Player Notes

  • Matt Martin generated most hits since lockout
    New York Islanders winger Matt Martin easily leads all NHL skaters in hits since 2012-13, the most recent lockout.

    Advice: Martin has delivered 974 hits in 205 games played. He's the only player who cleared 800 hits in that time frame, as Cal Clutterbuck comes in at 768, the only other player above 700. Martin is also a source of PIM (114 in 2014-15, 561 in 358 career games), so he could be a somewhat-interesting utility consideration if you can stomach the loss in traditional stats. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Valeri Nichushkin says his hip is healthy
    Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin says his surgically repaired hip is "feeling great."

    Advice: His 2014-15 season was largely aborted, as he only appeared in eight games after a promising rookie year. Nichushkin is an awfully interesting wild card, especially if he can manage to make his way into a stacked Stars' top six forward group. Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • Barret Jackman feels like a rookie with Preds
    At 34, Barret Jackman has that fish-out-of-water feeling as he approaches his first training camp with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: He registered 803 regular season games played with the St. Louis Blues, so one can understand the rookie feeling of uncertainty he's experiencing right now. He won't be very fantasy-relevant on a loaded Predators blueline, although injuries could conceivably open up chances for him to fill "grit" stat categories. Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Curtis Glencross discusses PTO, contract talk
    Curtis Glencross rues taking a "hometown discount" with his most recent deal, especially as he waits on the sidelines of unrestricted free agency.

    Advice: Glencross detailed his "frustrating" situation with the Calgary Sun on Friday. "I have a young family, and it’s tough to bounce around on a PTO — it has to be a good opportunity, too, so I can do well and get an extension," Glencross said. Glencross will likely need to impress on a one-year "audition" before he gets any chance at longer-term security. Yesterday, 9:23 am
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  • Matt Cooke patiently waiting for a contract
    Matt Cooke is patiently waiting for a new NHL contract.

    Advice: Cooke was bought out by the Wild in June and has had a hard time latching on to another team. "I was hurt last year," said Cooke. "There was some mismanagement on my [hip] injury, and part of that is my fault. It led to me getting hurt twice in one season. I’m 36 years old, I only played 30 games last year and then me getting bought out, that’s a tough scenario [to find a job]. Patience is a virtue and right now all I’m doing is making sure I stay ready, that I get ready. We’re still three weeks away [from camp]." Yesterday, 7:06 am
  • Justin Abdelkader wants to stay in Detroit
    Justin Abdelkader wants to remain in Detroit beyond this season but he knows that things don't always turn out the way you expect.

    Advice: Obviously you want to stay but you also know it’s a business," Abdelkader said. "You just don’t know (what’ll happen). I’m just going to focus on having another good year and we’ll see what happens." The 28-year-old had a career-high 23 goals and 44 points for the Wings last season. Yesterday, 6:53 am
  • Cody Eakin happy to have new deal done
    Cody Eakin believes that his new contract extension will get his season started on the right foot.

    Advice: Eakin didn't have a contract going into 2014-15 and he missed a good chunk of training camp because of it. He subsequently got off to a slow start before rounding into form later on. "I don’t think anyone was happy how last season started, so this is much better," Eakin said. "I definitely think that getting this done is a positive. I think we’re entering an important time for the team, and I’m excited to be a part of it." Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Crosby excited about Phil Kessel's speed
    Sidney Crosby said that he's excited about Phil Kessel's speed.

    Advice: "Speed. I think that's probably the first thing that comes to mind," Crosby said. "He's a threat with his shot and with his feet, but I think his feet kind of create everything for him." Kessel has had some very good seasons while playing with average centers. His offensive upside while playing with Crosby or Malkin is huge. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Nail Yakupov hopes to build on late flurry
    Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.

    Advice: "It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games. Friday, 6:59 pm
  • Kyle Brodziak set for 3rd- and 4th-line roles
    Kyle Brodziak is expected to shift up and down the lineup in 2015-16.

    Advice: "They told me that I'd probably play the first two periods on a line with (Ryan) Reaves and (Steve) Ott and be the responsible guy so they can be set free (to disturb and bang)," said Brodziak. "I know Hitch uses his fourth line a lot. After the second period, they said I might move up in the lineup and play a few more minutes." That plan may change now that Patrik Berglund will start the year on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery. Brodziak could end up centering the third line if Scott Gomez or Robby Fabbri don't earn roster spots out of training camp. Friday, 2:02 pm
  • Patrik Berglund has successful surgery
    Patrik Berglund had successful shoulder surgery on Friday.

