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Tyler Kennedy will audition on Pittsburgh's 'top line' with Evgeni Malkin and James Neal.

Coach Dan Bylsma said that Tanner Glass, Matt Cooke and possibly Brandon Sutter would get the opportunity to play with Malkin and Neal as well. Kennedy may have the best shot at sticking on the line because he has more offensive skill than Glass and Cookie and it would allow Sutter to center the third line for depth purposes. Bylsma cautioned that the spot next to Malkin and Neal will be "open and situational," but "it's going to open to somebody claiming [it] and making it permanent, too."
Tue, Jan 8, 2013 02:44:00 PM

Markus Granlund has signed a one-year, $1.45 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Granlund is coming off a rough campaign where he had eight goals and 12 points in 53 contests. This new deal can be seen as a show-me contract as he needs to prove to the Canucks that he is worthy of a long-term investment. He does have potential and it will be worth keeping an eye on him in 2018-19.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 2:15 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning won't re-sign Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz will consequently test the unrestricted free agent market. The 38-year-old had 13 goals and 29 points in 82 contests last season. He's hoping to extend his career and it wouldn't be surprising if there is at least some interest in the four-time Stanley Cup champion.
Jun 22 - 1:45 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have confirmed that they won't present Robin Lehner with a qualifying offer.

Such an offer had to be $4 million and the Sabres likely felt that would be too high. As a result, Lehner can now test the UFA market on July 1. He had a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage in 53 games last season, but he's also had some strong campaigns as well. It wouldn't be surprising if another team has interest in him at least as a backup.
Jun 22 - 12:49 PM

Paul Martin has been placed on unconditional waivers.

Unless another team claims him, Martin will have the final season of his contract bought out by the San Jose Sharks. That would save the Sharks $2,833,333 in cap space for 2018-19, but add $1,416,667 in 2019-20. The Sharks weren't hurting for cap space to begin with, but they've often been brought up as a potential destination for John Tavares should he decide to test the UFA market and it's possible that San Jose is trying to clear up more room ahead of that possibility.
Jun 22 - 12:45 PM

Craig Anderson has reportedly requested that the Ottawa Senators trade him.

That might be difficult as Anderson is starting a two-year, $9.5 million contract. He's 37-years-old and coming off a campaign where he posted a 3.32 GAA and .898 save percentage, so there's probably not much of a market for him. Still, it's understandable that he'd want to be moved given that he's in the twilight of his career and the Senators are beginning a rebuilding process.
Jun 22 - 12:39 PM

The Islanders have added eight more games to their Nassau Coliseum schedule, bringing the total number of home games they'll play there in 2018-19 to 20.

In other words, the Islanders' home schedule will be pretty evenly split between Nassau Coliseum, which was their home from 1972-2015, and Barclays Center. To say the least, it's unconventional for a team to have two home facilities they regularly play at. It's only a temporary situation though as the Islanders have a new stadium being built at Belmont Park, which will serve as the successor to both Nassau Coliseum and Barclays Center as far as the Islanders are concerned. That new stadium will likely open in 2021-22.
Jun 22 - 7:08 AM

The Dallas Stars plan on signing Valeri Nichushkin to a two-year contract, per Stars GM Jim Nill.

Dallas can't do so until July 1 though. Nichushkin was taken by Dallas with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded 29 points in 79 contests in 2015-16, but spent the last two seasons in the KHL. In 2017-18, he had 16 goals and 27 points in 50 games.
Jun 21 - 8:23 PM

The Buffalo Sabres are reportedly not expected to present Robin Lehner with a qualifying offer.

If that happens then Lehner will become an unrestricted free agent. TSN's Bob McKenzie added that Buffalo is likely to look elsewhere for a goalie to partner with Linus Ullmark. Lehner's qualifying offer would have been $4 million. He struggled last season with a 3.01 GAA and .908 save percentage in 53 games.
Jun 21 - 5:48 PM

The NHL has unveiled that the 2018-19 campaign will run from Oct. 3 through April 6.

There are four games set for the season opener with the defending champion Washington Capitals hosting the Boston Bruins being the centerpiece game of the night. Speaking of the Capitals, their first rematch against Vegas will take place on Oct. 10 in Washington. Other key events include the Thanksgiving game on Nov. 23 with Philadelphia hosting the New York Rangers and the 2018 Winter Classic between Chicago and Boston at Notre Dame Stadium. The All-Star Break is set for Jan. 24-27 and will once again feature a tournament between the four divisions. Feb. 9 will be Hockey Day in Canada, which will consist of all seven Canadian teams playing, and that will be followed by Hockey Day in America on Feb. 17. Finally, there will be an outdoor game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field on Feb. 23.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 21 - 5:44 PM

The salary cap in 2018-19 will be $79.5 million.

That firms up NHL commissioner Gary Bettman's previous estimate of $79.5 million to $80 million. While we obviously got the low end of that range, it does represent a healthy $4.5 million jump from the 2017-18 ceiling. Currently every team is below the projected ceiling with the team closest to it being the Florida Panthers, which sit at $71,155,832 for 2018-19 per CapFriendly.com after the Mike Hoffman trade. There are also eight teams that are currently more than $20 million below the ceiling. There are still plenty of RFAs that need to be signed and other financial considerations that teams will be making, but it still looks like there will be plenty of money for general managers to throw around once the UFA period starts on July 1.
Jun 21 - 5:26 PM

Senators GM Pierre Dorion admitted that he had no choice but to trade forward Mike Hoffman.

Dorion's quote is rather interesting: "We had to trade Mike Hoffman. Our dressing room was broken." He's alluding to the fact that Erik Karlsson's wife, Melinda, filed an order of protection against Hoffman's fiancee, Monika Caryk, for allegedly cyber-bullying her. The fact that Hoffman had to be traded was obvious to everyone, which is why the Sens got a less than stellar return for the 28-year-old Hoffman, who is now a member of the Florida Panthers.
Jun 21 - 3:17 PM




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