• Sam Bennett doubtful to make Flames: GM
    High draft choice Sam Bennett would stun Flames GM Brad Treliving if he makes the Calgary roster this season.

    Advice: "There are a lot of guys who can play in the league. But [the real questions are] can you help the team, and is it good for you?" Treliving asked, per Sportsnet. "I would be shocked [if Bennett sticks]. He will have to come in here and show beyond a shadow of a doubt that, not only is he ready to be here, but this is what's best for him." Bennett has great potential and Treliving clearly believes in him after selecting him with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. But the GM doubts he's ready for prime time just yet. Bennett, a toughnosed center, had 91 points in 57 OHL games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Flyers hope Couturier does more offensively
    Philadelphia will look for Sean Couturier to contribute more offensively in 2014-15.

    Advice: Couturier has developed into a strong defensive center, but he had just 39 points in 82 games last season. "Our biggest upside is up front with Brayden [Schenn] and Sean," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "Sean, you love what he does, the unselfishness, the team first, loving the challenge of playing against the other team's top line. That's awesome stuff. ... He needs to push harder north. It's a little bit of a mentality, a little bit of an attitude, but there's going to be expectations placed on him that haven't been [there] up to this point. He's a young player and rightfully so, there has not been expectations from him to produce at a high level, but he's been in the league long enough now where he needs to push the bar, offensively." Couturier does have a fair amount of offensive upside despite his lackluster numbers in the NHL thus far. He's worth keeping an eye on. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Zac Rinaldo will come with $850,000 cap hit
    Zac Rinaldo's newly signed two-year extension comes with an annual cap hit of $850,000.

    Advice: He'll earn $750,000 this season before his new contract kicks in starting with the 2015-16 campaign. Rinaldo is a good source of penalty minutes and hits, but he is unlikely to ever be a significant contributor offensively. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Flyers, Zac Rinaldo agree to 2-year extension
    Zac Rinaldo has inked a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: The financial terms of the contract weren't released by the team, but he will earn $750,000 in 2014-15 before his new deal kicks in. "I'm surprised that we even starting to talk about it so early but I am thrilled," Rinaldo said. He doesn't do much offensively, but he did record 153 penalty minutes and 231 hits in 67 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • P. Datsyuk open to eventually playing in KHL
    Pavel Datsyuk is open to playing in the KHL before his career ends.

    Advice: "It is hard to talk about it now," Datsyuk said. "My dream is to play for the (KHL team) remains, but (I have to) look at how the rest of my hockey career (goes)." Datsyuk, 36, is about to start a three-year, $22.5 million contract with Detroit. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:14 am
  • Shawn Horcoff likely to remain on fourth line
    Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

    Advice: If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:12 pm
  • GM expects Draisaitl to 'make a strong case'
    Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

    Advice: The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavish said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:40 pm
  • Andrew Desjardins likely to serve on 4th line
    Andrew Desjardins is projected to continue to serve as a fourth liner in 2014-15.

    Advice: Desjardins had three goals, 17 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The 28-year-old doesn't have much upside at this point and consequently isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:31 am
  • Jori Lehtera looks to bring scoring touch
    A scorer in the KHL, new Blues center Jori Lehtera was brought over to do just that in St. Louis this season, but its unknown how much of his overseas success can translate into the NHL as a rookie.

    Advice: The 26 year old notched 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last season, and has produced at close to a point-per-game pace throughout his professional career in Finland and Russia. The 6'2, 191 pounder should slot right in to the Blues' everyday lineup, but will have to put on a show in order to play with offensive wingers who might flank Paul Stastny and David Backes. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:09 pm
  • No progress in Ryan Johansen contract talks
    Ryan Johansen and the Blue Jackets are still in the midst of an intense contract standoff as Columbus hopes to sign their young star to a bridge deal, while Johansen says he deserves a long, lucrative agreement.

    Advice: Johansen and his agent Kurt Overhardt believe the 22-year-old budding star deserves a raise after notching 63 points in 82 games during his first full season in the league. The Blue Jackets do too, offering the 6'3, 220 pound center a two-year, $3.5 million per year bridge contract where a long-term deal would come afterwards. However, Johansen's side wants to be paid now, seeking a deal in the range of $7 million per season, which has created a negotiation stalemate. If Johansen does not sign by the start of training camp on Sept. 18, the Jackets could use their ample cap space to sign another unrestricted free agent while Johansen holds out. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • E. Staal feels good after off-season surgery
    Eric Staal got back on the ice Friday for an informal skate and said he felt good after having off-season surgery to repair a core muscle injury.

