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Senators’ Erik Karlsson Says Ankle is 110 Percent

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Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson is feeling pretty good about his ankle, although there is uncertainty surrounding his future in Ottawa.

Karlsson never seemed to get back on track after missing the first 5 games of last season after undergoing surgery on his ankle to repair tendons.

Karlsson now says his ankle is feeling better than it ever has.

“I think it’s better now than it was before because you work on it so much,” Karlsson said, according to The Athletic’s Chris Stevenson. “I’m very optimistic moving forward from here. It shouldn’t be an issue for me whatsoever, so that’s nice.

“110 (percent) probably,” Karlsson said. “It’s that good.”

“I’m seeing another ankle specialist in Ottawa a lot, too,” Karlsson said. “Mostly it’s just getting strength back and getting used to the feeling, which takes a bit of time now and that time is past. I’ve got my new normal again and it feels great.”

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Penguins Sign Oula Palve

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed European center Oula Plave to a one-year, entry level contract, according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.

Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.

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Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs

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The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.

Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.

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Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman

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The Detroit Red Wings have hired franchise icon and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to take over the post as their general manager.

Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.

Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

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