Player Notes

  • Dmitri Samorukov suffers a broken jaw
    Dmitri Samorukov sustained a broken jaw during a Rookie Camp game against Calgary on Saturday. 

    Advice: The Oilers have announced that Samorukov won't need surgery at this time, but he is expected to be sidelined for six weeks. He recorded two goals and eight points in 48 games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL last season. Today, 10:53 am
  • Marc-Andre Fleury uncertain about his future
    Marc-Andre Fleury isn't sure what the future holds, but he is looking forward to the start of the 2021-22 season. 

    Advice: "The day will come. I'm not sure when. I'm not sure how, why," said Fleury when he was asked about retirement. "I'm getting older right? The body feels it some days. A lot of days... but when I get out there I still feel like a young guy. I know it will come. I'm not sure when, but I'm sure soon. So I just try to enjoy what I have right now and go one year at a time." He isn't sure if the 2021-22 campaign will be his last, but it will be the final season of his current contract. Today, 10:24 am
  • David Gustafsson hopes to land spot with Jets
    David Gustafsson is looking to secure a full-time spot with Winnipeg this season. 

    Advice: "My approach is that I want to get a spot on the roster. I feel like there are a couple of open spots there and I want those to be mine," said Gustafsson. "That’s just what I’m thinking about right now. I want to do everything I can to get that spot." He also brings some versatility to the table because he can play at center or on the wing, while serving as a potential penalty killer. Today, 10:11 am
  • Nils Lundkvist feels ready to make the jump
    Nils Lundkvist is confident that he can be a full-time NHLer this season. 

    Advice: "It feels like I've done what I can back home," Lundkvist said. "The only thing missing is we didn't win with our team, but it feels like I'm prepared for this." The Rangers also have high hopes for the 21-year-old defender. "We're having exhibition games, we're having a tryout, and it wouldn't surprise me if at the end of it he's standing there on our team," said GM Chris Drury said. "We're certainly excited." Lundkvist recorded 14 goals and 32 points in 52 games with Lulea HF of the SHL last season. The Rangers made him the 28th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Today, 7:36 am
  • Oskar Sundqvist (knee) to miss the start of season
    Oskar Sundqvist (knee) will miss the start of the 2021-22 season. 

    Advice: “We expect him to miss the first portion of the season, but he’s training hard, he’s in good shape and he’s moving ahead,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “So whether it’s the end of October, early November — but we don’t see it being into the midseason.” Sundqvist missed the final 26 games of the regular season and all four playoff games after he had surgery for a torn ACL. Today, 7:27 am
  • Blues GM not concerned by Thomas contract talks
    Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn't seem to be concerned by the contract situation of Robert Thomas. 

    Advice: “He knows it’s a big year for him and we know it’s a big year for us and him,” Armstrong said. “So I know both sides want to get it done. Again, it’s just one phone call to get something done. If you look around the NHL, this is just the norm now. Where maybe before it was the exception, now it’s the norm.” Thomas is still an unsigned restricted free agent with training camp set to open this week. Armstrong is confident that the 22-year-old forward will have a strong year once he is signed. Today, 7:23 am
  • Tarasenko still expected to be on day-one roster
    Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to be on St. Louis' opening-day roster. 

    Advice: “There’s a good likelihood that he’ll be there,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. “Vladi and I have talked about that. He understands. I understand his desire (to be traded). But at the end of the day it’s a difficult industry right now. It’s a flat cap. Vladi hasn’t played a lot of hockey in the last couple years. He knows he’s gonna have to go out there and play very well.” Tarasenko requested to be traded and he wasn't chosen in the expansion draft, but Armstrong hopes that situation can be put in the past. A strong start for Tarasenko could help in that regard Today, 7:19 am
  • Jack Eichel to report for pre-camp physical
    Jack Eichel will reportedly be at Buffalo's pre-training camp physical this week. 

    Advice: There are still questions about whether or not Eichel will be cleared to play and his future with the Sabres remains in question. He has been sidelined since March because of a herniated disc in his neck. If Eichel isn't traded before the start of the 2021-22 season and he fails his physical then he could begin the year on injured reserve. Today, 7:08 am
  • Logan Brown inks one-year deal with Ottawa
    Logan Brown has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. 

    Advice: "Logan is among the most talented prospects in our organization," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "He possesses many of the tools that could ultimately help him find success in the NHL. We're hopeful that a productive summer translates into a good training camp for him here beginning next week." Brown has been the subject of trade speculation because he has played in just 30 NHL contests over the past four seasons. He has one goal and eight assists during that span after being the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Kailer Yamamoto, Oilers agree to one-year deal
    Kailer Yamamoto has signed a one-year contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers. 

    Advice: Yamamoto will earn $1.175 million for the 2021-22 season. He provided eight goals, 21 points, 69 shots and 52 hits across 52 matches last campaign. Yamamoto is expected to get a chance to prove he can be a top-six forward and if he has success in that role then he could land a more lucrative contract down the road. Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Zdeno Chara joins Islanders on one-year contract
    Zdeno Chara has signed a one-year contract with the New York Islanders. 

