• Alex Tanguay takes part in informal skate
    Alex Tanguay skated with his teammates on Tuesday in an informal workout.

    Advice: He missed most of the 2013-14 campaign because of injury, but we should know more about how feels heading into this season after the Avalanche get together for physicals and other fitness testing on Thursday morning. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:44 am
  • Bobby Ryan hints OTT tabled him a 7-year deal
    Bobby Ryan hinted on Wednesday that the Ottawa Senators have offered him a seven-year contract.

    Advice: "If you're going to hitch your wagon to a team for seven years, it's okay to take some time to decide if it's what you want to do or not," he said. "Everything I've said and still feel is that I'd love to be here long term, but you need some assurance and you need some motivating factor, to not get it done at this early stage isn't a tragedy." The Senators have not commented on the potential offer, but GM Bryan Murray did say on Monday that the team will push to get something done sometime in October or November. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:34 am
  • M. Cammalleri upbeat about Devils' chances
    Michael Cammalleri thinks the New Jersey Devils are in a position to surprise people this season.

    Advice: "I like our team," Cammalleri said. "I've said that since deciding to sign here. I think we have a good team. Even talking to the guys - and I've talked to a couple of the guys coming in on tryouts that I've known from other teams - and everyone seems to think that this team is going to be maybe better than the outsiders might expect. So, I like our team. I think we're going to be a real good team." The hope is that Cammalleri will be a big part of it after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. There's a fair chance he'll end up playing on the team's first line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, although nothing has been determined at this stage. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:13 am
  • John Scott looking to make impact for Sharks
    There's a feeling around Sharks training camp that enforcer John Scott may make an impact with his new team this season.

    Advice: General manager Doug Wilson brought in the 6'8" behemoth to serve as the team's unofficial security guard and has been comparing his arrival to that of Scott Parker to the 2003-04 season, one in which the team reached the Western Conference Finals. Counting on enforcers in rotisserie leagues is always a tricky endeavor since their ice time is not guaranteed, but Scott can certainly rack up time in the sin bin when he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:18 pm
  • Patrick Marleau sees difference in Sharks
    Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau admits the feeling in training camp is unlike any other that he can remember.

    Advice: It was a summer of upheaval in San Jose as management made a concerted effort to disrupt what had been a feeling of complacency among the team's veterans. "It definitely has a different feel to it," Marleau said. "I think there's a lot of unanswered questions. We don't know what's going to take place here, what's going to happen here. Before, it seemed like everything was pretty much set." While his teammate Joe Thornton is the player most talked about during the offseason, it will be interesting to see how the 35-year-old Marleau responds to a new challenge. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Matt Martin is quite the intimidating force
    Few players dish out punishment while taking very little quite like New York Islanders winger Matt Martin did last season.

    Advice: He delivered 356 hits while only taking 91 at even-strength (359 overall) in 2013-14. He is worth consideration in league with hits and PIM. He had 90 PIM in 79 games last season and has 447 in 280 NHL games. His point totals are nothing special, yet he's at least managed to be in double digits there while at least getting some SOG (120 last season). Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Habs ponder moving Alex Galchenyuk to center
    The Montreal Canadiens might move Alex Galchenyuk to center ... if they can deal with defensive lapses.

    Advice: This is a big situation to watch, as Galchenyuk has the talent and pedigree to make a huge leap in the next season or two. Of course, that could come down to how much room Michel Therrien gives him to breathe. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:21 am
  • Mike Richards is happy with offseason work
    It sounds like Los Angeles Kings forward Mike Richards worked hard during the offseason, possibly in part to silence those who believe he should have been bought out.

    Advice: "Obviously winning cures all, and you're happy about winning, but I don't picture myself as a fourth-line player," Richards told ESPN. The once-proud two-way forward is at least worth monitoring in leagues if he does find his old form once again, but for now take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Milan Lucic wants a long-term deal, too
    Milan Lucic admits that he hopes he can gain a long-term contract like Boston Bruins teammates David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron and Tuukka Rask.

