• Brett Ritchie out 2 weeks with broken pinkie
    Brett Ritchie sustained a broken pinkie at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament and it's expected to keep him on the shelf for two weeks.

    Advice: There's a chance that he may skate with the Stars at training camp, but his participation in drills will obviously be limited. However, the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take part in preseason games. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:48 am
  • Evgeni Malkin day-to-day with minor injury
    Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Malkin will miss the start of training camp due to the ailment. There's no reason for the Penguins to push the star player to participate in practices weeks before the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:56 am
  • R. Clowe likely to be available for practice
    Ryane Clowe (concussion) will probably be available for the Devils' first training camp practice on Friday.

    Advice: Clowe has been undergoing testing to make sure he's healthy enough to play and so far, it sounds like the results have been encouraging. He's looking to bounce back after being limited to 43 games in 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:18 am
  • Selanne had rocky relationship with Boudreau
    Teemu Selanne's new biography revealed that he didn't see eye-to-eye with Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau.

    Advice: Selanne felt Boudreau didn't make proper use of him and pointed to his limited playing time as evidence. That was a longstanding disagreement between them, but it reached its boiling point when Selanne was made a healthy scratch in Game 4 of the Ducks' first-round series against Dallas in 2014. Selanne confronted Boudreau over what he felt was a humiliating act and the two haven't spoken since. Selanne went as far as to skip the exit interviews. Selanne did add that he feels the differences between the two are hockey-related and not personal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:03 am
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  • Patrick Kaleta gets green light for camp
    Patrick Kaleta has been cleared for all training camp activities.

    Advice: He suffered a torn ACL last season after he was demoted to the minors, so he's eager to get back on track and wants to earn a roster spot with the Buffalo Sabres. Kaleta doesn't intend to change his aggressive style much, but he admitted that he needs to settle down a bit. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Byfuglien probable to see PP time on defense
    Dustin Byfuglien's play as a forward and a power-play defenseman is likely to continue this season.

    Advice: He went from a minus-16 to minus-4, while producing 10 goals and 12 assists in 32 games after he was moved to forward. Byfuglien ended up tying his previous career high with 20 goals and he set a new personal best with 56 points in 78 games last campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:35 am
  • Johansen, CBJ talks have gotten ugly
    Agent Kurt Overhardt, who represents restricted free agent Ryan Johansen, reportedly tried to meet with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, but was turned down.

    Advice: Overhardt and Blue Jackets president John Davidson have made their cases to the public lately in a heated fashion and that has led to Columbus taking the unusual step of revealing what its offers were. The Blue Jackets proposed three deals to Johansen, including a two-year, $6 million contract, six-year, $32 million deal, and an eight-year $46 million offer. All were rejected. At this point, it wouldn't be in the least bit surprising if Johansen doesn't sign by the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:01 am
  • Boudreau feels Kesler's size addresses need
    Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau feels Ryan Kesler provides the Anaheim Ducks with something they lacked last season.

    Advice: "He's a big, strong centerman," Boudreau said of Kesler. "As much as I loved all of the players on our team last year, Saku (Koivu) wasn't very big, Nick Bonino isn't very big and Mathieu Perreault isn't very big. Now we have that big centerman who can play against every other team's top line, and allow Ryan Getzlaf's line not to have to play against them, especially at home." Kesler is expected to typically center the second line after being acquired from Vancouver. The Ducks are betting on the idea that the one-two punch of Ryan Getzlaf and Kesler will help Anaheim not only excel in the regular season, but also edge out top teams like Chicago and Los Angeles in the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:29 am
  • Oilers' Jordan Eberle eager to step up game
    Forward Jordan Eberle says he is ready to take his game to the next level.

    Advice: Entering his fifth NHL season, the Edmonton right winger says he has put some pressure on himself to improve his performance. "I feel that responsibility, I've felt it for the last two years," Eberle said. "We core guys get a lot of minutes, we get a lot of opportunity out there. Our teammates, the organization and fans look to us to be the guys to put the puck in the net and to create momentum out there. This year, they'll be counting on us again, for sure. I'm a year older (24), I'm a year more mature and I'm really looking forward to getting things going." Selected in the first round (No. 22) of the 2008 NHL Draft, Eberle has long been projected to be one of the Oilers' next stars. He had a solid 2013-14 season with 28 goals and 65 points in 80 games but is determined to increase his numbers this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:48 pm
  • Contract issue won't distract Jackets: Coach
    Ryan Johansen, a restricted free agent who led the Blue Jackets in scoring last season, has left Columbus on the eve of training camp, unhappy with the club's contract offer to him - but coach Todd Richards insists he won't let the matter distract his team.

