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  • Jyrki Jokipakka should be ready for World Cup
    Jyrki Jokipakka (hip) should be ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He underwent surgery in the offseason, but that shouldn't stop him from representing Finland. "Everything is looking good," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "He’s been back here for a little bit of time now and our staff has had a chance to check him out. Everything looks good. He’s been training. He’s been skating. I think there are a couple final checks to do, but everything is looking positive." The 25-year-old scored two goals and 12 points in 58 games with the Stars and Flames last season. Today, 1:18 pm
  • Letestu: Oilers got better with Adam Larsson
    Oilers forward Mark Letestu believes his team is better after the Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall trade.

    Advice: "I got over it in two days…guys come and go," said Letestu. "I know there’s a certain attachment fans have with Taylor…he was the light, part of the players who were going to take us to the playoffs. But for me, I think we got better. He’s steady…he doesn’t play a flashy game. You don’t see him on the highlights and maybe that’s why there’s so much angst (with fans). But he fits what we’re trying to do more and that’s keep the puck out of our net more and it sounds like there’s more offence to him and he’ll probably get that opportunity here. We needed help on the back-end and had to pay a high price for that." Many fans in Edmonton and around the league believe the Oilers got the worst of this trade, but more than a few current Oilers have come out and defended the trade. From a fantasy perspective, there's no comparing Hall and Larsson (they play different positions anyway). Today, 9:26 am
  • Galchenyuk: Weber is so tough to play against
    Alex Galchenyuk believes Shea Weber is one of the toughest players to play against.

    Advice: Thankfully for Galchenyuk, he won't have to go up against Weber anymore because the two became teammates this off-season. "We don't play [the Predators] that often, it was only twice a year, but I remember last year he hit me close to the boards and I couldn't feel my legs for like three days," Galchenyuk said. "And when he's teeing up for a slap shot, you don't want to be in that lane to block a shot. If you really think about it, who's one of the toughest guys to play against, he'd definitely be first on my list." Today, 7:04 am
  • GM: Derrick Pouliot having a good summer
    According to Pens GM Jim Rutherford, Derrick Pouliot is having a great summer.

    Advice: "Derrick Pouliot is having a really good summer," Rutherford said. "All the reports are very good on (Pouliot). He's worked very hard. It's his time to jump in there. Last year, he made great strides. It's my understanding he's had a terrific summer, and he's really prepared for camp. I'm expecting Derrick to take a big step forward." The Pens drafted Pouliot eighth overall in 2012, but he hasn't developed as quickly as the team would have hoped. This season, he'll have an opportunity to become a regular on Pittsburgh's blue line. The 22-year-old had seven assists in 22 games last season. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Zach Parise (back) is 'good to go'
    Zach Parise (back) says he's "good to go" for the World Cup.

    Advice: "I feel really good," Parise said. "All the rehab went and is going well. I’m happy with the progress. The doctors were really happy today. … I’m really happy with it. I’m good to go." Parise dealt with a herniated disk in his back and it forced him to miss the playoffs last year. The 32-year-old had 25 goals and 53 points in 70 games during the 2015-16 season. He should easily surpass those totals if he stays healthy. Yesterday, 6:43 am
  • Holtby says Price should start for Canada
    Braden Holtby believes Carey Price should be the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the World Cup.

    Advice: Holtby won the Vezina trophy this season, while Price missed most of the year with a knee injury. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby said. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy." Price was the starting goaltender for Canada at the last Olympics. Friday, 7:48 pm
  • Alex Steen could be ready for season opener
    Alex Steen (shoulder) might be ready for the regular season opener, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

    Advice: Steen had to pull out of the World Cup, but there's some optimism around his status for the start of the year. "We're still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he'll jump right into the flow drills — that's the idea now," Armstrong said. "But we're not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I'm not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he's in great shape, he's ahead of schedule and we're hoping that he's ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive." Whenever he returns to full health, Steen will be an intriguing fantasy option. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has already said that he plans on playing Steen with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. Friday, 8:25 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo humbled to be named captain
    Alex Pietrangelo was humbled to be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The Blues made the announcement official during a news conference on Thursday. "Humbling is a good word," Pietrangelo said. "I’m excited, I’m nervous, I think it’s every emotion you can come up with. This group of guys who have worn the ‘C’ have carried themselves in a way that I want to carry myself. They still to this day carry themselves in a great way." He replaces David Backes, who went to Boston in free agency. Friday, 8:13 am
  • Robin Lehner pulls out of World Cup
    Robin Lehner has pulled out of the World Cup.

