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the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play. | 09/22/2014 2:46 PM
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the Oilers have a lot of defense-minded defenseman which means the offensive minded Justin Schultz should be a mainstay on the power play.
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Impact
The 24-year-old Schultz came into the NHL with huge expectations after putting up 48 points in 34 games in the AHL in 2012-13, but he's yet to be that type of guy in the NHL. At TSN we have him posting 52 points (20 goals) in 2014-15 and getting a lot closer to those lofty goals.
Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists. | 09/22/2014 2:40 PM
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Edmonton left wing David Perron came close to a 30-30 season, finishing with 28 goals and 29 assists.
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Impact
Perron would be a lot more valuable if he were playing on the top line, but he's more likely to be a second line winger with Benoit Pouliot and a question mark. It's the question mark that is the cause for his TSN projections dropping to 20 goals and 26 assists.
Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. | 09/22/2014 2:34 PM
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Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle should be the third member of Edmonton's top line along with Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
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Impact
Eberle (28 G, 37 A) has been a solid points producer for the last three seasons and as long as he stays on this line should be a viable fantasy option, but he's not trending upward like Hall. Another Oiler with a bad plus/minus rating.
Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points. | 09/22/2014 2:29 PM
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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins produced career-best number sin 2013 with 56 points.
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Impact
He's only 21-years-old, starting his fourth season, and should be on both the first line and power play unit, so 60-70 points is possible. We'd like him and the Oilers to play better defense as the -12 rating isn't helping his ADP.
Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around. | 09/22/2014 2:25 PM
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Edmonton Oilers young left wing Taylor Hall took a giant leap forward last season, from 50 points in 2012 to 80 points last season but may not make as big a leap this time around.
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Impact
We're primarily concerned about the talent surrounding him. He posted 80 points last season (27 G, 53 A), but could take a step back if his teammates can't play at his level. TSN projections have him with 36 goals and 46 assists.
Bruins right wing Reilly Smith could provide nice value late in drafts. | 09/20/2014 6:52 PM
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Bruins right wing Reilly Smith could provide nice value late in drafts.
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Impact
He is going in the middle of the 14th round on average. After posting 51 points (20 goals and 31 assists), and only 23-years-old, those numbers are destined to increase.
Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has received the honor of appearing on the cover of NHL '15. | 09/20/2014 6:40 PM
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Bruins center Patrice Bergeron has received the honor of appearing on the cover of NHL '15.
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Impact
Not only is he on a video game cover, but he is also coming a fantastic season (30 goals, 32 assists, +38). Target Bergeron in the late 4th round to early 5th round.
Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:34 PM
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Bruins left wing Brad Marchand should continue to be a solid fantasy contributer in 2014-15.
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Impact
He played all 82 games last season and finsished with 25 goals, 28 assists, and a nice +36 rating. Marchand is being targeted as a 12th round pick as of now, and that could wind up becoming a steal.
Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston. | 09/20/2014 6:27 PM
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Bruins winger Loui Erksson will start the season on the top line for Boston.
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Impact
From the 2008-09 season through 2011-12, Eriksson compiled at least 63 points each year. However, after playing in only 61 games during his first season in Boston, he was only able to manage 10 goals and 27 assists, with a +14 rating. Playing on the top line will give Eriksson a nice chance to get back to the 70-point mark. Look to target him around the 13th round.
Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:20 PM
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Bruins center David Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
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Impact
Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Bruins center Daid Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15. | 09/20/2014 6:20 PM
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Bruins center Daid Krejci is ready for a career-year in 2014-15.
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Impact
Fresh off a six-year, $43.5 million extension, Krejci will be centering Boston's top line this season. Coming off a 62-point season (19 goals, 50 assists), he will be a solid target starting around the seventh round of fantasy drafts.
Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins. | 09/20/2014 6:15 PM
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Milan Lucic is hoping for a long-term commitment from the Boston Bruins.
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Impact
After commitments to David Krejci, Tuuka Rask, and Patrice Bergeron, Lucic would seem to be next in line. At 26-years-old, he is just entering his prime, and will have a tremndous opportunity to build off his big 2013 season (23 goals, 35 assists, 30+/-). Target Lucic in the middle of your draft.
Ducks center Saku Koivu retired last week ending his career after 18 seasons with Montreal and Anaheim. | 09/20/2014 2:05 PM
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Ducks center Saku Koivu retired last week ending his career after 18 seasons with Montreal and Anaheim.
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Impact
Koivu was never a superstar fantasy value, but he did have two 70-plus points seasons and finished his career with 255 goals and 577 assists.
Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri suffered a high ankle sprain to his right leg and is expected to miss about two weeks. | 09/20/2014 1:58 PM
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Ducks right wing Kyle Palmieri suffered a high ankle sprain to his right leg and is expected to miss about two weeks.
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Impact
That timetable would return him to the lineup just around opening day. He had 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season - not everyday start-worthy, but a nice fill-in option for fantasy owners.
Anaheim defensive prospect Shea Theodore will miss 4-6 weeks due to an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow. | 09/20/2014 1:54 PM
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Anaheim defensive prospect Shea Theodore will miss 4-6 weeks due to an ulnar collateral ligament sprain in his right elbow.
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Impact
Theodore put up huge numbers in the WHL last season (22 goals, 57 assists) and had an outside shot at making the opening day roster, but this will end that hope.
Right winger Ales Hemsky is destined to play with a good center in Dallas, most likely Speeza on the second line. | 09/20/2014 12:20 PM
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Right winger Ales Hemsky is destined to play with a good center in Dallas, most likely Speeza on the second line.
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Impact
Hemsky and Spezza had success playing together last season after Edmonton traded Hemsky to Ottawa. The 31-year-old winger produced 43 points last season between the two teams and hopefully can improve on an ugly -15 rating.
Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel has a limited upside on the offensive end, but fantasy owners liked his 209 PIM of a season ago. | 09/20/2014 12:17 PM
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Dallas left wing Antonie Roussel has a limited upside on the offensive end, but fantasy owners liked his 209 PIM of a season ago.
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Impact
Roussel could post as many as 18-20 goals as long as he plays alongside Spezza and with his physical nature can be a low-end fantasy value.
Dallas' newly-acquired center Jason Spezza figures to play on a solid second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky. | 09/20/2014 12:13 PM
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Dallas' newly-acquired center Jason Spezza figures to play on a solid second line with Antoine Roussel and Ales Hemsky.
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Impact
Spezza isn't going to be a 90-point scorer like he was in Ottawa for so many seasons, but 60-70 points is certainly possible.
Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has a prime spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and his numbers can only go one way ... up. | 09/20/2014 12:05 PM
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Stars young winger Valeri Nichushkin has a prime spot on the top line with Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin and his numbers can only go one way ... up.
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Impact
The 19-year-old Nichushkin, the 2013 10th overall pick, managed 14 goals and 20 assists last season. As long as he's with the two "star" Stars he should be an easy 20-20 guy in his second season. And if he gets significant power play time he could have a breakout season.
Dallas center Tyler Seguin came into his own in his first season with Dallas and alongside winger Jamie Benn became a dynamic top line. | 09/20/2014 11:58 AM
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Dallas center Tyler Seguin came into his own in his first season with Dallas and alongside winger Jamie Benn became a dynamic top line.
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Impact
