Player Notes

  • Matt Martin hopes role expands with new team
    Forward Matt Martin, who almost certainly will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is hoping his role expands with whichever club signs him.

    Advice: In the Martin Sweepstakes, reportedly, are Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, Calgary and the Rangers. "The money's the money," Martin said Wednesday. "Obviously you want to secure yourself financially. It's important obviously in life. But for me it's just the opportunity. I started my career here (with the Islanders), I've grown a lot as a player. I appreciate everything this organization has done for me. But I think every player wants to expand a little bit. Obviously I'd like to penalty kill and be a little more involved in the games. Sometimes it can be hard just playing 5-on-5. You don't get into the game all the time, especially in a special-teams league. But those are opportunities you've got to create for yourself. We'll see what other teams want to offer." Martin scored an NHL career-best 10 goals playing on the Isles' fourth line but his value is based primarily on the fact that he led the NHL in hits with 365. Today, 7:45 pm
  • Taylor Hall very motivated after trade
    Taylor Hall said he felt "slighted" by the trade that sent him from Edmonton to New jersey.

    Advice: "I expressed my disappointment in what had happened," Hall said when asked about his conversation with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. "I don't want to sound like I'm not excited to join New Jersey because that's not the case. I'm a proud person and I do take this as an indictment of me as a hockey player. I don't think there's any other way to treat. It's safe to say that I'm a very motivated hockey player now." Hall was a teammate of Adam Henrique in junior hockey, so the duo will probably be reunited in New Jersey. Today, 3:43 pm
  • Panthers sign Greg McKegg to 2-way deal
    Greg McKegg has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Florida.

    Advice: He didn't get a qualifying offer from the Panthers, but the team made it known that they wanted him back. McKegg posted two goals in 15 games with Florida during the 2015-16 season. Today, 3:18 pm
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  • Fowler felt like he was going to be traded
    Cam Fowler was a bit surprised that he wasn't traded based on all the rumors he heard going into the NHL Draft.

    Advice: "You hear your name tossed out there. I've heard that before even at recent trade deadlines, but this time with the position the Ducks are in and some of the salaries, it just seemed like it was pretty real," he said. "I was 100 percent prepared for something to happen and was honestly pretty surprised when it didn't. It's one of those things where I want to be prepared for it to happen, obviously I love playing in Anaheim and being a Duck, I feel like I have a great relationship with [GM] Bob [Murray]. I just know that his hands are tied a little bit with what he needs to do. I just have to sit and be patient and see what happens." It seems like he could be staying with the team now because Anaheim was seeking a top-10 pick for him and that didn't happen. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Blockbuster deal sends P.K. Subban to Preds
    P.K. Subban has been shipped to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber.

    Advice: The Subban trade rumors have been swirling since Montreal's season ended because his no-movement clause kicks in on July 1. The Canadiens said they weren't shopping Subban, but getting Weber back in the deal changed their minds about standing pat. Subban had six goals and 51 points in 68 matches for Montreal last season. Today, 1:13 pm
  • Shea Weber sent to Montreal for P.K. Subban
    Shea Weber has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for P.K. Subban.

    Advice: Weber had 20 goals and 51 points in 78 games with Nashville last season. He has served as the captain of the Predators for the last six years and just won the 2016 Mark Messier Leadership Award. Today, 1:07 pm
  • Oilers get Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall
    Adam Larsson has been dealt to the Edmonton Oilers for Taylor Hall.

    Advice: In 82 games last season, Larsson recorded three goals and 18 points, which was down from his personal best of 24 over 64 contests in 2014-15. Larsson was the fourth overall pick in 2011 and he hasn't developed his two-way game the way New Jersey hoped he would. Today, 12:55 pm
  • Troy Brouwer has spoken with a few teams
    Troy Brouwer has spoken to a few teams during the interview period prior to free agency.

    Advice: Brouwer can test the unrestricted free agent market on Friday. He played well for the Blues in the playoffs with eight goals and 13 points in 20 games, so he has attracted plenty of interest. Today, 12:24 pm
  • Nashville interested in Loui Eriksson, Ladd
    Loui Eriksson and Andrew Ladd have spoken to the Nashville Predators prior to the start of free agency.

    Advice: "Forward-wise, we're always looking to get a little bit better," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday. "That could be a trade, that could be a free agent, that could be a combination of both of those. We've had meetings and we've talked about a number of players." Today, 11:55 am
  • Sharks, Tomas Hertl agree to 2-year contract
    Tomas Hertl has signed a two-year contract with San Jose worth $6 million.

