Player Notes

  • Boston continuing talks with Loui Eriksson
    The Boston Bruins are still engaged in contract negotiations with Loui Eriksson.

    Advice: "I've been in discussions with Loui and I think I have a pretty good idea where they would like to be at, and we'll see if we can find common ground," said Bruins GM Don Sweeney. "But we have had ongoing discussion on that front. As I've said, I've always respected Loui as a player. He had a fabulous year and we would love to be able to retain him." Eriksson's first two seasons with Boston were rough, but he bounced back in 2015-16 with 30 goals and 63 points in 82 contests. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Today, 3:27 pm
  • Pavel Datsyuk has a KHL offer on the table
    Pavel Datsyuk has received an offer from the KHL's SKA St. Petersburg.

    Advice: Datsyuk's agent said that his client won't make a decision about his future until he meets with the Detroit Red Wings in June. It makes sense for SKA St. Petersburg to pursue Datsyuk in the hopes that he'll sign with them and with that in mind, the fact that he has an offer on the table isn't surprising. His contract with Detroit runs through the 2016-17 campaign, but he hasn't committed to staying in North America. Today, 2:14 pm
  • Scottie Upshall (UBI) will play on Wednesday
    Scottie Upshall (upper body) is ready to return to the lineup for Game 6 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Upshall last played on May 17. He has a goal and three points in 16 contests. It's likely that Magnus Paajarvi will be the forward that's scratched to make room for Upshall. Today, 1:24 pm
  • Report: Maxime Talbot might head to Europe
    Maxime Talbot is reportedly considering signing with a European club for the 2016-17 campaign.

    Advice: Talbot is a veteran of 704 NHL games, but he spent a good chunk of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors. He'll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and might not see any one-way contract offers from NHL squads. Today, 12:36 pm
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  • Jon Merrill undergoes surgery on his shoulder
    Jon Merrill has undergone successful shoulder surgery

    Advice: Merrill didn't play past March 19 due to the injury. He's expected to need another four months to recover so he should be ready for the regular season, but you should probably temper expectations for him as this could limit his ability to get ready for 2016-17 over the summer and training camp. Additionally, any setback in his recovery could end up eating into the campaign. Today, 11:12 am
  • Crosby has a chance to match Bossy's record
    Sidney Crosby has scored the game-winner in all three of the Penguins' Eastern Conference Final victories.

    Advice: Only one other Penguins player has ever scored three game-winning goals in a single series. That was Kevin Stevens back in 1991. If Crosby scores the game-winner again in Game 7, then he'll join Mike Bossy as the only other player to have four such markers in a single series. Today, 10:23 am
  • Bruins think Kevan Miller still has upside
    Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and GM Don Sweeney both feel that Kevan Miller has some upside left.

    Advice: The Boston Bruins inked Miller to a four-year, $10 million contract extension on Tuesday. He'll turn 29 in November, so we're very skeptical of the idea that he'll develop any further. In fact, we're more concerned about him regressing towards the end of this deal. On another level though, it is kind of nice to see him get this kind of contract, even if we're not convinced it was Boston's best movie. Miller was never drafted and took the long path to the NHL, only earning a permanent spot with the Bruins last season. He's someone that has been rewarded for his hard work and determination. "We’re talking about character players and he’s certainly one of those character players who in my mind could become a leader," Julien said. Today, 8:29 am
  • Jonathan Drouin has 13 points in 16 games
    Jonathan Drouin registered an assist in the Lightning's 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Drouin has four goals and 13 points in 16 contests in the 2016 playoffs. Regardless of what happens for Tampa Bay in Game 7, this postseason run has been a great way for Drouin to help re-establish himself after a drama-filled season. It remains to be seen if he'll still want to be traded over the summer, but at the very least he'll have made the Lightning's job of moving him for a decent price a little easier. Today, 7:14 am
  • Nick Bonino gets two points on Tuesday
    Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist in the Penguins 5-2 win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bonino has recorded at least one point in four of his last five contests. He has three goals and 15 points in 17 games in the 2016 playoffs. Today, 6:51 am
  • Phil Kessel nets a goal in Game 6
    Phil Kessel scored a goal in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: Kessel has found the back of the net in four of Pittsburgh's last five games. He now has nine goals and 18 points in 17 playoff contests. Today, 6:50 am
  • Bryan Rust nets his third goal of playoffs
    Bryan Rust found the back of the net in Pittsburgh's 5-2 victory over Tampa Bay Tuesday night.

