Player Notes

  • Cam Ward wants to stay with Carolina
    Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to stay with Carolina.

    Advice: "Obviously, it's no secret I love being here and there's nowhere else I want to be," he said. "In a perfect world I'd like to have something done, but there's no pressure. I've just got to prepare myself for a great year, not just for myself but for the team. It's team first. We want to be ready." Ward outperformed Anton Khudobin last season in a bounce-back year, but in 2015-16 he is expected to compete with Eddie Lack, who was acquired from Vancouver. "From what I understand he's a great guy and obviously will push (me) and vice versa," Ward said. "It will be a similar situation to last year. Nothing is given to me. You've got to go out there and earn your ice time and right to play." Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Canes, Lindholm agree to 2-year extension
    Elias Lindholm has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million.

    Advice: He will make $2.5 million in 2016-17 and then $2.9 million during the 2017-18 campaign. Lindholm, who was the fifth overall pick in 2013, showed plenty of promise last season while recording 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional," GM Ron Francis said after the signing. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Patrik Berglund to undergo shoulder surgery
    Patrik Berglund sustained a shoulder injury while training for the upcoming season and he'll be re-evaluated in four months.

    Advice: He will undergo surgery on his right shoulder on Friday. Berglund had 12 goals and 27 points in 77 games last season. Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Andrew Ladd hopes to re-sign before season
    Andrew Ladd said it would like to have a new contract in place before the start of the year, but he understands that these things can take time.

    Advice: He would prefer to put the distractions behind him and just focus on preparing for and playing in the upcoming season. Ladd made it known that he wants to stay with the Jets and he believes both sides will come to an agreement because there is mutual interest. He can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • Jason Spezza likes Stars' summer additions
    Jason Spezza likes the off-season changes that Dallas has made.

    Advice: "You are bringing in great pedigree," he said referring to new teammates Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antti Niemi. "You are not only bringing in great players; you are bringing in great players that have won and won together. They'll have their different outlook on things and what they found that was successful for them in Chicago they can implement things in our dressing room. We have a pretty open team to learn and get better. When you add three guys that have won, it is huge for the locker room." Spezza is excited for the upcoming season and, just like most players, he is anxious to start training camp. Wednesday, 6:29 pm
  • Wayne Simmonds hopes to reach 30-goal mark
    Wayne Simmonds is hoping to hit the 30-goal mark in 2015-16.

    Advice: "Thirty is a definite goal for me," he said. "I've come close a couple of times. As long as we're winning games and making the playoffs, I really don't care how many I get." Simmonds recorded 28 goals in 2011-12, 29 in 2013-14 and he hit 28 last season. He'll probably get close again this campaign, with plenty coming by way of the power play. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Coach glad to have Mark Giordano locked up
    Calgary coach Bob Hartley was thrilled to see Mark Giordano sign a six-year contract extension on Tuesday.

    Advice: "Gio is a pillar for us. Someone we can count on. Brad (GM Treliving) has done a great job," said Hartley. "We're going to get to camp and our captain, along many of our veterans, are set contractually. There are no disagreements. No distractions. No confusion. Now the focus is going to be on hockey, on the team. Where it should be. I talked to Gio and he's real happy. If he's happy, I'm happy. It's a great day for the organization." The 31-year-old's new deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause through 2019-20 and then he gets a 10-team no-trade list. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • Backstrom (hip) unsure about season opener
    Nicklas Backstrom (hip) isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: "It is very difficult to answer," he told Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet on Tuesday. "We will see here now (after evaluating) with the coach and fitness coach. There has been considerable focus on enhancing mobility in the hip again. From the beginning I could not run or anything." The good news is Backstrom has been skating and working out with trainer Andreas Ohgren. He is slated to take part in training camp, but it could be in a limited capacity. However, we won't know that until he gets back to North America and he's examined by the Capitals. If he does miss the start of the regular season then it doesn't appear as though he will be sidelined for very long. Wednesday, 1:01 pm
  • Chris Neil training hard, loses some weight
    Chris Neil has trimmed down to 208 pounds.

    Advice: He was previously listed at 215 pounds. Neil has been working hard to get ready for training camp after sitting most of the 2014-15 campaign. He missed plenty of time due to injury, but he was also scratched on occasion. Neil has one season left on his current contract, so this could be his final year with the Senators. Wednesday, 12:28 pm
  • Sharks expect Joel Ward to produce
    Joel Ward is expected to provide the Sharks with some depth scoring in 2015-16.

    Advice: San Jose has had issues in that regard over the past few seasons. Ward may line up alongside Logan Couture on the second line or with Chris Tierney on the third unit. He generated 19 goals and 34 points in 82 games with Washington last season. In 2013-14, Ward collected 24 markers and 25 assists. If he plays with Couture then he could be worth a flier. Wednesday, 11:20 am
  • Canes 'comfortable' to wait on Staal contract
    Eric Staal probably won't have a new contract with Carolina before the start of training camp.

