Player Notes

  • London Knights win the Memorial Cup
    The London Knights won the 2016 Memorial Cup by defeating the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies 3-2 in OT.

    Advice: 2016 draft hopeful Matthew Tkachuk scored the game-winner in overtime while Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner was named tournament MVP. Marner picked up an incredible 14 points in four tournament games. The 19-year-old had an incredible junior season after being selected fourth overall in last year's draft. Marner scored 39 goals and 116 points in 57 regular season games. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
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  • Report: Alexander Semin re-signs in KHL
    Alexander Semin has reportedly signed a new contract with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly for one year. Semin took off for Russia after being released by the Canadiens early in the 2015-16 season. The 32-year-old five goals and 14 points in 20 KHL games and he added seven goals and 15 points in 23 playoff games. Semin won the KHL title with Magnitogorsk last season. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
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  • Joel Ward thinks number 22 should be retired
    Joel Ward believes number 22 should be retired throughout the NHL in honor of Willie O'Ree.

    Advice: O'Ree was the first black hockey player to play in the NHL. "I definitely think Willie should be recognized for sure," Ward said. "The league obviously does that with task force but I do think that Willie should definitely be a big part of the league for sure for what he did. It’s a no-brainer. Without Willie, it would be tough for me to be sitting here today. I definitely think Willie should be a big part of this." Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • Kessel disappointed by Team USA snub
    Phil Kessel is disappointed that he wasn't selected by Team USA for this fall's World Cup.

    Advice: Kessel being left off the roster was a head-scratcher, especially with players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan making the roster. "I think I've had a pretty good playoffs," said Kessel. "I think I've played well for (Team USA) in the past." The World Cup snub will sting a lot less if he and the Penguins manage to win four more games and hoist the Stanley Cup this postseason. Yesterday, 3:19 pm
  • Matt Nieto will be available for Game 1
    The Sharks expect Matt Nieto to be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

    Advice: Nieto has been out since he suffered an upper-body injury in Game 6 of San Jose's second round series against Nashville. The 23-year-old practiced on Friday and Saturday, but he wasn't skating on any of the four lines. Even though he might be available, it doesn't look like he'll suit up on Monday. A lot can change between now and then. Yesterday, 12:29 pm
  • Kris Letang doesn't practice on Sunday
    Kris Letang didn't take part in Penguins practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Letang didn't meet the media and coach Mike Sullivan didn't provide an update on his status. All signs point to Letang being available for Game 1, but we won't know for sure until tomorrow. The 29-year-old has two goals and 10 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. The Pens can't afford to be without Letang under normal circumstances, but the fact that Trevor Daley (ankle) isn't available makes him even more important. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury not thinking of future now
    Marc-Andre Fleury isn't thinking about his long-term future in Pittsburgh right now.

    Advice: "Not yet," Fleury said of thinking about his future in Pittsburgh. "It’s not time. It’s time to win it, it’s time to chase the Cup, and that’s all that matters." Fleury, who's won a Stanley Cup of his own, is currently sitting behind 22-year-old Matt Murray. The youngster has provided the Pens with some solid goaltending. The fact that he's younger and less expensive will lead some to speculate that Fleury's time in Pittsburgh is just about over. Yesterday, 12:00 pm
  • Trevor Daley won't rule himself out of SCF
    Trevor Daley, who was considered done for the year, says he won't rule himself out of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Daley suffered a broken ankle in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Although it's unlikely that he suits up in any game of the final, there's a tiny chance he could play if the series extends to six or seven games. Don't bank on him playing in the final. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Nick Bonino will play in Game 1 of SCF
    Nick Bonino will be able to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Bonino was shaken up after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Head coach Mike Sullivan said Bonino will "be fine" for the opening game in Pittsburgh on Monday night. Bonino has three goals and 15 points in 18 games this season. Yesterday, 9:50 am
  • Duchene: Avs were scared to lose in '15-16
    Matt Duchene believes the Avalanche were afraid to lose in 2015-16.