    Advice: "It's hard not to ... I'd be lying if I told you I didn't think about [his future with the Bruins] at all," Lucic told CSNNE.com. The hulking forward's current cap hit is $6 million per season; he's worth it in fantasy terms considering his combination of grit stats and scoring. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:26 am
  • Ryane Clowe is undergoing neurological tests
    New Jersey Devils power forward Ryane Clowe is reportedly undergoing neurological tests in hopes of being cleared to play.

    Advice: The team hopes he can be good to go to start the season, but that remains to be seen. Clowe, 31, was limited to 26 points in 43 games played last season while also compiling 33 PIM. Oddly enough, his path was quite similar to departed Devils power forward David Clarkson. The difference is that Clowe's concussion history remains very worrisome. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:42 am
  • Blues invite Bissonnette to training camp
    The St. Louis Blues have extended a training camp tryout offer to Paul Bissonnette.

    Advice: Bissonnette is a physical depth forward that, to be honest, might be better known for as a Twitter personality than a hockey player. That's not to suggest that Bissonnette has no value on the ice though. He's a physical forward that can fit in on the fourth line and if he gets into a situation where he's playing regularly, then he'd be a decent source of penalty minutes in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
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  • Boychuk: This might be 'make-or-break' year
    Zach Boychuk seems to feel like he might be running out of time to establish himself as an NHL regular.

    Advice: Boychuk excelled in the AHL last season with 36 goals and 74 points in 69 AHL games, but he'll turn 25 in October and has just 96 career NHL games under his belt. "It's at the point where you don't want to ever say never but it's kind of a make-or-break year," Boychuk said. He's not an offensive leader in the NHL and is a bit of a long shot to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Bennett: Johnny Gaudreau makes players better
    Highly regarded prospects Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett spent the Flames' final two games of the rookie tournament on the same line.

    Advice: Bennett felt Gaudreau was able to make him a better player when they were on the ice together. "You can see it in my play," Bennett said. "From the first game I played to the second game, he made me that much more comfortable and that much better. When you're a player that makes people better, that's an unbelievable attribute for you to have, and he definitely has it." Gaudreau has a ton of offensive upside, but at 5-foot-9, he'll also be smaller than the vast majority of the players he faces in the NHL. There are some players that can excel regardless, but it does add an element of risk to him at this early stage of his career. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:48 am
  • Adam Erne (wrist) cleared to play Tuesday
    Adam Erne announced via his Twitter account that he's been cleared to play in Tuesday's rookie tournament game against Florida.

    Advice: He underwent surgery on his wrist back in July. Tampa Bay's second-round pick (33rd overall) in the 2013 draft may be a participant in training camp as well before he returns to the junior ranks. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:40 am
  • Milan Lucic's wrist isn't 100 percent yet
    Milan Lucic's wrist still isn't 100 percent, but he has been encouraged by his progress.

    Advice: "It's getting better," Lucic said after the Bruins' last informal skate before the start of training camp. "Obviously it was a long summer with it, having it be in a cast for 12 weeks. I feel like I've turned the corner on it the last week, week and a half. So that's obviously a positive. And I'm still working to get it up to 100 percent." He had surgery on his wrist in May after he was injured during the playoffs. Lucic will provide fantasy owners with a great blend of points and penalty minutes this season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Nikolaj Ehlers returns to lineup Monday
    Nikolaj Ehlers was back in the lineup for the Winnipeg rookie team on Monday after he sat out Sunday's contest with a groin ailment.

    Advice: He scored in the shootout to help the Jets defeat Edmonton by a score of 5-4. Ehlers was impressive in both games he played in at the tournament. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:37 pm
  • Tye McGinn may make Sharks out of camp
    Tye McGinn may be able to earn a roster spot with the San Jose Sharks out of training camp.

