Player Notes

  • J. Braun (personal) expected to play in GM 1
    Justin Braun is expected to play on Monday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: His father-in-law passed away recently, but the Sharks defender is still projected to be in the lineup. Braun has contributed four assists and a plus-7 rating in 18 playoff games. We would like to extend our condolences for his loss. Today, 2:50 pm
  • Wikstrand signs 4-year deal with SHL team
    Mikael Wikstrand has reportedly agreed to a four-year contract with Farjestad, according to the SHL club.

    Advice: The Ottawa Senators loaned Wikstrand to Farjestad for the 2015-16 season and he picked up nine points in 17 games and another three points in five playoff outings. Today, 11:29 am
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  • Kris Letang confirms he will play on Monday
    Kris Letang will play on Monday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: He had a scheduled media appearance on Monday, which raised some eyebrows about his availability for the contest, but he said he was fine to play. Letang practiced on Saturday prior to sitting on Sunday for maintenance. Today, 8:31 am
  • E. Johnson excited to be back with U.S. team
    Erik Johnson is excited to be on Team USA for the World Cup.

    Advice: "This is a huge deal. This basically is the Olympics. ... It'll be such a fun, fun experience," said Johnson on Friday. "A lot of us that were named to the team know each other from the past. I think the biggest thing is that they didn't medal in 2014 (at Sochi), and I think they looked at the 2010 team and saw that we were one goal away from the gold medal and they tried to build a team that was a physical, 200-foot team that plays hard and plays north-south. I think you see with the final seven selections, it's not going to be an easy team to play against." Johnson wasn't on the team in 2014 for the Olympics and he hasn't represented the U.S. since 2013 at the World Championship. He had 11 goals and 27 points in 73 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16. Today, 7:59 am
  • Jokipakka (hip) may not play in World Cup
    Jyrki Jokipakka had off-season hip surgery that may prevent him from playing at the World Cup.

    Advice: Brian Burke indicated that could be case when he spoke with Sportsnet 960 The Fan on Friday. Jokipakka was added to Team Finland recently. He contributed six assists in 18 games for the Flames after he was acquired from Dallas at the trade deadline. Today, 7:32 am
  • Trevor Daley won't rule himself out of SCF
    Trevor Daley, who was considered done for the year, says he won't rule himself out of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Daley suffered a broken ankle in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final. Although it's unlikely that he suits up in any game of the final, there's a tiny chance he could play if the series extends to six or seven games. Don't bank on him playing in the final. Yesterday, 11:11 am
  • Madison Bowey avoids suspension
    Madison Bowey will not be suspended for an alleged homophobic slur against Toronto prospect Kasperi Kapanen.

    Advice: Bowey is likely to get suspended for an elbow to the head of Kapanen that preceded the alleged incident that got him a five minute major and game misconduct. The Marlies requested the AHL look at the allegation but there was apparently no audio of the incident so the league could do nothing about it. Bowey should get a shot to stick with the Capitals next season. He was drafted 53rd overall in 2013. Yesterday, 7:47 am
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  • Brent Burns has 20 points heading into Cup
    Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

    Advice: Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Olli Maatta a force upon return to lineup
    Olli Maatta had three assists and was a plus-five in the Penguins last three games of the Conference Final.

    Advice: Maatta had been benched for the three previous games but a season-ending injury to Trevor Daley got him back in the lineup and he did not disappoint. Maatta, at age 21, will be the youngest participant in the Stanley Cup Final but he has played plenty over the last three seasons since being drafted 22nd overall in 2012. He is worth taking late in deeper pools next season as he has a lot of upside. Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Provorov named CHL defenseman of the year
    Ivan Provorov is the CHL's defenseman of the year.

    Advice: Provorov had 21 goals and 73 points in 62 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken by Philadelphia with the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Saturday, 6:44 pm
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  • P.K. Subban shrugs off Team Canada snub
    P.K. Subban took his snub from Team Canada in stride.