    Advice: Chara spent the 2020-21 season as a member of the Washington Capitals following 14 years with the Boston Bruins. In 55 games last campaign, he posted two goals, 10 points, 44 penalty minutes, 67 blocks and 88 hits. The 44-year-old defender was originally selected by the Islanders in the third round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Matthew Tkachuk eager for Flames to take next step
    Matthew Tkachuk is anxious for Calgary to take the next step and make a deep playoff run. 

    Advice: "It's kind of enough is enough right now," said Tkachuk on Friday. "Time is ticking, and average isn't fun, and that's what we've been. We've been making playoffs, missing playoffs, make the playoffs, lose first round, it's not been fun. It's time for us to really do something, take that next step, but I think guys really have to dig in and do it from the start." During Tkachuk's first five NHL seasons, Calgary has lost in the first round or not qualified for the postseason. He also praised the signing of Blake Coleman, who just won two Stanley Cups with Tampa Bay, because he feels that experience will be valuable. Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Jean-Luc Foudy benefits from time in the AHL
    Jean-Luc Foudy feels he benefited from the time he spent in the AHL last season. 

    Advice: Foudy recorded three goals and 14 points in 34 matches with the Colorado Eagles last campaign. He also had one assist in two playoff outings. "Of course, with COVID and all that, it was weird that I got that opportunity," said the 19-year-old forward. "But it was nice because I got introduced to all the staff in Colorado and with the Eagles as well, so I feel like it put me a step ahead coming here knowing a lot of people." Foudy will be able to continue his development with the Avalanche system due to an exemption rule. Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Grubauer, Kraken aiming high in inaugural season
    Philipp Grubauer said the Seattle Kraken hope to be Stanley Cup contenders in the team's inaugural season. 

    Advice: "We are not there to go through the motions and just play," said Grubauer on Friday. "Like, we are there to win a Cup. We're there to bring one back to the city. What better way would it be? It would be incredible to do it the first year." He signed a six-year, $35.4 million contract with the Kraken on July 28 and is looking to make the same impact that Marc-Andre Fleury had with the Vegas Golden Knights. Grubauer is looking forward to seeing how the team will play and feels that the exhibition schedule will provide a decent glimpse into the team's style. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Nikita Gusev agrees to PTO with Toronto
    Nikita Gusev has agreed to a professional tryout with the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

    Advice: Gusev produced four goals and 10 points in 31 games with New Jersey and Florida last season. The Devils terminated his contract in 2020-21 after putting him on unconditional waivers. Friday, 4:00 pm
  • Canucks hope to have Pettersson, Hughes at camp
    Vancouver GM Jim Benning hopes to have RFAs Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes at training camp next week. 

    Advice: Pettersson and Hughes are both key players for the Canucks and they are looking for new deals following the expiration their entry-level contracts. “I would like them in training camp. If it's possible to figure out deals before camp, I'd like to try to figure it out because I feel like they're still young players, they're still developing and I think training camp is important for them," said Benning on Thursday. "We're in constant communication with Pat Brisson and his group. The communication's good and we're just trying to figure out how to get to some common ground from their perspective and our perspective. They're important players in the future of our team and our group but these are complicated deals." Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Patrick Kane working through nagging issue
    Patrick Kane has been working through an unspecified issue ahead of the 2021-22 season, but he expects to be ready for training camp. 

    Advice: "It's something that I worked on all summer, so it's been, I don't want to say frustrating, but it's been like nagging me a little bit," Kane said on Thursday. "We're at the point now where I think it's finally starting to turn the corner and seeing some progress." It's something that has been bothering him since before the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. "To be honest with you, I'm excited with where I'm at. Hopefully I'm feeling good to start the season," Kane added. "Obviously, I have different conversations with doctors and the training staff, so I'm sure we'll kind of readjust it. But to me, there's no worries going into camp." Friday, 1:42 pm
  • Michael Frolik agrees to PTO with St. Louis
    Michael Frolik has signed a professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues. 

    Advice: Frolik skated in just eight games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. He didn't record a single point, while being credited with 14 shots and nine hits. Friday, 12:23 pm
  • St. Louis signs James Neal to professional tryout
    James Neal has signed a professional tryout with the St. Louis Blues. 

    Advice: Neal notched five goals and five assists in 29 games with Edmonton last season prior to being bought out by the team this past summer. He scored 19 times and chipped in 12 assists over 55 matches with the Oilers in 2019-20. The Blues announced that Michael Frolik will attend training camp with the team on a PTO as well. Friday, 12:20 pm
    Player Note
    James Neal StL - LW,RW
  • Zack Smith announces his retirement
    Zack Smith has decided to call it a career.

    Advice: "There were definitely a bunch of different factors that went into it,” Smith said. “And I don’t want to sound like I was taking it for granted or that I didn’t appreciate the life that hockey has given to me, but my heart wasn’t into it the last couple of years." He also talked about lingering back pain being a reason for his retirement. Smith skated in 662 career NHL games and he recorded 204 points. Friday, 10:07 am
    Player Note
    Zack Smith Chi - C,LW
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