• Rocco Grimaldi has enjoyed a strong camp
    Rocco Grimaldi has made an impression at Florida's training camp.

    Advice: He may be listed at just 5-foot-6, but he hasn't played out of place during his exhibition appearances. His ability to create offense has placed him in the running for a roster spot with the Panthers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:13 am
  • Gustav Nyquist (knee) will play Wednesday
    Gustav Nyquist (knee) will be in the lineup for Detroit on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He was hurt in a knee-on-knee collision on Saturday and missed Monday's preseason contest as a result, but he'll play against Pittsburgh. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:05 am
  • Sam Reinhart hasn't secured NHL roster spot
    Sam Reinhart hasn't been able to produce much offense since putting on a Buffalo jersey.

    Advice: He contributed one assist in four games during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and he doesn't have a point in three NHL preseason contests. "It's getting a little frustrating," Reinhart said. "I think the biggest thing is I'm getting chances, trying to create. I'm just going to stick with it and focus on the bigger picture. But obviously that's part of my game and I think that's going to have to come." He is slated to play on Wednesday and Friday, as the Sabres wrap up their exhibition play and then a decision on where he will play this season will follow. Reinhart may be squeezed out of an NHL spot by Mikhail Grigorenko, who has enjoyed a very good training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:34 am
  • Jim Slater scores in second preseason outing
    Jim Slater played in his second game of the preseason on Tuesday.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the contest in a 2-1 victory over Ottawa. Slater played his first game since off-season hip surgery on Saturday and he's still shaking off some rust. "You put in a lot of time to get in shape and you play that first game and you feel like you didn't do anything all summer," he said. "It comes back, just a little slower than you'd like. But that's why you have these preseason games. Obviously we're running a new system, and we're trying to get that down so it's comes natural." Slater was limited to just 27 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Couture takes preseason loss as wake up call
    Logan Couture felt Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings might serve as a wakeup call.

    Advice: As Couture noted, the Kings seem ready for the regular season. "We're going to have to open up our season against them in eight days, so we better get going," Couture added. It was still just an exhibition game though, so it's hard to get too work up over the outcome. The Sharks have a lot riding on this season after the way their 2014 playoff run ended, but their preseason record obviously isn't going to make or break them. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:08 am
  • Sidney Crosby will likely play Wednesday
    Sidney Crosby is projected to play on Wednesday, according to Penguins coach Mike Johnston.

    Advice: Crosby missed the beginning of the preseason due to an ailment. His grandmother recently passed away and he missed Saturday and Monday's exhibition contests for that reason. If he doesn't end up playing on Wednesday, he'll almost certainly still play in the opener despite his lack of preseason ice time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Malkin sustained mystery ailment in States
    Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Evgeni Malkin suffered his mystery injury in the United States and not Russia.

    Advice: Just in case that mattered to you. What matters to us is that he hasn't played in a preseason game yet and likely won't as the Penguins' last contest is Wednesday. It also matters to us that Malkin seems to be taking longer to recover than the Penguins thought. He still might play in the regular season opener, but nothing that's happened thus far makes us feel confident in that possibility. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Claude Giroux (LBI) rusty in preseason debut
    Claude Giroux (lower body) admitted that he needed some time to get up to speed in his preseason debut on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I forgot how fast the game is," Giroux said. "The first period, I was pretty lost. I wasn't sure what was going on. Slowly, I got the puck moving. It was good to get a game under my belt. I felt good." It's just good that he got into a preseason game so that he could shake off the rust before the contests started to count. Flyers coach Craig Berube intentionally limited his ice time, so Giroux logged just 16:53 minutes. While he was rusty, he also wasn't bothered by his injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:51 am
  • Scott Gomez (wrist) should practice Wednesday
    Scott Gomez has been dealing with a wrist injury, but it's not believed to be serious.

    Advice: Gomez stayed off the ice for two days, but he's expected to practice with the Devils on Wednesday. He's trying to earn a roster spot after joining the Devils' training camp on a tryout basis. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:36 am
  • No progress yet in Johansen, CBJ talks
    Although talks have resumed between Ryan Johansen and the Columbus Blue Jackets, the two sides haven't made any progress yet.

