Player Notes

  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • 2016 Hart Trophy goes to Patrick Kane
    Patrick Kane was selected as the 2016 Hart Trophy winner.

    Advice: No surprise there as Kane ran away with the 2015-16 scoring title with 106 points in 82 games. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which also goes to the league's best player, but as voted by his peers. This is the first time a member of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Trophy since 1968 when Stan Mikita claimed it for the second consecutive season. Wednesday, 6:05 pm
  • Anze Kopitar wins Lady Byng Trophy too
    Anze Kopitar is the 2016 Lady Byng Trophy winner.

    Advice: The award goes to the player who "exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." What that typically translates to is a player that does very well while still being charged with very few penalties. Kopitar certainly fit that mold with his 74 points and 16 PIM in 2015-16. He's also claimed the Selke Trophy tonight. Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • 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
  • Dennis Rasmussen agrees to extension
    Dennis Rasmussen has signed a one-year extension with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Advice: Rasmussen had four goals and nine points in 44 games last season. He also had seven games and 16 points in 25 contests at the AHL level. Wednesday, 2:43 pm
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  • Marcus Johansson is a big domino for Caps
    Marcus Johansson's new deal will impact how the Capitals approach the rest of the free agency.

    Advice: "We're waiting for the salary cap number to come out, and then we make our decisions based on what we perceive to have on the cap, what room and what space we have left," GM Brian MacLellan said. "The Marcus Johansson one is going to impact us the biggest. The other guys, I feel fairly confident that we can slot them in the proper area, and I'm not sure on Marcus yet. We'll see how it goes negotiations-wise." He is optimistic that a deal with Johansson can be worked out without salary arbitration. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Vincent Lecavalier announces his retirement
    Vincent Lecavalier has announced his retirement.

    Advice: He planned to call it a career after the 2015-16 season and now he has made it official. In 1,212 games, Lecavalier recorded 421 goals and 949 points over 17 NHL seasons. He spent most of his career with Tampa Bay, where he was drafted first overall in 1998, and he won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2004. Tuesday, 9:20 am
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  • Marchessault may be back with Tampa Bay
    Jonathan Marchessault is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July, but he could be back with the Lightning.

    Advice: There is interest on both sides for him to return to Tampa Bay, where he played 45 games last season. Marchessault recorded seven goals and 18 points. Tuesday, 7:26 am
  • Tomas Hertl (knee) being evaluated further
    Tomas Hertl is undergoing an evaluation to see if surgery is required on his knee.

    Advice: He didn't think a procedure would be necessary last week. Sharks GM Doug Wilson said Monday he'll probably know in the next seven-to-10 days whether any of his players, who were playing banged up in the playoffs, will require surgery. Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Stamkos can talk to other teams Saturday
    Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said that the team is still working towards trying to sign Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal.

    Advice: He is hoping to find out more about the situation this weekend when an exclusive interview window opens on Saturday for pending unrestricted free agents. If it becomes clearer that the Lightning won't sign Stamkos then they could try to trade his rights if he agrees to waive his full no-move clause. Yzerman said he isn't thinking about that option right now, though. Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Penguins re-sign Kevin Porter
    Kevin Porter has signed a one-year, two-way deal with Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He will earn $575,000 if he plays in the NHL. Porter contributed three assists in 41 outings with the Penguins last season. Monday, 9:19 am
  • Michael Latta faces restricted free agency
    It's unclear where Michael Latta will fit in the Capitals' lineup next season.

    Advice: He is a restricted free agent after playing in 43 games this past campaign. Latta contributed seven points and 50 penalty minutes. He was in the lineup just two times after the trade deadline and he appeared in four playoff contests. Latta could be back on the fourth line in 2016-17 with Mike Richards expected to leave via free agency. Monday, 7:11 am
  • Ducks patient with RFAs Rakell, Lindholm
    Rickard Rakell isn't arbitration eligible, so his contract talks could be put on hold while the Ducks address other off-season moves first.

    Advice: He enjoyed a breakout season in 2015-16 with 20 goals and 23 assists in 72 contests. "They're at a point where we give them qualifying offers," GM Bob Murray said referring to Rakell and fellow RFA Hampus Lindholm. "That is not a time-sensitive issue. That could take well into August and September before that gets done. We'll take our time. Obviously they're very important to the organization and we hope to get them signed and keep them for long term." Monday, 7:00 am
  • Wings still talking contract with Darren Helm
    Detroit is still negotiating with Darren Helm on a new contract.

    Advice: Helm is a pending unrestricted free agent, who is expected to field other offers on July 1. Red Wings GM Ken Holland expects to "reach out to them again this week" as the team would like to keep him because of his versatility. Monday, 5:53 am
  • Joseph Cramarossa signs qualifying offer
    Joseph Cramarossa signed his qualifying offer with Anaheim last Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a one-year contract with a $724,500 cap hit. Cramarossa will earn $70,000 if he plays in the AHL in 2016-17. He generated 17 points in 61 games with the San Diego Gulls last season. Monday, 5:37 am
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  • Garrioch: Panthers trying to trade Bjugstad
    The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch says the Panthers are "trying to move" Nick Bjugstad.

    Advice: With a remade front office, it makes sense that they’d want "their" guys, but it would seem that Bjugstad could be a key player for easily the five years that remain on the six-year, $24.6 million contract. Bjugstad is big and skilled. He was banged up a little this past year, though, recording 15 goals and 34 points in 72 games. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • David Backes will probably become a UFA
    It looks like David Backes will probably end up testing the UFA market.

    Advice: Blues GM Doug Armstrong is still interested in re-signing Backes, but he thinks the players that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents probably won't be re-signed before July 1. With regards to Backes specifically he said, "It's got to work for David and it's got to work for us. We haven't been able to find that common ground right now." Armstrong suggested that he is willing to include "thank you" money in the contract, presumably to reflect Backes' past service, but only to a point. Losing Backes would be a tough pill to swallow, but he's 32 so any reasonably long-term contract for him at this point runs a higher risk of being detrimental towards the end of that deal. Saturday, 3:29 pm
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