• Boudreau unsure how crease 'will shake out'
    Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

    Advice: "We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:27 am
  • Jimmy Howard could face some competition soon
    Jimmy Howard still has five years remaining on his contract, but the 2014-15 campaign is viewed as an important one for him.

    Advice: First of all, he wants to be better after his statistics slipped last season. Howard posted an inconsistent mark of 21-19-11 to go with a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Jonas Gustavsson showed last year that he could be relied on to fill in at times when he stole a few starts, but he shouldn't be viewed as that much of a threat. The Red Wings have been grooming Petr Mrazek in the minors and he could be the best option of the three very soon. He may see action with the big club again at some point this year and he'll likely have a full-time spot on Detroit in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Martin Jones is a star behind an All-Star
    Martin Jones put forth a terrific rookie season in 2013-14 and could be a viable fantasy option in net if Jonathan Quick does not recovery quickly from his off-season wrist surgery.

    Advice: Quick is the Kings' undisputed starter and Jones will not hold significant fantasy value unless he is propelled into a starting role due to injury or a trade. Nonetheless, Quick is coming off a long spring and off-season wrist surgery, and although his projected return is during the pre-season, the Kings would be wise not to overwork their starter if Jones proves that his success last season was no fluke. Jones is a smart draft choice to back up Quick on your fantasy roster, but could be universally valuable if Quick can't stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:09 am
  • No. 1 goalie spot is wide open for the Wild
    Wild coach Mike Yeo said Josh Harding, Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper have a chance to win the No. 1 job.

    Advice: "I have to say we're kind of open right now, to be honest with you," Yeo told Michael Russo of the Star Tribune on Wednesday. "We're going to have some scrimmages ... but we're going to have to pretty quickly determine who we want to give a greater workload to after that. That's going to be a good challenge." Harding may have the inside track on the position because of his success in 2013-14 before he was forced to the sidelines due to his ongoing battle with multiple sclerosis. Kuemper performed well in his absence and Backstrom is looking to bounce back from an injury-plagued campaign. Training camp will be interesting in the Minnesota crease. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:58 pm
  • 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
    Thursday, 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
    Aug 25, 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
    Aug 24, 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
    Aug 23, 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
    Aug 23, 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
    Aug 22, 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
    Aug 22, 2:46 pm
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