    Advice: "Right now he's not here," Richards said. "I'm treating it like the regular season when you deal with an injury. He's not in the lineup. You move past it. If he's in the lineup, great; if not, I've got to find somebody else that'll do it. The one thing that will become an issue from what I've seen in the past, just based on my history and what I've been through as a coach, is when you miss time in training camp you try to play catch-up and a lot of times you can't catch up." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Agent: No lines drawn in Ryan Johansen talks
    Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.

    Advice: When he was asked what he next step in negotiations would be, he said: "The only thing I will say is, I'm a very big supporter of being affirmative in negotiations, a very big supporter of communicating, olive branches, etc. So, there should be an assumption that there are no lines being drawn by our side. There are no lines being drawn behind the scenes. There will never be any lines drawn publicly. So the assumption needs to be that we're ready, willing, and able to move forward, but it takes two parties to dance." He wouldn't comment on numbers and he declined to respond to John Davidson's highly critical comments from Tuesday. It doesn't look like Johansen will be available for Columbus for the start of training camp and his holdout could be a long one. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:36 pm
  • Nathan Horton has lingering back issue
    Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen isn't sure if Nathan Horton (back) will miss the start of the season.

    Advice: The injury isn't expected to be long term. Shoulder and abdominal injuries sidelined Horton for most of the 2013-14 season. His back ailment could limit his participation at the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted on his status. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Ryan Johansen may work out back home
    The Columbus Blue Jackets won't let Ryan Johansen prepare for the upcoming at their facilities if he doesn't agree to a new deal before training camp opens.

    Advice: That's not an uncommon situation, but it adds to what has been an intense and recently heated negotiation process. Johansen may go home to Vancouver or head to Portland, his former WHL team, to participate in on-ice workouts if his holdout carries through camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Tomas Jurco hopes to start with Red Wings
    Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

    Advice: "It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 8:34 am
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    Bobby Ryan Ott - LW,RW
  • Nikita Scherbak set to attend Canadiens' camp
    Nikita Scherbak took part in one scrimmage at Montreal's rookie camp, but he'll join the Canadiens for the club's main camp.

    Advice: "I was skating in Saskatoon before I got sick here the first three days," Scherbak said Tuesday. "I was just walking around while the guys were practicing and I was feeling no good, kind of frustrated. So I was excited to be on the ice today." He added that he's at about 85 percent, but he expects to be fine for training camp. Scherbak was the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:49 am
  • Agent: B's need to clear space for R. Smith
    Agent Anton Thun doesn't expect a deal to get worked out for Reilly Smith until Boston GM Peter Chiarelli creates some salary cap space.

    Advice: "Peter and I have had several discussions over the summer, but thus far we haven't come to an agreement on Reilly's value," Thun said. "Reilly understands the importance of being patient here while the Bruins get their finances in order." It doesn't look like Smith will be available for the start of training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • Kevin Westgarth gets training camp invite
    Kevin Westgarth has been invited to the Edmonton Oilers' training camp on a tryout basis.

    Advice: Westgarth had seven points and 64 penalty minutes in 36 contests with Calgary last season. He might end up getting a two-way contract from the Oilers if he's solid in their training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:07 am
  • Blue Jackets win Traverse City tournament
    Josh Anderson led the Columbus Blue Jackets to the 2014 Traverse City title.

