• Teuvo Teravainen works to increase body mass
    Teuvo Teravainen has been working five days a week with Blackhawks strength coach Paul Goodman to add some muscle before training camp.

    Advice: "The gym has been my home this summer," Teravainen said Friday via phone from Toronto. He is participating in the 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and said he feels much stronger now. Teravainen tipped the scales at 169 pounds at the end of the year, but now he weighs in at around 180. It will be hard for him to crack Chicago's roster, but his goal is to play in the NHL this campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Wings not looking to move Johan Franzen
    Johan Franzen still has six seasons left on his contract, but for now the Wings don't have any intention of trading him.

    Advice: There was some thought that he could be a buyout candidate, but that didn't help either. Franzen can rack up points at a high rate for stretches even though injuries and inconsistency eventually limit his production. He's typically good for more than 20 goals when he stays healthy and his cap hit checks in at just under $4 million, so it makes sense that Detroit isn't interested in parting ways with him. For fantasy owners he is a bit more of a headache, though. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Bertuzzi issues 'thank yous' after settlement
    Todd Bertuzzi spoke a little to the Detroit Free Press a day after reaching a settlement in his long-standing court case with Steve Moore.

    Advice: "I have never spoken about this case," Bertuzzi said Wednesday. "I won't speak of it now. To all my fans, to all the teams and teammates I have played with and to all my friends, thank you. Thank you." Moore's career ended after he was attacked by Bertuzzi in game back on March 8, 2004. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:27 am
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  • New deal won't change Clarke MacArthur
    Clarke MacArthur said receiving the security of a five-year deal won't change the way he approaches the game.

    Advice: "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game," said MacArthur, who will carry a $4.65 million cap hit when the 2015-16 season begins. "I want to play good in both ends. I feel like if we work hard in our own end, if we check hard, the offensive opportunities just come. Playing with offensive players, things are going to happen. It's more about defending." He enjoyed playing alongside Kyle Turris last year and the duo will probably be together again this campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Raffi Torres (knee) may miss half the season
    Raffi Torres is projected to miss the first few months of the 2014-15 season after he suffered a setback in his surgically repaired right knee.

    Advice: He developed an infection after he underwent a cleanup procedure once the Sharks were knocked out of the playoffs. Torres missed most of the previous season while recovering from a torn ACL and it looks like he'll miss most of the coming campaign as well. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • James Neal deal saved Preds some cash
    It's a bit surprising that the Nashville Predators saved money by acquiring James Neal.

    Advice: Nick Spaling will make $2.2 million next season in Pittsburgh and Patric Hornqvist will earn $4.25 million, while Neal will receive $5 million. The Predators acquired the best player in the deal and they freed up some salary cap space, which looks pretty good on paper. He does lose fantasy value in Nashville, but there's still a chance that he could outscore Hornqvist this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
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    James Neal Nsh - LW,RW
  • Dallas has competition brewing for 2nd line
    Erik Cole is a candidate to play on the second line this season.

    Advice: That could put him on the same unit as Jason Spezza and Valeri Nichushkin. However, his lack of playing time during the postseason suggests that he could be relegated to a lesser role this year. Cole was also viewed as a potential top-line winger going into 2013-14, but that didn't work out. Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour Antoine Roussel, or Ryan Garbutt are possibilities for the second line this coming season as well. It will be an interesting competition to watch at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:59 pm
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    Erik Cole Dal - LW,RW
  • Ottawa GM continues talks with Bobby Ryan
    The Ottawa Senators have been negotiating with Bobby Ryan since July 1, GM Bryan Murray isn't sure if a deal will be reached before training camp.

    Advice: It's believed Ryan wants to wait to see what type of salaries his peers are getting and of course he would garner plenty of interest as an unrestricted free agency next summer. This could be a situation that drags, but Murray is optimistic that a deal can be worked out. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:30 am
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    Bobby Ryan Ott - LW,RW
  • Francis told Alex Semin has no wrist issues
    Hurricanes GM Ron Francis expects Alexander Semin (wrist) to be ready for training camp based on the information he's been given.

