Player Notes

  • Daily News says Staal and Girardi shopped
    The New York Daily News reported that GM Jeff Gorton was shopping defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi.

    Advice: It was just to see if there was any interest as both players have no-movement clauses in their contracts. It never got to that stage as both are still members of the Rangers. Today, 5:37 am
  • Jordie Benn's new contract is worth $3.3M
    Jordie Benn's new three-year contract is worth $3.3 million.

    Advice: Benn's new $1.1 million cap hit is an increase from the $700K he was earning annually as part of his old deal. He had three goals and 12 points in 64 games in 2015-16. The 28-year-old (he'll turn 29 on July 26) is likely to produce similar results next season. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Luke Witkowski agrees to two-way contract
    Luke Witkowski has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: Witkowski had 14 points and 166 penalty minutes in 70 AHL contests last season. With Tampa Bay he had no points and four PIM in four games. Yesterday, 10:18 am
  • Flyers sign Radko Gudas to four-year deal
    The Philadelphia Flyers have inked Radko Gudas to a four-year, $13.4 million deal.

    Advice: That works out to an annual cap hit of $3.35 million, which is a big leap to the just under $1 million he was previously earning. Gudas had five goals, 14 points, and 116 penalty minutes in 76 games last season. He would have been a restricted free agent, so it's not surprising that he's sticking with the team, but this deal keeps him with the Flyers through the rest of his 20s as he'll turn 30 on June 5, 2020, which is the same summer this contract will expire. Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Bergevin: I'm not shopping P.K. Subban
    Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin insists he's not shopping P.K. Subban.

    Advice: "I never shopped P.K. Subban," Bergevin said. "I never had, I’m not now. But I can’t help teams from calling me." That's an important distinction to make because the reports surrounding Subban aren't that the Habs are shopping him, it's that there's been an increased push from other teams to acquire him. Subban's no-movement clause kicks in on July 1, so if another team had aspirations to pry the start defenseman away from Montreal, now is the time to do it. Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • DeKeyser, Red Wings aren't far into talks
    Danny DeKeyser said that his camp and Detroit "haven't really gotten a whole lot into" his contract negotiations yet.

    Advice: DeKeyser is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1. He had eight goals and 20 points in 78 contests in 2015-16. "I'm sure talks will get moving more towards the end of the month or into July as we get going," he said. "I don't expect it to drag out real long. Hopefully it gets done sooner rather than later." Yesterday, 5:54 am
  • Cam Fowler mentioned in trade rumours
    The trade winds are blowing in Anaheim, as sources are reporting defenseman Cam Fowler could be on the move before Friday's NHL draft.

    Advice: Fowler is a terrific young puck mover with decent fantasy value if put in the right situation. If he moves to a team with a capable defense partner, his value can be on the rise. Thursday, 5:21 pm
  • Jets willing to match offer sheets on Trouba
    Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said he would match any offer sheets for Jacob Trouba.

    Advice: It's pretty rare for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets anyways so this is a threat that Cheveldayoff isn't likely to have to make good on. At the same time statements like his could dissuade potential suitors from pursuing Trouba in the first place. Thursday, 10:04 am
  • Keith Yandle agrees to seven-year contract
    Keith Yandle has inked a seven-year, $44.45 million contract with the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: The Panthers acquired the negotiating rights to Yandle from the New York Rangers in exchange for a sixth round pick as well as a 2017 fourth-round selection that was conditional on Yandle signing. Had Yandle held out, he would have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In Yandle, the Panthers have a top pairing defenseman that can provide them with over 40 points per season, although given that Yandle will turn 30 in September, this contract might not look so great towards the end of it. Thursday, 5:38 am
  • Alex Goligoski upbeat about Coyotes
    Alex Goligoski doesn't think the Coyotes are far off from being a strong team.

    Advice: "The team was kind of at a little bit of a crossroads, so I’ve seen how fast it can happen in similar markets," Goligoski said. "It can happen quick. With the guys that they have there right now and the guys that are coming and the kind of financial freedom that they have that a lot of teams don’t have – there’s so many teams up again the (salary) cap right now – I think they’re in a great position to make some good moves and compete really soon." He signed a five-year, $27.375 million contract with them not long after the Coyotes acquired his negotiating rights from Dallas. Goligoski has recorded over 35 points in each of his last three campaigns. Thursday, 5:25 am
  • Drew Doughty claims 2016 Norris Trophy
    Drew Doughty is the 2016 Norris Trophy winner.

