Player Notes

  • Fleischmann fails physical, won't join Wild
    Tomas Fleischmann will not join Minnesota on a PTO after all due to failing his physical.

    Advice: Tough break for the veteran forward, who scored 14 goals and 25 points in 76 games with Montreal and Chicago last season. No details were released about the 10-year veteran's health but suffice it to say, teams will come calling should his health improve. Today, 9:34 am
  • Datsyuk still game-time decision on Saturday
    Updating an earlier item, Pavel Datsyuk is still considered a game-time decision for this evening's bout with Team Canada.

    Advice: Datsyuk missed Thursday's game versus Finland due to the same ailment. Already facing an uphill battle, Team Russia will certainly want their Magic Man in the fold. Today, 9:31 am
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  • Conacher knows this might be last chance
    Cory Conacher knows this could be his last chance in the NHL.

    Advice: Conacher managed to get a one-year contract with the Lightning this offseason, but if he fails to perform, he knows he might find himself out of the league. "The fire is in the belly," Conacher said. "This is my last chance, I think." The Lightning are stacked up front, so it's unlikely that he'll get an opportunity to produce much offense, but that doesn't mean he can't be an effective player for the Bolts this season. Today, 8:43 am
  • Wings want Tyler Bertuzzi to play well in AHL
    The Detroit Red Wings would like to see Tyler Bertuzzi put together a strong full season in the AHL.

    Advice: There's been some discussion about Bertuzzi possibly sticking with the Red Wings out of training camp, but it sounds more and more like he'll spend most of the 2016-17 season in the AHL. "He had half a season where he played good in the American League," head coach Jeff Blashill said. "Let’s have a full season. Let’s not rush it if it doesn’t need to. He’ll have a chance in the preseason where he can say he’s real close or not close, and we’ll see." Today, 8:27 am
  • Jamie Benn likely to skip a few preseason gms
    Jamie Benn will likely sit out the first few games of the preseason.

    Advice: Benn underwent surgery on a core muscle and although he's able to participate in practices, the Stars don't want to rush him into (meaningless) game action. The 27-year-old has been one of the best point producing forwards over the last few seasons and that shouldn't change in 2016-17. He scored 41 goals and 89 points in 82 games last season. Today, 7:55 am
  • Curtis McKenzie should play in DAL in 16-17
    Look for Curtis McKenzie to stick with the Dallas Stars this season.

    Advice: He's been more of a minor league player during his professional career, but the 25-year-old has a pretty good shot of making the team this year. McKenzie played just three games in the NHL last season and he failed to record a point. Even if he sticks with the Stars, he won't have any fantasy value in standard leagues. Today, 7:51 am
  • Daniel Carr opens camp on third line
    Daniel Carr found himself on Montreal's third line during the opening day of training camp.

    Advice: Carr skated with David Desharnais and Sven Andrighetto. The young forward got his first taste of NHL action last season, as he registered nine points in 23 games, but it was his ability to do little things well that made him stand out. He probably won't produce enough to be fantasy relevant, but he should be able to stick somewhere on the Canadiens' top three lines. Today, 6:22 am
  • Rick Nash feels he has something to prove
    After a rough 2015-16 campaign, Rick Nash feels he needs to earn his spot with the Rangers during training camp.

    Advice: "I can’t speak for (others) but I know for me, as I get to the tail-end of my career, and you see these young guys come in with high expectations, you just know you have to prove yourself," Nash said. "Especially after the year I had last year, I’m here at camp to show that I belong on this team. For me I truly feel that way. You look at the numbers and we have so many forwards and you know that there’s going to be big moves that are going to be made. For me, I want to be a Ranger, I want to be in New York, so that’s all I’m worried about." Nash had just 15 goals and 36 points in 60 contests last season. At the age of 32, he's not so old that a big bounce back campaign would be shocking, but it's not a safe bet. Today, 3:29 am
  • Dustin Brown moving on without the 'C'
    Dustin Brown is going forward after losing the captaincy over the summer.

    Advice: The Kings' hope is that without the pressure of the captaincy, Brown will be a more productive player. "It’s not really a fun thing to go through, but you try to learn from it and take the positives from it," Brown said. "The only other option is an option I’m not interested in. Adversity, both individually and teamwide, if you take the right attitude, can make you better. That’s my approach." The other option he referred to would be to demand a trade, which is something he hasn't done. Brown had just 11 goals and 28 points in 82 contests in 2015-16. Today, 3:20 am
  • Matt Calvert is CBJ's longest tenured member
    Matt Calvert is going into the 2016-17 campaign as the longest tenured member with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: Calvert made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2010-11 and has gone on to log 282 career games. Jared Boll and Fedor Tyutin had both been with Columbus for longer, but the Blue Jackets bought out their contracts. "We have a lot of older guys from other teams (in the dressing room)," Calvert said. "It’s not like I’m walking around trying to boss those guys around. Is Cam (Atkinson) second? We’ve been chirping Hartsy (Scott Hartnell) about how long we’ve been around the team, even though he’s got 1,100 games, or whatever it is." Today, 3:04 am
  • Tkachuk practices with Brouwer, Bennett
    Matthew Tkachuk worked alongside Sam Bennett and Troy Brouwer during Friday's practice.

