Player Notes

  • Announces retirement
    According to Mathias Brunet of La Presse, Brassard announced Sunday that his playing days are over.

    Advice: Brassard didn't play in 2023-24 after suffering a fractured fibula against Philadelphia on March 30, 2023. The 36-year-old forward produced 215 goals and 545 points in 1,013 career regular-season games for the Blue Jackets, Rangers, Senators, Penguins, Avalanche, Panthers, Islanders, Coyotes, Oilers and Flyers. Today, 2:03 pm
  • Available Monday
    Kane (abdomen) is available for Game 7 on Monday against Florida but head coach Kris Knoblauch did not clarify whether or not he'd be in the lineup, per TSN.

    Advice: Kane hasn't played since Game 2 and the Oilers have forced a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in the series. At the moment, it's unclear if the Oilers will want to adjust the lineup to fit Kane back in after they've caught fire. He produced a minus-4 rating in two games against the Panthers and has eight points with a minus-7 rating this postseason. Today, 1:15 pm
  • Tending twine in Game 7
    Bobrovsky will patrol the home crease Monday in Game 7 against Edmonton, according to Colby Guy of The Palm Beach Post.

    Advice: Bobrovsky will be back on the ice for Monday's morning skate after skipping Sunday's session for routine-related reasons. He has surrendered 12 goals on 58 shots during his three-game losing streak. Bobrovsky needs to end that skid Monday for the Panthers to avoid becoming the second team in NHL history to blow a 3-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Finals. The 35-year-old netminder has a 15-8 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .903 save percentage through 23 starts this postseason. Today, 12:43 pm
  • Dealt to Music City
    Nashville obtained Wiesblatt from San Jose on Sunday in exchange for Egor Afanasyev.

    Advice: Wiesblatt notched four goals and 17 points in 50 AHL games between San Jose and Milwaukee during the 2023-24 campaign. The 22-year-old forward hasn't had any NHL experience since being taken with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by the Sharks. Today, 11:20 am
  • Acquired in trade
    San Jose acquired Afanasyev from Nashville on Sunday in exchange for Ozzy Wiesblatt.

    Advice: Afanasyev has appeared in 19 NHL contests over the past two seasons, collecting one goal, 26 shots on net, 15 blocked shots and 29 hits. The 23-year-old forward registered 27 goals and 54 points in 56 regular-season games for AHL Milwaukee in 2023-24. Today, 11:10 am
  • Signs one-year contract
    Mitchell signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston on Sunday, per Conor Ryan of The Boston Globe.

    Advice: Mitchell earned two assists, 11 shots on goal and 13 blocked shots in 13 regular-season outings with Boston in 2023-24. He also had six goals and 24 points in 42 regular-season appearances for AHL Providence during the 2023-24 campaign. It wouldn't be a surprise if he spent most, if not all, of next season in the minors. Today, 9:14 am
  • Inks three-year deal
    Turcotte signed a three-year, $2.325 million contract with the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be a two-way deal for Turcotte in Year 1 before shifting to a one-way agreement in Years 2 and 3. The 23-year-old forward produced 10 goals and 29 points in 35 regular-season contests with AHL Ontario in 2023-24. He also notched one goal and three helpers in 20 regular-season outings with the Kings this campaign. Turcotte will compete for a bottom-six role with LA out of training camp in the fall. Yesterday, 2:15 pm
  • Nabs helper in loss
    Kulikov posted an assist, two shots on goal and four hits in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Advice: The helper was Kulikov's first point since April 4, ending a 27-game dry spell that had covered all of the Panthers' postseason run. While his offense has been absent, the 33-year-old blueliner has racked up 55 hits, 25 blocked shots and a minus-1 rating over 23 playoff appearances. He's been a fixture in a third-pairing role, though that's not one that comes with much ice time given the talented defensemen on the Panthers' roster. Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Supplies helper
    Verhaeghe notched an assist and went minus-2 in Friday's 5-1 loss to the Oilers in Game 6.

    Advice: Verhaeghe has often been one of the Panthers' most clutch performers, but he's fallen flat in the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row. He has just two points over six contests versus the Oilers. Overall, he's at 19 points, 76 shots on net, 27 hits and a minus-7 rating through 23 playoff appearances. Friday, 9:48 pm