Player Notes

  • Holtby says Price should start for Canada
    Braden Holtby believes Carey Price should be the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the World Cup.

    Advice: Holtby won the Vezina trophy this season, while Price missed most of the year with a knee injury. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby said. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy." Price was the starting goaltender for Canada at the last Olympics. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:48 pm
  • Alex Steen could be ready for season opener
    Alex Steen (shoulder) might be ready for the regular season opener, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

    Advice: Steen had to pull out of the World Cup, but there's some optimism around his status for the start of the year. "We're still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he'll jump right into the flow drills — that's the idea now," Armstrong said. "But we're not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I'm not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he's in great shape, he's ahead of schedule and we're hoping that he's ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive." Whenever he returns to full health, Steen will be an intriguing fantasy option. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has already said that he plans on playing Steen with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:25 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo humbled to be named captain
    Alex Pietrangelo was humbled to be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The Blues made the announcement official during a news conference on Thursday. "Humbling is a good word," Pietrangelo said. "I’m excited, I’m nervous, I think it’s every emotion you can come up with. This group of guys who have worn the ‘C’ have carried themselves in a way that I want to carry myself. They still to this day carry themselves in a great way." He replaces David Backes, who went to Boston in free agency. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:13 am
  • Robin Lehner pulls out of World Cup
    Robin Lehner has pulled out of the World Cup.

    Advice: Lehner has been dealing with an ankle injury. Getting healthy for the regular season is more important than making an appearance for Sweden. Lehner was also plagued by injuries last season, as he played just 25 games for the Sabres during the regular season. Jhonas Enroth will take his spot on the roster. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:08 am
  • Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden
    Jhonas Enroth will represent Team Sweden at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Enroth will replace injured Sabres goalie Robin Lehner. The 28-year-old played in 16 games with the Los Angeles Kings last season and had a 7-5-1 record with a 2.17 goals-against-average and a .922 save percentage. Henrik Lundqvist (NY Rangers) and Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver) will be the other two goalies for Sweden. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:57 am
  • John Carlson (ankle) is feeling good
    John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

    Advice: Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good." Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 am
  • Dave Bolland will go on long-term IR
    According to Coyotes GM John Chayka, Dave Bolland won't be ready to play for the "foreseeable future".

    Advice: That's a bonus for the Coyotes, as they'll be able to place him on long-term injured reserve. While he's on IR, Bolland's cap hit won't be charged to the Coyotes salary cap. Bolland played in just 25 games last year because of a lower-body injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Rangers sign Brandon Pirri to one-year deal
    The New York Rangers signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

    Advice: The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in just 49 games two seasons ago, but his production dipped last year as he scored 14 goals and 29 points with Florida and Anaheim. In the right situation, Pirri might be able to hit the 20-goal mark. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:58 pm
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  • 'Yotes happy to land Lawson Crouse
    Coyotes GM John Chayka was thrilled with his acquisition of Lawson Crouse.

    Advice: "We are very pleased to acquire Lawson," said Chayka. "He's a big, physical, power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find." Crouse was acquired from Florida earlier today. The 11th overall pick in 2015 already has NHL-ready size, as he's 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds. The Coyotes aren't as deep as the Panthers, so this trade could lead to Crouse getting to the NHL as soon as this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Sidney Crosby named captain of Team Canada
    Sidney Crosby will wear the "C" for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Crosby will be the captain, while Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Montreal's Shea Weber will be assistant captains. These three players had the same leadership responsibilities during Team Canada's gold medal run at the 2014 Olympic Games. "Sid, Toews and Web are great men who have had unbelievable on-ice success," said Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock. "We look forward to them stepping up and leading our group as we work to achieve our ultimate goal at the World Cup." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:58 am
  • Joseph Blandisi wants to be more consistent
    Joseph Blandisi is looking to be more consistent in 2016-17.

    Advice: The 22-year-old played in 41 games for the Devils during his rookie season. He had five goals and 17 points during that stretch. He'll look to make more of an impact this season. "If we look across the league, it's a lot of young guys making big booms now," Blandisi said. "So it's up to us to help the team score goals and bring the energy night in and night out. You want to be consistent, and I think that's something I need to work on. It's been my focus throughout the summer." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Stars still working to re-sign Val Nichushkin
    The Dallas Stars are still working on re-signing restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin.

    Advice: Nichushkin is a talented winger with good size and skill, but he's coming off a nine-goal and 29-point season. "His agent and I have had great dialogue," GM Jim Nill said. "We look forward to getting him signed and getting him in here. It’s a big year for him to continue his growth. We have high expectations for him." He has the potential to develop into a point-producing forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Roberto Luongo feeling better than expected
    Roberto Luongo says his injured hip feels better than expected at this point.

    Advice: "I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good," said Luongo. "I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it." If when Luongo is fully healthy, the Panthers will probably look to decrease his workload. The fact that Florida also signed James Reimer this off-season won't help Luongo's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Tomas Jurco has minor back surgery
    Tomas Jurco had minor back surgery to repair an injury he suffered while working out.

    Advice: The start of Jurco's season might be in jeopardy. The 23-year-old played 44 games for the Red Wings and five games in the AHL. He'll serve as a depth forward when he returns to full healthy. Jurco won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:46 pm
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  • Duncan Keith withdraws from World Cup
    Duncan Keith will not play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Keith was named to Team Canada, but his injury situation will prevent him from playing in the tournament. "As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month's World Cup of Hockey," the Blackhawks said in a release. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury." Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Jay Bouwmeester added to Team Canada
    Jay Bouwmeester had been added to Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot of Chicago's Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester won gold with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics. The 32-year-old scored three goals and 19 points in 72 games with the Blues last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:07 pm
  • Niklas Kronwall pulls out of World Cup
    Niklas Kronwall won't represent Sweden at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Kronwall was named to the roster, but he'll have to withdraw because his isn't physically ready to play yet. The 35-year-old missed 18 games because of a knee injury in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Hampus Lindholm added to Sweden's WC roster
    Hampus Lindholm has been added to Team Sweden's World Cup roster.

    Advice: He'll take injured Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's spot on the team. Lindholm still doesn't have a new contract from the Anaheim Ducks, but that won't stop him from playing for his country. The 22-year-old had 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games with Anaheim last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Stars, Hudler agree to terms on one-year deal
    The Dallas Stars and Jiri Hudler have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a disappointing 2015-16 season with Calgary and Florida, but he's just one season removed from a 76-point season. This is a nice low-risk signing for Dallas, as Hudler gives them another top-nine forward. Hudler's fantasy stock could rise significantly if he gets an opportunity to play with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:57 am
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  • Erik Karlsson: World Cup 'changes things up'
    The upcoming World Cup has forced Erik Karlsson to change things up when it comes to his off-season workouts.

    Advice: The World Cup will force players to play competitive games sooner than they're used to, so the off-season preparation of every player participating will change. "It definitely changes things up and it’s nice when you change sometimes," said Karlsson. "It has been a good summer and it feels good right now. And for the guys going to the World Cup, they’re going to be a step ahead of the guys going to (NHL) training camps." Karlsson will represent Sweden in the tournament. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:10 am
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