Player Notes

  • McDavid: Tough to replicate skating
    It's tough for players to replicate skating during the NHL's pause, according to Connor McDavid.

    Advice: The players are working out at their home gyms, but they aren't really able to hit the ice. "It's always tough when you're off the ice for a while when you've got to come back because you can't replicate the type of cardio that you need to play hockey and you can't really replicate skating at all," McDavid said. "You can run as many stairs, or bike as many whatever on your spin bike as you want, but you can't replicate it at all. Going through the injury last summer, I was off my skates for a long time. It's looking like we're going to be that type of situation here, so maybe I can lean on that experience a little bit." Yesterday, 6:15 pm
  • Auston Matthews would love to continue goal race
    Auston Matthews would love a chance to continue battling it out in the NHL goal race.

    Advice: Before the NHL season was paused due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, Matthews was battling with David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin for top spot in the league in goals. "It's pretty cool and humbling to be in the same conversation as a guy like [Ovechkin]," Matthews said. "Being in a scoring race with a guy like him, he's been a generational player and he's made a big impact beyond the game and led the way for lots of players and lots of guys. It's humbling, and hopefully we can get back to playing hockey and can compete again, that's what everyone wants to do." However, he acknowledged that there are much important things going on in the world that have to be settled first. Still, Matthews hopes to get back on the ice this year because he feels there is "unfinished business" when it comes to the regular season, the race for the playoffs and some personal goals. Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Sami Vatanen expected to play if season resumes
    Sami Vatanen (lower body) is expected to be available to play if the 2019-20 season resumes. 

    Advice: Vatanen didn't get a chance to play for the Hurricanes prior to the pause of the season because of a lower-body injury. He was acquired from New Jersey at the trade deadline, but he was hurt at the time and suffered a setback. If the NHL returns to action then he will finally get a chance to make his Carolina debut. Vatanen has five goals and 23 points in 47 games this season. Yesterday, 4:46 pm
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  • Brett Pesce on track to be ready for next year
    Brett Pesce is still on track to be ready for next season after he had shoulder surgery. 

    Advice: Pesce underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder March 5 and he was given a timetable of 4-6 months for his recovery. "It's a rebab process," Carolina GM Don Waddell said. "He's not going to be back for this season, but the whole plan was to be ready when the season starts next year, and it certainly looks like we're on course for that." Pesce has been sidelined since Feb. 22 and won't play if the 2019-20 season is able to resume play. Yesterday, 4:42 pm
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  • James Reimer (LBI) will be ready when games resume
    James Reimer (lower body) will be ready to play when the NHL returns to action. 

    Advice: Reimer was getting close to being available to return when the NHL paused the 2019-20 season because of concerns regarding the coronavirus. He hasn't played since Feb. 22 due to a lower-body injury. Yesterday, 4:37 pm
  • Dougie Hamilton will be ready once play resumes
    Carolina GM Don Waddell said on Thursday that Dougie Hamilton will be available if the 2019-20 season resumes play.

    Advice: "It's all based on him, but 100 percent he'll be back," Waddell said during a video call. "If we were playing today, we would have sped up that on-the-ice performance over the last couple weeks. So he's ready to go. It's just a matter of time before we put him on the ice and move forward from there. But, yes, he'll be ready play when we drop the puck." Hamilton has been out of action since Jan. 16 due to a fractured left fibula. Waddell added that the Hurricanes blueliner likely would have resumed skating had the NHL campaign not been paused on March 12 because of concerns with the coronavirus. "He's been cleared. He has not taken the ice, yet," said Waddell. "We talked about it last week and he said that he didn't want to rush on the ice because we weren't in any urgency. He knows we're not going to be playing for the next few months. So, we'll address that in the next few weeks and see how he feels." Hamilton had 14 goals and 26 assists in 47 games prior to getting hurt. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
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  • Colby Cave's provides update on his status
    The family of Colby Cave provided an update on his status Thursday morning.

    Advice: "Colby is still in a medically-induced coma. This is giving his brain time to heal and rest from all he's been through. We would like to thank the Oilers organization, the entire hockey community, all of our friends, and family, and everyone who has shown us love and support. We would like to send a big thank-you to Colby's critical care team, neurosurgeons and nurses at Sunnybrook Hospital. We appreciate all that you are doing for our Colby." Cave had emergency surgery in Toronto on Tuesday to remove a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain. Yesterday, 3:15 pm
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  • Mark Kastelic agrees to ELC with Ottawa
    The Ottawa Senators have signed Mark Kastelic to a three-year, entry-level contract.

