Player Notes

  • Voracek played big role in luring Neuvirth
    Jakub Voracek apparently played a big role in recruiting Michal Neuvirth, who signed a two-year, $3.25 million deal with the Flyers this summer.

    Advice: Voracek doesn't feel that he was the one to convince Neuvirth to move to Philadelphia, but Neuvirth seems to see things differently. "I met Jake and we talked about things here and he said all good things about the Flyers," Neuvirth recalled. "He wanted me to come here. I think it made him happy when I signed here. ... He was the reason I signed here." He'll serve as Steve Mason's understudy in 2015-16 and is projected to play in around 25 games assuming both netminders stay relatively healthy. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Tokarski not taking anything for granted
    Dustin Tokarski feels he learned a lot from watching Carey Price play last season.

    Advice: He didn't get to play much behind the Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, but that won't change his mindset going into 2015-16. "I'm going to come into camp and battle just as if it was last year and I'm scratching and clawing to make the team," said Tokarski. "I'll go into camp and go to work and not take anything for granted." He started just 16 games last year, while posting six wins, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Luongo calls August 'the toughest month'
    August may be a slow month in terms of hockey news, but for players preparing for the upcoming season, like Roberto Luongo, it's anything but uneventful.

    Advice: "To be honest, this is the worst time of the year," Luongo said. "Not only are we skating now, but you're still going to gym, working out every day. It's a lot of work. August is the toughest month because you're doing so much. It lends for some pretty long days. The fun part is being on the ice, knowing it's getting close. But I think this month is more important than training camp because of the work being put in." He is skating at informal workouts now with the first practice of training camp set for Sept. 18. Friday, 8:32 am
  • Cam Ward wants to stay with Carolina
    Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to stay with Carolina.

    Advice: "Obviously, it's no secret I love being here and there's nowhere else I want to be," he said. "In a perfect world I'd like to have something done, but there's no pressure. I've just got to prepare myself for a great year, not just for myself but for the team. It's team first. We want to be ready." Ward outperformed Anton Khudobin last season in a bounce-back year, but in 2015-16 he is expected to compete with Eddie Lack, who was acquired from Vancouver. "From what I understand he's a great guy and obviously will push (me) and vice versa," Ward said. "It will be a similar situation to last year. Nothing is given to me. You've got to go out there and earn your ice time and right to play." Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Petr Mrazek has big season ahead of him
    Petr Mrazek will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 campaign.

    Advice: It would be great timing for his negotiations if he managed to wrestle away starts from Jimmy Howard. Mrazek is expected to compete with Howard for playing time this year after he was the team's goaltender of choice late in the regular season and during the playoffs. If he can start the majority of the games or prove that he can handle the number one role then he'll be able to lay claim to a significant raise. Aug 24, 9:26 am

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