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  • Adam Boqvist's progress impresses Hawks
    Adam Boqvist impressed Chicago's brass during development camp in July.

    Advice: "Yeah, I was impressed," said Blackhawks player development coach Brian Campbell. "Obviously, he's come a long way in a year from last development camp. There's no pressure being put on him. He’ll develop at his time. If he pushes for a spot, great, but I just don’t want people to get away. There’s a lot to keep learning and he wants to learn, which is the greatest thing. His teammates love him: great thing. He wants to do extra and learn the game: great thing. He is preparing himself days before, even in development camp, he’s preparing himself days before. So all great things and he’s on the right path." The 19-year-old blueliner will probably start the 2019-20 season in the minors, but he should get a long look durning training camp. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:22 am
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  • Rasmus Ristolainen remains in Buffalo's plans
    Rasmus Ristolainen remains in Buffalo's plans moving forward.

    Advice: "We're continuing to try to set this team up where we're putting 'Risto' in positions to have success," Sabres GM Jason Botterill said. "Yeah, he wants to win. We also want to put him in a situation where he plays very well, and that’s what we’ve tried to do with some of the acquisitions, add depth to our defense, add competition to our defense." Ristolainen implied that a trade may be what's best for him in an interview with Finnish outlet MTV Sports last week. Buffalo is making it sound like the team expects him to be at training camp next month. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:28 am
  • Stars unlikely to sign UFA Ben Lovejoy
    Ben Lovejoy is still looking for a team as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: Lovejoy isn't expected to be back with the Dallas Stars. The Stars already have plenty of defense options going into training camp and could have another if Stephen Johns is available to return from injury. Lovejoy skated in 71 games last year with New Jersey and Dallas. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:50 pm
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  • Rantanen not worried by contract situation
    Mikko Rantanen's contract situation isn't a concern for him even though training camp is only a month away.

    Advice: "I know what's happening, but I'm not stressful," Rantanen said. "There are a lot of players who are in the same situation. [It's] nice that I'm trusted and the club wants to make a long [-term] deal. Let's see what happens … The situation hasn't bothered me." Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said Friday that he expects contract talks to pick up in the coming weeks. Rantanen is excited for the 2019-20 campaign and believes Colorado is primed for big things. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Evgeny Svechnikov (knee) ready for camp
    Evgeny Svechnikov will be ready for training camp even though his surgically-repaired knee isn't quite 100 percent.

    Advice: "It feels good, very good, lot better than it used to feel," Svechnikov said. "(But) there’s no 100 percent. I’ll be feeling it into the season. It’s still a process of healing and I’m feeling it. But it’s definitely good enough to go and I’m feeling good. I’m ready." He is eager to get back to playing after losing the entire 2018-19 season following right knee ACL reconstruction. Svechnikov is confident that he can make the jump to the NHL level and he will look to prove himself during training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:12 am
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  • Kaapo Kakko thinks he can click with Panarin
    Kaapo Kakko would like an opportunity to play with Artemi Panarin.

    Advice: "We've made great additions and got great players," Kakko said. "I've watched [Panarin's] games and highlights. Great player, nice to have him. I think we would be good together. I believe anyone would fit with such a great player. I haven't thought about lines though." He is confident that his time with TPS of Finland's Liiga has prepared him to make the jump to the NHL. Kakko, who was selected by the Rangers with the second-overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, may get a chance to start the season on New York's top line with Panarin and Mika Zibanejad. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • Drake Batherson more comfortable as a pro
    Drake Batherson gained valuable experience last year with Belleville of the AHL and feels more prepared to compete for a roster spot with Ottawa during training camp.

    Advice: "It was exactly where I should have been," said Batherson. "There’s quite a difference between the junior and the pro lifestyle. You really have no idea what to expect." He added that the AHL "is one of the most underrated leagues in all of hockey." Batherson had three goals and nine points in 20 games at the NHL level last year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:36 pm
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  • Drew Doughty motivated to rebound
    Drew Doughty believes the Kings will bounce back in 2019-20.

    Advice: Doughty envisions the team proving that it can be a top contender again and he added that the players "failed the entire organization" last year. He singled out his own poor performance after he had 45 points and a career-low minus-34 rating last campaign. "I can't put a measure on how personally motivated I am for this season," Doughty said. "Last season was a disappointment and a big embarrassment. I'm expected to be one of the best guys on my team and a leader. I'm really looking forward to bringing us back to where we need to be. My determination is going to be at (the) maximum." Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:05 pm
  • Lack of talks leaves Laine feeling uncertain
    Patrik Laine isn't sure what is happening with Winnipeg because there haven't been any contract talks this summer.

    Advice: Laine isn't sure what that means for his future with the team, but there hasn't been much movement with lots of high-profile restricted free agents. "Well you never know. It’s still business, you’ve got to be prepared for anything," Laine said Friday. "But yeah, you never know where you’re going to play next year so I’m just prepared for anything." He added that he will stay in Europe until he gets a new contract. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:56 am
  • Andrew Ladd (knee) gets back on the ice
    Andrew Ladd (knee) has been back on the ice skating, according to Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello.

