Player Notes

  • Tomas Nosek won't play in Game 1 vs. Montreal
    Tomas Nosek (undisclosed) won't play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Montreal on Monday. 

    Advice: Nosek is not on the ice for the pregame warmups after being listed as a game-time decision for the contest. It didn't look like he would be playing based on the morning skate when he was one of the last players on the ice. Nosek hasn't played since May 18 due to an undisclosed ailment. 6 minutes ago
  • Confirmed: Carey Price vs. Fleury in Game 1
    Carey Price will start in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Vegas on Monday. 

    Advice: This obviously doesn't come as a surprise. Price has won seven straight postseason games and he has allowed two goals or fewer in five of those contests. He has a record of 8-3 this postseason with a 1.97 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. 10 minutes ago
  • Anders Lee (knee) skates solo on Monday
    Anders Lee (knee) was skating alone on Monday and taking some shots. 

    Advice: The Islanders have reiterated on a few occasions that Lee won't be back during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he is clearly making progress. He had surgery to repair a torn ACL in March. Today, 3:10 pm
  • Sharks re-sign Nicolas Meloche to 1-year contract
    Nicolas Meloche has signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. 

    Advice: "Nicolas is a steady, reliable presence on the blueline," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He continued his development last season with the Barracuda and the Sharks and improved over the course of the season. We feel that he is ready to compete for a spot in our lineup in the NHL." Meloche had one assist, six shots, six blocks and five hits in seven appearances with the Sharks this past season. He also had nine helpers in 29 games with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda in 2020-21. Today, 3:03 pm
  • Jonathan Dahlen inks 1-year contract with San Jose
    Jonathan Dahlen has signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. 

    Advice: "Jonathan went back to Sweden this past year with goals of being the captain for his team and winning the championship in the Allsvenskan," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He delivered on his promises by being the MVP and leading scorer in the league and matured in his path to success. He will take this experience he has earned and challenge for a spot in the NHL." Dahlen racked up 25 goals and 71 points in 45 games with Timra IK in Sweden's second-highest division during the 2020-21 season. He led the league in assists and points en route to being named the Forward of the Year and the MVP. Additionally, Dahlen helped lead his team to a championship with a league-leading 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 15 playoff games.  He was also named the MVP of the postseason. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Jeffrey Viel agrees to two-year deal with Sharks
    Jeffrey Viel has signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks. 

    Advice: "Jeff showed his compete level last season, playing a hard-nosed, physical game," said Sharks GM Dougg Wilson. "He is a player who has great character and leadership qualities, being a former captain of his junior team, and we feel that he will push to make the jump to the NHL. We are happy to have him in our organization." Viel didn't have a point in 11 games with the San Jose Sharks during the 2020-21 season, while posting 23 penalty minutes, 10 shots and 22 hits. He averaged just 7:16 of ice time per match. The 24-year-old also had two goals and two assists in 17 contests at the AHL level this past campaign. Today, 2:37 pm
  • Linus Sandin inks one-year contract with Flyers
    Linus Sandin has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. 

    Advice: The deal has an average annual value of $750,000. Sandin produced four goals and 10 points in 20 games with HV71 of the SHL during the 2020-21 season. The 25-year-old forward also had six goals and 10 points in 26 appearances with Lehigh Valley of the AHL this past campaign. Today, 1:30 pm
  • Flyers re-sign German Rubtsov and Linus Sandin
    German Rubstov has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. 

    Advice: The deal has an average annual value of $750,000. Rubstov recorded three goals and 11 points in 46 games with HK Sochi of the KHL during the 2020-21 season. He skated in four matches with Philadelphia in the 2019-20 campaign. Rubtsov also had two goals and 11 assists in 42 appearances with Lehigh Valley of the AHL that year. Additionally, the Flyers announced the same one-year, two-way deal with Linus Sandin. Today, 1:23 pm
  • Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) 'could go if needed'
    Oliver Wahlstrom (lower body) "could go if needed and necessary," according to coach Barry Trotz. 

    Advice: Wahlstrom was on the ice for the pregame warmups on Sunday ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals, but he didn't return to the lineup. He has been sidelined since May 24 because of a lower-body injury. Trotz said that he likes the way the lineup has been playing, so it seems as though Wahlstrom may have to wait for an opportunity to be reinserted into the lineup. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Islanders had the same skaters in Game 2 versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Today, 12:17 pm
  • Marc-Andre Fleury set to start Monday in Game 1
    Marc-Andre Fleury was the first goalie off the ice at the morning skate, which puts him in line to start Monday in Game 1 against Montreal. 

    Advice: Fleury has been the goalie of choice for Vegas during his playoff run, so it is not surprising that he would get the nod in the team's series opener of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. He has a record of 8-4 this postseason with a 1.91 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. Today, 11:53 am
  • Jon Merril not ready for Game 1 against Vegas
    Jon Merril (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals against Vegas. 

    Advice: Merrill was on the ice for the morning skate, but he was sporting a non-contact jersey and stayed out late with the extras. He has been out of action since May 27 with an undisclosed injury, but he may be an option at some point in the series. Today, 11:27 am
  • Jake Evans practices, not expected to play Monday
    Jake Evans (concussion) was on the ice for the morning skate on Monday, but he isn't expected to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Evans was wearing a non-contact jersey during the session and he stayed out late with the team's extras. Still, it is encouraging that he is making progress and he could be an option at some point in Montreal's series against Vegas. Evans has been out since June 2 of Game 1 against Winnipeg because of a concussion. Today, 11:21 am
  • Jeff Petry skates, Montreal hopes he can play soon
    Montreal is "confident" that Jeff Petry (hand) will be an option for the team "soon," according to coach Dominique Ducharme. 

