Player Notes

  • Interviewer: Raanta's quote lacked context
    Antti Raanta's interviewer, Juha Luotola, said that the goaltender did admit that he had hoped Nashville would sweep Chicago, but that the quote by itself lacks proper context.

    Advice: Raanta has denied making such comments after the story emerged from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat. Luotola says he has the interview on tape though. "Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt. Statement looks bad if you read only one line from story. It's easy to [be] misunderstood and get away from the full story," Luotola said. "But I also know that Antti didn't mean that in bad way. It was just his way to explain how frustrated he was: bad feeling last couple hours and after that, he was happy to be a part of team again." 51 minutes ago
  • Nicklas Backstrom (hip) not sure about opener
    Nicklas Backstrom (hip) remains uncertain of his status for the season opener on Oct. 10.

    Advice: Backstrom wants to make sure he's completely recovered before he returns to the lineup. He is skating and taking things day-by-day, but if he's unsure of his ability to play a month from now then it seems fair to assume that he's not yet close to being 100%. Today, 11:47 am
  • Dennis Seidenberg bothered by trade rumors
    Dennis Seidenberg was taken the trade rumors that involve him as a sign that he didn't playing well enough.

    Advice: "If I had heard it from the GM then I would have been concerned, but the thing that bothered me was that people even talked about it. That's kind of a slap in the face. It means you're not playing your best, and you obviously want to play to a level where people don’t question you," Seidenberg said. "On the other hand, you have to focus on your own game and not worry about what people say. If it comes from the top, then you have to be worried about it, but I've never heard anything. I've read it and I saw it, but at the end of the day, I have to focus on what I have to do." There was speculation about him being moved prior to last season's trade deadline, but Seidenberg has a no-trade clause so he had a good amount of control over his fate. Seidenberg is a great defenseman, but his lack of offensive contributions (14 points last season) prevents him from having much value in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:03 am
  • Mark Giordano has completely recovered
    Mark Giordano is completely over the biceps injury that ended his 2014-15 campaign on Feb. 25.

    Advice: "I started skating a bit toward the end of last year and shooting the puck a little bit," Giordano said. "I got home, took a bit of rest, and got right into the strengthening phase of my recovery. I’ve felt great. Honestly, I'm 100 per cent today. There’s nothing in my mind that’s physically going to hold me back." Giordano inked a six-year extension with the Calgary Flames over the summer that comes with a $6.75 million annual cap hit. Had Giordano not been injured last season, he might have won the Norris Trophy, in part because he had already recorded 48 points in 61 games. Today, 7:22 am
  • Ladislav Smid not cleared for contact yet
    Although Ladislav Smid (neck) is making progress, he hasn't been given full medical clearance for training camp.

    Advice: "My sense right now is everything is progressing, but he’s not necessarily going to be ready for contact at training camp," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "We'll get a better sense of when that might be (when he sees team doctors Sept. 17). It was a positive report. There's still steps to take." Smid had an assist in 31 games with Calgary in 2014-15. When he is healthy this season, he will likely battle with Deryk Engelland for playing time as the team's sixth or seventh blueliner. Today, 7:14 am
  • Micheal Ferland still doesn't have a contract
    With the start of training camp fast approaching, Micheal Ferland remains unsigned.

    Advice: Ferland is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. "Just money and term, that’s all," Flames GM Brad Treliving said, referring to what's standing in the way of a new deal. "We'll bang away. We haven't been able to find something that both sides nod on yet, but we’ve still got some time." Ferland had two goals and five points in 26 NHL contests last season. Today, 7:11 am
  • Bergeron: Boston needs to be more consistent
    Patrice Bergeron felt the Boston Bruins' consistency was a key issue last season.

    Advice: Bergeron believes Boston's inconsistency partially stemmed from the squad getting too comfortable when holding a one-goal lead. "I think focus might have been part of it, but it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that caused the inconsistency," he added. "But it’s something that we definitely have to fix. Going out in games and wanting to be the difference in the whole game is something we have to accomplish, and we have to resolve it early if we want to be a better team." Bergeron had 23 goals and 55 points in 81 games last season. Today, 7:06 am
  • Joakim Nordstrom's contract is two-way
    Joakim Nordstrom's recently inked one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks is a two-way agreement.

    Advice: Nordstrom will come with a $605,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. When he's playing in the minors though, he'll earn $67,500 annually. He isn't projected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues in 2015-16. Yesterday, 6:12 pm
  • Dmitry Orlov feels good going into camp
    Dmitry Orlov (wrist surgery) feels fine going into training camp.

    Advice: Orlov was limited to a three-game AHL conditioning stint last season as he didn't play at all with the Washington Capitals. At this point though, he has fully recovered from his injury and will be going into the preseason with an opportunity to secure a role on the team's third defensive pairing. Yesterday, 11:03 am
  • Jack Eichel will live with Matt Moulson
    Jack Eichel will move in with fellow Sabres forward Matt Moulson.

    Advice: Spending that kind of time with the veteran should help Eichel in his rookie campaign. "I know that everyone who knows him well says great things about him," Eichel said. "I haven't heard a bad thing about the guy. The way he offered his house to me shows what kind of person he is. He's a really generous guy, a good guy to be around." The two of them might also end up playing on the same line together for parts of the 2015-16 campaign. Yesterday, 7:01 am
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  • Brad Marchand recovering from elbow surgery
    Brad Marchand had offseason surgery on his right elbow.

