-Andre Fleury moves. A big reason for that is the Wild are back in the race. They are only two points back. They are a team that I think in some ways actually has the inside track to be that 8th seed in the West and I think Fleury would love nothing more than to help that team get in. I don’t think he’s itching for a trade, I know the Wild don’t want to move him, and so unless he comes to them and says “hey we’re definitively out, I’d like to keep my playoff streak going”, I don’t think he’s going to move.
So you’ve got three teams that are in the mix for goaltending: Colorado, New Jersey and Carolina. And look, there’s not very many goalies available that are of impact and/or substance. I think that leaves the Montreal Canadiens in a great spot with Jake Allen, who can also retain, you have him for this year and next, sub-$2 million if they retain 50%, they’ve kept their retention slot open. I’m told it’s been pretty quiet on the Allen front this week, but certainly you have to keep in mind that he’s probably pretty likely to be on the move if they can find a taker for him, because they don’t really want to carry three goalies for the last quarter of the season.

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@thenationnetwork.com.

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