Player Notes

  • Provorov named CHL defenseman of the year
    Ivan Provorov is the CHL's defenseman of the year.

    Advice: Provorov had 21 goals and 73 points in 62 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken by Philadelphia with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Today, 6:44 pm
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  • P.K. Subban shrugs off Team Canada snub
    P.K. Subban took his snub from Team Canada in stride.

    Advice: "I mean, everybody wants to make the team, right? And there’s a bunch of guys that I’m sure wanted to be on the team. But that’s the way it goes," Subban said. "Listen, at the end of the day, we could take four or five teams to this thing. When I was speaking to [Team Canada GM] Doug Armstrong, my number one thing was I just want to see Canada win gold. So, I’ll be there cheering just like everybody else." Subban was the Norris Trophy in 2013 and was a finalist for the award in 2015. He also was part of the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, but he only appeared in one game. Today, 6:29 pm
  • Anze Kopitar may be next captain of Kings
    Anze Kopitar could be the next captain of the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: Dustin Brown has reportedly has been told that he won't be the captain of the Kings anymore. The Kings would not confirm if the new captain would be Kopitar, who will start his eight-year contract worth $80 million in 2016-17, and they did not dispute the report on Brown. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Shattenkirk looks to put rumors behind him
    Kevin Shattenkirk knows the trade rumors probably won't go away, but he hopes to stay with the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: "It was a wild year with all the rumors going on, and it might plant the seed of doubt in your head," Shattenkirk said. "But that's not my decision. I'm happy to be coming back here next year. I have a year left and this is where I want to be next year. That's out of my hands unfortunately." Shattenkirk's four-year contract that comes with a salary-cap hit of $4.25 million will be completed after the 2016-17 season. Today, 2:13 pm
  • Jack Johnson lands on World Cup squad
    Jack Johnson was added to Team USA's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September.

    Advice: He wasn't included on the 2014 Olympic roster, but he has represented the United States at several other tournaments including the Winter Games in 2010 as well as five World Championships. Johnson's season ended in March because of shoulder surgery, but he should be ready in time for the Word Cup. Today, 11:35 am
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  • Claude Giroux glad to make Team Canada
    Claude Giroux has been added to Canada's World Cup team.

    Advice: Giroux wasn't sure if he would make the team after he was left off Canada's 2014 Olympic roster and because he recently had hip and abdominal surgeries. "I'm feeling really well and there's no issue for me being ready for the tournament," he said regarding his recovery. Giroux added that he was honored to be chosen for the squad. Today, 10:10 am
  • Alex Galchenyuk was close to making Team NA
    Alex Galchenyuk didn't make the cut for Team North America's World Cup team.

    Advice: He scored 30 goals and 56 points in 82 games during the 2015-16 campaign. Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reported that Galchenyuk was very close to getting a spot on the 23-and-under squad for players born in the U.S. and Canada. Today, 10:02 am
  • Nyquist didn't make the cut for World Cup
    Gustav Nyquist didn't get a spot on Sweden for the World Cup.

    Advice: Nyquist just led the Swedes with seven goals at the World Championship tournament, but it wasn't enough to get him a roster position. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall were placed on Sweden in March when the preliminary rosters were announced. Today, 9:31 am
  • Caps thrilled with progress of Dmitry Orlov
    The Washington Capitals were thrilled with the progression of Dmitry Orlov this past season.

    Advice: The Capitals did not know what to expect this past season from the defenseman as he missed all of the 2014-15 season with a broken wrist. His offensive capabilities came to the forefront this season with eight goals and 29 points and Orlov is expected to make the jump to a top-four defenseman, perhaps as early as next season. Orlov is a restricted free agent but the Capitals need to sign him as he is one of their top young players on the team. Today, 8:10 am
  • van Riemsdyk added to U.S. World Cup roster
    James van Riemsdyk has been added to Team U.S.A.'s World Cup roster.

    Advice: He will be one of five Maple Leafs who will particiapte in the tournament. Leo Komarov (Finland), Nikita Zaitsev (Russia), Milan Michalek (Czech Republic), and Morgan Rielly (North America) will compete against JVR. Today, 7:25 am
  • Nylander scores hat trick to pace Marlies
    William Nylander broke out of his AHL postseason slump by scoring three goals in the Marlies' 5-0 win over the Hershey Bears Friday night.

