Player Notes

  • Jack Kopacka signs an entry-level contract
    Jack Kopacka has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Kopacka had 30 goals and 49 points in 65 OHL games this season. He was taken with the 93rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Today, 3:39 pm
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  • Craig Anderson helps Sens win series in OT
    Craig Anderson saved 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 overtime win against Boston in Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Anderson surrendered the game-tying goal early in the third period, but he also made 11 saves in that frame to give Ottawa a chance to win it in overtime. With that, the Senators have advanced to the second round where they will face the New York Rangers. That will be another tough series for Anderson as he'll be playing opposite of Henrik Lundqvist. Today, 3:37 pm
  • Tuukka Rask, Bruins lose to Ottawa in OT
    Tuukka Rask kicked out 26 of 29 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Rask faced two power-play shots in this contest and both of them got past him. The second of those power-play goals was also the overtime winner. With that, the Boston Bruins have been eliminated from the 2017 playoffs in the first round. Rask Today, 3:35 pm
  • P. Bergeron forces OT, but Bruins still lose
    Patrice Bergeron scored a goal in Boston's 3-2 overtime loss to Ottawa in Game 6 Sunday afternoon.

    Advice: Bergeron's third period goal tied the game and eventually forced overtime, but in the end it wasn't even to prevent the Bruins from being eliminated. Drew Stafford netted Boston's other goal. Brad Marchand assisted on both of Boston's markers, giving him four points in six playoff games this year. Today, 3:28 pm
  • Chris Kunitz (LBI) practices on Sunday
    Chris Kunitz (lower body) took part in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Kunitz has missed 10 straight games, including the Penguins' five-game first round series against Columbus. "It's unfortunate I missed the first round. It was a great round against Columbus with some time in between, so I hope to get back soon," Kunitz said. "It's tough watching playoff hockey. Fortunately for me, my team moved on so it gave me a chance to hopefully get back in the lineup." He didn't have any problems during Sunday's practice so the next step is to see how he feels on Monday. Today, 2:04 pm
  • St. Louis demotes Jordan Schmaltz
    Jordan Schmaltz has been sent to the minors.

    Advice: Schmaltz summoned Schmaltz on Saturday, but didn't use him in Game 5. He had two assists in nine regular season games with St. Louis. Today, 1:17 pm
  • Torey Krug (LBI) isn't available on Sunday
    Just to confirm, Torey Krug (lower body) won't return for Game 6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Krug playing on Sunday was a long shot, but be did show signs of progress by skating on Saturday. In order for Krug to have a chance to return in the 2017 playoffs, Boston will have to win Game 6. Today, 11:21 am
  • David Krejci won't play in Game 6 on Sunday
    David Krejci (lower body) isn't available for Game 6 on Sunday.

    Advice: Krejci suffered a lower-body injury in Friday's game. He had 23 goals and 54 points in 82 regular season games, but had been held off the scoresheet in three playoff contests. The Bruins need to win Game 6 to stay alive in the first round. Today, 11:15 am
  • Phil Kessel skips Sunday's practice
    Phil Kessel didn't participate in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said afterwards that Kessel had a maintenance day. The Penguins are just resting and waiting for the start of the second round, so Kessel skipping a morning skate isn't alarming. Today, 10:09 am
  • Alex Ovechkin is feeling fine after Kadri hit
    Alex Ovechkin isn't feeling any lingering effects from Nazem Kadri's low hit.

    Advice: Ovechkin briefly left Game 5 with what looked like a knee or leg injury, but he was able to complete the contest. He has three goals and no assists in the first round series. Today, 9:15 am
  • Karl Alzner will miss Game 6 Sunday
    Karl Alzner will not play in Game 6 Sunday.

    Advice: Alzner was a participant in the morning skate but the decision has been made to sit him out with a upper body injury. It is the fourth straight game he has missed and the Capitals will go with six defensemen and 12 forwards against the Maple Leafs. Today, 8:44 am
  • Vladimir Sobotka has 3 points in first round
    Vladimir Sobotka recorded an assist in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

    Advice: Sobotka finished the first round series with a goal and three points in five games. He played for the Blues on April 9 for the first time in roughly three years because he was with the KHL's Omsk Avangard. He had nine goals and 30 points in 41 KHL contests this season. Today, 7:47 am
  • Paul Stastny gets a goal in his return
    Paul Stastny found the back of the net in his return from a lower-body injury.

