• Tom Wilson making good strides: Caps coach
    Forward Tom Wilson, who broke an ankle this summer, is scheduled to report to the Washington Capitals' training camp Thursday and has started skating.

    Advice: "He's coming back into town," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "He'll be here for the first day of camp. He'll skate; he'll be with the early morning group, getting his work done early. He's making good strides. He's back on the ice and skating, so that's real positive." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Carey Price would've been Habs' alternate too
    Carey Price would have been one of the new Montreal Canadiens' alternate captains if NHL rules didn't preclude goalies from having that honor.

    Advice: The Habs have chosen to play in the coming season without a captain for the second time in team history, naming Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban to serve as alternates. But "one guy we don't want to forget is Carey Price," coach Michel Therrien said. "If the league would allow us to give him a letter, certainly he would have [had one] considering his position with the team. But he's part of that group. Carey's a good leader for us, the way he handles himself on the ice, off the ice. Certainly he's going to be part of it when I meet the players. In the past, every time, I was having meetings with the captain and the assistants. This year, [Price] is going to be there." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Report: Cal Heeter will be at Leafs' camp
    Cal Heeter will reportedly be at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: In 44 games with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate in Adirondack, he compiled a 16-25-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. If he ends up earning a contract with the Leafs then it will likely be a minor-league job. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:27 pm
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  • Krys Barch will be Coyotes' camp on PTO
    Krys Barch will be at Arizona's training camp on a tryout basis.

    Advice: He amassed 99 penalty minutes and contributed four assists in 55 games with the Florida Panthers last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:21 pm
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  • Report: Handzus talking with several teams
    Michal Handzus has reportedly been talking to several teams, but nothing has been worked out yet.

    Advice: The veteran center was allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent after spending a year and change with the Blackhawks. Handzus wants to continue playing in the NHL and it sounds like he could find a new home with training camps about to open. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • Tye McGinn may make Sharks out of camp
    Tye McGinn may be able to earn a roster spot with the San Jose Sharks out of training camp.

    Advice: The Sharks need someone to replace injured winger Raffi Torres and McGinn could fit the bill. He's played 36 games with the Philadelphia Flyers over the past two seasons and was acquired for a third-round pick back in July. Chris Tierney, Freddie Hamilton, Nikolay Goldobin and Daniil Tarasov may be candidates for the position as well. The competition will be settled at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Alfredsson (back) may not be ready for camp
    Daniel Alfredsson (back) might miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: "I'm not sure if he'll be able to report to camp on Wednesday," GM Ken Holland said. "I want to see how he's feeling and talk to his agent. I also want to talk to Alfie in the next 24 hours." Alfredsson didn't take to the ice on Monday after he tweaked his back last week. The veteran winger is trying to decide if he'll return for another season, but lingering back issues could stand in the way. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:04 pm
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  • Darren Helm dealing with a sore groin
    Darren Helm (groin) skated briefly on Monday.

    Advice: "He had a bit of a tender groin last week and at this time of the year we encourage guys to not push it," GM Ken Holland said. "We expect everything is good going forward." Helm was limited to 42 games last season due to injuries and he missed seven contests with a groin ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Could Chicago's Nick Leddy be on the move?
    Nick Leddy could be a trade candidate for the Chicago Blackhawks, according to hockey insider Elliotte Friedman.

    Advice: He has to be qualified at $3.4 million next season. The Blackhawks may let him walk to avoid having to pay him that kind of money or they could try to move him elsewhere for some kind of return. There were rumors that Chicago might deal Johnny Oduya to get under the cap, but he's an important shutdown defender. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Dan DeKeyser 'anxious' for new deal
    Dan DeKeyser is getting "kind of anxious" regarding his contract situation with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: "Hopefully, something gets done soon, because camp is only a few days away," he said. GM Ken Holland said he spoke with DeKeyser's agent on Monday and they'll continue talks on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
  • Carl Gunnarsson (hip) skates briefly Monday
    Carl Gunnarsson (hip) skated for about 10-15 minutes on Monday before coming off the ice.

    Advice: He underwent surgery back in May and plans to take it slow heading into training camp. Gunnarsson is hoping to be available when the Blues begin the regular season, but he thinks it's early to look ahead that far right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Jason Spezza may play the point on the PP
    Jason Spezza may occupy the point on the Dallas power play.

