Freeland "felt great" in his return to the lineup during Wednesday's season finale, a victory versus the Clippers, The Columbian reports. "I didn't really have any pain at all when I was playing," he said. "The thing I was really more worried about was my wind. I thought I was going to get tired quick but it sustained and I felt good. I was really surprised."
The Wild will go with John Curry as the backup to Ilya Bryzgalov for Game 1 against the Avalanche, meaning Kuemper (upper body) will be in the press box Thursday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Kuemper is feeling a lot better, just not at a place yet where we feel comfortable playing him."
While ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the Jets have some concerns about the condition of Johnson's knee, said concerns were evidently not serious enough to deter the team from inking the running back to a two-year deal.