Player Notes

  • Matt Martin hopes role expands with new team
    Forward Matt Martin, who almost certainly will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, is hoping his role expands with whichever club signs him.

    Advice: In the Martin Sweepstakes, reportedly, are Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, Calgary and the Rangers. "The money's the money," Martin said Wednesday. "Obviously you want to secure yourself financially. It's important obviously in life. But for me it's just the opportunity. I started my career here (with the Islanders), I've grown a lot as a player. I appreciate everything this organization has done for me. But I think every player wants to expand a little bit. Obviously I'd like to penalty kill and be a little more involved in the games. Sometimes it can be hard just playing 5-on-5. You don't get into the game all the time, especially in a special-teams league. But those are opportunities you've got to create for yourself. We'll see what other teams want to offer." Martin scored an NHL career-best 10 goals playing on the Isles' fourth line but his value is based primarily on the fact that he led the NHL in hits with 365. Yesterday, 7:45 pm
  • Taylor Hall very motivated after trade
    Taylor Hall said he felt "slighted" by the trade that sent him from Edmonton to New jersey.

    Advice: "I expressed my disappointment in what had happened," Hall said when asked about his conversation with Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli. "I don't want to sound like I'm not excited to join New Jersey because that's not the case. I'm a proud person and I do take this as an indictment of me as a hockey player. I don't think there's any other way to treat. It's safe to say that I'm a very motivated hockey player now." Hall was a teammate of Adam Henrique in junior hockey, so the duo will probably be reunited in New Jersey. Yesterday, 3:43 pm
  • Nashville interested in Loui Eriksson, Ladd
    Loui Eriksson and Andrew Ladd have spoken to the Nashville Predators prior to the start of free agency.

    Advice: "Forward-wise, we're always looking to get a little bit better," Predators general manager David Poile said Tuesday. "That could be a trade, that could be a free agent, that could be a combination of both of those. We've had meetings and we've talked about a number of players." Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Sharks, Tomas Hertl agree to 2-year contract
    Tomas Hertl has signed a two-year contract with San Jose worth $6 million.

    Advice: He accounted for 21 goals and 46 points in 81 games during the regular season. Hertl also added 11 points in 20 playoff matches. Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Jason Zucker agrees to two-year contract
    Jason Zucker has signed a two-year contract with Minnesota worth $4 million.

    Advice: He will earn $2 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Zucker was a disappointment last season when he posted 13 goals and 23 points in 71 games. More was expected from him after he tallied 21 markers in 51 appearances during the 2014-15 campaign. Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Predators put Eric Nystrom on buyout waivers
    Eric Nystrom has been put on buyout waivers.

    Advice: Nashville wanted to trade Nystrom rather than use a buyout on him, but they were unsuccessful in that quest. He potted seven goals in 46 games with the Predators last campaign. Yesterday, 10:05 am
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  • Mason Raymond on waivers for a buyout
    Mason Raymond has been placed on waivers by Calgary with the intent to buyout the rest of his contract.

    Advice: His buyout would save the Flames $2.1 million next season and it would result in a $1,050,000 cap hit in 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to Raymond split time between the Flames and the Stockton Heat of the AHL last year. In 29 NHL contests, he posted four goals and one assist. Yesterday, 10:01 am
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  • UFA Andrew Ladd has plenty of suitors
    Andrew Ladd has a number of teams interested with free agency set to begin on Friday.

    Advice: The New York Islanders, Nashville, Tampa Bay and Montreal have expressed their intent to get him signed. Ladd wants a crack at a Stanley Cup and that will factor into his decision making when he hits the open market. Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • Blues re-sign Jordan Caron
    St. Louis has signed Jordan Caron to a one-year, two-way deal.

    Advice: He generated 17 goals and 19 assists in 70 games with Chicago of the AHL last season. Caron also appeared in four matches with the Blues. Yesterday, 9:45 am
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  • Mutual interest between MTL and David Perron
    The Montreal Canadiens are reportedly interested in signing David Perron.

