Player Notes

  • Jake Virtanen sustains shoulder injury
    Jake Virtanen left Tuesday's contest with a shoulder injury.

    Advice: We'll have to wait and see if Virtanen will miss a meaningful amount of time. Prior to the injury he was playing on a line with Sven Baertschi and Bo Horvat. Today, 3:02 am
  • Tommy Wingels nets a goal on Tuesday
    Tommy Wingels found the back of the net in San Jose's 3-2 overtime win against Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wingels was playing on a line with Chris Tierney and Nikolay Goldobin. It one of the first steps in Wingels' comeback attempt after he was limited to seven goals and 18 points in 68 games last season. "It could have been a lot better, and it starts with me and not producing and playing the way I want to play," Wingels said. "But it’s a new year, and with a new year comes a new opportunity to show that you can be better." Today, 2:52 am
  • Rangers remove Ty Ronning from camp roster
    Ty Ronning has been cut from the New York Rangers' training camp roster.

    Advice: Ronning had 31 goals and 59 penalty minutes in 67 WHL games in 2015-16. He was taken with the 201st overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Today, 2:14 am
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  • Sam Gagner making an early case for himself
    Sam Gagner has a goal and four points in two exhibition games with Columbus.

    Advice: Gagner has also found the back of the net in a shootout. After playing a limited role with Philadelphia in 2015-16, this is an opportunity for him to start fresh. "He keeps on making a case for himself," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "It looks like he’s handling the speed (well). Last night, (in Boston) was a much quicker game than our games against St. Louis. He made some good plays, made a nice play to Zaar and scored just a beautiful goal in the shootout." Today, 1:53 am
  • Daniel Zaar impressing with shoot first style
    Daniel Zaar is making a good impression with his shoot first mentality.

    Advice: Zaar's efforts have paid off so far as he found the back of the net during Monday's preseason game and added another goal and assist in Tuesday's scrimmage. He's in the competition for a roster spot after scoring 21 goals and 43 points in 71 contests as an AHL rookie last season. He also recorded seven goals and 12 points in 17 2016 AHL postseason games. Today, 1:50 am
  • Labanc elevates Sharks in OT win over Canucks
    Kevin Labanc scored the game winning goal 1:05 minutes into overtime Tuesday night in the San Jose Sharks 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

    Advice: This was Labanc’s opportunity to showcase his talent for the Sharks. In 2015/2016 he played 65 games with the OHL’s Barrie Colts and earned 39 goals with 88 assists. The Sharks other goals went to Barclay Goodrow in the second period and Tommy Wingels in the third. The Sharks are now 1-0 in preseason play. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Samuelsson scores Yotes preseason game-winner
    Henrik Samuelsson scored the game winning goal for the Arizona coyotes in a preseason victory over the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night. His shot rang out at the 8:50 minute mark in the third period. The Coyotes beat the Ducks 2-1.

    Advice: Samuelsson is getting some big league action even if it is in only in a limited capacity in preseason. He played three games with the Coyotes in 2014/2015, but spent the majority of that season in the AHL with the Portland Pirates where he scored 18 times in 68 starts. Last year, he earned three goals in 43 starts with the Springfield Falcons. Chris Mueller had the other Coyotes goal, which was scored unassisted only 52 seconds into the contest. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Rene Bourque has 2 pts in win over MIN
    Rene Bourque picked up a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason win over the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: It might be just a preseason game, but for a guy like Bourque, who's on a PTO, these types of performances are necessary. His power play goal in the second period gave his team a 2-1 lead and his assist on Mikhail Grigorenko's third period goal helped extend the Avalanche's lead to 3-1. Even if Bourque does make the team, his days as a productive NHLer are over. Yesterday, 8:01 pm
  • Marcus Johansson scores in preseason loss
    Marcus Johansson found the back of the net in Washington's 5-2 loss to Montreal.

    Advice: Johansson cut Montreal's lead to 2-1 with his goal at the 9:13 mark of the second period. Andre Burakovsky and Christian Djoos assisted on the goal. Johanssen is coming off seasons of 44, 47 and 46 points and he should come close to hitting a similar point total in 2016-17. Yesterday, 7:47 pm
  • Alexander Radulov has 2 pts in win over Caps
    Alexander Radulov scored a goal and an assist in his first game with the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: The Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2. Radulov opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period and he assisted on Nathan Beaulieu's power play goal in the same frame. Radulov will be a risky fantasy play this year, as he's making his way back to the NHL after a long stint in the KHL. As excited as some people might get over this performance, we have to remember that this was just a preseason game against mediocre competition. Radulov will be a boom-or-bust fantasy option in standard leagues this season. Yesterday, 7:39 pm
  • Mitchell Callahan scores twice in win vs PIT
    Mitchell Callahan scored a pair of goals in Detroit's 4-2 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Callahan opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period and extended the Wings' lead to 2-0 in the second frame. The 25-year-old spent all of last season in the minors. There's a good chance he'll be in Grand Rapids again this year. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Wayne Simmonds scores twice in exhibition win
    Wayne Simmonds scored two goals in Philadelphia's 4-0 win over the New York Islanders.

