• Craig Anderson to be no. 1 goalie
    "Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goaltender," head coach Paul MacLean said bluntly.

    Advice: MacLean also said that, "Robin Lehner has played well enough and earned the opportunity to challenge, to play in more games." Meaning that the veteran Anderson will get the nod opening night plus some rope, but if or when he falters, the hot hand rides. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Canucks willing to stick with 3 goaltenders
    The Vancouver Canucks are comfortable entering the season with three goaltenders.

    Advice: That's important for Jacob Markstrom because he's the underdog in the battle for the backup job with Eddie Lack. We recommend avoiding Markstrom and Lack in standard fantasy leagues because it's not clear how much playing time either of them would get in a three-goalie situation. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Scrivens, Fasth will battle for starts
    It doesn't sound like Oilers head coach Dallas Eakins is going into training camp with a goaltender he's already tapped as the starter.

    Advice: Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth are both viable candidates for the top job, although the edge should probably go to Scrivens after his strong 2013-14 campaign. "I expect those two to push each other for who will get the minutes," Eakins said. "The great thing about them, is that they're both very good people, they're very supportive of each other already and they've only spent a short amount of time together." Given that Edmonton's defense figures to be better this season, whoever wins the starting job should put up decent fantasy numbers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Selanne's complaints didn't surprise Hiller
    Jonas Hiller wasn't surprised by Teemu Selanne's harsh critic of Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

    Advice: Like Selanne, Hiller felt he was being underused by Boudreau. "I think at the end, it's a coach's decision who's playing and who's not," Hiller said. "I wasn't, in his eyes, the go-to guy and I think that's a tough part of being a goaltender, there's just one guy on the ice, and if the coach isn't rooting for you or doesn't have your back, it's tough to play at your best." Hiller signed with Calgary over the summer in the hopes of proving that he's still capable of serving as a starter. He'll have to fight with Karri Ramo for that spot, but Hiller is the heavy favorite going into the season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Reto Berra worked in the summer with Allaire
    Coach Patrick Roy said that Reto Berra went through the same off-season training with goalie coach Francois Allaire that Semyon Varlamov did prior to the 2013-14 season.

    Advice: "It worked really well for Varly last year, and we hope it has the same affect on (Berra)," Roy said. The Avalanche need Berra to be better than he was during his first NHL season if he's going to play 15-25 games as Varlamov's backup. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Coach wants to give Ondrej Pavelec support
    Coach Paul Maurice wants to see how Ondrej Pavelec performs when the Jets play better around him.

    Advice: "We need to play a game in front of him that he understands and then we can assess his abilities to stop the puck from that game," Maurice said. "Two years ago when he was voted the most valuable player, I remember him in the net and 'We're not beating that guy tonight.' So the talent is there and we've seen it. Put a structure in front of him that gives him the best chance. He knows what he needs to do to be a No. 1, to be a great No. 1, and that's what our goal is for him. I have confidence in this man and his game." Pavelec will be under the microscope this season, but it sounds like Maurice will give him a very long leash, especially if Winnipeg doesn't make a move to acquire another netminder. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:08 am
  • Josh Harding suspended for injuring ankle
    Bob McKenzie reported Thursday night that Josh Harding has been suspended by the Minnesota Wild because his fractured ankle was not a hockey-related injury.

    Advice: As long as Harding is injured, he will not be paid by the Wild and his contract does not count against Minnesota's salary cap. We will keep you posted with any other developments on the Wild's hectic crease situation, which also saw Darcy Kuemper re-signed to a two-year deal and Ilya Bryzgalov invited to training camp on a pro tryout. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:48 pm
  • Darcy Kuemper signs two-year deal with Wild
    Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Minnesota at an average annual value of $1.25 million.

    Advice: Kuemper posted a solid rookie season in 2013-14, going 12-8-4 with a .915 save percentage and 2.43 goals against average. Considering Thursday's news that Josh Harding will be sidelined for at least a month with a broken foot, Kuemper slots in as at least the backup goaltender out of the gate with the potential to win the starting job over Niklas Backstrom if the veteran can't get his career back on track. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:34 pm
  • Josh Harding out for a minimum of 2-3 months
    Josh Harding is projected to miss a minimum of two-to-three months because of a fractured foot.

    Advice: Harding apparently suffered the ailment in an off-ice altercation with a teammate. This could lead to a suspension if the Wild decide to go down that route. Harding's injury puts the team in a tough position. Ilya Bryzgalov was invited to camp on a tryout basis, as a result, and the club is still trying to negotiate with young netminder Darcy Kuemper. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:36 pm
  • Ben Bishop says he won't be limited at camp
    Ben Bishop doesn't anticipate being limited at training camp despite his wrist not feeling quite 100 percent yet.

    Advice: "The range of motion, everything is good," Bishop said. "Strength still needs to get a little stronger, but I'm able to practice with the guys, that's good. By the season starts, hopefully it'll be closer to 100 percent. I don't know if it'll ever be close to 100 percent, but it's getting better everyday. So hopefully in a couple weeks here it'll be ready to go." He's projected to practice with the Lightning on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:05 pm
  • Peter Budaj to contend with Tokarski at camp
    Peter Budaj will have to contend with Dustin Tokarski at training camp, as they both vie for Montreal's backup goalie job.

