• J. Mitchell misses opening day of Avs camp
    John Mitchell did not participate in on-ice activities with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

    Advice: Mitchell has been suffering from migraines that Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy says are unrelated to the concussion he suffered last season. The 29-year-old forward is considered day-to-day at this point. Rotoworld.com
    24 minutes ago
  • Yan Pavel Laplante has upper-body injury
    Yan Pavel Laplante was only on the ice for a short time on Friday.

    Advice: Laplante has an upper-body injury that dates back to a fight during the Coyotes' rookie camp. He had 23 goals and 42 points in 63 QMJHL games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:22 pm
  • Tyler Bozak (undisclosed) is day-to-day
    Tyler Bozak has an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Bozak is day-to-day as a result. He was limited to 58 games in 2013-14 due to a strained oblique muscle and hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:02 am
  • Claude Giroux (LBI) will be out for two weeks
    Claude Giroux (lower body) is expected to miss the first two weeks of training camp.

    Advice: "This just happened today. Its the first day of camp and guys go 100 miles per-hour and things happen," said Flyers GM Ron Hextall. "Obviously its not the way you want to start. That's the hand we were dealt and we're going to deal with it." The good news is Giroux won't miss any playing time, barring a setback. Unless his condition gets worse, this shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign, although it's certainly troubling that Giroux is already dealing with lower-body issues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:57 am
  • Adam Henrique penciled in as 3rd-line center
    Adam Henrique played alongside Ryane Clowe and Michael Ryder during Friday's practice.

    Advice: Obviously these lines are tentative given that we've only just started training camp, but that would make Henrique the team's third-line center. That's not terribly surprising, but it's also not a position from which he's likely to stage a comeback. He had 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:49 am
  • Richards will indeed play alongside Kane
    The Blackhawks plan to begin the season with Brad Richards on the second line with Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad.

    Advice: That's what people have suspected since Richards signed a one-year deal with Chicago in July, but now coach Joel Quenneville has confirmed the Blackhawks' intentions. This is a great opportunity for Richards to bounce back after recording 20 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:33 am
  • Claude Giroux suffers lower-body injury
    Claude Giroux has a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Giroux was on the ice for around 15 minutes of the Flyers' practice on Friday before he left the ice. The severity of the injury isn't known yet. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:15 am
  • Sam Bennett has suffered a groin injury
    Sam Bennett has sustained a groin injury.

    Advice: Bennett is listed as day-to-day and we still have weeks before the start of the regular season. At the same time, this is his first training camp and he's fighting for a roster spot, so does hurt him to be on the sidelines at this time. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
  • James Sheppard's injury isn't long-term
    James Sheppard (knee) isn't expected to be on the sidelines for long.

    Advice: The Sharks wouldn't provide a more specific timetable though, so it's not clear if Sheppard is in serious danger of missing the start of the regular season. For now, he's skating on his own and is strengthening his leg muscles in preparation for doing more intensive drills. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:10 am
  • Zach Sill will compete for bottom-six spot
    Zach Sill is going into training camp with the hope of securing a bottom-six roster spot.

    Advice: As a small indication of what the team thinks of Sill, he was given a locker in the team's main dressing room rather than the one for prospects. "I liked seeing that when I walked in the first day," said Sill. "It definitely makes you feel good." Of course, he's not a prospect at this point, but he's not an established NHL regular yet either. He did play in 20 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14, but the 26-year-old forward has an uphill battle ahead of him in the fight for a roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:04 am
  • Sidney Crosby surprisingly skates on Friday
    Despite earlier expectations that Sidney Crosby (undisclosed) would miss the start of training camp, he was on the ice for 50 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The decision for Crosby to skate was made Friday morning. "I just talked to [trainer Chris Steward] and he said he was comfortable with me going out there for a little bit," Crosby said. "I was happy to hear that. Hopefully, I can put [together] a string of days here." In other words, it doesn't sound like Crosby is completely over whatever's bothering him, but he feels he'd probably be able to play in a regular season game in his current state, so this situation isn't too concerning. He might practice with the Penguins on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:59 am
  • Michael Cammalleri practices on first line
    Michael Cammalleri skated alongside Travis Zajac and Jaromir Jagr in the Devils' first training camp practice.

    Advice: A lot can change between now and the start of the season, but it wouldn't be surprising if this line is used in the season opener. Jagr and Zajac already have chemistry with each other while Cammalleri was brought in to help bolster the Devils' offense. Cammalleri had 26 goals and 45 points in 63 contests with Calgary last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:44 am
  • Staal brothers might play on same line
    Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters is toying with the idea of having Jordan Staal and Eric Staal play on the same line.