    Advice: Anderson, had three game-winning goals in the four contest rookie tournament, including an overtime marker in the Blue Jackets' 3-2 victory over Dallas on Tuesday. Fellow Columbus prospects Marko Dano and Kerby Rychel each finished the four-game tournament with three goals and six points. Oliver Bjorkstrand also had four goals and two assists for Columbus. Ryan Johansen is still a restricted free agent, which might cause some of the Jackets' prospects might play bigger roles in the preseason than they were originally penciled in for. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:54 am
  • John Davidson lashes out at Johansen's agent
    Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

    Advice: Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he's going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We've got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We've got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen's not there). We're not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It's not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Ducks hand Devante Smith-Pelly two-year deal
    The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: The second-rounder (42nd overall in 2010) scored two goals and 10 points in 19 games with shaky possession numbers. It's difficult to imagine him making a big fantasy impact next season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he beat his career-high games played of 49 back in 2011-12. At 22, there's plenty of room to improve. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:08 pm
  • Patric Hornqvist expects to play same way
    Pittsburgh Penguins winger Patric Hornqvist expects to take his same hard-driving style from Nashville.

    Advice: While that fearless style might explain his checkered injury history, it also helps him be a very effective player. Hornqvist will get a golden opportunity alongside Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins might be wise to make him their net-front presence on the power play. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:45 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
    Tuesday, 9:42 am
  • Kekalainen takes firm stance on Johansen
    Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

    Advice: Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "To me, it's huge that you go through training camp together and get ready. When training camp starts, that's it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That's it. That will be the only focus." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:13 am
  • Smith-Pelly, Ducks make little progress
    The Anaheim Ducks and Devante Smith-Pelly have made "a little bit" of progress since resuming contract negotiations last week.

    Advice: Smith-Pelly is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had two goals and 10 points in 19 games in 2013-14. He was a good bet to make the Ducks' opening game roster, but if he holds out much longer, that might change. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:39 am
  • Chris Stewart confident he can deliver
    Chris Stewart has high expectations for himself going into the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: "I want to re-establish myself as one of the best power forwards in the game," he said. "I think when I've been given that opportunity in my career to showcase what I can do, I've delivered." Stewart skated in just five games with the Buffalo Sabres after he was acquired from St. Louis in the Ryan Miller trade. He injured his ankle after the move, but is recovered now and he's looking to make a positive impact with his new club. Stewart's current contract expires after the upcoming season, so he has plenty of motivation to succeed. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:17 am
  • Johansen in danger of becoming a risky bet
    It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:30 am
  • Dustin Byfuglien might be better off on D
    There are strong arguments for and against putting Winnipeg Jets "rover" Dustin Byfuglien back on defense.

    Advice: Ultimately, many lean toward keeping him on D rather than at forward, even if there are good arguments both ways (The Score did a great breakdown of that today). The important thing is that Byfuglien is likely to get F/D distinction, making him a pretty unique asset. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:14 pm
  • Report: Brett Ritchie suffers finger injury
    Dallas Stars prospect Brett Ritchie's Traverse City tournament experience is likely done after suffering a finger injury.

    Advice: That's the report via Stars website (Inside Edge). The big forward has at least a shot at making the Stars full-time or part-time next season, so hopefully this isn't too much of a setback. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • 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
  • Ryan Johansen's reps resume talks with CBJ
    While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

    Advice: He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Devante Smith-Pelly still without a contract
    Devante Smith-Pelly has yet to sign a contract.

    Advice: The agent for the restricted free agent and the Ducks finally chatted about a new contract on Thursday but nothing was resolved. Smith-Pelly has nine goals in 75 career NHL games so his bargaining power is negligible but did score five times in 12 playoff games with Anaheim last season. Smith-Pelly has a shot at the first line this season alongside Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf, a spot that he filled nicely at the end of the 2013-14 season but could also drop to a role as a bottom six forward so signing a deal and getting into camp is a necessity. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:20 am
  • Brett Ritchie shines in Traverse City opener
    Brett Ritchie came through in the clutch during the Stars' prospects tournament opener on Friday night, notching an assist before burying the game-tying goal followed by the game winner in overtime.

    Advice: Ritchie's two goals and three points were a great sign that the 2011 second round pick is developing nicely. The 6'4, 215 pound hulk gathered 48 points in 68 games in the AHL last season, and could get his first taste of NHL action this coming season. Dallas Stars prospects defeated the New York Rangers prospects 4-3. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:00 pm
  • 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
    Player Note
    Bobby Ryan Ott - LW,RW
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