• Stephen Weiss believes he can bounce back
    Stephen Weiss believes he can be productive this season after dealing with a sports hernia problem in 2013-14.

    Advice: "I'm confident," Weiss said. "I know I can play the game and I'm a threat on the team as a No. 2 center with those two guys [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] coming out first. We should be able to do some damage if we're healthy." He has been working hard since his second surgery on April 21 and he'll be ready to go in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:54 pm
  • Danny Kristo signs 1-year deal with Rangers
    Rangers GM Glen Sather announced Thursday that the team had signed Danny Kristo.

    Advice: In 65 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack this past season, he produced 25 goals and 43 points. He was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Christian Thomas on July 2, 2013. According to CapGeek.com, Kristo's one-year contract will earn him $826,875 if he plays at the NHL level and $65,000 in the AHL. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:12 pm
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  • Sakic confident Tyson Barrie will be at camp
    Colorado Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic is "confident" Tyson Barrie will be with the team for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Training camps are about four weeks away and Barrie remains a restricted free agent. The offensive defenseman is an important part of the Avalanche and he was sorely missed in the playoffs when he suffered a knee injury in the opening round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:54 pm
  • Joe Thornton reacts to losing his "C"
    Joe Thornton wasn't aware that he'd lost his captaincy until he was told a about the situation by a reporter.

    Advice: "I talked with Todd today, and he never mentioned anything about captains or assistant captains," said Thornton on Wednesday. Coach Todd McLellan admitted that he could have been clearer in his "clean slate" talk with Thornton. Thornton appears to be handling it well and he said he would support whoever becomes the team captain. "It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," he said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:37 pm
  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere calls it a career
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

    Advice: He posted 262 wins, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 career regular season appearances. Giguere was excellent in the playoffs, where he earned a mark of 33-17 to go with a .925 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final to New Jersey and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere was originally drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:44 pm
  • Agent: Ilya Bryzgalov wants to play for Wild
    Ilya Bryzgalov would like to return to the Minnesota Wild, according to his agent.

    Advice: "Ilya would very much like to return to the Wild and further the success the team had down the stretch last year," Ritch Winter said. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences he has had in his career. Ilya loved his teammates in Minnesota, loved the city and loved and appreciated the support he received from the coaching staff and Wild fans. He would love to be a part of helping this team to enjoy the success they had together last year." The problem for the Wild is that their crease is already crowded and the club is preparing to the start the year with three goalies on the roster. Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are expected to return from their respective ailments, while RFA Darcy Kuemper is slated to join them once he gets signed. There probably isn't any room for Minnesota to bring in Bryzgalov too, even though he's willing to accommodate the move the best that he can. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:32 pm
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  • Josh Harding impresses in pre-camp skate
    Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

    Advice: Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:21 pm
  • Gustav Nyquist ready for a larger role
    Expectations will be higher on Gustav Nyquist this upcoming season.

    Advice: The good news is that he's expected to be placed in situations where he can succeed. Nyquist is slated to start the season on one of Detroit's top-two lines and he'll get time on the power play. He registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games last year. Nyquist has the skill to be a regular 20-goal threat and he should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:44 am
  • Bertuzzi issues 'thank yous' after settlement
    Todd Bertuzzi spoke a little to the Detroit Free Press a day after reaching a settlement in his long-standing court case with Steve Moore.

    Advice: "I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you." Moore's career ended after he was attacked by Bertuzzi in game back on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:27 am
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  • Brooks Orpik responds to contract criticism
    Brooks Orpik responded to reactions that he was overpaid by Washington in free agency.

    Advice: "Whether you make the minimum or $9 million a year, there's always going to be people that think you're overpaid," Orpik said in a phone interview Tuesday. "You're always aware of that. Washington, I think they know me well enough, so they know what they're getting." Coach Barry Trotz is excited about the intangibles that Orpik will bring to the team's back end. He was signed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract on the first day of free agency. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:57 am
  • Nazem Kadri expects to produce more
    Nazem Kadri wants to elevate his game in 2014-15.