    Advice: He likes to play on the left half wall, which could create a conflict with Tyler Seguin, who generally likes to set up in the left circle for one-timers. The Stars will do some experimenting during training camp and in the preseason, but a decision might be made to move Spezza and some other players to the second unit to give Dallas a pair of good combinations. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 am
  • Carey Price (knee) should be 100 percent soon
    Carey Price's knee is expected to be at 100 percent soon.

    Advice: He's projected to be ready to participate in the preseason. Price was hurt during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • Report: Wild, Kuemper still at a standstill
    TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:58 am
  • Ryan Carter will attend NJ camp on PTO
    Ryan Carter will attend New Jersey's training camp as a tryout.

    Advice: He remains an unsigned unrestricted free agent after playing his last three seasons with the New Jersey Devils. Carter produced 10 points in 62 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
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  • Mike Komisarek to attend Devils' camp
    Mike Komisarek will attend New Jersey's training camp on a tryout basis.

    Advice: He had trouble cracking Carolina's roster in 2013-14, while suiting up in just 32 games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:27 am
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  • Trade rumors not getting to Tyler Myers
    Tyler Myers isn't concerned with trade rumors.

    Advice: "My focus throughout the entire summer was to get better for the Buffalo Sabres," he said. "If a moment ever comes that I hear confirmation I'm not a Buffalo Sabre, then the mindset will change. But as of right now, I'm a Sabre and I want to be a Sabre." He expects off-season additions Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros to help Buffalo's young defense corps and serve as leaders for the club. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky forced Flyers hand in 2012
    Flyers chairman Ed Snider said that Sergei Bobrovsky was dealt by Philadelphia because at the time, it didn't look like they could re-sign him.

    Advice: Then Flyers GM Paul Holmgren dealt Bobrovsky to Columbus in 2012 for a second round pick and two fourth round selections. That trade looks particularly bad for Philadelphia given that Bobrovsky has had two great seasons with Columbus and has won the Vezina Trophy. Of course, the reason the Flyers dealt him was directly tied to Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-year, $51 million contract with Philadelphia. "Not only did we make a mistake on the long-term contract, but Bobrovksy's a young guy and he told Paul, 'As soon as my contract's out, I'm out of here,'" Snider said. Bobrovsky would have been a restricted free agent, but he threatened to go to the KHL if it came to that. The Flyers later bought out Bryzgalov's contract. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:01 am
  • Okposo trained alongside Tavares over summer
    Kyle Okposo spent much of the summer training with John Tavares.

    Advice: The Islanders tried putting Okposo and Tavares on the same line last season and it worked out great. Okposo was the big benefactor as he went from recording 24 points in 48 games in 2013 to 69 points in 71 contests last season. With them continuing to work together over the summer, it should be easy for them to pick up where they left off. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:45 am
  • Johansen in danger of becoming a risky bet
    It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:30 am
  • Mike Smith has recovered from MCL sprain
    The MCL sprain that ended Mike Smith's season isn't a factor going into training camp.

    Advice: "A month after the season I was totally fine," Smith said. "There was still some aches and pains that go along with it and same with getting back skating. There's always a little bit of discomfort, but it's nothing that's going to be harmful long-term." Smith had a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games last season. That's not bad, but it's a far cry from the level he was playing at in 2011-12 when he led the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final. Arizona will be counting on him to rebound as they try to get back into the playoffs after falling short for two straight years. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:18 am
  • Ryan Johansen's reps resume talks with CBJ
    While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

    Advice: He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Tyler Myers happy with veteran additions
    Tyler Myers is happy with the players Buffalo brought in over the summer.

    Advice: The Sabres added 35-year-old Brian Gionta and 30-year-old Josh Gorges among others. "The type of guys we got, it's very exciting for us," Myers said. "It was a busy summer for us. Not only the type of players they are, but the veteran presence they bring to the room, I think it's something we needed." Players like Gionta should help guide the Sabres in their rebuilding efforts, but Buffalo is still likely to miss the playoffs by a significant margin. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:58 am
  • Dan DeKeyser hopeful new deal is coming
    Dan DeKeyser is still hopeful that he'll have a new contract with the Red Wings for the start of training camp.