    Advice: The Avalanche were in a battle for a playoff spot until the end of the season, but too many losses down the stretch did them in. "We didn’t take control, we didn’t go out there every night with the confidence we needed to win and to go and take what we needed to take," Duchene said. "We had a little too much fear, I think, of losing and what we had to lose and I think that’s something we all can think about this summer. It’s a change of mindset. All the tools are there. We have a very good team, so we want to challenge for a playoff spot next season and hopefully a Stanley Cup." Yesterday, 8:34 am
  • Madison Bowey avoids suspension
    Madison Bowey will not be suspended for an alleged homophobic slur against Toronto prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

    Advice: Bowey is likely to get suspended for an elbow to the head of Kapanen that preceded the alleged incident that got him a five minute major and game misconduct. The Marlies requested the AHL look at the allegation but there was apparently no audio of the incident so the league could do nothing about it. Bowey should get a shot to stick with the Capitals next season. He was drafted 53rd overall in 2013. Yesterday, 7:47 am
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  • Brent Burns has 20 points heading into Cup
    Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

    Advice: Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Dainius Zubrus a welcome addition to San Jose
    Dainius Zubrus has been a welcome addition to the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: The veteran has been extremely helpful to the younger members of the Sharks due to his work ethic since he inked his contract on November 24. "He’s in the gym all the time, and I think he’s gotten me in there a little bit more during the season," teammate Chris Tierney said. "I think in the past I probably wasn’t in the gym or skating after practice as much as I should have been. He’s a guy that’s really taught me that. Kept me going throughout the season, throughout this long haul. It’s funny that an older guy like him, you expect him to be resting more, but he might be one of the hardest working guys on the team. It’s nice to have that veteran guy to help push me along and let me know. [If] I don’t want to work out after a Game 7, he’s there to help me push." Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Steven Stamkos hopes to be back in TB
    Steven Stamkos hopes to be back with the Tampa Bay Lightning next season.

    Advice: Stamkos is set to become one of the biggest names to ever hit the open market. Many have speculated that Stamkos will be heading home to Toronto, but he insists he still wants to be in Tampa. "I hope to be back," Stamkos said. "We have some unfinished business. This group has been unbelievable; this city has been unbelievable to me. I can't believe it's been eight years already; time flies. The last couple years, you can finally see that light. You still haven't got to (a Stanley Cup win), but it's there, it's dangling right in front of us. When you start something, you want to finish it, and I really hope that can be the case." Time will tell if he really wants to stay. Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Alex Chiasson could be traded this summer
    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes Alex Chiasson could be on the move this summer.

    Advice: Chiasson was acquired in the Jason Spezza trade with Dallas back in 2014, but he's failed to make an impression since landing in Ottawa. The 25-year-old is coming off an eight goal and 14-point season in 2015-16 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt to another team. Chiasson will be a restricted free agent on July 1st. He could be an intriguing low-risk acquisition. Yesterday, 7:04 am
  • Marchand thrilled about Team Canada selection
    Brad Marchand is thrilled about being selected to play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: "It’s an incredible honor to play for Team Canada. It’s something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is…it’s not an easy accomplishment," said Marchand. "It’s not something you get to do very often, and to have that opportunity twice this year is very special and it’s not something I take for granted." Some questioned whether he should be on the team ahead of players like Corey Perry and Taylor Hall, but there's no doubt that Marchand had a terrific season. The 28-year-old had 37 goals and 61 points in 77 games during the '15-16 season. Yesterday, 6:54 am
  • Matt Murray has never faced the Sharks
    Likely Game 1 starter Matt Murray has never played against the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Murray has taken over as the Penguins top netminder, supplanting the once injured Marc-Andre Fleury. He has been terrific in the post-season for the most part as he is 11-4 with a 2.21 GAA and a .924 save percentage. The 22-year-old goalie is the Penguins goalkeeper of the future and his play could force Pittsburgh to trade Fleury by the start of the 2017-18 season, especially if expansion takes place before then. Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Chris Kunitz sits out Saturday
    Chris Kunitz had a maintenance day Saturday and missed practice.

    Advice: Kunitz is currently on a five game points streak with three goals and six points in that span. He has 10 points in 18 games and will likely line up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Brian Rust. Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Olli Maatta a force upon return to lineup
    Olli Maatta had three assists and was a plus-five in the Penguins last three games of the Conference Final.

    Advice: Maatta had been benched for the three previous games but a season-ending injury to Trevor Daley got him back in the lineup and he did not disappoint. Maatta, at age 21, will be the youngest participant in the Stanley Cup Final but he has played plenty over the last three seasons since being drafted 22nd overall in 2012. He is worth taking late in deeper pools next season as he has a lot of upside. Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Bryan Rust, Joonas Donskoi 19 picks apart
    Bryan Rust of the Penguins an Joonas Donskoi of the Sharks were taken 19 picks apart in the 2010 Draft.

    Advice: Rust was taken in the third round, 80th overall, while Donskoi was taken in the fourth with the 99th overall selection. Both have been instrumental in the playoffs as the rookies have each scored five times for their respective teams. Rust is playing with Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins second unit and with eight points in the playoffs, has been a pleasant surprise to those who selected him. Yesterday, 5:58 am
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