    Advice: It might just be another preseason game, but it's nice to see Simmonds gets off to such a good start in 2016-17. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and four hits in 15:31 of ice time. If he stays healthy, the Flyers forward should come close to the 30-goal mark this season. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Mika Zibanejad has 3 pts in Ranger debut
    Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and added two assists in his first preseason game with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: The Rangers defeated the Islanders by a score of 5-2 and Zibanejad's name could be found all over the scoresheet. He scored a power play goal less than five minutes into the game and he picked up a pair of assists on goals by Brandon Pirri and Dylan McIlrath. The Rangers traded an important piece of their team (Derick Brassard) to acquire Zibanejad and they'll hope the young Swede will finally establish himself as a solid point producer at the NHL level. Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • James Neal scores in preseason loss to FLA
    James Neal scored in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Florida Panthers.

    Advice: Neal scored a power play goal with his team trailing 4-0 in the third period. Yannick Weber and Mattias Jarnkrok picked up the assists on Neal's power play goal. Neal finished the game with two penalty minutes, six shots on goal and two hits. The 29-year-old could realistically hit the 30-goal mark if he stays healthy in 2016-17. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Jiri Hudler slated to spend time on Dallas PP
    Jiri Hudler is expected to see time on the Stars' power play this year.

    Advice: "He has a history of being good on the power play, he has a history of playing well in the top six, so we think he has a chance to be a real fit here," GM Jim Nill said. Hudler could see time with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin this year, but in Monday's preseason opener he played alongside Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp. He is shaping up to be a good value pick late in drafts. Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Lightning continue to talk with RFA Kucherov
    Nothing appears to be imminent on the Nikita Kucherov contract front.

    Advice: Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Sunday he's "very hopeful" to get something done. The two sides have been talking now that the World Cup is done for Kucherov and Team Russia. According to, the Lightning have $5,866,667 in cap space remaining, so the team may have to clear some salary to make room for Kucherov's anticipated charge of $6 million or more per season. Yesterday, 8:29 am
  • Sabres return Cliff Pu to London of OHL
    Cliff Pu was among some early training camp roster cuts by the Sabres on Monday.

    Advice: The 2016 third-round draft pick was returned to the London Knights of the OHL. Austin Osmanski, Vojtech Budik, Devante Stephens, Vasily Glotov and Brandon Hagel were also returned to their junior teams. Yesterday, 7:06 am
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  • Tom Wilson (upper body) exits Monday's game
    Tom Wilson didn't finish Monday's preseason game due to an upper-body injury.

    Advice: Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden described the decision to remove Wilson from the game as a precautionary one. "He was getting evaluated tonight and will be reevaluated tomorrow morning and see where he’s at," Reirden said. Wilson appeared to be hit around the mouth by Jordan Staal, which resulted in Staal getting a penalty for elbowing. Yesterday, 3:28 am
  • Teuvo Teravainen adjusting to the Hurricanes
    With training camp underway, Teuvo Teravainen is getting a chance to adjust to working with the Carolina Hurricanes.

    Advice: Teravainen was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and won the Stanley Cup with them in 2015. He was seeing his role with the franchise steadily grow, but Chicago dealt him to Carolina over the summer. "That’s a great team and when you make that team you know you are a good player," Teravainen said Monday. "It’s really tough to make the top two lines and be a difference-maker. Everything is new for me now. It’s a fresh start, and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s a good chance to take the next step and be a difference-maker here." He should play a sizable role with the Hurricanes and that could set him up for a 50-60 point campaign, but just keep in mind that he's still a significant risk. Yesterday, 2:17 am
  • World Cup is a good experience for Aho
    Participating in the World Cup was a positive for Sebastian Aho even if Finland didn't have the tournament they were hoping for.

    Advice: Finland lost all three of their round robin matches and were limited to just a goal. Still, it was a chance for Aho to get in some playing time against All-Star caliber teams before even making his NHL debut. He had 20 goals and 45 points in 45 SM-liiga contests last season. The 19-year-old is a good bet to make the Hurricanes, though we wouldn't count on him getting more than 30-35 points as a rookie. Yesterday, 2:13 am
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