Player Notes

  • Bolts send 4 to AHL, including Gudlevskis
    Kristers Gudlevskis has been assigned to the minors.

    Advice: Kevin Poulin will be Ben Bishop's backup to start the season. Mike Angelidis, Jonathan Marchessault and Luke Witkowski have also been sent to AHL Syracuse. Today, 10:12 am
  • Islanders claim goalie Jean-Francois Berube
    Jean-Francois Berube has picked up by the New York Islanders off waivers.

    Advice: It was expected that Berube could be targeted when he landed on waivers. He posted a 37-9-4 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average in 52 games with AHL Manchester last season. Today, 10:00 am
  • Vasilevskiy has check up scheduled for Oct.21
    Andrei Vasilevskiy (vascular surgery) will be re-evaluated by doctors on Oct. 21.

    Advice: If he gets the green light then he could be on his way to the AHL for a conditioning assignment before rejoining the Lightning. Tampa Bay still hasn't decided if Kristers Gudlevskis or Kevin Poulin will back up Ben Bishop when the regular season opens. Today, 8:13 am
  • Andrew Hammond (groin) taking it day by day
    Andrew Hammond (groin) said he was feeling better on Monday.

    Advice: It's a day-to-day situation as he recovers from a groin injury. The Senators will probably be cautious with him, as they don't want this to become an issue that lingers. Today, 7:59 am
  • Eddie Lack has a chance to win No. 1 gig
    Although Eddie Lack will start the season as the backup goaltender, he has a great opportunity to steal the number one job this season.

    Advice: Cam Ward is in the last season of his contract, so the Hurricanes have no long-term incentive to keep going back to him if he struggles out of the gate. In fact, from a business standpoint, if there's a bias it would be towards Lack stealing the job from Ward. That would allow them to justify letting Ward walk while Lack becomes the undisputed top goalie with a very affordable $2.75 million annual cap hit for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 campaigns. Today, 6:05 am
  • Joni Ortio to stick with Calgary Flames
    Joni Ortio will start the season on the Calgary Flames' roster.

    Advice: Ortio will be serving as a healthy scratch in the season opener. Carrying three goaltenders is less than ideal, but it's a problem of Calgary's making as they have three netminders inked to one-way deals and any one of them would need to clear waivers in order to be demoted. Ortio is just 24 and it seems fair to assume that the Flames are very reluctant to risk losing him. Don't be surprised if this is eventually resolved by a trade. Today, 5:41 am
  • Kari Ramo will start season as Flames' goalie
    Kari Ramo will start the NHL season as the Calgary Flames' first-string goaltender, the club announced Monday.

    Advice: Jonas Hiller will serve as the backup. Joni Ortio will remain on Calgary's roster but will be a healthy scratch. The Flames kick off their season against the Vancouver Canucks Wednesday night. Yesterday, 7:16 pm
  • Leafs name Jonathan Bernier starting goalie
    Jonathan Bernier will start in net for the Toronto Maple Leafs for the first two games of the regular season, the club announced Monday.

    Advice: The Leafs launch their season Wednesday at home against the Montreal Canadiens. They'll visit the Detroit Red Wings Friday. James Reimer, who competed against Bernier for the No. 1 job in training camp, will back up Bernier Wednesday and Friday and will start Saturday at home against the Ottawa Senators. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Ducks trim roster, send down John Gibson
    John Gibson has been sent down to the minors.

    Advice: Gibson was expected to play most of the 2015-16 season in the AHL after the Ducks signed Anton Khudobin in the summer to back up Frederik Andersen. Anaheim also assigned Nick Ritchie, Joe Piskula, Korbinian Holzer and Chris Mueller to the minors. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Caps waive Justin Peters and 2 defensemen
    Justin Peters has been waived by Washington.

    Advice: The Capitals also put defensemen Aaron Ness and Ryan Stanton on waivers. Peters was expected to be sent down to the minors because Phillip Grubauer was considered the favorite to start the year as Braden Holtby's understudy. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Bruins move Jeremy Smith to waivers
    As expected, Jeremy Smith has been placed on waivers.

