Player Notes

  • Rumors abound Nugent-Hopkins may be dealt
    There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

    Advice: The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned. 29 minutes ago
  • Kerby Rychel requested trade last summer
    Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

    Advice: It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him. 47 minutes ago
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  • Blue Jackets happy to have Scott Harrington
    The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

    Advice: Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets. 50 minutes ago
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  • Sean Monahan, Flames talking deal
    Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

    Advice: Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools. Today, 3:50 am
  • Capitals ink Paul Carey to a one-year deal
    The Washington Capitals have signed Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract.

    Advice: Carey had a goal in four games with Washington last season. At the AHL level he had 13 goals and 31 points in 44 contests. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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  • Aaron Ness signs two-year deal with Capitals
    Aaron Ness has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Ness had two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. He also had six goals and 27 points in 62 AHL contests. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
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  • Sens hope to avoid arbitration with Hoffman
    Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion doesn't want to go to salary arbitration with Mike Hoffman.

    Advice: The two sides will continue to work on various terms to avoid that outcome. Hoffman was awarded a one-year deal worth $2 million last August through salary arbitration. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Trade price for Shattenkirk is very high
    The price to acquire Kevin Shattenkirk is very high, according to Bruins GM Don Sweeney.

    Advice: "The acquisition cost was extremely high, and rightfully so because they are difficult players to have and develop, and when you have them, you might as well maximize the asset in return," Sweeney said Friday night after the first round of the draft. The Oilers have been unwilling to meet the asking price as well. Blues GM Doug Armstrong won't give Shattenkirk away, so it wouldn't be surprising if the offensive defender is with St. Louis at the start of 2016-17. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Stars may enter year with Lehtonen, Niemi
    The Stars feel comfortable going into the season with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi as their goaltenders, according to GM Jim Nill.

    Advice: The Dallas netminders shared time in the crease in 2015-16 and neither of them particularly shined even though they both posted 25-win seasons. The Stars should be looking for an upgrade in goal even if Nill won't admit it publicly. Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Stars intend to sign Jamie Benn after July 1
    Dallas GM Jim Nill intends to sign Jamie Benn to an extension after July 1.

    Advice: "Jamie's not going anywhere," he said. "We'll get something done." Benn has one more season left on a five-year, $26.25 million deal and he will get a significant pay bump. The Stars captain has topped 85 points in each of his last two seasons and he tallied 41 goals in 2015-16. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Report: M-A Fleury to start '16-17 with Pens
    Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start the 2016-17 season with Pittsburgh, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

    Advice: He received the news from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Fleury's name has come up in plenty of trade rumors, but it doesn't look like anything is imminent on that front. Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • Kings pick up Jack Campbell from Dallas
    Jack Campbell is a member of the Los Angeles Kings' organization now.

    Advice: He was traded by Dallas to the Kings on Saturday for defenseman Nick Ebert. Campbell split time between the AHL and the ECHL last season. The Stars chose him 11th overall back in 2010 and he still hasn't seen any NHL playing time. Yesterday, 8:40 am
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  • Stars acquire Nick Ebert from Kings
    Los Angeles has traded Nick Ebert to Dallas in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell.

    Advice: Ebert has played in the AHL for the last two seasons. He contributed two goals and 12 points in 44 games with the Ontario Reign in 2015-16. Ebert was a seventh-round draft pick of the Kings in 2012. Yesterday, 8:37 am
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  • Carter Hutton may have some options
    Carter Hutton may have some options when it comes to signing with a new team.

    Advice: Hutton will leave the Predators for free ageny and this week's trades of Brian Elliott and Frederik Anderson may have opened up a few opportunities for Hutton to sign as a backup. The Flames are still looking for someone to team with the newly acquired Elliott and now there are backup openings in Anaheim and St. Louis. Marek Mazanec will serve as Pekka Rinne's understudy this upcoming season in Nashville. Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Stamkos sign and trade a possibility
    Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

    Advice: Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Mark Pysyk heading to Florida
    Mark Pysyk is heading to Florida as part of the Dmitry Kulikov trade.

    Advice: The Sabres also get the Panthers second round pick in 2016 while Florida gets the Sabres second (number 38) and their third round selection. Pysyk was selected in the first round, 23rd overall in 2010 but has not really made much of an impact at the NHL level. He is a third pairing blueliner at this time at best, and is not really fantasy-worthy. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Sens' Chiasson in play this weekend
    Don't be surprised if the Senators deal Alex Chiasson this weekend.

    Advice: He has been on the trade block for some time and there seemed to be some interest in him Friday night as the NHL amateur draft got underway. The Sens may be looking at obtaining a late draft pick in exchange for the 25-year-old winger who has been a disappointment in Ottawa after a brief but fairly successful stay in Dallas. Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Dmitry Kulikov dealt to the Buffalo Sabres
    The Florida Panthers have traded Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres for Mark Pysyk.

    Advice: The Sabres also acquired a second-round pick (No. 33) in the deal, while the Panthers received picks No. 38 and No. 89. Kulikov became an extra piece when the Panthers inked Keith Yandle to a contract. Kulikov becomes a top-four defenseman for the Sabres and should take his offensive game to the next level in Buffalo. Look for a 30 point campaign from the defenseman. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Lars Eller to line up as third line center
    The Washington Capitals will likely use Lars Eller as their third line center.

    Advice: He'll line up behind Niklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. He will likely start the season between Justin Williams and Jake Vrbana or Jason Chimera according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Should that be the case, look for a 40 point effort from Ellers. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Islanders want Frans Nielsen back in the fold
    The New York Islanders would love to re-sign Frans Nielsen.

    Advice: Nielsen is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. GM Garth Snow said that he talked to Nielsen's agent within the last week and while they have moved closer to a deal, nothing is imminent. Nielsen had 20 goals and 52 points and that could be hard to replace should he bolt to greener pastures. Nielsen should be a 20 goal, 50 point player once again next season so draft him accordingly. Yesterday, 5:42 am
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