• John Mitchell skates, not cleared for contact
    John Mitchell (migraines) skated "hard" Saturday, but he has still not been cleared for contact.

    Advice: Mitchell has yet to participate in camp. While a valuable and versatile forward for the Avs, with 11 goals and 21 assists last season, the 29-year-old doesn't offer much in the way of fantasy upside. Rotoworld.com
    35 minutes ago
  • Peter Mueller skates with Lehtera, Tarasenko
    Peter Mueller skated with Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko on Friday.

    Advice: He signed a two-way deal with the Blues in July and it will be an uphill climb for him to earn a spot on a deep team. However, getting a look alongside Lehtera and Tarasenko indicates that St. Louis is willing to give him an opportunity to impress. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:55 pm
  • Sidney Crosby stays off the ice Saturday
    Sidney Crosby didn't take part in Pittsburgh's practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Crosby's linemates, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz, didn't participate in the controlled scrimmage either. The Pittsburgh captain made a surprise appearance on the ice on Friday, but the team didn't give a reason for his absence on Saturday. Crosby was being hindered by an undisclosed injury, unrelated to his wrist, going into camp that was expected to keep him on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:49 pm
  • Oshie and Backes working together
    True to his word, Ken Hitchcock began the Blues training camp with the pairs of players on lines he indicated earlier in the month.

    Advice: T.J. Oshie worked with David Backes, Jori Lehtera and Vladimir Tarasenko were a pair, Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny were teamed up. Only Jaden Schwartz and Dmitrij Jaskin did not line up together as Schwartz is not in camp as he is a UFA without a contract. Leave it to Hitch to figure out how to balance his team's scoring. The Blues look scary good this season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Forsberg working on line with Stalberg
    Filip Forsberg opened Predators' training camp on a line with Viktor Stalberg and Calle Jarnkrok.

    Advice: Other line combos for Saturday's scrimmage are: James Neal-Mike Ribeiro-Taylor Beck (although Gabriel Bourque played on the unit Friday) and Graig Smith-Derek Roy-Colin Wilson. Not sure how much stock we can put in this alignment, although it does look like Preds' new coach Peter Laviolette does want Neal and Ribeiro to play together. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:13 am
  • Riley Nash will skate in Staal's place Sunday
    Riley Nash will skate between Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm in Sunday's preseason contest against Columbus.

    Advice: Coach Bill Peters said that Eric Staal won't suit up in the game, but those were his linemates to open training camp. Staal should be expected to see some action at some point before the regular season begins. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:06 am
  • Wild may split up Koivu and Parise
    If the first day of Minnesota's training camp was any indication, Mikko Koivu may end up centering the Wild's second line.

    Advice: Coach Mike Yeo is obviously toying with the idea of splitting up Koivu and Zach Parise. Koivu skated between Thomas Vanek and Charlie Coyle, while Parise skated alongside Mikael Granlund and Jason Pomminville. Although it is early in camp and much can change, both Vanek and Parise thought their respective lines gelled well. Keep an eye on this situation going forward. The obvious winner, if these lines should stay intact, is Coyle. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:58 am
  • Tyler Bozak (lower body) skates Saturday
    Tyler Bozak's undisclosed ailment is a lower-body injury.

    Advice: It's unclear when he'll be ready to go, but he isn't expected to be sidelined for long-term basis. Bozak was able to skate in full equipment on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov leading contender for center
    Evegeny Kuznetsov leads the pack at this time to become the second line center in Washington.

    Advice: Kuznetsov is battling Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky and Brooks Laich for the job but right now it appears that Johansson will play on the first line with Ovechkin and Backstrom while Burkovsky will likely return to junior and play with Erie of the OHL. Kuznetsov has a ton of offensive skill but temper his point totals this year and be happy if he reaches the 40-45 point mark. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:43 am
  • Logan Couture's hand ok at training camp
    Logan Couture's hand was fine as training camp began.

    Advice: Couture underwent hand surgery on June 10 as he injured it in a fight with Mike Richards during Game 6 in the first round of the playoffs. He found himself centering Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto during the opening day of training camp. Couture stated that his injured hand took a couple of months to heal. He should get 30 goals and 65-70 points this season and should be drafted in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:15 am
  • Evgeni Malkin sits out practice on Friday
    Evgeni Malkin sat out practice on Friday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Malkin will not be rushed from this minor injury and he is expected to be ready for the start of the NHL season. The problem when drafting Malkin on your fantasy roster is that he has played 70 or more games only once in the last five seasons. Malkin had 72 points in 60 games last season. Look for 80-85 points if he plays in 70 games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:42 am
  • Vincent Lecavalier centers Raffl and Umberger
    Vincent Lecavalier centered Michael Raffl and R.J. Umberger during the Flyers first practice on Friday.

