Player Notes

  • 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." Monday, 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. Monday, 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." Sunday, 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. Saturday, 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. Saturday, 6:45 am
  • Torrey Mitchell calls Shea Weber 'a monster'
    Torrey Mitchell knows how difficult it is to play against new teammate Shea Weber.

    Advice: The Canadiens acquired Weber from Nashville for P.K. Subban. Most hockey fans feel like the Predators got the better of this deal, but it's safe to say that Mitchell's excited to have Weber on his side now. "He’s a monster," said Mitchell. "I can’t tell you how many times guys came back to the bench and said: ‘This guy’s a beast. Weber got a hold of me.’ He’s just got that presence to him. I’m just happy he’s on my side now. I think it’s no secret his leadership and toughness is going to be a huge thing. I obviously don’t know him well, but just from playing against him you can tell he’s got that presence and leadership and toughness on the ice, and that’s something that we need … everyone needs." Friday, 12:52 pm
  • Rickard Rakell will play for SWE at World Cup
    Rickard Rakell will replace Alexander Steen on Team Sweden's World Cup roster.

    Advice: Steen had off-season shoulder surgery and won't be ready for the tournament. Rakell scored a career-high 23 goals and 43 points in 72 games with Anaheim last season. The 23-year-old represented Sweden at three World Junior Championships (2011-13. He won a gold medal in 2012 and a silver in 2013. Friday, 9:57 am
  • 2016-17 likely Matt Cullen's last season
    Matt Cullen admitted that the 2016-17 season will probably be his last.

    Advice: "It will probably be it," Cullen said. "I’ve learned to never say anything 100 percent, but it will very likely be it. I said this last year, and I don’t want to overuse it, but I really feel like it’s a gift. I really do. To be able to play in the league at this point in my career, at my age, but more important to play in a place that I love playing and my family absolutely loves, I feel very fortunate to be able to do that. To see it work out today and sign it, to be able to play likely my final year here in Pittsburgh, I’m really thankful. I’m so happy it’s going to work out." The 38-year-old signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on Wednesday. Thursday, 5:31 am
  • Report: Joe Pavelski will wear 'C' for USA
    Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will reportedly wear the "C" for Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: In his first season as captain of the Sharks, Pavelski helped lead his team to the Stanley Cup Final. Pavelski had 38 goals and 78 points during the regular season and 23 points in 24 games during the playoffs. The 32-year-old has represented Team USA on three other occasions. Twice at the Olympics (2010, 2014) and once at the World Championship (2009). Wednesday, 4:27 pm
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