• Stephen Weiss believes he can bounce back
    Stephen Weiss believes he can be productive this season after dealing with a sports hernia problem in 2013-14.

    Advice: "I'm confident," Weiss said. "I know I can play the game and I'm a threat on the team as a No. 2 center with those two guys [Datsyuk and Zetterberg] coming out first. We should be able to do some damage if we're healthy." He has been working hard since his second surgery on April 21 and he'll be ready to go in training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:54 pm
  • Joe Thornton reacts to losing his "C"
    Joe Thornton wasn't aware that he'd lost his captaincy until he was told a about the situation by a reporter.

    Advice: "I talked with Todd today, and he never mentioned anything about captains or assistant captains," said Thornton on Wednesday. Coach Todd McLellan admitted that he could have been clearer in his "clean slate" talk with Thornton. Thornton appears to be handling it well and he said he would support whoever becomes the team captain. "It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," he said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • Gustav Nyquist ready for a larger role
    Expectations will be higher on Gustav Nyquist this upcoming season.

    Advice: The good news is that he's expected to be placed in situations where he can succeed. Nyquist is slated to start the season on one of Detroit's top-two lines and he'll get time on the power play. He registered 28 goals and 20 assists in 57 games last year. Nyquist has the skill to be a regular 20-goal threat and he should threaten the 30-goal mark again in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:44 am
  • Nazem Kadri expects to produce more
    Nazem Kadri wants to elevate his game in 2014-15.

    Advice: "My expectation for myself is to go up (in production) every year," he said. "No one has higher expectations of me than me, so I'm working as hard as I can to get there. You always work hard to get better, but now your body is a bit more mature, and you know it better, so it's easier to put on pounds or take them off, whatever you need." Kadri feels his ideal weight is around 190 pounds. He's been working hard on his shot and release during the summer. Kadri appears confident that he can improve on the 20 goals and 50 points he picked up in 78 games last campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:40 am
  • Sharks create open competition for captaincy
    Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks, but coach Todd McLellan isn't calling the decision a "stripping."

    Advice: The Sharks won't have a captain or assistants going into training camp and the players will compete for the leadership roles. McLellan said that Thornton is a candidate just like everyone else. Regardless of their reasoning, this seems like a very odd move. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:31 pm
  • Mark Arcobello to challenge for 2nd line spot
    Mark Arcobello might end up as a second-line center option for the Oilers this season.

    Advice: He's expected to compete with Leon Draisaitl and Anton Lander for the spot. Jordan Eberle thinks Arcobello could be a good fit there. "I've played with Arco when he was in the AHL and when he was up here last year," said Eberle. "I think he's showed that he can play here when he was up here. He performed very well. With contract issues and guys stepping in, he kind of got pushed out of the way. Now that there is a spot open, I know for him he's probably training hard and looking to take over that. It should be interesting." Arcobello got off to a good start last season with 10 assists in his first 10 outings, but he finished the year with 18 points in 41 contests. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Tyler Seguin scouts the NHL for faceoff help
    Tyler Seguin has been working over the summer to improve his performance in the faceoff circle.

    Advice: "The scouting for me this summer has been watching faceoffs around the league from other centermen," he said. "Learning a bit more about the position. It was my first year and it's a lot harder than you think, switching positions in the NHL." Seguin did scouting on teammate Jamie Benn heading into last season and those sessions appeared as though paid off. He'll also have Jason Spezza to learn from in 2014-15. Seguin won just 41.5 percent of his draws last year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:27 pm
  • Mika Zibanejad's spot in the lineup unclear
    Mika Zibanejad could end up playing on the wing or at center this season.

    Advice: Ottawa likes the versatility that David Legwand brings to their lineup and his play will largely impact where Zibanejad lines up. Zibanejad may skate at center on the second or third line or he may be on one of those combinations as a winger. "A lot of them [centers] can move to the wing," coach Paul MacLean said. "The only one of them that probably couldn't move to the wing would be Kyle. Everyone else has the ability to play on the wing as well. If that's the case, that makes us a bigger and deeper team." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:03 pm
  • Stars intend to re-sign Jason Spezza
    Dallas GM Jim Nill likes the team's chances of re-signing Jason Spezza.

    Advice: "I think it's going to happen. I've talked to his agent," said Nill. "We want Jason and his family to move in here. I think once we get him in here, get training camp rolling, I'll sit down with his agent some more. When we made the trade the vision was he's going to be a Star for a long time. It wasn't just a six-month stop." Spezza is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2014-15 season. He'll earn $4 million this year on a deal that carries an annual average value of $7 million. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:10 am
  • GM hopes to avoid holdout with Ryan Johansen
    Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen feels it's very important for Ryan Johansen's contract situation to be settled before training camp opens in a about a month from now.

    Advice: "It's a business," Kekalainen said. "But for me, the team is always first. Everything we do - whether you're a star, a fourth-liner, a grinder, the tough guy, a depth guy - this is all about the team. That's why you have to be in camp the first day. That's when it starts, and that's when the team comes together. It's very, very important that we start as a team. To me, that is huge. That's going to be a very serious matter from a team point of view." That's not a surprising point of view and it has the potential to change the relationship between the two sides if it becomes a holdout. Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, feels an unresolved contract into camp puts more pressure on Columbus than it does on his client. Both sides feel they have leverage in the process and they haven't budged for more than four weeks. They are roughly $3 million apart per season on a two-year contract. Kekalainen said there's "plenty of time to get a deal done." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:27 am
  • Michael Cammalleri excited to play with Jagr
    Michael Cammalleri is looking forward to getting a chance to play on the same team as future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.

