Player Notes

  • Report: Alexander Semin re-signs in KHL
    Alexander Semin has reportedly signed a new contract with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

    Advice: The deal is reportedly for one year. Semin took off for Russia after being released by the Canadiens early in the 2015-16 season. The 32-year-old five goals and 14 points in 20 KHL games and he added seven goals and 15 points in 23 playoff games. Semin won the KHL title with Magnitogorsk last season. Today, 7:42 pm
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  • Joel Ward thinks number 22 should be retired
    Joel Ward believes number 22 should be retired throughout the NHL in honor of Willie O'Ree.

    Advice: O'Ree was the first black hockey player to play in the NHL. "I definitely think Willie should be recognized for sure," Ward said. "The league obviously does that with task force but I do think that Willie should definitely be a big part of the league for sure for what he did. It’s a no-brainer. Without Willie, it would be tough for me to be sitting here today. I definitely think Willie should be a big part of this." Ward wears number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Today, 3:22 pm
  • Kessel disappointed by Team USA snub
    Phil Kessel is disappointed that he wasn't selected by Team USA for this fall's World Cup.

    Advice: Kessel being left off the roster was a head-scratcher, especially with players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan making the roster. "I think I've had a pretty good playoffs," said Kessel. "I think I've played well for (Team USA) in the past." The World Cup snub will sting a lot less if he and the Penguins manage to win four more games and hoist the Stanley Cup this postseason. Today, 3:19 pm
  • Brent Burns has 20 points heading into Cup
    Brent Burns leads all NHL defensemen with 20 playoff points.

    Advice: Burns trails teammate Logan Couture by four points for the overall NHL lead heading into the Stanley Cup Final. The bearded legend has been a rock on the blueline for the Sharks and will definitely get serious Conn Smythe consideration should the San Jose Sharks win Lord Stanley's Cup. Today, 7:41 am
  • Alex Chiasson could be traded this summer
    Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun believes Alex Chiasson could be on the move this summer.

    Advice: Chiasson was acquired in the Jason Spezza trade with Dallas back in 2014, but he's failed to make an impression since landing in Ottawa. The 25-year-old is coming off an eight goal and 14-point season in 2015-16 and it wouldn't be surprising to see him dealt to another team. Chiasson will be a restricted free agent on July 1st. He could be an intriguing low-risk acquisition. Today, 7:04 am
  • Bryan Rust, Joonas Donskoi 19 picks apart
    Bryan Rust of the Penguins an Joonas Donskoi of the Sharks were taken 19 picks apart in the 2010 Draft.

    Advice: Rust was taken in the third round, 80th overall, while Donskoi was taken in the fourth with the 99th overall selection. Both have been instrumental in the playoffs as the rookies have each scored five times for their respective teams. Rust is playing with Evgeni Malkin on the Penguins second unit and with eight points in the playoffs, has been a pleasant surprise to those who selected him. Today, 5:58 am
  • Upshall had a broken/dislocated thumb
    Scottie Upshall's upper-body ailment was a broken and dislocated right thumb.

    Advice: He sustained the ailment in Game 7 against Chicago during the first round. Upshall tapped it up and he stayed in the lineup until he missed three games in the Western Conference Final. The injury restricted what he could do on the ice, but now he has the summer to recover. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Troy Brouwer would love to be back with STL
    Troy Brouwer would like to be back with St. Louis next season.

    Advice: "It's a spot that we really enjoyed this year," Brouwer said. "I don't know exactly what the cap situation is. I know it's a business, and I know they have young guys coming up for contracts in a year or two. You can't just look at this season, you have to look forward to what their cap situation is going to be in years to come. But it's definitely a team and a city and a franchise that I would love to come back to if the opportunity makes itself available." He earned 18 goals and 39 points in 82 games during his first and possibly only season with the Blues. Brouwer had eight goals and 13 points in 20 playoff contests. Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • David Backes wants to re-sign with Blues
    David Backes hopes to sign a new deal with St. Louis.

    Advice: "No question this is home. We've been here 10 years and this is what we consider home. I don't know anything else," said Backes. "Hopefully it all works out, but it is the unfortunate side of sports that guys staying with one team is rare but maybe I'm one of those rare guys. That would be great." He can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he has said all along that he wants to stay with the only team that he has played for during his NHL career. Yesterday, 12:40 pm
  • Nikita Kucherov set to get hefty raise
    Nikita Kucherov is due to get a substantial raise.

