Player Notes

  • Senators are considering Kris Russell
    Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has indicated that signing free agent defender Kris Russell is under consideration.

    Advice: The 29-year-old defender is looking to cash in on his free agent, and somewhat lauded, shot-blocking status. Russell has blocked at least 201 shots each of the last four seasons while averaging over 23 minutes a night and 25 points a season. The Sens meanwhile have just over $6M in cap space, which could increase by another $4.65M depending on what happens with Clarke MacArthur. Today, 1:37 pm
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  • Erik Karlsson nets first goal of World Cup
    Erik Karlsson scored his first goal of the World Cup during Team Sweden's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe in Sunday's semi-final.

    Advice: Karlsson knotted the game at two late in the third period with a shrewd shot through traffic. He went on to skate a team-high 22:52 with three shots on net plus both a hit and a block. He has a goal and four points in four games. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Lindholm, Enroth scratched vs Sweden
    Hampus Lindholm and Jhonas Enroth will be scratched from Sunday's semi-final match against Team Europe.

    Advice: Nether Lindholm nor Enroth have dressed in the tournament proper thus far, with Lindholm briefly appearing in a pre-lim game two weeks ago now. A tough way to begin one's season, unless Sweden goes on to win gold, that is. Today, 9:40 am
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  • Trouba and Maple Leafs might be a match
    One potential landing spot for Jacob Trouba, should he be traded, is Toronto.

    Advice: The Buds need a right-handed shot defenseman and the Jets could part with Trouba given he is behind both Dustin Byfuglien and Tyler Myers, who both shoot right. The Leafs have good young talent in their system and plenty of picks to satisfy the Jets. There will be plenty of interested teams in the mix though. Keep an eye on this situation going forward. Today, 8:41 am
  • Shattenkirk to benefit from system switch
    The Blues are changing their system this season and mobile blueliners like Kevin Shattenkirk, Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo could be the beneficiaries.

    Advice: St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock is going to let his blueliners jump up into the play more than they have in the past. This aggresive system in the netural zone could result in more even-strength points for the likes of Shattenkirk, Parayko and Pietrangelo. Just something to keep in mind on draft day. Today, 8:30 am
  • Carle in a battle for one of two d-man spots
    Matt Carle is in a battle with four others for the last two spots on the Predators' blueline.

    Advice: The former Lightning rearguard will be in competiton with Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin as well as Anthony Bitetto and Petter Granberg for one of the spots on Nashville's last defensemen pairing. We like his chances, as well as Weber's, but anything can happen in these types of situations. Today, 8:22 am
  • Folin in battle for last roster spot
    Christian Folin is in a battle for the last spot on the Wild blueline.

    Advice: He is up against Mike Reilly. The 25-year-old Folin has dropped weight and seems to be in good shape to take on the battle with Reilly and hopes to avoid being a yo-yo between Minnesota and Iowa as he has been the past three seasons. "I got a personal trainer and took it to a different level," said Folin. "I want to be here. I don’t want to end up in the situation I’ve been in the last two years. This should be an interesting battle, however from a fantasy perspective, there is little at stake. Today, 8:12 am
  • Matt Niskanen back at practice Sunday
    Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie will be back at practice Sunday.

    Advice: Both played for the American squad at the World Cup and with the United States being eliminated, they have returned a day early to the Capitals camp. John Carlson will take the extra day and return on Monday. Niskanen had 32 points last season but may not be as good in 2016-17 as he saw extra power play time when Carlson was forced to sit due to injury. Today, 8:11 am
  • Gelinas in a battle for roster spot
    Eric Gelinas is in a battle for a roster spot on the Avalanche blueline.

    Advice: Although we have been Gelinas supporters, the talented rearguard is going to have to step up if he is to break camp as a top-six defenceman with the Avs. Erik Johnson, Francois Beauchemin, Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov and Fedor Tyutin seem to be locks for a roster spot leaving Gelinas to duke it out with Chris Bigras and Patrick Wiercioch for one or possibly two spots. This should be interesting to watch. Today, 7:51 am
  • Derrick Pouliot in great shape
    Derrick Pouliot has come into camp much slimmer than last season.

    Advice: Pouliot is trying to make the team and also seems to have a renewed confidence at the start of camp. "Maybe that was one of the things holding me back last year from performing at my best," Pouliot said of his physical transformation. "It’s my third year professionally now. I’m starting to learn how to learn how to be a professional and do the little things." Pouliot worked with Gary Roberts in the off-season and that seems to have worked. Pouliot has plenty of offensive upside but curb those thoughts a bit this season and expect a 7-10 goal season and 30 points from the former eighth overall pick in the 2012 draft. Today, 7:28 am
  • Petry might swith to let to play with Weber
    Jeff Petry told reporters he would happily switch to the left side to partner with Shea Weber on the Canadiens' first defenseman unit.

    Advice: Petry, like Weber, is a right-handed shot, but the veteran rearguard seems to be almost volunteering to shift over for the chance to play with the talented Weber. And why not? If Petry does get this gig look for both his point total and plus/minus to improve from 2015-16. Today, 6:22 am
  • Jon Merrill looking good in training camp
    Jon Merrill has looked good thus far in training camp.

