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Playing at a charity event in his native Finland, Patrik Laine clocked back-to-back slapshots in the hardest shot competition at 103 mph.

Just for reference, Alex Ovechkin and Shea Weber won the hardest shot competition the last two years during the NHL All-Star festivities with shots of 102.8 and 101.3 mph. Laine more than doubled his powerplay goal total from his rookie season, going from nine to 20 and it wouldn't be surprising to see make make that the norm in future seasons. The 20-year-old Finn is the next great NHL goal-scorer.
Aug 17 - 2:03 PM

Pekka Rinne is nine wins shy of setting the record for the most wins by a Finnish-born goaltender in the NHL.

Rinne at 311 wins, is eight shy from tying Miikka Kiprusoff. Despite being 35, Rinne is showing no signs of slowing down, winning his first ever Vezina Trophy this season. He has a year left on his contract with the Nashville Predators but it's currently unclear if the Preds are interested in extending their star goaltender or going with Juuse Saros who is considered as being one of the best young Finnish goaltenders.
Aug 17 - 1:22 PM

Jeff Skinner is very likely to slot into the lineup alongside Jack Eichel for the Buffalo Sabres.

John Vogl of The Athletic currently has Eichel centering Skinner and Sam Reinhart. Reinhart and Eichel's chemistry was evident late last season when the former finished the season with 37 points in Buffalo's last 38 games, giving him a career-high 25 goal and 50 point season. Slotting Skinner, a proven goal-scorer on that line will only bring them to another level. If the newly-acquired Sabre is able to seamlessly transition to his new linemates, we might be looking at one of the best lines in hockey.
Aug 17 - 12:23 PM

Kris Versteeg is signing on to play with Omsk of the KHL.

In March, Versteeg was ruled out for the rest of Calgary's season with a hip injury that he appears to have gotten over. If this is the end of his NHL career, he'll finish as a two time Stanley Cup Champion (2009-10, 2014-15).
Aug 17 - 11:16 AM

Ryan Ellis believes the Nashville Predators can compete for a Stanley Cup for the next 10 years.

Ellis just signed an eight-year extension with Nashville, which means he's under contract for the next nine seasons. "If we can keep everyone here and keep the core together, I think we can compete for a Stanley Cup for the next 10 years at least," Ellis said. "I mean that's bold to say, but we believe a lot in the people we have in our room, our coach, our GM and our entire organization." The Predators have one of the best rosters in the NHL, but 10 years is a long time.
Aug 17 - 10:20 AM

Eeli Tolvanen could earn a top-six role with the Nashville Predators this season.

Tolvanen is the Predators' top prospect heading into this season and he could make a real impact in the NHL starting in 2018-19. The young Finn had no points in three NHL games last year, but he put up 36 points in 49 games as a teenager in the KHL and he added nine points in five games at the Olympics, four points in four games at the World Hockey Championship and six points in five games at the World Junior Hockey Championship. "The first couple of games were pretty tough," Tolvanen said. "I was used to playing back on Olympic ice. … It was huge to get those first couple of games out of the way just to see the tempo and what the game was like back here. Now I know I have to get stronger, bigger and faster to be ready when training camp starts."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 9:22 AM

William Nylander doesn't feel any added pressure to sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Now that contract negotiations have started you're more aware of what's going on with things like that," Nylander said. "Right now, once something like that happens, you're more updated on what's going on around the League, more educated. But once you sign, I don't think you pay attention to that. There is no extra pressure or urgency to get something done just because guys like [Dylan Larkin] sign." The 22-year-old restricted free agent had 20 goals and 61 points in 82 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 6:36 PM

Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes have begun talking about a potential contract extension.

The 21-year-old has just one year remaining on his entry-level deal, so both sides will have to get something done before the 2019-20 season. "We've been talking about something," Aho said. "But I've got nothing to say yet." Aho finished his second year with 29 goals and 65 points in 78 games last season. He's one of Carolina's brightest young stars, which means the team should do everything in their power to keep him around.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 3:47 PM

Patrik Laine says he's not in a hurry to sign a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

Laine has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, so the Jets are going to have to take care of business at some point in the near future. "It's not something we need to hurry because I still have a contract," Laine said. "But obviously that's something I want to do at some point and they want to do. But there's no rush. I really don't care. There's no rush, really. I can do it next summer or this summer. I don't mind." The 20-year-old had 44 goals and 26 assists in 82 games last season. Whenever he signs his new deal, it'll be for a significant amount of money.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:21 PM

Lance Bouma has signed a one-year deal plus an option with Swiss club Geneve-Servette.

The 28-year-old had just three goals and six assists in 53 games with the 'Hawks last season. He also added seven goals and seven assists in 20 games in the AHL. Bouma's former teammate, Tommy Wingels, also signed with the same team this off-season.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:30 PM

Tommy Wingels has signed a one-year contract plus an option with Swiss team Geneve-Servette.

Wingels split last season between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. He accumulated nine goals and 17 points in 75 games during the regular season. He also participated in four playoff games with the Bruins. The 30-year-old's days of playing in the NHL might just be over.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:26 PM

Carey Price might become the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history during the 2018-19 season.

Price is currently third on the list with 286 victories, but Patrick Roy (289) and Jacques Plante (314) are within reach. Of course, Price would have to stay healthy to have a shot at setting the franchise mark this year. The 31-year-old had a disappointing season in 2017-18, as he had a 16-26-7 record, a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. The Canadiens need him to bounce back in a big way if they're going to have any shot at making the postseason.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Canucks director of player development Ryan Johnson wants to see Nikolay Goldobin become more explosive on his skates.

"He needs to get more explosive, he needs to have neutral zone separation speed to use the gifts that he has," Johnson told Sportsnet's Rick Dhaliwal. There's no denying that Goldobin is a gifted offensive player, but he hasn't put it all together yet at the NHL level. The 22-year-old had eight goals and 14 points in 38 games with the Canucks last season. Assuming he has a great training camp, he should be able to get himself onto the Canucks' rebuilding roster. As gifted as he is, he isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues for now.
Aug 16 - 10:36 AM

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is worried about Henrik Zetterberg's back injury.

"He’s had a hard summer and I don’t think his back is reacting great," Blashill said. "Certainly we’ll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there’s a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play." Zetterberg isn't the player he once was, but he's still the most important leader on the roster. The 37-year-old had 11 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season. Even if he's eventually able to suit up again, fantasy general managers will probably want to stay away from him in all formats.
Aug 16 - 9:39 AM

Former Carolina Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk believes Jeff Skinner will be a great fit in Buffalo.

Skinner and Boychuk played together for a few years with the 'Canes, so they're familiar with each other. "I think him and Eichel will be an exciting pair," Boychuk said. "I don’t think Jeff has played with a superstar right-handed center before so he might get a lot more passes. Jeff is one of the purest goal scorers in close around the net. He’s had some up and down seasons but consistently puts up over 20 goals. He has a high ceiling and can create scoring chances by himself." Not only is Skinner going to start the season on a new team, he's also entering his contract year, which means he'll have plenty of motivation to have a great year. The 26-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games with Carolina in 2017-18.
Aug 16 - 8:46 AM



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