Player Notes

  • Coach wants more shots from Ryan Getzlaf
    Coach Randy Carlyle wants Ryan Getzlaf to shoot more often.

    Advice: "His best explanation is this: He says the coaches tell him to shoot the puck, but his linemates tell him to pass it to them, so he doesn't listen to the coach, he listens to the linemates," Carlyle said. "Getzy has a vision and has a range and size and ability that he can do things that a lot of people can't." He had 10 shots on goal and three markers against Calgary in Round 1 of the playoffs. Getzlaf had five points in the Ducks' four-game sweep over the Flames. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Cogliano proud of Masterton Trophy nomination
    Andrew Cogliano is proud to be a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

    Advice: "It was cool," Cogliano said. "I've been nominated a few times and finally snuck in there. I'm proud. Whenever you're nominated for something, you're doing something right, so I'm pretty happy about it. If you're nominated for it, it’' something special." He has played in 786 consecutive regular-season games over 10 seasons, which is the fourth-longest streak in league history. The award goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Today, 3:49 pm
  • Lars Eller expected to play Thursday
    Lars Eller missed Tuesday's practice for maintenance.

    Advice: However, he is expected to be fine to play on Thursday night when Washington hosts Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs. Eller had two assists in six contests against Toronto in Round 1. He had 25 points in 81 games during the regular season. Today, 3:21 pm
  • Tom Wilson OK after exiting practice
    Tom Wilson is fine after leaving practice early on Tuesday, according to coach Barry Trotz.

    Advice: He was hit in the foot with a shot and left the session early. Wilson had three goals and 12 penalty minutes in six games against Toronto in Round 1 of the postseason. He should be available for Game 1 versus Pittsburgh on Thursday. Today, 3:18 pm
  • Karl Alzner questionable for Game 1 vs. PIT
    Karl Alzner (upper body) is questionable for Game 1 of the second round against Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He went through a full practice Tuesday, but he skated on the team's extra pairing with Taylor Chorney. "He's progressing," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's day to day, and when the trainers say go then he'll go." The Capitals may use seven defenders when Alzner is healthy because Nate Schmidt has played well during his absence. Today, 3:11 pm
  • Polak expects to be ready for next season
    Roman Polak (leg) expects to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

    Advice: He had surgery after he was hurt in Game 2 against Washington. Polak is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July if he doesn't re-sign with the Maple Leafs. Today, 1:33 pm
  • Torey Krug (knee) hoped to play in Game 7
    Torey Krug had an MCL injury to his right knee.

    Advice: He was hoping to be ready for Game 7 against Ottawa, but the Bruins were eliminated in Game 6. Krug won't require surgery, which is good news. All of this makes it sound like he should be ready for training camp. Today, 1:09 pm
  • Patrice Bergeron played through sports hernia
    Patrice Bergeron said he played through a sports hernia in 2016-17.

    Advice: Bergeron notched 21 goals and 53 points in 79 games this past campaign. He also added four points in six playoff appearances. Bergeron will use the off-season to recover, but he isn't sure if surgery will be required yet. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Hampus Lindholm on track to play Wednesday
    Hampus Lindholm remains on track to be ready for Game 1 against Edmonton.

    Advice: He was paired with Josh Manson during line rushes at Tuesday's practice. Lindholm had two assists in four games versus Calgary in Round 1. He was banged up in Game 4, but it looks like he will be ready to play on Wednesday. Today, 11:36 am
  • Rick Nash skips skate for maintenance
    Rick Nash skipped Tuesday's practice for maintenance.

    Advice: He is expected to be back on the ice Wednesday, according to coach Alain Vigneault. Nash contributed two goals and one assist in six games against Montreal in Round 1 of the playoffs. Today, 10:53 am
  • Brian Boyle open to return to Toronto
    Brian Boyle would be open to re-signing with the Maple Leafs.

    Advice: He was acquired from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline and provided the team with some leadership down the stretch and in the playoffs. Boyle was also a solid penalty killer and faceoff man for Toronto as well. He is eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. Today, 10:44 am
  • Ryan Johansen had a superb Round 1
    Ryan Johansen had a great opening-round series against Chicago.

    Advice: He helped shut down the best players on the Blackhawks and he led all skaters with six points in five games. "I knew I was going to have a great challenge and I was going to be looked at," Johansen said. "Knowing that I played solid against Toews and got the job done versus him, why can't I do that against anyone?" Johansen also posted one goal and five assists in the series. Today, 9:47 am
  • Eric Staal (concussion) is feeling better
    Eric Staal sustained a concussion on Saturday against St. Louis when he crashed into the boards, but he is feeling better.