    Advice: He accounted for 21 goals and 46 points in 81 games during the regular season. Hertl also added 11 points in 20 playoff matches. Today, 11:21 am
  • Jason Zucker agrees to two-year contract
    Jason Zucker has signed a two-year contract with Minnesota worth $4 million.

    Advice: He will earn $2 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Zucker was a disappointment last season when he posted 13 goals and 23 points in 71 games. More was expected from him after he tallied 21 markers in 51 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign. Today, 10:35 am
  • Columbus buys out Fedor Tyutin
    Fedor Tyutin has been bought out of the final two years of his contract by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: "Fedor Tyutin is a pro in every sense of the word and has been an important player for the Columbus Blue Jackets for many years, but this decision is a result of the current depth on our blue line and to add some financial flexibility for our club moving forward," said GM Jarmo Kekalainen. "I want to thank Fedor for his many contributions and wish he, his wife, Sarah, and their family all the best moving forward." His buyout will save the Blue Jackets $3,291,667 in 2016-17. Tyutin is now an unrestricted free agent. Today, 10:28 am
  • Brad Stuart clears waivers, buyout to come
    Brad Stuart has cleared waivers, so the Avalanche will proceed with his buyout.

    Advice: He was limited to just six appearances in 2015-16 because of a back injury. The Avalanche won't get rid of his $3.6 million cap hit for next season because of his age. However, it will save Colorado $1.2 million in cash and give the team a spot back on the 50-contract limit. Today, 10:15 am
  • Predators put Eric Nystrom on buyout waivers
    Eric Nystrom has been put on buyout waivers.

    Advice: Nashville wanted to trade Nystrom rather than use a buyout on him, but they were unsuccessful in that quest. He potted seven goals in 46 games with the Predators last campaign. Today, 10:05 am
  • Mason Raymond on waivers for a buyout
    Mason Raymond has been placed on waivers by Calgary with the intent to buyout the rest of his contract.

    Advice: His buyout would save the Flames $2.1 million next season and it would result in a $1,050,000 cap hit in 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to Raymond split time between the Flames and the Stockton Heat of the AHL last year. In 29 NHL contests, he posted four goals and one assist. Today, 10:01 am
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  • UFA Andrew Ladd has plenty of suitors
    Andrew Ladd has a number of teams interested with free agency set to begin on Friday.

    Advice: The New York Islanders, Nashville, Tampa Bay and Montreal have expressed their intent to get him signed. Ladd wants a crack at a Stanley Cup and that will factor into his decision making when he hits the open market. Today, 9:55 am
  • Blue Jackets ink Seth Jones to 6-year deal
    Seth Jones has inked a six-year contract with Columbus worth $32.4 million.

    Advice: The 21-year-old defenseman's new deal has an annual average value of $5.4 million. Jones registered 20 points in 41 games with the Blue Jackets after he was acquired from Nashville in the Ryan Johansen trade. Today, 7:34 am
  • Florida not trading Nick Bjugstad
    The Panthers don't plan to move Nick Bjugstad.

    Advice: There were reports a couple of weeks ago that trade possibilities were being considered, but it doesn't appear as though he is going anywhere. Bjugstad struggled with injuries last year and recorded just 34 points in 67 games. He will look to get back on track in 2016-17. Today, 7:30 am
  • Mutual interest between MTL and David Perron
    The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in signing David Perron.

    Advice: Perron is from nearby Sherbrooke, Quebec and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Per Sportsnet, Perron is more than willing to play in his home province. The Canadiens are in the market for at least one top-six forward and Perron certainly gives them that. The 28-year-old scored just 12 goals and 36 points in 71 games in 2015-16, but he really turned it on after being traded from the Penguins to the Ducks. He had 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Report: BOS preparing offer sheet for Trouba
    The Boston Bruins are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Jacob Trouba.

    Advice: It's no secret that the Bruins need to get better and younger on defense and this would be an expensive way of doing that. According to Joe Haggerty, the deal would be worth a minimum of $47 million dollars. If the Jets refuse to match that, it would net them four consecutive first round picks from the Bruins. Trouba had six goals and 21 points in 81 games last season. The 22-year-old averaged 22:03 of ice time in 2015-16. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
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