    Advice: The move was expected after the Bruins signed Jonas Gustavsson on Sunday. Gustavsson won the competition for Boston's backup job and turned his professional tryout into a one-year contract. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Canadiens give backup G job to Mike Condon
    Mike Condon will start the 2015-16 campaign as Montreal's backup goaltender.

    Advice: The Canadiens will place Dustin Tokarski on waivers after Condon won the job at training camp. Condon doesn't have any NHL experience. The 25-year-old netminder posted a .921 save percentage and a 2.44 goals-against average in 48 games with AHL Hamilton last year. Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Canadiens will waive goalie Dustin Tokarski
    Dustin Tokarski will be placed on waivers by Montreal.

    Advice: Mike Condon outperformed Tokarski during training camp and will start the year as Carey Price's backup. Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Jaroslav Halak remains day-to-day
    Jaroslav Halak is still dealing with an upper-body injury.

    Advice: We're inching closer to the Islanders' season opener on Friday and Halak's availability remains in doubt. If he can't play, then Thomas Greiss will probably get the nod instead. Yesterday, 4:51 am
  • Devils ink Ken Appleby to ELC
    The New Jersey Devils have signed Ken Appleby to a three-year entry level contract.

    Advice: The 20-year-old attended training camp with New Jersey and their AHL affiliate in Albany while on an amateur tryout. The undrafted free agent won the Memorial Cup with the Oshawa Generals last season. He will probably begin his professional career in the ECHL. Sunday, 7:46 pm
  • Coyotes send Louis Domingue to minors
    The Arizona Coyotes have assigned Louis Domingue to the AHL.

    Advice: The 23-year-old had a 1-2-1 with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven NHL games last season. Sunday, 11:54 am
  • EDM place Ben Scrivens on waivers
    The Edmonton Oilers have placed Ben Scrivens on waivers.

    Advice: If the clears, he will be sent down to the AHL. The 29-year-old posted an ugly 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage. Edmonton will go into the season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson in goal. Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract. If he ends up in the NHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million in dead money on their salary cap. Sunday, 9:26 am
  • Red Wings are happy to have 2 good goalies
    Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is happy with the preseason performances of Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek.

    Advice: "Over the long term of the (training) camp, both guys have been real good," Blashill said. "Every single day, whether it's been games, or practices, or small games we've played (during practice). So it's like I've said -- it's better to have real good players at very every position, and goaltending is included in that, especially with the schedule we have to start the season." It will be interesting to see how the 'Wings divide their starts heading into the regular season. Sunday, 8:08 am
  • Sergei Bobrovsky has a solid training camp
    Sergei Bobrovsky finished the preseason with a 4-0 record to go along with a 1.36 goals-against-average and a .959 save percentage.

    Advice: Even though it's just preseason action, the numbers are pretty impressive for Bobrovsky. "We just have to keep focusing in the right direction," Bobrovsky said. "I thought we had a really good camp. Now the main thing is the start of the season. We just have to be consistent with our work and do that every night." Those numbers will be almost impossible to duplicate in the regular season, but if Bobrovsky can stay sharp, Columbus has a good shot at making the postseason. Sunday, 7:14 am
  • Rask confident his backup will get job done
    Tuukka Rask is confident that whoever the Bruins chose to be his backup goaltender will be able to get the job done.

    Advice: That battle is between Jonas Gustavsson (PTO) and Jeremy Smith. "All the goalies who were in camp were doing a great job," said Rask. "So I think we’re in great shape in that category. Obviously I’m trying to focus on my own job and doing that the best I can. Whenever I get rest I’m sure the guy who backs up will do a great job." Rask is the only goalie in Boston with any kind of fantasy upside heading into the regular season, but his backup's performance will dictate how often Boston can rest him. Sunday, 5:19 am
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