NHL Player News

  • Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere: Eager for upcoming campaign

    Gostisbehere is fully healthy and excited for the 2017-18 season, NHL.com reports.

    Last year, following hip and abdominal surgery, Gostisbehere was unable to build upon his impressive rookie campaign (with seven goals representing a 10-score slide) and Ghost vanished all too often in the Flyers' zone based on an ugly minus-21 rating. Coach Dave Hakstol sent him to the pine as a healthy scratch five times in 2016-17, which goes to show that the bench boss is unafraid to sit a talented playmaker if he's caught in a rut. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract extension in June, and we figure he'll continue hovering around the low 20-minute mark in total ice time as a premier power-play quarterback. Just over 30 percent of his points have take place on the man advantage through 146 career appearances -- including six games of the 2016 postseason.

  • Sharks' Logan Couture: Still bothered by injury to face

    Couture said he's still feeling "pretty store" five months after taking a puck to the face in a game against the Predators, CSN Bay Area reports.

    Recall that San Jose's top-line pivot was held out for the final seven games of 2016-17's regular season after he got in the way of a deflected shot from teammate Brent Burns. However, showing incredible resolve, Couture suited up for the conference quarterfinals and at least bordered on his typical productive self with two goals on 10 shots to complement a helper over six games. "There's good days and bad days," Couture said, adding that the injury fortunately "didn't affect my training, and hopefully won't affect me going forward."

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    Avalanche's Matt Duchene: Preparing for training camp with Colorado

    Duchene is expected to be in training camp for Colorado amid ongoing rumors that he could be traded, The Denver Post reports.

    The prolific scoring winger surprisingly made it through the expansion draft, regular entry draft, and a July 1 free-agency signing bonanza without moving on from the lowly Avalanche. While he still has two years and $12 million left on a five-year contract, many hockey pundits thought he'd be long gone by now. Regardless of his destination, Duchene's focus will be improving upon a lackluster 2016-17 campaign in which he posted 41 points -- his lowest since an abbreviated 2011-12 season -- and a career-worst minus-34 rating.

  • Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Inks two-year deal

    Girgensons agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million of average annual value, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

    Girgensons' past two seasons have been disappointing -- a combined 34 points from 2015-17 -- after a solid sophomore campaign in 2014-15 (15 goals and 15 helpers). Despite the drop off in production, the 23-year-old was one of the Sabres' offseason priorities that they have now locked in for two more years. Considering he averaged a mere 13:10 of ice time last season, the center figures to offer mid-range fantasy value at best.

  • Devils' Travis Zajac: Out 4-to-6 months

    Zajac underwent surgery on a torn pectoral muscle and will miss the next 4-to-6 months.

    Zajac played in 80 contests last season and was in line to challenge for a third straight 40-plus point campaign. Instead, the center will be out until mid-December at the earliest. With the 32-year-old sidelined, Pavel Zacha will likely slot in as the first-line center and rookie Nico Hischier could be forced into a top-six role right out of the gate.

  • Red Wings' Riley Sheahan: Set for fourth-line duty

    Sheahan is likely to slot in on the fourth line for the Red Wings once the new season gets underway, MLive.com reports.

    Last year, Sheahan struggled to a putrid minus-29 rating and didn't score until the very last game, when he happened to put two past the Devils. The Vegas expansion club overlooked him, so he'll remain in Motown with one year left on a contract at an annual cost of $2.075 million. With Detroit's NHL franchise currently about $4 million in the salary-cap hole, Sheahan will need to have a strong training camp to avoid the dreaded waiver process -- or, more likely, a trade.

  • Wild's Mikael Granlund: Injures ankle training

    Granlund (hand) hurt his ankle during training, but is expected to resume his offseason regimen in two weeks, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

    Granlund is already working through a broken hand he suffered during the playoffs and now will miss two weeks of training with an ankle ailment. At this point, neither malady is expected to impact his availability for the 2017-18 campaign -- although fantasy owners may start to question his durability.

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    Islanders' John Tavares: Not in rush for new contract

    Tavares is not feeling any pressure to sign an extension with the Islanders, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports.

    This season marks the last of the current contract for Tavares that pays him $5.5 million per season. Tavares has seen the massive contracts handed out to players like Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid and understands he may be able to double his annual pay with a new deal. He also seems willing to wait until there is further clarity on where the team will be playing in the future, a situation that may not become clear before he reaches free agency next July. If Tavares and the Islanders aren't able to come to an agreement on a contract extension before the NHL trade deadline, the team may be forced to move Tavares for as much as it can get via a trade rather than risk he leaves, or else the Isles might receive nothing in return.

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    Wild's Matt Cullen: Heading back home

    Cullen agreed to terms on a one-year, $1million contract with the Wild on Wednesday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

    Not ready to hang up his skates, Cullen will return for a 20th NHL campaign -- back with his home-state Minnesota Wild. The former second-round pick did have the chance for a three-peat with Pittsburgh, but has always stated that family comes first. The veteran will likely slot in as the fourth-line center and could see time on the penalty kill -- both roles he thrived in while with the Pens.

  • Oilers' Leon Draisaitl: Inks eight-year extension with Edmonton

    Draisaitl signed an eight-year, $68 million contract extension with the Oilers on Wednesday.

    The 21-year-old German had a season to remember in 2016-17, setting career highs in goals (29), assists (48) and shots on goal (172) in 82 games with the Oilers. The 2014 first-round pick continued to dominate in the playoffs, racking up 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 13 postseason contests. Edmonton has now locked up its two most important offensive weapons in Connor McDavid and Draisaitl for the foreseeable future, and although the club has dedicated $21 million on an annual basis to those two players, the Oilers will now undoubtedly be a serious contender in the West for the foreseeable future. Draisaitl will continue to occupy a top-six role and a spot on Edmonton's first power-play unit throughout his tenure with the Oilers, and he shouldn't have any issue approaching and often surpassing the 80-point threshold on a seasonal basis, making him an elite option in all fantasy formats.