    Advice: The more likely scenario still involves Eric Staal playing alongside Jiri Tlusty and Alexander Semin, but it's worth keeping a close eye on this situation as uniting the Staal brothers would be good news for Jordan. Both Staal brothers are coming off of disappointing campaigns, but while Eric still has fantasy value even in an off campaign, Jordan is far more of a borderline player from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon set to move back to center
    Coach Patrick Roy intends to play Nathan MacKinnon between Gabriel Landeskog and Alex Tanguay this seaason.

    Advice: MacKinnon played center and the wing during his rookie campaign, but he looked more comfortable away from the middle. Still, that doesn't mean that he can't adjust to the position. The dynamic 19-year-old amassed 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season and he appears to be on the fast track to stardom in the NHL. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Leafs likely to feature pairs for newcomers
    Mike Santorelli is projected to be paired with David Booth at training camp.

    Advice: Coach Randy Carlyle is likely to place some new Leafs forwards with linemates who they are familiar with, so the former Canucks could end up as a tandem. Finns Petri Kontiola and Leo Komarov could form another duo. "There are things that are available to us," said Carlyle. "Are we going to be able to create three balanced scoring lines? Are we going to be able to create a fourth line that's going to have more energy and is going to be able to kill penalties on a regular basis? That's our mindset." The Leafs will have plenty of competition at camp for bottom-six forward roles. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Tomas Plekanec tweaks elbow during camp
    Plekanec came away favoring an elbow while performing the long-jump during off-ice training, according to Doug Harrison of CBC Sports.

    Advice: Harrison reported Plekanec "tweaked" it but it's unclear whether he merely banged his elbow or if there's a real injury. We'll be sure to keep you posted as details come out. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Derek Roy might play with Smith and Wilson
    A line to watch at training camp for the Predators could be a combination of Derek Roy, Craig Smith and Colin Wilson.

    Advice: "They're both good players with the puck and real smart," Roy said. "Smitty's an offensive dynamic with a great shot. Colin is a great passer and has great vision around the ice. I'm looking forward to playing with those guys and seeing where it goes." Roy inked a one-year, $1 million contract with Nashville back in July after he accounted for nine goals and 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Rich Peverley (heart) not cleared to skate
    It isn't clear yet if Rich Peverley will be able to return or if his career is over.

    Advice: Stars GM Jim Nill was asked if there's a chance that doctors will tell Peverley to stop at any point and he said: "I'm not sure on that. I think we're all moving day to day and trying to see how far he can push it. We'll have patience with Rich and support him and simply go through the process. So much of it is listening to the doctors and allow them to guide the process." Peverley hasn't been cleared to skate, but he has been permitted to work out. To return to the ice he has to see a cardiologist first to be tested and as of now there's no timeline on that, according to Nill. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • John Mitchell experiencing migraines
    John Mitchell has been experiencing migraines, which could put him on the sidelines when camp opens on Friday.

    Advice: He had a concussion at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Mitchell was back on the ice Tuesday for an informal skate, but this setback could cost him some preparation time for the upcoming season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Cody Eakin poised to miss beginning of camp
    Restricted free agent Cody Eakin is taking part in workouts in Winnipeg.

    Advice: He notched 16 goals and 19 assists in 81 game last campaign. However, negotiations could get complicated because now his role on the team has changed with the off-season acquisition of Jason Spezza. Eakin is expected to be bumped to the third line this year. If something isn't worked out quickly then he could be a no-show for the start of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Announcement on Rich Peverley coming soon
    Rich Peverley (heart) has not been cleared for skating yet.

    Advice: The Stars are projected to announce on Thursday what his schedule might be. Peverley's season was ended abruptly in 2013-14 by a cardiac incident when he collapsed on the bench. In the meantime, he is expected to continue to work out off the ice his teammates. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Evgeni Malkin day-to-day with minor injury
    Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Malkin will miss the start of training camp due to the ailment. There's no reason for the Penguins to push the star player to participate in practices weeks before the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:56 am
  • Sidney Crosby dealing with minor injury
    Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Crosby's ailment isn't related to his previously injured wrist. Whatever it is, it's considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain when training camp opens, so he'll be held out of on-ice workouts that begin Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Boudreau feels Kesler's size addresses need
    Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.

    Advice: "He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:29 am
  • John Mitchell skates Tuesday with teammates
    John Mitchell participated in an informal skate on Tuesday.

    Advice: He missed the last two games of the regular season and all seven of Colorado's playoff contests due to a concussion. Mitchell will probably be looking for the green light to take contact when the Avalanche meet for physicals on Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • M. Cammalleri upbeat about Devils' chances
    Michael Cammalleri thinks the New Jersey Devils are in a position to surprise people this season.