    Advice: Both of them require waivers to be sent down and GM Marc Bergevin has already suggested that the Canadiens will carry three goaltenders entering the season. Budaj was passed over by Tokarski for starts in the playoffs when Carey Price was injured, but he's been a decent backup for the club for the past three seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:16 am
  • Cory Schneider 'excited' to continue legacy
    Cory Schneider understands that he has big shoes to fill in New Jersey.

    Advice: Schneider has been hungry for the opportunity to be a starting goaltender for a while, but his current position is more than that. He also has the legacy left by Martin Brodeur to wrestle with as he will, fairly or not, inevitably be compared to the future Hall of Famer. That doesn't bother Schneider though. "We all knew at some point he was not going to be here, though it sort of seems strange without him here, but, at the same time, if it's going to be anyone, I'm excited and proud that it's me," Schneider said. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:12 am
  • M. McDonald strong vs. University of Calgary
    Mason McDonald turned aside all 15 shots he faced as the Flames' prospects earned a 3-1 win against the University of Calgary.

    Advice: McDonald was only asked to play in the first half of the contest. "I felt good out there," McDonald said. "The first was kind of a weird period. The puck was bouncing off the boards, and there were some weird tips, but I settled down and felt pretty good." Obviously a prospects game, especially one that didn't even involve two NHL teams, isn't something you can really read much into, but in McDonald's case these rookie games have allowed him to settle down and get used to the idea of playing as a member of the Flames' organization. At 34th overall, he was the first netminder taken in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:50 am
  • Wild invite Ilya Bryzgalov to camp on a PTO
    Ilya Bryzgalov has accepted a professional tryout with the Minnesota Wild and he will be at camp.

    Advice: He expressed his wish to return to the Wild during the summer and it looks like he will get his chance following the news that Josh Harding is out indefinitely due to a fractured foot. Bryzgalov played well for the Wild down the stretch last year, while posting a 7-1-3 record to go with a .911 save percentage and a 2.12 GAA. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Wild announce Josh Harding out indefinitely
    Minnesota has announced that Josh Harding has a fractured right foot.

    Advice: He will be sidelined indefinitely due to the ailment. After receiving some encouraging news last month that Harding would be ready for training camp, he was injured in an off-ice activity. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported earlier that Harding could be out for months. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:27 pm
  • Harding injury won't alter talks with Kuemper
    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't think Josh Harding's ankle injury will impact negotiations with Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: "The situation itself doesn't change he dynamic," he said. "You want to get it done because he's a good, young goalie, he's somebody we think has potential to be a good player, but anytime you get into a situation where you're missing camp, it's just not healthy. The goal is always to get a contract done. Whether Josh is healthy or not healthy doesn't really have any impact. You always want to get it done, but you've got to do what's right. We'll just keep working through it and hopefully get it done." Harding could be out for months with an ankle injury and with Kuemper's negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the Wild may look for a veteran goalie to join them at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:16 pm
  • Report: Josh Harding (ankle) will miss months
    According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Josh Harding's ankle injury is "significant."

    Advice: The ailment he sustained off the ice is expected to keep him sidelined for months rather than weeks. McKenzie reports that Harding is already on crutches and sporting a walking boot. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:04 pm
  • Yeo expects to see a motivated Backstrom
    Niklas Backstrom feels healthy heading into training camp and he wants to recapture his past form.

    Advice: "Backy's kind of been the forgotten soldier right now," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "Nobody even talks about him. He's won a lot of hockey games for us, there's been many games where I know he stole games for us. He's a guy who can come in and do that again this year. I think he'll be motivated." If he can put his injury woes behind him then Backstrom could be a sneaky pick late in drafts as a depth goalie option. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • Oscar Dansk stands out in rookie tournament
    Oscar Dansk stepped up in the 2014 Traverse City rookie tournament.

    Advice: Dansk had a 2.40 GAA and .925 save percentage to help Columbus win the tournament. We don't want to read too much into prospect games, but it's still a positive for him after he struggled in this tournament last year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:56 am
  • Dustin Tokarski in battle for Habs backup gig
    The Montreal Canadiens will enter training camp with three NHL-caliber goaltenders on their roster.

    Advice: In addition to the rock solid Carey Price, the Habs have a battle brewing for their backup goaltender spot between upstart Dustin Tokarski and the veteran Peter Budaj. GM Marc Bergevin refrained from committing to either netminder when asked about the situation this week. "Peter Budaj is a proven backup goalie in the NHL and a good one," Bergevin said. "Dustin Tokarski came in the playoffs last year, the sixth game against the Rangers and was extremely good, but again you're going against a guy with the experience and is a really good backup goalie. So that's why you have training camp and we'll see what happens. We have depth in that position now." Although it would take an injury to Price for either of these goalies to have significant value this season, Tokarski is our pick to win the training camp battle and the roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:25 pm
  • Josh Harding dealing with ankle injury
    Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Lundqvist: NYR can't get ahead of themselves
    Henrik Lundqvist thinks it's important that the Rangers don't get ahead of themselves as they begin training camp.

