Content provided by Player News - Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
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|Alexander Radulov has 2 pts in win over Caps||09-27-2016|
|Alexander Radulov LW MON|
|Alexander Radulov scored a goal and an assist in his first game with the Montreal Canadiens.||The Canadiens defeated the Washington Capitals 5-2. Radulov opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period and he assisted on Nathan Beaulieu's power play goal in the same frame. Radulov will be a risky fantasy play this year, as he's making his way back to the NHL after a long stint in the KHL. As excited as some people might get over this performance, we have to remember that this was just a preseason game against mediocre competition. Radulov will be a boom-or-bust fantasy option in standard leagues this season.|
|Mitchell Callahan scores twice in win vs PIT||09-27-2016|
|Mitch Callahan RW DET|
|Mitchell Callahan scored a pair of goals in Detroit's 4-2 preseason win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.||Callahan opened the scoring with a power play goal in the first period and extended the Wings' lead to 2-0 in the second frame. The 25-year-old spent all of last season in the minors. There's a good chance he'll be in Grand Rapids again this year.|
|Marc-Andre Fleury allows 3 goals in loss||09-27-2016|
|Marc-Andre Fleury G PIT|
|Marc-Andre Fleury allowed three goals on 19 shots in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings.||He played the first two periods of the game before being replaced by Casey Desmith at the start of the third period. It's not an ideal result for a guy who's battling Matt Murray for the starting gig. Regardless of tonight's outcome, we have to remember that this is just one preseason game. Fleury has plenty of time to redeem himself for this mediocre performance.|
|Wayne Simmonds scores twice in exhibition win||09-27-2016|
|Wayne Simmonds RW PHI|
|Wayne Simmonds scored two goals in Philadelphia's 4-0 win over the New York Islanders.||It might just be another preseason game, but it's nice to see Simmonds gets off to such a good start in 2016-17. He finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, three shots on goal and four hits in 15:31 of ice time. If he stays healthy, the Flyers forward should come close to the 30-goal mark this season.|
|Ben Holmstrom has 14 PIM in preseason tilt||09-27-2016|
|Ben Holmstrom C NYI|
|Ben Holmstrom racked up 14 penalty minutes in Tuesday's 4-0 preseason loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.||The Islanders were split into two teams tonight. One team played an exhibition game against the Rangers (the Isles lost 5-2) and the other half played against the Flyers in another losing effort. Holmstrom picked up Amazingly, Holmstrom picked up all of his penalty minutes in the third period, as he got an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a cross-checking penalty (with a misconduct). The 29-year-old hasn't played in an NHL regular season game since 2011-12 and he probably won't play in many more this season.|
|Nick Leddy scores in preseason loss to NYR||09-27-2016|
|Nick Leddy D NYI|
|Nick Leddy scored in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the New York Rangers.||Leddy's third period goal cut the Rangers' lead to 3-2, but the Rangers followed that up by scoring two more goals of their own. Leddy played a game-high 27:04 (including over six minutes on the power play), which is a little strange considering this was a meaningless preseason game. The 25-year-old scored a career-high 40 points last year and he should come close to hitting that number again this season.|
|Mika Zibanejad has 3 pts in Ranger debut||09-27-2016|
|Mika Zibanejad C NYR|
|Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and added two assists in his first preseason game with the New York Rangers.||The Rangers defeated the Islanders by a score of 5-2 and Zibanejad's name could be found all over the scoresheet. He scored a power play goal less than five minutes into the game and he picked up a pair of assists on goals by Brandon Pirri and Dylan McIlrath. The Rangers traded an important piece of their team (Derick Brassard) to acquire Zibanejad and they'll hope the young Swede will finally establish himself as a solid point producer at the NHL level.|
|Paul Thompson scores in preseason loss to NSH||09-27-2016|
|Paul Thompson RW FLA|
|Paul Thompson found the back of the net in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.||The Panthers and Predators played a pair of split-squad games on Tuesday night. Each team won one of the contests. Thompson's second period goal cut the Preds lead to 2-1, but that's as close as they'd come to tying the game. Florida acquired Thompson from New Jersey as part of the trade that saw Marc Savard's rights go to the Devils. The 27-year-old will serve as nothing more than organizational depth in the minors.|
|Anthony Bitetto has 2 assists in win||09-27-2016|