    Advice: "There's still some time left here before camp," DeKeyser said. "Obviously I don't want to miss anything like that. Hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon." There hasn't been any talks between the two sides for about a week, but GM Ken Holland expects negotiations to resume soon. DeKeyser isn't frustrated that he remains unsigned with camps just a week away. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:34 am
  • Alfredsson can attend camp without a deal
    Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Daniel Alfredsson can attend training camp without a contract.

    Advice: The veteran winger didn't skate for two days this week after he felt a "tweak" in his back. Alfredsson is hesitant to play in 2014-15 because he wants to ensure that he can stay healthy and contribute. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
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  • Daniel Alfredsson suffers undisclosed injury
    Daniel Alfredsson suffered a "tweak" while skating last week.

    Advice: Red Wings GM Ken Holland said the undisclosed injury was "nothing major," but this is bound to add to questions about whether or not Alfredsson would be a significant contributor if he decides to return for the 2014-15 campaign. He's still unsigned, but might join the Red Wings' training camp without a contract. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:47 pm
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  • R. Carter feels it's important to attend camp
    Although he's still unsigned, Ryan Carter feels it's important for him to participate in training camp.

    Advice: Carter is an unrestricted free agent and is hoping that the New Jersey Devils re-sign him after he spent parts of the last three seasons with them. "This is about being the best hockey player you can be and I believe training camp helps you get there," Carter said. "If you're skipping out on training camp, you're not preparing yourself for what's ahead and you're setting yourself behind. I'm here because I want to be here. This is where I want be, where my family wants to be." He had seven goals and 10 points in 62 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:33 pm
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  • Ryan Carter plans to attend Devils' camp
    Ryan Carter is prepared to attend the Devils' training camp without a contract.

    Advice: Carter is an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-year/$1.55 million contract. Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that Carter won't be signed to a tryout agreement, although Carter would still have some protection from an insurance perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:05 pm
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  • Agent: Minnesota, Darcy Kuemper are 'stuck'
    Darcy Kuemper and the Minnesota Wild are "stuck" as far as the contract negotiations go, according to agent Jeff Helperl.

    Advice: Kuemper is seeking a one-way deal for the 2014-15 campaign while the Wild are trying to get him to sign a two-year deal that's two-way for this season. It was recently reported that Kuemper might sign a KHL deal at this point and Helperl didn't rule it out. "Well, he's going to play somewhere, so it could happen," Helperl said. "We'll see when camp starts and see where we're at. . I last spoke to Chuck I think last week and I don't think we moved very far ahead." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:55 am
  • Report: Darcy Kuemper looking at KHL options
    Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Wild want Darcy Kuemper to sign a two-way deal.

    Advice: However, Kuemper is seeking a one-way contract after performing well last year during the regular season and the playoffs. Minnesota already has Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom in the fold for their crease, but both of them are injury risks. Kuemper acts as a good insurance policy for the team, but a two-way deal offers them more flexibility. McKenzie reports that Kuemper is looking at options in the KHL, with an out-clause in case something gets worked out to keep him in the NHL. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:20 am
  • Babcock says Darren Helm will switch to wing
    Darren Helm will begin this season on the wing, as an influx of healthy centermen and his suiting skillset have swayed Mike Babcock to try the gritty 27 year-old in a new position.

    Advice: "I'm going to start like that," Babcock said of Helm, who at 511, 192 pounds can be a speedy, hungry force to become an effective winger. "I like the tenacity and pace and heaviness on the puck (Helm has)." As a third line center, Helm notched 20 points in 42 games last season. This year, he might get the chance to play with the Wings' star veterans such as Pavel Datsyuk as a result of the position switch. "He can help Pavel being able to play down low in the zone," Babcock said, which would be a big boost to Helm's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:05 am
  • Babcock says Darren Helm will switch to wing
    Darren Helm will begin this season on the wing, as an influx of healthy centermen and his suitable skillset have swayed Mike Babcock to try the gritty 27 year-old in a new position.

    Advice: "I'm going to start like that," Babcock said of Helm, who at 511, 192 pounds can be a speedy, hungry force to become an effective winger. "I like the tenacity and pace and heaviness on the puck (Helm has)." As a third line center, Helm notched 20 points in 42 games last season. This year, he might get the chance to play with the Wings' star veterans such as Pavel Datsyuk as a result of the position switch. "He can help Pavel being able to play down low in the zone," Babcock said, which would be a big boost to Helm's fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 8:05 am
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