    Advice: "My expectation for myself is to go up (in production) every year," he said. "No one has higher expectations of me than me, so I'm working as hard as I can to get there. You always work hard to get better, but now your body is a bit more mature, and you know it better, so it's easier to put on pounds or take them off, whatever you need." Kadri feels his ideal weight is around 190 pounds. He's been working hard on his shot and release during the summer. Kadri appears confident that he can improve on the 20 goals and 50 points he picked up in 78 games last campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:40 am
  • New deal won't change Clarke MacArthur
    Clarke MacArthur said receiving the security of a five-year deal won't change the way he approaches the game.

    Advice: "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game," said MacArthur, who will carry a $4.65 million cap hit when the 2015-16 season begins. "I want to play good in both ends. I feel like if we work hard in our own end, if we check hard, the offensive opportunities just come. Playing with offensive players, things are going to happen. It's more about defending." He enjoyed playing alongside Kyle Turris last year and the duo will probably be together again this campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Carey Price tests knee on the ice, feels good
    Carey Price (knee) was back on the ice a couple of weeks ago in Kelowna.

    Advice: He stayed in Montreal until late June to work on his rehabilitation from a sprained knee. Price has been skating with former teammate Josh Gorges, Travis Moen and other NHLers. "It's probably been one of the fastest summers I can remember," Price said. "(Skating) is going pretty good so far. So far, so good." He was injured in the Eastern Conference Final when Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1. It sounds like he'll be ready to go by the time training camp opens. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:13 am
  • Raffi Torres (knee) may miss half the season
    Raffi Torres is projected to miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season after he suffered a setback in his surgically repaired right knee.

    Advice: He developed an infection after he underwent a cleanup procedure once the Sharks were knocked out of the playoffs. Torres missed most of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL and it looks like he'll miss most of the coming campaign as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Sharks create open competition for captaincy
    Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks, but coach Todd McLellan isn't calling the decision a "stripping."

    Advice: The Sharks won't have a captain or assistants going into training camp and the players will compete for the leadership roles. McLellan said that Thornton is a candidate just like everyone else. Regardless of their reasoning, this seems like a very odd move. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:31 pm
  • James Neal deal saved Preds some cash
    It's a bit surprising that the Nashville Predators saved money by acquiring James Neal.

    Advice: Nick Spaling will make $2.2 million next season in Pittsburgh and Patric Hornqvist will earn $4.25 million, while Neal will receive $5 million. The Predators acquired the best player in the deal and they freed up some salary cap space, which looks pretty good on paper. He does lose fantasy value in Nashville, but there's still a chance that he could outscore Hornqvist this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:17 pm
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  • Mark Arcobello to challenge for 2nd line spot
    Mark Arcobello might end up as a second-line center option for the Oilers this season.

    Advice: He's expected to compete with Leon Draisaitl and Anton Lander for the spot. Jordan Eberle thinks Arcobello could be a good fit there. "I've played with Arco when he was in the AHL and when he was up here last year," said Eberle. "I think he's showed that he can play here when he was up here. He performed very well. With contract issues and guys stepping in, he kind of got pushed out of the way. Now that there is a spot open, I know for him he's probably training hard and looking to take over that. It should be interesting." Arcobello got off to a good start last season with 10 assists in his first 10 outings, but he finished the year with 18 points in 41 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Valeri Nichushkin may be paired with Spezza
    Valeri Nichushkin may start the 2014-15 campaign with Jason Spezza.

    Advice: The Stars were apparently interested in Ales Hemsky before they acquired Spezza for the purpose of playing him with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. That combination will probably start training camp together. Nichushkin had some success with Benn and Seguin during his rookie season, but playing with Spezza is a great consolation prize. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:45 pm
  • Tyler Seguin scouts the NHL for faceoff help
    Tyler Seguin has been working over the summer to improve his performance in the faceoff circle.