|Anthony Bitetto D NAS|
|Anthony Bitetto registered a pair of assists in Nashville's 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers.||The two organizations played a pair of split-squad exhibition games tonight. The Panthers won the first game 4-1 and the Preds came out on top in the second contest. Bitetto assisted on goals by Miikka Salomaki and Pontus Aberg. Bitetto played a team-high 23:05 in this one and he finished with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal. Bitetto spent a good chunk of time with the Predators last season, but he mostly served as a healthy scratch in 2015-16. He had a nice night at the office, but it's important to remember it's still early in the preseason.|
|Derick Brassard scores in preseason OTL||09-27-2016|
|Derick Brassard C OTT|
|Derick Brassard scored in Tuesday's 3-2 OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres.||Brassard managed to score in his first preseason game with the Senators. His third period goal gave the Sens a 2-1 lead at the time. Brassard was acquired from the Rangers as part of a trade that saw Mika Zibanejad head to New York. The Sens will rely on him to be one of their top offensive producers this season. Zack Smith and Bobby Ryan registered the assists on Brassard's goal.|
|Derek Grant has 3 pts in preseason win vs OTT||09-27-2016|
|Derek Grant C BUF|
|Derek Grant scored a goal and two assists in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators.||Grant picked up primary assists on Nicholas Baptiste's second period goal and Jake McCabe's overtime winner. His third period goal with less than five minutes remaining forced overtime. Grant signed a two-way deal with the Sabres over the summer. He had one assist in 15 games with the Calgary Flames last season. He'll likely spent most of the season in the minors. He shouldn't pop up on your fantasy radar.|
|Jonathan Ang has two points in preseason win||09-27-2016|
|Jeff de Wit C DET|
|Jonathan Ang scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason win over the Nashville Predators.||The 18-year-old was a fourth round pick of the Panthers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Ang picked up an assist on Dryden Hunt's first period goal and he scored one of his own at the 3:47 mark of the third period. Ang will be heading back to junior at some point during training camp.|
|James Neal scores in preseason loss to FLA||09-27-2016|
|James Neal RW NAS|
|James Neal scored in Tuesday's 4-1 preseason loss to the Florida Panthers.||Neal scored a power play goal with his team trailing 4-0 in the third period. Yannick Weber and Mattias Jarnkrok picked up the assists on Neal's power play goal. Neal finished the game with two penalty minutes, six shots on goal and two hits. The 29-year-old could realistically hit the 30-goal mark if he stays healthy in 2016-17.|
|Clarke MacArthur feeling better than expected||09-27-2016|
|Clarke MacArthur LW OTT|
Clarke MacArthur (concussion) is apparently feeling better than most expected.
Darren Dreger on Twitter
|The Senators did not update MacArthur's status on Tuesday. The team's medical staff will no doubt be very cautious with him given his history with concussions.|
|Aaron Ekblad (UBI) could be ready for opener||09-27-2016|
|Aaron Ekblad D FLA|
It sounds like Aaron Ekblad (upper body) should be available for the start of the season.
Harvey Fialkov on Twitter
|Coach Gerard Gallant said on Monday that if the season started in two days then he believed that Ekblad would play. He has been skating on his own, so the next positive sign will be when he joins his teammates for practice.|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returns to practice||09-27-2016|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM|
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was flanked by Benoit Pouliot and Jesse Puljujarvi at Tuesday's practice.
|It was his first session in training camp after returning from the World Cup of Hockey as a member of Team North America. Nugent-Hopkins played well as a two-way pivot at the tournament, but Edmonton will be expecting much more offense from him in 2016-17. He posted 12 goals and 34 points in 55 games last year.|
|Milan Lucic skates with McDavid Tuesday||09-27-2016|
|Milan Lucic LW EDM|
Milan Lucic skated on the same line as Connor McDavid on Tuesday at practice.
|"You have to be ready no matter where you are on the ice because he (McDavid) is really good at getting guys the puck," said Lucic. "That's one thing that I've definitely got to get used to, just being ready for pucks at all times in scoring positions. When you get those chances you've got to make sure you score." Lucic has stated that the opportunity to play with McDavid was a major selling point for him going to the Oilers in free agency, so he should be motivated to make the most of it.|
|Luke Schenn brings toughness to Coyotes||09-27-2016|
|Luke Schenn D ARZ|
Luke Schenn is expected to add some toughness to Arizona's lineup this season.