    Advice: Based on previously reported figures, the two sides might have as much as a $3.4 million gap to close on a two-year contract. With that in mind, it wouldn't be shocking if Johansen misses the start of the season despite the fact that Columbus is already without Boone Jenner (hand) and Nathan Horton (back). Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:47 am
  • Sam Gagner has an upper-body injury
    Sam Gagner missed Monday's preseason contest due to an upper-body injury.

    Advice: The good news is that Gagner was still able to practice Tuesday. Coyotes coach Dave Tippett wanted to see how he feels Wednesday before committing to using him against Edmonton. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:18 am
  • Karlsson, Rakell fight to be 3rd-line center
    William Karlsson is competing with Rickard Rakell for the third-line center role.

    Advice: The Ducks have an opening there because they didn't bring back Saku Koivu. Karlsson is at a bit of a disadvantage because he's only played in nine AHL games since coming over from Sweden. On the other hand, Rakell already has 22 NHL contests under his belt. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:10 am
  • Claude Giroux returns in Philadelphia victory
    Flyers star Claude Giroux dressed in his first preseason game Tuesday night and showed no signs of being bothered by the lower-body injury that kept him sidelined in Philadelphia's previous exhibition games.

    Advice: Giroux played 16:53 in the Flyers' 4-2 win over the New York Rangers. He had two shots on net and dished out two hits. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Cedric Paquette has 2 points in Lightning win
    Center Cedric Paquette increased his chances of cracking the Tampa Bay roster by picking up a goal and an assist in the Tampa Bay Lightning's 5-1 rout of the Stars in an exhibition game in Dallas Tuesday night.

    Advice: Ditto for right winger Brett Connolly, who also had a goal and an assist for the Tampa Bay. Richard Panik, Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown notched the other goals for the winners. Vladislav Namestnikov contributed two assists. Jamie Benn was the only scorer for the Stars. Between the pipes, Anders Lindback had a tough night against his old Lightning teammates, making 28 saves on the 33 shots he faced. Ben Bishop looked good for Tampa Bay, blocking 20 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:18 pm
  • Thomas likes Cedric Paquette's grit
    Cedric Paquette is on the bubble to start the year with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: However, assistant coach Steve Thomas likes what Paquette brings to the table. "I love his grit, his determination, playing with a little snot on his sleeve so to speak," Thomas said. "Our team is much better when we have a little bit more grit and when you play with grit like he does that makes us a harder team to play against." Paquette played with the Bolts at the end of the regular season last year and in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Brandon Dubinsky says he'll be fine
    Brandon Dubinsky (undisclosed) skated on his own Monday.

    Advice: He was held out of practice for a second straight day, but insists that he'll be fine. Dubinsky's ailment is considered to be minor, but the Jackets are being cautious with his recovery. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:45 pm
  • Patrice Cormier's eye didn't get damaged
    Patrice Cormier didn't suffer any damage after he took a stick to his eye on Monday.

    Advice: He's still listed as day-to-day. Cormier will probably be heading to the minors when he's ready to go. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:07 pm
  • Eric Staal will play in Tuesday's exhibition
    Eric Staal has recovered from his core muscle injury and is expected to suit up in Tuesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.

    Advice: "It's been good," Staal said of his progress in training camp thus far. "I'm ready to get into game action to test that and see how it feels, but I foresee no issues moving forward." It will be his first preseason game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:54 pm
  • Claude Giroux will make preseason debut Tues.
    Claude Giroux (lower body) will dress in his first preseason game on Tuesday night.

    Advice: "I'm fine and ready to go," said Giroux, who had been limited at camp due to a lower-body injury. "I want to make sure I'm ready to play against Boston (in the season opener Oct. 8), and for me to play this game tonight it's going to make me a better player for that game." He was between Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek during the morning skate. Coach Craig Berube also expects Giroux to play Thursday against Washington in another preseason outing. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Wild place Jordan Schroeder on waivers
    Jordan Schroeder has been placed on waivers by the Wild.

