• Wild invite lya 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
    Today, 3:32 pm
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  • 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 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
    Today, 9:40 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 7:37 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 3:28 am
  • Carey Price would've been Habs' alternate too
    Carey Price would have been one of the new Montreal Canadiens' alternate captains if NHL rules didn't preclude goalies from having that honor.

    Advice: The Habs have chosen to play in the coming season without a captain for the second time in team history, naming Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban to serve as alternates. But "one guy we don't want to forget is Carey Price," coach Michel Therrien said. "If the league would allow us to give him a letter, certainly he would have [had one] considering his position with the team. But he's part of that group. Carey's a good leader for us, the way he handles himself on the ice, off the ice. Certainly he's going to be part of it when I meet the players. In the past, every time, I was having meetings with the captain and the assistants. This year, [Price] is going to be there." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:08 pm
  • Report: Cal Heeter will be at Leafs' camp
    Cal Heeter will reportedly be at training camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: In 44 games with Philadelphia's AHL affiliate in Adirondack, he compiled a 16-25-2 record with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. If he ends up earning a contract with the Leafs then it will likely be a minor-league job. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:27 pm
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  • Jake Allen plans to play like a No. 1 goalie
    Jake Allen has a great deal of respect for Brian Elliott, but he won't be satisfied with simply being a backup in 2014-15.

    Advice: "But my job is to push him, to make him be the best he can be, and vice-versa," he said. "When I'm in the net, that's his job. As I said, we get along great, so that's not an issue. But when I get my chance, I'm going to make the most of it. I want to get in the net and play like I'm a No. 1. I feel like I'm ready to do that." Allen has a chance to wrestle the starting job from Elliott, but the Blues have already stated that Elliott will be the club's starter when the season begins. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:45 pm
  • Carey Price (knee) should be 100 percent soon
    Carey Price's knee is expected to be at 100 percent soon.

    Advice: He's projected to be ready to participate in the preseason. Price was hurt during the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:10 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
  • Sergei Bobrovsky forced Flyers hand in 2012
    Flyers chairman Ed Snider said that Sergei Bobrovsky was dealt by Philadelphia because at the time, it didn't look like they could re-sign him.

    Advice: Then Flyers GM Paul Holmgren dealt Bobrovsky to Columbus in 2012 for a second round pick and two fourth round selections. That trade looks particularly bad for Philadelphia given that Bobrovsky has had two great seasons with Columbus and has won the Vezina Trophy. Of course, the reason the Flyers dealt him was directly tied to Ilya Bryzgalov's nine-year, $51 million contract with Philadelphia. "Not only did we make a mistake on the long-term contract, but Bobrovksy's a young guy and he told Paul, 'As soon as my contract's out, I'm out of here,'" Snider said. Bobrovsky would have been a restricted free agent, but he threatened to go to the KHL if it came to that. The Flyers later bought out Bryzgalov's contract. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:01 am
  • Mike Smith has recovered from MCL sprain
    The MCL sprain that ended Mike Smith's season isn't a factor going into training camp.

    Advice: "A month after the season I was totally fine," Smith said. "There was still some aches and pains that go along with it and same with getting back skating. There's always a little bit of discomfort, but it's nothing that's going to be harmful long-term." Smith had a 2.64 GAA and .915 save percentage in 62 games last season. That's not bad, but it's a far cry from the level he was playing at in 2011-12 when he led the Coyotes to the Western Conference Final. Arizona will be counting on him to rebound as they try to get back into the playoffs after falling short for two straight years. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:18 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
  • Braden Holtby thrilled with goaltender coach
    Braden Holtby is thrilled to have a new goaltender coach as Mitch Korn has taken over the job.

    Advice: Holtby struggled last season under coach Adam Oates with a 23-15-4 record to go with a 2.85 GAA and a .915 save percentage. The number one goaltender at the start of the season, Holtby spent lengthy portions of the season on the bench as Oates also played Philipp Grubauer, Michal Neuwirth and Jaroslav Halak. "I'm very familiar with what he brings to the table," Holtby said. "From our first meeting, I realized how experienced and how prepared he is and it's going to be a really fun time to pick his brain and learn as much as I can from him." The new backup should be Justin Peters. Look for Holtby to return to his 2013 form where he was 23-12-1 with a 2.58 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Draft him accordingly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:39 am
  • Alex Stalock could get plenty of starts
    Alex Stalock could be in a battle for the number one netminding job in San Jose.

