Player Notes

  • Conor Sheary should be fine for Game 1
    Conor Sheary took part in Thursday's practice after staying off the ice Wednesday.

    Advice: Sheary was taking a maintenance day on Wednesday. He's expected to play in Game 1 of Pittsburgh's second round series against Washington Thursday night. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Devils hope to lock up Kyle Palmieri
    New Jersey would like to ink Kyle Palmieri to a long-term contract this summer.

    Advice: Palmieri is set to become a restricted free agent this summer after completing a three-year, $4.4 million deal. He took a major leap forward in 2015-16 with 30 goals and 57 points in 82 contests, which will likely result in him getting a significant raise. "I look forward to signing him to a longer term contract, if that's possible, and if that's not possible he has arbitration rights," Devils GM Ray Shero said. "We're going to get a contract one way or another." Yesterday, 8:09 am
  • Ducks now need to decide on David Perron
    With the Ducks' playoff run now over, they will have to decide what to do with David Perron.

    Advice: Anaheim acquired David Perron from Pittsburgh in January, but now his four-year, $15.25 million contract is over. Perron wasn't particularly productive with the Penguins, but he meshed well with Anaheim, scoring eight goals and 20 points in 28 regular season games. Unfortunately he suffered a shoulder injury which prevented him from playing in the regular season after March 20 and though he returned for the playoffs, he might not have been 100%. Still, his strong performance with the Ducks prior to the injury might be enough to warrant signing him to an extension. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • Jakob Silfverberg gets an assist on Wednesday
    Jakob Silfverberg registered an assist in the Ducks' 2-1 loss to Nashville in Game 7 on Wednesday.

    Advice: With that Silfverberg finished the Ducks' playoff run with five assists in seven games. He had 20 goals and 39 points in 82 contests during the regular season. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Travis Moen could stay in the lineup vs. STL
    Travis Moen's size and experience could keep him in the lineup for Game 1 of Round 2 against St. Louis.

    Advice: "He's a good, heavy body, big body," coach Lindy Ruff said. "I thought he played really good in the nine or 10 minutes he played in Minnesota. He's proved effective when we've gone against the bigger, heavier teams." The Blues are certainly that. Moen made his 2016 playoff debut against the Wild in Game 6. Valeri Nichushkin remains an option for the Stars as well, which could lead to scratches another for someone like Mattias Janmark or Colton Sceviour. Yesterday, 6:44 am
  • Thomas Vanek hopes to stay with Wild
    Thomas Vanek hopes to play for the Wild next year, but he knows that he could be bought out during the off-season.

    Advice: "I do understand the business side of it," he said. "I'm not happy with my year, but at the same time, I truly still believe that I'm a 30-goal scorer in this league. I'll worry about myself, have a good summer and be ready to go. I signed here not because this is where I live. I signed here because I truly love it here, and I want to win here." He scored just 18 goals and 41 points in 74 games in 2015-16. Vanek sat out four of the last five regular-season games and the playoffs because of broken and displaced ribs. If he is medically cleared to play during the buyout window then it will certainly be an option. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Parise optimistic that he won't need surgery
    Zach Parise had been playing with a herniated disk in his lower back for three months before a hit on April 5 took him out of the lineup.

    Advice: "I don't know if you've ever had nerve pain, but it doesn't feel very good," said Parise. "It's been really scary, some of the things that I was feeling. There was a lot of pain and just some of the things that were happening, it was a little eye-opening." He is hoping to avoid off-season back surgery with therapy and rehab. Parise believes he has made positive progress with that path so far and feels like he'll be training normally by midsummer. He still wants to play for the United States in the World Cup of Hockey in September. Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Andrew Ladd could give Chicago a discount
    Andrew Ladd can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he appears to be open to giving the Blackhawks a discount on his services.

    Advice: "I'm at the point in my career where I can make decisions based on being in a good situation and at the end of the day, I don't think it's all about money for me," Ladd, said. "It's about being in a good place for my family and being on a team that's going to contend every year. You'd be crazy not to want to be a part of this group, this organization and we'll see what happens." He made $4.5 million this past season and he could demand much more than that on the open market. Yesterday, 6:16 am
  • Jokinen, Barkov will play for Finland a WHC
    Jussi Jokinen and Aleksander Barkov will play for Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

    Advice: They will travel to St. Petersburg, Russia this weekend to join the team. The tournament starts on May 6. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Viktor Arvidsson gets first playoff point
    Viktor Arvidsson contributed an assist in Game 7's 2-1 win over Anaheim to finish the opening round of the playoffs.

    Advice: Arvidsson was scoreless in the previous six games of the series, but he earned his first career playoff point on Paul Gaustad's game winner. The 23-year-old forward notched eight goals and 16 points in 56 matches during the regular season. Yesterday, 5:48 am
  • Paul Gaustad records GWG in Game 7
    Paul Gaustad played great in Game 6 and he scored the game-winning goal in Game 7 against Anaheim to get Nashville into the second round of the playoffs.

