Player Notes

  • Johnny Gaudreau lets agent handle talks
    Johnny Gaudreau hasn't been involved in the negotiation process, but he is hoping to have a contract worked out soon.

    Advice: He is leaving the work to his agent, Lewis Gross. "Honestly, I'm not even involved," Gaudreau said. "I try to stay out of it as much as possible. I don't like getting different numbers in my head. Hoping for this, hoping for that, how many years ... it's just, I don't really enjoy that stuff. Whatever my agent thinks is best for me is what I'm going to do. He does a really good job with his players, so I have all the faith in him that he'll get something done." Gaudreau could end up getting a deal similar to ones that Filip Forsberg, Mark Scheifele and Brandon Saad received this off-season. Yesterday, 6:28 pm
  • Jamie Benn hopes to be ready for World Cup
    Jamie Benn hopes to be recovered from his core muscle surgery in time to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: He intends to ramp up his rehab efforts this coming week and perhaps return to the ice. Benn feels like he is progressing nicely, but he won't rush anything before he is ready. Yesterday, 1:46 pm
  • Tatar seeks improvement in contract year
    Tomas Tatar is playing for a new contract in 2016-17.

    Advice: He will be a restricted free agent after the upcoming season and will be looking to bounce back after he produced 45 points in 81 contests. Tatar could also be part of a trade package for a defenseman, which has been a rumor since the 2015-16 campaign ended. Yesterday, 6:19 am
  • Domi believes Coyotes are ready for playoffs
    Max Domi learned a great deal during his rookie season and he believes the playoffs are the next step for the Coyotes.

    Advice: "There's no reason we can't," said Domi. "We came out of the gates pretty hot this year and we beat some high-end teams but when the nitty gritty comes down to it, you gotta be able to win after the All-Star break — that's when it really matters. Finding a way to find that consistency and manage that throughout an 82-game season will be pretty clutch for us and there's no reason we can't do it." He likes the changes the team made to its defense corps in the off-season and he has been working hard to improve his game. The 21-year-old generated 18 goals and 52 points in 81 games last year. Yesterday, 6:02 am
  • Milan Michalek 100 percent, ready for camp
    Milan Michalek feels 100 percent after finishing the 2015-16 season with a knee injury.

    Advice: He skated in 13 matches with the Leafs after he was acquired from the Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade. "It'll be different. At least I got to play some games and I know the system now. I know the coaches. I know what they want, and I got to know some guys too," Michalek said. "That's going to help me a lot and be comfortable for training camp." He produced 16 points in 45 games with Ottawa and Toronto last campaign. Michalek will be expected to provide some leadership for a young squad in 2016-17. Friday, 3:09 pm
  • UFA Brandon Pirri remains unsigned
    Brandon Pirri is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: The Ducks didn't give him a qualifying offer and he hasn't found a new home yet. Pirri had 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games for Florida and Anaheim last season. Friday, 1:30 pm
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  • Alexander Steen (shoulder) progressing well
    Alexander Steen is progressing well from shoulder surgery.

    Advice: He is hoping that he will be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey for Sweden, but it may be too soon for him to be ready for the tournament. However, this update is encouraging because it could mean that Steen will be recovered in time to start the regular season. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Jiri Hudler remains unsigned UFA
    Jiri Hudler remains an unsigned unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He generated 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler is highly unlikely to return to the 0.97 point-per-game form he displayed in 2014-15, but he is capable of producing 50-55 points in the right situation. Friday, 5:50 am
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  • Oilers want to see more from Nail Yakupov
    Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

    Advice: "I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing. Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Chris Kreider wants to play more north-south
    Chris Kreider feels like he got away from the style he wants to play with last season.