    Advice: He will head down to the minors if he clears. Schroeder appeared in 25 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season and he recorded six points. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Patrice Cormier takes a stick in the eye
    Patrice Cormier took a stick in the eye during Monday's preseason match against Edmonton.

    Advice: The incident occurred during the third period of a 3-1 loss for the Jets and Cormier's status isn't clear yet. "We're hoping it's not significant," coach Paul Maurice said. "I'd like to tell you more but I don't have more." It's likely that Cormier will open the regular season in the minors if he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Nelson might get chance to play on top line
    Brock Nelson is expected to get a chance to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo before training camp is over.

    Advice: Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been auditioning a number of the Islanders' top players for the vacant first-line role. Nelson is primarily a center, but might end up shifting to the wing anyways to help the Islanders' cope with their logjam up the middle. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Jarret Stoll (hip) might return on Tuesday
    Jarret Stoll (hip) might be able to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stoll has been feeling better lately, but nothing is set in stone yet when it comes to his return date. Including Tuesday's contest, Los Angeles has three preseason games left. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:14 am
  • Jackets reopen contract talks with Johansen
    Ryan Johansen's contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets have resumed.

    Advice: Johansen is still a restricted free agent with the start of the regular season fast approaching. His reported demands for a two-year, $9.4 million contract are tough to justify when Jaden Schwartz, who has put up similar numbers and was in a similar situation, agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million extension with the Blues. At the same time, the Blue Jackets need Johansen even more now that Boone Jenner has been sidelined with a broken hand. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 am
  • Boone Jenner is out with broken bone in hand
    Boone Jenner has a broken bone below the middle finger of his left hand.

    Advice: Jenner might be out for as long as eight weeks, but his timetable won't be firmed up until he undergoes further testing. Along with Nathan Horton (back) and Ryan Johansen (unsigned) being unavailable, the Blue Jackets are now missing their entire projected first line. Jenner, 21, had 16 goals and 29 points in 72 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:38 am
  • Claude Giroux (LBI) might return Tuesday
    Claude Giroux (lower body) remains a possibility for Tuesday's preseason contest.

    Advice: Giroux will take part in Tuesday's morning skate before a decision is made. He's been unable to play in exhibition games thus far. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:55 pm
  • Boone Jenner out Monday with hand injury
    Boone Jenner won't play on Monday after being struck on the hand during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards described the move as precautionary because Jenner's hand is swollen. He would have otherwise returned from an unrelated, undisclosed injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Gustav Nyquist is recovering from knee injury
    Gustav Nyquist will miss Monday's preseason game due to a sore knee.

    Advice: Nyquist sustained the injury during Saturday's contest. "It's scary when it happens to your knee," he said. "But it feels better today and it's improved and that's a good sign." He might be back Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:45 pm
  • Sidney Crosby won't play on Monday
    Sidney Crosby will miss Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Crosby's grandmother passed away recently and while it was initially reported that he would probably play on Monday after missing Saturday's contest, that's not the case. Pittsburgh's final exhibition game will be on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:03 am
  • Evgeni Malkin unlikely to play in preseason
    Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) is likely to miss Pittsburgh's final two preseason games.

    Advice: That would mean that Malkin wasn't able to play in a single exhibition contest. The Penguins have downplayed Malkin's ailment, but at this point we have to wonder if he'll be available for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:59 am
  • Sidney Crosby is expected to play Monday
    Sidney Crosby is projected to play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Crosby, who had been dealing with an undisclosed injury, was scheduled to play on Saturday, but his grandmother passed away. It wouldn't be surprising if Crosby also played in Pittsburgh's final exhibition contest on Wednesday to help him shake off the rust ahead of the season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:57 am
  • Devils fans boo Scott Gomez on Sunday
    Devils fans booed Scott Gomez early in Sunday's preseason contest.

