Andrei Markov has become an iron man over the past four seasons.
He has missed just two games during that span and they were both to give him some rest before the Stanley Cup Playoffs. "Touch wood," Markov said. "I just try to follow my routine every day. To be honest with you, it's not easy. But you realize you have no choice - you have to take care of yourself, be well rested and well prepared. That's what I try to do, and I enjoy every day." He also stated that he adds something new to his off-season training each year to challenge and improve himself. Markov has skated in 928 career NHL contests, which puts him on track for game No. 1,000 at home against the Ottawa Senators on March 19 if his durability remains intact.
Connor McDavid would be honored if he ended up being named the captain of the Edmonton Oilers.
"Obviously. If I was ever the captain at any point I think it would be one of the greatest honors and one of the accomplishments that I would definitely take the most seriously," McDavid told the Toronto Sun. "I don't want to comment on it too much, but obviously it would be an unbelievable feeling." Edmonton may got without a captain in 2016-17, but it probably won't be long before McDavid is wearing the "C."
Cam Talbot doesn't think the Oilers are far away from making the playoffs again.
"I think one more piece [on defense] and we've got all the talent up front we've always had and added more talent via free agency and the draft," he said. "When you shore up the back end, which is what Peter's trying to do, as long as I do my part, I think we could definitely battle for a playoff spot this year and next year and go from there." Talbot gained some confidence as the starter of the Oilers last season and he was superb for Canada at the World Championship in the spring en route to a gold medal.
Scott Harrington has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He split time between the AHL and NHL last season with the Marlies and the Maple Leafs, respectively. Harrington, who was acquired by Columbus in the off-season in exchange for Kerby Rychel, has played in 25 games at the big-league level over the last two years.
Columbus has agreed to terms with T.J. Tynan on a one-year, two-way deal.
He played in 76 games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL last season and he collected 46 points, including 40 assists. Tynan was a third-round pick of the Blue Jackets in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Alex Broadhurst has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Columbus.
He registered 10 goals and 36 points in 60 games with the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters last season. Broadhurst was acquired from Chicago in the Brandon Saad trade.
Florida has signed Denis Malgin to a three-year, entry-level contract.
He tallied five goals and 17 points in 38 matches with the ZSC Lions of the Swiss National League A last season. Malgin also starred for Switzerland at the 2016 World Junior Championship, where he posted nine points in six outings. The 19-year-old forward was picked in the fourth round, with the 102nd overall selection, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Mike Santorelli is reportedly going to sign with Geneve-Servette HC of Switzerland's National League A.
He notched nine goals and nine assists in 70 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. In 406 career NHL outings, Santorelli has 138 points.