Player Notes

  • Ben Bishop (ankle) feels 'good'
    Ben Bishop (ankle) says he's feeling good.

    Advice: This is a big year for Bishop, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. "I feel good," said Bishop. "I've been doing rehab all summer, and I'm stronger this summer than I was last summer going into camp as far as test results. That's a good thing." Bishop is one of the three goalies that will be representing Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Joining WPG is 'dream come true' for Howden
    Signing with the Winnipeg Jets was "a dream come true" for Quinton Howden.

    Advice: Howden, who was born in Winnipeg, signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent over the summer. "This is a dream come true. I’ve said it lots of times before but it still hasn’t sunk in," said Howden. "It feels like in two weeks I’ve got to pack up and leave again. I’m so used to doing that. It’s nice to be settled and I’m really excited to get things under way." The 24-year-old was originally drafted by Florida in the first round of the 2010 draft. He had six goals and 11 points in 58 games with the Panthers last season. This may be a nice story, but don't expect Howden to have any fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Kari Lehtonen still thinks about GM 7 loss
    Kari Lehtonen still can't explain what happened in Dallas' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues back in May.

    Advice: Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots in the opening period and the Stars eventually lost 6-1. Lehtonen was replaced by Antti Niemi at the start of the second period. "That's how goaltending is, and that's why you have to stay as even-keel as you can," Lehtonen said. "That's why I'm not concentrating on that. I'm moving forward, and I feel good. That's all I can really tell you." From a fantasy perspective, the two-goalie system isn't ideal. Fantasy GMs should try to stay away from this goaltending duo. Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Tomas Plekanec named captain of Czech team
    Tomas Plekanec has been named the captain of Team Czech Republic for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Plekanec is an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens, but he's worn the "C" for the Czech Republic before. He was the national team captain during the 2014 Olympics and the 2012 and 2016 World Hockey Championships. Yesterday, 6:47 am

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