    Advice: Gomez is on a tryout contract in the hopes of making the team. It's quite the fall from grace for him after he once bolted from New Jersey to the rival New York Rangers on a monster seven-year, $51.5 million deal. Gomez added that some fans confronted him during the team's warmups. "I got some guy telling me where to go right away, Jersey style," he said. "That was going to be expected, but it is what it is. That's being back in Jersey, that's for sure." He seemed to win some fans over with his two-goal performance in the exhibition game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:37 am
  • Coyotes try Sam Gagner on right wing
    Sam Gagner shifted from center to the right wing.

    Advice: Gagner is playing alongside Martin Erat and Martin Hanzal. This isn't necessarily a permanent change for Gagner, but it looks like the Coyotes are interested in at least experimenting with him. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:43 am
  • Gustav Nyquist's injury listed as short term
    Detroit GM Ken Holland doesn't expect Gustav Nyquist to miss much time after he was hurt on a knee-on-knee hit in Saturday's preseason contest versus Boston.

    Advice: "Dr. Plagens said there was no significant injury," Holland said Sunday afternoon. "I'm assuming he's sore, but Gus hasn't reached out to anybody saying his knee has ballooned up. It looked scary at the time but the initial word is that it looks like a day-to-day, short-term injury." We'll keep you posted on his recovery as the regular season is just around the corner. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:42 am
  • William Karlsson impresses Boudreau Sunday
    William Karlsson had an assist in Anaheim's 4-2 preseason loss on Sunday.

    Advice: Karlsson also had two shots on goal in 9:54 minutes of ice time. While those statistics don't stand out, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau felt it was his best showing of the preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:34 am
  • Scott Gomez scores two goals in Devils win
    Scott Gomez scored two power play goals as the New Jersey Devils defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez was invited to Devils' camp on a pro tryout. The goals were Gomez' first two of the preseason. The 34-year-old is making a case to be signed by the Devils. Even if he does make the team, Gomez hasn't hit the 20-point mark since 2010. Marek Zidlicky also scored a goal and an assist in the win. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:45 pm
  • Logan Couture back in the lineup
    Logan Couture returned from an undisclosed injury on Saturday and potted a goal.

    Advice: Couture has been playing on a line with Patrick Marleau and Matt Nieto in training camp and it looks as if they could be a trio once the regular season begins. Couture is looking for a big season after he scored 23 goals and 53 points in an injury-plagued 65 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:00 am
  • Claude Giroux could play as early as Tuesday
    Claude Giroux (lower body) could play his first pre-season game as early as Tuesday.

    Advice: Giroux suffered his injury in the first few minutes of the first practice session but he has been on the ice the last three days and is getting close to a return. Poolies should not be afraid to take Giroux at the end of the first round or early in the second, in most pools. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:46 am
  • Gustav Nyquist suffers undisclosed injury
    Gustav Nyquist suffered an undisclosed injury in the final minute of Saturday's game.

    Advice: There's no word on what the injury is or how it occurred. General manager Ken Holland says it looks like Nyquist will be OK, but the team will learn more Sunday. When it comes to injuries, Detroit is picking right where it left off last season. Nyquist is a key player for the Red Wings, with 28 goals and 48 points in his first full extended run in the NHL (57 games). He is expected to play on one of the team's top two lines. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Schwartz's deal won't sway Johansen's agent
    Ryan Johansen's agent will likely not be swayed by Jaden Schwartz's two-year, $4.7 million contract.

    Advice: Schwartz ended his contract dispute with the Blues Saturday, but The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline says that this deal probably won't move Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, into lowering his demands. Portzline says Overhardt has based his negotiations on Johansen's "comparables on his potential and place on the roster." Johansen is said to be seeking similar money for one year to what Schwartz just accepted for two. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:28 pm
  • Sam Gagner 'dinged up' should be OK for Sat.
    Sam Gagner got a little "dinged up" in yesterday's game against the Sharks.

    Advice: He received a scheduled day off Saturday, but Dave Tippett expects him to be OK for Sunday's practice. No reason to be worried here unless it becomes a long-term issue, which doesn't seem to be the case. Gagner had 10 goals and 37 points last season for the Oilers. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:40 pm
  • Brandon Dubinsky held out of third period
    Brandon Dubinsky did not play at all in the third period Saturday against the Penguins because of "soreness."