    Advice: He has a $700,000 salary that could rise by around $5 million depending on the term he receives. Kucherov is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He has generated 59 goals and 131 points in the past two seasons and he has been spectacular in the playoffs with 22 goals and 42 points in 45 games over the last three years. Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Claude Giroux glad to make Team Canada
    Claude Giroux has been added to Canada's World Cup team.

    Advice: Giroux wasn't sure if he would make the team after he was left off Canada's 2014 Olympic roster and because he recently had hip and abdominal surgeries. "I'm feeling really well and there's no issue for me being ready for the tournament," he said regarding his recovery. Giroux added that he was honored to be chosen for the squad. Yesterday, 10:10 am
  • Nyquist didn't make the cut for World Cup
    Gustav Nyquist didn't get a spot on Sweden for the World Cup.

    Advice: Nyquist just led the Swedes with seven goals at the World Championship tournament, but it wasn't enough to get him a roster position. Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall were placed on Sweden in March when the preliminary rosters were announced. Yesterday, 9:31 am
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    Gustav Nyquist Det - C,LW,RW
  • Nylander scores hat trick to pace Marlies
    William Nylander broke out of his AHL postseason slump by scoring three goals in the Marlies' 5-0 win over the Hershey Bears Friday night.

    Advice: The Marlies were facing elimination in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final, but are still down 3-1 in the series. Nylander had registered only seven points in 12 games coming into Friday night's match, but he was the difference maker in the must-win contest. Yesterday, 7:21 am
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  • Eight Red Wings to play In World Cup
    There will be eight Detroit Red Wings playing in the World Cup tournament scheduled for mid-September.

    Advice: Justin Abdelkader was added to the U.S. roster on Friday, while Pavel Datsyuk and Alexey Marchenko will pskate for Russia, Petr Mrazek will tend goal for the Czech Republic, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Kronwall will play for Sweden. Other Friday roster additions were Tomas Tatar (Team Europe) and Dylan Larkin (Team North America). Yesterday, 6:17 am
  • Tobias Rieder named to Team Europe
    Tobias Rieder has been named to Team Europe.

    Advice: Rieder played for Germany earlier this month at the World Championships but the Germans do not have a team at the upcoming World Cup so the promising youngster will still get a chance to play with the likes of Anze Kopitar and fellow German Leon Draisaitl in the tournament which will take place in Toronto. Rieder had 14 goals and a surprising 37 points for the Coyotes in 2015-16 so the 23-year-old still has some upside for poolies. Yesterday, 4:30 am
  • Jakob Silfverberg selected to Team Sweden
    Jakob Silfverberg has been added to Team Sweden for the upcoming World Cup.

    Advice: The event will take place in Toronto in September and it's a nice accomplishment for the winger as Sweden has a deep squad. Silfverberg had 20 goals and 39 points this season, including 11 goals in his last 14 games while he chipped in with five assists in seven playoff games. He should be closer to the 50 point mark next season if he remains healthy so do not forget about him in pools. Yesterday, 4:23 am
  • Corey Perry doesn't make Team Canada
    Corey Perry wasn't selected to be on Team Canada's World Cup roster.

    Advice: Perry has represented Canada at every major international tournament including the World Junior Championship, the World Cup, the World Championships and the Olympics. Perry recently became the 27th member of the "Triple Gold Club" (Stanley Cup, World Championships, Olympics). The 31-year-old had 34 goals and 62 points in 82 games during the 2015-16 season. Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Team Europe adds 7 players for World Cup
    Marian Gaborik has been added to Team Europe for the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: Thomas Greiss, Christian Ehrhoff, Luca Sbisa, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nino Niederreiter and Tobias Rieder were also put on the team Friday. Team Europe is made up of players who weren't born in the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia and Sweden. Friday, 3:16 pm
  • Dmitrij Jaskin will play at the World Cup
    Dmitrij Jaskin will play for the Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey.

    Advice: This will be the first time Jaskin will represent his country at the senior level. Jaskin recorded four goals and nine assists in 65 games with St. Louis during the 2015-16 campaign. Friday, 1:22 pm
  • T.J. Oshie clicked with Ovechkin in '15-16
    T.J. Oshie played well on Washington's top line in 2015-16.

    Advice: He netted a personal best 26 goals and produced 51 points in 80 games in his first season with the Capitals. Oshie spent most of his playing time alongside Alex Ovechkin and that is expected to continue next year after they benefited from playing with each other. "I think he really enjoyed playing with Oshie," GM Brian MacLellan said of Ovechkin. "I mean, that takes a lot of the pressure off him, offensively, and I think he can play longer given a good team, a deep team." Friday, 7:39 am
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    T.J. Oshie Was - C,RW
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