Player Notes

  • Alexander Steen skips skate, will play Wed.
    Alexander Steen didn't skate Wednesday morning, but he will play in Game 1 versus Nashville.

    Advice: Steen had two goals and two assists in five games against Minnesota in Round 1 of the postseason. He had one goal in four meetings with the Predators during the regular season. Today, 11:05 am
  • Calle Jarnkrok skates Wednesday morning
    Calle Jarnkrok took part in Wednesday's morning skate.

    Advice: It was his first time on the ice since Nashville swept Chicago in Round 1. Jarnkrok was dealing with a lower-body injury prior to the playoffs, so he could still be banged up even though he played in all four games versus the Blackhawks. He should be good to go for Game 1 versus St. Louis. Today, 9:49 am
  • Tom Pyatt might be ready for Thursday
    Tom Pyatt (upper body) may be available to play on Thursday.

    Advice: He wasn't involved in the team's line rushes during Wednesday's practice, so a better idea of his status could come after Thursday's morning skate. Pyatt hasn't played since Apr. 19 because of an upper-body injury. Today, 9:37 am
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    Tom Pyatt Ott - C,LW,RW
  • Seguin (shoulder) should be ready for camp
    Tyler Seguin is projected to need about four months of recovery time after having shoulder surgery.

    Advice: "He'll be in a sling for two to four weeks and then he'll be able to start his workouts," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "There should be plenty of time to recover." Seguin has battle some injury concerns lately, but he still managed to skate in all 82 games in 2016-17. He is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall. Today, 8:48 am
  • Patrice Bergeron may need surgery
    Patrice Bergeron's sports hernia occurred in Boston's last practice before the season began.

    Advice: He sat out the first three games then played the next 79 and then suited up in all six playoff contests against Ottawa. "I've been dealing with a sports hernia all (through the season), so with the schedule it was definitely something that was nagging and it was there for most of the year," Bergeron said Tuesday. "But having the breaks in the second half definitely helped a lot to make it feel a little better." He may need surgery to repair the problem, but that determination hasn't been made yet. Today, 6:59 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 3:54 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. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Logan Couture sustained facial fractures
    Logan Couture still has to get some dental work done.

    Advice: "There's going to be some implants to get the teeth fixed," Couture said. "Hopefully get it done in the next few weeks, and then I'll head back to Canada." He revealed on Tuesday that he sustained some facial fractures in addition to damaged teeth when he was struck in the face by a puck on Mar. 25. Couture said that he is still having trouble eating and sleeping. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Joe Thornton should be ready for next year
    Joe Thornton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: He had surgery Monday to repair two damaged ligaments in his knee. Thornton was hurt on April 2 and his torn ACL and MCL kept him out for the final three games of the regular season as well as the first two matches of the playoffs. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Tyler Toffoli has minor procedure on knee
    Tyler Toffoli has undergone a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

    Advice: He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Toffoli had 16 goals and 34 points in 63 games during the 2016-17 campaign. Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Auston Matthews won't take part in WHC
    Auston Matthews has decided not to participate in the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

    Advice: The rookie center had a very busy year. Since Sept. 8, Matthews played in 98 games between the World Cup, exhibition schedule, regular season and the playoffs. He will take some time off before working on his skating and explosiveness in the summer. Yesterday, 10:49 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:47 am
  • Mikael Granlund had a broken hand in playoffs
    Mikael Granlund had been playing through a broken hand in the playoffs.

    Advice: His recovery time is set for four-to-six weeks. Granlund had two assists in five games against St. Louis in the postseason. During the regular season, he broke out with 26 goals and 69 points in 81 matches. Yesterday, 9:20 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. Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Marleau interested in re-signing with Sharks
    Patrick Marleau would like to re-sign with the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: "Yeah, it would be nice. We’ll see if that’s an option," Marleau said. "A lot of time here before this decision needs to be made." He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He's spent his entire 1,493-game career with San Jose, but there's a good chance that the Sharks will be looking elsewhere this summer. Among other things, they will be looking to re-sign Martin Jones and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who each have one season left on their contracts, but will probably require big raises that start in 2018-19. Yesterday, 7:53 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. Yesterday, 7:39 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. Yesterday, 7:39 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • A. Shaw experiencing concussion-like symptoms
    Andrew Shaw has been dealing with concussion-like symptoms.

    Advice: Shaw missed Game 6 on Saturday as a result. He'll have the summer to recover now, but concussions are unpredictable. It's entirely possible that he'll be symptom free in the near future and this won't even end up impacting his summer preparations, but there's also a chance that this will even linger into the 2017-18 campaign. Monday, 12:01 pm
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