Player Notes

  • Report: Andrew Shaw seeking $4.5M annually
    Andrew Shaw is reportedly looking for a contract that will pay him at least $4.5 million annually.

    Advice: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recently seemed upbeat about the contract negotiations with Shaw, but if that's really the salary that he's looking for then it wouldn't be surprising to see Chicago trade him. Shaw, who is set to become a restricted free agent, had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games last season. Today, 1:50 pm
  • Lightning agree to terms with J.T. Brown
    J.T. Brown has signed a two-year extension with Tampa Bay.

    Advice: Brown had eight goals, 22 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 78 contests in 2015-16. He would have become a restricted free agent this summer. Today, 12:45 pm
  • Vanek confirms that he'll be bought out
    Thomas Vanek has confirmed that he will be bought out.

    Advice: As previously noted, this will provide the Wild with an additional $5 million in cap space in 2016-17, although Minnesota will also have a cap penalty of $2.5 million in 2017-18. For the Wild, this opens the door for them to make some big moves this summer, so it will be interesting to see what they do from here. For everyone else, this puts another interesting forward onto the market. Vanek is coming off of a rough season where he only recorded 41 points, but the 32-year-old still has top-six potential. If he inks a modest one-year deal, it would be a nice gamble for the team that snags him. Today, 12:43 pm
  • Vladimir Tarasenko lands coveted NHL 17 cover
    Vladimir Tarasenko is the new EA Sports cover boy for NHL '17.

    Advice: The flashy winger with soft hands takes the torch from rival Jonathan Toews. "It's an incredible honor to represent my teammates and all the Blues fans around the world on the cover this year," Tarasenko said. "As a player, it's a big deal to be fan selected for something like the cover vote, and I'm excited to be involved in the game this year." Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Buddy Robinson agrees to two-way contract
    Buddy Robinson has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: Robinson will earn $750K annually when playing in the NHL and $75K at the AHL level. He had 13 goals, 23 points, and 66 penalty minutes in 62 AHL games in 2015-16. Yesterday, 12:38 pm
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  • Evgeni Malkin doesn't need elbow surgery
    Evgeni Malkin won't need elbow surgery.

    Advice: Malkin sustained an elbow injury on March 11 and he was playing through it during the postseason. He had an MRI to determine if he would need offseason surgery, but it looks like he'll be able to recover with rehab alone. He's expected to be fine for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • 2016 Hart Trophy goes to Patrick Kane
    Patrick Kane was selected as the 2016 Hart Trophy winner.

    Advice: No surprise there as Kane ran away with the 2015-16 scoring title with 106 points in 82 games. He also won the Ted Lindsay Award, which also goes to the league's best player, but as voted by his peers. This is the first time a member of the Chicago Blackhawks has won the Hart Trophy since 1968 when Stan Mikita claimed it for the second consecutive season. Wednesday, 6:05 pm
  • Jaromir Jagr wins Masterton Trophy
    Jaromir Jagr is the 2016 Masterton Trophy winner.

    Advice: The award is given to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Jagr was 44 years old before the end of the 2015-16 campaign, but he remarkably not only managed to hold his own, but excel even at his age. He had 27 goals and 66 points in 79 contests. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Loui Eriksson likely to test UFA market
    It's looking like Loui Eriksson and the Boston Bruins won't be able to agree to a new contract.

    Advice: It sounds like the length of the deal is the issue as Eriksson is looking for a six-year deal while Boston doesn't want to go over four years. Eriksson will turn 31 on July 17 so we can see why the Bruins would balk at that length. Wednesday, 3:56 pm
  • Scottie Upshall agrees to one-year deal
    Scottie Upshall has inked a one-year, $900K contract with the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: That's up from the $700K Upshall previously earned. This deal is also a one-way contract in contrast to the two-way one he agreed to last season. Upshall had six goals and 14 points in 70 contests in 2015-16. Wednesday, 9:25 am
  • Marcus Johansson is a big domino for Caps
    Marcus Johansson's new deal will impact how the Capitals approach the rest of the free agency.

    Advice: "We're waiting for the salary cap number to come out, and then we make our decisions based on what we perceive to have on the cap, what room and what space we have left," GM Brian MacLellan said. "The Marcus Johansson one is going to impact us the biggest. The other guys, I feel fairly confident that we can slot them in the proper area, and I'm not sure on Marcus yet. We'll see how it goes negotiations-wise." He is optimistic that a deal with Johansson can be worked out without salary arbitration. Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Ryan Callahan has hip surgery, out 5 months
    Ryan Callahan will miss five months after undergoing surgery to repair a hip labral tear.

