Player Notes

  • Blake Wheeler named captain of the Jets
    The Winnipeg Jets have named Blake Wheeler as their new captain.

    Advice: The last captain, Andrew Ladd, was traded to Chicago before the trade deadline and signed with the New York Islanders this off-season. Wheeler has been with the organization for the last seven years. The 30-year-old finished sixth in league scoring last year with 78 points. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele will serve as the alternate captains. "For me, this is obviously a huge honor," said Wheeler. "I really look forward to being a leader on this's not just going to be us three, we have a great group of men in our room. Today, 10:33 am
  • Ryan Callahan (hip) disappointed to miss WC
    Ryan Callahan (hip) is disappointed that he won't be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Callahan was originally named to Team USA's roster, but he pulled out of the tournament in late June after undergoing hip surgery. "It's really tough," Callahan said. "It's definitely disappointing that I'm going to miss that. Anytime you get to represent your country, it's something special. And to be in the World Cup is something I've never experienced before." Callahan is also expected to miss the first month of the regular season, but added that he's on schedule with the recovery. Expect him to return in mid-November. Today, 6:31 am
  • Patrik Laine will have 'opportunity to excel'
    Patrik Laine will have every opportunity to make the Jets roster, according to head coach Paul Maurice.

    Advice: "He's certainly going to be given the opportunity to excel right out of the gate," Maurice said. "I had another No. 2 overall pick when I was coach in Carolina in Eric Staal. In training camp and over the first half of the year, you could see the things Eric wanted to do and you knew, because of who he was, that he would be able to do it. It was just a matter of time." The Jets selected Laine with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft. Assuming he sticks with Winnipeg, he should be in contention for the Calder Trophy. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Phil Kessel (hand) may miss start of season
    Phil Kessel (hand) might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: Pens beat writer Josh Yohe suggests that "it will be close". Kessel was left off Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup, so he doesn't have to rush back from his injury. The Pens forward underwent hand surgery in July after his team won the Stanley Cup. Losing Kessel for any amount of time would certainly be a blow for Pittsburgh, but they've managed to survive when some of their other stars have gone down to injury. Kessel scored 26 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season, but he exploded for 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games during the postseason. Monday, 7:09 am
  • Stars still working to re-sign Val Nichushkin
    The Dallas Stars are still working on re-signing restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin.

    Advice: Nichushkin is a talented winger with good size and skill, but he's coming off a nine-goal and 29-point season. "His agent and I have had great dialogue," GM Jim Nill said. "We look forward to getting him signed and getting him in here. It’s a big year for him to continue his growth. We have high expectations for him." He has the potential to develop into a point-producing forward. Wednesday, 8:27 pm

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