    Advice: The Sharks need someone to replace injured winger Raffi Torres and McGinn could fit the bill. He's played 36 games with the Philadelphia Flyers over the past two seasons and was acquired for a third-round pick back in July. Chris Tierney, Freddie Hamilton, Nikolay Goldobin and Daniil Tarasov may be candidates for the position as well. The competition will be settled at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:24 pm
  • Nikolaj Ehlers tweaks groin, sits Sunday
    Nikolaj Ehlers sat out of Sunday's game at the Canucks Young Stars Classic tournament after he tweaked his groin on Friday.

    Advice: It isn't clear yet if he'll play in Monday's contest, but the decision will be made in the morning. Coach Keith McCambridge said the team is being cautious with Winnipeg's 2014 first-round draft pick. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:39 am
  • Josh Bailey's roster spot isn't secure
    Josh Bailey's position with the New York Islanders might not be secure after his challenging 2013-14 campaign.

    Advice: Bailey had just eight goals and 38 points in 77 games last season. He's signed through 2017-18, but the offseason additions of Mikhail Grabovski and wing Nikolai Kulemin further marginalized Bailey and he'll also be pressured by up-and-coming forwards Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, and Anders Lee as they fight for roster spots. For his part, Bailey is hoping to use the fact that he's spot's in jeopardy as motivation. "If someone were to take it the opposite way, it wouldn't work out for them," Bailey said. "There's certainly some points of inconsistency I'd like to correct and my goal totals aren't anywhere what I'm capable of or want them to be." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:49 am
  • Gerbe took advantage of 2013-14 opportunity
    Nathan Gerbe went into the 2013-14 campaign figuring it might be his last chance to earn a regular spot in the NHL.

    Advice: Gerbe signed a two-way contract with Carolina after being bought out by Buffalo and made the most of the opportunity, scoring 16 goals and 31 points in 81 contests. The Hurricanes rewarded him over the summer with a two-year, $3.5 million deal. That gives him a bit more security, but he still needs to prove himself. He's certainly capable of living up to that contract, but his fantasy value in standard leagues will be limited. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:25 am
  • GM Hextall wants better defensive effort
    GM Ron Hextall wants a better defensive effort from Vincent Lecavalier.

    Advice: At age 34, this may be asking a lot from Lecavalier but the Flyers need to be better without the puck and Hextall will demand the same from everyone. Hextall tried to deal Lecavalier in the off-season but with no luck so Lecavalier will return to Philadelphia for his second season. He was plagued by back problems last season but still managed 20 goals and 37 points in 69 games. Lecavalier disappointed with a team worst minus-16. Expect a similar type season in 2014-15 and draft him accordingly. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:23 am
  • Brayden Schenn front runner for 1st line job
    Brayden Schenn is the front runner for the job as the first line left winger with the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Advice: The Flyers dealt Scott Hartnell who played on the left side with Claude Giroux and Jacob Voracek on the first line. The Flyers are deep down the middle with Giroux, Schenn, Vincent Lecavalier, Sean Couturier as well as rookie Scott Laughton so it makes sense that someone moves to the wing. Others being considered are: Michael Raffl, R.J. Umberger and Lecavalier. Schenn had 20 goals and 41 points last season and his numbers would jump exponentially if he gets the gig on the first line. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:19 am
  • Johnny Gaudreau scores beautiful goal Friday
    Johnny Gaudreau scored a gorgeous goal Friday in a win over the rookie Jets.

    Advice: Gaudreau (click on the link to see the goal) intercepted the puck at the blueline, deked the defenseman and put a backhander into the top of the net. Gaudreau, the Hobey Baker winner last season as the best college hockey player in the United States, should easily make the Flames roster. He is worth a spot in deeper pools as he will score but his plus/minus and lack of penalty minutes may hurt you if you play those categories. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:06 am
  • Ehlers shines in rookie game
    Nikolaj Ehlers was impressive in the Jets' rookie game Friday night.