    Advice: This doesn't appear to be anything to worry about, but NHL coaches tend to be coy about injury details, so it's worth mentioning. "It was more just managing him," Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. "Just soreness. There was no reason to push it. If it's the regular season, he probably comes out with us." Dubinsky is a valuable player in fantasy leagues as someone who can score 20 goals and 50 points, and do it with around 100 penalty minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:23 pm
  • Sidney Crosby to miss game Saturday
    Sidney Crosby will not play on Saturday due to the death of his grandmother.

    Advice: Crosby was slated to play in his first pre-season game of the season but is headed back to Nova Scotia to be with his family. Our condolences to the Crosby family on their loss. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:33 am
  • Berube will not push Claude Giroux at camp
    Coach Craig Berube will not make Claude Giroux (lower body) play a pre-season game if he is not ready to go.

    Advice: Giroux suffered his lower body injury a few moments into the first practice and is now skating and able to do everything with the exception of contact but his return to game action is still up in the air. Giroux could be back in time for the start of the NHL campaign in Boston on October 8 but he could also miss the first week of action. Nevertheless, poolies should not be afraid to take Giroux at the end of the first round or early in the second, in most pools. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:13 am
  • Scott Gomez sees time on the power play point
    Scott Gomez is seeing some time on the point during the power play in the pre-season.

    Advice: Gomez is an excellent passer and stickhandler and while he doesn't have a big shot, he could be of use on the power play. "My best asset, I think, is the other team looking at me and saying, `What the hell is he doing on the point?' That maybe opens it up a little bit," Gomez said jokingly. "It's actually a sneak (tactic). I'm not going to intimidate anyone with my shot, but when you play with guys who can get open like (Michael) Ryder, they have to respect his shot. It opens a lot up." Gomez has had a few tough years fantasy-wise and he is better left on the waiver wire to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:57 am
  • Boone Jenner to return on Monday
    Boone Jenner is expected to return to the Columbus lineup on Monday according to coach Todd Richards.

    Advice: Jenner suffered an undisclosed injury on Sunday. Jenner had a nice rookie season with 29 points and 45 penalty minutes in 72 games. Look for a lot more in 2014-15 as he could surpass the 40 point mark. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:52 am
  • Contract talks with Johansen still frozen
    It's reportedly been over a week since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen have discussed a new contract.

    Advice: Word is they're still about $1.7M apart over two years. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Claude Giroux takes part in Friday's skate
    Claude Giroux (lower body) participated in Friday's practice.

    Advice: Giroux skated alongside Brayden Schenn and Jakub Voracek. The Flyers hope to get Giroux into a preseason game, but nothing has been decided yet. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) isn't working out
    Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) isn't doing any on or off-ice workouts.

    Advice: That's pretty concerning, especially seeing as Malkin as been dealing with this ailment since at least the start of training camp. Penguins coach Mike Johnston doesn't think this is a long-term problem, but we're starting to wonder if Malkin will be available for the regular season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:30 am
  • Crosby (undisclosed) ready for preseason game
    Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) will play in Saturday's preseason contest.

    Advice: Crosby entered training camp with an undisclosed injury and has been slowly recovering from it. It seems fair to believe that the Penguins wouldn't have their star forward to play in a preseason game unless they were absolutely sure he was ready. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:44 am
  • Scott Gomez trying to overcome odds at Devils
    Although he appears to be a long shot to crack the Devils' line-up, Scott Gomez is hoping the team will offer him a contract before the regular season begins.

    Advice: Gomez is in Devils' camp on a try-out. "If anything, it feels like being a rookie again being here," said Gomez. "It's good to be back in the area. I've seen a lot of people, like team employees and stuff, and not much has changed." The 34-year-old hasn't been very productive since 2010. You can steer clear of Gomez in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:41 pm
  • Logan Couture skates on Thursday
    Logan Couture (undisclosed) skated on Thursday after being held out on Wednesday.