    Advice: Perron is from nearby Sherbrooke, Quebec and he's set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Per Sportsnet, Perron is more than willing to play in his home province. The Canadiens are in the market for at least one top-six forward and Perron certainly gives them that. The 28-year-old scored just 12 goals and 36 points in 71 games in 2015-16, but he really turned it on after being traded from the Penguins to the Ducks. He had 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim. Tuesday, 9:11 pm
  • Milan Lucic says a decision hasn't been made
    Milan Lucic didn't verify reports that he will sign with the Edmonton Oilers once free agency begins on Friday.

    Advice: "I didn't. Not allowed to," he said. "And I haven't made decision." Sources are reporting that Lucic has agreed to a tentative deal with the Oilers, but we probably won't get confirmation on this until free agency opens on July 1. Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Eric Staal is exploring his FA options
    Agent Rick Curran has spoken to a number of teams regarding Eric Staal.

    Advice: Staal wants a top-six role with whatever team he agrees to play for and he would prefer to play at center. The door hasn't completely closed on Carolina if they are still interested, but he's talking to other teams during this time and exploring his options. Tuesday, 3:21 pm
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    Eric Staal NYR - C,LW
  • Alex Killorn, six other Tampa RFAs get QOs
    Alex Killorn got a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday.

    Advice: Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Kristers Gudlevskis, Nikita Nesterov, Tye McGinn and Yanni Gourde received qualifying offers too. Killorn joins Kucherov and Namestnikov as the top priorities for this off-season among the team's restricted free agent crop. Tuesday, 8:27 am
  • Phillip Danault, Carr get QOs from Canadiens
    Phillip Danault and Daniel Carr got qualifying offers from Montreal on Monday.

    Advice: It's believed that the play of Danault made Lars Eller expendable, so the latter was traded to Washington at the NHL Draft. Danault had three goals and five points in 21 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from Chicago. Carr produced six goals and nine points in 23 NHL matches last year. Tuesday, 7:30 am
  • Montreal doesn't give Bournival a QO
    Michael Bournival did not get a qualifying offer from Montreal, so he can become an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He didn't see any NHL action in 2015-16 because of a concussion. Bournival picked up one goal and seven helpers in 20 AHL contests with St. John's. Tuesday, 7:26 am
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  • Stefan Matteau will become a UFA
    Stefan Matteau will be eligible for the unrestricted free agent market on July 1.

    Advice: Montreal did not tender him a qualifying offer on Monday. Matteau had one assist in 12 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from New Jersey last season. Tuesday, 7:18 am
  • Teemu Pulkkinen receives QO from Wings
    Teemu Pulkkinen got a qualifying offer from Detroit on Monday.

    Advice: The Red Wings also tender qualifying offers to key restricted free agents Petr Mrazek, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko. Pulkkinen notched just six goals and 12 points in 36 outings with Detroit last year. Tuesday, 6:49 am
  • Carolina has plenty of potential UFAs
    Nathan Gerbe is eligible for unrestricted free agency on Friday.

    Advice: Riley Nash, Chris Terry, Brad Malone and T.J. Hensick can also sign anywhere on July 1 if the Hurricanes don't re-sign them as well. Carolina didn't give qualifying offers to Danny Biega, Anthony Camara, Dane Fox, Carter Sandlak, Justin Shugg, Rasmus Rissanen and Rasmus Tirronen, so they will become UFAs too. Tuesday, 6:40 am
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    Nathan Gerbe Car - C,LW,RW
  • Zach Boychuk set for free agency
    Zach Boychuk is set to become an unrestricted free agent as of Friday.

    Advice: He didn't get a qualifying offer from Carolina. Boychuk didn't see any NHL action last season and he has 30 points over 127 career big-league appearances. Tuesday, 6:28 am
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  • Details of E. Kane's alleged crime surface
    According to two police reports, Evander Kane physically harassed two women at a bar early Friday.

    Advice: The report states that he grabbed one of the women by the throat and tried to shove her into his car outside of the bar. Kane has not been charged, but detectives are investigating the matter. "We reviewed the videos and talked to everyone on that and he steadfastly denies doing anything wrong and we have seen nothing to the contrary," said Kane's lawyer, Paul J. Cambria. Tuesday, 6:06 am
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