    Advice: Ladd underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Cal Clutterbuck (back) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season, but Ladd is slated to be out for a little longer Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 am
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  • Cal Clutterbuck (back) resumes skating
    Cal Clutterbuck is still recovering from off-season back surgery.

    Advice: Clutterbuck has resumed skating, according to GM Lou Lamoriello. He is expected to be ready for the start of the season and shouldn't have any issues during the latter part of training camp. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:05 am
  • Islanders still have to sign Beauvillier
    Anthony Beauvillier is still an unsigned restricted free agent.

    Advice: Fellow RFAs Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang also need to be signed by the New York Islanders. GM Lou Lamoriello said agreements are in place with two of them, but he didn't reveal who they were. He did say that "none of our restricted free agents will be an issue, we'll have everyone signed." Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:01 am
  • Ekblad, Panthers ready to take next step
    Aaron Ekblad knows that expectations are higher for the Florida Panthers going into the 2019-20 season.

    Advice: "Maybe in the past people overlooked us, but right now, I would say we go into this year as the team to beat," Ekblad said. "With the players we’ve brought in and the core we have established, I mean, if we don’t, you know things are going to go sideways pretty quick. We have to realize and know if we want to stay together, we have to win." The 23-year-old defender had 13 goals and 37 points in 82 games last season. Ekblad has not reached 40 points at the NHL level during his first five years, but that could change in 2019-20. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:21 am
  • Wild GM search holding up Fiala contract talk
    Minnesota still has to hire a new general manager, so contract negotiations with RFA Kevin Fiala are in a holding pattern.

    Advice: Fiala and his agent, Claude Lemieux, were negotiating with former GM Paul Fenton, who was fired on July 30. The team is looking for a replacement. "I was a little concerned with Fenton gone and what's going on now," Fiala said. "But they still want to keep me, so there's no concern about that now." Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:22 pm
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  • Aho thankful that contract situation is over
    Sebastian Aho is happy with how his contract situation played out even though it was expedited by Montreal's offer sheet.

    Advice: "It wasn't an easy decision, but at the same time I had literally like a day or less, actually, to think about it," Aho said. "It felt right. Now I'm thinking about it, I'm happy with my situation. It worked out. It really did. I did sign an offer sheet with Montreal and I'm thankful for them to offer me that contract, but I'm happy to be in Carolina." There are plenty of restricted free agents who remain unsigned and Aho is glad to have that distraction out of the way. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • William Nylander confident he'll bounce back
    William Nylander is anxious for the start of the 2019-20 season and he is expecting a comeback performance.

    Advice: Nylander accounted for just seven goals and 27 points in 54 games last season after ending his contract holdout minutes before the Dec. 1 deadline. "Last year’s just gone," he said Thursday. "Out of the books, really, except for maybe taking some stuff that I learned. I look forward to dominating. I'm confident in how I am as a player, so I’m not too worried about it." Nylander doesn't expect to play center this coming season and it's probable he will be back alongside Auston Matthews even though he hasn't been guaranteed that spot yet. He has tremendous bounce-back potential in 2019-20 and certainly seems to have his swagger back following a productive 2019 IIHF World Championship when he led the tournament in scoring with 18 points in eight games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:42 am
  • Victor Hedman healthy, ready for camp
    Victor Hedman will be fully healthy going into training camp.

    Advice: "Body is great," Hedman said. "I've been able to do what I want to do this summer. I'm fortunate enough to skate with my hometown team Modo (in Sweden) and they've taken good care of me ever since I went over to Tampa. My offseason has been great and looking forward to the last few weeks before I head over to Tampa for the final touches." He missed 12 games in the regular-season and two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of injuries, but he feels 100 percent now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Nico Sturm to battle for role with Minnesota
    Nico Sturm will compete for a roster spot with Minnesota during training camp.

    Advice: "[Sturm] is a guy I think can be in the mix on the third or fourth line," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He was able to get a taste of [professional hockey] last season toward the end there, but I think if he comes in and has a really strong camp, there's no reason he can't be a part of the team to start the year." Sturm skated in two games with the Wild at the end of the 2018-19 season after completing his third year with Clarkson University. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Nicholas Baptiste signs with Toronto Marlies
    Nicholas Baptiste has re-upped with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

    Advice: Baptiste notched seven points in 18 games with the Marlies as well as one goal in 13 playoff outings after he was acquired from Nashville. He was playing with the Predators' AHL affiliate prior to the trade where he had 22 points in 55 matches. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 am
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  • Ivan Barbashev may bolt for team overseas
    Ivan Barbashev's agent, Dan Milstein, said Thursday morning that his client is "looking at options on both sides of the ocean."

    Advice: Barbashev is still a restricted free agent and it appears as though he is using the threat of a contract with a team overseas, perhaps in the KHL, as leverage in negotiations with the St. Louis Blues. Milstein insisted that this isn't a negotiating ploy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:00 am
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