• Robin Lehner just wants a 'fair chance'
    Robin Lehner just wants a "fair chance" to earn his starts in Ottawa's crease.

    Advice: "If I play good, I want to play. And if he plays good, he's going to want to play," Lehner said referring to his goalie tandem with Craig Anderson. "That's what you want on a team. You want two goalies pushing each other. If there's limited chance for one guy to play, he's not going to do as good. That's a little bit of what we wanted from our side. I think and I hope that's what's going to happen." Lehner inked a three-year, $6.75 million contract this off-season and earlier this week, Anderson agreed to a three-year, $12.6 million extension. He said that Anderson's deal didn't change his focus and it didn't upset him either. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:30 am
  • Ben Bishop hopes to be ready for season
    Ben Bishop (wrist) hopes to be fully healed by the time the regular season starts.

    Advice: "The elbow healed up and that's back to 100 percent now. As for the wrist, I started skating in the last couple of weeks and I have a pad under my blocker now just to take away from some of the blow of taking shots off of it," he told NHL.com. "I was down in Tampa with the trainers and equipment guys to figure out a blocker to work with for the next month. I'm starting to take shots and it's getting there. It's not 100 percent yet, but hopefully before the start of the season it'll be close." At this point it looks like he'll be available for training camp, but his role could be limited depending on how his wrist feels. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • M-A Fleury wants to be a Penguin for life
    Penguins GM Jim Rutherford isn't in a hurry to re-sign Marc-Andre Fleury, but he still holds him in high regard.

    Advice: "I think he's one of the most talented goalies in the league," Rutherford said. "From my point of view, he's our goalie. There's no reason why he can't be our goalie for a long time." Fleury can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 campaign. His agent, Allan Walsh, said he is on the same page as Rutherford and not having something worked out before the season starts is "of no consequence at all." Pittsburgh retained goaltender coach Mike Bales, who has been working hard to bring some consistency to Fleury's game, even though they cleaned house during the off-season. Fleury wants to remain loyal to the Pens as well and his preference is to be part of the organization for the "rest of his career." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:07 am
  • Craig Anderson set to push Robin Lehner
    Craig Anderson thinks that having a competition with Robin Lehner will be good for the young goaltender's development and for the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: "Robin and I have gotten along very well for the last few years," Anderson said after signing his three-year contract extension. "I expect him to get better and better every year. I've seen his work habits go through the roof the last few years. It's good for the team for us to push each other, to have two good options." Even Lehner doesn't believe he should be starting regularly yet, so Anderson will probably enter the year as the Senators' number one keeper. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:49 am
  • Ondrej Pavelec in great shape going into camp
    Ondrej Pavelec has been busy preparing for the upcoming season.

    Advice: Gary Lawless spoke to Pavelec's agent, Allan Walsh, who said that Pavelec is in the best shape of his career. "He's totally changed his body," Walsh said. The 2014-15 campaign is a big one for Pavalec, as he has to prove to the Jets that he can carry the load and be a starter for the organization after a few sub-par seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:28 am
  • Ottawa inks Craig Anderson to 3-year deal
    Craig Anderson has inked a three-year contract with the Ottawa Senators worth an average annual value of $4.2 million.

    Advice: He'll earn 4.75 million for the first two years of deal and 3.1 million in the season after. Anderson could've been an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 campaign, but Ottawa wanted to keep him in the fold. Robin Lehner also received a three-year deal this summer and it will be interesting to see how they share the crease moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:07 am
  • Viktor Fasth looks to thrive in Oilers crease
    The Edmonton Oilers used six goaltenders last season, but GM Craig Mactavish team believes their situation is a lot steadier with Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens battling for starts come the fall.

    Advice: Fasth has gone 20-11-8 with a .915 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average so far in his NHL career. At 32 years old, the Swede has less NHL experience than Scrivens who is only 27 years old. But neither have a considerable advantage over the other, as Scrivens has gone just 27-30-12 with a .917 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average. Both Fasth and Scrivens will be given plenty of opportunity to play this coming season. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:52 pm
  • Sergei Bobrovsky should continue to shine
    Sergei Bobrovsky got better and better as last season wore on, and proved in the final stretch of the season that his Vezina Trophy in 2013 was no fluke.

    Advice: The 25 year-old posted goals against averages of 2.60 and 3.00 in October and November of 2013, but then rediscovered his game and kept his GAA below 2.42 in each month until the post-season. The Russian star will need to overcome a poor career playoff record to help the Blue Jackets take the next step. But besides the playoffs and an underwhelming 2011-12 season which caused the Flyers to trade him, Bobrovsky has put up elite stats in his three other years of NHL experience and is showing no signs of taking a dive in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:05 pm
  • Alex Stalock set to prove he belongs in NHL
    Alex Stalock's strong 2013-14 has him locked in as the Shark's backup for the coming season, and on track to contend for the Sharks' starting job in the future.