    Advice: "My understanding was that he was coming back to train," Francis said. "He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told." A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season wrist surgery, but Francis' optimism is a much better sign. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:43 am
  • Andrew Ladd's Twitter mishap was 'accidental'
    Andrew Ladd caused a bit of a stir when he "accidentally" put a favorite on a Tweet that criticized the Jets' off-season.

    Advice: The Tweet posted by @sliiiiip said, "I just found a video that sums up the #NHLJets offseason magnificently!" It had a link to a YouTube video wrestling's Bryan Alvarez yelling "minus five stars" for a full 10 minutes. Ladd explained that he didn't even know he'd favorited it until he was contacted by Winnipeg's communications staff and then he removed it. He also said he didn't even watch the video. It is reasonable to believe the Jets captain had a slip of the finger, but the incident came at a bad time because the team has come under fire from fans and media for their lack of roster moves. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 am
  • Senators ink Clarke MacArthur to 5-year deal
    Clarke MacArthur has inked a five-year extension with the Ottawa Senators worth $23.25 million.

    Advice: He scored 24 goals and 55 points in 79 games last season. MacArthur will earn $3.25 million during the last year of his deal and then his new contract will kick in for the 2015-16 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:41 pm
  • Source: Bertuzzi-Moore reach a settlement
    Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore have reached a settlement out of court, according to Sportsnet's Michael Grange.

    Advice: We don't have details yet, but the Moore-Bertuzzi litigation is finally over after 10 years. Moore's career was ended by Bertuzzi in an on-ice incident back in March 2004 and he was seeking $68 million in damages from Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks. Bertuzzi is currently an unrestricted free agent after he recorded 16 points in 59 games with the Red Wings last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 am
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  • Ryan Malone pleads no contest to DUI charges
    Ryan Malone pleaded no contest to DUI charges and agreed to a pretrial diversion program on a drug charge.

    Advice: That will dismiss his felony charge of cocaine possession if he can successfully complete the program's requirements. His driver's license will be suspended for six months and he must complete 50 hours of community service, as part of DUI punishment. Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in the veteran winger and with his case finished, perhaps he can focus on getting his career back on track. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:05 am
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  • Legal reps of Bertuzzi, Moore talk settlement
    Legal representatives for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are discussing a negotiated (out of court) settlement, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

    Advice: The discussions are believed to be close, but no legal agreement is currently in place. McKenzie reports that "a negotiated settlement to avert a trial is a possibility." Bertuzzi and Moore have a civil trial scheduled for Sept. 8. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:22 am
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  • Michael Cammalleri excited to play with Jagr
    Michael Cammalleri is looking forward to getting a chance to play on the same team as future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr.

    Advice: "He's one of the greatest legends of our game of all-time," Cammalleri said. "He's an iconic sports figure. To play on the same team as him will be a unique and special experience." He may end up playing with Jagr and Travis Zajac on the top line this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Drew Miller hopes to improve point total
    Drew Miller wants to contribute more offensively this season.

    Advice: Miller produced seven goals and 15 points in 82 games last year. "I want to definitely improve on my points from last year," he said. "I had a lot more chances to score last year ... just didn't put the pucks in the net. That's something I've worked on this summer, shooting pucks, a quicker release." His career high for points in a season came in 2011-12 when he generated a total of 25 and it would be surprising if he hit the 20-mark in 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:34 am
  • Reflecting on Alexander Steen's great year
    Alex Steen put together a career year in 2013-14, compiling career highs in goals (33) and points (62), raising the question of whether he can maintain those fine fantasy stats in the future.

    Advice: Steen's solid production occurred in just 68 games during a season where the veteran celebrated his 30th birthday. After posting under 30 points in three of the five seasons prior to his productive 2013-14, the magnitude of the Swede's success was definitely a surprise. The first key to Steen maintaining his scoring touch is staying healthy. The left winger has played over 80 games just twice in his 10 year career, and has played in under 70 games in seven of the past eight seasons. Steen had never produced at such a consistent pace over the course of his career, thus we expect a tough road for him to repeat as a 30 goal scorer. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:34 am
  • Antoine Roussel could get fantasy boost
    Antoine Roussel might have a chance to be a relevant fantasy player in more than just the penalty minutes department for the upcoming season.

