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Jaromir Jagr doesn't plan on making an NHL comeback this season.

Jagr started the 2017-18 campaign with Calgary, but he was slowed by injuries and the Flames eventually assigned him to HC Kladno. He recently resumed practicing with the hope of playing for Kladno this season. He doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself though. "My only goal for now is to feel better tomorrow than I felt today and to make it a day-by-day progress," Jagr said. "That way I can hopefully get to the point where I feel great one day."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 9:44 AM

Conor Sheary was surprised to find out he had been traded to Buffalo, but he's excited to potentially earn a significant role with the Sabres.

"Nothing is going to be given to me, but if I’m able to crack the top-six and get more minutes than I was getting last year and maybe produce a little bit more, I think that would definitely help me," Sheary said. "I definitely see it as a good opportunity." He had 18 goals and 30 points in 79 games last season after recording 53 points in 61 contests in 2016-17. His playing time also dipped with the Penguins last season to the point where he averaged 13:57 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the Sabres' lineup and more specifically if he gets a chance to play alongside Jack Eichel.
Jul 20 - 4:12 AM

Derek Grant has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Grant had 12 goals and 24 points in 65 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. He's projected to serve as a bottom-six forward next season. It's worth noting that the Penguins have something of a logjam for the center position with Grant, Matt Cullen, Derick Brassard, and Riley Sheahan all potential candidates for the third and fourth-line center slots.
Jul 20 - 4:05 AM

Marcus Westfalt can look to Oskar Lindblom for inspiration as he works towards eventually making the Philadelphia Flyers.

Westfalt seems like a long shot given that he was taken with the 205th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but of course late round picks do sometimes make it to the NHL. Lindblom is a recent example for the Flyers. He was taken in the fifth round in 2014 and made his NHL debut during the 2017-18 campaign, going on to play in 23 games with Philadelphia. Like Lindblom before him, Westfalt is a member of Sweden's Brynas IF Gavle. That gave Westfalt an opportunity to pay close attention to Lindblom. "I watch him a lot," Westfalt said. "His last year in Brynas before he got here, I watched him a lot. He's a [role model] because I think he's really good, he's good with his hands, his speed, he uses his body well. I watch him a lot." Lindblom's path to the NHL involved him breaking out while still a member of Brynas. Westfalt is projected to remain in the Swedish hockey league for the 2018-19 campaign.
Jul 20 - 3:58 AM

Chris Chelios has decided to leave his post as an advisor with the Detroit Red Wings so that he can return to Chicago.

"For me, this is an opportunity to move back to Chicago to be closer to family, and in particular my mother," Chelios said. "I began to seriously consider moving home last February after the passing of my father. Now that my children have all graduated, it seems like the ideal time for my wife, Tracee, and I to make the move. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Red Wings organization over the last 19 years." Chelios has been a part of the Red Wings organization almost nonstop since he was acquired by Detroit back in 1999. At the time, Chelios was 37-years-old and thus was naturally assumed to be in the twilight of his career. However, Chelios was able to play into his late 40s and logged 578 regular season games with Detroit. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
Jul 20 - 3:28 AM

Artemi Panarin doesn't plan on engaging in any contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets during training camp or the 2018-19 campaign.

In other words, if the Blue Jackets can't sign Panarin to a contract by Sept. 13, then they won't be able to talk to him about it again until the season ends and his contract is effectively over. Panarin can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, so the obvious danger is that Columbus might lose Panarin on the open market like the Islanders recently did with John Tavares, who also didn't want to engage in contract discussions during the season. It's worth noting that Panarin is reluctant to sign a long-term contract with Columbus as it is, so this might actually be more influence when it comes to his trade value than anything. A team acquiring him will want to be able to lock him up and now they know that getting him during the season would likely just be for a rental. With that in mind, the Blue Jackets might want to trade him this summer to maximize their return.
Jul 20 - 1:15 AM

Mike Blunden has signed with HC Bolzano of the Austrian league.

Blunden had six goals and 16 points in 45 AHL games last season. He's appeared in 127 career NHL contests.
Source: HCB.net
Jul 19 - 7:35 PM

Madison Bowey has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Bowey had 12 assists in 51 games last season. The 23-year-old rookie averaged 13:43 minutes per contest.
Jul 19 - 6:35 PM

Adam Lowry has signed a three-year, $8.75 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

That's a significant jump from his previous two-year, $2.25 million contract. The Jets and Lowry managed to avoid an arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Sunday. He scored eight goals and 21 points in 45 games last season.
Jul 19 - 4:06 PM

Michael Latta will play for the KHL's Kunlun Red Star next season.

Latta had seven goals and 27 points in 60 AHL contests in 2017-18. The 27-year-old has 113 NHL games on his resume.
Jul 19 - 3:30 PM

The Calgary Flames have placed Brett Kulak on waivers.

If Kulak goes unclaimed on waivers, then it will help fuel the Flames' case to the neutral arbitrator when they meet on July 23rd. That hearing can be avoided if the Flames and Kulak are able to agree to terms before that date.
Jul 19 - 2:11 PM

Ryan Merkley has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Merkley had 13 goals and 67 points in 63 OHL games last season. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. "Ryan was one of the most talented players at his position in this year's draft and we were very excited to add him to our organization," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We were impressed with the way he handled himself as the youngest player at our summer development camp and feel that he has a whole new level he has yet to tap into. Ryan has the potential to be a difference maker at the NHL level and we are looking forward to watching his development this season."
Jul 19 - 10:42 AM

Anthony Stolarz has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Stolarz's contract is worth $761,250 at the NHL level. He missed the vast majority of 2017-18 after tearing the meniscus in his left knee in early September. There will be a lot of competition for Stolarz in the AHL next season between him, Alex Lyon, and highly regarded prospect Carter Hart. "It's just competition. No one is going to go in there and hand you a job, so you have to earn it," Stolarz said back in June.
Jul 19 - 9:23 AM

John Gruden has been hired by the New York Islanders to serve as an assistant coach.

Gruden spent the previous two seasons as the head coach of the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs and he guided the team to a championship in 2018. The 48-year-old is also a former defenseman whose resume includes 92 NHL games.
Jul 19 - 9:12 AM

After signing with a Swiss team this summer, Torrey Mitchell realizes he might have played in his last NHL game, but he's happy with what he accomplished.

Mitchell, 33, had a few NHL teams that reached out to him, but none ended up offering him a contract. Lausanne HC approached him though and after looking into the possibility, Mitchell became excited about the chance to continue his career in Switzerland. "I’m proud of the last 11 years," Mitchell said. "I feel like I’ve done well for myself, I’ve overachieved. I just hold my head up high. I was lucky that I was able to play 11 years in the NHL. From those 11 years, I guess the reputation that I built in the NHL gave me this opportunity now. The Lausanne GM (Sacha Weibel) obviously did his homework and told me he heard nothing but great things about me. There’s nothing not to be excited about as I continue my hockey career out of the NHL now. It’s the next chapter in my life and I’m super excited about it." Mitchell had 67 goals and 152 points in 666 career NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, and Los Angeles Kin
Jul 19 - 9:08 AM



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