Player Notes

  • Sidney Crosby named MVP of World Cup
    Sidney Crosby was named the MVP of the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: It's been a pretty good year for Crosby, as he won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh and was named the Conn Smythe trophy winner (playoff MVP) during that run. The Penguins captain finishes the tournament with three goals and 10 points in six World Cup games. The players on Canada's top line (Crosby, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron) scored the opening goal in five of their team's six games. Today, 8:03 pm
  • Halak, Team Europe eliminted by Team Canada
    Jaroslav Halak allowed two goals on 34 shots in Team Europe's 2-1 loss to Team Canada on Thursday.

    Advice: Halak and Team Europe put up a great fight, but they failed to force a winner take all Game 3 on Saturday night. Europe got a goal from Zdeno Chara in the first period and led until Patrice Bergeron tied it with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. Bruins forward Brad Marchand scored the game-winning goal (shorthanded) with 43 seconds remaining. Today, 7:58 pm
  • Carey Price helps Canada win World Cup
    Carey Price turned aside 32 of 33 shots in Thursday's 2-1 win over Team Europe.

    Advice: The win allowed Canada to clinch the World Cup. Team Canada was outplayed throughout the evening and they gave up a lot of odd man rushes, but Price bailed them out on numerous occasions. Price has now won 16 consecutive games as Team Canada's starting goaltender. The Canadiens goalie showed that the knee injury he suffered last season is behind him. He looks ready to go for the 2016-17 season. He should be one of the top two goaltenders taken in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 7:56 pm
  • Zach Redmond scores second goal of preseason
    Zach Redmond scored his second goal of the preseason in Thursday's 4-3 OT loss to the Senators.

    Advice: Redmond isn't known for his offensive production, but he's shown an ability to score this preseason. Although he won't produce much this season, the preseason goals should help him stick in the NHL this season. Brendan Gallagher and Michael McCarron also scored for the Canadiens. Today, 7:29 pm
  • Brandon Pirri has 3 points in preseason win
    Brandon Pirri scored two goals and an assist in Thursday's 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

    Advice: Pirri assisted on John Gilmour's power play goal early in the first period before adding one of his own just over six minutes later. He also scored a power play goal in the third period to give New York a 3-1 lead. The Rangers signed Pirri to an affordable one-year, $1.1 million contract and he'll be used as a versatile winger/center. His fantasy upside will be limited at best. Today, 7:01 pm
  • Anthony Bitetto stays hot in preseason
    Anthony Bitetto scored in Thursday's 3-2 OT loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Bitetto has been productive through two preseason games, as he also registered a pair of assists on Tuesday. The 26-year-old played in just 28 games last year and unless an injury occurs, he may not play much more in 2016-17. Yannick Weber, who Bitetto will likely battle for playing time, also scored for the Predators in this one. Today, 6:55 pm
  • Chris Bourque cut from training camp roster
    Chris Bourque has been cut from the Washington Capitals' training camp roster.

    Advice: Bourque inked a two-year, two-way deal with the Capitals over the summer and is projected to play for AHL Hershey. He had 30 goals and 80 points in 72 AHL contests last season. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Coyotes cut Brandon Burlon from camp roster
    Brandon Burlon has been reassigned to AHL Tucson.

    Advice: Arizona invited Burlon to attend its training camp, but the 26-year-old blueliner had inked an AHL deal, so this move was expected. He had four goals and 21 points in 56 AHL contests last season. Today, 2:57 pm
  • Jimmy Howard will get the nod on Thursday
    Jimmy Howard will play between the pipes in Thursday's preseason game against Boston.

    Advice: The plan is to use Howard for the full 60 minutes. Howard is competing for the No. 1 goalie gig with Petr Mrazek. Today, 2:55 pm
  • Ryan Murphy has flu-like symptoms
    Ryan Murphy is dealing with flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: Murphy still worked out on Thursday, so this sounds pretty minor. The main thing is that he's been kept away from the rest of the Hurricanes right now to prevent it from spreading. Today, 9:52 am
  • Alexander Radulov (illness) misses practice
    Alexander Radulov missed Thursday's practice due to an illness.