    Advice: With the Sharks hungry for change and Antti Niemi's contract entering its final year, the Sharks will audition the 27 year-old American this season to see if he can develop into a starting goaltender. Stalock earned a spot with the big club by going 12-5-4 with a 1.87 goals against average and .932 save percentage last year in his first taste of regular NHL action. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:05 am
  • Henrik Lundqvist wants a stronger start
    Henrik Lundqvist will be seeking a better start to the 2014-15 season after he struggled out of the gate last year.

    Advice: "I think it's important that you don't think too much about last season or already now start thinking about how we want to win, we want to be in the playoffs, because there is so much work that needs to be done before you get there," Lundqvist said. "You just need to be focused on October and the first few games because the start we had last year shows that if everything is not in place early on it can be very challenging." His rocky start included a 12-16-3 record along with a .907 save percentage and a 2.76 goals-against average in 32 appearances from Oct. 3-Jan. 6. Lundqvist and the Rangers improved as the season progressed and he finished the campaign with a .920 save percentage and a 2.36 GAA. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:18 pm
  • Cooper: Ben Bishop is 'coming into his prime'
    Lightning coach Jon Cooper is a strong believer that the 2013-14 campaign wasn't a fluke for number one goaltender Ben Bishop.

    Advice: "He was arguably the MVP of our team last year. We really leaned on our goaltender heavily," Cooper said. "I truly believe he's coming into his prime. With his work ethic and the way he approached the game as the year went on last year, I'm fully confident he'll be a rock back there for us." Bishop was a steal last season for fantasy owners after he posted 37 wins, a 2.23 goals-against average, a .924 save percentage and five shutouts. If he can stay healthy and Tampa Bay plays as good as they look on paper then Bishop will be in store for another excellent year. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:46 pm
  • Jean-Sebastien Giguere calls it a career
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

    Advice: He posted 262 wins, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 career regular season appearances. Giguere was excellent in the playoffs, where he earned a mark of 33-17 to go with a .925 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final to New Jersey and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere was originally drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:44 pm
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  • Agent: Ilya Bryzgalov wants to play for Wild
    Ilya Bryzgalov would like to return to the Minnesota Wild, according to his agent.

    Advice: "Ilya would very much like to return to the Wild and further the success the team had down the stretch last year," Ritch Winter said. "It was one of the most satisfying experiences he has had in his career. Ilya loved his teammates in Minnesota, loved the city and loved and appreciated the support he received from the coaching staff and Wild fans. He would love to be a part of helping this team to enjoy the success they had together last year." The problem for the Wild is that their crease is already crowded and the club is preparing to the start the year with three goalies on the roster. Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are expected to return from their respective ailments, while RFA Darcy Kuemper is slated to join them once he gets signed. There probably isn't any room for Minnesota to bring in Bryzgalov too, even though he's willing to accommodate the move the best that he can. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:32 pm
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  • Josh Harding impresses in pre-camp skate
    Josh Harding has been skating with Wild players and Minnesota-based NHLers prior to the start of training camp.

    Advice: Michael Russo of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune was encouraged by what he saw. Harding hasn't played an NHL game since Dec. 31, but he was practicing every day during Minnesota's playoff series against Chicago. He said he feels great, but he's still a pretty high injury risk because of his battle with multiple sclerosis. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Carey Price tests knee on the ice, feels good
    Carey Price (knee) was back on the ice a couple of weeks ago in Kelowna.

    Advice: He stayed in Montreal until late June to work on his rehabilitation from a sprained knee. Price has been skating with former teammate Josh Gorges, Travis Moen and other NHLers. "It's probably been one of the fastest summers I can remember," Price said. "(Skating) is going pretty good so far. So far, so good." He was injured in the Eastern Conference Final when Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1. It sounds like he'll be ready to go by the time training camp opens. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:13 am
  • Steve Mason (finger) returns to the ice
    Steve Mason (finger) got back on the ice Monday for the first time in three weeks.

    Advice: He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey. It looks like Mason will be available for training camp, which is just a month away. We'll let you know if that changes. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 18, 4:36 pm
  • Jonas Hiller (appendicitis) is back to 100%
    Jonas Hiller has recovered from appendicitis.

    Advice: "I talked to him the other day and he's back, 100 percent, skating, working out," Flames GM Brad Treliving told the Calgary Herald last Thursday. "He's been back in his routine, fully functional, and no issues." He had an arthroscopic procedure in mid-July. Hiller will be Calgary's top goaltender this season, but if he falters then Karri Ramo is waiting to play in his place. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 18, 3:36 pm
  • Lamoriello expects Brodeur to wait for camps
    New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello expects Martin Brodeur to wait until the start of training camps to make a final decision on his playing career.

    Advice: Lamoriello thinks that Brodeur wants to get a final overview of the market before deciding where he can play or if he'll retire. Veteran goalies Tomas Vokoun, Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov are also looking for work and there's no guarantee that Brodeur will be able to find a job with a contender. Lamoriello said that Brodeur has a job waiting for him with the Devils when he does decide to stop playing. Rotoworld.com
    Aug 18, 7:24 am
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