• Flyers hope Couturier does more offensively
    Philadelphia will look for Sean Couturier to contribute more offensively in 2014-15.

    Advice: Couturier has developed into a strong defensive center, but he had just 39 points in 82 games last season. "Our biggest upside is up front with Brayden [Schenn] and Sean," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "Sean, you love what he does, the unselfishness, the team first, loving the challenge of playing against the other team's top line. That's awesome stuff. ... He needs to push harder north. It's a little bit of a mentality, a little bit of an attitude, but there's going to be expectations placed on him that haven't been [there] up to this point. He's a young player and rightfully so, there has not been expectations from him to produce at a high level, but he's been in the league long enough now where he needs to push the bar, offensively." Couturier does have a fair amount of offensive upside despite his lackluster numbers in the NHL thus far. He's worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:37 pm
  • Zac Rinaldo will come with $850,000 cap hit
    Zac Rinaldo's newly signed two-year extension comes with an annual cap hit of $850,000.

    Advice: He'll earn $750,000 this season before his new contract kicks in starting with the 2015-16 campaign. Rinaldo is a good source of penalty minutes and hits, but he is unlikely to ever be a significant contributor offensively. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:12 pm
  • Flyers, Zac Rinaldo agree to 2-year extension
    Zac Rinaldo has inked a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: The financial terms of the contract weren't released by the team, but he will earn $750,000 in 2014-15 before his new deal kicks in. "I'm surprised that we even starting to talk about it so early but I am thrilled," Rinaldo said. He doesn't do much offensively, but he did record 153 penalty minutes and 231 hits in 67 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:56 pm
  • Medvedev hints at KHL luring Ovechkin, Malkin
    KHL president Alex Medvedev has hinted that Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin might come to the KHL in a year.

    Advice: Of course, this isn't the first time that Ovechkin and Malkin have been linked to the KHL and they are signed to long-term deals with Washington and Pittsburgh respectively. The one thing that makes Medvedev's quote a bit more troubling is that he specifically point to these "good surprises," as he put it, potentially happening "in a year." The NHL's current memorandum of understanding with the KHL was recently extended, but it is now set to expire on June 30, 2015. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:45 pm
  • Ron Hextall believes in Michael Del Zotto
    Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall expects Michael Del Zotto to bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: Del Zotto went from recording 41 points in 2011-12 and 21 points in 46 contests during the shortened campaign to scoring just three goals and 16 points in 67 games last season. In addition to his production declining, he saw his role with the Rangers reduced substantially and a trade to Nashville wasn't enough to turn his season around. The Predators didn't even think he was worth a qualifying offer to retain his rights, but Philadelphia eventually offered him a one-year contract in August. "We look at a young player like Michael Del Zotto coming into the NHL at his age," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "He has a lot of money. He's got fame, he's got people wanting to spend time with him and thinking he's a big deal. Any 20-21-22 or 23-year-old, it's pretty easy to get off the rails. I think that is what happened to him. I think in two years, he will look back and say, 'it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I regained my focus and what is important.'" Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:15 am
  • P. Datsyuk open to eventually playing in KHL
    Pavel Datsyuk is open to playing in the KHL before his career ends.

    Advice: "It is hard to talk about it now," Datsyuk said. "My dream is to play for the (KHL team) remains, but (I have to) look at how the rest of my hockey career (goes)." Datsyuk, 36, is about to start a three-year, $22.5 million contract with Detroit. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:14 am
  • N. Hjalmarsson hopes to do more offensively
    Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.

    Advice: Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:07 am
  • Dany Heatley looks forward to top-line chance
    Dany Heatley is looking forward to getting a shot to play alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

    Advice: "My job is to get in shape and be ready to play with those two guys," Heatley said. "I know those guys, and I've played with both of them, particularly [Getzlaf]. I love playing with the guy. He's one of the best players in the League, as is Corey Perry. We'll see what Bruce wants to do. But my job is to be ready to go and be ready to get a chance with those two guys." The Ducks hope that Heatley's veteran leadership will rub off on some of the team's younger players as well. He recorded just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season with Minnesota, but could be worth a look if he spends extended time alongside Getzlaf and Perry. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Wild being patient with RFA Nino Niederreiter
    GM Chuck Fletcher feels he has to get Nino Niederreiter's contract done right with some key restricted free agents in need of deals next summer.

    Advice: Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella are among that group. Fletcher feels Niederreiter's deal could affect the others. It's possible that Niederreiter could miss the start of training camp, but Minnesota feels there will be plenty of competition to act as insurance. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Shawn Horcoff likely to remain on fourth line
    Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

    Advice: If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • GM expects Draisaitl to 'make a strong case'
    Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

    Advice: The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavish said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Boudreau unsure how crease 'will shake out'
    Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

    Advice: "We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 am
  • Hitchcock on Ian Cole : 'It's his time'
    Ian Cole will be looking to prove that he can be a regular in the Blues' top-six defense group this season.

    Advice: St. Louis already has firm pairings among their top four, but he has a shot at earning a spot. "This is a real opportunity for Ian," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's paid his dues. He spent time in the minors. He's spent time as the seventh defenseman. He's matured as a person and as a player. It's his time." Cole will have to wrestle the sixth position from Jordan Leopold and Chris Butler at training camp. He played 46 games last season, where he recorded 11 points, 68 blocks and a plus-15 rating. "There's an open spot, a regular shift. There's everything there waiting for him, just step up and grab it." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 am
  • Jimmy Howard could face some competition soon
    Jimmy Howard still has five years remaining on his contract, but the 2014-15 campaign is viewed as an important one for him.