    Advice: Couture took an awkward fall during the Sharks' preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. The injury doesn't seem too serious and Couture should be able to return soon. If he can stay healthy, the 25-year-old is a good bet to surpass the 23 goal and 53 point totals he reached last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:48 am
  • Evgeni Malkin absent from practice again
    Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) wasn't at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't participated in a practice yet at training camp because of a "minor" undisclosed injury. Malkin is expected to be ready for the regular season, but it would ease many anxious fantasy owners to see him on the ice with his teammates in some capacity. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Sidney Crosby may be ready to play Saturday
    Sidney Crosby might get the green light to play in Saturday's preseason tilt versus Columbus.

    Advice: He practiced again on Thursday and if everything goes well on Friday then coach Mike Johnston expects Crosby to be available. The Pittsburgh captain has been dealing with an undisclosed injury during training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:20 am
  • Claude Giroux returns to practice Thursday
    Claude Giroux (lower body) was back at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: However, he won't play against New Jersey tonight in preseason action. "He's getting better quick," coach Craig Berube said. The Flyers bench boss wants to get Giroux into some exhibition games when he's ready, but there's no timetable for that yet. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:02 am
  • Brock Nelson, Anders Lee play together
    Brock Nelson and Anders Lee have gotten some playing time together in the preseason.

    Advice: Nelson and Lee are friends and have been roommates over the course of the Islanders' training camp. "It's great to start that chemistry early in the year so you can set the tone a little bit," said Lee. "You do the right things and I think it'll come together for us." Lee and Nelson aren't locks to make the team, but both have legitimate shots of starting the season with the Islanders. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:46 am
  • Jarret Stoll (hip) is ahead of schedule
    Jarret Stoll (hip) believes he's ahead of schedule in his recovery.

    Advice: Stoll is aiming to play in two preseason games, but he wants to be cautious to avoid a setback. He had nine goals and 27 points in 78 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:08 am
  • Logan Couture will be back on ice Thursday
    Logan Couture plans to skate on Thursday after leaving Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: "Just fell awkwardly and was told to take [the equipment] off," Couture said. "If it was a regular season game I probably would have been back out there, but this time of year just make sure everything's fine." He also missed Wednesday practice. He had 23 goals and 53 points in 65 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:47 pm
  • Evgeni Malkin still isn't practicing
    Evgeni Malkin (undisclosed) hasn't practiced with Pittsburgh yet.

    Advice: The Penguins maintain that Malkin will be ready for the start of the season. We have no reason to doubt that, but at the same time, Malkin has a lengthy injury history and this is doing nothing to make us feel like 2014-15 might be an exception. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:10 am
  • Sidney Crosby feels good after practice
    Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) felt good after participating in Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Crosby stayed on the ice for another 30 minutes following the session's conclusion. He believes in the usefulness of preseason games for veterans, so expect him to participate in at least one exhibition game if he's healthy enough to do so. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 am
  • Scott Gomez doesn't think he's slowed down
    Scott Gomez thinks he can still be offensively productive if given the chance.

    Advice: Gomez has gone from a guy who averages around a point-per-game to one who hasn't reached the 20-point mark since 2010-11. He thinks that's a result of his circumstances rather than a decline in his skills though. "I've always been a playmaker," Gomez said. "But the main question the last few years has been, 'Why can't he still do that?' Well, you're playing six minutes a night with guys who don't score. Fine. I'll play anywhere, but don't say I'm not the same player." He's impressed Devils coach Pete DeBoer so far, but Gomez will still have a hard time earning a roster spot given the Devils' logjam with 14 forwards already signed to one-way contracts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:54 am
  • Jim Slater close to being cleared for action
    Jim Slater took part in another full day of training camp on Tuesday.

