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Fantasy Hockey: Injury Report

This report is on who's been injured this past week and what to do about it.

Taylor Hall - W - Oilers

In case you did not hear the news, Hall is out for the season with a high ankle sprain. He could have made it by the end of the season but Edmonton rightly decided to keep their franchise healthy instead of doing further damage down the road. It's a tough loss for those who drafted him and were rewarded with their gamble pick. He can be dumped in re-draft leagues but don't think about it in keeper formats.

Ales Hemsky - W - Oilers

And the other shoe falls for the Oilers with their other good player going down with a rotator cuff shoulder injury. He is now being consider week to week and are looking at a 2-3 week window before he's well enough to play. But if things aren't looking too great in the road to recovery since he's had shoulder injuries last year, it wouldn't surprise me if they shut him down for good this year.

Vincent Lecavalier - C - Lightning

He suffered a mid-body injury on Wednesday and is being considered day to day at this point. It doesn't sound like they're too terribly concerned with this but with it being this late into the season, I would still keep my ears open to news if he'll be out for more time and potentially be shut down. For now, play it by ear and see when he's going to skate in the morning and get penciled in the lineup.

Semyon Varlamov- G - Capitals

At first, he was only going to miss about seven to 10 days with a knee injury he suffered last Saturday but news came out today that he's going to be out at least another week. Bad news for owners but good news that Michal Neuvirth becomes a good pick for the next week or perhaps beyond if you're looking to help your goalie stats this late into the season or if you're in the playoffs in H2H formats. He's had one bad game so far since Varlamov's injury but he's turned in great performances along with it.