Jerry Brown for NHL.com
|Coyotes GM John Chayka is hoping that Schenn can prevent the team from being overpowered physically the way they were at times during the 2015-16 season. Schenn has amassed 409 penalty minutes and 1,773 hits over 566 career matches. Arizona is looking for the 26-year-old defender to help the team's penalty kill as well, which ranked 28th in the league last year.|
|Phaneuf will wear an 'A' for Sens on the road||09-27-2016|
|Dion Phaneuf D OTT|
Dion Phaneuf will be an alternate captain for the Senators this season during road games.
|Kyle Turris will get to wear the 'A' on his jersey for home contests, while Chris Neil will serve as an alternate captain for the entire year. Phaneuf was the captain of the Maple Leafs before he was traded to Ottawa last season and his new team was quick to embrace him as a leader.|
|Jack Roslovic to make Jets' exhibition debut||09-27-2016|
|Cole Cassels C VAN|
Jack Roslovic will be in the lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game versus Calgary.
|"I just have to keep on doing what I'm doing, skating hard, making players around me better and making good plays and showing (coaches and management) that I can play," said Roslovic. "I'm just going to kind of soak it all in." The 25th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft is projected to center a line between Nic Petan and Joel Armia. He decided to turn pro following one season with Miami University (Ohio) and is hoping to make a positive first impression on the Jets' brass.|
|Karl Alzner (groin) will play Tuesday night||09-27-2016|
|Karl Alzner D WAS|
Karl Alzner (sports hernia) will play on Tuesday in a preseason game versus Montreal.
|"I think it's going to be fine," Alzner said. "It's been fine the whole time so far. In scrimmage, I'm okay. I've been feeling great when I wake up, so I don't think it's going to be an issue. The only thing is if something crazy happens out there, which can happen. I'm not too nervous about it." He had sports hernia surgery during the off-season, but he has looked ready to play during training camp.|
|Hawks GM likes what he's seen from Forsling||09-27-2016|
|Ryan Horvat LW FLA|
Gustav Forsling impressed Chicago GM Stan Bowman at the prospects tournament.
|"He was very impressive there [at Traverse City]. I thought comfortable, poised, very talented in both transitioning the offense, making plays. So there's a lot to like there," Bowman said. "We're certainly going to see how he plays in these exhibition games. Whether he benefited from going to Sweden? That's a great league, so if he does end up back there, he's going to continue to grow his game. But we haven't made that decision yet. We want to see how things go here." If he can't land a spot with the Blackhawks then he will probably be back with Linkoping HC of the Swedish Hockey League.|
|Nick Schmaltz seeing time as a winger at camp||09-27-2016|
|Kristian Nakyva D NAS|
Nick Schmaltz lined up on the left side during Tuesday morning's skate.
|He has played primarily at center during his career, but the Blackhawks want to see if he can play on a line with Jonathan Toews. The exhibition games should give us a clearer picture. Coach Joel Quenneville and Toews also still have to rejoin the team from the World Cup of Hockey.|
|Joe Pavelski still thinks about SCF defeat||09-27-2016|
|Joe Pavelski RW SJ|
Joe Pavelski took part in Tuesday's morning skate after returning from the World Cup of Hockey.
CSN Bay Area
|He enjoyed the experience despite Team USA's disappointing showing. However, San Jose's Stanley Cup Final loss to Pittsburgh still lingers on his mind. "I don't know if you ever get over it," he said. "It still is with you. But, you try to learn from it. ... It's a new season. You definitely owe it to your teammates to be ready, owe it to the new guys that came in to be as good as you were the previous year and try to get better." Pavelski is expected to be eased back after a short summer to prepare for the tournament.|
|Dallas sends Chris Martenet to the OHL||09-27-2016|
|Mason Marchment LW CAL|
Dallas has returned Chris Martenet to London of the OHL.
Mark Stepneski on Twitter
|The Stars have a camp roster at 51 players now. Martenet recorded 12 points and 85 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Knights last season.|
|WCH may help Ehrhoff, Seidenberg land deals||09-27-2016|
|Christian Ehrhoff D CHI|
Christian Ehrhoff could get a contract from an NHL team after the World Cup of Hockey.
|He has played well for Team Europe at the tournament, with three assists and a plus-3 rating in four games. Teammate Dennis Seidenberg, who is also an unrestricted free agent, may get a look because he has had a good showing as well. "They've done a great job for us," Europe GM Miroslav Satan said. "The way they've played, some NHL teams might take a look at them. This tournament might help them prolong their NHL careers."|
|Mikkel Boedker to suit up Tuesday for Europe||09-27-2016|
|Mikkel Boedker RW SJ|
Mikkel Boedker will draw into the lineup on Tuesday in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final.
Helene Elliott on Twitter
|He is getting a chance to play after Marian Gaborik went down with a foot injury. The Danish winger hasn't played in any of Team Europe's games since the tournament officially began. Boedker is slated to play on a line with Frans Nielsen and Mats Zuccarello.|
|Vladimir Sobotka will reportedly stay in KHL||09-27-2016|
|Vladimir Sobotka LW STL|
Vladimir Sobotka will be back in the KHL next season, according to Avangard president Vladimir Shalaev.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|He issued a statement on Tuesday stating that Sobotka would honor the final season of his three-year contract. Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch that he is "still waiting to hear" from Sobotka's camp for confirmation.|
|Report: Extension in the works for B. Elliott||09-27-2016|
|Brian Elliott G CAL|
Calgary is reportedly already discussing a contract extension with goaltender Brian Elliott.
