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Brett Kulak and the Calgary Flames have filed their contract requests ahead of Monday's arbitration hearing.

Kulak has requested a salary of $1.15 million for 2018-19 while the Flames suggested a two-way contract with a salary of $650K if he spends the full season in the NHL. Kulak had two goals and eight points in 71 games last season. The Flames put him on waivers recently and he successfully cleared, which should help their case on Monday. An arbitrator will decide Kulak's salary unless the two sides can reach a last minute compromise.
Jul 21 - 7:01 PM

Pat Cannone has signed a one-year contract with ERC Ingolstadt of the German league.

Cannone had 17 goals and 39 points in 76 AHL games last season. He's appeared in three career NHL games.
Jul 21 - 5:26 PM

The Minnesota Wild and Jason Zucker are continuing their contract talks ahead of the July 28th arbitration hearing date.

"Certainly you want to stay as optimistic as you can," Wild GM Paul Fenton said regarding the possibility of being able to avoid arbitration. Zucker is coming off a big season where he scored 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games. There has been trade rumors involving him over the summer, but Zucker wants to stay in Minnesota.
Jul 21 - 3:54 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have renewed their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen.

The Icemen completed their first season in 2017-18 with a 26-39-4-3. The new agreement covers the 2018-19 campaign. "We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Jacksonville Icemen. The organization made huge strides on, and off, the ice in its inaugural season," said Jets assistant GM Craig Heisinger. "We look forward to our prospects furthering their development with head coach Jason Christie and his staff."
Jul 21 - 2:38 PM

Brent Regner has signed with the Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian league.

Regner had 10 goals and 31 points in 66 AHL games last season. He has appeared in seven career NHL contests.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 21 - 12:12 PM

Jesperi Kotkaniemi has a real shot of making the Montreal Canadiens out of training camp, per Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

"He got better every day, so we're going in with an open mind," Bergevin said of Kotkaniemi. "I don't know, but just the fact that he's signed and he's coming to camp and he's closer to the NHL. Where he's going to be Oct. 1, I can't tell you, but we see a lot of potential and growth in this young man." Montreal took Kotkaniemi with the third overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had 10 goals and 29 points in 57 Finnish league games last season. The Canadiens have high hopes for Kotkaniemi, especially given their need for a top-end center.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 6:57 AM

Matt Dumba has signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Dumba and Minnesota have avoided the arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday. He was coming off a two-year, $5.1 million contract. He's coming off a monster season where he scored 14 goals and 50 points in 82 games and given that he's still just 23-years-old, he could have plenty of good years left in him. Of course, his 50-point showing is a significant step from anything that he had done prior, so the Wild are taking a bit of a risk here.
Jul 21 - 3:09 AM

Dylan Larkin is optimistic about the ongoing contract negotiations between his camp and the Detroit Red Wings.

"It’s coming together. Maybe something pretty soon," Larkin said. "It goes back and forth. I’ve learned the business part of it. Between free agency and the draft and everything, it’s tough to get time to talk for my agent and Kenny. That’s part of summer and part of how it goes." Larkin believes that something will get done before training camp starts in September. He's a restricted free agent coming off a big season where he scored 16 goals and 63 points in 82 games. Larkin, who turns 22-years-old on July 30, is a cornerstone of the Red Wings and is likely to get a long-term deal.
Jul 21 - 12:05 AM

Rasmus Kupari has been loaned to the Finnish league's Karpat.

Kupari had six goals and 14 points in 39 games with Karpat last season. He was taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by Los Angeles and signed an entry-level deal with the Kings on July 14th. However, he will nevertheless stay in Finland for 2018-19.
Jul 20 - 7:23 PM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is looking for Nicolas Beaudin to take a step forward in his physical development this year.

Beaudin was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft largely due to his offensive skills. However, he's been working on his defensive game and knows he needs to round out his game to make it in the NHL. Currently he's 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, so he could stand to bulk up. "I want to work on my agility so I can be quicker and faster, and I want to be bigger, too," Beaudin said. "At this camp, you can see the guys are bigger so I'm working on my strength all over my body and on my shot, too."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 6:14 PM

Nick Lappin has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lappin can earn $700,000 at the NHL level or $225,000 in the AHL. Regardless of what combination he plays in, he's been promised a total salary of at least $250,000 in 2018-19. He had 31 goals and 53 points in 65 AHL games last season. He also had a goal in six games with New Jersey.
Jul 20 - 5:01 PM

Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets had their arbitration hearing Friday afternoon.

The arbitrator will rule on the matter within the next 48 hours. Trouba requested a salary of $7 million while the Jets countered at $4 million. Until the arbitrator has ruled, it's still possible for the Jets and Trouba to agree to a contract on their own.
Jul 20 - 3:59 PM

Daniel Catenacci has signed with HC Bolzano of the Austrian league.

Catenacci had five goals and 15 points in 42 AHL games last season. He also appeared in one game with the New York Rangers in 2017-18, bringing him up to 12 career NHL contests.
Source: HCB.net
Jul 20 - 3:52 PM

Troy Stecher has signed a two-year, $4.65 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Stecher had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 29 that the two sides have successfully avoided. He had a goal and 11 points in 68 contests last season. The blueliner also had 111 hits and 75 blocks while averaging 18:49 minutes. "Troy Stecher is an important part of our team," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "He's a talented two-way defenseman who competes every shift. Troy has a willingness to always improve his game and is an example of a young player committed to being a professional."
Jul 20 - 2:31 PM

Brett Kulak went unclaimed on waivers.

The Flames likely put Kulak on waivers as a tactic for their upcoming arbitration hearing on July 23. They can now point to the fact that the rest of the league passed on him when pushing for a contract salary to their liking.
Jul 20 - 1:36 PM



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