Player Notes

  • Zach Werenski gets assist in preseason game
    Zach Werenski registered an assist in a 3-2 overtime victory against Nashville on Thursday.

    Advice: Werenski was making his NHL preseason debut and was given a team-high 23:41 minutes of ice time. In addition to the assist, he finished the game with a plus-three rating. "You can just tell he’s going to be a hell of a player," teammate Brandon Dubinsky said. "The poise with the puck. His ability to see the ice and to naturally jump up in the play, to make plays. I’m really excited. He’s a hell of a player. He’s going to help us a lot this year." 42 minutes ago
  • Sergei Bobrovsky drops weight to stay healthy
    Sergei Bobrovsky reported that he dropped 17 pounds over the summer.

    Advice: Bobrovsky is hoping that becoming a slimmer goalie, he will be able to avoid the groin issues that have previously plagued him. "That was one of the purposes coming into the season," Bobrovsky said. "I feel good now. We’ll see." Bobrovsky represented Russia in the World Cup, posting a 2.53 GAA and .930 save percentage in four contests. 45 minutes ago
  • Raffi Torres' knee appears to be fine
    Raffi Torres doesn't seem to be dealing with any lingering issues from his major knee problems in 2015-16.

    Advice: Torres is attending the Carolina Hurricanes' training camp on a tryout basis. "It’s been fun," Torres said Thursday. "It’s nice to be back in a training camp, skating with the guys. That’s a positive. I feel good so far. The body is all right. I can tell I’m probably thinking it a little too much instead of going out and letting things come naturally to me. The one thing I told myself is to just keep working and stay positive, and whatever happens happens." Of course in addition to the health concerns, his lengthy suspension history is always looming over him. Torres said he has to change, but even he admitted that he's said that "over and over." Perhaps the 34-year-old will be able to stay out of trouble this time, but first he has to earn a spot with Carolina. 55 minutes ago
  • Freddie Hamilton is having a solid camp
    Freddie Hamilton has made a good impression on Flames coach Glen Gulutzan so far in camp.

    Advice: "I see (Freddie) leading every drill out here," Gulutzan said. I see him dialed into everything that we’ve talked about, systems-wise. Now, he just has to continue. The season will start and he’ll have to keep pushing and getting better, but so far I’ve really liked what I’ve seen out of Freddie." Hamilton has also scored two goals in two preseason games so far. He's on the bubble for one of the Flames' final bottom-six spots, but so far he has a solid chance of earning that role. Today, 7:13 am
  • Mikael Backlund: 'Everything felt good'
    Mikael Backlund (concussion) feels like if it came down to it, he might have been able to play in the World Cup final.

    Advice: Of course it's moot because Sweden didn't make it that far, but it does suggest that Backlund feels capable of playing at this point if there were stakes involved as the final games were on Thursday. Instead he took part in the Flames' practice Thursday while wearing a no-contact jersey. "It was fun to be back out there with the boys, and everything felt good," said Backlund. Despite his optimism, we'd still consider him day-to-day and caution against making any assumptions about his availability given how unpredictable recoveries from a concussion can be. Today, 7:05 am
  • Blues release Yan Stastny from PTO
    Yan Stastny has been released from his professional tryout.

    Advice: He played in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga last year, so a return to Europe probably isn't out of the question. Stastny hasn't played in the NHL 2009-10. Today, 7:01 am
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  • Zbynek Michalek returns to the Coyotes
    Zbynek Michalek is back with the Arizona Coyotes after playing with the Czech Republic in the World Cup.

    Advice: Between exhibition games and the tournament itself, Michalek got into six games thanks to the World Cup. With that in mind, the Coyotes plan to at least keep him out of Friday and Saturday's preseason contests in an effort to manage his workload. He had two goals and seven points in 70 games last season. Today, 6:59 am
  • Jordan Schmaltz in the mix for spot on Blues
    Jordan Schmaltz is battling for a roster spot with the Blues at training camp.

    Advice: He is competing with Robert Bortuzzo, Petteri Lindbohm and Chris Butler. "It's interesting," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Nobody's emerged yet. Schmaltz is in the picture now. We've got a lot of guys who are good players. Nobody's emerged either good or bad. They're there, they're knocking at the door, that's why we're going to really give these guys the exposure to make an impression." They will all play on Friday night versus Dallas. Today, 6:58 am
  • Martin Hanzal returns to the Coyotes
    Martin Hanzal has rejoined the Arizona Coyotes after playing for the Czech Republic in the World Cup.