    Advice: This is the first time Doughty has claimed the Norris Trophy, but he's had a couple near misses in the past. He finished second in the Norris Trophy voting in 2015 and was third in 2010. He's coming off of a campaign where he recorded 14 goals and 51 points in 82 contests. He also had 125 hits and 105 blocked shots. Wednesday, 5:09 pm
  • Mark Giordano wins NHL Foundation Award
    The NHL Foundation Player Award has gone to Mark Giordano.

    Advice: The award honors a players' community service efforts and comes with a $25,000 grant to help a cause of the winner's choosing. The last time a member of the Calgary Flames won this award was in 2004 when Jarome Iginla received it. Wednesday, 5:02 pm
  • Weber earns Mark Messier Leadership Award
    Shea Weber has won the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

    Advice: This is the first time the award has gone to Weber or a member of the Nashville Predators' organization. Weber is also the first defenseman to win it since Zdeno Chara in 2011. Weber has served as the Predators' captain since 2010. Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Report: Campbell interested in joining Hawks
    Brian Campbell reportedly has "serious interest" in playing with Chicago.

    Advice: Campbell's previous stint with the Blackhawks went from 2008-09 through 2010-11. He was traded to the Florida Panthers for cap reasons, but now that his eight-year, $57,143,000 contract is over, he's expected to test the open market. He still has some value at the age of 37 as a top-four puck-moving defenseman, but whether or not the Blackhawks can afford him is another question entirely. It seems fair to say that Campbell-to-Chicago won't be possible unless he's willing to offer the Blackhawks a discount compared to his likely market value. Wednesday, 1:22 pm
  • Joel Hanley re-signs with Montreal
    The Montreal Canadiens have signed Joel Hanley to a one-year, two-way deal.

    Advice: Hanley had six assists in 10 games with Montreal in 2015-16. He also had five goals and 13 points in 64 AHL contests. Wednesday, 10:20 am
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  • Canucks may look to trade Hamhuis' rights
    The negotiation rights to Dan Hamhuis could be moved by Vancouver at the NHL Draft this weekend.

    Advice: "We would do something like that, but we haven't had any calls," GM Jim Benning said Monday. "And that whole situation with Dan I would say is still fluid. We're going to see at the draft when we're talking to other teams if there are players who make us better and then we can circle back with Dan and try to get something figured out. There's nothing that has changed on that, we're still trying to figure it out." Hamhuis is expected to test unrestricted free agency on July 1. Tuesday, 1:15 pm
  • Karl Alzner's surgery went well
    Karl Alzner is expected to start activity four weeks after surgery, according to GM Brian MacLellan.

    Advice: He underwent sport hernia repair of the pelvic floor last Wednesday and the procedure went well. Alzner is projected to be ready to play before the start of the regular season. He has one year left on his contract before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency. Tuesday, 1:10 pm
  • Sources: Several teams looking at Shattenkirk
    Kevin Shattenkirk is reportedly attracting plenty of interest in the trade market.

    Advice: Boston and Edmonton have expressed interest in the Blues offensive defender, according to sources. The same source said that Philadelphia is expected to be looking at Shattenkirk as well. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2015-16 season and St. Louis is comfortable with entering the year with him on the roster if a trade doesn't materialize. Tuesday, 11:38 am
  • Ottawa will try to move Wiercioch at draft
    If Ottawa can't trade Patrick Wiercioch this weekend at the draft then he will reportedly become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: It's believed the Senators have told Wiercioch that they will likely pass on giving him a $2.7-million qualifying offer, which would make him an unrestricted free agent. Tuesday, 6:54 am
  • Sens GM liked Wideman's play at WHC
    Chris Wideman could be a sixth or seven defenseman for the Senators in 2016-17.

    Advice: He suited up in 64 games for Ottawa last campaign and he contributed 13 points. "If we're looking for anything, it would be to improve our depth on defense," GM Pierre Dorion said. "Though I'm really encouraged with the way Chris Wideman played at the World Championships (for Team USA)." Wideman had six points, including two goals, in 10 contests at the tournament. Tuesday, 6:50 am
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