    Advice: Kastelic had 30 goals and 68 points in 58 WHL games this season. Ottawa took him with the 125th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. "Since being drafted just last June, Mark has worked hard to earn this contract," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "We were pleased to see how he progressed in his overage season in Calgary, where he served as Hitmen captain for two consecutive seasons, and where he was on track to post his most productive major junior season. He's a solid two-way centre who shows strong attention to detail in his play." Yesterday, 12:36 pm
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  • Vladimir Tarasenko is good to go when play resumes
    Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) is expected to be available to play whenever the NHL resumes play.  

    Advice: It's unclear if the 2019-20 regular season will be concluded or if the playoffs will be played, but Tarasenko will be good to go when the NHL resumes play. He has been sidelined since Oct. 24 when he sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery. Tarasenko was progressing towards a return prior to the pause of the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach Craig Berube told NBC Sports on Monday that Tarasenko likely would have been back in the lineup the week the season was paused. Yesterday, 11:32 am
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  • Pekka Rinne not thinking about retirement
    Pekka Rinne was not thinking about retirement prior to the pause of the 2019-20 season. 

    Advice: "I don't want to go that far, talking about retirement," Rinne said in Feburary. "But yeah, it's clear. I have one more year on my contract. I haven't thought beyond that. But you're right, it's happening. At this point you have to put your priorities right and straight and find a way to still have an impact – if it's outside the ice, on the ice, whatever it is. ... When it's my turn, play better and be able to find my game." The 37-year-old netminder was on pace for his worst season, statistically, with a 3.17 goals-against average and .895 save percentage prior the season's hiatus. Rinne's struggles have resulted in fewer starts and Juuse Saros had been taking over for Nashville in the crease. The Predators appreciate everything that Rinne has done for the organization and it sounds like he'll get another chance, but it appears as though Saros' time in the spotlight is at hand. Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Blake Coleman becomes a stay-at-home dad
    The pause of the 2019-20 season has provided Blake Coleman with plenty of time to spend with his newborn daughter. 

    Advice: "It’s an unexpected curveball, but it’s been pretty cool for me,” Coleman said. "We would have been on the road the whole time. Now, I get to spend time with her."  Coleman's wife Jordan gave birth to Charlie on Feb. 27. He has played in just nine games with Tampa Bay since he was acquired from New Jersey. Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Scott Laughton open to playing at neutral site
    Scott Laughton is open to the idea of playing at a neutral site to finish the 2019-20 campaign.

    Advice: The idea of having games hosted at neutral sites as a means to resume the 2019-20 campaign earlier or at all has been floated. While the coronavirus impacting different areas to different extents, not every team's arena will be available at the same time. To keep things fair, if some teams can't play in their arenas, the NHL might decide to simply have all teams play at one or more neutral sites. "I think any chance it gives us to come back and play some meaningful hockey, that’s what you play all year for," Laughton said. "That’s what a lot of guys are thinking, especially here in Philly. We want to play hockey and we want to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Any chance we can do that and logistics-wise, I guess, wherever we play, I think first and foremost is the safety of everyone. If we can get past all this and come out stronger, hopefully we can get something done where we can play. I know especially in Philly guys want to play and have a chance at winning the Cup.” Yesterday, 8:02 am
  • Mark Borowiecki (ankle) uncertain to return
    Coach D.J. Smith isn't sure if Mark Borowiecki (ankle) will be ready to return if the 2019-20 season resumes play.

    Advice: Borowiecki sustained an ankle injury on Feb. 13 versus Arizona and there was no timetable for his return at the time. Smith also isn't certain if Anders Nilsson (concussion) will be available. "It’s hard to say because without skating and without doing the day-to-day things in the NHL, it’s hard to say where they’re at," Smith said. "Both are certainly doing way better than they were, but without being on the ice, being able to see the trainers on a day-to-day basis and doctors it’s tough to say where they’re at. Certainly, this time off helps them and everybody heal." Yesterday, 7:58 am
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  • Anders Nilsson's status remains uncertain
    Coach D.J. Smith isn't sure if Anders Nilsson would be available to return should the 2019-20 season resume play.

    Advice: Smith said that Nilsson is feeling better, but it's hard to say how much he is improving without the benefit of day-to-day NHL activities like practices. Nilsson hasn't played since Dec. 16 because of a concussion. He didn't have a timetable for his return prior to the NHL pausing the 2019-20 campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday, 7:50 am
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  • Coffey wants to see Bouchard play with urgency
    Hall of Famer Paul Coffey likes how Evan Bouchard is developing, but he wants to see Bouchard play with more urgency.