    Advice: Lundqvist and the New York Rangers came up short in the Stanley Cup Final and while they want another shot at winning a championship, they have to get through a lot of obstacles first before they'll have that opportunity. "Mindset is very important," said Lundqvist. "It's a hard, long season. We need to reset. We have to be ready to start over. You can't get too far ahead. It is a process." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:37 am
  • Wedgewood looks forward to goalie battle
    Scott Wedgewood is excited to be in the fight for the Devils' backup job.

    Advice: It will probably go to Scott Clemmensen or Keith Kinkaid, but the 22-year-old Wedgewood can't be ruled out. "I want to play," Wedgewood said. "I'd love to be up top. I'd love to start in Albany. I just want to get best opportunity possible for myself to develop and play. If they want me here, I'm, obviously, going to play for that position and put my best foot forward. And if they keep me down in Albany, I'm going to play to stay up there and move up." He had a 2.39 GAA and .899 save percentage in 36 AHL games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:32 am
  • Michael Hutchinson wants to prove himself
    Michael Hutchinson knows he has a lot to prove this season, as he enters training camp slated to be Winnipeg's backup netminder.

    Advice: "I'm just going to come in and take it one day at a time and try and help the team win as many games as I can and just work hard every day," said the 24-year-old goalie. "I think it'll be great. We'll both be able to push each other. The main focus is to help the team win games and if we can both do that, we'll have a successful season." The AHL standout posted a 2-1 record with a 1.64 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in three appearances with the Jets at the end of the 2013-14 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:35 am
  • Daniel Taylor to attend Jets camp on PTO
    Daniel Taylor will attend Winnipeg's training camp on a tryout basis.

    Advice: He played for Farjestad of the Swedish Hockey League last season, where he posted 4-11-0 with a .917 save percentage and a 2.32 GAA. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 am
  • Report: Wild, Kuemper still at a standstill
    TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:58 am
  • Ben Bishop might be limited in training camp
    Lightning goalie Ben Bishop said his surgically repaired right wrist likely won't be 100 percent by training camp next week, although it is improving each day.

    Advice: The wrist is better, still needs a bit more work, but it's getting there," Bishop said. "I'm just taking it day by day." Bishop says his range of motion is almost back, and he should be ready for the season. The goaltender does not know if he'll be limited in training camp next week, saying that decision is up to the doctors. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 am
  • Oscar Dansk outstanding in CBJ win over Wings
    Oscar Dansk was outstanding as he turned aside 31 shots in a 5-3 Columbus win over Detroit at Traverse City.

    Advice: The Blue Jackets are quite high on Dansk who was the first pick of the second round in the 2012 Draft but many thought he was the top goalie available. Dansk came across the pond from Sweden last season and played 42 games with Erie of the OHL where he was 29-9-1 with a 2.39 GAA and a .909 save percentage. Look for the 20-year-old to get his feet wet as a professional this season in the minors. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:26 am
  • Ben Scrivens won't declare himself top goalie
    Ben Scrivens doesn't know if he is Edmonton's starting goalie heading into 2014-15.

    Advice: "That's a decision for the coaching staff, Dallas (Eakins, head coach) and Freddie (Chabot, goalie coach) how they want to do it," he said. "Vic and I are coming to stop pucks, and they'll play whoever gives us the best chance to win. In terms of rotation and titles, that's out of our control." Scrivens will compete for playing time for former Anaheim keeper Viktor Fasth this season. He posted nine wins, a .916 save percentage and a 3.01 GAA in 21 games as a member of the Oilers. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:23 pm
  • Cory Schneider primed to see plenty of action
    Cory Schneider is slated to see plenty of action this season if coach Pete DeBoer's early prediction is accurate.

    Advice: The New Jersey bench boss was asked how many games Schneider may start in 2014-15 as the club's starter and he said, "I'm not a big numbers guy. I think he's got the body and the capability of playing 70 games. Is that the right number or is 56 the right number? I think that's going to depend on a lot of things - how we're playing as a group, how he's feeling. The nice thing about him is he's a big, strong goaltender. I don't have a workload number where I say that's too much for him. I think he has the ability to handle whatever we throw at him." Schneider played in a career high 45 games last campaign and he started 43 of them, but with Martin Brodeur out of the picture he is expected to be the Devils' top option. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:50 am
  • Lundqvist hopes to finally win Cup in 2015
    Henrik Lundqvist is optimistic about the New York Rangers chances of winning the Cup after falling just short in 2014.

    Advice: The Rangers made it to the finals, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games. "I think the core is still there," Lundqvist said. "But to lose the guys we did, they played a big part for us last year. I hope the new guys can [come in] and transition to a different style of play, maybe, obviously different teammates, so I'm excited to see what they can bring." Among the players the Rangers lost over the offseason are Brian Boyle, Brad Richards, and Anton Stralman. However, they've brought in, among others, Lee Stempniak and Dan Boyle. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:12 am
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