Player Notes

  • Zdeno Chara wants new contract after '17-18
    Zdeno Chara doesn't appear to be thinking of retirement just yet.

    Advice: Chara has one year left on his current contract, and he's interested in signing a new deal after next season. The 40-year-old's production has slowed down, but he's still an effective defenseman. He had 10 goals and 19 assists in 75 games this season. He averaged 23:19 of ice time during the regular season and 28:46 during the playoffs. Today, 7:01 pm
  • Hamonic named finalist for Foundation Award
    Travis Hamonic was named a finalist for the NHL's Foundation Player Award.

    Advice: The award is given to the "NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner is also given $25,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Hamonic was nominated alongside Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers. Today, 5:54 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
  • Colby Sissons heads to AHL Albany
    Colby Sissons has been assigned to Albany of the AHL.

    Advice: He had 28 points in 63 games with Swift Current of the WHL in 2016-17. Sissons also had six points in 14 playoff contests. Sissons agreed to an entry-level contract with New Jersey back in October. Today, 1:59 pm
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  • Brandon Carlo (concussion) is improving
    Brandon Carlo confirmed that he was suffering from a concussion.

    Advice: Carlo didn't play in Boston's six-game series against Ottawa due to the injury, but he was getting better and felt a return was close had the Bruins lasted longer. The 20-year-old defender played in all 82 games during the regular season. Carlo recorded 16 points, 88 shots, 59 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in his first NHL season. Today, 1:38 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
  • Sami Vatanen (UBI) 'very close' to return
    Sami Vatanen (upper body) is "very close" to being available to return, according to coach Randy Carlyle.

    Advice: It will be a player's decision whether or not he plays in Game 1 against Edmonton when Round 2 of the playoffs begins. Vatanen has been sidelined since Anaheim's playoff opener against Calgary. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Cam Fowler (knee) nears return to lineup
    Cam Fowler (knee) isn't feeling any restrictions, as he draws closer to a return to the lineup.

    Advice: Coach Randy Carlyle said that Fowler is "very close" to playing for the first time since Apr. 4. It's possible he could be back as soon as Wednesday night in Game 1 of the second round against Edmonton. Today, 12:29 pm
  • Derek Forbort (knee) should be ready for camp
    Derek Forbort had a minor surgical procedure on his left knee.

    Advice: He is slated to be available for the start of training camp in the fall. Forbort appeared in all 82 games with the Kings during the regular season and he contributed 18 points, with 54 penalty minutes. Today, 12:16 pm
  • Alec Martinez has minor surgery on groin
    Alec Martinez had a minor procedure on his groin.

    Advice: The surgery repaired what was described as a chronic issue. Martinez is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. Today, 12:13 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
  • Nikita Zaitsev won't play for Russia at WHC
    Nikita Zaitsev didn't get clearance from doctors to play for Russia at the 2017 IIHF World Championships.

    Advice: He missed the first two games of the postseason with a concussion, but played in the last four games of the series against Washington. Zaitsev may not have been 100 percent healthy following his return. Today, 10:39 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
  • 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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  • Heel fractures haven't stopped Erik Karlsson
    Erik Karlsson has revealed that he has been playing for nearly a month with two hairline fractures in his left heel.

    Advice: Karlsson told ESPN that he played with the two fractures through all six games of the Senators' first-round series against the Boston Bruins. The Sens won the series in Boston Sunday. "This guy's a machine. That's what it is," Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said of the team's captain. "To be able to play that many minutes and be that good defensively and offensively, that's where he's at right now. He's at such a high level." Karlsson, who a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, reportedly sustained one of the injuries March 28 and the second in early April. Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Markus Nutivaara will have hip surgery
    Markus Nutivaara will undergo hip surgery.

    Advice: Nutivaara will need four months to recover from the procedure. He should be ready for training camp, but this might impact his ability to train over the summer. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Mark Borowiecki (LBI) should skate Tuesday
    The plan is for Mark Borowiecki (lower body) to skate on Tuesday.

    Advice: Borowiecki might be able to return in time for Game 1 on Thursday, but he's still day-to-day for now. He had three points and 154 penalty minutes in 70 regular season games. Yesterday, 12:59 pm
  • Andrei Markov hopes to stay with Montreal
    Andrei Markov would like to finish his career with the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Markov has completed his three-year, $17.25 million contract. He's 38 years old, but he still was an offensive contributor in 2016-17 with six goals and 36 points in 62 games. He also had a plus-18 rating and logged 21:50 minutes per contest. He's spent his entire 990 game career with Montreal and we imagine that the two sides will be able to find a common ground during their contract talks. Yesterday, 11:07 am
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