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Samuel Morin could open the season on a pairing with Shayne Gostisbehere.

The 22-year-old played in one game with the Flyers last season. Morin spent the last two years with the Flyers' AHL affiliate. The 6-foot-6, 200-pound defenseman doesn't provide much in the way of offense. Morin is more of a stay-at-home, physical defender. The stability he brings defensively should complement Gostisbehere's riskier style of play.
Aug 22 - 7:00 PM

Shayne Gostisbehere admitted that last season's on-ice struggles took a toll on him.

Gostisbehere put up 17 goals and 46 points in 64 games during his rookie season with the Flyers. His numbers took a hit last season, as he had seven goals, 39 points and a minus-21 rating in 76 contests. "Last season, it obviously didn’t go like my first season," Gostisbehere said. "You don’t get the bounces, per se, and it takes a toll on you mentally — and then you start looking for things you can change." Expect the talented blue liner to have a bounce-back season in 2017-18.
Aug 22 - 5:32 PM

Josh Ho-Sang doesn't care where John Tavares plays next year because he wants him to be happy.

There's a lot of speculation around where Tavares will end up after next season because he'll be a free agent next summer. "I’ll say it to anyone. If you care about John Tavares as a person, it doesn’t really matter where he ends up," Ho-Sang said. "It’s about his personal happiness and well-being. Whatever decision he makes is foregone and you have to be happy for him at the end of the day. He’s definitely leaning towards New York, he’s said it multiple times. But he still has a year, no rush."
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 22 - 5:24 PM

Agent Steve Bartlett believes his clients Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford will sign contracts in the next couple of weeks.

Both veterans have been unable to land contracts this summer, but it looks like something might be brewing for them. "I do feel optimistic that something will come through for both of these guys in the next week or two, and I think definitely the temperature has risen from teams around the league on both players," Bartlett told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I think we were kind of in the midsummer hibernation with some of the teams and now (as) they're starting to get closer to training camp, they look at where their holes may still be or where they're not sure about a young guy here or there." Vanek, 33, had 17 goals and 48 points with Detroit and Florida last season. Stafford, 31, had eight goals and 21 points with Winnipeg and Boston.
Source: The Score
Aug 22 - 3:14 PM

The Calgary Flames are reportedly considering signing Jaromir Jagr, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Friedman dropped this bit of news during an interview on NHL Network. The obvious connection between Jagr and the Flames, is that he was coached by Calgary head coach Glen Gulutzan when both were in Dallas during the 2012-13 season. Jagr, 45, is still looking for work since the Panthers decided not to bring him back into the fold. He had 16 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season.
Aug 22 - 2:24 PM

Ryan Callahan (hip) will be ready for the start of training camp.

Callahan took part in voluntary workouts with some of his Lightning teammates on Monday. "I'm full go, right from Day One," Callahan said. "It's going to be nice to be able to do a hard training camp this year. It goes without saying this is the most excited I've been in a long, long time going into a season after only playing 18 games last year and feeling the way I do now." He had two goals and two assists in 18 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 22 - 12:48 PM

Patrik Berglund is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

It's the second time in three summers that Berglund has suffered a shoulder injury while training. "This one came completely out of the blue, so it hit me much harder," Berglund said. "You haven’t had any problems with it and out of nowhere you’ve got an injury with this much magnitude. It happened right at the beginning of my workout. I was doing some sledwork outside on the pavement. I was going to max push the sled forward. You keep your arm out straight and you go down really low to get that power, and right when I was going to push, I slipped with the foot that I was pushing with and my body launched forward. I didn’t get the chance to protect my arms and my shoulder, so my body went forward and I got stuck in a bad position." Berglund is expected to return to the Blues lineup in December.
Aug 22 - 11:25 AM

Danny DeKeyser is expected to open training camp on a pairing with Trevor Daley.

Detroit signed Daley, who had been with Pittsburgh during the last two years, when free agency opened on July 1st. DeKeyser spent the majority of last season playing with Mike Green, who isn't exactly the most reliable player in his own end. Daley is fully capable of jumping into the rush, but he's more responsible defensively. DeKeyser had four goals, 12 points and a minus-22 rating in 82 games with the Red Wings last season. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value next season, but the Wings need him to be much better than he was last season.
Aug 22 - 10:28 AM

Daniel Alfredsson left the Ottawa Senators to spend more time with his family.

He was the senior advisor of hockey operations. Alfredsson told the Ottawa Sun that he's going to focus on being a "stay-at-home dad" to his children. "I have a couple of projects on the go, but nothing major," said Alfredsson. "Once school starts, it’s full on with activities with the kids. We’re moving into a new house here in the fall, so we have a lot of planning to do with that. So, it’s going to be a quiet year for me, overall." Alfredsson also said that if a management opportunity came up in hockey, he wouldn't hesitate to purse it.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 22 - 9:26 AM

The New York Rangers are among the finalists for college free agent Alex Kerfoot.

Kerfoot's agent, J.P. Barry, confirmed that his client is interested in going to New York. The 23-year-old had 16 goals and 29 assists in 36 games with Harvard last season.
Aug 21 - 7:14 PM

Doyle Somerby signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The 23-year-old was originally drafted in the fifth-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Somerby just completed his four-year career at Boston University. He has one goal and two assists in 39 games in the NCAA last season. He's likely a couple of years away from making a contribution at the NHL level.
Aug 21 - 5:48 PM

The Florida Panthers have invited Nikolai Belov to training camp.

Belov has never played in the NHL, but he's spent time with Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, St. Petersburg SKA, AK-Bars Kazan and Chelyabinsk Traktor. Last season, he had eight goals and 15 points in 59 games with Chelyabinsk. It'll be tough for him to earn a contract, but his performance in training camp will dictate whether or not he stays in North America.
Aug 21 - 3:18 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Jean-Sebastien Dea to a one-year, two-way contract.

The deal will pay him $650,000 if he's able to stick at the NHL level. Dea made his NHL debut in the final game of the 2016-17 regular season. He had 18 goals and 16 assists in 73 games with the Penguins' minor league affiliate. The 23-year-old won't have any fantasy value next season.
Aug 21 - 2:22 PM

Francois Beauchemin has reportedly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

He confirmed the news to TVA Sports on Monday. He can earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses. Beauchemin was bought out by the Colorado Avalanche during the off-season, but the veteran seems to have landed in a good situation with his former team. He spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks between 2011 and 2015 and another three seasons with them between 2006 and 2009. He had five goals and 18 points in 81 games with the Avs last season. Don't expect him to carry much fantasy value going into next season.
Source: TVA Sports
Aug 21 - 12:49 PM

Ryan Reaves is "definitely excited" to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"You go from playing with the [Vladimir] Tarasenkos and the [Alexander] Steens [in St. Louis] and now I get to go play with Crosby, Malkin and that [Jake] Guentzel kid is starting to light it up," Reaves said. "I'm definitely excited. I'm obviously very honored and humbled that a team that good and that's won the last two years wanted me on their team and traded for me. I'm excited to do whatever they need me to do to help them win a third one." Reaves had spent the previous seven years with the St. Louis Blues.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 12:30 PM



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