The 22-year-old produced career-best numbers in goals (37), assists (47), points (84), PPG (11) and shots (294). He also averaged a career high 19:21 minutes on ice. If Valeri Nichushkin continues to improve as the third member of the line, these numbers could go even higher.
A lot is expected of Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn in 2014-15 after a 79-point season in 81 games last year. | 09/20/2014 11:43 AM
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A lot is expected of Dallas Stars winger Jamie Benn in 2014-15 after a 79-point season in 81 games last year.
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Impact
The 25-year-old benefited from Dallas' addition of Tyler Seguin and posted career-highs in goals, assists, plus/minus, PIM and shots. After a solid Team Canada performance we are projecting more personal records with 39 goals and 83 points.
Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years. | 09/20/2014 10:51 AM
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Red Wings winger Danny Cleary (knee) appears to have arrived at training camp healthy for the first time in a couple years.
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Impact
Cleary has the ability to be a 20-20 guy if he can stay on the ice. It's encouraging that he was reported to be playing on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen for the first practice, but nothing is guaranteed.
Colorado left wing Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of practice. | 09/20/2014 12:13 AM
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Colorado left wing Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of practice.
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Impact
Not unexpected as McGinn is recovering from offseason back surgery. With 19 goals, 19 assists, 30 PIM, 167 SOG McGinn has low-end fantasy value when healthy.
Those concerned that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson would be in a 50-50 time share situation with Robin Lehner should like the words spoken by head coach Paul MacLean on Friday. | 09/20/2014 12:09 AM
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Those concerned that Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson would be in a 50-50 time share situation with Robin Lehner should like the words spoken by head coach Paul MacLean on Friday.
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Impact
"Craig Anderson is the No. 1 goaltender," reports Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen. Anderson was a disappointing 25-16-8 with a 3.00 GAA and .911 save percentage last season. Only time will tell, but we see Lehner with a significant workload.
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that center Anze Kopitar does not get the recognition for his offensive game according to the Orange County Register. | 09/19/2014 9:50 PM
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Kings head coach Darryl Sutter believes that center Anze Kopitar does not get the recognition for his offensive game according to the Orange County Register.
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Impact
Kopitar scored 29 goals and 70 points in 82 games last season. He also led the Stanley Cup playoffs in points. The center will certainly draw attention in standard fantasy leagues as he should go pretty early.
San Jose head coach Todd McLellan confirms that the team sees Brent Burns as a defenseman and not a forward according to CSN Bay Area. | 09/19/2014 9:44 PM
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San Jose head coach Todd McLellan confirms that the team sees Brent Burns as a defenseman and not a forward according to CSN Bay Area.
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Impact
Both Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau said they would like to see Burns return to forward, but their head coach does not agree. Being that the Sharks lost Dan Boyle and Brad Stuart this offseason, it is probably best for the team leaving Burns on the blue line.
Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of training camp due to a knee injury according to NHL.com. | 09/19/2014 9:26 PM
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Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray did not practice with his teammates on the first day of training camp due to a knee injury according to NHL.com.
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Impact
Murray planned to practice in the afternoon on Friday but never made it onto the ice. General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Murray's absence was just part of his rehab schedule. Murray should be a key player to the Blue Jackets defense this season.
Philadelphia center Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury during the first day of practice. | 09/19/2014 6:54 PM
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Philadelphia center Claude Giroux suffered a lower body injury during the first day of practice.
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Impact
He is expected to miss two week, but barring any further issues should still be ready for the regular season.
Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com | 09/18/2014 1:32 PM
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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin has a minor undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
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Impact
Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby, will miss the start of training camp with minor injuries. Neither one is supposed to be serious. The Penguins will be holding them out as a precaution.
Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia. | 09/18/2014 1:30 PM
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Red Wings winger Anthony Mantha will be out six-to-eight weeks due to a fractured right tibia.
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Impact
He was injured on Monday while playing in a rookie tournament game.The 20th overall pick in the 2013 draft was expected to compete for a roster spot in training camp, but that has been put on hold for the time being.
Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com | 09/18/2014 1:28 PM
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Penguins center Sidney Crosby will miss the start of training camp due to an undisclosed injury according to Penguins.nhl.com
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Impact
Crosby's injury is apparently not related to his wrist, which he had surgery on this summer. Whatever it is, it is considered minor. The Penguins will be cautious with their captain once training camp begins. No point in pushing Crosby at this point. This should not at all effect Crosby's fantasy draft position.
Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News. | 08/21/2014 1:56 PM
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Flyers goalie Steve Mason (finger) returned to the ice this week after not skating the past three weeks according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
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Impact
He suffered a broken pinky finger while playing ball hockey, but Mason should be ready for training camp. He posted a 33-18 record with a 2.50 goals against average in 61 games last year.
Left wing Clarke MacArthur and the Senators have come to terms on a five-year extension. | 08/21/2014 1:49 PM
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Left wing Clarke MacArthur and the Senators have come to terms on a five-year extension.
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Impact
MacArthur went on to tell the Ottawa Sun that he will not change the way he plays the game. "Just because I've got a five-year deal, that doesn't mean I need to change a whole lot. I kind of want to play the same game. I want to play good in both ends." MacArthur had 24 goals and 31 assists in his first season in Ottawa last year.
Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins. | 08/21/2014 1:36 PM
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Hurricanes GM Ron Francis told CarolinaHurricanes.com that he expects forward Alexander Semin to be ready when training camp begins.
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Impact
"He's training, according to his agent, a couple times a day and doing therapy on the wrist as well. There were no issues with the wrist, as far as I was told," Francis said. A report surfaced about a week-and-a-half ago that Semin hadn't fully recovered yet from off-season surgery to his wrist, which had been nagging him since the beginning of last year. Francis expects that to be a thing of the past.
San Jose winger Raffi Torres will miss the first few months of the season because of an infection he developed after surgery to his right knee according to David Pollack of Mercury News. | 08/21/2014 12:50 PM
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San Jose winger Raffi Torres will miss the first few months of the season because of an infection he developed after surgery to his right knee according to David Pollack of Mercury News.
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Impact
Torres had another surgery on his knee due to the infection. He missed most of last season while recovering from a torn ACL.
Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far." | 08/21/2014 12:45 PM
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Montreal goaltender Carey Price told the Montreal Gazette skating is "going pretty good so far."
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Impact
Price stayed in Montreal until the end of June to rehabiliate his sprained knee. Rangers winger Chris Kreider crashed into Price's leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The goaltender missed the rest of the series but should be ready for training camp.
Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com. | 07/30/2014 5:41 PM
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Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
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Impact
GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com. | 07/30/2014 5:41 PM
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Carolina center Eric Staal suffered a core muscle injury while training and needed to undergo surgery, according to hurricanes.nhl.com.
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Impact
GM Ron Francis said Staal should be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old had just 21 goals, 40 assists and 230 SOG over 79 games in 2013-14 after generating 18 goals, 35 assists and 152 SOG in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
Blues retain Vladimir Sobotka's NHL rights | 07/21/2014 10:28 AM
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Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.
Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter

