Player Notes

  • Avs will get contract done with Grubauer soon
    Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said he expects to finalize a contract extension with Philipp Grubauer soon.

    Advice: The Avalanche acquired the restricted free agent in a trade with the Washington Capitals on Friday night. "We really feel you need two really good goaltenders, and we like where Grubauer is; he’s just coming into his prime," Sakic said. "We’re certain we’re going to get something done, and it will be done shortly — at some point in the next few days." The Avs now have a nice goalie tandem with Semyon Varlamov and Grubauer. Today, 8:02 am
  • Coach feels relationship with Kessel is good
    Penguins coach Mike Sullivan feels he has a good relationship with Phil Kessel.

    Advice: "My relationship with Phil has been the same for three seasons," Sullivan said. "It hasn't changed. It's evolved because we've been through different experiences both as a group and as individuals, but my relationship with Phil is the same as it's always been. It's one of respect, of mutual respect and that's how I see it." There have been reports of a rift between Kessel and Sullivan, which has also led to trade rumors. Kessel's coming off a strong season with 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games, so it would be somewhat surprising if he actually ended up being dealt. Today, 2:11 am
  • Flyers did sign Samuel Morin to 3-year deal
    The Philadelphia Flyers have indeed signed Samuel Morin to a three-year contract.

    Advice: Morin's contract is reportedly worth $700,000 per season. He suffered a torn ACL during the Calder Cup playoffs which could sideline him until February. "We viewed it more as an opportunity because we can get a lower cap number because he’s not gonna really play this year," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "We said, ‘You know what? We can spread it over three years.’ He understands kind of the logic. It was a fair deal for both sides and we got him for three years at a low cap number. We believe in Sam Morin. He had a tough year. Obviously an ACL is not an injury that you want, but that guys respond back from pretty well. We think a lot of Big Sam." Today, 2:07 am
  • Waddell confirms CAR, Lindholm are far apart
    Elias Lindholm and the Carolina Hurricanes are indeed far apart in their contract negotiations, per Hurricanes GM Don Waddell.

    Advice: "We're a ways apart," Waddell said. "Until we can get a deal done, I guess I'd listen to what people have to say. We'll keep working to try to get a deal done." That reinforces a previous report stating that Waddell and Lindholm's camp met on Friday and had discouraging contract talks. The Hurricanes aren't ready to sign Lindholm to a long-term contract, but perhaps the two sides will eventually see eye-to-eye on a bridge contract. Today, 1:23 am
  • GM Don Waddell counters Skinner trade report
    Hurricanes GM Don Waddell countered the reports that Jeff Skinner is on the brink of being traded.

    Advice: Based on the trade reports surfacing, it sounded as if a Skinner trade by the end of Friday would be likely, but obviously that didn't happen. In fact, in reality it seems that the trade market is fairly stagnant for now. "Not close," Waddell said of any potential Skinner trade. "It won't happen here, if it ever happens." Of course things can change quickly, but one has to wonder if teams that are potentially interested in SKinner are waiting to see what will happen with Ilya Kovalchuk first. Today, 1:20 am
  • Report: Avs likely to trade or buyout Orpik
    It looks like Brooks Orpik probably won't end up playing for the Colorado Avalanche.

    Advice: The Avalanche are reportedly looking to either trade Orpik or potentially buy out the final season of his five-year, $27.5 million contract. The Avalanche acquired him from Washington as part of the Philipp Grubauer trade, but presumably the Capitals insisted on that as they wanted to clear up the cap space. That being said, Orpik can still provide some team with value as a defensive defenseman even if he is expensive at his current $5.5 million cap hit. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Stars, Stephen Johns sign 3-year/$7.05M deal
    Stephen Johns has signed a three-year, $7.05 million contract extension with the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Johns eight goals and 15 points in 75 games last season. The blueliner also averaged 17:33 minutes per game and accumulated 201 hits and 155 blocked shots. The 26-year-old is coming off a two-year, $1.45 million contract. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Tavares to decide if he wants pre-UFA talks
    John Tavares is expected to decide on Saturday whether or not he'll take advantage of the pre-UFA interview period.

    Advice: While Tavares can't become an unrestricted free agent until July 1, he will be allowed to start talking to teams on Sunday. That would allow him to get a sense for his options as soon as possible, which might prove beneficial to him even if he ultimately decides to re-sign with the Islanders. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Louis Domingue signs two-year extension
    The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Louis Domingue to a two-year, $2.3 million contract.

    Advice: Domingue was set to become a restricted free agent after completing his previous two-year, $2.1 million contract. He had a 3.41 GAA and .894 in 19 games between Arizona and Tampa Bay last season. While those numbers are obviously bad, it's worth noting that he recorded a 2.89 GAA and .914 save percentage over his 12 contests with Tampa Bay. He will serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy's backup. Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Dmitry Kulikov had back surgery
    Dmitry Kulikov underwent back surgery following the Jets' exit from the Western Conference Final.

