Player Notes

  • Ben Bishop on track to be ready for USA camp
    Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) should be ready for Team USA's World Cup camp, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

    Advice: Bishop has been recovering from a high-ankle and shin sprain, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. It sounds like the injuries won't be an issue going into the regular season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:01 am
  • Petr Mrazek inks 2-year contract with Detroit
    Petr Mrazek has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Detroit.

    Advice: His new deal carries an annual average value of $4 million. Mrazek will make $3.85 million in 2016-17 and $4.15 million in 2017-18. He posted a 27-16-6 record as the starting goaltender for the Red Wings last year, while earning a 2.33 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:10 am
  • Talbot thinks Oilers are close to playoffs
    Cam Talbot doesn't think the Oilers are far away from making the playoffs again.

    Advice: "I think one more piece [on defense] and we've got all the talent up front we've always had and added more talent via free agency and the draft," he said. "When you shore up the back end, which is what Peter's trying to do, as long as I do my part, I think we could definitely battle for a playoff spot this year and next year and go from there." Talbot gained some confidence as the starter of the Oilers last season and he was superb for Canada at the World Championship in the spring en route to a gold medal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:34 pm
  • Ben Scrivens signs with Dinamo Minsk
    Ben Scrivens has indeed signed with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL.

    Advice: Scrivens appeared in 15 games with Montreal last year, where he posted a 5-8-0 record with a 3.07 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage. He also skated in 11 outings in the AHL with Bakersfield and St. John's. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:56 am
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  • Report: Leafs will sign Jhonas Enroth
    Jhonas Enroth will reportedly sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Take this report with a grain of salt, but even without this story, it wouldn't be shocking if the Leafs ink Enroth. Toronto is in the market for a backup and Enroth would fill that role nicely. He had a 2.17 GAA and .922 save percentage in 16 games with Los Angeles last season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:13 pm
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  • Jake Allen feels he has something to prove
    Although he's going into the season as the Blues' clear No. 1 goaltender, Jake Allen feels he still needs to earn that spot.

    Advice: Allen got a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension and the Blues dealt Brian Elliott this summer. "It was tough to make mistakes when Brian was around because one game — you had a bad game — he was right back in the net and vice versa with him and me," Allen said. "I think you get a little bit more leeway, I guess, now. But not a whole lot. Carter’s a great goalie and I’ve heard a lot of great things about him. I feel that I had to etch myself into the league consistently. Now that I’ve done that, I still have another place to go and prove I’m a legit No. 1 guy." Allen had a 2.35 GAA and .920 save percentage in 47 contests in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:45 pm
  • Jason LaBarbera becomes WHL goalie coach
    Jason LaBarbera has decided to end his playing career and become the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen's goalie coach.

    Advice: "I am really excited about this opportunity and moving onto the next chapter of my life," LaBarbera said. "I’m also looking forward to the challenges of coaching and being able to pass along some of my experiences to the guys on the team." LaBarbera had a 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage in 187 games with the then Phoenix Coyotes, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks. He spent his final hockey season with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:22 am
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  • Nathan Lieuwen agrees to an AHL contract
    Nathan Lieuwen has agreed to terms with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage.

    Advice: San Antonio is affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche, but it's worth emphasizing that this is an AHL only contract. Lieuwen used to be with the Buffalo Sabres, but they declined to present him with a qualifying offer. He had a 2.91 GAA and .909 save percentage in 28 games with the AHL's Rochester Americans last season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:41 am
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  • Bernier deal might not give Toronto a pick
    The Toronto Maple Leafs probably won't end up receiving anything for trading Jonathan Bernier beyond saved cap space, but at the same time there's a chance they'll end up with something substantial.

    Advice: The Maple Leafs dealt Bernier to Anaheim for a conditional pick, but the problem is that the conditions requirements state that Bernier's team has to at least make it to the Stanley Cup Final AND he needs to start in half of the games. Given that Bernier is being brought in to serve as the backup, it would likely take an injury or disappointing season from John Gibson for Bernier to end up playing a central role in the playoffs. Earlier we said "Bernier's team" rather than Anaheim because if the Ducks trade him and Bernier plays in at least half of the playoffs games while his new team reaches the Stanley Cup Final, then the Ducks still owe Toronto compensation. However, if Bernier meets the game requirements and his team does win the Stanley Cup, then Toronto will receive a second-round pick. If they lose in the Stanley Cup Final, then Toronto receives a third-round pick. So under the right circumstances, Toronto could end up with something noteworthy from this trade. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:11 am
  • Jordan Binnington, Blues agree to 2-way deal
    Jordan Binnington has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Binnington can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $75,000 in the minors. He had a 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage in 41 AHL games in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:46 am
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  • Jason Kasdorf signs two-way deal with Sabres
    Jason Kasdorf has inked a two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: Kasdorf had a 2.30 GAA and .931 save percentage in 30 NCAA games with R.P.I. last season. He made his NHL debut on April 8 and surrendered four goals on 30 shots. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:48 pm
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  • Copley can come with $708,750 cap hit
    Pheonix Copley's recently inked one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues comes with a $708,750 annual cap hit at the NHL level.

    Advice: Copley's contract is two-ways with him set to earn $70,000 if he spends the season in the minors. He had a 2.79 GAA and .909 save percentage in 37 AHL contests in 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:30 pm
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