Player Notes

  • Phil Kessel (hand) may miss start of season
    Phil Kessel (hand) might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Advice: Pens beat writer Josh Yohe suggests that "it will be close". Kessel was left off Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup, so he doesn't have to rush back from his injury. The Pens forward underwent hand surgery in July after his team won the Stanley Cup. Losing Kessel for any amount of time would certainly be a blow for Pittsburgh, but they've managed to survive when some of their other stars have gone down to injury. Kessel scored 26 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season, but he exploded for 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games during the postseason. Yesterday, 7:09 am
  • Stars still working to re-sign Val Nichushkin
    The Dallas Stars are still working on re-signing restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin.

    Advice: Nichushkin is a talented winger with good size and skill, but he's coming off a nine-goal and 29-point season. "His agent and I have had great dialogue," GM Jim Nill said. "We look forward to getting him signed and getting him in here. It’s a big year for him to continue his growth. We have high expectations for him." He has the potential to develop into a point-producing forward. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Tomas Jurco has minor back surgery
    Tomas Jurco had minor back surgery to repair an injury he suffered while working out.

    Advice: The start of Jurco's season might be in jeopardy. The 23-year-old played 44 games for the Red Wings and five games in the AHL. He'll serve as a depth forward when he returns to full healthy. Jurco won't have any fantasy value. Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • Stars, Hudler agree to terms on one-year deal
    The Dallas Stars and Jiri Hudler have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2 million contract.

    Advice: The 32-year-old had a disappointing 2015-16 season with Calgary and Florida, but he's just one season removed from a 76-point season. This is a nice low-risk signing for Dallas, as Hudler gives them another top-nine forward. Hudler's fantasy stock could rise significantly if he gets an opportunity to play with Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin or Jason Spezza. Wednesday, 7:57 am
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  • Wings will move Larkin to center this season
    The Detroit Red Wings will move Dylan Larkin to center this season.

    Advice: Larkin has been a centerman throughout his career, but the Wings wanted to ease the 19-year-old into the NHL by moving him to the wing in his first season. But that's all about to change. "That's our plan going into camp," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "He's obviously been a center his entire life. We drafted him as a center, but when you have guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk down the middle, guys who are so good 200 feet, it's tougher. Dylan played with Zetterberg last season and Zetterberg took a lot of the responsibility off of Dylan to free him up to play the game. Long-term, the plan is that Dylan is going to be a center for us." The departure of Pavel Datsyuk almost forced Detroit to make this move. Larkin had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games during his rookie season. He should improve those numbers in year two. Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • Alexander Radulov just wants to win
    Alexander Radulov signed with the Montreal Canadiens because he wants to win.

    Advice: Radulov is back after a stint in the KHL. The 30-year-old admitted that he's more mature than he was during his last stint in the NHL and that the only thing he wants to do is win. "The first goal is I want to win," Radulov said. "I want to win every night. It doesn’t matter who’s going to score and put up the points; we want to win. It’s a team game and I think if the team is going to be successful, everyone will be successful. Marc [Bergevin] was saying it’s a special place to play," said Radulov. "I hate losing. I hate when something goes not our way. I just want to win and I think this is the place and I’m ready for it." If there's one team that needs an offensive boost, it's Montreal. If Radulov can stay out of trouble, he has the potential to hit the 70-point mark. Monday, 12:49 pm
  • P.A. Parenteau excited to be back with NYI
    P.A. Parenteau is excited to be back with the New York Islanders.

    Advice: Parenteau was an Islander back in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and he re-joined the team as a free agent this summer. "The Islanders have made some big steps in the past few years, winning in the first round last year," said Parenteau. "It’s pretty impressive and with Johnny [Tavares] getting older, Travis [Hamonic], the D-corps they have there, there’s a lot of depth up front too, anything can happen. I’m really excited to be a part of this team like I said. When I played there four or five years ago we weren’t Stanley Cup contenders and now this team is. There are so many good players, I think Cappy [Head Coach Jack Capuano] has done a really good job too." The 33-year-old scored 20 goals and 41 points in 77 games with the Maple Leafs last season. Aug 21, 1:12 pm
  • Brandon Saad ready to get back to work
    Brandon Saad is ready to get back to work after a disappointing season.

    Advice: Saad's individual numbers were fine during his first year in Columbus, but as a team, the Blue Jackets struggled badly. "It’s been a much longer offseason," Saad said. "Watching the playoffs, you want to be out there playing. But at the same time, you just have to take that time to relax, recover and enjoy the family. Now I’m definitely looking forward to getting back at it." The 23-year-old scored 31 goals and 53 points in 78 games last season. Aug 20, 9:26 am
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