Andy Strickland on Twitter
|Elliott hasn't played a game yet for the Flames, but he is expected to serve as the team's starting goalie in 2016-17. Despite posting strong numbers with the Blues in five seasons, he was never able to seize control over the number one job. Elliott is eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of the 2016-17 campaign.|
|Flyers release McFadden, Menell from ATOs||09-27-2016|
Philadelphia has released Garrett McFadden and Brennan Menell from their amateur tryouts.
|McFadden had 11 goals and 40 points in 68 matches from the back end for the Guelph Storm last season. Menell racked up 53 points, including 46 assists, in 69 contests for the Vancouver Giants in 2015-16.|
|Carter Hart, 5 others assigned to CHL||09-27-2016|
|Kevin Rooney C NJ|
Carter Hart has been sent back to Everett of the WHL by Philadelphia.
|Connor Bunnaman (Kitchener), Samuel Dove-McFalls (Saint John), Pascal Laberge (Victoriaville), Anthony Salinitri (Sarnia), Carsen Twarynski (Calgary) were also assigned to their junior clubs. The Flyers have 56 players remaining at training camp following the team's first round of cuts.|
|Source: Panarin is seeking $6M-plus per year||09-27-2016|
|Artemi Panarin LW CHI|
According to a source, Artemi Panarin is looking for a six-year deal worth more than $6 million per season.
|"We're always confident," GM Stan Bowman said about reaching an agreement. "You go into a negotiation expecting to get a deal done. That's the way I've been in the past and that's the way I am now." Hopefully, this situation turns out better for Chicago than when they had to trade Brandon Saad because they couldn't agree to a new deal with him. Panarin scored 30 goals and 77 points in 80 games during his rookie campaign last year. Bowman doesn't have a timetable in place for when a new contract could be completed, but the 24-year-old winger is under contract for the 2016-17 season.|
|Blues return Glenn Gawdin to WHL team||09-27-2016|
|Glenn Gawdin C STL|
Glenn Gawdin has been assigned to the WHL's Swift Current Broncos.
St. Louis Blues
|The Blues' training camp roster currently stands at 56 players. Gawdin scored 19 goals and 53 points in 53 games last year. He was a fourth-round pick in 2015.|
|Sean Monahan skates on his own Tuesday||09-27-2016|
|Sean Monahan C CAL|
Sean Monahan (back) skated on his own Tuesday morning.
Pat Steinberg on Twitter
|He didn't participate in the team's practice, though. Monahan is day-to-day with a strained back, but he still could be ready to go when the Flames open the regular season.|
|Toronto sends Dzierkals, 8 others to CHL||09-27-2016|
|Jakob Chychrun D ARZ|
Martins Dzierkals has been returned to Rouyn-Noranda of the QMJHL by Toronto.
|The Leafs also assigned Stephen Desrocher (Kingston), Tye Felhaber (Saginaw), Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia), Nicolas Mattinen (London), Keaton Middleton (Saginaw), JJ Piccinich (London), Jack Walker (Victoria) and Tyler Wong (Lethbridge) to their respective junior teams. Toronto has 53 players (32 forwards, 16 defensemen and five goalies) remaining in camp.|
|Jeff Glass among 14 sent to AHL by Leafs||09-27-2016|
|Jeff Glass G TOR|
Jeff Glass was among Toronto's 23 roster cuts on Tuesday.
|Glass, who was attending camp on a professional tryout, will head to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL along with William Corrin, Taylor Doherty, Eric Faille, Brett Findlay, TJ Foster, Jon Jutzi, Daniel Maggio, Mason Marchment, Ryan Massa, Brenden Miller, Ty Stanton, Ethan Werek and Chase Witala. Camp for the minor-league squad begins on Monday.|
|Jiri Hudler slated to spend time on Dallas PP||09-27-2016|
|Jiri Hudler RW DAL|
Jiri Hudler is expected to see time on the Stars' power play this year.