    Advice: Kulikov is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had three goals and 11 points in 62 contests last season. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Canucks ink Markus Granlund to one-year deal
    Markus Granlund has signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

    Advice: Granlund is coming off a rough campaign where he had eight goals and 12 points in 53 contests. This new deal can be seen as a show-me contract as he needs to prove to the Canucks that he is worthy of a long-term investment. He does have potential and it will be worth keeping an eye on him in 2018-19. Yesterday, 11:15 am
  • Tampa Bay will not re-sign Chris Kunitz
    The Tampa Bay Lightning won't re-sign Chris Kunitz.

    Advice: Kunitz will consequently test the unrestricted free agent market. The 38-year-old had 13 goals and 29 points in 82 contests last season. He's hoping to extend his career and it wouldn't be surprising if there is at least some interest in the four-time Stanley Cup champion. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Nikita Soshnikov close to one-year deal
    The St. Louis Blues and Nikita Soshnikov are closing in on a one-year contract, per agent Dan Milstein.

    Advice: Soshnikov can become a restricted free agent on July 1, but the bigger concern if you're a Blues fan is that he was reportedly considering heading to the KHL. He had a goal and an assist in 15 games between Toronto and St. Louis last season. Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • BUF won't give Robin Lehner qualifying offer
    The Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that they won't present Robin Lehner with a qualifying offer.

    Advice: Such an offer had to be $4 million and the Sabres likely felt that would be too high. As a result, Lehner can now test the UFA market on July 1. He had a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage in 53 games last season, but he's also had some strong campaigns as well. It wouldn't be surprising if another team has interest in him at least as a backup. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • San Jose plans on buying out Paul Martin
    Paul Martin has been placed on unconditional waivers.

    Advice: Unless another team claims him, Martin will have the final season of his contract bought out by the San Jose Sharks. That would save the Sharks $2,833,333 in cap space for 2018-19, but add $1,416,667 in 2019-20. The Sharks weren't hurting for cap space to begin with, but they've often been brought up as a potential destination for John Tavares should he decide to test the UFA market and it's possible that San Jose is trying to clear up more room ahead of that possibility. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Report: Craig Anderson asks to be traded
    Craig Anderson has reportedly requested that the Ottawa Senators trade him.

    Advice: That might be difficult as Anderson is starting a two-year, $9.5 million contract. He's 37-years-old and coming off a campaign where he posted a 3.32 GAA and .898 save percentage, so there's probably not much of a market for him. Still, it's understandable that he'd want to be moved given that he's in the twilight of his career and the Senators are beginning a rebuilding process. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • GM sure Hoffman will fit in with Panthers
    Panthers GM Dale Tallon is confident Mike Hoffman will fit into the team's locker room.

    Advice: Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an order of protection against Hoffman's fiancee, Monika Caryk, for allegedly cyber-bullying her. The Senators traded Hoffman shortly after that news came out and Senators GM Pierre Dorion said on Thursday that he had to make the trade because "our dressing room was broken." Tallon seems to believe that adding Hoffman won't result in the same issues in Florida though. "I’m real confident we have a strong locker room," Tallon said. "We have a great core of young players. All the conversations, I’m very confident he will be embraced by our team. We have a great culture down there now starting at the top with [Panthers owner] Vinnie Viola and all the way down. We’ve developed a real strong culture. We’re very confident about this player fitting in nicely. I know a lot of people that know him. I know a lot of players that know him and I have no issues and no problem with him coming into our team." Yesterday, 3:16 am
  • Bowman:Corey Crawford should be fine for camp
    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman reiterated that Corey Crawford is expected to be available at the start of training camp.

    Advice: "What I said at the end of the year was still the case now, which is we expect Corey to be back," Bowman said. "We don’t have any reason to think that’s not going to happen." Beyond that though, there hasn't been an update on Crawford's condition. He missed the final 47 games of the 2017-18 campaign due to a head injury and he reportedly hasn't been on the ice since February. Given that we're in the offseason, we might not get any more substantial information on Crawford's condition for a while. Yesterday, 3:10 am
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  • Rick Nash is likely to test UFA market
    It seems likely at this point that Rick Nash will test the free agent market.

    Advice: Boston GM Don Sweeney did note that if the Bruins are successful in their efforts to sign Ilya Kovalchuk then that would end their pursuit of Nash. "We continue to talk to Rick, and he’s going to continue to take some time to make the decision that he wants to make," said Sweeney. "Time is on his side. He gets to make that [decision] into looking at that. Obviously, we close the door [on Nash talks] if we were fortunate enough to sign Ilya, but you’re kind of jockeying simultaneously. He will have options [in free agency] as well." The Bruins acquired Nash from the Rangers to aide in their postseason push. Nash had 21 goals and 34 points in 71 contests in 2017-18. Yesterday, 2:27 am
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  • Hall, MacKinnon had a close battle for Hart
    Taylor Hall's battle with Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart Trophy was a close victory.

    Advice: The Hart Trophy is given to the league's most valuable player, as voted on by the press. It was a tight race though with Hall getting 1,264 points in voting while MacKinnon finished in second place with 1,194 points. Hall had a clearer lead when it comes to first place votes as he had 72 to MacKinnon's 60. Anze Kopitar was a distant third with 551 votes while Claude Giroux just barely missed out on being a finalist with his 546 votes. Connor McDavid, who won the Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, was the media's fifth choice with 270 votes. Thursday, 1:45 am
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