    Advice: He had torn tendons that have now been repaired. Marchand spent six weeks in a cast and another three or four weeks in a splint and wasn't able to do any weight training over that stretch. Consequently, he's still working on getting his strength back, although he is optimistic about his ability to do so in time for the start of training camp. Obviously this isn't ideal, but he spent the entire 2014-15 campaign playing through this injury, so the fact that he is now in a position to go into the new season healthy is a big plus. He had 24 goals and 42 points in 77 contests in 2014-15. Tuesday, 5:35 pm
  • Scottie Upshall to join Blues' camp on PTO
    The St. Louis Blues have extended a professional tryout offer to Scottie Upshall.

    Advice: St. Louis has also offered a PTO to veteran forward Scott Gomez. The team has a vacancy because Patrik Berglund is out with a major shoulder injury. Upshall had eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with the Florida Panthers last season. Tuesday, 3:09 pm
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  • Report: Teams inquire about Patrick Kane
    There have reportedly been a minimum of five teams that have inquired to the Chicago Blackhawks about the availability of Patrick Kane.

    Advice: Kane is under investigation for an incident that allegedly occurred at his residence on August 2nd. According to media reports, Kane is being accused of raping a woman. No charges have been pressed. He signed an eight-year, $84-million contract, which is scheduled to begin this season. Tuesday, 1:48 pm
  • Kopitar, Kings not close in contract talks
    Kings GM Dean Lombardi doesn't feel that Los Angeles and Anze Kopitar are even in the same ballpark when it comes to Kopitar's contract negotiations.

    Advice: Kopitar is entering the final campaign of his seven-year, $47.6 million contract. He means a lot to the Kings' franchise so it would be surprising if he doesn't eventually agree to terms. At the same time, based on what Lombardi said we have to wonder if Kopitar will head into training camp without a new deal. He has 218 goals and 610 points in 683 career games with Los Angeles. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Nazem Kadri is happy with how his summer went
    Nazem Kadri feels good about how this summer went for him.

    Advice: "This off-season has been my best," Kadri said. "Physically, it has been easier. My body is catching up with me and it's easier to get stronger and I can work on those areas that I have to, a lot of explosive movements, agility, a lot of footwork. I'm continually working on speed and obviously strength. I think my lower body is a whole different ball game. I've become stronger and that's what you need to keep up with all the best players." Although expectations are low for the Leafs overall, Kadri is entering this season with plenty to prove. He's coming off of a rough campaign where he recorded 39 points in 73 games and received a pair of suspensions, including one by the Leafs for disciplinary reasons. He has the potential to be a great player, but he'll turn 25 on Oct. 6, so talk of his potential is going to start to die out. At some point in the not too distant future, he'll start to be assessed purely based on what he's shown rather than what he was once pr Tuesday, 7:18 am
  • Chara hopes to move past 2014-15 campaign
    With the start of training camp just around the corner, Zdeno Chara doesn't want to spend much time dwelling on Boston's failed 2014-15 bid.

    Advice: "I don't want to go back too much to last year. I think the most frequent word that came out of last season was inconsistency, and that’s what we have to work on," said Chara. "We have to make sure we play with that consistency, and not experience those ups and downs like last year." Chara is coming off of a down season in which he only recorded 20 points and while Boston might bounce back, he is less likely to. At the age of 38, his decline makes sense. Tuesday, 7:02 am
  • Connor McDavid doesn't want to focus on stats
    Connor McDavid doesn't want to focus on reaching numerical goals.

    Advice: In other words, he'd rather focus on having a good season rather than recording X amount of points. Obviously a good season would likely go hand-in-hand with offensive production for a skilled forward like McDavid, but his point is partially that if he sets those kinds of statistical benchmarks for himself, it could end up negatively influencing him. He also noted, "Numbers are one thing, but some of the best games I have ever played have been games in which I didn't get a point or maybe had one point." Of course, with a focus on fantasy hockey, we obviously put a lot of value in numbers. McDavid is a risky pick because rookies, even incredibly talented ones, are particularly hard to predict, but he at least has the potential to surpass the 70-point mark in his first campaign. Monday, 6:48 pm
  • 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. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov happy with two-year deal
    Evgeny Kuznetsov thinks the two-year bridge contract he signed in July is good for both sides.

    Advice: Kuznetsov hopes to sign a long-term deal with Washington eventually, but this contract gives him a chance to show Washington what he's capable of. He recorded 11 goals and 37 points in 80 contests last season and he's believed to have a significant amount of untapped upside. In the meantime, his contract comes with a $3 million annual cap hit. Monday, 9:22 am
  • Seguin loves what GM Jim Nill is doing in DAL
    Tyler Seguin was happy with the Stars' acquisition of Patrick Sharp.

    Advice: "It was kind of more of a, ‘There’s Jim Nill again’ kind of reaction," said Seguin. "Be very quiet during most of the trades and then all of the sudden make a big bang. In the last three seasons, including [Rich] Peverley and myself coming over. On July 4, I was sitting on my phone just waiting for Jim to do something. It’s kind of been his date. Around there was our acquisition from Boston, then the [Jason] Spezza and [Ales] Hemsky deal. Now Sharp, Niemi and Oduya. Jim is doing his thing and making our team better. That gives the players a lot of confidence as well." Sunday, 6:28 am
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