    Advice: Although Hanzal has missed a decent chunk of training camp, the World Cup has still probably left him ahead of the curve as far as getting ready for the season goes. "I feel great right now," Hanzal said. "I played already six games against the best players in the world, and I played over 20 minutes every game. So I feel really strong and really good right now and probably the best shape of my life." He had 13 goals and 41 points in 64 contests last season. Today, 6:56 am
  • Ducks cut Sam Steel from camp roster
    Sam Steel has been taken off the Anaheim Ducks' training camp roster.

    Advice: Steel had 23 goals and 70 points in 72 games with the WHL's Regina Pats in 2015-16. Anaheim selected him with the 30th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Today, 6:53 am
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  • Deven Sideroff heads back to the WHL
    Deven Sideroff has been cut from the Anaheim Ducks' training camp roster.

    Advice: Sideroff had 19 goals and 59 points in 63 WHL games in 2015-16. The 19-year-old will spend another season in the WHL. Today, 6:51 am
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  • Pekka Rinne expects a 'jump-start' from WCH
    Pekka Rinne feels his participation in the World Cup of Hockey will lead to a stronger start to the regular season.

    Advice: "I think it's going to give you a little bit (of a) jump-start," he said. "It was a great experience. Just going on the ice a little bit earlier than usual in the summer, I think it's only going to help (at) the beginning of the season. Right now, of course my focus is on being back on the ice with my teammates and getting back in game shape." Rinne and his Nashville teammates expect him to bounce back this season. Today, 6:48 am
  • Avalanche trim training camp roster
    Nicolas Meloche was among Colorado's roster cuts on Thursday.

    Advice: The second-round pick in the 2015 draft has been returned to the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL. Forward J.C. Beaudin was also assigned to his junior team (Rouyn-Noranda), while Nathan Lieuwen, Kent Simpson and Shawn St. Amant were sent to San Antonio of the AHL. Today, 6:32 am
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  • Auston Matthews won't be in the lineup Friday
    Auston Matthews won't play in his first preseason game after all.

    Advice: It was thought that he would play in Friday's game versus Buffalo, but none of Toronto's World Cup participants were on the ice for the morning skate. We will have to wait a little longer for Matthews to debut with the Maple Leafs. Today, 6:14 am
  • Nylanders face each other in preseason action
    William Nylander faced his brother Alexander Nylander in Thursday's exhibition game versus Buffalo.

    Advice: The Nylanders failed to score in the Sabres' 1-0 shootout victory. They both had their chances though and were unsuccessful on their shootout attempts. William skated between Zach Hyman and Matt Martin, but could start the regular season on the wing. Today, 5:52 am
  • Jeremy Morin stars in preseason win
    Jeremy Morin notched a goal and an assist in his first game action with Tampa Bay on Thursday.

    Advice: His two-point effort came in a 2-0 preseason win over Florida. However, he will probably start the 2016-17 campaign in the minors with AHL Syracuse. Today, 5:32 am
  • Thomas Chabot vying for roster spot with Sens
    Thomas Chabot is competing for a spot on Ottawa's roster at training camp.

    Advice: He will have to outperform Chris Wideman, Matt Bartkowski and Michael Kostka to start the season with the Senators. Chabot had a goal and an assist in Monday's preseason win over Toronto, but he also posted three minor penalties and was out of position defensively at times. He may get another year of junior hockey before turning pro. Today, 5:27 am
  • Clarke MacArthur is on the road to recovery
    Clarke MacArthur (concussion) intends to be back as soon as he can.

    Advice: He posted a picture of himself training on his Instagram account Thursday. MacArthur said: "We have been encouraged by how my body has reacted in the days since the injury and the team has been great giving me all the time I need to rest and recover. I will continue to consult with doctors and my entire support group, but I felt it was important to let everyone know that my intentions are to work towards returning to the ice soon." MacArthur hopes to start riding the bike Friday. He suffered his fourth concussion in 18 months Sunday, so there will be no rush to get him back in before he is ready. Today, 5:19 am
  • M. Sergachev earns assist in preseason debut
    Mikhail Sergachev made his preseason debut on Thursday in a 4-3 overtime loss to Ottawa.

    Advice: He logged 19:57 of ice time, while picking up a power-play assist and recording five hits. The 18-year-old may not start the season with the Canadiens, but he has made a positive first impression. Today, 5:04 am
  • Jakub Zboril has made progress from last year
    Jakub Zboril has looked much better at this year's training camp.

    Advice: "He's made big strides," said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. "I just think it's the structure in his game, his overall attitude. He was young last year. He's in better shape. He's done a lot of things we kind of got on him for last year and he's taken it and listened and done a good job." He has been paired with Kevan Miller at camp, but he isn't expected to be on the team when the regular season begins. Today, 4:27 am
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