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Cam Fowler injury update: Ducks All-Star defenseman out 2-6 weeks with knee injury

Ducks All-Star defenseman Cam Fowler is out anywhere from two to six weeks with a lower-body injury, GM Bob Murray told reporters Thursday evening.

I hate to say six weeks, but it could be, Murray said. He could come around really quickly and he could not. We’ll know much more when the playoffs start.

Fowler, 25, played in all 80 games until Tuesday’s injury and has a career-high 11 goals with 28 assists and a plus-seven rating. He had to be helped off the ice and didn’t return after a knee-to-knee collision with the Flames’ Mark Giordano in the third period of Anaheim’s 3-1 win earlier this week.

Capuano, 50, has been on the Islanders’ bench since the 2010-11 season, when he took over coaching duties on an interim basis. He was hired full-time for the 2011-12 season and led the Islanders to a playoff berth in 2012-13, their first in six years.

In sum, Capunao went 227-192-64 in New York, including consecutive 100-point seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16.

In his seventh season with the Islanders, he was the NHL’s fourth-longest tenured coach.

The timing of the move is a bit curious, coming amid a 5-3-2 10-game stretch and one day after the Islanders shut out the Bruins. But the Islanders had regressed substantially from a year ago, when they finished 45-27-10 and won a Stanley Cup playoff series for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

Weight’s first order of business will be to figure out how to correct the Islanders’ goaltending situation, which was allowing 2.98 goals per game, and getting more out of the team’s top players. Islanders captain John Tavares leads the team with 32 points in 42 games.

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Ryan Kesler’s 6-year-old son Ryker scores goal on Canadiens’ Carey Price

Is it too early to say Ryker Kesler has a future in hockey?

The 6-year-old son of Ducks center Ryan Kesler demonstrated he might be following in father Ryan’s footsteps in 12 years or so. Especially if he can score on elite goalies like he did Saturday night.

It’s awesome to see the elder Kesler with a mile-wide smile while recording. NHL All-Star weekend is usually full of feel-good moments, especially considering this is Kesler’s second All-Star game appearance and his first since 2011 (then with the Canucks).

Canada has won every international, true best-on-best hockey tournament since 2006. But it’s a stretch that nearly came to an end in 2010 at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, when the United States pushed the host Canadians to the limit.

After a surprise victory in the group stages against Canada, the U.S. and its northern rivals met again in the championship game, with a chance for Canada to avenge its only tournament loss and clinch gold on home ice.

The teams would need overtime to decide a winner, though, and that set the stage for Crosby to play the role of Canadian hero.

Tavares is concerned with the Islanders’ never-ending arena issues and question marks, as well as the makeup of the roster moving forward. The former won’t be settled any time soon, while the latter is a work in progress with Jordan Eberle joining the team this year and the pursuit of Matt Duchene still hot and heavy.

It’s hard to believe the Islanders somehow won’t find a way to get their franchise player signed long-term by opening night, though. If they don’t, this will become a far bigger soap opera than Duchene’s in Colorado.

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American NHL players may boycott World Championships to support U.S. women’s team

The NHL players’ association released a statement Friday saying its members fully support the United States women’s team in its ongoing labor dispute with USA Hockey, but some players appear to be willing to go further to back the cause.

Hockey agent Allan Walsh tweeted Sunday about rumors in NHL circles that American players might boycott the upcoming World Championships to show their solidarity with the women’s team, and USA Today Sports later confirmed such discussions have taken place.

Anybody losing their top player, it’s obviously a gigantic hole, Boucher said. But we’ve had games without Erik. We were playing it tight, and we have to play the same way. We don’t have the same breakout abilities. We don’t have the same taking the rush abilities, the transition into the offensive zone and all that … the power play … but I think as a team, our game won’t change. We’re playing the same way. We’re expecting our players to buy in.

Karlsson previously missed two games with a foot injury but returned Monday to record a goal and assist in a shootout loss to the Red Wings. He added another goal in Tuesday’s win over Detroit but failed to finish the game.

Karlsson leads the Senators with 71 points (17 goals, 54 assists) through 77 games and ranks fourth in the NHL in average ice time at 26:50 per game.

Ottawa can clinch the postseason with one point against the Bruins or losses by the Lightning and Islanders.

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MLB trade rumor grade: Zach Britton to Indians?

Over on Roster Resource, they’ve helpfully tallied up the needs of every contender. The Rays are looking for a setup man or a closer, the Red Sox were looking for a setup man, and the Royals were looking for all sorts of things that they’ve since acquired.