    Advice: "I like our team," Cammalleri said. "I've said that since deciding to sign here. I think we have a good team. Even talking to the guys - and I've talked to a couple of the guys coming in on tryouts that I've known from other teams - and everyone seems to think that this team is going to be maybe better than the outsiders might expect. So, I like our team. I think we're going to be a real good team." The hope is that Cammalleri will be a big part of it after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. There's a fair chance he'll end up playing on the team's first line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, although nothing has been determined at this stage. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:13 am
  • Dennis Wideman helps guide Sam Bennett
    Veteran defenseman Dennis Wideman is helping to make Sam Bennett's adjustment to the Calgary Flames a smoother one.

    Advice: "I went golfing with him one day, and I hung out with him a lot," Bennett said. "He's a guy that really has reached out to me and really helped me prepare myself for camp and what to expect. Definitely, it was nice chatting with him. Just telling me what camp's going to be like and just little things, like how to act in the dressing room being a rookie and what to expect from the coaches and that kind of stuff. Definitely, he's been a huge help for that part of it." For his part, Wideman has been impressed by Bennett's performance in scrimmages. Wideman noted that Bennett hasn't shied away from going into corners and battling with the veteran players and his speed also caught Wideman's attention. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:35 am
  • James Sheppard will start camp on sidelines
    James Sheppard is projected to start training camp on the sidelines after undergoing offseason knee surgery.

    Advice: Sheppard will undergo a physical examination on Thursday, so the Sharks will learn more about his status at that time. He inked a one-year, $1.3 million contract with San Jose over the summer. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:49 am
  • James Sheppard 2014-15 role up in the air
    James Sheppard's role with the San Jose Sharks is up in the air heading into training camp.

    Advice: Sheppard played well at center after the Olympic break but struggled on the wing before that. The Sharks may want to move Joe Pavelski to the third line spot and if so, Sheppard will be back on the wing or battling Andrew Desjardins for the fourth line center's job. No matter where he plays, his fantasy value is negligible. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:50 am
  • Sam Bennett picks up assist in first pro game
    Sam Bennett set up Josh Jooris for an empty net goal in the Flames 6-4 win over the Winnipeg Jets rookies.

    Advice: Bennett was taken fourth overall in the 2014 Draft and this was his first game at the professional level, albeit in a rookie game against the Jets. He was a force as he played a strong two-way game. Bennett could use another year in junior hockey so do not be surprised if he is sent back to the OHL before the start of the NHL season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:29 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon expects more from himself
    Although he won the Calder Trophy, Nathan MacKinnon doesn't feel his rookie season was "as good a season as everybody's saying it was."

    Advice: "I don't think I was playing with much confidence," MacKinnon said. "I was scared to make plays, scared to mess up. The switch kind of flipped after Christmas. I just figured I need to start playing my game." That being said, MacKinnon feels good about his chances of taking a step forward in 2014-15. It helps that he did some training with Sidney Crosby a bit over the summer and added 12 pounds of muscle. MacKinnon had 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:08 am
  • Sam Bennett has gotten stronger
    Sam Bennett did 11 pull-ups on Thursday after being unable to do them at all during the NHL Scouting Combine.

    Advice: Bennett has spent the summer bulking up to help him compete for a spot on the Flames' opening game roster. Flames GM Brad Treliving recently said that he would be "shocked" if Bennett sticks with Calgary this season, but Bennett isn't discouraged by that. Bennett was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Sidney Crosby hopes for more playoff success
    Sidney Crosby knew there would be changes after another brief playoff run, but he still believes the Penguins aren't far from competing for a championship title.

    Advice: "We definitely have to find a way to get over that hump and be more of a playoff team," he said. "We did a really good job a couple of years ago of getting to the [2013] conference final, then didn't raise our game to that next level when we needed to, when teams get better and better with each round." Crosby thinks the new players, notably Patric Hornqvist, and coaches that were brought in by the organization during the off-season will help their chances. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Adam Henrique may play on the wing again
    Coach Pete DeBoer said Adam Henrique may play on the wing alongside Patrik Elias again this season.

    Advice: The two of them played well last year as a duo, but it does create a bit of a hole down the middle. "Any time you take good players out of positions and put them other places you open up holes in other places," DeBoer said. "What we have to do is put that puzzle together and it will happen through training camp and through exhibitions so that we ice the best team and put guys in the best spots to succeed come the start the season." Henrique recorded 25 goals and 43 points in 77 games last campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:43 am
  • Nathan MacKinnon is significantly stronger
    Nathan MacKinnon has added about 12 pounds of muscle over the summer.

    Advice: MacKinnon scored 24 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season en route to winning the Calder Trophy. It's not unusual for great players to struggle in their second NHL campaign, but we think he'll end up reaching the 60-point mark again. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:42 pm
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