    Advice: The Blues stated again that Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund wasn't expected to be much of a fantasy factor this season after a pair of unproductive years, but his injury will give opportunities to Dmitrij Jaskin, Robby Fabbri, Ty Rattie and Scott Gomez at training camp. Friday, 12:27 pm
  • Mark Stone's wrist back to 100 percent
    Mark Stone said he has fully recovered from a wrist injury.

    Advice: "I've felt great out there, the last couple of skates," he said. "The shot feels good, the hands feel good, the legs are starting to come along. I'm 100 percent." He suffered a microfracture and some ligament damage in his wrist when he was slashed in the playoffs. Stone also feels motivated to prove that he is worth the three-year, $10.5 million contract that Ottawa rewarded him with after he was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy last year. Stone was placed alongside Kyle Turris at the start of February and the duo is expected to be together this campaign on the Senators' top line. Friday, 10:50 am
  • Tokarski not taking anything for granted
    Dustin Tokarski feels he learned a lot from watching Carey Price play last season.

    Advice: He didn't get to play much behind the Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, but that won't change his mindset going into 2015-16. "I'm going to come into camp and battle just as if it was last year and I'm scratching and clawing to make the team," said Tokarski. "I'll go into camp and go to work and not take anything for granted." He started just 16 games last year, while posting six wins, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. Friday, 10:00 am
  • Dmitry Kulikov is working on getting quicker
    Dmitry Kulikov was on the ice Monday for an informal workout with some teammates and other NHLers as he prepares for training camp.

    Advice: "It's tough to get back into shape, get back to skating. Once you get going, it's fun again. Right now, though, it's tough," he said. "I've been working out but I haven't been skating. My goal, now, is to lose a few pounds so I'm lighter, quicker and have more endurance. I know with the new overtime rules, I need to be fresh to give us an advantage." Kulikov, Aaron Ekblad and Brian Campbell could be regulars for the Panthers during those 3-on-3 overtime sessions. Friday, 9:34 am
  • Luongo calls August 'the toughest month'
    August may be a slow month in terms of hockey news, but for players preparing for the upcoming season, like Roberto Luongo, it's anything but uneventful.

    Advice: "To be honest, this is the worst time of the year," Luongo said. "Not only are we skating now, but you're still going to gym, working out every day. It's a lot of work. August is the toughest month because you're doing so much. It lends for some pretty long days. The fun part is being on the ice, knowing it's getting close. But I think this month is more important than training camp because of the work being put in." He is skating at informal workouts now with the first practice of training camp set for Sept. 18. Friday, 8:32 am
  • Jakub Kindl eager for fresh start this year
    Jakub Kindl views the arrival of new coach Jeff Blashill as an opportunity for a fresh start.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games last year under former bench boss Mike Babcock. "He's got great ability," Blashill said in July. "He's done a good job persevering through tough times over the last few seasons. Hopefully he's putting himself in a good position to compete for a spot in training camp." Still, it will be difficult for Kindl to crack a top-six group that includes Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Mike Green. Friday, 8:01 am
  • Sources: Sabres offer Franson 2-year deal
    According to two NHL sources, Buffalo has offered Cody Franson a two-year contract.

    Advice: Franson has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus in the rumor mill as well. Buffalo has the cap space to make him an offer he would probably prefer, though. Franson earned $3.3 million last season and it's believed that he is looking for a multi-year contract. Friday, 7:24 am
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  • Cam Ward wants to stay with Carolina
    Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, wants to stay with Carolina.

    Advice: "Obviously, it's no secret I love being here and there's nowhere else I want to be," he said. "In a perfect world I'd like to have something done, but there's no pressure. I've just got to prepare myself for a great year, not just for myself but for the team. It's team first. We want to be ready." Ward outperformed Anton Khudobin last season in a bounce-back year, but in 2015-16 he is expected to compete with Eddie Lack, who was acquired from Vancouver. "From what I understand he's a great guy and obviously will push (me) and vice versa," Ward said. "It will be a similar situation to last year. Nothing is given to me. You've got to go out there and earn your ice time and right to play." Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Canes, Lindholm agree to 2-year extension
    Elias Lindholm has agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $5.4 million.

    Advice: He will make $2.5 million in 2016-17 and then $2.9 million during the 2017-18 campaign. Lindholm, who was the fifth overall pick in 2013, showed plenty of promise last season while recording 17 goals and 39 points in 81 games. "We expect he will be a very important part of the Hurricanes as he continues to develop as a professional," GM Ron Francis said after the signing. Thursday, 3:57 pm
  • Predators seeking offense from third line
    It's being speculated that Steve Moses could play on Nashville's third line.

    Advice: The Predators hope that a trio of Moses, Cody Hodgson and Calle Jarnkrok can provide some additional scoring. Moses racked up 36 goals 57 points in 60 games with the KHL's Jokerit Helsinki last season. Thursday, 2:00 pm
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