    Advice: "I'm feeling better than I was for sure," said Slater, who missed 55 games last season due to injury. "There were some dark days in the summer for sure. Just going through that rehab, this thing, I've put a lot of time and effort into getting this thing back." He hasn't been cleared to play in the preseason yet after he had hip labrum surgery at the end of May. However, he appears to be very close and coach Paul Maurice believes Slater will be available for Saturday's match against Minnesota. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:45 am
  • Injury to Logan Couture not serious
    Logan Couture left Tuesday's 4-2 split squad loss to the Canucks after the second period for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: "His last shift in the second, he got banged up a little bit and this time of the year we're not going to fool around with anything like that so we kept him out," said Sharks head coach Todd McLellan to local reporters in Vancouver. "We'll see how he is in the morning, but we don't think it's anything serious." Couture was visibly upset after a hit in the second period and did not return for the third period. We will take the coach at his word but still monitor the situation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 pm
  • Logan Couture leaves preseason opener
    Logan Couture leaves with an unknown injury in Tuesday's preseason opener with the Canucks.

    Advice: Little is known about why he left except Couture appeared to be unhappy after taking a big hit during second period action. We will certainly monitor this situation but hopefully it's just precautionary. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Oddsmaker: Sidney Crosby is MVP favorite
    Sidney Crosby is the favorite to win the Hart Trophy, according to online oddsmaker Bovada.

    Advice: More specifically, Crosby has 7/4 odds. Ryan Getzlaf and Steven Stamkos are tied for second at 6/1 while John Tavares (8/1) and Alex Ovechkin (12/1) round out the top five. The fact that Crosby is the favorite to be the MVP isn't surprising and Bovada certainly isn't unique in that prediction. Although he's got a troubling injury history, Crosby has consistently been the best player in the game throughout his career when he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Sidney Crosby skates, not part of game group
    Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) is on the ice Tuesday.

    Advice: Crosby didn't take part in the Penguins' preseason opener and he's not part of the game group ahead of tonight's contest. He's been dealing with this ailment since the start of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:19 am
  • Crosby doesn't play in preseason opener
    Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) didn't participate in Pittsburgh's preseason opener.

    Advice: The good news is that Crosby did skate with the Penguins on Monday. It's not clear what Crosby is recovering from, but he's still day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:42 am
  • Sam Gagner finds back of net Monday
    Sam Gagner scored a goal in Arizona's 5-4 shootout win against Los Angeles on Monday.

    Advice: Gagner is trying to bounce back after recording just 10 goals and 37 points in 67 games last season. The move to Arizona gives him an opportunity to have a fresh start and he's a safe bet to get top-six minutes. Lauri Korpikoski and Shane Doan assisted on Gagner's goal. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:13 am
  • Babcock hopes for a consistent Nyquist
    Detroit coach Mike Babcock is trying to temper his expectations for Gustav Nyquist.

    Advice: "I don't know if he's going to score that many goals, but he's going to get that many points," said Babcock. Nyquist scored 28 goals and he had 48 points in 57 games last campaign. He's projected to start the season in the Red Wings' top-six group, which carries more responsibility and Babcock wants to see consistency. "If you're a top-six forward, you've got to play 200 feet and you've got to do it every single night and you've got to be mentally tough," said Detroit's bench boss. "And if you're a bottom-six forward, maybe you don't have to be dialed in as much. But those guys, even in the bottom six, they're worker bees." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:30 am
  • Report: Ryan Johansen's demands lower
    Ryan Johansen and his agent, Kurt Overhardt, have reportedly lowered his contract demands.

    Advice: The report says the latest offer was set at two years at $4.7 million per year. Overhardt has now reduced their original asking price by more than $2 million per season. The Blue Jackets probably want Johansen's demands to lower a bit more before they start meaningful negotiations. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:06 pm
  • Coach: Jenner being pulled was precautionary
    Coach Todd Richards downplayed the Blue Jackets' decision to pull Boone Jenner (undisclosed) from Sunday's preseason game.

    Advice: Richards said Jenner was pulled for precautionary reasons. Jenner has been getting some playing time as a center to accommodate the absence of Ryan Johansen, who remains unsigned. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 4:15 am
  • Eric Staal misses preseason contest
    Eric Staal was held out of Sunday's contest for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: There's no details as to the nature of Staal's apparent injury. The fact that he was held out of an early preseason game isn't alarming, but we'll err on the side of caution by listing him as day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 22, 4:06 am
  • Malkin doesn't take part in Sunday scrimmage
    Evgeni Malkin did not take part in Pittsburgh's scrimmage on Sunday.

