Player Notes

  • 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. Today, 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." Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 10:05 am
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Today, 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. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Kevin Fiala hopes to be in the NHL next year
    Kevin Fiala wants to be in the NHL next season.

    Advice: "I wanted to be of course in the NHL last year, but that doesn't matter," Fiala said. "I'm still young. I'm 19. I have to respect the process, and that's it. I just do what they tell me to do and give my best every day. We'll see what happens." Nashville coach Peter Laviolette thinks Fiala has the ability to be a difference maker, but he will have to prove it at training camp. Yesterday, 3:45 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
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    Eric Staal NYR - C,LW
  • Teams reach out to pending UFA Matt Martin
    Matt Martin has been drawing interest from a number of teams.

    Advice: The pending unrestricted free agent has reportedly been contacted by Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Los Angeles, Calgary and the Rangers. Martin led the NHL in hits last season with 365, while posting 29 points and 119 penalty minutes. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
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    Matt Martin NYI - LW,RW
  • Sonny Milano stays put after trade rumors
    Sonny Milano's name came up in a possible trade at the draft, but nothing ended up materializing and he is still a member of the Blue Jackets organization.

    Advice: "I saw that," Milano said. "I was just waiting. Everybody was tweeting me and calling me, telling me I was traded. I guess it was just rumors. I read stuff where (the club said) it was just talk like that." The 16th overall pick in the 2014 draft played for Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16 and he posted 31 points in 54 contests. Milano also had one assist in three appearances with Columbus. Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • Lightning sign Tye McGinn to 2-way deal
    Tampa Bay has agreed to terms with Tye McGinn on a one-year, two-way contract.

    Advice: He got a qualifying offer from the Lightning on Monday and got a new contract a day later. McGinn appeared in two games with Tampa Bay last season, while recording 20 goals and 44 points in 72 games with Syracuse of the AHL. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Chris Higgins clears, Canucks to use buyout
    Chris Higgins has cleared waivers, so the Canucks will use a buyout on him.

    Advice: Higgins will look for another chance elsewhere now after finishing the 2015-16 campaign in the minors. He played in just 33 games with Vancouver last season. Yesterday, 9:26 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 6:06 am
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