    Advice: Things could change as Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury and is expected to miss at least a couple of weeks but it looks for now as if the Lecavalier, Umberger and Raffl line will be the second unit in Philadelphia as of now. The third unit on Friday was Sean Couturier between Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds while Pierre-Edouard Bellemare centered Zac Rinaldo and Jason Akeson on the fourth. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:19 am
  • Galchenyuk's trial at ceter could be short
    Although the Canadiens seem willing to give Alex Galchenyuk some playing time at center during training camp, don't expect the talented sophomore to remain at the position.

    Advice: Habs' coach Michel Therrien seems very happy with his other four centers namely, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, Lars Eller and Manny Malhotra. From a fantasy perspective it is probably better for Galchenyuk to line up as a winger as he will have a better chance of playing in the team's top six. "I was happy with what I saw from Alex in the scrimmage today, but I'm happy with David Desharnais at centre," Therrien said. I'm happy with Tomas Plekanec at centre. I'm happy with Lars Eller at centre and I'm happy with Manny Malhotra at centre. "But things happen during the season, there are injuries. Every team is looking for strength in the middle and it's an advantage for us if we have players who can play the wing and then move to centre if we need help." Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:15 am
  • Claude Giroux won't play in pre-season
    Claude Giroux is expected to miss all of the Flyers pre-season games at least after suffering a lower body injury on Friday.

    Advice: Giroux was centering Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek when the injury occurred and he was replaced by Darroll Powe in the middle. It is expected that Schenn will move back to center with Giroux out. He is expected to miss two-four weeks so he will return before the start of the season if it is only two weeks and will miss a couple of weeks of the regular season if it's the latter. Look for Giroux to get 85-90 points if he plays a full season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:14 am
  • Helm opens on line with Datsyuk
    Darren Helm may be someone to watch over the next two weeks.

    Advice: Helm, a center who will converting to wing this season, is going to get a shot playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk. For the speedy Helm, this is a tremendous opportunity. Of course, that is if he can stay healthy. Helm has been injured for large parts of the last few seasons. That said, Helm's wheels could open up the ice for the talented Datsyuk, something Detroit coach Mike Babcock has obviously thought about. Keep an eye on Helm. He could be a sleeper if he starts the season on the Wings' top line. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:14 am
  • Patrik Elias last Devil left from Cup winner
    Patrik Elias is the last player remaining on the Devils from their last Stanley Cup win in 2003.

    Advice: Scott Gomez also played on that team but he is in camp on a professional tryout and there are certainly no assurances that he will make the squad. Martin Brodeur shared the honor with Elias last season but at age 42, Brodeur is a UFA and still looking for a new team to play for as he would love to get to the 700 win mark. Elias had 18 goals and 53 points in 65 games last season but at age 38, you should not expect more from the veteran. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Jarret Stoll skating after off-season surgery
    Jarret Stoll is on the ice at training camp after off-season hip surgery.

    Advice: Stoll is a solid third line center for the Kings but not a point-getter as he had only eight goals and 27 points during the regular season before picking up three goals and six points in 26 playoff contests en route to the Stanley Cup. He is proficient at the faceoff dot as he won 678 of 1239 draws. Draft him only in pools where faceoffs are a category. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Still no word in Columbus-Johansen talks
    There have been no negotiations in contract talks between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Johansen is a restricted free agent and turned down the Blue Jackets last offer so he is sitting on the sidelines as training camps open across the NHL. Johansen had a breakout season in 2013-14 with 33 goals and 30 assists and at age 22 is looking for a better contract than the ones offered by Columbus which includes a two-year deal worth $6 million, a six year contract for $32 million and an eight year deal for $46 million. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:08 am
  • Mikael Backlund out with abdominal strain
    Mikael Backlund did not practice with the Flames on Friday as he suffered an abdominal strain a few weeks ago.

    Advice: Do not expect to see Backlund on the ice when the Flames start their pre-season schedule on Sunday. "I just talked to my agent (Mark MacKay) the other day and he said he had this problem for a full year when he played, and I don't want to go through that," Backlund said. "It's important that I stay patient and don't rush anything so that when I get back to playing, I'm going to be healthy for the rest of the year and it's not going to bug me. I don't want that to happen. I want to take my time now instead of have setbacks later in the season." Backlund was the Flames top centerman last season but his future role is likely to be on the second line as Sean Monahan will eventually take over the role. Look for Backlund to pick up 15-20 goals and 40-45 points in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:04 am
  • Joe Vitale to provide much needed toughness
    Joe Vitale will provide some much needed toughness and grit to the Arizona Coyotes this season.