They need their players to get healthy, but once they do … yeah, it’s a pretty complete roster. The lineup is complete. The rotation is so complete, it has six pitchers in it. And we all know about the bullpen, which helped them come within a single game of winning the World Series. They don’t need to dump prospects to improve the team.

But, just hear me out on this one: What if they could take their super bullpen and make it a super-duper bullpen? Makes you think.

When Gray struggled mightily last year, the A’s were struck by the Fear of Grieve, and it must have been absolutely jarring. Young, talented pitchers disappear all the time. What if it happened to Gray? What if it already happened?

He improved, and his trade value soared. There are monsters under the Let’s Make a Deal box. The A’s would like the year’s supply of Turtle Wax and not mess with the box this time.

The Braves don’t have a window of contention that’s easily defined. They have prospects knocking on the door (Ozzie Albies, Lucas Sims, Mike Soroka, Luiz Gohara, Ronald Acuna), but the best hitters are hyper-advanced for their age, which means they could struggle in the majors for three years before anyone would even think of panicking. And the best pitchers are pitchers, which is super risky. The Braves might have the best collection of sad, young pitcher tales over the last decade, so you don’t need to tell them.

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Lightning’s Steven Stamkos resumes skating for first time since November

Steven Stamkos has made a small but important step toward his anticipated return.

The Lightning captain on Tuesday resumed skating at the team’s practice for the first time since having knee surgery in November, completing skating and shooting drills with the help of assistant coach Brad Lauer.

It’s a difficult thing for him to be dealing with now in this situation, Bylsma said. Very, as a coach and a person, concerned for him and his situation.

He’s seeing our doctors and done some tests.

The Sabres later said in a statement that Okposo was under the care of team doctors as he deals with symptoms of an illness.

Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time, the team said.

Okposo, 28, last played March 27 vs. the Panthers — his second game since returning from a seemingly unrelated rib injury. The NHL veteran, who signed with the Sabres as a free agent this offseason, originally started feeling ill during the game, which was played in Buffalo, and has not practiced with the team since.

He was not in the lineup for Buffalo’s game Wednesday night and has been ruled out for the team’s remaining two games this season.

He’s sick and ill, Bylsma said. (I’m) very concerned.

Patrick Marleau, LW ( Signed with Maple Leafs ) — For a 19-year veteran who will turn 38 before the start of next season, Marleau sure had his suitors. And in the end he got the term and money he was looking for from the Maple Leafs in the form of a three-year deal worth $18.75 million ($6.25M AAV).

Marleau played 1,493 games with the Sharks, missing only 31 in his career, and was the longest-tenured player for a single team in the NHL. He’s betting big that one of its youngest rosters is ready to win now, and the Leafs are betting he has plenty left in the tank to help them do it.

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Blues lose F Robby Fabbri for season with torn ACL

Blues forward Robby Fabbri, one of St. Louis’ leaders in goals with 11, will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee, the team announced Sunday.

The injury comes as the Blues, who fired coach Ken Hitchcock last week, are two points outside the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Worse, they open a five-game trip Monday against the Flyers and play 15 of their next 20 on the road, where they are 8-13-1 this season.

The Blues recalled forwards Kenny Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi from Chicago of the AHL to help replace Fabbri, who was tied for fifth on the team in goals though he hadn’t scored since having a hat trick Dec. 28 against the Flyers, a run of 16 games.

The Blues said Fabbri is expected to be ready for the start of training camp next season.

Babcock is widely regarded as the best coach in the league, yet he has never been named Coach of the Year. That may change this year.

Babcock spent much of his coaching career leading insanely good Red Wings teams; now he’s leading one of the NHL’s youngest teams into the playoffs.

Not many expected young stars Matthews, Marner and Nylander to be contributing so much this early. Babcock has them playing like vets.

Alexander Radulov, RW ( Signed with Stars ) — The Stars continued their bold offseason overhaul, inking Radulov, the top available UFA forward, to a five-year, $31.25 million contract ($6.25M AAV). Radulov, 30, is not short on talent, scoring 18 goals and 54 points in his first season in North America since leaving the NHL on sour terms in 2012. That doesn’t seem to scare Dallas, which has added a starting goalie in Ben Bishop, a top-four defenseman in Marc Methot and bolstered its center depth with the weekend signing of the underrated Martin Hanzal. All four players are on the wrong side of 30 and come with caveats, but the Stars look vastly different after a disappointing year.

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