    Advice: The starting goalie for the most part last season was Antti Niemi but the Sharks used him in Game 6 of the opening round after benching Niemi against the Kings. Niemi has not inked a new deal and could leave the Sharks after this season as a UFA. Not that this is the only reason for Stalock having a shot as the starter as he was 12-5-2 during the regular season with a sparkling 1.87 GAA and a just as sparkling .932 save percentage. If you take Niemi in your fantasy pool, be sure and handcuff him with Stalock. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Ryan Miller stopped most pucks since 2009-10
    No goalie made more saves since 2009-10 than now-Vancouver Canucks netminder Ryan Miller, who made 8,278 the past five seasons (.919 save percentage).

    Advice: The only netminder with more than 8,000 in that time frame is Henrik Lundqvist, who made 8,153 (.924 save percentage) in that time. Only seven goalies went over 7,000 saves. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury has most wins since 2009-10
    Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury's 177 wins since 2009-10 leads all NHL goalies in that span.

    Advice: Henrik Lundqvist came in second with 167. The only other goalies above 150 are Antti Niemi (158), Jonathan Quick (154) and Jimmy Howard (151). Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:46 pm
  • Jonathan Quick might not get preseason reps
    After undergoing offseason surgery, it appears that Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is just now facing shots in practice environments.

    Advice: In other words, he might not get much/any time in the preseason and could conceivably even start the 2014-15 season a bit slow. Martin Jones may be in line for extra early appearances. Quick is still a valuable pick, particularly considering the team in front of him, but keep an eye out for setbacks. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:11 pm
  • Tomas Vokoun has turned down contract offers
    Tomas Vokoun still wants to extend his NHL career, but only under the right circumstances.

    Advice: That might mean that Vokoun only wants to play for a contender, but that's just speculation. What his agent, Allan Walsh, has confirmed is that Vokoun received and rejected both NHL contract offers and training camp invites. He's 100% after being unable to play in the NHL last season due to blood clots. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:56 pm
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  • MA Fleury hopes to stick with Penguins
    Marc-Andre Fleury, who is entering the last season of his contract, reiterated that he wants to re-sign with Pittsburgh.

    Advice: Fleury was more neutral when asked if he would have wanted to negotiate an extension over the summer. "Yes and no," Fleury said. "There was so much going on. I think for a player, it's always nice to have the certainty of a contract. You never know what can happen. But at the same time, I'm not too worried. I love this city and this team. I want to stay here and win. I want to play here. We'll see what happens." Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has publicly backed Fleury, but he isn't in a rush to re-sign him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:11 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
  • Agent: Minnesota, Darcy Kuemper are 'stuck'
    Darcy Kuemper and the Minnesota Wild are "stuck" as far as the contract negotiations go, according to agent Jeff Helperl.

    Advice: Kuemper is seeking a one-way deal for the 2014-15 campaign while the Wild are trying to get him to sign a two-year deal that's two-way for this season. It was recently reported that Kuemper might sign a KHL deal at this point and Helperl didn't rule it out. "Well, he's going to play somewhere, so it could happen," Helperl said. "We'll see when camp starts and see where we're at. . I last spoke to Chuck I think last week and I don't think we moved very far ahead." Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:55 am
  • Report: Darcy Kuemper looking at KHL options
    Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Wild want Darcy Kuemper to sign a two-way deal.

    Advice: However, Kuemper is seeking a one-way contract after performing well last year during the regular season and the playoffs. Minnesota already has Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom in the fold for their crease, but both of them are injury risks. Kuemper acts as a good insurance policy for the team, but a two-way deal offers them more flexibility. McKenzie reports that Kuemper is looking at options in the KHL, with an out-clause in case something gets worked out to keep him in the NHL. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 8, 10:20 am
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