    Advice: "[I'm] kind of waiting to see how it's going to play out here in the next while," Staal said. "I haven't given it a ton of thought, or time, as of right now. I'm focused on having a good finish to training for the summer and getting ready for the start of camp." He has one year left on his contract, but the Hurricanes aren't in any rush to get a deal done. GM Ron Francis said, "We're comfortable letting this go down the road a little bit." There's been plenty of speculation that Staal could be a trade target this year, but he has made it known that he would like to stay with Carolina. Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • A. Ference looks like he'll remain captain
    Andrew Ference doesn't believe there are changes coming to Edmonton's captaincy.

    Advice: "One of the first conversations I had with Todd (McLellan, Edmonton's new coach) was about that," said Ference. "I brought it up ... I like things out in the open. I don't like walking on eggshells or awkward moments, player to coach, player to GM. This isn't a vanity project. We should want everybody pulling on the same rope for the Oilers." Ference has been the captain for the last two seasons and he'll be the oldest player on the team at the age of 36. Wednesday, 7:20 am
  • Sources: P. Kane meets with investigators
    According to multiple sources, Patrick Kane sat down with investigators and his lawyer, Paul Cambria, this week.

    Advice: Sources told the Buffalo News that Kane met with an investigator from the Erie County District Attorney's Office, an investigator with the DA's Office and a detective from Hamburg (N.Y.) Police. Kane's lawyer has said that some of the statements made against his client have been "completely inaccurate," but they haven't spoken publicly since then. Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • Pens will try David Perron at left wing
    David Perron could line up as a left winger in 2015-16.

    Advice: Phil Kessel is slated to play on the right side of Sidney Crosby and Patric Hornqvist is projected to line up to the right of Evgeni Malkin. Coach Mike Johnston is going to try out Perron and Beau Bennett on the left. That would place them in competition with Chris Kunitz and Sergei Plotnikov for spots on Pittsburgh's top-two lines. Tuesday, 3:14 pm
  • Malkin had ankle injury during playoffs
    Evgeni Malkin (ankle) should be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Coach Mike Johnstons has received positive medical updates from all his previously injured players, including Malkin. He had a sprained ankle before the playoffs that he played through. Tuesday, 2:28 pm
  • Phil Kessel to open camp on Crosby's line
    Phil Kessel is likely to start training camp on the same line as Sidney Crosby, according to coach Mike Johnston.

    Advice: "We're looking at Crosby with Kessel and Malkin with Hornqvist," Johnston said. "On the left side, there are a number of players. Even right wingers like David Perron or Beau Bennett might be there. We want to see how a guy like Pascal (Dupuis) looks." The lines will probably be tinkered with during the Penguins' eight-game exhibition schedule, but it looks like Crosby will have a star winger by his side this season. Kessel is a five-time 30-goal scorer who has hit 80 points in two of his last four seasons. Tuesday, 11:26 am
  • Pavel Datsyuk on the mend from ankle surgery
    Detroit Red Wings trainer Piet Van Zant is encouraged by Pavel Datsyuk's recovery from ankle surgery.

    Advice: "Piet watched him work out, told me he's in good spirits," GM Ken Holland said. "He's had no setbacks. He's doing lots of training. He's excited. He wants to feel 100 percent. He's happy about the surgery, what he's able to do at this point." Datsyuk is scheduled to be re-evaluated in mid-September by the doctor who performed his procedure. Holland thinks that Datsyuk's recovery is on schedule, which was set at a "minimum of three months." He could be available at the earliest in late October, but it wouldn't be surprising if he was held out a little longer due to his injury woes over the past couple of seasons. Tuesday, 8:57 am
  • Johan Franzen (concussion) has improved
    Detroit GM Ken Holland is still hopeful that Johan Franzen (concussion) will be cleared to take part in training camp.

    Advice: "Johan told me he's gotten better over the course of the summer," Holland said. "He's pushed himself hard to test it. So far, so good." He expects Franzen to pass his physical, but how he reacts to contact drills and preseason games will determine if he's ready for the start of the regular season. Franzen has been skating at Joe Louis Arena for more than a week, but he has suffered several setbacks. Tuesday, 7:30 am
  • Petr Mrazek has big season ahead of him
    Petr Mrazek will become a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 campaign.

    Advice: It would be great timing for his negotiations if he managed to wrestle away starts from Jimmy Howard. Mrazek is expected to compete with Howard for playing time this year after he was the team's goaltender of choice late in the regular season and during the playoffs. If he can start the majority of the games or prove that he can handle the number one role then he'll be able to lay claim to a significant raise. Monday, 9:26 am
  • Drew Stafford may start on Jets' top line
    Drew Stafford may have an opportunity to start the 2015-16 season on the top line.

    Advice: After he was acquired from Buffalo last year, Stafford did see some time with Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little. However, he could be swapped out of that position if Jets prospect Nikolaj Ehlers continues his upward trend. Stafford recorded nine goals and 19 points in 26 games with Winnipeg, which earned him a two-year, $8.7 million extension. Monday, 7:26 am
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