    Advice: Petry isn't expected to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Monday against Vegas, He was sporting a non-contact jersey during the morning skate and stayed out late for extra work. Petry could be back early in the series. This will be his second straight game on the sidelines with a hand injury that he sustained on June 6 in Game 3 of the second round versus Winnipeg. Today, 11:15 am
  • Cassidy hopes to have Taylor Hall back
    Coach Bruce Cassidy hopes to have Taylor Hall back with the Boston Bruins next season. 

    Advice: Hall, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency, has expressed his desire to stay with the Bruins on several occasions since he was acquired from Buffalo. "I think the benefit of being here for the full season would be just to watch how hard a guy like Brad Marchand practices and plays every day of the season," Cassidy said Monday. "Brad will take his occasional maintenance day, but other than that, when he's on the ice it's 100 percent. Competing against whoever in practice, second effort in the games. I think that can only help a player like Taylor that is a little further ahead and has been through some of that and has had some seasons like 'Marchy' where he's an elite player. And if he's going to get back to that level, I think watching Marchy every day will be a huge benefit for him." The Bruins bench boss liked the balance that Hall brought to the lineup. Today, 10:14 am
  • Hurricanes allow Hamilton to talk to other teams
    Carolina has reportedly granted Dougie Hamilton permission to talk to other NHL teams, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. 

    Advice: Hamilton is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team he wants on July 28. The Hurricanes will have the option of doing a sign-and-trade if Hamilton finds an interested team that he wants to go to. It will also allow him to see what other offers are out there and perhaps re-sign with Carolina if they are giving him the best deal. Hamilton racked up 10 goals and 42 points in 55 games this past campaign. Today, 9:27 am
  • Stamkos isn't worried after Lightning lose Game 1
    Steven Stamkos isn't overly concerned after the Lightning dropped Game 1 to the Islanders in the semifinals.

    Advice: “We’re fine in this position,” Stamkos said. “It’s not ideal, but (the Islanders) did what we’ve done to teams so far (this postseason) and get one on the road. So we’ve got to respond with another game at home in front of our fans, and then we’ll take it from there. There’s no panic in the room. We’ll make some adjustments, and we’ll come back even hungrier.” It was a 2-1 loss, so it's not like the Lightning got crushed in the contest. They'll have an opportunity to even the series in Game 2 on Tuesday. Today, 6:58 am
  • Berube happy with what O'Reilly did as captain
    Blues coach Craig Berube was happy with how Ryan O'Reilly performed in his first season as the team captain.

    Advice: O'Reilly took over the role from Alex Pietrangelo, who left the squad in the 2020 offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Berube said the first thing he looks for in a captain is someone who will lead by example, which led him to O'Reilly thanks to the player's work ethic and high compete level. “I thought he did a great job,” Berube said. “I thought he got better as he went along the year, and did a tremendous job down the stretch and in the playoffs in my opinion. I know that we got beat four straight, but from a captain standpoint, he worked and he led by example on the ice. I thought that he did a great job in the locker room and on the bench of becoming more vocal and preaching the right things and all the stuff that captains do.” It was a strong season from O'Reilly, who scored 24 goals and 54 points in 56 games. He added another three assists in four playoff games, though it's worth adding that O'Reilly was actually pretty down on himself after the 2021 playoffs, saying that he felt he didn't do much in the series. Today, 6:47 am
  • Stephen Johns announces his retirement
    Stephen Johns has announced his retirement from playing hockey. 

    Advice: Johns, 29, calling it a career after scoring 15 goals and 33 points in 167 NHL games. He didn't play at all in 2020-21 because of post-traumatic headaches and post-concussion syndrome after he was limited to 17 appearances in 2019-20. Johns has battled depression and he decided to go around the country helping others who have struggles with mental health. “I’m writing this post because I’m tired of letting depression destroy my life,” Johns said in his announcement. “The realization that my career has come to an end has really [expletive] with my identity... What I’ll miss most about the game of hockey is providing inspiration. So, I’ve decided to rollerblade and road-trip across the country to hopefully help others facing their own battles. I’ll be documenting along the way, to share my full story, because I know what it feels like to be alone. If I can still inspire one person to climb out of their hole, then that’s a successful trip and exactly what I’m aiming for.” Today, 6:19 am
  • Calvin Thurkauf reportedly signs with Swiss team
    Calvin Thurkauf has reportedly signed with HC Lugano of Switzerland's National League.

    Advice: Thurkauf completed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets. Although he was under contract with Columbus, the team loaned him to Zug EV so he could play in Switzerland last season. He had three goals and five points in 22 Swiss league games. Today, 6:15 am
  • Nikita Kucherov stretches point spree to 4 games
    Nikita Kucherov earned an assist in a 2-1 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Semifinals. 

    Advice: Kucherov posted a helper on Brayden Point's power-play goal in the final minute of the third period. He has two goals and five helpers over a four-game point streak. Kucherov currently ranks first in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 14 assists and 19 points in 12 appearances. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
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