Player Notes

  • Report: STL asked DET for Dylan Larkin
    The St. Louis Blues reportedly asked the Detroit Red Wings for Dylan Larkin in a trade involving Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Advice: That's a steep price for Detroit to pay for any player, especially one who's contract expires at the end of next season. Shattenkirk has been in high demand this off-season, but the Blues might want to drop their asking price if they hope to find a trading partner. It's safe to assume that Larkin won't be going anywhere this off-season or any time soon. The 19-year-old had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season. Today, 9:19 am
  • Avs will focus attention on signing MacKinnon
    Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

    Advice: MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I’m sure we’ll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan — long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap. Today, 6:04 am
  • Rumors abound Nugent-Hopkins may be dealt
    There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

    Advice: The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned. Today, 4:21 am
  • Sean Monahan, Flames talking deal
    Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

    Advice: Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools. Today, 3:50 am
  • Capitals ink Paul Carey to a one-year deal
    The Washington Capitals have signed Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract.

    Advice: Carey had a goal in four games with Washington last season. At the AHL level he had 13 goals and 31 points in 44 contests. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
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  • Sens hope to avoid arbitration with Hoffman
    Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion doesn't want to go to salary arbitration with Mike Hoffman.

    Advice: The two sides will continue to work on various terms to avoid that outcome. Hoffman was awarded a one-year deal worth $2 million last August through salary arbitration. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Jets, Perreault want a contract extension
    Mathieu Perreault and the Winnipeg Jets are interested in working out a contract extension.

    Advice: Perreault had nine goals and 41 points in 71 games with the Jets last season before a concussion sidelined him for the end of the year. He will play the final season of his current contract in 2016-17 and can't sign an extension until July 1. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Blues grab Conner Bleackley in 5th round
    Conner Bleackley has been selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: He was a first-round pick of Colorado (No. 23 overall) in the 2014 class, but he went back into the draft after the Coyotes chose not to sign him. Bleackley was acquired by Arizona in the trade that sent Mikkel Boedker to the Avalanche. He had 13 goals and 46 points in 55 games for the WHL's Red Deer Rebels in 2015-16. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
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  • Trevor Lewis re-signs with Los Angeles
    Trevor Lewis has inked a four-year deal with Los Angeles worth $8 million.

    Advice: The Kings were not able to come to terms with Milan Lucic, so they turned their attention to another pending UFA in Lewis. He notched just eight goals and 16 points in 75 games last season. Yesterday, 11:33 am
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    Trevor Lewis LA - C,LW,RW
  • Stamkos sign and trade a possibility
    Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

    Advice: Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Lars Eller to line up as third line center
    The Washington Capitals will likely use Lars Eller as their third line center.

    Advice: He'll line up behind Niklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. He will likely start the season between Justin Williams and Jake Vrbana or Jason Chimera according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Should that be the case, look for a 40 point effort from Ellers. Yesterday, 7:07 am
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    Lars Eller Was - C,LW
  • Islanders want Frans Nielsen back in the fold
    The New York Islanders would love to re-sign Frans Nielsen.

    Advice: Nielsen is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. GM Garth Snow said that he talked to Nielsen's agent within the last week and while they have moved closer to a deal, nothing is imminent. Nielsen had 20 goals and 52 points and that could be hard to replace should he bolt to greener pastures. Nielsen should be a 20 goal, 50 point player once again next season so draft him accordingly. Yesterday, 5:42 am
  • Arizona takes Datsyuk to land No. 16 pick
    Detroit has traded Pavel Datsyuk's contract to Arizona.

    Advice: The Wings sent Datsyuk, who will play in the KHL in 2016-17, and the No. 16 pick in the draft to the Coyotes for Joe Vitale, the 20th overall selection and a second round pick (No. 53). Arizona used the 16th overall pick to take Jakob Chychrun. Friday, 6:19 pm
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  • Red Wings get Joe Vitale from Arizona
    The Detroit Red Wings have acquired Joe Vitale, the 20th pick, and the 53rd from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Pavel Datsyuk and the 16th overall pick.

    Advice: For Detroit the big thing is shedding Datsyuk's contract as he'll come with a $7.5 million cap hit in 2016-17, but won't play. Vitale only played in one game in 2015-16 due to a concussion and it's not clear if he'll be okay for the start of next season. Friday, 6:18 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Vitale Det - C,RW
  • Cedric Paquette signs two-year contract
    Cedric Paquette has inked a two-year, $1.625 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Paquette will make $800,000 next season and $825,000 in 2017-18. He would have been a restricted free agent in July after completing his entry-level contract. He had six goals, 11 points, and 51 penalty minutes in 56 contests last season. Friday, 2:45 pm
  • Michael Sgarbossa signs one-year deal
    Michael Sgarbossa has agreed to a one-year extension with Anaheim.

    Advice: Sgarbossa had 17 goals and 44 points in 62 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old has also appeared in 10 career NHL contests. Thursday, 2:20 pm
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  • William Karlsson inks two-year contract
    William Karlsson has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Karlsson had nine goals and 20 points in 81 contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old is coming off of his entry-level contract and this deal has the potential to be a bridge towards a more long-term contract if he continues to develop. Thursday, 1:25 pm
  • Avs get Rocco Grimaldi from the Panthers
    The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Rocco Grimaldi from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reto Berra.

    Advice: Grimaldi had three goals and five points in 20 games with Florida in 2015-16. He might earn a bottom-six roster spot with the 2016-17 Avalanche. Thursday, 12:17 pm
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  • Evgeni Malkin doesn't need elbow surgery
    Evgeni Malkin won't need elbow surgery.

    Advice: Malkin sustained an elbow injury on March 11 and he was playing through it during the postseason. He had an MRI to determine if he would need offseason surgery, but it looks like he'll be able to recover with rehab alone. He's expected to be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. Thursday, 8:33 am
  • King Clancy Trophy goes to Henrik Sedin
    Henrik Sedin has been selected for the 2016 King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

    Advice: The King Clancy Award honors a player for his humanitarian contributions. The last time it went to a member of the Vancouver Canucks was when Trevor Linden was awarded it in 1997. Wednesday, 4:58 pm
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