    Advice: Stastny missed the Blues' first four playoff games, but he returned on Saturday to help the Blues eliminate Minnesota with a 4-3 overtime victory. Stastny logged 22:42 minutes of ice time in his return. Today, 7:44 am
  • Alexander Steen scores a goal on Saturday
    Alexander Steen found the back of the net in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota on Saturday.

    Advice: Steen had two goals and four points in the Blues' five-game first round series. His contributions were made all the more impressive by the fact that he was dealing with a foot injury that recently caused him to miss some practice time, but hasn't resulted in him missing a postseason contest. Today, 7:42 am
  • Matt Murray still unable to skate for Pens
    Matt Murray has not been on the ice since he suffered a lower body injury prior to Game 1 of the first round on April 12.

    Advice: That does not bode well for Murray and it looks as if Marc-Andre Fleury will be between the pipes for Game 1 of the second round later this week. There is no timetable at this time for the return of Murray to the Penguins lineup. Today, 7:30 am
  • Montreal can re-sign Price this summer
    The Montreal Canadiens can sign Carey Price to an extension this summer.

    Advice: Price has one season left on his six-year, $39 million contract. He'll likely get a significant raise after winning the Vezina Trophy in 2015 and being a finalist for the award again this season. After Montreal's first round exit at the hands of the New York Rangers there might be some significant changes this summer, but re-signing Price will still likely be a key item on Montreal's agenda. Price did all he could to keep the Canadiens alive in the first round as he posted a 1.86 GAA and .933 save percentage in six playoff starts. Today, 7:13 am
  • Scott Darling is looking for starting gig
    Scott Darling wants to get his shot as a starting goaltender.

    Advice: "Yeah, I feel like I've paid my dues as a backup," Darling said. "And when I've had a chance to play in consecutive games I feel like I've shown that I can do it." He posted a 2.38 GAA and .924 save percentage in 32 games this season. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it's unlikely that he'll re-sign with Chicago given that the Blackhawks remain committed to starting goaltender Corey Crawford. Today, 7:02 am
  • Jonathan Toews passes on 2017 Worlds
    Jonathan Toews has decided against playing for Team Canada in the 2017 World Championships.

    Advice: Toews feels it would be better for his preparations for 2017-18 if he passed on the tournament. "At this point of my career, going through the last couple of years the way things have played out, there are some little changes here and there with how I approach my preparation, especially the last summer being a long offseason and coming in feeling I was as prepared as I could be and still not getting to the level of play I wanted to this season," Toews said. "There are some things I have to re-evaluate and think about this offseason. There's no satisfaction there but definitely take a different approach with how I prepare for next season. I didn't get to the level I needed to be to help our team survive a little bit longer in this last series, so I have to be responsible for that as well." Toews got off to a slow start in 2016-17, but he heated up in the second half of the campaign. He finished with 21 goals and 58 points in 72 regular season contests. Today, 6:58 am
  • Anton Slepyshev gets the game winner
    Anton Slepyshev scored the series clinching goal on Saturday.

    Advice: Slepyshev's goal made it 2-0 Edmonton as they went on to defeat the Sharks 3-1 and take the series in six games. It was his first of the playoffs and after a four goal, 10 point regular season in 41 games, Slepyshev has been seeing some first line duty with Connor McDavid. Today, 6:06 am
  • Sam Gagner undergoing contract talks with CBJ
    Sam Gagner is talking with the Columbus Blue Jackets about a new contract.

    Advice: Gagner inked a one-year/$650,000 contract in the summer and will be a UFA if he does not re-sign before July 1. Gagne had a breakout campaign with 50 points in limited action and would like to return. "Yeah, I thought it was a good fit," Gagner said. "It’s a team that’s on the rise and as the year went on I felt like more and more apart of things and a big part of things. Yeah, I’d like to come back, but we’ll see where things go." Today, 5:55 am
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