Player Notes

  • Brandon Montour save Ducks from shutout
    Brandon Montour scored 8:05 minutes into the third period to save the Anaheim Ducks from a shutout. They lost a 6-1 contest to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.

    Advice: Montour found the back of the net 12 times for the AHL San Diego Gulls last year and had 45 assists, but he failed to get any assistance Wednesday night. His wrist shot goal went into the Kings’ net unaided. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Troy Stecher drew 1st blood in losing effort
    Troy Stecher scored the first of three goals in the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 losing effort Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks in preseason play.

    Advice: Stecher is moving up from the University of North Dakota where he scored eight goals and had 21 assists last year. The other goals scored by the Canucks in Wednesday night’s contest belonged to Brendan Gaunce and Griffin Reinhart. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Nashville signs Samuel Girard to ELC
    Samuel Girard has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Nashville.

    Advice: He racked up 74 points, including 64 assists, in 67 games with the QMJHL's Shawinigan Cataractes last season. Girard was a second-round pick of the Predators in 2016. Yesterday, 3:44 pm
  • Brent Burns, Sharks not close to new deal
    Brent Burns and the Sharks aren't close to an extension yet, according to TSN and ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun.

    Advice: Burns can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season and he will probably mull over his options before making a decision. The Sharks expressed their interest in keeping him in the fold early in the off-season and there have been some talks, but nothing is believed to be imminent. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Potential Jacob Trouba trade may take a while
    Winnipeg isn't making it easy to acquire Jacob Trouba.

    Advice: TSN's Bob McKenzie said most teams won't give the Jets what they want in return for Trouba because they specifically want a left-handed defender of similar age and potential. However, that could change and most teams are hoping that it will. Boston, Arizona, Colorado and the Rangers are very interested in Trouba, but they aren't the right fit right now for what the Jets want in return. McKenzie believes the wait could be long for a trade as a result. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Cam Dineen, Capobianco returned to OHL teams
    Cam Dineen has been assigned to the North Bay Battalion of the OHL.

    Advice: The third-round pick of the Coyotes in the 2016 NHL Draft had 13 goals and 59 points in 68 games with the Battalion last season. Fellow defenseman Kyle Capobianco was also sent back to his junior team, the Sudbury Wolves. Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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  • Dillon Heatherington sustains fractured wrist
    Dillon Heatherington has a fractured wrist.

    Advice: He is expected to be sidelined for six-to-eight weeks. The defenseman was hurt during practice on Tuesday. Heatherington posted 19 points and 50 penalty minutes in 63 games with Columbus' AHL affiliate last season. He will likely to return to minors when he is healthy. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Jeremy Roy returns to the QMJHL
    Jeremy Roy has been returned to the QMJHL by San Jose.

    Advice: He will play for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada this campaign after he produced 34 points in 45 games with Sherbrooke last year. Yesterday, 11:47 am
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  • Aaron Ekblad (UBI) gets medically cleared
    Aaron Ekblad (upper body) has received medical clearance to play.

    Advice: It was feared that Ekblad could miss the start of the season after he suffered an upper-body injury at the World Cup of Hockey, but after he returned to Florida for evaluation he seemed to be fine. Ekblad should be back on the ice with his teammates soon. Yesterday, 11:26 am
  • Wild release three players from tryouts
    Minnesota has released Nolan Zajac, Parker Bowles and Alex Petan from their tryouts.

    Advice: The trio is expected try out for Iowa in the AHL now. Nolan is the younger brother of New Jersey's Travis Zajac. The 24-year-old defenseman had 20 points in 41 games for the University of Denver last season. Yesterday, 10:30 am
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  • New Jersey signs blueliner Kyle Quincey
    Kyle Quincey has agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,250,000.

    Advice: In 47 games with Detroit last season, he collected 11 points, 49 hits and 62 blocks. Quincey will be a depth player for the Devils in 2016-17, but he did get a one-way deal. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Ryan Ellis (UBI) skates on Wednesday
    Ryan Ellis (upper body) skated prior to Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He should be considered day-to-day for now. Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • P.K. Subban (UBI) skates before practice
    P.K. Subban (upper body) was on the ice before Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: He missed the start of the camp because of some soreness, but it's not believed to be serious. Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Zach Bogosian seeks improvement
    Zach Bogosian is hoping to get off to a better start this season.

    Advice: He missed the first 17 games of the season due to injury and didn't find his rhythm until the second half when he posted 16 of his 24 points after the All-Star Game. Coach Dan Bylsma has liked what he has seen at training camp so far from the 26-year-old defenseman. "He's skating great," Bylsma said. "He's been a leader for us in the first three days of camp and how we want to play, the pace which we want to play and that's what we've seen so far. Even in morning skate he's excited about the opportunity to get on the ice and play a game here." Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Paul Postma hopes to earn a spot with Jets
    Jacob Trouba's trade request might give a defender like Paul Postma a shot at regular playing time with the Jets this season.

    Advice: "I try not to worry about stuff that happens in the media, contracts and stuff. What's going on with (Trouba) has nothing to do with me, but it does play a small part and it's tough not to think about," said Postma. "I just want to play my best and whatever happens, happens." He appeared in just 26 games with the Jets last season and would like to play on a more consistent basis. Yesterday, 6:21 am
  • Dylan McIlrath gunning for a top-six spot
    With a season in the NHL under his belt, Dylan McIlrath is hoping to secure a top-six spot in 2016-17.

    Advice: McIlrath was only used in 34 games, recording two points and 64 penalty minutes over that span. If he does end up earning an everyday role with the Rangers he will likely be one of the league-leading defensemen in penalty minutes. For that reason alone, it's worth keeping tabs on how the Rangers' defensive situation shakes out. Yesterday, 2:11 am
  • Ryan Culkin has put injuries behind him
    Ryan Culkin is healthy after enduring major wrist and shoulder injuries over the past couple years.

    Advice: "I’ve definitely gone to church and said a few prayers. Knocked on wood," Culkin joked. "But hopefully I’ll be able to show what I can do with a full season under my belt." Culkin also added six pounds of muscle over the summer. His goal is naturally to push for a roster spot with Calgary, but realistically he should be expected to start the season in the minors. Yesterday, 1:41 am
  • Coyotes remove Jalen Smereck from camp roster
    Jalen Smereck has been cut from the Arizona Coyotes' training camp roster.

    Advice: Smereck had 25 points and 65 penalty minutes in 63 OHL games in 2015-16. He's an undrafted free agent prospect. Yesterday, 1:34 am
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  • Luke Schenn feels like he has room to grow
    Luke Schenn doesn't feel like he's reached his potential.

    Advice: "There’s no question when I did come into the league I thought I could get to a certain level," Schenn said. "I still feel it’s in me, but I haven’t quite gotten there yet and I’m looking forward to getting there." Toronto took Schenn with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He's gone on to appear in 566 NHL games, but isn't a top tier defenseman. He might provide a valuable role with the Coyotes this season, but his game doesn't have much of an offensive side and consequently his fantasy value is always going to be limited in standard leagues. Yesterday, 1:32 am
  • Anaheim ends Darian Skeoch's tryout
    The Anaheim Ducks have cut Darian Skeoch from their training camp roster.

    Advice: Skeoch had been invited by the Ducks on a tryout basis. He had seven points and 106 penalty minutes in 59 WHL games last season. Yesterday, 1:24 am
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