• MacTavish justifies Justin Schultz signing
    Justin Schultz received high praise from his General Manager Craig MacTavish after signing his one year contract extension with the Oilers on Friday.

    Advice: "I think that Justin has Norris Trophy potential, and I don't think there are too many people that would disagree with me in that regard," MacTavish said. With 60 points in 122 NHL games, Schultz has definitely showed flashes of the dominance that he displayed in the NCAA and AHL before coming into the NHL. If MacTavish is right and Schultz puts up a Norris-calibre season, he'll be doing it at $5.325 million less per year than 2012 winner P.K. Subban. Nonetheless, the 24 year-old has a high-ceiling and will be a much sought-after fantasy defenseman. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:22 am
  • Sheldon Brookbank will attend Flames' camp
    Sheldon Brookbank will reportedly attend training camp with the Calgary Flames on a tryout.

    Advice: He was hoping to stay with Chicago, where he's played the past two seasons. "The Hawks said that they liked me and they'd like to have me back if it worked but obviously they're a little strapped under the cap," Brookbank said. "It didn't quite pan out as I'd hoped. It's not to say that it's totally over and done with. You never know what could happen from now until the start of the season. As for now, I'm moving on and I'm going to Calgary and I'm going to try to make their team." Brookbank had seven points and 64 hits in 48 games last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:09 pm
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  • RFA Brenden Dillon seeks new contract
    Brenden Dillon is a restricted free agent for the Dallas Stars as training camp draws near.

    Advice: He skated in 80 games with the Stars last year, while compiling 17 points, 86 penalty minutes, 168 hits and 149 blocks. Dillon completed his entry-level contract, so a bridge deal could be in his future. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:31 am
  • Oilers re-sign Justin Schultz to 1-year deal
    Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:14 am
  • Brent Burns' versatility will come in handy
    Sharks GM Doug Wilson wants the team to have a Drew Doughty/P.K. Subban type player, which contributed to the decision to switch Brent Burns back to defense this season.

    Advice: Burns has flirted with the 50-point mark before as a defenseman and he could still be used as a forward for some shifts during the 2014-15 season. He'll be a versatile player for San Jose and for fantasy owners because he still has dual eligibility. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:59 am
  • L.A. may call up Brayden McNabb at some point
    Brayden McNabb may see action with Los Angeles some point this season.

    Advice: Kings GM Dean Lombard feels that McNabb is NHL-ready, but the team already has a full complement of defensemen. "He's worked his [butt] off, and with all the homework we've [done] on him, he's got a shot," Lombardi said. "And I think him being here in the playoffs makes him really hungry. His skating is the only issue. If we can get that tightened up, he's a good player." McNabb was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and he signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July. Look for him to get called up at some point this year should injuries become an issue. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:51 pm
  • Wings may bump Brian Lashoff to 7th spot
    Brian Lashoff may find himself as Detroit's seventh defenseman this season.

    Advice: He played 75 games last year, most of which paired with Jakub Kindl, and now he'll compete with Kindl for the sixth spot on the blueline at training camp. The stay-at-home defender posted 93 blocks and 65 hits, along with six points in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:11 pm
  • Johnny Boychuk hopes to stay with the Bruins
    Johnny Boychuk would like to stay with the Bruins.

    Advice: He's been surrounded by trade rumors and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 21014-15 season. Boychuk has faith that Boston can work out their cap issues. "Our GM (Peter Chiarelli) is a mastermind ... he's good with doing things like this (cap struggles) and we have some good players we've developed the last couple of years, but nobody's heard of them over on the west side (NHL)," he said. "You always want to stay with the team you're with (and won a championship). They're my (hockey) family." Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:08 pm
  • John Carlson likes Caps' off-season changes
    John Carlson has been impressed by coach Barry Trotz.

    Advice: He got to speak with Trotz and Washington's new coaching staff over the summer and they are all back together this week as training camp approaches. "Very detailed from what I've heard, from the summer camp to what he wants to carry over and stuff like that," Carlson said of Trotz. "He's very good with that, very directional, very detailed. I think our team could use a lot of that." Carlson is also excited by off-season acquisitions Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who are expected to add leadership and depth to Washington's back end. Their presence may take some pressure off of Carlson and ease his workload. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:06 pm
  • Devils want to re-sign Eric Gelinas ASAP
    New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello wants to get something worked out with RFA defender Eric Gelinas done quickly.

    Advice: "It's always a concern when a player isn't signed," Lamoriello said. "We'd like to get it done as soon as possible. I think it's in everybody's best interest. There's not much more I can say about it." Gelinas had seven goals and 29 points in 60 games with New Jersey last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Justin Faulk already has playoffs on his mind
    Justin Faulk wants to get into the playoffs for the first time in his career.

    Advice: "I haven't made the playoffs," he said. "It's tough to go home knowing you didn't make it, that you fell short. I mean, there's only one team that wins each year but you've got to make the playoffs. It's been three years for me, and I know it's been five years for a few guys here. With most of us coming back, we all have that same goal to get there and see what you can do." Carolina hasn't qualified for the postseason since losing in the Eastern Conference Finals to Pittsburgh in 2009. Faulk inked a six-year extension with the Canes last season and the young blueliner will continue to skate on the team's top defense pairing. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:17 am
  • Keith Aulie in line to be Oilers' 7th D-man
    Keith Aulie may be Edmonton's seventh defenseman this season.

    Advice: He became the frontrunner for the job after the Oilers allowed Taylor Fedun to test the open market. Aulie suited up in just 15 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last year. He signed a one-year deal with the Oilers in the summer. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:15 pm
  • Sarich 'doing well' after cycling accident
    Cory Sarich has been slowly recovering from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Ford F-350 truck while cycling.

