Player Notes

  • David Krejci still unsure if he'll play in WC
    David Krejci still doesn't know if he'll be able to play in next month's World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Krejci underwent hip surgery in May. His initial recovery time was projected to be around five months, which should have ruled him out of the tournament, but that hasn't been made official yet. "I'm looking at it as I want to be 100 percent," he said. "If I'm 100 percent, then obviously I want to play. You don't want to be sitting on the sidelines when you're 100 percent and you know you could be there. This is a pretty big tournament and I would love to be a part of it. But at the same time, if I'm not 100 percent then I'm not going to feel bad. I just want to get 100 percent and play my best hockey." We should find out more in the next few days. Today, 8:17 am
  • Joining WPG is 'dream come true' for Howden
    Signing with the Winnipeg Jets was "a dream come true" for Quinton Howden.

    Advice: Howden, who was born in Winnipeg, signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent over the summer. "This is a dream come true. I’ve said it lots of times before but it still hasn’t sunk in," said Howden. "It feels like in two weeks I’ve got to pack up and leave again. I’m so used to doing that. It’s nice to be settled and I’m really excited to get things under way." The 24-year-old was originally drafted by Florida in the first round of the 2010 draft. He had six goals and 11 points in 58 games with the Panthers last season. This may be a nice story, but don't expect Howden to have any fantasy value this season. Yesterday, 7:27 am
  • Tomas Plekanec named captain of Czech team
    Tomas Plekanec has been named the captain of Team Czech Republic for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Plekanec is an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens, but he's worn the "C" for the Czech Republic before. He was the national team captain during the 2014 Olympics and the 2012 and 2016 World Hockey Championships. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Dave Bolland will go on long-term IR
    According to Coyotes GM John Chayka, Dave Bolland won't be ready to play for the "foreseeable future".

    Advice: That's a bonus for the Coyotes, as they'll be able to place him on long-term injured reserve. While he's on IR, Bolland's cap hit won't be charged to the Coyotes salary cap. Bolland played in just 25 games last year because of a lower-body injury. Thursday, 4:20 pm
  • Rangers sign Brandon Pirri to one-year deal
    The New York Rangers signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

    Advice: The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in just 49 games two seasons ago, but his production dipped last year as he scored 14 goals and 29 points with Florida and Anaheim. In the right situation, Pirri might be able to hit the 20-goal mark. Thursday, 1:58 pm
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  • Sidney Crosby named captain of Team Canada
    Sidney Crosby will wear the "C" for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Crosby will be the captain, while Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Montreal's Shea Weber will be assistant captains. These three players had the same leadership responsibilities during Team Canada's gold medal run at the 2014 Olympic Games. "Sid, Toews and Web are great men who have had unbelievable on-ice success," said Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock. "We look forward to them stepping up and leading our group as we work to achieve our ultimate goal at the World Cup." Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Stars, Hudler agree to terms on one-year deal
    The Dallas Stars and Jiri Hudler have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a disappointing 2015-16 season with Calgary and Florida, but he's just one season removed from a 76-point season. This is a nice low-risk signing for Dallas, as Hudler gives them another top-nine forward. Hudler's fantasy stock could rise significantly if he gets an opportunity to play with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza. Wednesday, 7:57 am
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  • Logan Couture named to Team Canada for WC
    Logan Couture has been added to Team Canada's roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Couture will take injured Stars forward Jamie Benn's place on the roster. The Sharks forward suffered a broken fibula in October and came back to score 15 goals and 36 points in 52 games last season. He caught fire in the playoffs, as he added 10 goals and 30 points in all 24 of San Jose's games. Tuesday, 9:09 am
  • Henrik Zetterberg could play with F. Nielsen
    Henrik Zetterberg may start the year on a line with newly signed center Frans Nielsen.