    Advice: "The scouting for me this summer has been watching faceoffs around the league from other centermen," he said. "Learning a bit more about the position. It was my first year and it's a lot harder than you think, switching positions in the NHL." Seguin did scouting on teammate Jamie Benn heading into last season and those sessions appeared as though paid off. He'll also have Jason Spezza to learn from in 2014-15. Seguin won just 41.5 percent of his draws last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Andrew Ladd's Twitter mishap was 'accidental'
    Andrew Ladd caused a bit of a stir when he "accidentally" put a favorite on a Tweet that criticized the Jets' off-season.

    Advice: The Tweet posted by @sliiiiip said, "I just found a video that sums up the #NHLJets offseason magnificently!" It had a link to a YouTube video wrestling's Bryan Alvarez yelling "minus five stars" for a full 10 minutes. Ladd explained that he didn't even know he'd favorited it until he was contacted by Winnipeg's communications staff and then he removed it. He also said he didn't even watch the video. It is reasonable to believe the Jets captain had a slip of the finger, but the incident came at a bad time because the team has come under fire from fans and media for their lack of roster moves. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Dennis Seidenberg expects to be ready at camp
    Dennis Seidenberg has recovered from a season-ending knee injury and he said he'll be ready for training camp.

    Advice: "I think the more I go on [the ice], the more my knee gets used to it, and like always, I never feel good when I start skating every summer, so it will take some time, but once training camp starts, I should be fine," Seidenberg told the Bruins website. He underwent surgery to repair an ACL/MCL injury in his right knee in early January and his last appearance came on Dec. 27. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:30 am
  • Senators ink Clarke MacArthur to 5-year deal
    Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.

    Advice: He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:41 pm
  • Source: Bertuzzi-Moore reach a settlement
    Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a settlement out of court, according to Sportsnet's Michael Grange.

    Advice: We don't have details yet, but the Moore-Bertuzzi litigation is finally over after 10 years. Moore's career was ended by Bertuzzi in an on-ice incident back in March 2004 and he was seeking $68 million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent after he recorded 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 am
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  • Legal reps of Bertuzzi, Moore talk settlement
    Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are discussing a negotiated (out of court) settlement, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

    Advice: The discussions are believed to be close, but no legal agreement is currently in place. McKenzie reports that "a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility." Bertuzzi and Moore have a civil trial scheduled for Sept. 8. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:22 am
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  • Tyson Barrie (knee) should be good for camp
    Tyson Barrie (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: It was difficult for him to watch the playoffs after he was injured in Game 3 of Colorado's first-round series against Minnesota. "It's frustrating, but we've got such a good young team here," Barrie said. "Hopefully I'll be a part of it for a long time and we can make some noise in the playoffs in the future." Barrie is a key restricted free agent who the Avalanche still have to sign. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:47 am
  • Wild expect goalies to be ready for camp
    Josh Harding is projected to be ready for training camp.

    Advice: Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said that Niklas Backstrom will be ready to go as well. "Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher said referring to Backstrom and Harding. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training camp medicals." Harding missed the last 40 games of the regular season and the playoffs because of his battle with multiple sclerosis. He was playing very well in 2013-14 before his illness put him on the sidelines. Harding could be sharing the crease with Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper this season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere to retire next week
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere will reportedly announce his retirement next week.

    Advice: Giguere had an 11-6-1 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average in 22 outings with Colorado last season. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 in a losing effort and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere will call it a career with 262 career victories in 597 appearances. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:43 am
  • Tyler Seguin wishes 'it was October already'
    Tyler Seguin is excited by the off-season changes the Stars have made and he can't wait for October to come to get the year started.

    Advice: "I think everyone's ready to go. I've been talking, even seeing the guys so much this summer, it's surprising for an off-season," he said. "In Boston, I didn't see my teammates that often, I guess, everyone kind of does their own thing. But this summer, with the Stars, it seems like we're always together every other week, but everyone's excited and ready for training camp to start." Seguin was in disbelief that the Stars acquired Jason Spezza at first. "When I actually saw the Spezza trade, or heard about it, I didn't believe it at first. I had to go online, social media these days, and see if it was confirmed." Spezza will play behind on Dallas' second line, which should give the team a balanced attack that was lacking in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:23 am
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