Dallas Morning News
|"He has a history of being good on the power play, he has a history of playing well in the top six, so we think he has a chance to be a real fit here," GM Jim Nill said. Hudler could see time with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin this year, but in Monday's preseason opener he played alongside Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp. He is shaping up to be a good value pick late in drafts.|
|MacKinnon, Johnson return to Avs' camp||09-27-2016|
|Erik Johnson D COL|
Erik Johnson and Nathan MacKinnon joined the Avalanche for practice on Monday.
|Johnson played for Team USA and MacKinnon skated for Team North America at the tournament. They were playing a bit of catch up over the weekend to get used to coach Jared Bednar's new systems. "Nate and I came in for video (Sunday) for about an hour to go over some stuff that he wants us to do," Johnson said. "I think it'll be a pretty easy transition."|
|Mitch Marner impresses in preseason debut||09-27-2016|
|Mitchell Marner C TOR|
Mitch Marner was impressive in his exhibition debut on Monday night.
|He picked up two assists in Toronto's 6-3 loss to Ottawa and created chances just about every time he was on the ice. "Did he ever want the puck - sometimes he came back just to get the puck," said Jim Hiller, who served as the head coach with Mike Babcock still at the World Cup of Hockey. "He led four or five breakouts on his own and carried through to the offensive zone. That's not something most players can do. The league is too tight. There's not a lot of room. It's difficult to explain how a player like that can create time and space for himself. He's a special player." Marner is looking to claim a roster spot with the Maple Leafs this season or else he will have to return to the OHL.|
|Mikhail Sergachev gets cleared to practice||09-27-2016|
|Markus Niemelainen D EDM|
Mikhail Sergachev (upper body) has received the green light to resume practicing by Montreal's medical staff.
John Lu on Twitter
|He is expected to skate on Tuesday, but he won't play against Washington in preseason action. Sergachev was injured during a rookie tournament game on Sept. 18.|
|Lightning continue to talk with RFA Kucherov||09-27-2016|
|Nikita Kucherov RW TB|
Nothing appears to be imminent on the Nikita Kucherov contract front.
Tampa Bay Times
|Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said Sunday he's "very hopeful" to get something done. The two sides have been talking now that the World Cup is done for Kucherov and Team Russia. According to GeneralFanager.com, the Lightning have $5,866,667 in cap space remaining, so the team may have to clear some salary to make room for Kucherov's anticipated charge of $6 million or more per season.|
|Zach Redmond OK with being depth defender||09-27-2016|
|Zach Redmond D MON|
Zach Redmond isn't worried about the uphill climb he will face for ice time in Montreal this season.
|He is excited to be a member of the Canadiens and scored a goal in his preseason debut on Monday night in a 3-2 loss to New Jersey. Montreal already has seven defensemen with NHL contracts, so Redmond may not get an opportunity to play unless injuries occur.|
|Phil Varone stars for Sens in preseason win||09-27-2016|
|Philip Varone C OTT|
Phil Varone amassed two goals and two assists in Ottawa's 6-3 win over Toronto in preseason action on Monday night.
|He inked a one-year contract with the Senators in the summer after he finished the 2015-16 campaign with Ottawa. Varone wasn't able to stick with the Sabres four-plus years with the organization. He is hoping to land a spot with the Senators this season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he spent most of the year in the minors.|
|Lehkonen piles up chances in exhibition game||09-27-2016|
|Adam Morrison G BOS|
Artturi Lehkonen amassed nine shots in Montreal's 3-2 exhibition loss to New Jersey on Monday night.
|"I had my chances, and I had a chance to go backdoor late in the game and tie it, and I'm pissed off that I didn't," said Lehkonen. He played on the top line with Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Lehkonen will be back with Frolunda in the Swedish League if he doesn't earn a roster spot with the Canadiens.|
|Coyotes, Oilers may be in the mix for Trouba||09-27-2016|
|Jacob Trouba D WPG|
Arizona and Edmonton are considered the early favorites for Winnipeg defender Jacob Trouba.
|The Jets want a top-four or top-pairing left-shot defenseman in return because their plan was to play Trouba alongside Dustin Byfuglien or Tyler Myers this year. Boston could also be in the mix because their interest in Trouba has been reported since the off-season began.|
|Steve Ott ready to battle for roster spot||09-27-2016|
|Steve Ott LW DET|
Steve Ott is ready to compete for his roster spot on the Red Wings.