    Advice: Merrill had off-season surgery on his shoulder and there was some question as to whether or not he would be able to start the season. Well there is no worries about that now as the blueliner has looked good. The Devils are looking for a defenseman who can score and Merrill thinks he can contribute. "Inconsistency is something I’ve struggled with throughout my career," Merrill said. "It’s my fourth year. I want to be more reliable every night. I think I can be that guy." Merrill had only five points in 47 games last season so don`t expect a lot this season. Today, 4:28 am
  • Oilers unsure where to play Darnell Nurse
    The Edmonton Oilers could have trouble placing Darnell Nurse in their lineup.

    Advice: The 21-year-old blueliner was asked to do too much too soon, with the Oilers last season and ended up playing too many minutes in his 69 NHL games. Nurse is going to be a good one but the Oilers can`t risk losing him by playing him in situations that can hurt his development. "I look at Darnell as a five-tool D-man. His skating ability is exceptional. He’s got a bite and a tenacity to him and there’s more offensively there," said coach Todd McLellan. "We have to let him feel good about that, and defensively, he’ll improve. We have an all-around defenceman who can play any which way. Rugged. Or a skill guy. He has the tools for that. Physically, he’s bigger and stronger, but that’s Mother Nature helping out. In Darnell’s case, it’s not about his strength, it’s about reading and reacting (as a D-man). I think he can have a big year for us." Nurse could be a top pairing defenseman this season but it`s better for his development to be one peg down from there. Today, 4:07 am
  • Michael Stone leaves Saturday practice
    Michael Stone (knee) left practice on Saturday early.

    Advice: Stone had off-season knee surgery in April and has been easing into training camp as he has been wearing a non-contact jersey thus far. "We got him and Goligoski both on the baby watch these days," coach Dave Tippett said. Stone had 36 points last season with plenty of time on the power play so look for more of the same this season as it's unlikely that Alex Goligoski will take away too much power play time from him. Today, 2:47 am
  • Sami Vatanen returns to Ducks camp
    Sami Vatanen has shown up at the Ducks training camp.

    Advice: Vatanen played in the World Cup so he will get a few days off before returning to the ice as he did not make an appearance Saturday at the Ducks training camp venue. The Finnish defenseman has to be disappointed with the fact that Finland failed to win a game at the tourney but will try to surpass 40 points for the first time in his career this season as he has had 37 and 38 points in each of the last two seasons despite missing 26 games over that span through injury and rest. He should be drafted in the middle rounds of deeper pools. Today, 2:37 am
  • Simon Despres looking for healthy season
    Defenseman Simon Despres is looking to remain healthy this season as he had a couple of concussions in 2015-16.

    Advice: Despres was concussed in October after a hit by Tyson Barrie in the fifth game of the season and sat out 42 games at the time. The symptoms returned in late March after a game in Montreal when he was hit again. "Well, I was sensitive to light," Despres said. "Sensitive to noise. More emotional. I had headaches. Dizziness. Close to fainting. Stuff like that. ... It was a challenge. It was dangerous." Despres is currently healthy and has changed his number from 24 to 6 in hopes of a new start. He had only four points in 32 games last season so we definitely do not recommend the veteran defenseman in fantasy pools. Today, 2:31 am
  • Karl Alzner (groin) feels good after practice
    Karl Alzner (sports hernia) was positive after Friday's skate.

    Advice: "Practice felt good," Alzner said. "I'm pretty close. We've got to work on some leg conditioning now because that's something you really notice when it's not up to par, that starts to burn pretty fast and that's something that I can start to do now." It looks like Alzner will see some action during the preseason and will be fine for the season opener. He had four goals and 21 points in 82 games last season. Yesterday, 3:52 am
  • David Schlemko practices with Brenden Dillon
    David Schlemko was paired up with Brenden Dillon during Friday's practice.

    Advice: These early arrangements have to be taken with a grain of salt, but it's entirely feasible that Schlemko and Dillon will begin the season together on the Sharks' third pairing. Schlemko inked a four-year, $8.4 million deal with San Jose over the summer. Yesterday, 3:49 am
  • Dan Girardi confident going into 2016-17
    Dan Girardi doesn't feel he needs to enter the season with a "chip on his shoulder."

    Advice: "I think I know myself," Girardi said. "I can play well. I’m not really worried about what you guys have to say, no offense. I know I can play well and be a factor." That's not the same as him being content with how things have gone though. Girardi said back in April that he didn't feel that he had the best of seasons, but he believes he can step up. Rangers coach Alain Vigneault is also upbeat about Girardi's chances of bouncing back after seeing him over the summer in skates and workouts. Yesterday, 3:35 am
  • Jarred Tinordi can't play in preseason games
    Jarred Tinordi can participate in training camp practices, but won't be allowed to play in preseason contests.

    Advice: Tinordi still has four games left on his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. Due to the suspension, he'll have to wait until Oct. 23 before he can make his season debut. Yesterday, 2:46 am
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