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While Robby Fabbri seems like the most obvious player who may step in with Patrik Berglund out some time for the St. Louis Blues, Ty Rattie could also get a better opportunity.

Rattie, 22, generated 42 points in 59 AHL games and two assists in 11 contests with the Blues last season. He was the 32nd pick of the 2011 NHL Draft.
Aug 29 - 4:00 PM

New York Islanders winger Matt Martin easily leads all NHL skaters in hits since 2012-13, the most recent lockout.

Martin has delivered 974 hits in 205 games played. He's the only player who cleared 800 hits in that time frame, as Cal Clutterbuck comes in at 768, the only other player above 700. Martin is also a source of PIM (114 in 2014-15, 561 in 358 career games), so he could be a somewhat-interesting utility consideration if you can stomach the loss in traditional stats.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 29 - 1:57 PM

NHL.com named goalie Kristers Gudlevskis as the Tampa Bay Lightning's No.1 prospect heading into the 2015-16 season.

It makes for an interesting longer term situation in net for the Lightning, as Andrei Vasilevskiy also stands as a very promising asset. If any team can comfortably trade a $6 million goalie (Ben Bishop) down the line, it might just be the Bolts. One would assume that Bishop will get the majority of the reps in 2015-16, while Gudlevskis will continue to develop at a lower level. Injuries may change things, however.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 29 - 1:27 PM

Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin says his surgically repaired hip is "feeling great."

His 2014-15 season was largely aborted, as he only appeared in eight games after a promising rookie year. Nichushkin is an awfully interesting wild card, especially if he can manage to make his way into a stacked Stars' top six forward group.
Aug 29 - 1:22 PM

At 34, Barret Jackman has that fish-out-of-water feeling as he approaches his first training camp with the Nashville Predators.

He registered 803 regular season games played with the St. Louis Blues, so one can understand the rookie feeling of uncertainty he's experiencing right now. He won't be very fantasy-relevant on a loaded Predators blueline, although injuries could conceivably open up chances for him to fill "grit" stat categories.
Aug 29 - 12:27 PM

Curtis Glencross rues taking a "hometown discount" with his most recent deal, especially as he waits on the sidelines of unrestricted free agency.

Glencross detailed his "frustrating" situation with the Calgary Sun on Friday. "I have a young family, and it’s tough to bounce around on a PTO — it has to be a good opportunity, too, so I can do well and get an extension," Glencross said. Glencross will likely need to impress on a one-year "audition" before he gets any chance at longer-term security.
Source: Calgary Sun
Aug 29 - 12:23 PM

Keith Ballard is leaning towards retiring from hockey.

Ballard is still battling the symptoms of the concussion he suffered on December 9th and although he's leaning towards retirement, he isn't ready to make any official announcement just yet. "I’m just trying to get healthy," he said. "If I make a full recovery from this one, I’ll chalk it up to good luck. If I’m hit like this again, I’m a little freaked out about what would happen the next time."
Aug 29 - 10:09 AM

Matt Cooke is patiently waiting for a new NHL contract.

Cooke was bought out by the Wild in June and has had a hard time latching on to another team. "I was hurt last year," said Cooke. "There was some mismanagement on my [hip] injury, and part of that is my fault. It led to me getting hurt twice in one season. I’m 36 years old, I only played 30 games last year and then me getting bought out, that’s a tough scenario [to find a job]. Patience is a virtue and right now all I’m doing is making sure I stay ready, that I get ready. We’re still three weeks away [from camp]."
Aug 29 - 10:06 AM
Mike Yeo - C - Wild

Wild Head Coach Mike Yeo said that he will support assistant coach Daryl Sydor after his recent run-in with the law.

Sydor was arrested on August 20th for drunken driving and he has now entered treatment for 30 days. "He was great last year," Yeo said. "Unfortunately he had a setback here, but I know he can get back to where he was last year. We just want to do everything we can to support him and give him a chance to get better."
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

Justin Abdelkader wants to remain in Detroit beyond this season but he knows that things don't always turn out the way you expect.

Obviously you want to stay but you also know it’s a business," Abdelkader said. "You just don’t know (what’ll happen). I’m just going to focus on having another good year and we’ll see what happens." The 28-year-old had a career-high 23 goals and 44 points for the Wings last season.
Aug 29 - 9:53 AM

Cody Eakin believes that his new contract extension will get his season started on the right foot.

Eakin didn't have a contract going into 2014-15 and he missed a good chunk of training camp because of it. He subsequently got off to a slow start before rounding into form later on. "I don’t think anyone was happy how last season started, so this is much better," Eakin said. "I definitely think that getting this done is a positive. I think we’re entering an important time for the team, and I’m excited to be a part of it."
Aug 29 - 9:42 AM

Sidney Crosby said that he's excited about Phil Kessel's speed.

"Speed. I think that's probably the first thing that comes to mind," Crosby said. "He's a threat with his shot and with his feet, but I think his feet kind of create everything for him." Kessel has had some very good seasons while playing with average centers. His offensive upside while playing with Crosby or Malkin is huge.
Aug 29 - 9:29 AM

Joe Morrow believes that bouncing from the AHL and the NHL helped the mental part of his game.

"When you’re up here [in Boston] and you’re down there [in Providence] it’s a lot of fun, but one day it’s one thing, and then another it’s something else," said Morrow. "It’s a big mental experience for me to be able to prepare myself for situations like this. It’s been fun, and I think it’ll make me a stronger person in the end dealing with all of this stuff." The 22-year-old had three goals and 12 points in 33 games in the AHL and one goal in 15 games in the NHL. He has a real shot at sticking with Boston in 2015-16.
Aug 29 - 9:04 AM

Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.

"It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 28 - 9:59 PM

Peter Budaj will attend Los Angeles' training camp on a professional tryout.

The Kings signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $1.25 million deal on the first day of free agency. The presence of Budaj will create some competition for the backup role behind Jonathan Quick. Still, it will be difficult for him to wrestle the position away from Enroth. Budaj appeared in 19 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps last season, where he had a 3.55 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. Prior to that, he played three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
Aug 28 - 7:03 PM



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