    Advice: "I just want to continue to take steps before (training) camp opens and then look forward to the start of the year," he said. Staal suffered the injury while he was training and it wasn't a lingering issue. He'll turn 30 years of age at the end of October and this is the second straight year that he's been hurt during the off-season. Despite those ailments, Staal has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just a total of 17 games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Cody Eakin remains an unsigned RFA
    Cody Eakin still needs a contract from the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: He's a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal, so a two-year, bridge contract is a very good possibility. Negotiations will probably ramp up as training camp draws closer. Eakin lost some bargaining power when the Stars acquired Jason Spezza in the off-season because now he's projected to center the third line instead of the second unit. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:10 am
  • Peter Holland eager to battle for roster spot
    Peter Holland will compete for Toronto's third-line spot at training camp.

    Advice: The Leafs added Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli in free agency to battle with Holland for the role. He expected there to be competition after the way the team ended last season, but he's hoping that his strong performance in the AHL playoffs will carry him to a permanent NHL position. Holland is excited for his first training camp with the Leafs and he wants to play regularly for his hometown team badly. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:01 am
  • Report: Bruins, David Krejci talking contract
    The Boston Bruins have reportedly had "casual discussions" with David Krejci about a contract extension.

    Advice: He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 campaign. A source familiar with the negotiations reports that talks should heat up in the near future. Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 50 assists and 69 points in 80 games. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:25 am
  • UFA Ryan Carter remains on Devils' radar
    New Jersey still hopes to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ryan Carter.

    Advice: The Devils already have 14 forwards on one-way contracts, so it's a bit odd that Carter is still on their radar. The team would have to move a body or two to make room for him. Carter had seven goals and 10 points in 62 games last campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:17 am
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  • Devils invite Scott Gomez to training camp
    Scott Gomez has been invited to attend New Jersey's training camp.

    Advice: "He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," GM Lou Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing." In 46 games with the Florida Panthers last season, he contributed just two goals and 12 points. Gomez started his career with the Devils an played seven seasons with the club before signing a hefty seven-year, $51.5 million deal with the New York Rangers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:27 pm
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  • Brian Gibbons will have to earn his spot
    Brian Gibbons is expected to battle for a spot on Columbus' fourth line at training camp.

    Advice: His main competition is slated to come from Corey Tropp, Jerry D'Amigo, Simon Hjalmarsson, Alex Wennberg and Kerby Rychel. Gibbons had five goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Penguins last year, but he did show flashes of offensive skill as well as great speed. His spot on the roster is precarious because he agreed to a two-way deal in July. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:12 am
  • Flames agree to terms with Lance Bouma
    Lance Bouma has signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: He notched five goals and 15 points in 78 games last season. Bouma also finished second in the NHL among all forwards with 87 blocked shots. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:15 am
  • Pens coach wants more support for Crosby
    Coach Mike Johnston intends to take some pressure off Sidney Crosby this season.

    Advice: "Do we have to lessen the load? Yes," said the new Penguins bench boss. "We have to ensure that other players on our team take some of the responsibility off his shoulders - both in leadership and also in performance. He is a captain, and he is a leader, but it doesn't all rest on Sid." GM Jim Rutherford feels the team added some off-season depth with the arrivals of Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spalling and Steve Downie. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 am
  • Bryan Little preps for 'hard' training camp
    Bryan Little is getting ready for a "hard" training camp.

    Advice: This will be the team's first camp under coach Paul Maurice, who took over last season in January. "I know camp is going to be hard. He said it was going to be hard," Little said. "I haven't seen everyone. I think and I hope everyone's ready to go. The guys I have seen are looking pretty good." He's been taking part in some informal workouts with some of his teammates. Little will be looking to build on the success he enjoyed in 2013-14 when he posted a career high 64 points in 82 games. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Lecavalier, Berube want to make it work out
    Coach Craig Berube and Vincent Lecavalier appear to be stuck with each other for another season.

    Advice: Lecavalier had trouble adapting to Berube's coaching style and he spent plenty of time on the bench last season as a result. The Flyers also tried unsuccessfully to trade Lecavalier during the off-season. However, both sides are willing to make it work. "He just needs to change his game a little bit," Berube said during a recent interview. "We talked about that after the season and he's willing to do that. And I'm willing to bend a little bit here, too, so I've have to do a little bit better job managing him and he's got to buy into the team." Lecavalier has been working hard over the summer and he doesn't appear to be upset that he wasn't dealt. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
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