Impact
Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Cody Franson, Maple Leafs avoid arbitration | 07/21/2014 10:00 AM
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Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Steve Simmons on Twitter

Impact
Franson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration date looms | 07/21/2014 9:57 AM
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Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for Monday.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Impact
Sobotka has already signed a contract to play with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, so he won't be with St. Louis in 2014-15 regardless of what the ruling is. However, the Blues are going forward with arbitration anyways because they want to retain his NHL rights. If Sobotka decides to return to North America later, then he must honor his arbitrated awarded contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Seth Jones focused on bulking up this summer | 07/21/2014 9:49 AM
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Seth Jones has been working with Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good to bulk up over the summer.
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Impact
Jones has already added five pounds, which brings him up to 210. "Physically he needs to mature more," assistant coach Phil Housley said. "He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That's just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he's mature." Jones had 25 points in his rookie season, but he was also minus-23.
Draisaitl is staying in Edmonton over summer | 07/21/2014 9:46 AM
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Leon Draisaitl has decided to spend the summer in Edmonton so that he can better prepare for training camp.
Edmonton Journal

Impact
Draisaitl isn't a lock to make the Oilers' opening game roster, but he's working hard to avoid getting cut. He's worth keeping an eye on because there's a chance that he'll serve as a top-six forward if he makes the squad. He has a ton of offensive upside and has been compared favorably to Anze Kopitar.
Ryan Johansen willing to sign for two years | 07/21/2014 9:41 AM
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Ryan Johansen's agent has reportedly made the Columbus Blue Jackets a two-year offer.
Columbus Dispatch

Impact
Johansen is a restricted free agent and previously called the Blue Jackets insistence on a shot-term contract a "slap in the face," so the fact that they're now willing to settle for a two-year deal is huge. He broke out last season with 33 goals and 63 points, but he didn't do much offensively in his first two NHL seasons. It's not hard to see why the Blue Jackets would want to hedge their bets by inking him to a short-term deal under the circumstances, although we don't think Johansen's 2013-14 campaign was a fluke.
Crawford already familiar with Jimmy Waite | 07/21/2014 9:36 AM
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Corey Crawford should have an easy time adjusting to goalie coach Jimmy Waite seeing as he used to work with Jimmy's brother, Stephane.
CSN Chicago

Impact
Jimmy Waite is replacing Steve Weeks as the team's goalie coach. "I'm my own person, but we do think the same way about goaltending," Jimmy said. "For 20 years, we've been talking goalies all the time, so Stephane and I think the same way." Jimmy places an emphasis on positioning and being selective about when the goaltender is aggressive.
Brad Richards happy with any linemates | 07/21/2014 9:31 AM
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Brad Richards doesn't have a strong preference when it comes to who he wants to play alongside in Chicago.
Chicago Sun-Times