    Advice: Rust has three goals and six points in 16 playoff games. During the regular season he had four goals and 11 points in 41 contests. Today, 6:49 am
  • Dylan Larkin is Detroit's rookie of the year
    The Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association named Dylan Larkin as the Red Wings' rookie of the year.

    Advice: Larkin didn't have much competition for that distinction, but he had a great rookie campaign regardless. The 19-year-old forward finished with 23 goals and 45 points in 80 contests. "It was an exciting year for me personally, being able to wear the winged wheel and skate alongside great players who I grew up watching," said Larkin. "Playing for the Red Wings was a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working hard this summer to get better for next season." Today, 6:25 am
  • Mikael Backlund might play in World Cup
    Mikael Backlund is on the bubble when it comes to the roster selection for Team Sweden for the World Cup.

    Advice: Backlund recently finished a stint serving Sweden in the 2016 World Championship where Sweden only had eight NHL regulars on the roster. Because of the team's relative lack of NHL talent, Sweden leaned heavily on Backlund, getting him to log over 21 minutes in six of the Swede's eight games. "It’s always an honor to play for Team Sweden and for me to say no, it’s going to take a lot," Backlund said. Perhaps his willingness to answer the call when asked will help push him over the edge in the roster selection process. If he is part of Team Sweden, it would be as a third or fourth-line forward. Today, 5:17 am
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy allows four in GM 6 loss
    Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed four goals on 33 shots in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: The Bolts appeared to open the scoring in the first period, but after review, the officials decided that Jonathan Drouin was offside. The Penguins followed that up by scoring the first three goals of the game. The Bolts will now have to travel back to Pittsburgh for Game 7 of the series. Tampa's number one goalie Ben Bishop (lower body) has been making progress, but all signs point to Vasilevskiy getting the start in goal for the Bolts. Game 7 will take place on Thursday night. Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Beau Bennett likely to be scratched in GM 6
    Beau Bennett is expected to be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: Bennett made his return to the Penguins' lineup in Game 5 after being out since April 5 with an undisclosed injury. The Bennett experiment didn't end up lasting very long. Derrick Pouliot and Oskar Sundqvist are also expected to watch from the press box tonight. The Penguins are one loss away from being eliminated from the 2016 playoffs. If the Pens pull off a win in Game 6, the two teams would play Game 7 in Pittsburgh on Thursday. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Ben Bishop (LBI) hopes to play in SCF
    Ben Bishop (lower body) felt Tuesday's skate is the best he's had so far.

    Advice: "It's been a big improvement the last three days as far as how it feels," Bishop said. "It's still not quite there, I'm still favoring it a little bit. It's a process, you can't just jump right in. It's encouraging at least the last three days you're really seeing the improvement, moving a little bit better." Bishop isn't available for Game 6 on Tuesday, but he hopes to be available for the Stanley Cup Final should the Lightning advance. Tampa Bay can clinch its spot with a win Tuesday night. Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Seth Griffith re-signs with the Bruins
    Seth Griffith has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: Griffith will come with a $625K annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He spent the vast majority of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he did have 24 goals and 77 points in 57 AHL contests. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
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  • Jaden Schwartz gets his 4th goal of playoffs
    Jaden Schwartz netted a goal in St. Louis' 6-3 loss to San Jose in Game 5 on Monday.

    Advice: This was Schwartz's first goal of the Eastern Conference Final, although he did have two assists in the series going into Monday's contest. All-in-all, he has four markers and 14 points in 19 playoff contests. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Chris Tierney nets goal for Sharks Monday
    Chris Tierney found the back of the net in a 6-3 win against St. Louis on Monday.

    Advice: Tierney has five goals and six points in 17 postseason games. During the regular season he recorded seven markers and 20 points in 79 contests. Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Dennis Seidenberg wants to stay with Boston
    Dennis Seidenberg plans to enter the 2016-17 campaign with the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: There are some rumors that Boston might have other plans, but Seidenberg has a full no-trade clause until December, so for now he has a lot of control over his fate. He was asked if he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, but he was noncommittal. "I haven’t thought about that . . . and right now I don’t want to think about it," he said. He had a goal and 12 points in 61 contests in 2015-16. Yesterday, 5:34 am
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