    Advice: "He's one of the greatest legends of our game of all-time," Cammalleri said. "He's an iconic sports figure. To play on the same team as him will be a unique and special experience." He may end up playing with Jagr and Travis Zajac on the top line this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • No 'thaw' in talks between Johansen and CBJ
    There's nothing new to report with regard to contract talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen.

    Advice: There hasn't been much to report since it was believed that the two sides were about $3 million per season apart in negotiations. Training camps open in a month and the Jackets need to have their star center ready for what could be a banner year for the franchise. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:30 am
  • Reflecting on Alexander Steen's great year
    Alex Steen put together a career year in 2013-14, compiling career highs in goals (33) and points (62), raising the question of whether he can maintain those fine fantasy stats in the future.

    Advice: Steen's solid production occurred in just 68 games during a season where the veteran celebrated his 30th birthday. After posting under 30 points in three of the five seasons prior to his productive 2013-14, the magnitude of the Swede's success was definitely a surprise. The first key to Steen maintaining his scoring touch is staying healthy. The left winger has played over 80 games just twice in his 10 year career, and has played in under 70 games in seven of the past eight seasons. Steen had never produced at such a consistent pace over the course of his career, thus we expect a tough road for him to repeat as a 30 goal scorer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:34 am
  • Anders Lee looking to build on solid call-up
    Anders Lee is looking to catch on full time with the Isles this season after handling a 22 game NHL call-up quite well last season.

    Advice: The 24 year old had 14 points during his NHL stint and another 41 in 54 AHL games during his rookie year. The hulking power forward has nice speed and strength, while he is capable of playing a variety of roles on the ice. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:02 pm
  • No teams have taken chance on Ville Leino yet
    Free from the shackles of a disastrous tenure in Buffalo, Ville Leino's landing spot has yet to be determined through the first six weeks of free agency.

    Advice: Leino would likely get a one year deal in the area of a $1-million cap hit if he doesn't bolt the NHL. After breaking out with 53 points in 81 games with the Flyers in 2010-11, Leino earned a big contract with the Sabres and completely flopped, managing just 46 points in 137 games over three horrible seasons. He was bought out in the off-season and could re-establish himself with low expectations on a low-risk deal if he rediscovers his touch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:55 am
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  • Mikhail Grigorenko hopes to stick this year
    It's been a tough go for Mikhail Grigorenko ever since the Sabres rushed their prized 12th overall selection from 2012 into the NHL right away, but the Russian prospect will look to put past struggles behind him and play a full season with the Sabres in 2014-15.

    Advice: The 20 year-old has lasted just 43 games in two seasons with the big club, and since his rookie contract kicked in during his first season, he is already in the final year of his contract. Grigorenko's skill and potential are still sky high, but time is ticking for this prospect to start producing. The Sabres have the option of sending him to Rochester in the AHL if he needs more time to develop. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:07 am
  • Sidney Crosby happy with healing wrist so far
    Sidney Crosby said on Friday that he is pleased with the recovery of his injured right wrist after testing it in ramped up on ice workouts in Florida last week.

    Advice: Crosby injured his right wrist at some point during last season. Several doctors recommended arthroscopic surgery this summer, however, Crosby and his agent opted to seek a more conservative sort of treatment. Crosby has been receiving injections to help heal the wrist throughout the summer, which have avoided the need for an operation. Results so far are good, and we expect the star to be producing at full capacity at the start of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:10 am
  • Flames hopeful deal will get done with Bouma
    Lance Bouma remains an unsigned restricted free agent for Calgary.

    Advice: "The only thing with Lance is we haven't agreed to a number yet," GM Brad Treliving said. "We'll continue to work away at it. We've still got time before training camp opens and we're hopeful we'll get something done but as of yet, we haven't. That's where that's at." Bouma generated five goals and 14 points in 78 games last season. He also racked up 181 hits while logging 12:36 of ice time per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:06 am
  • Sens' Pageau optimistic about his chances
    Jean-Gabriel Pageau doesn't see himself as a bubble player to make Ottawa's lineup in 2014-15.

    Advice: "For sure I see myself in the lineup," Pageau said Thursday. "I always believe in myself and I'll always believe in myself. But I know it's going to be hard. That's basically why I'm giving a little extra every morning ... just work hard and give everything I have to make sure I do my best. If I go to camp and do my best, I'm sure they'll find a way to find a spot in the lineup for me." The Senators have Kyle Turris, David Legwand, Mika Zibanejad and Zack Smith as their projected centers. Pageau had two goals in 28 appearances with Ottawa last season, but he feels grown since then. He is better on faceoffs and he can kill penalties, which may help him make the big club. If he can't land a spot then he'll start the year in Binghamton. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:06 am
  • Darroll Powe inks AHL deal with Phantoms
    Darroll Powe signed an AHL contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

    Advice: It will be Powe's first games as a Phantom in nearly six years, with his last appearance coming on Nov. 29, 2008. He spent the 2013-14 season with the Rangers' minor-league affiliate in Hartford, where he produced 13 goals, 24 points and 106 penalty minutes in 73 games. Powe also dressed in one contest with the big club. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:02 am
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  • Mike Fisher's return target remains late Nov.
    Mike Fisher's return from a ruptured Achilles tendon is still optimistically scheduled for late November.

    Advice: "He's working out on a regular basis here," GM David Poile said. "Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a four- to six-month injury. Optimistically, Thanksgiving and end of November. That's an optimistic target." Fisher sustained the injury in early June while training. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:03 pm
  • Ryan Johansen, Jackets remain quiet in talks
    Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch thinks Ryan Johansen will eventually sign a two-year deal.

    Advice: The two sides appeared to be $3 million apart per season when they last talked and there hasn't been much progress since. Training camps open a little over a month and both sides could use as leverage to push negotiations. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:08 pm
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