Impact
Richards might end up playing alongside Brandon Saad and Patrick Kane, but that's not set in stone. "I've only watched [Kane], and he's exciting to watch," Richards said. "All of that is played out when you get on the ice. It's so hard to talk about it now because it might or might not work. . . . There are so many different players you can play with when you play here. It's a great opportunity, no matter who [it is]. If that's the case, I'd be thrilled. If not, there are other options that are very enticing, too." If Richards plays with Kane and Saad, then that would allow Jonathan Toews to play with Patrick Sharp and Marian Hossa. That would make for two pretty intimidating lines.
Lucic reflects on handshake line incident | 07/21/2014 9:25 AM
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Milan Lucic won't apologize for whatever he said in the handshake line during the conclusion of the Montreal-Boston series that bothered Dale Weise.
CSN New England

Impact
Lucic did add that in retrospect he feels he could have handled the situation better. "But more than saying what I said to the players, I was upset with losing," Lucic said. "I was upset with losing to them. We had such a great team that had won the Presidents' Trophy and that being the end and losing the way that we did, I think it all just accumulated to me losing my cool in the handshake." Lucic and the Bruins will get their first rematch against the Canadiens on Oct. 16.
Ex-NHLer Owen Nolan wants $4.9 mill for house | 07/20/2014 10:28 PM
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Retired NHL star Owen Nolan and his wife, Diana, have listed their home in San Jose for sale at $4.9 million
Los Angeles Times

Impact
Nolan, 42, played 18 seasons for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes and Minnesota Wild, making five All-Star teams. He retired a Shark after signing a one-day contract with San Jose in 2012. Nolan's property last sold in June 1999 for $625,000, according to public records. The Mediterranean-inspired home, built in 2010, occupies more than three acres in the foothills of Almaden Valley with sprawling city views. Clad in hardwood and detailed molding, the nearly 9,500 square feet of living space includes a chef's kitchen, formal dining room, grand living room, five bedrooms, seven full bathrooms and three powder rooms. Nolan and his wife own another home at the Almaden Country Club in San Jose that they purchased in late 2013 for $1.865 million. In 2012, the couple sold a 1,157-acre ranch in the foothills of Mount Hamilton to Santa Clara County for $2.65 million.
Report: Leafs, Cody Franson close to deal | 07/20/2014 10:00 PM
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Well-connected hockey insider Josh Rimer has tweeted that the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Cody Franson are close to agreeing on a contract and may be able to avoid Monday's scheduled salary-arbitration hearing.
twitter @JoshRimerHockey

Impact
Reports surfaced Saturday that the Leafs and Franson were far apart and that a hearing seemed likely. There was a big difference in the salary figures the sides were obligated to submit. Franson submitted a salary of $4.2 million while the Leafs suggested in their submission that Franson should be paid $2 million next season. Franson scored five goals and collected 33 points in 79 games last season.
Antoine Roussel, Stars $1-mill-plus apart | 07/20/2014 9:56 PM
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With a salary arbitration meeting looming, forward Antoine Roussel has submitted a proposal in which the Dallas Stars would pay him $4.2 million per season, according to Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada.
twitter @friedgeHNIC

Impact
Friedman reports the Stars have offered Roussel $2 million per season. The sides can work out a deal before the scheduled arbitration hearing on Aug. 1. Roussel had 29 points and 209 penalty minutes in 81 games with Dallas last season.
Craig Smith excited about new Nashville coach | 07/20/2014 4:24 PM
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Expectations are high in the coming season for forward Craig Smith of the Nashville Predators.
The Nashville Tennessean

Impact
Smith is one of the fastest skaters in the NHL and scouts throughout the league have expected high numbers from him in the past couple of years. Last season, he was solid with 24 goals for the Preds and 52 points in 79 games. In the coming season, though, his statistics could be sky-high. The reason? New Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, who is promising to implement a fast-paced, wide-open offensive system. Smith can take advantage and he's excited about Laviolette's arrival in Nashville. "He's a pretty high-octane, high-powered offensive coach," Smith said. "He wants to outscore the other team versus trying to win 1-0, so I like that type of run-and-gun style. . ."
Panthers have high hopes for MacKenzie Weegar | 07/20/2014 11:10 AM
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Florida general manager Dale Tallon sees offensive defenseman MacKenzie Weegar running the Panthers' power play sooner or later.
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

Impact
Weegar scored 103 points in 123 games in his two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Although Weegar has made strides, recent events suggest he might have to wait a while to become part of the Panthers' plans. The team re-signed Dmitry Kulikov and Dylan Olsen recently. Erik Gudbranson was just given a two-year deal while veterans such as Brian Campbell and the recently acquired Willie Mitchell are expected to lead the group. Once No. 1 pick Aaron Ekblad is signed, the Panthers could conceivably have their six defensemen wrapped up before training camp starts in a few months. "I think I was a little bit more positionally sound," said Weegar, 20, who was the Panthers' last pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. "There are still a lot more things to improve on. I haven't skated much this summer. We still have a few more months left before the big camp and I'll show up better."
D Griffin Reinhart eyeing spot with Islanders | 07/20/2014 10:54 AM
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Defenseman Griffin Reinhart thinks he will make the New York Islanders in the coming season.
NHL.com

Impact
New York's first-round pick (No. 4 overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, the 6-foot-4, 217-pound defenseman impressed Islanders brass at training camp and scored a goal in a preseason game against the Calgary Flames. But the Isles decided Reinhart would be better served returning to the WHL. In his final season of junior hockey, Reinhart learned what it takes to become a champion. The Oil Kings captain played 66 games in the regular season and playoffs, and combined for 34 points and a plus-31 rating, leading Edmonton to a Memorial Cup championship. Now, he's itching to make the Islanders. And, if he does, he'll be circling Dec. 27 on his calendar. That will be New York's first game against the Buffalo Sabres, who used the second pick of the 2014 draft on center Sam Reinhart, Griffin's younger brother. Many believe Sam will play in the NHL as early as this season. He had 105 points (36 goals, 69 assists) in 60 games for the WHL's Kootenay Ice in 2013-14.
Prospect William Nylander impresses Leafs | 07/20/2014 10:37 AM
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William Nylander, the Maple Leafs' first pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, impressed the Toronto coaching staff at the team's recent development camp.
Toronto Star