    Advice: The Coyotes gave the fourth line center a three-year deal and while he won't contribute offensively to your fantasy squad (one goal and 14 points in 53 games with Pittsburgh last season), he will give the Coyotes something that they lacked in 2013-14. Look for a 20-25 point season from Vitale. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:44 am
  • J. Mitchell misses opening day of Avs camp
    John Mitchell did not participate in on-ice activities with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

    Advice: Mitchell has been suffering from migraines that Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy says are unrelated to the concussion he suffered last season. The 29-year-old forward is considered day-to-day at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • Tyler Bozak (undisclosed) is day-to-day
    Tyler Bozak has an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Bozak is day-to-day as a result. He was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 due to a strained oblique muscle and hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:02 am
  • Claude Giroux (LBI) will be out for two weeks
    Claude Giroux (lower body) is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp.

    Advice: "This just happened today. Its the first day of camp and guys go 100 miles per-hour and things happen," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "Obviously its not the way you want to start. That's the hand we were dealt and we're going to deal with it." The good news is Giroux won't miss any playing time, barring a setback. Unless his condition gets worse, this shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign, although it's certainly troubling that Giroux is already dealing with lower-body issues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Claude Giroux suffers lower-body injury
    Claude Giroux has a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Giroux was on the ice for around 15 minutes of the Flyers' practice on Friday before he left the ice. The severity of the injury isn't known yet. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Sidney Crosby surprisingly skates on Friday
    Despite earlier expectations that Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) would miss the start of training camp, he was on the ice for 50 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The decision for Crosby to skate was made Friday morning. "I just talked to [trainer Chris Steward] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit," Crosby said. "I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here." In other words, it doesn't sound like Crosby is completely over whatever's bothering him, but he feels he'd probably be able to play in a regular season game in his current state, so this situation isn't too concerning. He might practice with the Penguins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • John Mitchell experiencing migraines
    John Mitchell has been experiencing migraines, which could put him on the sidelines when camp opens on Friday.

    Advice: He had a concussion at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Mitchell was back on the ice Tuesday for an informal skate, but this setback could cost him some preparation time for the upcoming season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:57 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin day-to-day with minor injury
    Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Malkin will miss the start of training camp due to the ailment. There's no reason for the Penguins to push the star player to participate in practices weeks before the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:56 am
  • Sidney Crosby dealing with minor injury
    Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Crosby's ailment isn't related to his previously injured wrist. Whatever it is, it's considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain when training camp opens, so he'll be held out of on-ice workouts that begin Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:54 am
  • Johansen, CBJ talks have gotten ugly
    Agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents restricted free agent Ryan Johansen, reportedly tried to meet with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, but was turned down.

    Advice: Overhardt and Blue Jackets president John Davidson have made their cases to the public lately in a heated fashion and that has led to Columbus taking the unusual step of revealing what its offers were. The Blue Jackets proposed three deals to Johansen, including a two-year, $6 million contract, six-year, $32 million deal, and an eight-year $46 million offer. All were rejected. At this point, it wouldn't be in the least bit surprising if Johansen doesn't sign by the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:01 am
  • Contract issue won't distract Jackets: Coach
    Ryan Johansen, a restricted free agent who led the Blue Jackets in scoring last season, has left Columbus on the eve of training camp, unhappy with the club's contract offer to him - but coach Todd Richards insists he won't let the matter distract his team.

    Advice: "Right now he's not here," Richards said. "I'm treating it like the regular season when you deal with an injury. He's not in the lineup. You move past it. If he's in the lineup, great; if not, I've got to find somebody else that'll do it. The one thing that will become an issue from what I've seen in the past, just based on my history and what I've been through as a coach, is when you miss time in training camp you try to play catch-up and a lot of times you can't catch up." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Agent: No lines drawn in Ryan Johansen talks
    Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.

