• Brandon Yip signs PTO with Anaheim
    Brandon Yip was a surprise addition to the Anaheim Ducks training camp roster.

    Advice: The former 239th overall pick in the 2004 draft hasn't played a regular shift in the NHL since his time with Colorado in 2010-11, but he did manage to set professional scoring highs for himself while with Portland of the AHL. Yip potted 34 points in 66 games last year, a feat he hadn't reached since college. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Smith 'not going anywhere' according to GM
    Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli stated that still RFA forward Reilly Smith was "not going anywhere" when he met with the fans on Thursday.

    Advice: Like with Torey Krug, it's still unclear what Smith will come in for, but it sounds like Chiarelli is intent on finding a way to bring the talented young forward back into the fold. The Bruins sit $809,143 above the salary cap ceiling. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Wayne Simmonds to get 'A'
    Wayne Simmonds is going to be one of the Philadelphia Flyers' assistant captains in 2014-15, according to Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post.

    Advice: With Scott Hartnell now in Columbus and Kimmo Timonen's career in doubt, there was a clear void in leadership hierarchy. The 26-year-old Simmonds is coming off a career season in goals (29) and points (60) with five seasons left on his contract. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Teemu Selanne apologizes to Bruce Boudreau
    Teemu Selanne has apologized following the reaction to his critical comments about Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau in his autobiography.

    Advice: "I'm sorry if I hurt Bruce or anyone else, that was not my intent," said Selanne through a statement. "As I've said many times, Bruce is a nice guy, but we simply had a different view on my role with the Ducks." Selanne was reportedly angry at his role on the Ducks and his healthy scratch in Game 4 of April's first round series versus Dallas. The legendary Finn wrote about it in his book, while Boudreau responded that Selanne was one of his favorites, and he would not say anything bad about the future hall of famer. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:31 pm
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  • Jagr isn't close to thinking of retirement
    Jaromir Jagr doesn't plan on playing his last season in 2014-15.

    Advice: "I don't think that way," Jagr said. "I love the game. What I want to tell you is I don't know if it's going to be the last year in the NHL. If I stay healthy, it's not going to be my last year in hockey. I want to play until 50, maybe more. But I want to play in the NHL if I'm good enough. I don't want to just be here just to be here." The 42-year-old winger had 24 goals and 67 points in 82 games last season. Jagr said he signed a one-year contract because he likes the added pressure of having to prove himself. Coach Pete DeBoer said Jagr is in great shape and the future Hall of Famer intends to play better than he did a year ago. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Simon Hjalmarsson may start year with Jackets
    Simon Hjalmarsson could have a shot at a roster spot entering the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: His chances improved with the news that Nathan Horton's back ailment may carry over into the regular season. Hjalmarsson will face stiff competition from Brian Gibbons and Jerry D'Amigo at training camp. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
  • Nathan Horton (back) is out indefinitely
    Nathan Horton is out indefinitely with a back injury that has bothered him for most of the summer.

    Advice: It's doubtful at this time that he will participate in training camp and he could miss the start of the regular season as well. Horton missed 40 games because of off-season shoulder surgery and he suffered an abdominal injury late in the year as well. He had five goals and 19 points in 36 games last season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Pascal Dupuis may take contact in a week
    Pascal Dupuis (knee) will be available for the start of training camp, but he won't take contact for the start.

    Advice: Dupuis expects to get clearance for contact in about a week. He missed most of the 2013-14 season after he tore the MCL and ACL in his knee. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:36 pm
  • Kasperi Kapanen (finger) cleared for camp
    Kasperi Kapanen (finger) has been cleared to participate in training camp.

    Advice: He was held out of the prospects tournament because of a broken finger, but he's ready to take part in Pittsburgh's main camp. The 2014 first-round pick of the Penguins will look to impress the team's brass to try to earn a roster spot. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 8:44 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
    Wednesday, 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
    Wednesday, 5:07 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kasperi Kapanen out with broken finger
    Kasperi Kapanen will not play on Saturday because of a broken finger.

    Advice: The Penguins were hoping that Kapanen, their first pick and 22nd overall in the 2014 Draft, would be able to go after busting the digit a month ago in Lake Placid but they will have to wait to see if he is able to play the North American game this season. The talented Finn is offensively gifted and is worth stashing in dynasty pools. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:24 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
  • Pascal Dupuis should be cleared during camp
    Pascal Dupuis is expected to get medical clearance to take part in contact during training camp.

    Advice: However, he may not get the green light right away when on-ice drills start on Sept. 19. Dupuis played just 39 games last season and none after Dec. 23 because of a knee injury, which required surgery to repair a torn MCL and ACL. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:30 am
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