    Advice: Radulov make his preseason debut with Montreal on Tuesday and scored a goal and an assist. Montreal still has two weeks left before its season opener, so it's very unlikely that Radulov's illness will have any impact on his availability for that game. Today, 9:33 am
  • Stefan Elliott signs with KHL squad
    Stefan Elliott has agreed to terms with the KHL's AK Bars Kazan.

    Advice: Elliott had two goals and six points in 21 games with the Arizona Coyotes and Nashville Predators last season. The 25-year-old has appeared in 84 career NHL contests. Today, 8:59 am
  • Timo Meier (illness) remains on the sidelines
    Timo Meier is still sidelined with strep throat.

    Advice: Meier has missed four straight days of training camp now and he won't participate in Friday's preseason game. He's still a possibility for Sunday's exhibition contest though. Sharks coach Pete DeBoer felt it was too early to say that Meier's chances of making the team were being hurt by his absence. "If he’s back skating (Thursday) and he ends up playing some games here, I’m not worried about that," DeBoer said. "If we get to the middle or the end of next week and he’s still not participating, then you might start thinking about those things." Today, 8:24 am
  • J.T. Miller rejoins Rangers after World Cup
    J.T. Miller is back with the Rangers after representing Team North America in the World Cup.

    Advice: Miller didn't get much playing time in the tournament. He participated in two exhibition contests, but only appeared in one game during the World Cup preliminary round and even then he was limited to 6:51 minutes. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is leaning towards using Miller in three of the Rangers' last four preseason contests. Today, 7:55 am
  • Darcy Kuemper may see more playing time
    Darcy Kuemper could receive some additional playing time this campaign.

    Advice: Coach Bruce Boudreau likes to start his top goaltender about 55 times, so Kuemper could get more appearances than the 21 matches he saw last season. "It'll be good for everyone," Kuemper said. "It'll give him fresher legs and allow him to be more rested and allow me to be in more of a rhythm. There's nothing tougher than sitting on the bench for a month and then going in there and playing a game. It's hard to feel good that way." Today, 6:39 am
  • F. Andersen may be able to play this weekend
    Frederik Andersen (upper body) could be back in the crease as early as Sunday's exhibition against Montreal.

    Advice: He didn't offer a timetable for his return, but he was on the ice for Wednesday's practice. "It's progressing pretty good ... I'm still day to day, but it's been going pretty good," said Andersen. Today, 5:43 am
  • Tyler Johnson ready to bounce back
    Tyler Johnson is eager to bounce back in 2016-17.

    Advice: "I can't wait for this season, to really show what I can do," Johnson said. "I've got to get back to the player I know I can be." The broken wrist he sustained during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final proved to be more troublesome than Johnson and the Lightning originally anticipated, but he is fully recovered from that now. He is physically and mentally ready to get back on track. Today, 5:34 am
  • Sam Brittain wants to keep developing
    Sam Brittain will have to battle for his playing time this season.

    Advice: "I'm looking to play as much as I can this year, develop and keep working on the areas I need to make the jump to the big club," said Brittain after posting a preseason win over Nashville. The Panthers added goaltenders Reto Berra and James Reimer during the summer. Berra will probably start the season in the minors, so Brittain will have to compete with him for playing time. Today, 5:19 am
  • Jack Eichel hopes to make NHL playoffs
    Jack Eichel is hoping to hit some benchmarks in his sophomore season, but more importantly he wants to taste playoff hockey.

    Advice: "Obviously there's goals and numbers in the back of your mind but I think for the most part I think we all have the same one and that's make the playoffs," Eichel said. "You could say 'be in the hunt' or whatever but I think we have the guys in the room and I think we all believe in ourselves and we have the team to do it." He wants to play in meaningful games down the stretch and Buffalo is moving in the right direction to make that happen, but it will be tough for the team to make the postseason. Today, 5:11 am
  • Noel Acciari hurt in preseason contest
    Noel Acciari appeared to injure his right leg in Wednesday's preseason match against Detroit.

    Advice: He left the game in the third period and wasn't able to return. Acciari skated in 19 games with Boston last season as well as 45 matches with Providence of the AHL. Today, 4:35 am
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