    Advice: With the team's acquisition of Nielsen and Dylan Larkin moving to center, it sounds like Zetterberg could be shifted to the wing this season. The plan is to give Larkin a chance down the middle, and certainly Nielsen is one of our top two center icemen," said GM Ken Holland. "We're thinking Zetterberg is going to play with Nielsen, so obviously if Nielsen is down the middle, Zetterberg is on the wing. Now, we have to also consider that Zetterberg and Larkin played real well together [last season]." Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Wings will move Larkin to center this season
    The Detroit Red Wings will move Dylan Larkin to center this season.

    Advice: Larkin has been a centerman throughout his career, but the Wings wanted to ease the 19-year-old into the NHL by moving him to the wing in his first season. But that's all about to change. "That's our plan going into camp," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "He's obviously been a center his entire life. We drafted him as a center, but when you have guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk down the middle, guys who are so good 200 feet, it's tougher. Dylan played with Zetterberg last season and Zetterberg took a lot of the responsibility off of Dylan to free him up to play the game. Long-term, the plan is that Dylan is going to be a center for us." The departure of Pavel Datsyuk almost forced Detroit to make this move. Larkin had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games during his rookie season. He should improve those numbers in year two. Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • McDavid believes Team NA can 'surprise'
    Connor McDavid believes Team North America can surprise at the World Cup.

    Advice: Team North America will be made up of young players from around the league, but McDavid still thinks they have a chance to do some damage in the tournament. "It's exciting," McDavid said. "There are a lot of good young players that have a lot of speed and skill. I think we have the ability to surprise some teams. "We haven't been all together yet. But in talking with some of the guys, I think everyone has a quiet confidence. At the same time, I think we all understand we're the young bucks, the young guys, and nobody is really expecting too much from us. We'll see how it goes, but I think everyone is excited." Aug 22, 8:48 am
  • Mikko Koivu named captain of team Finland
    Mikko Koivu will serve as captain for Team Finland at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: The 33-year-old has represented Finland at a number of international competitions. He scored four goals and 10 points in 10 games at last spring's World Championship. Koivu also played for Finland at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. The veteran center has scored 556 points in 763 career NHL games. Aug 22, 6:28 am
  • Off-season moves haven't sunk in for Tavares
    The Islanders' off-season moves haven't sunk in for John Tavares.

    Advice: The Islanders lost Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin in free agency and added Andrew Ladd, Jason Chimera and P.A. Pareanteau. "It hasn’t even really sunk in, maybe until you don’t see them at training camp or during the season, and that hasn’t happened yet," Tavares said. "I don’t think people realize how much I lean on Kyle and Frans, as well as guys like Travis [Hamonic], Clutter [Cal Clutterbuck], Johnny Boychuk. Having those different perspectives is a huge help. And personally for me, you go through a lot of ups and downs and you’re trying to manage a lot of things. When you have people you can rely on, especially with those friendships I have with Kyle and Frans are deep." Aug 21, 9:49 am
  • Ryan Getzlaf is ready for the World Cup
    Ryan Getzlaf has had to adapt his off-season training to make sure he's ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: The 31-year-old will represent Canada at this fall's tournament. He and many others will be playing competitive hockey games before they're used to, so he had to adjust his summer training. "I tried to simulate what I would do for camp and I've been back working out," Getzlaf said. "I think that the amount of skating and stuff I've been doing is a lot more and it's a lot earlier. These next two weeks are going to be about trying to get up to that speed where we're playing at a high level." Getzlaf scored 13 goals and 50 assists in 77 games last season. Aug 20, 12:22 pm
  • Sean Monahan: Calgary feels like home
    Sean Monahan admitted that he wants to be in Calgary for a long time.

    Advice: Monahan signed a seven-year, $44.625 million deal with the Flames yesterday, but said he'd have signed a longer contract if he could have. "Loyalty is key," Monahan said. "Obviously, I want to be here. If you could play until you’re 50, I would sign a 20-year contract. This is where I want to be. Calgary is home and there’s no other fans I’d rather play in front of." There's nothing holding Monahan back from having a huge 2016-17. Don't be surprised if he hits 30 goals and 70 points next year. Aug 20, 6:45 am
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