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He was as smooth a skater as scouts had said, adept at handling the puck. He could dish and score. He was a heads-up player who looks like he wants to play that possession game. "He is as advertised," said Steve Spott, the new Leafs assistant coach who helped run the prospects camp. "The only thing he has to work on is getting bigger and stronger and that's going to come in time." He should be in Toronto in the fall and could be with the Leafs for at least a few games. He could play big minutes with the AHL Marlies.
Teuvo Teravainen isn't joining Hawks soon | 07/20/2014 10:14 AM
News
At 19, center Teuvo Teravainen has outstanding offensive skills, a fact that was reiterated to the Chicago Blackhawks at their recent development camp.
CSN Chicago

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The Hawks, however, don't think their 2012 first-round draft choice (18th overall) is ready for prime time just yet. While they did call on Teravainen for three games last season (no points), he'll likely begin next season with AHL Rockport. "It's going to take a number of years. . .He's only 19. There's a whole group of these young players where it's a process and you hope over the course of three or four years they're going to be able to develop not only there strength but the endurance," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "The NHL season takes a toll on your body. Hopefully, you're playing over 100 games a year, so you're not going to be able to make those grounds up in just a few weeks of training. It's a process. I give him credit for taking it seriously. As a young player he's committed to becoming strong and working at it. We just have to be patient and allow those things to take time."
Devils' prospect dealing with Graves' disease | 07/20/2014 9:50 AM
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Center Graham Black is among the New Jersey Devils' top prospects despite the fact that he was diagnosed with Graves' disease at age 15.
The Bergen Record

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Now 21, Black is confident he has beaten the disease by killing it off with radioactive iodine treatments to his thyroid. This past season, he led Swift Current of the WHL with 97 points on 34 goals and 63 assists. The 6-foot, 180-pounder will be looking to take the next step in his development as a first-year pro in 2014-15, likely with the AHL Albany Devils. "I feel like I'm invincible almost because that [disease] tried to stop me and wasn't able to," Black said. Graves' disease is an immune system disorder that causes an overproduction of thyroid hormones. For Black, a 2012 Devils fifth-round draft pick, this boosted his metabolism to the point that he was losing weight in bunches and unable to sleep for days at a time. Black began radioactive iodine treatments that "killed of" his thyroid cells. Now, he simply takes a hormone-replacement pill daily.
Flyers can't win Cup with G Steve Mason: JR | 07/20/2014 9:43 AM
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Former NHL-star-turned-broadcaster Jeremy Roenick does not believe the Flyers will win the Stanley Cup with Steve Mason in net.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News

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"I like Steve Mason, but I don't think [he] is the answer to winning a Stanley Cup," the former Flyer said in a radio interview. "I think you need an upper echelon defenseman, I think you need an upper echelon goaltender. Both, the Flyers do not have. I think that's something that you're going to have to look at in terms of improving your team." In his first full season with the Flyers, Mason posted a 33-18-7 record. The goalie also recorded a .917 save percentage, a 2.50 goals against average, and four shutouts in 61 games played.
Leafs, D Cody Franson far apart on contract | 07/19/2014 10:40 PM
News
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson are far apart in what they believe the defenseman should be paid.
prohockeytalk.com

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Franson's salary arbitration hearing against the Maple Leafs is scheduled for Monday but there's a big difference in the submissions the sides have made to the scheduled arbitrator. Franson believes he should be paid $4.2 million while the Leafs believe he should be paid $2 million. That difference of $2.2 million means a hearing could get ugly. Last season, Franson had five goals and 33 points in 79 games. He had 29 points during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.
Jets re-sign center Eric O'Dell, two others | 07/19/2014 10:32 PM
News
The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed restricted free agent Eric O'Dell to a one-year contract worth $650,000.
prohockeytalk.com

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O'Dell played in 30 games for the Jets last season and produced three goals and four assists. The Jets also announced they've re-signed two other restricted free agents to separate one-year deals -- Patrice Cormier ($625,000), and John Albert ($585,000) Cormier and Albert each played in nine games. Cormier notched three assists and Albert scored one goal.
Kasperi Kapanen dazzles Penguins' brass | 07/19/2014 10:26 PM
News
Kasperi Kapanen, a teenaged forward chosen 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, has a legitimate chance at making the Pittsburgh Penguins next season, according to the club's assistant general manager, Bill Guerin.
NHL.com

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"He's even better than I thought he would be," Guerin said after watching Kapanen at the Pens' recent development camp. "So I was very happy with him. He's just high-end talent, high-end speed. He's a very, very mature kid for his age. Obviously, having his father [Sami Kapanen] playing so many years in the NHL and playing with him and bringing him up that way, he's already a pro. So he's ahead of the game in that department, but you just got a little screenshot of what's to come and he's not even 18 yet." Kapanen (6 feet, 181 pounds) showed his knack for driving to the front of the net throughout the week. That asset could be valuable to the Pens, who lost prominent forwards James Neal and Jussi Jokinen during the early stages of the offseason.
Lee Stempniak's contract worth $900,000 | 07/19/2014 7:06 PM
News
The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.
NHL.com

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Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.
Derek Roy joins Gary Roberts' fitness program | 07/19/2014 10:37 AM
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After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.
Rotoworld.com

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So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.
Wings not close to re-signing two key players | 07/19/2014 10:25 AM
News
Restricted free agents Dan DeKeyser and Tomas Tatar, both important players with the Red Wings, are not close to re-signing with the club.
Detroit Free Press

