Mike Yeo wants to support Sydor
Mike Yeo | MIN
(August 29, 2015 10:03 AM EDT)
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."
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
Justin Abdelkader wants to stay in Detroit
Justin Abdelkader | DET
(August 29, 2015 9:53 AM EDT)
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.
Detroit News
Cody Eakin happy to have new deal done
Cody Eakin | DAL
(August 29, 2015 9:42 AM EDT)
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."
Dallas Morning News
Crosby excited about Phil Kessel's speed
Sidney Crosby | PIT
(August 29, 2015 9:29 AM EDT)
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.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Bouncing from AHL and NHL helped Joe Morrow
Joe Morrow | BOS
(August 29, 2015 9:04 AM EDT)
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.
CSN New England
Nail Yakupov hopes to build on late flurry
Nail Yakupov | EDM
(August 28, 2015 9:59 PM EDT)
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.
Peter Budaj accepts PTO with Los Angeles
Peter Budaj | LA
(August 28, 2015 7:03 PM EDT)
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.
King sign Damir Sharipzyanov to ELC
Damir Sharipzyanov | LA
(August 28, 2015 5:43 PM EDT)
Damir Sharipzyanov has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
He generated nine goals and 34 points in 66 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack last season. Sharipzyanov sustained a broken wrist at Russia's World Junior development camp, so he won't participate in on-ice activities during the Kings' rookie camp. He earned his contract with Los Angeles after impressing the team at their development camp. Sharipzyanov will return to the OHL this season.
Kyle Brodziak set for 3rd- and 4th-line roles
Kyle Brodziak | STL
(August 28, 2015 5:02 PM EDT)
Kyle Brodziak is expected to shift up and down the lineup in 2015-16.
"They told me that I'd probably play the first two periods on a line with (Ryan) Reaves and (Steve) Ott and be the responsible guy so they can be set free (to disturb and bang)," said Brodziak. "I know Hitch uses his fourth line a lot. After the second period, they said I might move up in the lineup and play a few more minutes." That plan may change now that Patrik Berglund will start the year on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery. Brodziak could end up centering the third line if Scott Gomez or Robby Fabbri don't earn roster spots out of training camp.
Edmonton Journal
Oskar Sundqvist believes he can start in NHL
Oskar Sundqvist | PIT
(August 28, 2015 4:39 PM EDT)
Oskar Sundqvist still believes he has a good shot to make Pittsburgh's opening day roster.
"I know what it takes this year, after going through last year," he said. "I know how much work it is and what I have to do to get a chance to take that spot." Sundqvist also expects to be healthy when camp begins after a hamstring ailment sidelined him for Pittsburgh's development camp. He thinks his previous experience will give him an edge, but the addition of Matt Cullen may have him ticketed for the minors to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette