Player Notes

  • Dustin Tokarski re-ups with Ducks
    Dustin Tokarski has agreed to a one-year deal with Anaheim.

    Advice: He will earn $600,000 if he plays in the NHL and $300,000 if he skates in the AHL during the 2016-17 campaign. Tokarski made two appearances with San Diego after he was obtained from the Montreal Canadiens. He posted a 1-1-0 record with a .920 save percentage and a 2.35 GAA with the Ducks' minor-league team. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:18 pm
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  • Calgary may re-sign Joni Ortio before July 1
    Joni Ortio can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday after he didn't get a qualifying offer on Monday.

    Advice: Still, he could end up signing with the Flames before that happens. Brian Burke indicated over the weekend that Calgary is comfortable with Ortio as the backup goalie for next season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:47 pm
  • Coyotes ink G Louis Domingue to 2-year deal
    Arizona has signed Louis Domingue to a two-year contract.

    Advice: He earned the Coyotes' starting job when Mike Smith was injured last season. Domingue posted a 15-18-5 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 39 games. He is slated to be backup netminder for Arizona next year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:59 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier unsure if he'll be traded
    Jonathan Bernier doesn't know if he will be traded, but he intends to be ready for whatever team he plays for.

    Advice: "Yeah, I can't control what their plan is, whether I'm in their plan or not," said Bernier. "At this point now I'm just focusing on myself and making sure I'm ready for training camp. Right now I'm under contract with the Leafs and that's where my head is. If things change, well, that’s out of my reach." If he stays with the Leafs then he wants to prove he can battle new arrival Frederik Andersen for playing time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 am
  • Stars felt Jack Campbell needed change
    Stars GM Jim Nill felt that goalie Jack Campbell needed a change of scenery.

    Advice: "Sometimes, a change of pace in the best thing," said Nill. "Jack needs to go somewhere to get playing and get his confidence back." Campbell was selected 11th overall back in 2010, but he's failed to develop into an NHL goalie at this point. He'll likely never develop into the franchise player he was supposed to be, but he could turn out to be a decent backup goalie to Jonathan Quick. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:15 am
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  • James Reimer will not be re-signed by Sharks
    GM Doug Wilson all but said that James Reimer, Nick Spaling, Dainius Zubrus and Roman Polak will not be re-signed before they become UFA's on July 1.

    Advice: This is no surprise as the Sharks will look to bring some of their cheaper minor leaguers up to do the job. Reimer has a few spots to look at but they will be in a backup role most likely. Teams like Anaheim and Edmonton are in the market for a backup and it remains to be seen where Reimer winds up. He was 17-14-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the Sharks and Toronto in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:57 am
  • Stars may enter year with Lehtonen, Niemi
    The Stars feel comfortable going into the season with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi as their goaltenders, according to GM Jim Nill.

    Advice: The Dallas netminders shared time in the crease in 2015-16 and neither of them particularly shined even though they both posted 25-win seasons. The Stars should be looking for an upgrade in goal even if Nill won't admit it publicly. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:50 pm
  • Report: M-A Fleury to start '16-17 with Pens
    Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start the 2016-17 season with Pittsburgh, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

    Advice: He received the news from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Fleury's name has come up in plenty of trade rumors, but it doesn't look like anything is imminent on that front. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 am
  • Carter Hutton may have some options
    Carter Hutton may have some options when it comes to signing with a new team.

    Advice: Hutton will leave the Predators for free ageny and this week's trades of Brian Elliott and Frederik Anderson may have opened up a few opportunities for Hutton to sign as a backup. The Flames are still looking for someone to team with the newly acquired Elliott and now there are backup openings in Anaheim and St. Louis. Marek Mazanec will serve as Pekka Rinne's understudy this upcoming season in Nashville. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:36 am
  • Flames obtain Brian Elliott from Blues
    Brian Elliott has been traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for the 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

    Advice: If the Flames re-sign Elliott then the Blues will also get a 2018 third-round selection. Elliott was superb during the 2015-16 campaign and the Flames were desperate to add a netminder. He posted a 23-8-6 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. Elliott had to share time with Jake Allen in St. Louis, but he'll be the top option with Calgary. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:15 pm
  • Panthers acquire Reto Berra from Avalanche
    The Florida Panthers have acquired Reto Berra from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Rocco Grimaldi.

    Advice: And just like that, the Panthers have their backup goaltender. Berra couldn't stick with the Avalanche in the NHL for the entire 2015-16 campaign, but that was due to a mixture of injury woes and Calvin Pickard's ascent rather than him struggling on the ice. When Berra did play for Colorado he posted a 2.41 GAA and .922 save percentage in 14 games. He has one season left on his three-year, $4.35 million contract. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:14 pm
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  • Florida re-signs Sam Brittain
    Sam Brittain has inked a one-year extension with the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: It's a two-way contract that's worth $750K at the NHL level. The Panthers currently have a vacancy for the backup spot, but it wouldn't be surprising to see Florida sign an NHL veteran for that role, which would cause Brittain to start the season in the minors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:07 am
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  • Laurent Brossoit to get shot at backup gig
    Laurent Brossoit is expected to challenge for the backup job during training camp.

    Advice: Edmonton might bring in a goalie with NHL experience to compete with him for that role, but it sounds like Brossoit will at least have a shot at winning the job. He had a 3.61 GAA and .873 save percentage in five games with Edmonton last season. At the AHL level he posted a 2.66 GAA and .920 save percentage in 31 contests. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:15 am
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  • Darcy Kuemper may be traded soon
    Don't be surprised if Darcy Kuemper is traded just before or during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

    Advice: As previously reported, the Wild have been getting some calls for Kuemper and it would make sense for them to move him. He's a restricted free agent on a team that's committed to Devan Dubnyk through 2020-21. Kuemper would be more expensive than your typical backup and he has starter potential that likely won't be realized if he stays in Minnesota. On top of that, the Wild will only be able to protect one goaltender in next year's expansion draft, so if Minnesota doesn't trade Kuemper now, they may lose him at that point anyways. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:48 am
  • Braden Holtby wins the 2016 Vezina Trophy
    The 2016 Vezina Trophy winner is Braden Holtby.

    Advice: Holtby tied the NHL single-season record with 48 wins last season. He also posted a 2.20 GAA and .922 save percentage in 66 starts. In the end the Vezina voting wasn't even close as Holtby got 140 points to Ben Bishop's 51. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Price has recovered from his knee injury
    Carey Price is completely over his knee injury.

    Advice: Price was limited to just 12 games and didn't play past Nov. 25 due to the injury. Montreal was 17-4-2 through Nov. 25, but still ended up missing the playoffs without him. If he stays healthy in 2016-17, Price should be one of the league's top goaltenders. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:03 am
  • Nothing to report on Bishop trade front
    Ben Bishop's agent, Allain Roy, said everything was "quiet" Tuesday morning regarding news on the trade front.

    Advice: Bishop has a list of teams he can be traded to without his permission, as part of his partial no-move clause. GM Steve Yzerman is expected to field calls for Bishop at the NHL Draft, but he doesn't have to move him yet. He said after the season that he is comfortable going into 2016-17 with Bishop and Andrei Vasilevskiy as his goalies. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:29 am
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  • Ducks don't want to overplay Gibson next year
    John Gibson will be Anaheim's top option in goal next season now that Frederik Andersen has been traded to Toronto.

    Advice: However, GM Bob Murray wants to add a backup goalie who is capable of seeing plenty of action in 2016-17. "We don't want to overplay John yet," Murray said. "(The backup will) have to be able to play 25 to 30 games. Character and hard-working type of guy. There are a few of them out there." Gibson posted a 21-13-4 record in 2015-16 along with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 am
  • Andersen excited to join Maple Leafs
    Frederik Andersen is excited to be a member of the Maple Leafs.

    Advice: "I'm happy about being in a spot, in a big hockey market," he said. "It will be fun developing with this young team that is very hungry for success. It will be a good experience." The Leafs sent two draft picks to the Ducks to acquire Andersen, including the 30th overall pick in 2016. Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello loves Andersen's competitiveness, size, athleticism and his solid play in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Jets sign Michael Hutchinson to 2-year deal
    Michael Hutchinson has signed a new two-year contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

    Advice: His new deal carries a very affordable annual average value of $1.150 million. Hutchinson struggled in 2015-16 with a 9-15-3 record, a 2.84 goals-against average and a .907 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:20 am
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