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Malcolm Subban appreciates the confidence that Team Canada coach Steve Spott has displayed in him during the World Junior Championship.

"He showed he has a lot of faith in me and I really don't want to let him down," said Subban following Monday's win over Russia. "I'm trying my hardest to play well and hopefully I can keep that up for the rest of tournament." Subban didn't have a good selection camp and his work in the pre-tournament didn't inspire confidence either, but Spott has handed him the reigns so far and the move has paid off. Subban posted four wins and no losses in the preliminary round, to go with a 2.00 goals-against average. He has also stopped 107 of the 115 shots thrown his way.
Source: Calgary Sun
Tue, Jan 1, 2013 12:57:00 PM

Sean Couturier has inked a six-year, $26 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Couturier still has a year left on his existing deal, so he's now locked up through 2021-22. Couturier has established himself as a solid defensive center, but whether or not this deal will be viewed as a bargain will be dependent on his ability to grow offensively. Although he excelled with the puck at the junior level, he's never recorded more than 39 points in a single NHL season. Still, he's just 22 years old, so it's not unreasonable to believe that he'll continue to improve over the next few seasons.
Jul 28 - 5:12 PM

Eric Fehr has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fehr had 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games with the Washington Capitals in 2014-15. There's an opportunity here for Fehr to play alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, which would obviously be a great boost to him. However, we're hesitant to recommend actually drafting him in standard leagues because Pittsburgh also revealed that he had elbow surgery on June 3. His timetable is four-to-six months, which means that he could be out until December and even when he does return, he might find it difficult to hit his stride after missing a significant chunk of the early season.
Jul 28 - 11:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a second round selection in 2016 from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2016 third-rounder and Brandon Sutter.

Bonino had 15 goals and 39 points in 75 contests in an extremely hot-and-cold season with Vancouver in 2014-15. He only really came out into his own in 2013-2014, but at the age of 27 we can't expect him to continue to grow offensively. On top of that, this move will likely hurt his fantasy value as he's moving from a situation where he would have been the second line center to a team that will likely stick him on the third line. For Pittsburgh though this frees up some cap space as Bonino comes with a $1.9 million annual hit through 2016-17 compared to Sutter's $3.3 million hit in 2015-16 followed by him possibly testing the UFA waters.
Jul 28 - 11:44 AM

Colin Wilson has signed a four-year, $15.75 million deal with the Nashville Predators.

Wilson was set to have an arbitration hearing on Tuesday, but this deal makes it moot. He had requested a $4.25 million payday from the arbitrator while Nashville had countered at $3 million. This deal obviously leans more towards Wilson's request than Nashville's, but the Predators must feel that's a fair trade off to lock him up for a longer term. He'll turn 26 in October and is coming off of a season where he scored 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games.
Jul 27 - 11:59 AM

Derek Stepan has inked a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.

The two sides avoided arbitration with almost no time to spare. Stepan had been seeking a $7.25 million contract from the arbitrator while the Rangers countered at $5.2 million, so this agreement is a logical middle ground based on those figures. Stepan still hasn't recorded more than 57 points in a single season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 70-point mark before this new deal is over. You could argue that he's being overpaid just because he still has something left to prove, but the flip side is that it's not hard to see him turning into a player that makes this deal look like a discounted price. All-in-all, it strikes us as a reasonable compromise.
Jul 27 - 10:12 AM

Brian Gionta acknowledged there will be a different kind of energy this season for the Sabres.

The sort of energy where guys actually think the front office is trying to improve the team instead of tanking to preserve a high draft pick. Gionta said "100 percent we’ll be a better team" after general manager Tim Murray added Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Ryan O’Reilly Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Robin Lehner. And let's not forget Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. "Look at the moves he's been able to make," Gionta said. "You can say you want a better team, you want to bring in better players, but for him to actually pull that off and make the moves he did, it shows that he means business. That excites guys in the locker room."
Jul 26 - 10:09 PM

Fan interest in the shootout means that it won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

The NHL introduced three-on-three overtime last month as a way to curtail the amount of games decided by the skills competition. However, commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t think it will go away, at least while he’s in charge. "I think to the extent some people wanted to see fewer shootouts, this will get us there, and that’s fine. The shootout isn’t going anywhere," Bettman said. "You go to a building during a shootout, everybody’s on their feet, nobody is leaving, which is what it was designed to do. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, and so if we’re going to try and reduce the number of shootouts, this may do it."
Jul 26 - 4:08 PM

Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz believes that Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are worth every penny of their eight-year, $84 million contract extensions.

"I think that they're quality individuals," Wirtz told the Chicago Tribune editorial board. "They're never satisfied. They're great leaders, and I think they're terrific for the city. As the eight-year contracts go on, I think we'll see they're worth every penny." The contract extensions will kick-in this upcoming season. Limited cap space has forced the Hawks to part ways with veterans like Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya, but keeping Toews and Kane in the fold was a no-brainer for Chicago.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 26 - 9:34 AM

Alex Chiasson has been awarded $1.2 million in arbitration.

Chiasson was asking for $2.475 million while the Senators were countering with $1 million. The 24-year-old had a disappointing first season for Ottawa, as he finished with just 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games.
Jul 26 - 8:37 AM

Logan Couture believes the Sharks have a nucleus that can win.

The Sharks missed the playoffs for the first time in 11 seasons during the 2014-15 campaign. The new season brings a new coach, Peter DeBoer, along with several new players, Martin Jones, Joel Ward and Paul Martin. But the team will continue to lean on its core, specifically Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. "I talked to (GM) Doug (Wilson) a couple times throughout the summer, and we want to win," Couture said. "San Jose does. That’s our goal. We realize our best players, Jumbo and Patty, are getting a little bit older. I think we have the core to win, and Doug went out and got some very good players. Paul, Martin Jones, Joel, they’re just going to help us."
Jul 25 - 9:35 PM

Derek Stepan and the Rangers are just over $2 million apart in arbitration offers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Stepan is seeking a $7.25 contract and the Rangers have filed for $5.2 million. The center is set for an arbitration hearing Monday. While it appears to be a wide gap, the Rangers are reportedly interested in a six-year deal worth $6.5-6.75 million per season, while Stepan seeks $7.25-7.5 million for seven, so it’s possible something in the middle of these will be agreed upon soon. It’s worth noting Capitals goalie Braden Holtby filed an $8 million request and the Capitals offered $5.1 million, and the two sides reached a long-term compromise. Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points last season. The Rangers have about $6.9 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com
Jul 25 - 6:10 PM




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