    Advice: Bouchard made the leap to the AHL this season and has excelled as a pro with seven goals and 36 points in 54 contests with the Bakersfield Condors. He'll be going into training camp with a real shot of earning a regular role with the Edmonton Oilers thanks to his offensive abilities and his well-rounded overall game. That's not to say that Bouchard is without areas he needs to work on though. “I think Bouch’s only flaw, and that’s a very strong word, is you have to play every shift like it’s your last, and that’s easy to fix," Coffey said. "He was a product of a lot of ice-time in junior with the Knights and you develop the speed you play at. I can remember in 2002 when Wayne (Gretzky) and Kevin were with the Olympic team and they had Chris Pronger, great player, Hall of Famer, the whole bit, but it was the same thing with him. He was so used to playing every other shift but when you have six great (Olympic) defensemen you won’t play every other shift. With Bouch, with some of the things they say about defensemen that they can’t skate, they can’t pass, they can’t shoot well, Bouch can do all of that but I’m sure the coaches down there (Bakersfield) have told him he needs a little more desperation in his game." Yesterday, 7:45 am
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  • Smith encouraged by progress of Chabot
    Coach D.J. Smith feels that Thomas Chabot made good progress in 2019-20. 

    Advice: Chabot ranks first in the league in average ice time per game (26:00), but he did take a step back in terms of fantasy value. He has six goals and 39 points in 71 matches this season after he had 14 markers and 55 points over 70 matches in 2018-19. Smith also noted that Brady Tkachuk and Marcus Hogberg progressed nicely as well prior to the season being paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Kuemper glad he returned from LBI before pause
    Darcy Kuemper is grateful he was able to return from his lower-body injury before the NHL paused the season.

    Advice: Kuemper made his return on Feb. 25th and played in four games before the pause. "I was back playing and it was a long road through that injury so it was great to get back and then things ended pretty quickly," Kuemper said. "I'm glad that I was able to get back before things stopped because it would be hard to have the season end on an injured note, or go on to this break of this season on an injured note, but I was feeling good and I was feeling like I was back to normal. I'm more frustrated. I miss hockey, so that is more of the issue than coming back from the injury, but obviously we all have to make sacrifices now." He's hoping that the season still gets salvaged, but he'd understand if ultimately the NHL ultimately has to scrap the rest of the regular season. If the NHL is able to still hold the playoffs, but skips the remainder of the regular season, that might hurt Arizona. The Coyotes were just of a playoff spot, but still had a shot of claiming one. It is possible though that the NHL might hold an expanded playoffs which could include Arizona. Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Tomas Tatar could return if play resumes
    Tomas Tatar (shoulder) could be ready to return to action if the 2019-20 season resumes this summer.

    Advice: Tatar had been out with a shoulder injury since March 3. He wasn't ruled out for the rest of the regular season prior to the pause of the 2019-20 campaign, but it appeared that would be the case. Losing Tatar was a big blow to the Canadiens and he would be a big addition to the roster if Montreal gets the chance to finish the year. He leads the team in goals (22), assists (39) and points (61) through 68 matches. Yesterday, 7:10 am
  • Victor Mete (foot) may be ready if play resumes
    Victor Mete (foot) might be available to return to action if play resumes this summer.

    Advice: It's unclear when or if the 2019-20 season will resume play, but if it happens around July then Mete could be an option for the Canadiens. Mete suffered a fractured foot on Feb. 18 against Detroit and he was going to be done for the remainder of the season. However, the unusual circumstances of this year could provide him with an opportunity to return. Yesterday, 7:04 am
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  • Alex Biega active in NHL/NHLPA CDP
    Alex Biega isn't close to ending his playing career, but he has been a major promoter of life after hockey and he has a handle on what he will do once he decides to hang up his skates. 

    Advice: "I’ve put some thought into it, especially when you have a family," Biega said. "I want to think I can play for a lot longer and contribute, but you put thought into it. I love the game, and the game has been real good to me. The way I look at it, you have to find your passion in what you do and what drives you to wake up every morning, and what makes work not going to be work. Staying in the game in some capacity, I’ve definitely looked into that, whether working in management one day, and gaining a better understanding of how to transition into that." As a player, he has been involved in the NHL/NHLPA Core Development Program (CDP) since its inception in October 2016. It tries to help the transition for players to careers after hockey as well as life after hockey. Yesterday, 6:43 am
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