    Advice: "It was scary. I feel fortunate with how it ended up, could've been worse," he said. "Lot of good help from everyone on the ice, trainers, doctors." Staal felt some numbness in his feet when he initially hit the boards, but the scans came back negative. He will use the summer to recover. Today, 9:09 am
  • Craig Anderson should win Masterton Trophy
    Craig Anderson has been named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

    Advice: The award is presented annually to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Anderson had to leave the Senators for stretches to be with his wife, Nicholle, during her battle with throat cancer. He was superb when he played with a 25-11-4 record, a 2.28 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and five shutouts in 40 games. The others finalists are Anaheim's Andrew Cogliano and Carolina's Derek Ryan, but with all due respect to them the award should go to Anderson. Today, 7:55 am
  • Girardi isn't worrying about possible buyout
    Dan Girardi isn't dwelling on the possibility of a buyout as he puts his energy into trying to push the Rangers to a championship.

    Advice: Girardi has seen his role with the Rangers diminish over the past couple seasons, but he was strong in the first round series against Montreal. "I’m not worried about what might happen later or what happened before. I’m only thinking about right now," Girardi said. "I’m just playing every game as hard as I can. I’m not doing any speculating about the future. I’m playing to help the team win. I’m not playing for next year. I’m playing to win the Cup." The Rangers next test will be facing the Ottawa Senators in the second round. That series starts on Thursday. Today, 7:45 am
  • Galchenyuk unlikely to start at C next year
    Alex Galchenyuk probably won't be a center at the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

    Advice: "Ideally, we'd love to have him play center, but I think he realizes the things that we realize," said coach Claude Julien. "As a center, it's one of the toughest jobs there is because you have to be all over the ice, but you have to be good at both ends and you have to responsible. Right now, he's not at that stage. As we speak, we have to put a guy in a position where he can help himself and the team." Galchenyuk had 17 goals and 44 points in 61 games this past season. He will be a restricted free agent after completing a two-year, $5.6 million deal. Galchenyuk probably won't get a long-term contract, but it's unclear if he will get much of a raise. This could be an interesting negotiation. Today, 7:39 am
  • Anze Kopitar will retain captaincy
    Anze Kopitar will still be the Kings' captain in 2017-18.

    Advice: In Kopitar's first season as captain he had 12 goals and 52 points in 76 games, down from 74 points in 2015-16. Kings GM Rob Blake suggested that Kopitar's offseason training will play a big roll in a bounce back. "I’ve had a conversation with Kopi the last couple weeks and a lot of it revolves around his off-season training and to look at the top players – the Toews’, the Crosby’s – and see what they’re doing off ice because there has to be an element, when you get to a certain age, to be able to play at a high level, the off-season becomes such an important factor," Blake said. "So I know our strength guys have met with Kopi and he’s got a real good attitude and understanding of what he needs to accomplish to get back to that high level." Kopitar also had to start the 2016-17 campaign early between playing for Slovenia in their efforts to qualify for the 2018 Olympics and then Europe in the World Cup. He won't have to deal with that this time around. Today, 7:39 am
  • Ryan Murray needs a bounce back season
    The 2016-17 campaign was a disappointing one for Ryan Murray.

    Advice: Murray had just two goals and 11 points in 60 points this season. In addition to that he saw his playing time drop from an average of 22:51 minutes in 2015-16 to 18:20 minutes in 2016-17. The Blue Jackets are hoping that they can eventually get more out of the 2012 second overall pick. "It’s a big summer for Ryan; for him and for us," Blue Jackets president John Davidson said. "He knows it. We’ve had good talks with him. He’s had good talks with our strength and conditioning people, our doctors. He’s a good hockey player, and we’ve seen some good things from him. He’s had bad injury luck without question, but he’s going to overcome that. He’s at the age now (23) where he’s not a young pup." Today, 7:31 am
  • Clayton Stoner doubtful for second round
    Clayton Stoner (abdominal surgery) isn't likely to be available in the second round.

    Advice: Stoner last played on Nov. 15 and he's run into problems with his recovery. "I guess it would be up to the doctors," Stoner said. "Just not 100 percent, that’s all. Just tight and sore." Even if he did get the green light, he might be held out of the lineup over concerns about rust. Today, 7:17 am
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  • Ryan Kesler will try to contain McDavid
    Among Ryan Kesler's tasks in the second round will be trying to contain Connor McDavid.

    Advice: It should be a good matchup as McDavid is the Art Ross Trophy winner while Kesler is a finalist for the Selke Trophy. Edmonton showed in the first round that it can win on the strength of its depth, defense, and goaltending, but the Ducks ability to limit McDavid's damage will still be a key factor in this series. Today, 7:11 am
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