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The Colorado Avalanche will likely name a new head coach this week.

The Avalanche are looking for a new bench boss because Patrick Roy quit earlier this month. Some of the reported candidates are Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar, Utica head coach Travis Green, Chicago assistant Kevin Dineen, Washington assistant Lane Lambers, Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel and San Jose assistant Bob Boughner. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday, according to beat writer Mike Chambers.
Aug 23 - 9:13 PM

Brandon Prust says he's always wanted to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The veteran forward signed a professional tryout with the club on Monday night. "Growing up a Leafs fan, I know that's kind of where my heart is," said Prust. "I've always wanted to play for the Leafs. I figure this will be a great opportunity for me. Wendel (Clark) was my man. I always want to play like him and be like him. He had skill, he was tough as nails and he was a great leader. That's the guy I idolized growing up as a Leafs fan. I've watched Toronto's playoff runs and I know all about their history. To be a part of it will be amazing."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 9:09 PM

Raffi Torres will hang up his skates if he can't sign a contract with one of the 30 NHL teams.

Torres isn't interested in working his way back up from the minors or going to play in Europe. "To be honest, I’ve never been one for Plan B’s," Torres said. "I’ve been telling everybody (who asks about my future), it’s probably going to be The Show or no." Torres hasn't played in an NHL game since 2013-14 because of injuries and suspension.
Source: The Score
Aug 23 - 6:18 PM

Jamie Benn (core muscle surgery) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of the regular season.

Benn's injury forced him to pull out of the World Cup, but it shouldn't keep him from being completely healthy when it matters most. It's good news for his fantasy stock, as he's been a point-producing machine over the last two seasons. Benn scored 41 goals and 89 points in 82 games last season. He should be a top-five pick in most fantasy drafts.
Aug 23 - 4:43 PM

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed Cody Ceci to a two-year, $5.6 million contract.

The deal comes with an annual average value of $2.8 million. Ceci will make $2.25 million in the first year and $3.35 million in the second year. The 22-year-old scored 10 goals and 26 points in 75 games last season. After the NHL season, Ceci joined Team Canada at the World Hockey Championship where he scored a goal, six points and a plus-8 rating in 10 games.
Aug 23 - 2:50 PM

Jamie Benn (core muscle surgery) won't take part in the World Cup of Hockey.

Benn was named to Team Canada and was hoping to be healthy enough to play in the tournament, but that's not the case. Sharks forward Logan Couture will take Benn's spot on Canada's roster.
Aug 23 - 12:11 PM

Logan Couture has been added to Team Canada's roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.

Couture will take injured Stars forward Jamie Benn's place on the roster. The Sharks forward suffered a broken fibula in October and came back to score 15 goals and 36 points in 52 games last season. He caught fire in the playoffs, as he added 10 goals and 30 points in all 24 of San Jose's games.
Aug 23 - 12:09 PM

Raman Hrabarenko will attend Maple Leafs training camp on a professional tryout.

Hrabarenko and Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello are familiar with each other from their time in the New Jersey Devils organization. Hrabarenko played in one game for the Devils, but spent some time with their farm team. The 23-year-old had five goals, nine points and 42 penalty minutes in 49 AHL games last season. The 6-foot-4, 230 pound defenseman is a long shot to make the team.
Aug 23 - 12:02 PM

Henrik Zetterberg may start the year on a line with newly signed center Frans Nielsen.

With the team's acquisition of Nielsen and Dylan Larkin moving to center, it sounds like Zetterberg could be shifted to the wing this season. The plan is to give Larkin a chance down the middle, and certainly Nielsen is one of our top two center icemen," said GM Ken Holland. "We're thinking Zetterberg is going to play with Nielsen, so obviously if Nielsen is down the middle, Zetterberg is on the wing. Now, we have to also consider that Zetterberg and Larkin played real well together [last season]."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 11:52 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will move Dylan Larkin to center this season.

Larkin has been a centerman throughout his career, but the Wings wanted to ease the 19-year-old into the NHL by moving him to the wing in his first season. But that's all about to change. "That's our plan going into camp," said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "He's obviously been a center his entire life. We drafted him as a center, but when you have guys like Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk down the middle, guys who are so good 200 feet, it's tougher. Dylan played with Zetterberg last season and Zetterberg took a lot of the responsibility off of Dylan to free him up to play the game. Long-term, the plan is that Dylan is going to be a center for us." The departure of Pavel Datsyuk almost forced Detroit to make this move. Larkin had 23 goals ad 45 points in 80 games during his rookie season. He should improve those numbers in year two.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 23 - 11:18 AM

Kevin Dineen is a "major" candidate for the Avs vacant head coaching position.

Dineen is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 52-year-old played 1188 NHL games in his career. He also has experience behind the bench, as he was the head coach in AHL Portland from 2005 to 2011 and he had the same title with the Florida Panthers for parts of three seasons. Sharks assistant Bob Boughner and Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar are also in the mix.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 23 - 8:14 AM

Paul Bissonnette has reportedly signed a PTO with the Los Angeles Kings.

Bissonnette attended training camp with the Kings last year, but was cut in late September. The 31-year-old has been in the AHL for the last two seasons. He scored two goals and three points in 35 games with the Ontario Reign in 2015-16. There's a good chance he won't get a contract from the Kings this fall.
Aug 22 - 9:16 PM

After suffering a knee injury last season, Carey Price says he feels "like my old self on the ice."

"I feel like my old self on the ice," Price told NHL.com. The 29-year-old suffered an MCL injury in late November and missed the rest of the season. Even though the injury is behind him, Price admits that a lighter regular season workload may be the key to keeping himself fresh. "As you get older -- I'm not old, but 29 is relative in goalie years -- you like to see your number of games taper down a little bit so you are fresher for playoffs," Price said. "By the time playoffs start you want to be as fresh as possible and I think even five fewer games would help. As you get older too, your amount of time spent in practice should taper off as well a little bit." Even if his workload decreases, Price should still be one of the top fantasy goalies in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 22 - 7:42 PM

Brandon Prust will attend Toronto Maple Leafs training camp on a professional tryout.

The 32-year-old dealt with a serious ankle injury while with the Canucks last season. Prust had one goal and seven points in 35 games with Vancouver in 2015-16, but was set to the minors in February. Prust doesn't produce much offensively, but when healthy, he can be an effective fourth line, energy player.
Aug 22 - 5:59 PM

Alexander Radulov signed with the Montreal Canadiens because he wants to win.

Radulov is back after a stint in the KHL. The 30-year-old admitted that he's more mature than he was during his last stint in the NHL and that the only thing he wants to do is win. "The first goal is I want to win," Radulov said. "I want to win every night. It doesn’t matter who’s going to score and put up the points; we want to win. It’s a team game and I think if the team is going to be successful, everyone will be successful. Marc [Bergevin] was saying it’s a special place to play," said Radulov. "I hate losing. I hate when something goes not our way. I just want to win and I think this is the place and I’m ready for it." If there's one team that needs an offensive boost, it's Montreal. If Radulov can stay out of trouble, he has the potential to hit the 70-point mark.
Aug 22 - 3:49 PM



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