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Edmonton defenseman Joey LaLeggia is attending his fourth Developmental Camp with the Oilers but, unlike the previous three years, he'll spend the full campaign playing at the pro level.

He spent the past four years at the University of Denver. "It’s great to come in here and meet the staff and meet the guys that you hope to one day be suiting up with," LaLeggia said. "It’s a great experience for all of us and great to meet everybody and get comfortable. I feel that every time I come here I get more comfortable and also get more confident." He had 15 goals and 40 points in 37 contests with Denver last season. He'll probably end up spending the bulk, if not all, of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, but he's worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he might end up turning some heads.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 10:34 PM

Two of Nicklas Lidstrom's sons are participating in the Detroit Red Wings' developmental camp this weekend.

Lidstrom, of course, starred in the NHL as a defenseman for 20 years and is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Adam Lidstrom is 19 years old and served as a forward with the SuperElit league's Vasteras. He had seven goals and 14 points in 40 contests. His older brother, Kevin Lidstrom, is a blueliner and recorded an assist in 22 contests in Hockeyettan, which is Sweden's third-tier league.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 7:07 PM

As Nic Petan hopes to make the Winnipeg Jets, he believes he's really improved his defense to make that happen.

"This past season I just focused on defensive play, faceoffs, being low in my own zone. I thought I got better at it," Petan said. The 20-year-old had 15 goals and 89 points in 54 WHL contests in 2014-15, which is actually down from 113 points in his previous campaign. The 43rd pick of the 2013 NHL Draft will probably get a decent shot next season.
Jul 4 - 6:48 PM

Brandon Prust was vacationing in Rome with his fiancee when he heard he was traded July 1 by Montreal to Vancouver.

"Funny, I saw the headline (on Twitter), 'Zack Kassian traded to the Canadiens from the Canucks,' but I didn't see at first who he was traded for," Prust said. He was called by Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin soon after that to inform him of the deal. Although he admitted to being left "in shock" by the news, he's excited to play in Vancouver at this point. Prust had 18 points and 134 penalty minutes in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 6:37 PM

The Denver Post's Mike Chambers doesn't think that Francois Beauchemin is the defenseman that the Colorado Avalanche need, comparing him (unfavorably) to Brad Stuart.

Chambers: "They are the same player, and joining the Avs with a careers-worth of mileage on their bodies. Brad Stuart was not the answer the team sought, and already is considered a No. 5 or No. 6 guy."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 6:34 PM

Phil Kessel says he's extremely excited to have been traded the other day to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Being in Toronto, I got to play in one playoffs in all my years (six) there," Kessel said. "Hopefully, I'll get to play in many in Pittsburgh. I'm just so excited, I really am. For it to be Pittsburgh. . .with everything that franchise has meant and two of the best players in the world there … I never would have thought I'd have the chance to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, to play on a team like the Penguins. It's just amazing. I'm so pumped." Kessel had 25 goals and 61 points in 82 games in 2014-15, which is a down season by his standards. The Maple Leafs as a whole struggled last season though and obviously Crosby or Malkin will represent a huge upgrade over the centers he's worked with during his tenure with Toronto.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 6:26 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz believes that the St. Louis Blues are actually better off without T.J. Oshie.

Miklasz believes that Oshie is "overrated" and Troy Brouwer will score the tough goals that his trade counterpart failed to do. The columnist doesn't appreciate Oshie's "celebrity" status in St. Louis, which he views as unearned.
Jul 4 - 6:26 PM

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch sees Matt Calvert as a fourth-line forward in 2015-16.

Calvert scored 13 goals and 23 points in just 56 games, so it seems reasonable to ponder him as someone in the top nine. Either way, the Blue Jackets should be a lot tougher to deal with, especially if they enjoy more reasonable injury luck.
Jul 4 - 6:18 PM

The Minnesota Wild have officially announced the signing of Devan Dubnyk to a six-year/$26 million contract.

Dubnyk was sensational for the Wild after being traded from the Coyotes on January 14 as he went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He went from a backup goalie in Arizona to being a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. "The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Star Tribune on June 27. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I'm real excited."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 5:49 PM

The Washington Capitals added some goaltending depth by inking Dan Ellis to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday.

Ellis would likely fight for time at the AHL level, but he's a nice resource if injuries strike. The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Florida Panthers organization. In 2014-15, he played 37 games for the San Antonio Rampage and eight for the Panthers.
Jul 4 - 12:54 PM

The Predators have inked free agent center Cody Bass to a one-year deal, two-way deal.

If Bass plays in the NHL he will make $575,000, while if he toils in the AHL, he will earn $125,000. The 28-year-old Bass is far from being a prospect as he has been mediocre in the AHL the past eight seasons. He should be considered organizational depth, and as a result, has no fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 11:53 AM

Blake Comeau should have no trouble feeling at home with the Avalanche.

Comeau has a number of long-standing relationships with current Avalanche players. He is friendly with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay from his days with the Flames and is a member of the Kelowna Rockets Alumni, an organization which Tyson Barrie is very active in. That said, Comeau is likely to play on Colorado's third line and will have limited to no fantasy value in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 11:41 AM

Mike Hoffman, who had a breakout rookie season in 2014-15, has filed for salary arbitration.

The talented winger made $750,000 last season but is due for a significant increase after scoring 27 goals and registering 48 points in 79 games. Although we do not know what figures have been filed by either side, we do know that the Senators and Hoffman are very far apart in their positions at present. Stay tuned.
Jul 4 - 11:05 AM

Lawson Crouse completed the Panthers' development camp with a flurry.

The team's top draft pick in last week's entry draft scored a hat trick and a shootout goal on the final day to earn praise from the Florida coaching staff. Although known more for his hard-nosed style of play, Crouse may have quite a bit more offensive potential than even optimistic scouts believe. Keep an eye on him in training camp as he may have an outside chance to make the Cats' roster.
Jul 4 - 10:09 AM

Top prospect Anthony Mantha will have a difficult time making the Red Wings' roster out of training camp.

He had a mediocre season with Grand Rapids of the AHL in 2014-15 due in part to a slow recovery from a broken leg. No matter the reason, Mantha has now fallen behind other Detroit prospects Dylan Larkin and Teemu Pulkkinen on the depth chart and according to GM Ken Holland is not likely to crack the Wings' lineup anytime soon. "Realistically, I think it’s going to be a struggle for him to make the team," Holland said. "I use the word "earn the jersey." You've got to come in and take a job. We probably got 14, 15, 16 forwards we think can legitimately fight for a spot on the team. I’m not even sure if Anthony is in that group." Doesn't sound like 2015-16 will be Mantha's breakout season.
Jul 4 - 9:43 AM



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