    Advice: When he was asked what he next step in negotiations would be, he said: "The only thing I will say is, I'm a very big supporter of being affirmative in negotiations, a very big supporter of communicating, olive branches, etc. So, there should be an assumption that there are no lines being drawn by our side. There are no lines being drawn behind the scenes. There will never be any lines drawn publicly. So the assumption needs to be that we're ready, willing, and able to move forward, but it takes two parties to dance." He wouldn't comment on numbers and he declined to respond to John Davidson's highly critical comments from Tuesday. It doesn't look like Johansen will be available for Columbus for the start of training camp and his holdout could be a long one. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Ryan Johansen may work out back home
    The Columbus Blue Jackets won't let Ryan Johansen prepare for the upcoming at their facilities if he doesn't agree to a new deal before training camp opens.

    Advice: That's not an uncommon situation, but it adds to what has been an intense and recently heated negotiation process. Johansen may go home to Vancouver or head to Portland, his former WHL team, to participate in on-ice workouts if his holdout carries through camp. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • John Mitchell skates Tuesday with teammates
    John Mitchell participated in an informal skate on Tuesday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season and all seven of Colorado's playoff contests due to a concussion. Mitchell will probably be looking for the green light to take contact when the Avalanche meet for physicals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • John Davidson lashes out at Johansen's agent
    Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

    Advice: Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he's going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We've got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We've got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen's not there). We're not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It's not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Filip Forsberg named Rookie Tournament MVP
    Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg was named the MVP of this week's Rookie Tournament.

    Advice: He's been able to distinguish himself on levels just below the NHL, so can he make it now with a more offensive-minded coach in Peter Laviolette? It's a situation that's at least worth monitoring fantasy-wise. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:07 pm
  • Habs ponder moving Alex Galchenyuk to center
    The Montreal Canadiens might move Alex Galchenyuk to center ... if they can deal with defensive lapses.

    Advice: This is a big situation to watch, as Galchenyuk has the talent and pedigree to make a huge leap in the next season or two. Of course, that could come down to how much room Michel Therrien gives him to breathe. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:21 am
  • Kekalainen takes firm stance on Johansen
    Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

    Advice: Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "To me, it's huge that you go through training camp together and get ready. When training camp starts, that's it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That's it. That will be the only focus." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • 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
    Monday, 1:59 pm
  • 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
    Monday, 2:30 am
  • GM Hextall wants better defensive effort
    GM Ron Hextall wants a better defensive effort from Vincent Lecavalier.

    Advice: At age 34, this may be asking a lot from Lecavalier but the Flyers need to be better without the puck and Hextall will demand the same from everyone. Hextall tried to deal Lecavalier in the off-season but with no luck so Lecavalier will return to Philadelphia for his second season. He was plagued by back problems last season but still managed 20 goals and 37 points in 69 games. Lecavalier disappointed with a team worst minus-16. Expect a similar type season in 2014-15 and draft him accordingly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:23 am
  • Filip Forsberg scores OT winner for the Preds
    Filip Forsberg scored the winner in overtime to lead the rookies from Nashville to a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Forsberg was drafted 11th overall two seasons ago and was dealt to the Predators for Martin Erat, a move that the Capitals are ruing at this time. Forsberg should crack the Nashville lineup this season and see some power play time on the second unit. He should get 30-35 points but is only worth taking in keeper leagues at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • Forsberg and Sissons two to watch
    Two players worth watching during the rookie tournament taking place in the NHL this week are Filip Forsberg and Colton Sissons.

    Advice: Forsberg will be trying to make a positive impression on new Preds' coach Peter Laviolette, who will be looking for offense that the explosive Forsberg can provide. Sissons, who had some scoring success in the AHL last season, is more of a two-way player than Forsberg but lacks the Swede's pure scoring ability. Keep an eye on both these players as they have a legitimate chance of cracking the Preds' lineup out of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 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
  • Vincent Lecavalier to start camp at center
    Vincent Lecavalier will start training camp at center.

    Advice: There is a chance that either Lecavalier or Brayden Schenn will move to the wing as the Flyers want both to be top six forwards. Since Claude Giroux will center the top line, the only way both Lecavalier and Schenn can see top six minutes is if one moves to the wing. Lecavalier is 34 and his best seasons are behind him but he can still contribute offensively to any team. Draft him late in deeper pools however as there are plenty of centers with a lot more upside than the veteran. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:06 am
  • Sidney Crosby hopes for more playoff success
    Sidney Crosby knew there would be changes after another brief playoff run, but he still believes the Penguins aren't far from competing for a championship title.

    Advice: "We definitely have to find a way to get over that hump and be more of a playoff team," he said. "We did a really good job a couple of years ago of getting to the [2013] conference final, then didn't raise our game to that next level when we needed to, when teams get better and better with each round." Crosby thinks the new players, notably Patric Hornqvist, and coaches that were brought in by the organization during the off-season will help their chances. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 am
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