Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere acknowledged to Dave Isaac of the Cherry Hill Courier-Post that he was dealing with a left leg injury throughout last season but that he feels fully recovered from it. The blueliner is coming off a down year offensively as his point total dropped from 65 down to 37 which has led his name to come up in trade speculation. Gostisbehere admitted to being aware that his name is out there but stated that his desire is to remain with Philadelphia as they look to get back into the playoffs following an aggressive summer that saw them land several new veteran players.
More from the East:
- Part of Charlie Coyle’s value comes from his ability to shift between center and the right wing without too much difficulty. However, the Bruins plan to keep him in just one position for the full season, notes NBC Sports Boston’s Joe Haggerty. As things stand, he likely slots in as Boston’s third line pivot but if one of their young prospects shows they’re ready for that role, team president Cam Neely indicated that they could move Coyle into a top-six spot alongside David Krejci. Coyle is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and a full-time spot in an offensive role could go a long way towards bolstering his value.
- Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman was banged up down the stretch which played a role in their shocking early exit from the postseason. Speaking with NHL.com’s David Satriano, the rearguard stated that he has been skating regularly throughout the summer and that is fully recovered from the undisclosed issue that kept him out of the final two games of their first-round exit to Columbus. Hedman had 54 points last season in 70 games, his lowest total in three seasons.