    Advice: That means that Callahan could miss the first month of the regular season and he won't be available to play in the World Cup of Hockey. Callahan had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 games in 2015-16. Tuesday, 2:15 pm
  • What will Vancouver do with Linden Vey?
    Vancouver has until Monday to give Linden Vey a qualifying offer.

    Advice: He slots in behind Henrik Sedin, Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat, Markus Granlund and Brendan Gaunce on the depth chart. Vey also has off the ice issues to deal with after his father, Curtis Vey, and Angela Nicholson were found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder on June 5. He would become an unrestricted free agent if he doesn't get qualified. Tuesday, 1:37 pm
  • Sharks will look at extending Burns 'shortly'
    Brent Burns has one season left on his five-year, $28.8 million contract.

    Advice: The Norris Trophy finalist racked up 27 goals and 75 points 82 games during the 2015-16 season. "You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal year," GM Doug Wilson said. "When we acquired him it was a big piece to acquire. There's no doubt he's important to us. We want him. I think he loves being here. Those conversations will take place shortly." Tuesday, 11:10 am
  • Mantha, Bertuzzi may get NHL spots
    Anthony Mantha is expected to get every opportunity to make Detroit's roster going into the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: He had two goals and one assist in 10 games with the Red Wings last year along with 45 points in 60 contests with Grand Rapids of the AHL. Mantha was also great in the Calder Cup Playoffs with 11 points in nine matches. Tyler Bertuzzi is projected to get a long look at training camp as well. Tuesday, 6:03 am
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  • Lightning reach out to pending FAs
    Tampa Bay has reached out to their potential UFAs and RFAs, including Nikita Kucherov, according to GM Steve Yzerman.

    Advice: Alex Killorn, Vladislav Namestnikov, J.T. Brown and Cedric Paquette are on that list as well, but no deals have been worked out yet. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has to wait for the Steven Stamkos domino to fall and for the salary cap number to be announced before he knows how much room he has to work with. Monday, 1:48 pm
  • Mikkel Boedker hasn't ruled out COL
    Mikkel Boedker hasn't ruled out returning to Colorado, according to his agent.

    Advice: Boedker was acquired from Arizona as a rental before the trade deadline. "We’re going to definitely weigh all the options and make the best decision for Mikkel," said agent Jarrett Bousquet. "He liked everyone from the coaches and the players to the fans in Colorado. It’s definitely a place that’s up there on his list." The 26-year-old had 17 goals and 51 points in 80 games last season. Sunday, 7:53 am
  • Matt Martin likely heading to free agency
    Expect to see Matt Martin hit free agency on July 1.

    Advice: Apparently there are no negotiations on-going between Martin and the Islanders. Martin had 10 goals and 19 points last season with 119 penalty minutes. His real value in fantasy is in the hits category as he has led the NHL in each of the last five seasons, picking up 365 in 2015-16. Sunday, 5:51 am
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    Matt Martin NYI - LW,RW
  • Kings hope lost captaincy helps Dustin Brown
    The Los Angeles Kings are hoping that Dustin Brown is able to return to his old form without the weight of the captaincy on his shoulders.

    Advice: Brown has had 82 points over the last three seasons with 28 coming last year after back-to-back 27 point seasons. "His focus so critically has to be on his game, and I think there is some merit to that," GM Dean Lombardi said. "The most important thing in our discussion, and having met with our assistant coaches, was that he’s ready to buy in, so to speak, to micromanaging his game, because there’s no question he works, there’s no question he shows up physically prepared. We’ve got that part down, and if that wasn’t there, then we’re wasting our time. So that could be a byproduct of it, but it didn’t drive the bus." We don't think that this will make a significant difference so assume Brown will get 30-35 points next season and not be a big factor in fantasy hockey. Sunday, 5:28 am
  • David Backes will probably become a UFA
    It looks like David Backes will probably end up testing the UFA market.

    Advice: Blues GM Doug Armstrong is still interested in re-signing Backes, but he thinks the players that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents probably won't be re-signed before July 1. With regards to Backes specifically he said, "It's got to work for David and it's got to work for us. We haven't been able to find that common ground right now." Armstrong suggested that he is willing to include "thank you" money in the contract, presumably to reflect Backes' past service, but only to a point. Losing Backes would be a tough pill to swallow, but he's 32 so any reasonably long-term contract for him at this point runs a higher risk of being detrimental towards the end of that deal. Saturday, 3:29 pm
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