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"We've talked and continue to talk, but nothing close," Detroit general manager Holland said. Holland said he made Tatar an offer recently that is being mulled over. "Tats is overseas, and I'm waiting to hear back. On the DeKeyser front, we met them in early June. We talked briefly at the draft, and we haven't really talked much in July. I've made what I think are pretty good offers. They haven't really countered. We're just in the waiting process." DeKeyser, 24, scored four goals and 19 assists for 23 points in 65 games last season, his first full one in the NHL. He had no points in five playoff games. Tatar, 23, has 24 goals and 23 assists for 47 points in 100 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Wings last season, he scored 19 goals and 20 assists for 39 points in 73 games.
Not worried about money yet: Brandon Saad | 07/19/2014 10:15 AM
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Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad will be a restricted free agent after next season and is due for a huge raise to the $764,167 he's making on his entry-level contract.
Chicago Sun-Times

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Saad said there have been no talks about an extension yet. ``If it happens, great,'' he said. ``It's always nice to have that security and feel comfortable that you've re-signed. But I'm more focused on having a good year and contributing to the team. All that stuff will take care of itself.'' General manager Stan Bowman said that ``it's been a busy time for us'' and that Saad's situation will be addressed eventually. ``The exciting thing for all of us is that he just keeps getting better,'' Bowman said. ``We certainly haven't seen the best of Brandon Saad yet.'' Saad had 19 goals and 28 assists in 78 games for Chicago last season.
Johnny Oduya broke foot in Western Final | 07/19/2014 10:11 AM
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It turns out that Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya broke his right foot blocking a shot from the point late in the third period of Game 7 of the Western Conference final against the Los Angeles Kings.
Chicago Sun-Times

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He kept playing in overtime anyway, logging three shifts. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Oduya might not have been able to play if his team had beaten the Kings and moved on to the Stanley Cup championship series.
Curtis Glencross eyeing contract with Flames | 07/19/2014 9:53 AM
News
Discussions for a new Curtis Glencross deal in Calgary will take place in the next few weeks.
prohockeytalk.com

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"I've talked to Brad [Treliving, new Flames GM] a few times now and my agent has also been in touch with him numerous times," Glencross said. "The plan is they want to get the ball rolling after the [Aug 1.] arbitration thing with [Joe] Colborne, and get to talking. Hopefully we can get something done sooner rather than later, and not have to worry about a contract during the season." Glencross, 31, put up good offensive numbers through an injury-plagued 2013-14 season, with 12 goals and 24 points in 38 games. From 2010-12, Glencross averaged 25 goals and 45 points a season. Glencross said he took a hometown discount on his current deal (four years at $10.2 million, which expires next July) and isn't really interested in doing it again. "It'll be a little bit different this time around," Glencross said, explaining that the next contract likely will be his final one in the NHL.
Linden Vey likely to be Canucks No. 3 center | 07/19/2014 9:42 AM
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Linden Vey, acquired at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from the Los Angeles Kings for the 50th pick the Canucks got for defenseman Jason Garrison, should be Vancouver's No. 3 centre next season.
TSN.ca

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The Canucks have signed the restricted free agent to a one-year contract. Canucks general manager Jim Benning said he knew plenty about Vey from his time living in Boston while the 22-year-old played for the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. Vey also played for new coach Willie Desjardins with the WHL's Medicine Hat Tigers. "There's a familiarity with Linden," Benning said. "He's a puck-possession guy, he's strong, he's a good two-way player, he plays a 200-foot game. He's ready to play in the NHL now." Vey only has 18 games of NHL experience due in part to the Stanley Cup-champion Kings' depth of young forwards. Benning said he'll get more opportunity in Vancouver.
Rangers sign Lee Stempniak, Brad May says | 07/19/2014 9:32 AM
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Former NHLer-turned-broadcaster Brad May has tweeted that veteran forward Lee Stempniak has signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.
nhl.com

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TSN reportered earlier that the free agent was close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers. The 31-year-old right wing finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded from the Calgary Flames. Stempniak had four goals and seven assists in 21 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, and two goals and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games during his third season with the Flames. He has 150 goals and 191 assists (341 points) in 637 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Flames and Penguins. He was a fifth-round pick (No. 148) by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Sidney Crosby might need surgery after all | 07/18/2014 10:36 PM
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Although the Pittsburgh Penguins said Sidney Crosby won't need wrist surgery, his agent won't rule it out.
Pro Hockey Talk

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Crosby's agent said that whether or not he'll have surgery will ultimately be dependent on how the current treatment on Crosby's wrist goes. So far there's been no indication that Crosby is in danger of actually missing any playing time next season.
Justin Florek agrees to terms with the Bruins | 07/18/2014 8:25 PM
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Justin Florek has inked a one-year, two-way contract extension with Boston.
Bruins.nhl.com on Twitter

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Florek will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 19 goals and 38 points in 69 AHL games in 2013-14. He also ended up playing in six playoff contests with Boston and scored a goal.
Boston re-signs Craig Cunningham | 07/18/2014 8:24 PM
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Craig Cunningham has inked a one-year, two-way deal with Boston.
Bruins.nhl.com on Twitter

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Cunningham can earn $600,000 annually at the NHL level or $85,000 if he spends the 2014-15 campaign in the minors. He had 47 points and 40 penalty minutes in 75 AHL games last season.
Teravainen still hopes to make Hawks' roster | 07/18/2014 6:58 PM
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Teuvo Teravainen still hopes to make the Chicago Blackhawks' opening game roster.
Brian Hedger on Twitter

