Player Notes

  • Vancouver gets Gudbranson for McCann, picks
    The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder.

    Advice: That's a hefty price to pay for Gudbranson, but he's still just 24 years old and will provide the Canucks with some needed defensive help. He's a defensive defenseman who finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals, nine points, and 49 penalty minutes in 64 contests. On May 9 he inked a one-year extension with Florida that will pay him $3.5 million. Today, 6:19 pm
  • Sharks scratch Matt Tennyson
    Matt Tennyson is a healthy scratch Wednesday night.

    Advice: Tennyson hasn't played yet in the 2016 playoffs. He had a goal and four points in 29 regular season contests. Today, 6:14 pm
  • Chris Butler isn't playing in Game 6
    Chris Butler continues to serve as a healthy scratch for the Blues.

    Advice: Butler hasn't appeared in a playoff game for the Blues this year. He does have an assist in seven career postseason contests though. Today, 6:12 pm
  • Jon Merrill undergoes surgery on his shoulder
    Jon Merrill has undergone successful shoulder surgery

    Advice: Merrill didn't play past March 19 due to the injury. He's expected to need another four months to recover so he should be ready for the regular season, but you should probably temper expectations for him as this could limit his ability to get ready for 2016-17 over the summer and training camp. Additionally, any setback in his recovery could end up eating into the campaign. Today, 11:12 am
  • Bruins think Kevan Miller still has upside
    Boston Bruins coach Claude Julien and GM Don Sweeney both feel that Kevan Miller has some upside left.

    Advice: The Boston Bruins inked Miller to a four-year, $10 million contract extension on Tuesday. He'll turn 29 in November, so we're very skeptical of the idea that he'll develop any further. In fact, we're more concerned about him regressing towards the end of this deal. On another level though, it is kind of nice to see him get this kind of contract, even if we're not convinced it was Boston's best movie. Miller was never drafted and took the long path to the NHL, only earning a permanent spot with the Bruins last season. He's someone that has been rewarded for his hard work and determination. "We’re talking about character players and he’s certainly one of those character players who in my mind could become a leader," Julien said. Today, 8:29 am
  • Nikita Nesterov scratched in Game 6 of ECF
    Nikita Nesterov will be a healthy scratch in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: This isn't exactly breaking news, as he's been a healthy scratch in all but one of the games in this series. The 23-year-old has no goals and one assist in nine postseason games in 2016. Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Condra are also expected to watch the game from the press box. Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic has 10 points in 17 games
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic had a goal and an assist in a 6-3 win against St. Louis Monday night.

    Advice: Vlasic has a goal and 10 points in 17 postseason games. Going into this year he had just 14 points in 84 career playoff contests. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Flames making progress in coaching search
    The Calgary Flames are continuing through the process of hiring a head coach, but it doesn't sound like a decision is imminent.

    Advice: "We’ve talked about a few guys. We’ll speak with a few more. It’s progressing," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. Former Wild coach Mike Yeo is presumably among the people that's been interviewed, based on an earlier report that the Flames asked Minnesota for permission to speak with him. Whoever the Flames hire will be replacing Bob Hartley, who had a 134-135-25 record in four seasons with Calgary. Yesterday, 5:43 am
  • Dennis Seidenberg wants to stay with Boston
    Dennis Seidenberg plans to enter the 2016-17 campaign with the Boston Bruins.

    Advice: There are some rumors that Boston might have other plans, but Seidenberg has a full no-trade clause until December, so for now he has a lot of control over his fate. He was asked if he would waive his no-trade clause if asked, but he was noncommittal. "I haven’t thought about that . . . and right now I don’t want to think about it," he said. He had a goal and 12 points in 61 contests in 2015-16. Yesterday, 5:34 am
  • Anton Stralman is getting more comfortable
    Anton Stralman still feels like he's working his way back from a broken left leg.

    Advice: "I think every game gets a little easier out there and a little more comfortable timing-wise and everything else," he said. "But I don't think I'm where I want to be yet. It's going to take a little time." Stralman has played in four straight games since returning to action. Monday, 1:30 pm
  • Michael Matheson named top defender at Worlds
    Michael Matheson was selected as the top defenseman at the 2016 World Championship.

    Advice: The directorate chose him for the award after he picked up six points in 10 games at his first World Championship tournament. Matheson captured the gold medal with Canada and he is expected to be a full-time member of the Panthers next season. Monday, 12:07 pm
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  • Brycen Martin signs ELC with Sabres
    Brycen Martin has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: The deal was announced on Saturday by the Sabres. Martin had six goals and 37 points in 66 games with the Saskatoon Blades and Everett Silvertips of the WHL during the 2015-16 campaign. He was chosen by Buffalo in the third round (74th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. Monday, 11:36 am
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  • Carl Gunnarsson picks up a rare fight in G4
    Carl Gunnarsson got into a rare fight in the closing minutes of Game 4 on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his first NHL fight earlier this season against Ottawa when he dropped the gloves with Max McCormick. on Saturday, he fought with Brenden Dillon even though he never got his left glove off in the scrum. Gunnarsson has contributed two assists and a plus-5 rating in 17 games this postseason. Monday, 11:18 am
  • Taylor Aronson is heading to the KHL
    Taylor Aronson has reportedly agreed to join HC Lada of the KHL.

    Advice: Predators GM David Poile said last week that Aronson was upset that he wasn't called up, so he left the Admirals and the team suspended him. In 64 games with Milwaukee, Aronson recorded four goals and 40 points in 2015-16. Monday, 9:25 am
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  • Jason Garrison earns assist on GWG Sunday
    Jason Garrison recorded an assist in Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win against Pittsburgh in Game 5 on Sunday.

    Advice: His shot in the extra session went off of Tyler Johnson's rear end and into the net. Garrison finished with five shots in nearly 20 minutes of ice time. He has posted seven points in 15 playoff games. Monday, 6:37 am
  • Andrej Sustr posts assist in Game 5 vs. Pens
    Andrej Sustr had an assist in Game 5 versus Pittsburgh during Tampa Bay's 4-3 overtime win.

    Advice: The helper was his second of the postseason and his third point in 15 games. Sustr got his first NHL playoff goal in Game 4 of the series. He doesn't contribute much offensively and earned points in two straight games just five times during the regular season. Monday, 6:12 am
  • Olli Maatta earns assist in return to lineup
    Olli Maatta picked up an assist and a plus-2 rating in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He also recorded a double minor for high sticking early in the third period. Still, it was a decent game for Maatta in his return from the press box. He was scratched for the last three games, but to play due to Trevor Daley's season-ending injury. Monday, 5:17 am
  • Brian Dumoulin scores first playoff goal
    Brian Dumoulin scored his first playoff goal in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay.

    Advice: He opened the scoring in the contest in the final second of the first period. Dumoulin has contributed three points in five games in the Eastern Conference Final and he has seven points in 16 matches this playoffs. Monday, 5:09 am
  • Kris Letang has rough night in Game 5
    Kris Letang had a minus-4 rating in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final.

    Advice: He has not played less than 25 minutes in a game this postseason and has logged 30 or more six times. That may have finally caught up to him in this match or he could have been guilty of trying to do too much with Trevor Daley injured, but he did not look like himself in this performance. Monday, 5:04 am
  • Mike Weber to become free agent July 1
    Mike Weber will become a free agent on July 1.

    Advice: The defenseman was dealt from Buffalo for a third round pick at the trade deadline as the Capitals were looking for playoff depth. There is no room for him in Washington next season so look for the veteran to move on. He had a goal and five points in 45 games this season. Needless to say, he has no fantasy value. Sunday, 6:26 am
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