    Advice: It was the first skate of the Flames' training camp as Tkachuk begins the next phase of his fight to earn a roster spot with the club. It's still early, but it sounds like so far, so good. "With Tkachuk being around the game so much, being in NHL dressing rooms with his dad, I think he’s got some comfort," Brouwer said. "I sat beside him in the dressing room…we had a good chat about St. Louis and a lot of other things. I think he’s doing really well with the whole being in the NHL for the first time – for himself." If you're not already familiar with Matthew Tkachuk, then yes, he is Keith Tkachuk's son. The younger Tkachuk was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 30 goals and 107 points in 57 games with the OHL's London Knights. Today, 2:54 am
  • Matt Moulson looks to prove critics wrong
    Matt Moulson is using his disappointing 2015-16 campaign as motivation.

    Advice: "I definitely have a chip on my shoulder coming in to prove a lot of people wrong who maybe lost a little belief," Moulson said. He was limited to eight goals and 21 points in 81 contests last season. That's a far cry from his three-straight 30-goal seasons from 2009-10 through 2011-12. We don't expect him to return to his old highs, but a rebound to 40 points wouldn't be shocking. Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Alexander Steen inks four-year extension
    Alexander Steen has agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Steen still has one season left on his three-year, $17.4 million deal, so the Blues have secured him through 2020-21 with this new contract. With this deal Steen is taking a relatively minor annual pay cut of $50,000. "St. Louis has become home. I've been here eight years," Steen said. "I've gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It's been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now." He had 17 goals, 35 points, and 52 penalty minutes in 67 contests last season. He's currently recovering from a shoulder injury, but is expected to be fine for the season opener. Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Daniel Cleary agrees to an AHL contract
    Daniel Cleary has inked a one-year deal with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

    Advice: The Griffins are affiliated with the Detroit Red Wings. It might sound surprising that a 37-year-old with 938 games worth of NHL experience under his belt has agreed to an AHL-only contract, but it is consistent with what Cleary had discussed over the summer. Cleary spent time with the Griffins last season and enjoyed being a mentor to young players. In a way, Cleary might end up being a mixture between a player and a development coach with the Grand Rapids and we imagine that the Red Wings are happy to have someone with his level of experience around to guide their prospects. Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Mike Cammalleri goes into camp without issues
    Mike Cammalleri is completely over the hand injury that shut him down last season.

    Advice: "I’m coming to camp with no issues," Cammalleri said. "It was a complex diagnosis that took some time. It was tough and it was a frustrating year. It was a complex diagnosis that they couldn’t put a hand on. It was nice to get clarity on that." Cammalleri had 14 goals and 38 points in 42 games with New Jersey in 2015-16. He'll be looking to play in at least 70 contests for the first time since 2008-09. Yesterday, 8:08 am
  • Hall still holds some resentment against EDM
    Taylor Hall still holds "a bit of resentment" towards the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: Hall's focus is on his new team, but as he previously stated, he took Edmonton's decision to trade him as "an indictment on me as a hockey player." In case you're wondering, the Devils will play against Edmonton on Jan. 7 and Jan. 12. Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • Lucic: Oilers need to build an identity
    For Milan Lucic, his task is not just performing on the ice, but also assisting in Edmonton's culture change.

    Advice: Edmonton has endured a brutal decade with season-after-season where they've been unable to even make the playoffs. Meanwhile, Lucic has been a veteran of 101 playoff games and won the Stanley Cup. "You have to build some consistency within the season and it starts with building an identity," Lucic said. "This is a team that hasn’t really had an identity over the last couple of years and I think that’s the first thing we need to establish. You have the right coach, you have the right GM and you have the right superstar to lead the way. It’s just about everyone having the right attitude and mindset in order for that all to come together." Yesterday, 7:50 am
  • Gaudreau, Flames haven't agreed to terms yet
    With Team North America eliminated from the World Cup, the focus will shift back to the fact that Johnny Gaudreau still doesn't have a contract.

    Advice: Maybe that fact will change rather quickly, but until it does Gaudreau probably won't report to training camp. Usually when a young player misses most or all of a team's camp because of ongoing contract negotiations it's a troubling sign for the regular season. After it might lead to them being behind the curve in terms of readiness come the season opener, but given that Gaudreau played in the World Cup that might be less of a factor. Yesterday, 7:21 am
  • Gustav Nyquist aims for bounce-back year
    Gustav Nyquist wants to get back on track this season.

    Advice: "I'm just excited to get back at it and have a good bounce-back year," said Nyquist. "I didn't score enough goals last year and it's something I want to improve. For sure, a part of my game is to score goals and hopefully I'll be able to do that." He scored 28 goals in 2013-14 and 27 markers in 2014-15 before recording just 17 last season. As a result, Nyquist slipped to 43 points in 82 games. Yesterday, 5:23 am
  • Evander Kane narrows focus to just hockey
    Evander Kane insisted that he is staying focused on the upcoming season despite his off-ice issues.

    Advice: He shrugged off his legal problems on Thursday when he spoke to the media. "I've been focused on hockey all summer," Kane said. "I haven't really put too much thought or emphasis on the other stuff. I've just kind of narrowed my focus and focused on hockey and my training, and I'm feeling pretty good about that." He is scheduled to return to court Oct. 31 where he is facing a misdemeanor criminal trespass and five noncriminal charges of disorderly conduct and harassment. Yesterday, 4:58 am
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