    Advice: "It's what I should've been doing last year and it's what I will be doing this year -- big, strong, fast, mean, imposing, getting to the net and playing a power forward game ... north-south," Kreider said. He admitted that his cold start got to him and he is anxious to come out strong in 2016-17. Kreider got a lift during the off-season with a four-year, $18.5 million deal, which has given him some additional confidence. Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Senators reach 4-year deal with Mike Hoffman
    Mike Hoffman has inked a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: The average annual value of the deal is $5.1875 million. He will make $3.8 million next season and then earn $5.65 million in three years after that. Hoffman registered personal bests in 2015-16 in goals (29), assists (30) and points (59) in 78 matches. Wednesday, 7:26 am
  • B. Schenn expects to keep production high
    Brayden Schenn believes his 2015-16 numbers will be regular contributions for him moving forward.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm getting better year by year and I expect nothing else next year," he said. "... I expect to come in and continue to prove my game in all areas of the ice. When you get the chance to play with good players they make you better as well. We got some good pieces that are part of the Flyers. We have a good team moving forward here. You want to get better individually, but I think the team as a whole will be better this year as well." He generated personal bests last season with 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points in 80 games. Schenn received a four-year, $20.5 million contract on Monday from the Flyers, which ensures he'll be a key member of the team in the present as well as the future. Tuesday, 2:32 pm
  • Jason Zucker intends to shoot more often
    Jason Zucker intends to shoot more in 2016-17.

    Advice: He got a tattoo on the back of his left wrist with Tucker Helstrom's signature and underneath it reads, "SHOOT MORE!" Tucker, who passed away earlier this month at the age of nine, was befriended by Zucker at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital back in December and the most frequent advice he gave to the Wild winger was to shoot more. Zucker had 13 goals on 158 shots last year. Monday, 10:10 am
  • Jordan Staal may follow Eric as next captain
    Jordan Staal could be the next captain of the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Advice: The Hurricanes haven't had a captain since Feb. 28 following the trade of Jordan's brother, Eric. Justin Faulk is considered to be another strong contender to wear the "C," but Staal has more experience in the league and a Stanley Cup ring. He was also a key contributor last season, especially during the second half. The Hurricanes won't rush the decision and it's possible that they could enter the year with multiple assistants. Monday, 7:51 am
  • Lightning re-up with Yanni Gourde
    Yanni Gourde has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Advice: He accounted for 14 goals and 44 points in 65 games with Syracuse of the AHL last season. Gourde also suited up in two contests for the Lightning and he picked up one assist. Monday, 7:18 am
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  • Kris Versteeg joins SC Bern of NLA
    Kris Versteeg's move to Europe for next season appears to be final.

    Advice: SC Bern of the National League A has announced that he will join the team on a one-year contract. It's surprising that Versteeg won't be playing in North America in 2016-17. In 550 career NHL contests, the 30-year-old forward has generated 131 goals and 313 points. Monday, 6:32 am
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  • John McFarland joins the Liiga
    John McFarland has agreed to terms with SaiPa of the Finnish Elite League.

    Advice: He will make the Liiga his home this season after he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Panthers. McFarland appeared in three games with Florida last season and he produced 24 points in 56 matches with Portland of the AHL. Monday, 6:21 am
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  • Eric Boulton can come with $575K cap hit
    Eric Boulton's recently inked two-way contract with the Islanders comes with a $575,000 should he play in the NHL.

    Advice: Boulton would earn $150,000 annually when he's playing in the minors, but he's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $200,000 even if he spends the full season in the AHL. The 39-year-old might make the Islanders' opening game roster, but he would probably spend a lot of time in the press box if that does happen. Jul 24, 1:13 pm
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  • Connor McDavid happy about Lucic signing
    Connor McDavid thinks signing Milan Lucic was a big gain for the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: "It means so much," said McDavid. "It kind of gives us that swagger, that meanness that we have been looking for. We tried to do that a little bit last year in adding a couple of bigger bodies and it definitely helped, but now you have the addition of Lucic and those guys we added before. We definitely have that mean streak that other teams won't want to be pushing us around." Lucic in particular is a gritty player that doesn't look out of place in a top-six role, so Edmonton could theoretically pair him with McDavid to provide the young star with some extra protection. Just as McDavid seems to be thrilled with the prospect of playing with Lucic, Lucic is upbeat about the arrangement as well. When asked for his No. 1 reason for signing with Edmonton, Lucic named McDavid. Jul 24, 11:57 am
  • Mitchell Callahan agreed to a two-way deal
    Mitchell Callahan's recently inked one-year contract is two-ways.

    Advice: Callahan can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $175,000 in the minors. He had 19 goals, 32 points, and 94 penalty minutes in 62 AHL games in 2015-16. Jul 22, 1:38 pm
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