    Advice: He had plenty of chances to score in Game 6 when he parked himself in front of the Ducks net and he tipped in a Shea Weber shot in the first period of Game 7 to give the Predators a 2-0 lead at the time. Yesterday, 5:44 am
  • Ondrej Palat scores early in loss to NYI
    Ondrej Palat opened the scoring in Game 1 of Round 2 of the playoffs, but the Islanders won the contest by a score of 5-3.

    Advice: Palat got the Lightning off to a great start by scoring just 3:05 into the contest, but then New York registered the next four goals in resilient fashion. He finished the game with five shots and three hits in 20:23 of ice time. Yesterday, 5:18 am
  • Valtteri Filppula scores in G1 loss to Isles
    Valtteri Filppula netted his first goal of the playoffs on Wednesday night in Game 1 against the New York Islanders.

    Advice: He made it a one-goal game with 2:32 left in regulation, but the Islanders sealed the first game of the series with an empty-netter to make it 5-3. Filppula didn't have a point in five games versus Detroit in Round 1 of the postseason. Yesterday, 5:13 am
  • Collin Wilson scores in Predators Game 7 win
    Collin Wilson scored his second of the playoffs in the Predators 2-1 series clinching win over Anaheim on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wilson gave Nashville a 1-0 lead 6:19 into the first period when his backhand shot off a broken play went off the crossbar and over the shoulder of goaltender Frederik Andersen. It was Wilson's second goal and fifth point of the series. He leads all Predators in playoff points heading into the second round. Paul Gaustad scored the winning goal on a deflection and that was all the Predators needed with the way Pekka Rinne was playing. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Shane Prince scores two as Isles take Game 1
    Forward Shane Prince scored two first-period goals Wednesday night to help the visiting New York Islanders upset the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the first game of the teams' second-round playoff series.

    Advice: Prince's goals were his second and third of the postseason. After Travis Hamonic scored his first playoff goal to tie the game 1-1 at 5:44 of the first period, Prince found the net at 17:28 and 19:57, giving the Isles a 3-1 lead going into the second period. Ryan Strome and Brock Nelson drew assists on both Prince goals. The Isles went ahead 4-1 in the second period on the sixth goal of the postseason for superstar John Tavares. Cal Clutterbuck netted the Isles' fifth goal in the final minute of the third period. It was his first goal of the playoffs. Game 2 of this series will be played in Tampa Saturday afternoon. Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Panarin joins Team Russia for 2016 Worlds
    Artemi Panarin will join Team Russia for the 2016 World Championships.

    Advice: Panarin had 30 goals and 77 points in 80 contests in his rookie season with the Chicago Blackhawks. He went on to score another two goals and seven points in seven playoff contests. On the international stage, he also played for Team Russia in the 2015 Worlds, finishing with 10 points in 10 contests. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • Josh Bailey (UBI) will miss Wednesday's game
    Josh Bailey (upper body) will not play in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bailey was injured during Sunday's contest against the Panthers. He has an assist in six playoff games this year. Wednesday, 12:19 pm
    Player Note
    Josh Bailey NYI - LW,RW
  • E.Staal looks for bigger role going forward
    While Eric Staal thinks highly of the New York Rangers, he's looking to play a bigger role than he got with the team.

    Advice: The Rangers acquired him to bolster their chances in the 2016 playoffs and obviously that didn't work out. That said, Staal logged just 16:15 minutes per game in the regular season with the Rangers and averaged 16:05 minutes in the playoffs. Staal accepted that role because he didn't want to "ruffle feathers," but he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and expects to play a bigger role with whichever team signs him. Staal might still re-sign with the Rangers, but given that he didn't work out as a rental, it seems unlikely that the two sides will be able to see eye-to-eye on a long-term contract. Wednesday, 7:30 am
    Player Note
    Eric Staal NYR - C,LW
  • Tomas Tatar knows trade rumors could come
    Tomas Tatar understands that his name could come up in off-season trade rumors.

    Advice: "It's part of being a hockey player," Tatar said. "This team probably will need some changes. I don't know who is going to be affected by that. But we have to do something different to get back on track." He had a disappointing year, while falling from career highs of 56 points and 29 goals in 2014-15 to 45 points and 21 markers this past campaign. If he is still with the Red Wings or elsewhere next year, Tatar will be looking to get back on track himself. Wednesday, 4:46 am
    Player Note
    Tomas Tatar Det - LW,RW
  • D. Larkin unhappy with rookie year as a whole
    Dylan Larkin had an impressive rookie season, but he knows he can do better.

    Advice: "Yeah, I had a good start. But I'm not happy with the way the season went, as a whole," he said. Larkin's scoring pace went down as the season progressed, but he still contributed a team-leading 23 goals and he recorded 45 points in 80 games. The 19-year-old should prove to be a solid building block for the Red Wings moving forward. Wednesday, 4:40 am
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