Player Notes

  • GM: Derrick Pouliot having a good summer
    According to Pens GM Jim Rutherford, Derrick Pouliot is having a great summer.

    Advice: "Derrick Pouliot is having a really good summer," Rutherford said. "All the reports are very good on (Pouliot). He's worked very hard. It's his time to jump in there. Last year, he made great strides. It's my understanding he's had a terrific summer, and he's really prepared for camp. I'm expecting Derrick to take a big step forward." The Pens drafted Pouliot eighth overall in 2012, but he hasn't developed as quickly as the team would have hoped. This season, he'll have an opportunity to become a regular on Pittsburgh's blue line. The 22-year-old had seven assists in 22 games last season. Today, 6:58 am
  • Alex Pietrangelo humbled to be named captain
    Alex Pietrangelo was humbled to be named captain of the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: The Blues made the announcement official during a news conference on Thursday. "Humbling is a good word," Pietrangelo said. "I’m excited, I’m nervous, I think it’s every emotion you can come up with. This group of guys who have worn the ‘C’ have carried themselves in a way that I want to carry myself. They still to this day carry themselves in a great way." He replaces David Backes, who went to Boston in free agency. Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • John Carlson (ankle) is feeling good
    John Carlson says his injured ankle is fully healed.

    Advice: Carlson broke his ankle last February, but says the injury isn't bothering him anymore. "I hurt it, took some time off, tried to come back, it felt good, and then it kind of deteriorated," Carlson said recently. "At that time, we just felt the only option was to get surgery and put some screws in it to basically bulletproof it, make sure that I was back in time for the playoffs and that we were not ever going to have an issue with it again. It’s perfect, has been the whole summer. It’s good." Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Duncan Keith withdraws from World Cup
    Duncan Keith will not play for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Keith was named to Team Canada, but his injury situation will prevent him from playing in the tournament. "As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month's World Cup of Hockey," the Blackhawks said in a release. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury." Wednesday, 1:11 pm
  • Jay Bouwmeester added to Team Canada
    Jay Bouwmeester had been added to Team Canada's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He'll take the roster spot of Chicago's Duncan Keith. Bouwmeester won gold with Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics. He also represented Canada at the 2006 Olympics. The 32-year-old scored three goals and 19 points in 72 games with the Blues last season. Wednesday, 1:07 pm
  • Niklas Kronwall pulls out of World Cup
    Niklas Kronwall won't represent Sweden at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Kronwall was named to the roster, but he'll have to withdraw because his isn't physically ready to play yet. The 35-year-old missed 18 games because of a knee injury in 2015-16. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Hampus Lindholm added to Sweden's WC roster
    Hampus Lindholm has been added to Team Sweden's World Cup roster.

    Advice: He'll take injured Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall's spot on the team. Lindholm still doesn't have a new contract from the Anaheim Ducks, but that won't stop him from playing for his country. The 22-year-old had 10 goals and 28 points in 80 games with Anaheim last season. Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Erik Karlsson: World Cup 'changes things up'
    The upcoming World Cup has forced Erik Karlsson to change things up when it comes to his off-season workouts.

    Advice: The World Cup will force players to play competitive games sooner than they're used to, so the off-season preparation of every player participating will change. "It definitely changes things up and it’s nice when you change sometimes," said Karlsson. "It has been a good summer and it feels good right now. And for the guys going to the World Cup, they’re going to be a step ahead of the guys going to (NHL) training camps." Karlsson will represent Sweden in the tournament. Wednesday, 7:10 am
  • Sens sign Cody Ceci to two-year, $5.6M deal
    The Ottawa Senators have re-signed Cody Ceci to a two-year, $5.6 million contract.

    Advice: The deal comes with an annual average value of $2.8 million. Ceci will make $2.25 million in the first year and $3.35 million in the second year. The 22-year-old scored 10 goals and 26 points in 75 games last season. After the NHL season, Ceci joined Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship where he scored a goal, six points and a plus-8 rating in 10 games. Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Hamhuis wants to bring strong defense to DAL
    Dan Hamhuis wants to bring defensive stability to the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: The Stars signed Hamhuis as an unrestricted free agent this summer after losing puck movers like Alex Goligoski and Jason Demers. "The strength of this team is the offensive power, and I’m hoping what I can bring to the team is sound defensive presence," Hamhuis said. "That’s the way I have played throughout my career, I take a lot of pride in my defensive game." Saturday, 3:52 pm
  • Jyrki Jokipakka played 'pretty well' for CGY
    Jyrki Jokipakka is looking forward to beginning his first full season with the Calgary Flames.

    Advice: The Flames acquired Jokipakka at the trade deadline when they sent Kris Russell to Dallas. "I like it here. The guys are good and it is fun to play [here]," he stated in his year-end media address. "I got more minutes here and it was fun. I think I played pretty well. The situation was we didn't make playoffs but I tried to help the team win the games and we'll be better next year. We have a good young team. I think we will grow up next year and we'll be better." The 25-year-old scored two goals and 12 points, while averaging 15:33 of ice time in 58 games last season. He won't have much fantasy value in 2016-17. Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • 'No-brainer' for Keith Yandle to go to FLA
    Keith Yandle said it was an easy decision for him to sign with the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: The Panthers traded a sixth round pick to acquire Yandle's negotiating rights from the Rangers before signing him to a seven-year, $44.45 million contract. The fact that Florida wanted him so badly showed Yandle how committed they were to improving. "I think the whole situation with them showing interest in me, trading for me and giving me the chance to sign before July 1 showed me commitment and it went a long way," Yandle said. "Seeing how great the team is and the coaching staff is, it was a no-brainer for me." The 29-year-old is one of the better set-up guys on the power play. He had five goals and 42 assists in 82 games with the Rangers last season. Friday, 11:21 am
  • NJ may have a hard time replacing Larsson
    Devils goalie Cory Schneider knows it won't be easy for his team to replace Adam Larsson.

    Advice: "It's hard to replicate that, you don't find players like that very easily. That's why Edmonton had to give up such a good player to get him, because they're hard to come by," Schneider said of Larsson. "It will definitely create a hole for us, but we're hoping that there's some guys here that can fill that void and have a chance to step up." The Devils shipped Larsson to Edmonton for Taylor Hall last June. Friday, 6:57 am
  • Dmitry Orlov will play in the World Cup
    Restricted free agent Dmitry Orlov will play in the World Cup even if he and the Capitals fail to come to terms on a new contract.

    Advice: Orlov is the only player on the Caps roster that is still looking for a new deal. This is far from a unique situation, as Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Jacob Trouba and Nikita Kucherov are all in the same boat. Orlov was named to Team Russia's final roster earlier this year. Thursday, 8:16 am
  • Jacob Trouba will play in the World Cup
    Even though he hasn't signed a new contract, Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will play in the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Trouba and the Jets have yet to come to terms on a contract and that won't stop him from participating in next month's tournament, according to his agent Kurt Overhardt. Trouba was named to Team North American's roster (young guns), after scoring six goals and 21 points in 81 games in 2015-16. Thursday, 8:13 am
  • P.K. Subban is excited to play in Nashville
    P.K. Subban is looking forward to suiting up for the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: Subban was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Montreal in late-June and he's already made a number of appearances throughout his new city. "There's no question that I'm head-over-heels excited about this opportunity to play here in Nashville," Subban said. "I'm excited about our team, I'm excited about this city, and I'm most importantly excited about the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup. That's what this is all about. Coming here is not a popularity contest. Coming here is about helping this team to win, and win a championship. That's what I'm here to do." Wednesday, 8:15 pm
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