    Advice: Lehner has been dealing with an ankle injury. Getting healthy for the regular season is more important than making an appearance for Sweden. Lehner was also plagued by injuries last season, as he played just 25 games for the Sabres during the regular season. Jhonas Enroth will take his spot on the roster. Friday, 7:08 am
  • Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden
    Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Enroth will replace injured Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. The 28-year-old played in 16 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) will be the other two goalies for Sweden. Friday, 6:57 am
  • John Carlson (ankle) is feeling good
    John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

    Advice: Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good." Friday, 6:12 am
  • Rangers sign Brandon Pirri to one-year deal
    The New York Rangers signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

    Advice: The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in just 49 games two seasons ago, but his production dipped last year as he scored 14 goals and 29 points with Florida and Anaheim. In the right situation, Pirri might be able to hit the 20-goal mark. Thursday, 1:58 pm
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  • 'Yotes happy to land Lawson Crouse
    Coyotes GM John Chayka was thrilled with his acquisition of Lawson Crouse.

    Advice: "We are very pleased to acquire Lawson," said Chayka. "He's a big, physical, power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find." Crouse was acquired from Florida earlier today. The 11th overall pick in 2015 already has NHL-ready size, as he's 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds. The Coyotes aren't as deep as the Panthers, so this trade could lead to Crouse getting to the NHL as soon as this season. Thursday, 9:36 am
  • Sidney Crosby named captain of Team Canada
    Sidney Crosby will wear the "C" for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Crosby will be the captain, while Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Montreal's Shea Weber will be assistant captains. These three players had the same leadership responsibilities during Team Canada's gold medal run at the 2014 Olympic Games. "Sid, Toews and Web are great men who have had unbelievable on-ice success," said Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock. "We look forward to them stepping up and leading our group as we work to achieve our ultimate goal at the World Cup." Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Coyotes get Lawson Crouse from Florida
    The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse from the Florida Panthers for a conditional 2nd round pick in 2018 and a third round pick in 2017.

    Advice: If Crouse doesn't play for the Coyotes this season, the second round pick will become a third round pick. The Panthers agreed to give up Crouse so that they can get Bolland's inflated $5.5 million cap hit off the books. The 19-year-old was drafted 11th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Crouse scored 23 goals and 62 points in 49 games for OHL Kingston last season. He's also represented Canada at each of the last two World Junior Hockey Championships. Going to Arizona should increase his odds of sticking in the NHL this season. Thursday, 6:46 am
  • Joseph Blandisi wants to be more consistent
    Joseph Blandisi is looking to be more consistent in 2016-17.

    Advice: The 22-year-old played in 41 games for the Devils during his rookie season. He had five goals and 17 points during that stretch. He'll look to make more of an impact this season. "If we look across the league, it's a lot of young guys making big booms now," Blandisi said. "So it's up to us to help the team score goals and bring the energy night in and night out. You want to be consistent, and I think that's something I need to work on. It's been my focus throughout the summer." Thursday, 6:18 am
  • Blues will name Alex Pietrangelo as captain
    Alex Pietrangelo will reportedly be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: He'll be the 21st captain in franchise history. The Blues are looking for a new captain after David Backes signed with Boston in free agency. Pietrangelo was drafted fourth overall by the Blues in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has played in 459 games with the team since then. The 26-year-old had seven goals and 37 points in 73 games last season. Wednesday, 11:38 am
  • Maple Leafs sign Jhonas Enroth to 1-year deal
    The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

    Advice: It was reported in July that Enroth would sign with the Maple Leafs, but we hadn't heard anything since. On Monday, the Leafs made the signing official. The Leafs had a clear need for an experienced backup goalie behind starter Frederik Andersen. The 28-year-old had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage with Los Angeles in 2015-16. Aug 22, 10:38 am
  • Jyrki Jokipakka played 'pretty well' for CGY
    Jyrki Jokipakka is looking forward to beginning his first full season with the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Flames acquired Jokipakka at the trade deadline when they sent Kris Russell to Dallas. "I like it here. The guys are good and it is fun to play [here]," he stated in his year-end media address. "I got more minutes here and it was fun. I think I played pretty well. The situation was we didn't make playoffs but I tried to help the team win the games and we'll be better next year. We have a good young team. I think we will grow up next year and we'll be better." The 25-year-old scored two goals and 12 points, while averaging 15:33 of ice time in 58 games last season. He won't have much fantasy value in 2016-17. Aug 20, 1:33 pm
  • NJ may have a hard time replacing Larsson
    Devils goalie Cory Schneider knows it won't be easy for his team to replace Adam Larsson.

    Advice: "It's hard to replicate that, you don't find players like that very easily. That's why Edmonton had to give up such a good player to get him, because they're hard to come by," Schneider said of Larsson. "It will definitely create a hole for us, but we're hoping that there's some guys here that can fill that void and have a chance to step up." The Devils shipped Larsson to Edmonton for Taylor Hall last June. Aug 19, 6:57 am
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