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Teravainen's chances of making the team were diminished when they signed Brad Richards. That gives the Blackhawks 12 forwards signed to one-way deals, not including Brandon Saad. Still, we wouldn't dismiss the possibility of Chicago trading away a forward before the season starts to free up some cap space. If that happened, Teravainen's chances of making the team would obviously improve.
Pittsburgh agrees to terms with Simon Despres | 07/18/2014 5:36 PM
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Simon Despres has inked a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Penguins.nhl.com

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It appears Despres' deal is one-way and if that's the case then he's a safe bet to make the team's opening game roster. He had five assists and 26 penalty minutes in 34 games with Pittsburgh in 2013-14.
Matt D'Agostini will play in Switzerland | 07/18/2014 4:38 PM
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Matt D'Agostini has agreed to a one-year deal with Geneve-Servette HC.
GSHC.ch

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Geneve-Servette plays in Switzerland's top hockey league. D'Agostini had five goals and 12 points in 56 contests with Pittsburgh and Buffalo last season.
Coyotes sign first rounder Brendan Perlini | 07/18/2014 3:52 PM
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Brendan Perlini has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Arizona Coyotes.
Coyotes.nhl.com

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The Coyotes took Perlini with the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 34 goals and 71 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. "Brendan is a strong skater with great size and skill," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his development."
Martin Brodeur continues search for right fit | 07/18/2014 3:48 PM
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Martin Brodeur is "still looking for the right fit" as the free agent market dies down.
NHL.com

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Brodeur is willing to play for a non-contender, but he'd like to play "a lot" in that case. Ultimately, it wouldn't be shocking if he doesn't end up with a contract going into the preseason. As great as his career has been, he's not the same goaltender he once was. Which is to be expected at the age of 42, but it's still the reason why he hasn't gotten an offer to his liking yet. Brodeur might end up signing during the season though if a team needs a replacement after one of their goaltenders suffers a major injury.
Tyler Randell inks a two-way deal with Boston | 07/18/2014 2:45 PM
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Tyler Randell has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Boston.
Bruins.nhl.com on Twitter

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Randell had 11 points and 93 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games in 2013-14. His deal comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL.
Bruins re-sign prospect Tommy Cross | 07/18/2014 2:42 PM
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Tommy Cross signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Boston Bruins.
Bruins.nhl.com on Twitter

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Cross will earn $600,000 if he spends the season in the NHL or $72,500 annually at the AHL level. He had seven points and 54 penalty minutes in 55 games last season.
Zach Trotman inks a two-year contract | 07/18/2014 1:31 PM
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Zach Trotman has agreed to a two-year contract with the Boston Bruins.
Pro Hockey Talk

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Trotman will come with a $625,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. His deal is two-ways in 2014-15, but it's just one way for the second season. He had eight goals and 24 points in 53 AHL games last season.
Dmitry Kulikov signs three-year extension | 07/18/2014 12:31 PM
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Dmitry Kulikov has signed a three-year, $13 million contract extension with the Florida Panthers.
TSN on Twitter

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Kulikov was a restricted free agent after completing his two-year, $5 million deal. He had 19 points and 66 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The Panthers were one of the worst teams offensively last season and while they won't be great in 2014-15, they should at least approach the level of mediocrity and that will help Kulikov reach the 25-point mark for the third time in his career.
Tim Bozon is ready to play competitive hockey | 07/18/2014 12:13 PM
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Tim Bozon, who was hospitalized earlier this year with Neisseria Meningitis, will play in an Under-23 tournament that starts on July 31.
NHL.com

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Bozon was released from the hospital in late March after coming out of a medically induced coma. He's been working on returning to professional hockey ever since and was able to begin skating in June.
Maple Leafs make Forbes' top 50 list | 07/18/2014 9:51 AM
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The Toronto Maple Leafs ranked 26th on Forbes' list of the top 50 most valuable sports franchises.
Toronto Star

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The Maple Leafs are worth $1.15 billion in their estimation, which makes them not only the most valuable NHL franchise, but also the only hockey team on the top 50 list. It's worth noting that there might be a disconnect between what franchises are worth based on Forbes' estimates and what people are willing to pay for some of them. Forbes says that the Los Angeles Clippers are worth less than $856 million as that was the cutoff to make the list and they weren't on it. Despite that, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is trying to buy the team for $2 billion. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman suggested that might be due to the uniqueness of the Los Angeles market, but also added that a recent survey suggested that franchise values have increased about 46% over the last year.
Myles Bell is limited in development camp | 07/18/2014 9:42 AM
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Myles Bell (knee surgery) took part in some practices during development camp, but skipped the team's scrimmages and contact drills.
The Bergen Record

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"They don't see any sense in overdoing it in July and potentially getting injured when I can just ease into it and be ready for main camp in September," Bell said. The Devils really had no reason to push Bell for the sake of development camp. He thinks he'll be completely recovered by the time the Devils' training camp starts.
Quenneville looks strong in development camp | 07/18/2014 9:33 AM
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Devils coach Pete DeBoer liked what he saw from John Quenneville during his first development camp.
The Bergen Record

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Quenneville was taken by New Jersey with the 30th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "He's had a great week," DeBoer said. "This is the first step on his road to the NHL and it's not going to be an easy one. It never is for young men, but he's made a good first impression, I think, on everybody both with what he's done on the ice, but I think more importantly with how he carries himself off the ice." Quenneville had 25 goals and 58 points in 61 WHL games in 2013-14.
Brisebois resigns from Habs' coaching staff | 07/18/2014 9:29 AM
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Patrice Brisebois has left his post as player development coach with the Montreal Canadiens.
Montreal Gazette

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The Canadiens said Brisebois decided to step aside for family reasons. Brisebois ended his NHL career in 2009 and began to serve as the Canadiens' player development coach in June 2012.
Babcock counters idea he drives away UFAs | 07/18/2014 9:25 AM
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Red Wings coach Mike Babcock countered the notion that free agents aren't signing with Detroit because they don't want to play for him.
Detroit Free Press