Detroit Free Press
|"There are great players on this team, and I want to make sure that I have earned a spot here and pushed the young guys out and continue to earn my spot," Ott said. "I am looking to hopefully have a good year this year and have more years left in my career. For an older guy, I don't want my job to be stolen yet, so I'm going to be pushing extremely hard." He skated with Drew Miller and Luke Glendening on Monday at practice. Ott intends to make an impact in Detroit's exhibition schedule.|
|Sabres return Cliff Pu to London of OHL||09-27-2016|
|Michael Paliotta D NYR|
Cliff Pu was among some early training camp roster cuts by the Sabres on Monday.
|The 2016 third-round draft pick was returned to the London Knights of the OHL. Austin Osmanski, Vojtech Budik, Devante Stephens, Vasily Glotov and Brandon Hagel were also returned to their junior teams.|
|Jack Eichel scheduled to practice Wednesday||09-27-2016|
|Jack Eichel C BUF|
Jack Eichel is expected to join Buffalo for practice on Wednesday.
|He hasn't skated with the Sabres since participating in the World Cup of Hockey with Team North America. Eichel is a rising star in the NHL and he should be an offensive catalyst for Buffalo this season.|
|Frank Vatrano has surgery on foot||09-27-2016|
|Frank Vatrano C BOS|
Frank Vatrano underwent surgery Monday to repair torn ligaments in his left foot.
|"Timeline remains the same," said GM Don Sweeney. "Doctors felt it was the right thing to do for both the short and long term. All good on that front." Vatrano is slated to miss three months from an injury he sustained in a workout prior to training camp.|
|Jimmy Hayes aims to be much better||09-27-2016|
|Jimmy Hayes RW BOS|
Jimmy Hayes scored Boston's first goal of the preseason in a 3-2 shootout loss to Columbus on Monday.
|He didn't have a problem when GM Don Sweeney calling him out at the end of the 2015-16 campaign. "It's the truth, you've got to hear stuff," said Hayes. "He made it clear to myself, too. I expected more of myself. I've got to make sure to play this year at a high level." He recorded 13 goals and 29 points in 75 games last year.|
|Mark Scheifele grateful for WCH experience||09-27-2016|
|Mark Scheifele C WPG|
Mark Scheifele learned from his experience at the World Cup of Hockey.
|"I don't know if it there are specific things, but playing with certain guys and with me being a center, now I can maybe empathize with what a winger is doing," said Scheifele. "The biggest thing for me was to get to play against the best guys in the world and be a part of that." He skated on the right side for most of the tournament on a line with Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. When Scheifele gets back with the Jets he is penciled in to begin the regular season between Blake Wheeler and Nikolaj Ehlers.|
|Coach Julien happy to see Marchand rewarded||09-27-2016|
|Brad Marchand LW BOS|
Coach Claude Julien was glad to see the Bruins lock up Brad Marchand to an eight-year contract extension on Monday.
|"Well-deserved contract for Brad with the way he's grown as a player, as a person, and everything else," Julien said. "He's become a real elite player. He's being rewarded for it. At the same time, I feel it's a friendly cap hit for our hockey club for the type of player he is. I think both sides won on this. I really do. You hope it's a great example of more of those to come." The 28-year-old forward should click again alongside Patrice Bergeron in 2016-17.|
|Patrik Laine has first practice with Jets||09-27-2016|
|Tyler Parsons G CAL|
Patrik Laine joined the Jets for his first practice on Monday.
|He started camp alongside Blake Wheeler, but he could start the regular season with Bryan Little has his center. "Just hard-working every day and hope I can make it to the team," said Laine. "That's my only goal, is making the team and playing in the NHL the whole season. Everything else is a plus."|
|Nathan Walker dishes out six hits Monday||09-27-2016|
|Nathan Walker C WAS|
Nathan Walker recorded six hits in Monday's preseason contest.
|Walker stands at 5-foot-8, but his relatively small size doesn't prevent him from playing a physical game. "[Walker] added a lot of life, definitely frustrated some of the opposition," Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden said. "He's a guy that brings a ton of speed and energy and I thought he had a real strong game for us." Walker had 17 goals and 41 points in 73 AHL games in 2015-16.|
|Tom Wilson (upper body) exits Monday's game||09-27-2016|
|Tom Wilson RW WAS|
Tom Wilson didn't finish Monday's preseason game due to an upper-body injury.
|Capitals associate coach Todd Reirden described the decision to remove Wilson from the game as a precautionary one. "He was getting evaluated tonight and will be reevaluated tomorrow morning and see where he's at," Reirden said. Wilson appeared to be hit around the mouth by Jordan Staal, which resulted in Staal getting a penalty for elbowing.|
|Timo Meier (illness) won't play Tuesday||09-27-2016|
|Timo Meier RW SJ|
Timo Meier won't participate in Tuesday's exhibition contest as he continues to battle strep throat.