    Advice: Malkin hasn't skated in two weeks. Geno is suffering from an unknown injury and he will not play in Pittsburgh's preseason opener against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 8:27 pm
  • Boone Jenner leaves preseason opener
    Boone Jenner left Sunday's preseason game against the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: "We're managing him," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards. According to Richards, Jenner was dealing with some soreness. The injury doesn't appear to be serious. We'll update you as more information is made available. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:38 pm
  • Stoll (hip) hopes to play in preseason
    Jarrett Stoll hopes to play in at least one game during the preseason.

    Advice: Stoll had surgery during the off-season to repair a chip and labrum tear in his hip. The 32-year-old believes he suffered the injury during last year's Western Conference final against the Chicago Blackhawks. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:14 pm
  • Jarret Stoll (hip) should play in preseason
    Jarret Stoll, who is coming off hip surgery, should get a fair amount of ice time in the preseason.

    Advice: "Yeah, he'll get three or four, for sure," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Stoll. "That's kind of what we want to do with everybody. We're just sticking right to the program that we had for him. We wanted him to skate two days, take the third day off and start ramping again from there. Get into more contact, and by the time we get into that Game 4 or 5 in there, we should be ready." Stoll had eight goals and 27 points in 78 games in 2013-14. Those numbers might not be impressive, but he's known more for his physical play and success on the draw. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 3:55 pm
  • Ryan Johansen has gotten 'several' KHL offers
    Ryan Johansen has gotten "several" KHL offers over the last two months, according to his agent.

    Advice: CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov recently denied a report that he made Johansen a one-year, $5 million offer, but it wouldn't be surprising if other KHL teams had made an attempt to sign Johansen. The 22-year-old forward isn't likely to bolt to the KHL despite his impasse with Columbus. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 10:11 am
  • CSKA Moscow denies offering Johansen a deal
    CSKA Moscow GM Sergei Fedorov denied that his team has made Ryan Johansen a contract offer.

    Advice: There was a report last night that Moscow had offered Johansen a one-year, $5 million contract. Either way, Johansen could probably get a lucrative contract in the KHL if he wanted to, but he's not likely to actually go that route. He's far more likely to eventually compromise with Columbus, although he might miss the preseason and perhaps even some regular season contests before that happens. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 9:29 am
  • Sam Reinhart to make Sabres debut on Sunday
    Sam Reinhart will get his first taste of NHL action in Buffalo's pre-season opener on Sunday against Washington.

    Advice: The Sabres drafted Reinhart second overall in the 2014 NHL entry draft. If the 18-year-old center holds his own in training camp, he should have a good shot at making the Sabres. Buffalo is in the middle of a complete rebuild and they are looking to move forward with younger talent. Reinhart registered 36 goals and 105 points in 60 games with the Western Hockey League's Kootenay Ice last season. He is someone to seriously consider in dynasty leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 7:09 am
  • Evgeni Malkin continues to sit
    Evgeni Malkin missed practice again on Saturday.

    Advice: Malkin has not skated since September 8 and has an undisclosed injury. Spending time on the sidelines is nothing new for the star forward as he has played 70 or more games only once in the last five years. Look for Malkin to get to the 80-85 point mark if he plays 70 games this season with a shot at 100 points if he ever plays the full schedule. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 6:17 am
  • Claude Giroux works out off the ice Saturday
    Claude Giroux (lower body) worked out off the ice on Saturday.

    Advice: Giroux suffered a lower body injury on Friday and the hope is that he can get in one pre-season game before the start of the season. Giroux is one of the top scorers in the NHL and deserves to be taken in the second round of most drafts at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 5:43 am
  • Johansen/Blue Jackets: No long term deal
    The Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen will likely do a short term deal when the two sides finally agree.

    Advice: Johansen is holding out and while Johansen is looking at $5 million per season over two years, the Blue Jackets are not budging over a two-year/$6 million deal. Both sides agree that a long term deal is not feasible at this time. A report stated that CSKA Moscow is going to offer Johansen $5 million on a one-year deal. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 21, 3:46 am
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