    Advice: With 294 penalty minutes in 120 NHL games, the 24 year old Frenchman is a lock to pile on the PIMs. But Roussel also has a chance this season to play his way onto the Stars' second line, giving him the opportunity to line up with Jason Spezza. Roussel has never been a consistent scorer, and faces plenty of competition to claim a top-six role, but considering the upside of playing on Spezza's wing, the power forward is a potential fantasy sleeper. We will keep an eye on who Spezza plays with during training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:18 pm
  • No teams have taken chance on Ville Leino yet
    Free from the shackles of a disastrous tenure in Buffalo, Ville Leino's landing spot has yet to be determined through the first six weeks of free agency.

    Advice: Leino would likely get a one year deal in the area of a $1-million cap hit if he doesn't bolt the NHL. After breaking out with 53 points in 81 games with the Flyers in 2010-11, Leino earned a big contract with the Sabres and completely flopped, managing just 46 points in 137 games over three horrible seasons. He was bought out in the off-season and could re-establish himself with low expectations on a low-risk deal if he rediscovers his touch. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:55 am
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  • Ray Whitney's status remains to be determined
    Coming off the toughest season of his career, Ray Whitney's status for next season is still in limbo as the 42 year-old has not revealed plans to sign a new contract nor declared his intention to retire.

    Advice: Whitney has compiled a fantastic NHL career with 1064 points in 1330 NHL games, including a Stanley Cup and three All Star selections. But after seeing his ice time severely reduced with the Stars last year and managing just 32 points in 69 games, his services have not been in high demand. Whitney could be an asset to a team needing some depth scoring and a veteran presence, after all he notched 108 points in 114 games in the two seasons preceding last year. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:54 am
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  • Ducks sign Jakob Silfverberg to one-year deal
    Jakob Silfverberg signed a one-year contract with the Ducks that will pay him $850,500.

    Advice: Silfverberg actually turned down that amount back in June when it was his qualifying offer. He will have arbitration rights next summer as a restricted free agent if an extension isn't agreed to before then. Silfverberg got off to a good start before he suffered a broken hand. He ended up scoring 10 goals and 23 points in 52 games. Silfverberg will try to earn a spot on the second line this campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:56 am
  • Flames hopeful deal will get done with Bouma
    Lance Bouma remains an unsigned restricted free agent for Calgary.

    Advice: "The only thing with Lance is we haven't agreed to a number yet," GM Brad Treliving said. "We'll continue to work away at it. We've still got time before training camp opens and we're hopeful we'll get something done but as of yet, we haven't. That's where that's at." Bouma generated five goals and 14 points in 78 games last season. He also racked up 181 hits while logging 12:36 of ice time per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:06 am
  • Pens' Beau Bennett (wrist) is on the mend
    Beau Bennett (wrist) is back on the ice and feeling healthier, but he isn't sure if he'll be ready for training camp.

    Advice: "Playing it by ear right now," said Bennett, who took part in drills and a scrimmage. "Every day it's feeling a little better, and we're increasing a little bit, the weight training and on-ice stuff. It's still early, and I'm glad I'm here early enough where I can really see where I'm at." He underwent surgery May 22, which marked his third serious wrist operation. Bennett's chances of sticking in the Penguins' top-six forward group this season increased when the team lost James Neal and Jussi Jokinen. Pittsburgh's new coach, Mike Johnston, is someone he's known for five or six years as his neighbor and Bennett was very good friends with Johnston's son. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Ryan Malone 'shocked' he had cocaine on him
    Ryan Malone was "baffled" when officer Andrew Visser discovered 1.3 grams of cocaine on him and he said he didn't know where it came from.

    Advice: "I asked where it came from," Visser wrote in his report. "And he said he was just shocked." Malone told Visser he didn't believe the officer planted the drugs on him, but he was stunned to see the cocaine because he'd been wearing the same jeans for three days. It's believed that a plea deal could be finalized as early as his next court date on Aug. 19. Malone was bought out by the Lightning in late June and his agent, Mike Liut, said a couple of teams have expressed interest. "I think he'll land somewhere," Liut said. "It's just a matter of where and when." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 am
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