    Advice: First of all, he wants to be better after his statistics slipped last season. Howard posted an inconsistent mark of 21-19-11 to go with a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Jonas Gustavsson showed last year that he could be relied on to fill in at times when he stole a few starts, but he shouldn't be viewed as that much of a threat. The Red Wings have been grooming Petr Mrazek in the minors and he could be the best option of the three very soon. He may see action with the big club again at some point this year and he'll likely have a full-time spot on Detroit in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Andrew Desjardins likely to serve on 4th line
    Andrew Desjardins is projected to continue to serve as a fourth liner in 2014-15.

    Advice: Desjardins had three goals, 17 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The 28-year-old doesn't have much upside at this point and consequently isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:31 am
  • Schultz will enter 14-15 with lots to prove
    Justin Schultz acknowledged that he has plenty to prove after inking a one-year deal with Edmonton.

    Advice: Schultz has a ton of offensive upside, but he also needs to work on the defensive side of the game. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels it would be wrong to say that he's currently weak defensively though. He argues that Schultz is doing a good job in one-on-one situations. "I thought I made better decisions last year in terms of jumping up and being better defensively," Schultz said. "I have to do it more consistently." He had 11 goals, 33 points, and a minus-22 rating in 74 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:23 am
  • Ryan Murray gets ready for sophomore campaign
    Ryan Murray will be looking to build off of a solid rookie campaign in 2014-15.

    Advice: Murray had four goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14. His power-play ice time might be limited this season because of the continued presence of James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson and we consequently don't see him taking a huge step forward offensively in his sophomore campaign, but he's a nice guy to have in keeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:09 am
  • Jori Lehtera looks to bring scoring touch
    A scorer in the KHL, new Blues center Jori Lehtera was brought over to do just that in St. Louis this season, but its unknown how much of his overseas success can translate into the NHL as a rookie.

    Advice: The 26 year old notched 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last season, and has produced at close to a point-per-game pace throughout his professional career in Finland and Russia. The 6'2, 191 pounder should slot right in to the Blues' everyday lineup, but will have to put on a show in order to play with offensive wingers who might flank Paul Stastny and David Backes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:09 pm
  • Brendan Smith enters big contract year in DET
    Brendan Smith is coming into the final year of his two year contract that is paying him $1.26 million annually on the Detroit Red Wings' blueline.

    Advice: Smith has a considerable offensive upside as a puck-carrying demon with the ability to produce lots of points. The Red Wings didn't see that last season though, and his tendency to turn over the puck was perfectly described by Henrik Zetterberg, who joked that Smith creates offense for both sides. Smith accumulated 19 points in 71 games last season, but will have to produce more if he envisions himself making big bucks on a long term basis in Detroit. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:48 am
  • Adam McQuaid could fall victim to cap issues
    Adam McQuaid might fall victim to the Bruins' off-season cap crisis, as the team has to trim their salary significantly in order to sign their prized restricted free agents and fill their roster.

    Advice: McQuaid is entering the final season of a three year contract which pays him $1.57 million annually. The Bruins are currently over a million dollars over the cap ceiling with young blueline star Torey Krug and offensive bullet Reilly Smith still to sign. The B's have a few options, which involve trading fellow defensemen Matt Bartkowski who has a $1.25 million salary, trading veteran Johnny Boychuk who carries a $3.37 million salary, or parting with some of the skilled players on their forward crop. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:54 am
  • Daniel Carcillo still without a contract
    Still without a contract, time is running thin for unrestricted free agent Daniel Carcillo to sign a deal on time for training camp on Sept. 18.

    Advice: Carcillo scored two big goals in eight playoff games last year to go along with 22 penalty minutes. He had five points and 100 penalty minutes in 57 games with the Kings and Rangers last season. The 29 year-old made just $825,000 in each of the past two seasons, but with the salary cap shrinking, teams are having trouble dishing even that kind of money out for an enforcer. Carcillo has the option of attending training camp on a tryout basis if he receives an invitation. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:11 am
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  • MacTavish justifies Justin Schultz signing
    Justin Schultz received high praise from his General Manager Craig MacTavish after signing his one year contract extension with the Oilers on Friday.

    Advice: "I think that Justin has Norris Trophy potential, and I don't think there are too many people that would disagree with me in that regard," MacTavish said. With 60 points in 122 NHL games, Schultz has definitely showed flashes of the dominance that he displayed in the NCAA and AHL before coming into the NHL. If MacTavish is right and Schultz puts up a Norris-caliber season, he'll be doing it at $5.325 million less per year than 2012 winner P.K. Subban. Nonetheless, the 24 year-old has a high-ceiling and will be a much sought-after fantasy defenseman. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:22 am
  • Oilers re-sign Justin Schultz to 1-year deal
    Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:14 am
  • Oilers optimistic RFA Schultz will be at camp
    Justin Schultz remains an unsigned restricted free agent with training camp a little less than a month away.

    Advice: "Stalemate is too strong a word ... both parties are listening. We're very optimistic something will get done (before camp starts Sept. 18)," said Oilers senior vice-president of hockey operations Scott Howson. The two sides may agree to a one-year deal if the numbers don't add up on a two-year bridge contract. Edmonton views him as a 40-point defenseman and he recorded a total of 33 a year ago. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
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