Player Notes

  • Bruins will rely on younger defensemen
    The Boston Bruins will rely on young defenseman Zach Trotman to eat up some minutes for them in 2015-16.

    Advice: Trotman didn't look out of place during his time with the Bruins last season. He finished the year on a pairing with Zdeno Chara and he should see a good amount of action going forward. "In Trotman’s situation, he’s made some pretty good plays and he’s been pretty reliable," said head coach Claude Julien. At some point you have to balance out your back end depending on who you’re playing. Some teams have two or three good lines and if you put all your best D’s on one pair, you become vulnerable. We’ve had to rely on [young guys], and at the same time, I think they’ve been earning our trust with the way they’ve been playing." Today, 5:50 am
  • Barret Jackman feels like a rookie with Preds
    At 34, Barret Jackman has that fish-out-of-water feeling as he approaches his first training camp with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: He registered 803 regular season games played with the St. Louis Blues, so one can understand the rookie feeling of uncertainty he's experiencing right now. He won't be very fantasy-relevant on a loaded Predators blueline, although injuries could conceivably open up chances for him to fill "grit" stat categories. Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • Dmitry Kulikov is working on getting quicker
    Dmitry Kulikov was on the ice Monday for an informal workout with some teammates and other NHLers as he prepares for training camp.

    Advice: "It's tough to get back into shape, get back to skating. Once you get going, it's fun again. Right now, though, it's tough," he said. "I've been working out but I haven't been skating. My goal, now, is to lose a few pounds so I'm lighter, quicker and have more endurance. I know with the new overtime rules, I need to be fresh to give us an advantage." Kulikov, Aaron Ekblad and Brian Campbell could be regulars for the Panthers during those 3-on-3 overtime sessions. Friday, 9:34 am
  • Jakub Kindl eager for fresh start this year
    Jakub Kindl views the arrival of new coach Jeff Blashill as an opportunity for a fresh start.

    Advice: He was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games last year under former bench boss Mike Babcock. "He's got great ability," Blashill said in July. "He's done a good job persevering through tough times over the last few seasons. Hopefully he's putting himself in a good position to compete for a spot in training camp." Still, it will be difficult for Kindl to crack a top-six group that includes Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Mike Green. Friday, 8:01 am
  • Sources: Sabres offer Franson 2-year deal
    According to two NHL sources, Buffalo has offered Cody Franson a two-year contract.

    Advice: Franson has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus in the rumor mill as well. Buffalo has the cap space to make him an offer he would probably prefer, though. Franson earned $3.3 million last season and it's believed that he is looking for a multi-year contract. Friday, 7:24 am
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  • Coach glad to have Mark Giordano locked up
    Calgary coach Bob Hartley was thrilled to see Mark Giordano sign a six-year contract extension on Tuesday.

    Advice: "Gio is a pillar for us. Someone we can count on. Brad (GM Treliving) has done a great job," said Hartley. "We're going to get to camp and our captain, along many of our veterans, are set contractually. There are no disagreements. No distractions. No confusion. Now the focus is going to be on hockey, on the team. Where it should be. I talked to Gio and he's real happy. If he's happy, I'm happy. It's a great day for the organization." The 31-year-old's new deal reportedly includes a full no-trade clause through 2019-20 and then he gets a 10-team no-trade list. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
  • A. Ference looks like he'll remain captain
    Andrew Ference doesn't believe there are changes coming to Edmonton's captaincy.

    Advice: "One of the first conversations I had with Todd (McLellan, Edmonton's new coach) was about that," said Ference. "I brought it up ... I like things out in the open. I don't like walking on eggshells or awkward moments, player to coach, player to GM. This isn't a vanity project. We should want everybody pulling on the same rope for the Oilers." Ference has been the captain for the last two seasons and he'll be the oldest player on the team at the age of 36. Wednesday, 7:20 am
  • Kings sign Christian Ehrhoff for one year
    The Los Angeles Kings have reportedly signed defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

    Advice: Injuries limited the German defenseman to just 49 games played in 2014-15, his only season with the Pittsburgh Penguins. That hurt his value, but he could be an interesting deeper option on the Kings. Aug 23, 10:46 am
  • Stephane Robidas is ready for the season
    Despite suffering some serious injuries in the last few seasons, Stephane Robidas says he still loves hockey and is ready for the upcoming season.

    Advice: "I know I can still play. I have a passion for it, I still love it. Last year, from November until we shut it down, I played with the bad shoulder. I couldn’t sleep at night," said Robidas. I’m not looking for any excuses or anything like that, but I had started to feel (comfortable) and then the shoulder gave in." The 38-year-old scored one goal and added six assists in 52 games last season. He may have slowed down, but he could be an important mentor to several of Toronto's young players. Aug 23, 5:21 am
  • Chris Phillips' back almost forced retirement
    Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips admits that he considered the possibility of retirement during the worst times of his recovery from back surgery.

    Advice: He told the Ottawa Sun that he was worried about doing everyday things like "walking upright" and playing catch with his son. One would assume that the veteran defenseman will be pretty limited when he does play going forward. Aug 22, 4:28 pm
  • Quincey may be facing free agency next summer
    The 2015-16 campaign might be Kyle Quincey's last with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: He has one year left on his contract and is owed $4.25 million. Detroit has plenty of younger and cheaper options available with Alexey Marchenko, Xavier Ouellet, Nick Jensen and Ryan Sproul in the system. Quincey had success last season alongside Danny DeKeyser, but he is slated to play with Brendan Smith on the third pairing. Aug 20, 11:00 am
  • McDonagh's foot is 'pretty much 100 percent'
    Ryan McDonagh has recovered nicely from a broken right foot.

    Advice: "It's safe to say it's getting better every day and feeling pretty much 100 percent at this point now," said McDonagh, who has been skating without issue and is training normally. "We said June 1 was the starting date, so we're more than two-and-a-half months in. I'm back skating on the ice, doing leg strength stuff in the weight room, running and jumping. I'm really trying to put it all behind me now and gear up here for the start of training camp." About a month ago, McDonagh was wearing a walking boot that had been on for six weeks. He sustained the injury in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, but he didn't require surgery. McDonagh will be back in New York on Sept. 1 for informal workouts. Aug 20, 7:15 am
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