    Advice: The Marlies were facing elimination in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final, but are still down 3-1 in the series. Nylander had registered only seven points in 12 games coming into Friday night's match, but he was the difference maker in the must-win contest. Today, 7:21 am
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  • Matt Nieto expects to be ready at some point
    Matt Nieto (upper body) is expecting to be healthy at some point in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Nieto partook in practice Friday for the first time since Game 6 in the second round against Nashville when he crashed into the goalpost. He is still wearing a brace under his uniform so it is unlikely he will be ready for Game 1. "I’ve been shooting the puck fine, and passing and moving great, so to take that next step was a good feeling," Nieto said. "That's my first time skating with the group in a few weeks and its a lot more fun being out there with everyone than just by myself. Progress is always good, and it felt awesome." Today, 7:09 am
  • Phil Kessel excited with Stanley Cup Final
    Phil Kessel is so excited to be in his first Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: You might even say that "Phil the Thrill" is thrilled to be there. The former Bruin and Maple Leaf had 26 goals and 59 points in the regular season but leads the Penguins during the playoffs with 18 points including nine goals. He has been playing alongside Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino to give the Penguins a top notch third unit. He has to be given plenty of Conn Smythe consideration if the Penguins manage to win the Stanley Cup. Today, 7:03 am
  • Chris Kunitz on five game scoring streak
    Chris Kunitz is on a five game scoring streak.

    Advice: Kunitz has three goals and six points during the streak to give him four goals and 10 points in 18 post-season games. He has been a leader with the Penguins as far as hits go as well as he had 25 hits in seven games against the Lightning. "He just kept going at them," assistant coach Rick Tocchet said. "Tampa had no answer for him. He kept getting in on the forecheck. He was hitting. I think he wore down a lot of their defense with his hits. He’s a small guy, but he hits like a truck." Kunitz is now playing with Evgeni Malkin and Game 7 hero Bryan Rust and the trio give the Penguins a very good second line. Today, 6:58 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury struggling as backup goalie
    Marc-Andre Fleury may be struggling as the backup goalie in Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Fleury has started only one game in the playoffs (Game 5 in the third round against Tampa Bay) after suffering a concussion on April 2. He started backing up Matt Murray on May 2 and has mostly kept that position ever since. The Pittsburgh's Tribune-Review Rob Rossi interviewed former Penguin Maxime Talbot and Talbot said that he speaks to Fleury between games. "I could only guess how hard the games are for him," Talbot said. "But ‘Flower' is the best guy. You see him on the bench, smiling, talking to Murray during breaks. I know he's happy for the guys in the room. I know he's trying to do whatever he can to help them win. It's different." Today, 6:49 am
  • Karlsson only Sen to play in World Cup
    Erik Karlsson will be the only Ottawa Senator to play in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Karlsson, will of course skate for Sweden in the tourney that is slated to begin on September 17th. Mark Stone, a standout at the recently completed IIHF World Championships, was hoping for an invite from Canada that never came. Today, 6:41 am
  • Carey Price one of 5 Habs to play in World Cup
    Carey Price is one of five Montreal Canadien players who has been selected to play in the World Cup of Hockey this September.

    Advice: It remains to be seen if he will play for Team Canada given he is coming off a serious knee injury which sidelined him for much of the 2015-16 NHL season. Other participants in the tourney are: Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin (Russia), Max Pacioretty (USA), Tomas Plekanec (Czech Republic). The snubbing of P.K. Subban by the Canadians, however, was the bigger news in Montreal regarding the World Cup. Today, 6:35 am
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  • Eight Red Wings to play In World Cup
    There will be eight Detroit Red Wings playing in the World Cup tournament scheduled for mid-September.

    Advice: Justin Abdelkader was added to the U.S. roster on Friday, while Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko will pskate for Russia, Petr Mrazek will tend goal for the Czech Republic, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will play for Sweden. Other Friday roster additions were Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America). Today, 6:17 am
  • Jack Eichel selected for World Cup roster
    Jack Eichel is one of three Buffalo Sabres who will participating in the World Cup in September.

    Advice: Eichel will be skating for North America, while defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will represent Finland and Robin Lehner will tend goal for Sweden. World championship star Ryan O'Reilly was snubbed by Team Canada. Today, 6:07 am
  • Marchand selected to play in World Cup
    Brad Marchand has been selected to represent Canada in the upcoming World Cup Tournament scheduled for September.

    Advice: This has been quite the calendar year for the pesky Bruin. Marchand scored a team-high 37 goals this past NHL season, was a key part to Canada's IIHF World Hockey gold medal win and will now represent his country in the World Cup. Taking his penalty-minute contributions into account, Marchand is now a top-25 fantasy commodity and should be drafted as such. Today, 5:31 am
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