    Advice: He suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck's muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration to his head, and road rash. "My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) . . . a bit of a mess, but I'm doing well now," he said. "It's been four-and-a-half weeks and it's been a slow recovery." As you can imagine, Sarich is still feeling the effects of the accident and he's given up on cycling for good. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:43 am
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  • Rangers, John Moore discussing contract
    Assistant GM Jeff Gorton is working to get restricted free agent John Moore signed before training camp.

    Advice: "We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed," Gorton said. "I'm pretty sure we'll get him signed, and get him ready to go. He's a good player for us; he's been a good fit for us, he's a great kid, and we like his upside." The Rangers would like to get him signed before training camp and that seems like a reasonable goal. There isn't a lot of cap space left, but Moore is just coming off his entry-level deal Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:39 am
  • Oilers optimistic RFA Schultz will be at camp
    Justin Schultz remains an unsigned restricted free agent with training camp a little less than a month away.

    Advice: "Stalemate is too strong a word ... both parties are listening. We're very optimistic something will get done (before camp starts Sept. 18)," said Oilers senior vice-president of hockey operations Scott Howson. The two sides may agree to a one-year deal if the numbers don't add up on a two-year bridge contract. Edmonton views him as a 40-point defenseman and he recorded a total of 33 a year ago. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Sens confident Marc Methot will re-sign
    Senators assistant GM Pierre Dorion is confident that the team will get a deal done with Marc Methot at some point.

    Advice: He said that the two sides are still talking. Methot can become an unrestricted free agent at the of the 2014-15 season. He's set to earn $3.75 million this year, but his contract has an annual average value of $3 million. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:21 pm
  • Olli Maatta (shoulder) is on the mend
    Olli Maatta (shoulder) is recovering on schedule, according to Pittsburgh team officials.

    Advice: However, it remains uncertain when he will be cleared to practice and/or play. Maatta underwent off-season shoulder surgery and he could miss the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Flyers need Andrew MacDonald to step up
    Andrew MacDonald will be counted on to take a larger role this season, especially with Kimmo Timonen sidelined due to a blood clot issue.

    Advice: He received a six-year, $30 million contract extension from the Flyers after he was acquired from the Islanders and Philadelphia needs more out of him than they received last year. MacDonald was the leader in average ice time in New York prior to being dealt and he was receiving power-play time as well MacDonald will probably get the same opportunities this season with the Flyers, but his time with the man advantage could be limited to the second unit if Michael Del Zotto starts producing again. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:37 am
  • Josh Morrissey will get a look at camp
    Josh Morrissey may have a shot to make Winnipeg's roster out of training camp.

    Advice: The Jets won't rush him, but it's believed that he will make the decision to send him back to junior a tough one and he could end up sticking with the big club if he impresses. However, he may have his work cut out for him as he'll have to stand out over eight other blueliners who suited up for Winnipeg last season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 am
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  • Torey Krug still needs to improve his D game
    Torey Krug blossomed in his rookie year, notching 40 points in 79 games, but the 23 year-old isn't a lock to play an expanded role next year.

    Advice: The 23 year-old's offensive talent and fantasy upside is very high entering the 2013-14, and the Livonia, MI native may well grow into a top-four defenseman in the foreseeable future. But for the time being Krug still has touble playing in his own zone, as demonstrated by his team-low 23.8 percent of defensive zone starts off of faceoffs. The Bruins will give the kid plenty of power play time and chances to retain his 40 point total, but Krug has yet to prove he deserves to play 20 minutes per night, as opposed to the 17 minutes per game he played last season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:30 am
  • Aaron Ekblad recovering well from concussion
    Aaron Ekblad spoke on Saturday about his recovery from the concussion he sustained earlier this summer, and all signs point to the first overall pick being ready for the start of Panthers' training camp next month.

    Advice: "The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel great," said Ekblad. "I've been skating all this week, working out all this week. It's gone. I feel great." These quotes from the Globe and Mail contradict a tweet from earlier in the day by the Toronto Sun, where Ekblad is quoted as saying his symptoms are "almost completely gone," and his workouts have been "ok." Whether or not Ekblad is completely symptom-free is unclear, but both sources seem to suggest that Florida's prized defenseman should overcome the setback on time for training camp on Sept. 18. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:08 am
  • Stars gather for NHLPA Rookie Showcase
    33 of the NHL's top prospects are in Toronto this weekend for the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, primarily a social and photo-op event for the young stars before training camp starts next month.

    Advice: The two-day event is based around Upper Deck's rookie card photo shoot, but also features an NHL 15 video game tournament, a light scrimmage, a hall of fame tour and media availability. Ekblad, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart are among the young guns attending the event. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:55 am
  • Marc Methot may be captain material for Sens
    The Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan thinks the Senators should sign Marc Methot to an extension and name him captain.

    Advice: Methot is already recognized as a leader on the team and has plenty of other intangibles that would make him a good choice to wear the "C." He can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 campaign, but the Senators would prefer to keep him around and he's open to staying. "I do love being an Ottawa Senator, because I grew up here watching the team," he said. "It's an honor to be able to play in your home city. It's a privilege." However, he admitted that the prospect of testing free agency is intriguing because he's never experienced it before. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:35 am
  • Bruins could deal Matt Bartkowski?
    Matt Bartkowski has surfaced in trade rumors with the Bruins in some salary cap trouble.

    Advice: Boston will save some cap space when Marc Savard is moved to LTIR, but they still have roughly $4.75 million in overage penalties to account for and need to clear up some space to re-sign Reilly Smith and Torey Krug. Bartkowski and Johnny Boychuk have emerged as possible trade candidates because they would bring back the most value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 am
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