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After being limited to 35 games last season due to shoulder and abdominal problems, Nathan Horton has been working on getting back into game shape ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's nice having a (full) summer where I can train. I haven't had one in a while," Horton said. "It's different than the last few years that I was in Boston. I've got the whole summer, I can make myself stronger and work on things that I need to work on and get healthy." If Horton can stay healthy - and there's a fair chance that he will - then he should get at least 50 points in 2014-15.
Jul 31 - 10:43 PM

P.K. Subban's agent said there hasn't been any progress made towards a deal that would allow his client and Montreal to avoid arbitration.

Subban's hearing is scheduled for Friday. It's still entirely possible that the two sides will agree to terms either tonight or Friday morning ahead of their hearing. Last minute deals often happen in these types of situations.
Jul 31 - 9:55 PM

Steve Mason suffered a broken pinky finger while playing hockey.

Mason will stay off the ice for the next two weeks, but he'll continue to work out off the ice. This shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign.
Jul 31 - 7:35 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended their affiliation agreement with ECHL Orlando.

The Minnesota Wild were also affiliated with Orlando in 2013-14, but the Maple Leafs will have the team to themselves going forward. "The Leafs are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL," said Maple Leafs GM David Nonis. "As an organization, we are confident that our future prospects will continue to develop professionally under the tutelage of Solar Bears coach Vince Williams." Orlando had a 43-24-2-3 record last season.
Jul 31 - 6:32 PM

Scott Glennie has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Dallas.

Glennie had 15 goals and 28 points in 50 AHL contests in 2013-14. He was taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but has only played in one NHL game.
Jul 31 - 5:19 PM

It wouldn't take much to sign unrestricted free agent Jeff Halpern.

"I basically wait for a phone call and then if somebody says we have a contract, I say, 'Whatever your offer is, I'll take less,'" Halpern said. He had five goals and 12 points in 69 games in 2013-14. The 38-year-old is a decent bottom-six forward, but he has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Jul 31 - 4:23 PM

Danny Flynn has reportedly joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff.

Flynn served as the head coach of the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats for six seasons, but after the 2012-13 campaign, he was promoted by the Wildcats to serve as their director of hockey operations. Flynn will be working under head coach Ted Nolan for the third time in his career. Flynn served as an assistant coach in Moncton when Nolan was the bench boss in 2005-06 and also spent one campaign as Nolan's assistant during his tenure with the New York Islanders.
Jul 31 - 3:35 PM

Malcolm Subban was cheering for his older brother, P.K. Subban in Montreal's 2014 second round series against the Boston Bruins.

That's getting some attention because, obviously, Malcolm Subban is a member of the Boston Bruins. The two franchises are heated rivals, but for now the younger Subban is honing his skills in the minors while he waits for his shot in Boston. If he ever becomes the Bruins' starting goaltender, which won't happen anytime soon given Tuukka Rask's presence, and P.K. Subban signs a long-term deal with the Canadiens, then that will be another fun element to the contests between these two squads. You can rest assured that Malcolm Subban wouldn't have been rooting for his brother if Malcolm was the one playing between the pipes.
Jul 31 - 1:51 PM

P.K. Subban's agent is still confident that he can reach a deal with the Montreal Canadiens before his client's arbitration deadline.

The two sides have until the hearing on Friday to agree to terms. If they fail to do so, an arbitrator will determine Subban's value instead. Subban has expressed an interest in signing a long-term deal with the Canadiens and they're probably after the same thing, so the most logical sticking point would be money. Subban has requested that the arbitrator award him an $8.5 million annual salary while Montreal countered with $5.25 million, but the gap might not be as substantial when it comes to their behind closed doors negotiations.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 31 - 1:23 PM

Jake Gardiner doesn't have any issues working under Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

"He is a coach that likes to push his players and get the most out of them," Gardiner said. "I think that was what he was doing with me. I have a lot more potential than what I've been doing. I think [his approach was] good for me. It will help me down the road." Gardiner had a difficult time establishing himself with the Maple Leafs and spent most of the 2013 shortened campaign in the minors despite recording 30 points in his previous season. Those days are over though as he's signed a five-year, $20.25 million contract.
Jul 31 - 12:08 PM

Nick Spaling has agreed to a two-year, $4.4 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Spaling and the Penguins were on the brink of starting an arbitration hearing. The two sides ultimately decided to roughly split the difference between Spaling's $2.65 million request for 2014-15 and the Penguins' offer of $1.65 million. Pittsburgh acquired him from Nashville as part of the James Neal trade. Spaling had 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Jul 31 - 10:14 AM

Carey Price doesn't require surgery for the leg injury he sustained when Chris Kreider crashed into him during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Price said he's doing okay, but he doesn't plan to start skating until mid-August. He had a 2.32 GAA and .927 save percentage in 59 games last season.
Jul 31 - 10:06 AM

The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent Darcy Kuemper haven't talked much since July 5.

Kuemper didn't file for salary arbitration, which leaves the door open to him signing an offer sheet or holding out into training camp. "Darcy has great potential and played very well in stretches for us [last] season, but at the end of the day I think he's played around 30 games in the NHL," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "Usually this isn't the time to fight for the big contract. We feel Darcy right now is trying to establish himself in the league, and once he does that it'll be a little simpler to come up with terms." It's worth noting that the Wild already have Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding under contract. They obviously want to sign Kuemper too, but as long as at least one of Backstrom and Harding are healthy, the Wild can afford to wait Kuemper out, even if this drags into the regular season.
Jul 31 - 10:03 AM

Count Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill among those that have embraced analytics.

The Stars evaluate go over each of their games using Corsi and a number of other statistics. "If it's a number you get out of right field, I think it's great for analyzing that," Nill said. "Why such a difference? If the numbers are closer, now you've got more of a comfort level to say, 'OK, yes. There's something here. We made this decision as a staff and the numbers back it up.' It's a lot easier to make a decision then." Nill feels that advanced statistics have room for improvement, but he also acknowledged that they've already progressed immensely compared to where they were 10 years ago.
Jul 31 - 9:54 AM

Robin Lehner has agreed to a three-year, $6.675 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Lehner is coming off a bit of a rough season as he posted a 3.06 GAA and .913 save percentage. Nevertheless, the Senators have been betting on him to become the team's starting goaltender and that should happen sooner rather than later. He's got enough potential to make this contract look like a steal, but the Senators are taking a bit of a risk given his relative lack of NHL experience.
Jul 31 - 9:37 AM



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