    Advice: "I mean, everybody wants to make the team, right? And there’s a bunch of guys that I’m sure wanted to be on the team. But that’s the way it goes," Subban said. "Listen, at the end of the day, we could take four or five teams to this thing. When I was speaking to [Team Canada GM] Doug Armstrong, my number one thing was I just want to see Canada win gold. So, I’ll be there cheering just like everybody else." Subban was the Norris Trophy in 2013 and was a finalist for the award in 2015. He also was part of the gold-medal winning Team Canada in the 2014 Olympics, but he only appeared in one game. Saturday, 6:29 pm
  • Colton Parayko qualifies for Team NA
    Colton Parayko will play for Team North America at the World Cup.

    Advice: The St. Louis rookie made the cut for the team comprised of players who are 23 and under from the United States and Canada. He had nine goals and 33 points in 79 games during the regular season along with seven points in 20 playoff matches. Saturday, 1:18 pm
  • Jack Johnson lands on World Cup squad
    Jack Johnson was added to Team USA's roster for the World Cup of Hockey in September.

    Advice: He wasn't included on the 2014 Olympic roster, but he has represented the United States at several other tournaments including the Winter Games in 2010 as well as five World Championships. Johnson's season ended in March because of shoulder surgery, but he should be ready in time for the Word Cup. Saturday, 11:35 am
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  • Shayne Gostisbehere will play at World Cup
    Shayne Gostisbehere is on Team North America for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He was added to the 23-and-under roster of North Americans on Friday for the tournament in September. Gostisbehere should be ready to play after having hip and abdominal surgeries early last week. Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Justin Faulk left off World Cup roster
    Justin Faulk was a surprise omission from Team USA's World Cup roster.

    Advice: He represented the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 and he has played at past World Championships. Faulk was an NHL All-Star last season and he registered 37 points in 64 games in 2015-16. Saturday, 9:23 am
  • Michal Jordan to play at World Cup
    Michal Jordan will play for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Jordan skated in 36 games with Carolina last season and he recorded one goal. The 25-year-old can become an unrestricted free agent in July and it's not certain if the Hurricanes intend to keep him. Saturday, 9:12 am
  • Trouba added to North American Roster at World Cup
    Jacob Trouba was added to Team North America's roster for the World Cup.

    Advice: Team North America is made up of under-24 aged players from Canada and the United States. He will join forward Mark Scheifele and goalie Connor Hellebuyck on the young stars' squad. Other Jets set to participate in the tournament are: Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien (USA),Ondrej Pavelec (Czech Republic) and prospect Ivan Telegin (Russia) giving the squad six players in all. Saturday, 8:27 am
  • Caps thrilled with progress of Dmitry Orlov
    The Washington Capitals were thrilled with the progression of Dmitry Orlov this past season.

    Advice: The Capitals did not know what to expect this past season from the defenseman as he missed all of the 2014-15 season with a broken wrist. His offensive capabilities came to the forefront this season with eight goals and 29 points and Orlov is expected to make the jump to a top-four defenseman, perhaps as early as next season. Orlov is a restricted free agent but the Capitals need to sign him as he is one of their top young players on the team. Saturday, 8:10 am
  • Paul Martin to face former Pen teammates
    Paul Martin will face his former Pittsburgh Penguin teammates in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Advice: Martin played five seasons in Pittsburgh before signing with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent in the summer. He had three goals and 20 points this season, the same stats he had last year in Pittsburgh. The solid defensive defenseman is a valued member of the Sharks and has five assists in 18 games with a plus-10 rating. Saturday, 7:13 am
  • Karlsson only Sen to play in World Cup
    Erik Karlsson will be the only Ottawa Senator to play in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Karlsson, will of course skate for Sweden in the tourney that is slated to begin on September 17th. Mark Stone, a standout at the recently completed IIHF World Championships, was hoping for an invite from Canada that never came. Saturday, 6:41 am
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