CSN Bay Area
|Meier has also missed two straight days of practice as a result of the illness. He had 34 goals and 87 points in 52 QMJHL contests in 2015-16.|
|Matt Murray (thumb) doesn't want to rush back||09-27-2016|
|Matt Murray G PIT|
Matt Murray's main challenge right now will be not to aggravate his thumb injury.
|"At this time of the year, you don't want to rush back and push yourself when you don't need to and re-aggravate it," Murray said. "That's going to be the biggest challenge, not pushing myself too hard to come back and then reinjuring it." Murray is set to miss three-to-six weeks, which isn't a terrible amount of time in the grand scheme of things, but it comes at an inopportune moment. Murray had a chance to enter the campaign as the Penguins' top goalie off of his 2016 Stanley Cup-winning performance. Now Marc-Andre Fleury has a chance to reassert himself as the number one while temporarily uncontested.|
|Alex Lyon shines in preseason game||09-27-2016|
|Colby Williams D WAS|
Alex Lyon saved 28 of 29 shots in a 2-0 loss to the New Jersey Devils in Monday's preseason contest.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|"Solid performance from start to finish," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said of Lyon. "Great demeanor and presence, and just a real steady performance all the way through." Lyon is gearing up for his first pro season after posting a 1.64 GAA and .936 save percentage in 31 games with Yale University last season. The Flyers are expected to open the season with Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but both of those netminders only have a year left on their contract, so there's an opportunity for Lyon if he impresses in the minors this season.|
|Will Islanders carry three goaltenders?||09-27-2016|
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There's a chance that the New York Islanders might start the season with three goaltenders.
New York Newsday
|Jean-Francois Berube has a one-way contract along with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss. The latter two will obviously be part of the team as long as there's no trade. There was talk about Halak being dealt, but that didn't materialize during the summer and the Islanders might be less inclined to ship him now given his strong showing in the World Cup. Right now Halak and Greiss are both still occupied with the World Cup, so Berube is the senior goalie in the Islanders' training camp. "I have no idea what's going to come when those guys get back. I'm trying to focus on getting as much work in as I can and use this time to get prepared for the season," Berube said.|
|Pavel Buchnevich will debut on Tuesday||09-27-2016|
|Spencer Abbott LW CHI|
Pavel Buchnevich will make his debut with the Rangers on Tuesday.
The Bergen Record
|Buchnevich is making the move to North America after establishing himself in the KHL. The 21-year-old had 16 goals and 37 points in 58 KHL contests in 2015-16. He's projected to play alongside Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider. "I try not to stay nervous," Buchnevich said via a translator, "but of course I think tomorrow I will feel it a little bit before the game."|
|Nick Lappin nets two goals Monday||09-27-2016|
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Nick Lappin scored both of the Devils' markers in their 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Monday night.
The Bergen Record
|Lappin inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Devils back in March as an undrafted free agent. The early part of Lappin's pro career has gone well with him recording three goals and seven points in 12 AHL contests and then another seven points in 11 AHL playoff games. "I thought it was pretty good," Lappin said after his two-goal performance on Monday. "I was pretty nervous going into the game. But after a couple of shifts I stopped thinking about that. I was able to play with two good players." It's worth noting that he logged 3:59 minutes shorthanded of his 16:31 total.|
|Greene plays for first time in almost a year||09-27-2016|
|Matt Greene D LA|
Matt Greene took part in Monday's exhibition contest, which was his first game since Oct. 13.
Los Angeles Times
|Greene was sidelined for most of the 2015-16 campaign due to a shoulder injury. He might play regularly on the third pairing if he stays healthy this season.|
|Curtis McElhinney begins fight for backup gig||09-27-2016|
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Curtis McElhinney won't give up his roster spot without a fight.
|"Plain and clear, I want my job back," said McElhinney. "I don't take kindly to what happened last season." He backed that up with a 29-save performance in Columbus' 3-2 shootout victory against Boston on Monday. McElhinney ran into injury troubles last season and left plenty to be desired when he was healthy which has left him vulnerable to Joonas Korpisalo or Anton Forsberg taking his roster spot.|
|Teuvo Teravainen adjusting to the Hurricanes||09-27-2016|
|Teuvo Teravainen LW CAR|
With training camp underway, Teuvo Teravainen is getting a chance to adjust to working with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Raleigh News & Observer
|Teravainen was taken by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and won the Stanley Cup with them in 2015. He was seeing his role with the franchise steadily grow, but Chicago dealt him to Carolina over the summer. "That's a great team and when you make that team you know you are a good player," Teravainen said Monday. "It's really tough to make the top two lines and be a difference-maker. Everything is new for me now. It's a fresh start, and I'm pretty excited about it. It's a good chance to take the next step and be a difference-maker here." He should play a sizable role with the Hurricanes and that could set him up for a 50-60 point campaign, but just keep in mind that he's still a significant risk.|
|World Cup is a good experience for Aho||09-27-2016|
|Ryan Johnston D MON|
Participating in the World Cup was a positive for Sebastian Aho even if Finland didn't have the tournament they were hoping for.