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The theory goes that Babcock has a reputation for being a tough guy to work for and players would sooner choose a more relaxed environment when given the option. "Maybe they don't want to come because Mike Babcock has a one-year contract," Babcock suggested. "The way I look at it here, if you don't want to be coached, don't come here. If you want to be pushed to be the best that you can be, that's what we do here. You know what? The proof is in the pudding." He added that if the Red Wings are worried about him driving away free agents, then he should coach somewhere else. He has a season left on his contract with Detroit and won't negotiate during the 2014-15 campaign. He's led Detroit to the Stanley Cup and has guided Team Canada to back-to-back gold medals in the Winter Olympics.
Schmaltz thinks he'll excel in fast-paced NHL | 07/18/2014 9:19 AM
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Nick Schmaltz doesn't think he'll have problems adjusting to the fast pace of the NHL.
Chicago Sun-Times

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"That helps my game as well because when you're playing fast, you can make plays and a lot of odd-man rushes," Schmaltz said. "I like playing fast, and it helps me raise my game." The Chicago Blackhawks took Schmaltz with the 20th overall pick of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He's expected to play for the University of North Dakota in 2014-15.
Ennis' agent has high hopes for his client | 07/17/2014 10:09 PM
News
Tyler Ennis' agent, Eustace King, is predicting that his client will peak at around 30 goals and 70 points.
Buffalo News

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"I believe that Tyler's challenge has been that he's an undersized guy his whole career but he's overcome that obstacle," King said of Ennis. "I think Tyler is going to be like some of the smaller guys that have gone through the Buffalo Sabres over the years and gone on to great careers in the NHL. I clearly believe we haven't scratched the surface yet to what Tyler can be." Obviously Ennis' agent is going to be biased and the numbers he's putting forward would be a big leap from his current career-high of 49 points. That being said, Ennis is still just 24 years old (25 on Oct. 6) and he definitely still has some room to grow. He should establish himself as a solid top-six forward after inking a five-year, $23 million deal with Buffalo.
Report: Brassard might get $5.5 mil annually | 07/17/2014 8:51 PM
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Derick Brassard reportedly wants around $5.5 million annually on a long-term deal.
NY Post

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The New York Rangers might end up giving him something in that ballpark and avoid arbitration with him in the process. Brassard could end up getting $4.5 million to $4.75 million awarded to him if the two sides aren't able to avoid arbitration. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 81 contests last season.
Report:Zuccarello might get $4.5 mil annually | 07/17/2014 8:46 PM
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Mats Zuccarello is reportedly looking for about $4.5 million annually on a long-term deal.
NY Post

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Zuccarello is expected to make $3.7 million to $4 million if his case goes to an arbitration hearing. He had 19 goals and a team-leading 59 points in 77 games in 2013-14 campaign.
Sheldon Brookbank still open to re-signing | 07/17/2014 7:28 PM
News
Sheldon Brookbank still has interest in returning to the Chicago Blackhawks if a slot opens up for him.
Chris Kuc on Twitter

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The Blackhawks would likely only do that if they trade away a defenseman in a cap-saving measure. They currently have seven blueliners inked to one-way deals. Meanwhile, Brookbank is investigating his other options.
Jonas Hiller (appendix) has minor procedure | 07/17/2014 6:13 PM
News
Jonas Hiller had a minor procedure as a result of his appendicitis attack.
Wes Gilbertson on Twitter

Impact
Hiller is expected to have a quick recovery. Unless we hear anything to the contrary, it seems reasonable to assume that he'll be fine for training camp.
Report: Minnesota won't re-sign Nate Prosser | 07/17/2014 6:11 PM
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The Minnesota Wild are reportedly uninterested in signing Nate Prosser.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

Impact
Prosser will attempt to get a one-way contract out of another team. He had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 52 games in 2013-14.
Report: Jonas Hiller had appendicitis attack | 07/17/2014 5:42 PM
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Jonas Hiller has reportedly suffered an appendicitis attack.
Swiss Hockey News

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It's not yet clear if Hiller will require surgery to remove his appendix. Hiller signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Calgary Flames this season.
Wild re-sign goaltender John Curry | 07/17/2014 4:20 PM
News
The Minnesota Wild have inked John Curry to a one-year, two-way deal.
Wild.nhl.com

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Curry had a 2.62 GAA and .920 save percentage in 19 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth goaltender, which the Wild clearly need given setbacks their netminders suffered in 2013-14.
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension. | 07/17/2014 4:04 PM
News
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract extension.
sportsnetwork.com

Impact
The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension. | 07/17/2014 3:37 PM
News
The Sabres have signed Tyler Ennis to a multi-year contract extension.
sportsnetwork.com

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The 24-year-old had a career-high 21 goals and added 22 assists and 210 SOG over 80 games in 2013-14. The talent is lacking in Buffalo so he likely won't be much better than that in 2014-15.
Jacob Josefson inks a two-year extension | 07/17/2014 3:10 PM
News
Jacob Josefson has inked a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the New Jersey Devils.
Rich Chere on Twitter

Impact
Josefson had a goal and three points in 27 games in 2013-14. His deal is one way, so his chances of making the team are good, but he's likely to be limited to third or fourth line duties.
Karl Alzner pumped for 2014-15 campaign | 07/17/2014 2:29 PM
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Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.
CSN Washington

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"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.
Andrej Nestrasil agrees to one-year extension | 07/17/2014 1:16 PM
News
The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Andrej Nestrasil to a one-year deal.
RedWings.nhl.com on Twitter

Impact
Nestrasil had 16 goals and 20 assists in 70 games with the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins in 2013-14. He's not expected to have any fantasy value next season.

THN on Twitter