    Advice: Although they lost 6-4 to the Flames, Ehlers scored a beautiful goal with a shot just under the crossbar that demonstrated his tremendous shooting accuracy. St. John's coach Keith McCambridge was certainly impressed with the team's top pick in this past June's entry draft. "Ehlers, really strong speed and had some really nice plays coming through traffic and the middle of the ice", McCambrdige said. "You can tell that's something he enjoys doing, coming through the middle of the ice." Keep an eye on Ehlers this camp. Although he will likely not crack the Winnipeg lineup this season, he should be a joy to watch for years to come. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:21 am
  • Tanguay bounce back candidate
    If you are looking for a sleeper bounce-back candidate look no further than Alex Tanguay.

    Advice: He was hampered by a hip injury last season but is apparently healthy now and ticketed to play on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. We would not be surprised if Tanguay registered 60 points this season. Given where he sits on many hockey pool lists based on last season's stats, that would make him a tremendous bargain. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:44 am
  • Vincent Lecavalier to start camp at center
    Vincent Lecavalier will start training camp at center.

    Advice: There is a chance that either Lecavalier or Brayden Schenn will move to the wing as the Flyers want both to be top six forwards. Since Claude Giroux will center the top line, the only way both Lecavalier and Schenn can see top six minutes is if one moves to the wing. Lecavalier is 34 and his best seasons are behind him but he can still contribute offensively to any team. Draft him late in deeper pools however as there are plenty of centers with a lot more upside than the veteran. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:06 am
  • J. Gaudreau fear of getting cut drives him
    Johnny Gaudreau's fear of failure is one of the things that drives him.

    Advice: "It's just like growing up. As a smaller player, I got cut from a few teams, and it's a terrible feeling to get cut. I hope I don't have that feeling again," Gaudreau said. "You try to make sure you don't have that feeling again, get that feeling out of your stomach. I think that is what's driving me to make this team this year." Gaudreau excelled at the college level, but there's some concern that his game won't translate at first to the NHL given that he's just 5-foot-9. Nevertheless, there's a good chance that he'll make Calgary's opening game roster. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:58 am
  • Nikolaj Ehlers hopes to attend main camp
    Nikolaj Ehlers wants to get an invite to Winnipeg's training camp for a chance to play in the NHL this season.

    Advice: "I want to make it that far (to main camp). I want to see what it's going to be like," he said. "But it's my first camp here and I can't really say what's going to happen. I guess we'll just see." He'll play in Penticton, B.C., at the Young Stars Tournament first to try to make a positive first impression. Ehlers was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 draft and he signed an entry-level deal with the Jets earlier this month. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:40 am
  • Ryane Clowe feels good, still needs clearance
    Ryane Clowe is still feeling good after a concussion ended his season in 2013-14, but he may not be cleared at the start of training camp.

    Advice: "I'm not going to say if I'm ready to go or not because I've got to get cleared to play and I've got to see the doctor again before the season starts," said Clowe after participating in an informal skate on Thursday. "But I feel good. I, obviously, haven't done any contact. I've been skating the last few weeks, just scrimmaging since I got back with the guys. I've been on the ice and stuff." Clowe suited up in just 43 games last season with the Devils and he contributed 26 points. If he gets clearance at camp then he'll likely be brought along slowly until the regular season starts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • Ryan, Senators aren't talking extension yet
    Bobby Ryan and the Ottawa Senators have no plans to negotiate before the start of the season.

    Advice: Ryan is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's coming off of a rough season, but it would still be another big blow to Ottawa if they end up letting Ryan walk after losing Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson in the previous two seasons. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Patrick Marleau one of the NHL's top scorers
    Patrick Marleau has scored 199 goals over his last six seasons.

    Advice: That is fourth best in the NHL as only Steve Stamkos, Alex Ovechkin and Corey Perry have found the back of the net more often than the veteran Shark. Marleau has the age factor working against him as he will turn 35 in eight days but another 30-plus goal season is still within his grasp. Draft Marleau in the middle rounds of multiple category pools as he will pick up points, especially on the power play but his lack of peripheral stats hurts his value. Rotoworld.com
    Sep 7, 4:31 am
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