Raleigh News & Observer
|Finland lost all three of their round robin matches and were limited to just a goal. Still, it was a chance for Aho to get in some playing time against All-Star caliber teams before even making his NHL debut. He had 20 goals and 45 points in 45 SM-liiga contests last season. The 19-year-old is a good bet to make the Hurricanes, though we wouldn't count on him getting more than 30-35 points as a rookie.|
|Jon Gillies saves 35 shots vs. Oilers||09-27-2016|
|Jon Gillies G CAL|
Jon Gillies turned aside 35 shots in a 4-2 preseason loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday.
|Gillies didn't get a lot of help, but he managed to impress with his individual performance. He's projected to start the campaign in the AHL after missing most of the 2015-16 campaign with a hip injury. When he did play, he posted a 2.31 GAA and .920 save percentage in seven contests with the Stockton Heat.|
|Mike Smith stops 11 in preseason game||09-27-2016|
|Mike Smith G ARZ|
Mike Smith kicked out 11 of 13 shots in a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles on Monday.
Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
|Both of the goals Smith allowed were on redirects. He was pulled midway through the game for Louis Domingue, but that was a change that they planned prior to the contests. At the beginning of each season it seems like Smith is the story of a goaltender with potential, but also a lot to prove, which is a narrative that's not exactly encouraging when you're talking about a 34-year-old. If this is the season that Smith rekindles his 2011-12 success then Arizona could turn some heads, but that's far from a good bet.|
|Theodore will have a tough time making Ducks||09-27-2016|
|Shea Theodore D ANA|
Shea Theodore is in the hunt for a roster spot, but it's an uphill battle for him.
Orange County Register
|"Shea Theodore obviously has taken a step ahead of some of the players that have been in San Diego," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "But again, there's competition for positions. We know that a young, mobile defenseman is a huge asset to your organization." Anaheim has seven blueliners inked to one-way contracts and Theodore isn't one of them. That list also doesn't include Hampus Lindholm, who will get such a deal but for now is still a restricted free agent. So Theodore probably won't be a part of the Ducks' opening game roster, but he has a lot of offensive potential and is someone to keep in the back of your mind in case the Ducks run into injury problems.|
|Sutter lifts Kings to victory over Coyotes||09-27-2016|
|Brett Sutter C LA|
|Brett Sutter scored the LA Kings' game winning goal over the Arizona Coyotes with a third-period shot at the 7:28 minute mark in a preseason game Monday night.||Sutter was acquired from the Minnesota Wild last year. He spent the season in the AHL playing for the Iowa Wild and Ontario Reign. He had five goals and 14 points with the Wild. His tenure with the Reign produced more goals at five, but fewer points with seven. During regular season play, he has scored only two NHL goals with the most recent coming in the 2013-2014 season for the Carolina Hurricanes.|
|Domingue, Smith stop 30 of 33 against Kings||09-27-2016|
|Louis Domingue G ARZ|
|Louis Domingue and Mike Smith combined to stop 30 of 33 goals in the Arizona Coyotes 5-3 preseason victory over the LA Kings Monday night.||The Coyotes had home ring advantage for this split squad affair while the other half of their teammates battled in Los Angeles. The five Coyotes goals were scored by five players with Stefan Fournier scoring the game winner in the second period. Both Yotes' net-minders were effective with Domingue blocking 20 of 21 attempts for a save percentage of 0.952. Smith blocked 11 of 13 for an 0.846 giving them a combined average was 0.909. Last year, Domingue has a save percentage of 0.912; Smith had a 0.916, so they are picking up where they left off.|
|Pitlick gets game winner at Edmonton||09-27-2016|
|Tyler Pitlick RW EDM|
|Tyler Pitlick scored the winning goal in a split squad game played in Edmonton Monday night. His successful third period shot elevated the Oilers over the Calgary Flames and the team never looked back en route to a 4-2 victory.||Pitlick was one of four Oilers to score Monday night. Teammates Iiro Pakarinen, Ryan Vesce, and Kris Versteeg also got on the board. The Flames had a first-period, 2-1 advantage on the strength of goals by Kenney Morrison and Freddie Hamilton. Despite giving up four goals in a losing effort, Flames' Jon Gillies blocked 35 shots to give him a respectable 0.897 save percentage. The net-minding duties for the Oilers were split between Cam Talbot and Eetu Laurikainen. Talbot gave up the Oilers two goals in period one; the 23-year-old Finn Laurikainen was perfect for one period in his bid to make the team, but needed to block only two shots.|