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Lightning’s Steve Yzerman Not Willing To Part With Young Talent

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is looking to improve the roster ahead of the NHL trade deadline, but won’t be doing so at the expense of the young players on the team.

“At the trade deadline, when you’re trying to acquire players, usually teams that are selling are looking for younger players, draft picks, and prospects,” Yzerman said, according to Joe Smith of Tampa Bay Times.

“At this stage, the young players on our team, we want to keep on our team and we want to add to that. We’re trying to keep this team together with the hope of improving it.”

That likely means that players such as Brayden Point and Mikhail Sergachev are not going to be available.

“I really don’t want to just get a player or something at all costs,” Yzerman continued.

“I don’t believe in that. Obviously if we feel we can improve our team and it gives us a better chance to be more successful in the playoffs, that would be our goal.”

“If I can’t improve the team, we’ll go with the team we have,” Yzerman said. “I’m good with that.”

Eastern Conference

Islanders’ Waive Andrew Ladd

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The New York Islanders have placed Andrew Ladd on waivers, according to an official team announcement.

“He’s played the maximum number of conditioning games–five games” Islanders’ general manager Lou Lamoriello said.”He needs to play in games to see exactly where the strength is and where the liabilities are and so forth. So we’ll get him down, he’ll leave today to go up to Belleville and play this weekend at Belleville and Laval.

There’s no timetable. His play and physical fitness will determine that.”

Ladd, who inked a seven-year, $38.5 million contract back in 2016, has not played in a game for the Islanders this season.

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Bruins’ Zach Senyshyn Out Four Weeks With Lower-Body Injury

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Boston Bruins’ promising young forward Zach Senyshyn will miss around four weeks of action with a lower-body injury, according to a team announcement.

Senyshyn will be reevaluated in approximately four weeks.

In a corresponding move, the Bruins have recalled Trent Frederic from the AHL to take Senyshyn’s spot on the roster.

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Penguins’ Sidney Crosby Out Six Weeks Following Surgery

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ superstar Sidney Crosby will be out for a minimum of six weeks following core muscle surgery, according to an official team announcement.

Crosby has been dealing with a sports hernia since training camp, and the Penguins are hoping he can bounce back once he is again healthy.

Crosby, 32, tallied 17 points through the first 17 games of the season.

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