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It looks like the Vancouver Canucks will give Philip Larsen the first crack at running their powerplay from the back.

"They say his ability to carry the puck up ice and walk the line and get pucks through is excellent," Benning told reporters, as per TSN 1040 radio. "When we made the trade, we were kind of trying to figure out a right-shot defenseman that could run the power play, so we’re going to give him that opportunity." It looks like the Canucks will entrust Larsen with improving their 27th ranked powerplay next season. Keep your eye on him during training camp and pre-season.
Jul 2 - 12:03 AM

Milan Lucic is very excited to start playing with the best young talent in the NHL, Connor McDavid.

"Connor McDavid," Lucic said when asked his No. 1 reason for selecting Edmonton. "just getting an opportunity to play with one of the best players of this time. I know he missed a good chuck of the season last year with an injury (to his collarbone), but from what I saw and what he was able to do, he's definitely up there with the [Sidney] Crosbys of the world and his ability." Lucic has the potential to eclipse his career high of 30 goals and 62 points if McDavid stays healthy.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 1 - 11:28 PM

Updating a previous report, Andrew Agozzino signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blues.

The deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $225,000 in the AHL. However, he is guaranteed at least $275,000. He picked up two assists in nine games with Colorado last season. Agozinno also had 29 points in 41 matches with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.
Jul 1 - 10:47 PM

Updating a previous report, David Perron's deal includes a limited no trade clause.

The clause states that he can name three teams he will not accept a trade to. It is a small safety blanket for Perron but it does not guarantee him not being moved by the Blues again. He generated 20 points in 28 games with Anaheim last season after he was acquired from Pittsburgh.
Jul 1 - 10:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Chad Billins signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks worth $600,000 at the NHL level.

He will earn $225,000 in the AHL but is guaranteed at least $300,000 in salary. The 27-year-old is coming off a quality campaign with Linkopings HC of the SweHL, posting 31 points in 50 games. He has just 10 games of NHL experience.
Jul 1 - 10:01 PM

After signing a $38.5 million deal today, Andrew Ladd's says he wants to take the Islanders to the 'next level'.

"I think any team with John Tavares on it and the goaltending and the defense that the Islanders have, they're very close," Ladd said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge with helping this team get to the next level, and that's a Stanley Cup." Ladd could record his first 30-goal season on a line with John Tavares next season. Even if he doesn't reach 30 goals, look for Ladd to push for 70 points this season.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 1 - 9:12 PM

Updating a previous report, the Boston Bruins gave David Backes a modified no movement clause in his new deal.

Backes will have a full NMC until May 31st, 2019, an eight-team NTC in 2019-20, and a 15-team NTC in 2020-21. The clauses are just an added safety net for Backes as he will have complete control on where he will play hockey until the end of the 2019 season.
Jul 1 - 9:06 PM

Wade Megan has signed a contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The contract is a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level. The 25-year-old center had 23 points in 75 games for Portland of the AHL. He has no fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 8:52 PM

Updating a previous report, Will O'Neill has signed a two-year deal with the Philedelphia Flyers.

The deal is one-way for the 2016-17 season, but two-way for the final year. The average NHL salary over the course of both years $612,000. O'Neill had eight goals and 50 points in 74 contests with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The 28-year-old hasn't played in the NHL.
Jul 1 - 8:49 PM

Shane Doan is close to signing a new one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

Although still unsigned on July 1st, Shane Doan was never really expected to sign with any team but the Coyotes. He will be back for his 21st NHL season, all with the Winnipeg/Arizona franchise.
Jul 1 - 8:34 PM

It appears that Tyson Barrie and the Colorado Avalanche will head to arbitration seeing as a long-term deal is not looking likely.

Barrie has been linked to the Oilers in a trade but the Avalanche seem to want to keep the talented defenseman. It is well known that arbitration has been known to harm relationships between players and management seeing as things are said by management about the player in order to lower the contract awarded by the arbitrator.
Jul 1 - 8:30 PM

Updating a previous report, Greg Carey's deal with the Flyers is a one-year, two-way deal worth a reported $575,000 at the NHL level.

Carey had 26 goals and 43 points in 64 games with AHL Springfield in 2015-16. He's likely to spend the full 2016-17 campaign in the minors as well.
Jul 1 - 8:20 PM

Updating a previous report, Dustin Stevenson's new one-year deal with the Stars is for a reported $575,000 at the NHL level.

The deal is expected to be a two-way deal. Stevenson had his worst season in three with AHL Stockton and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2015-16, posting eight points and 104 PIMs.
Jul 1 - 8:15 PM

The New Jersey Devils have signed defensemen Karl Stollery to a contract.

The deal is a one-year, two-way deal worth $575,000 at the NHL level. He did not appear in any NHL games last season and has 12 career games under his belt. He has no fantasy value.
Jul 1 - 7:58 PM

After signing a seven-year, $42 million contract, Kyle Okposo will reunite with Matt Moulson in Buffalo.

The pair played a little over four seasons together and share a strong bond on and off the ice. Moulson is Godfather to Okposo's daughter, while Okposo is Godfather to Moulson's son. It will be interesting to see if the reunion will give a jump to Moulson's stats seeing him only able to score eight times in 81 games last season.
Jul 1 - 7:36 PM



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