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Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs add a few veteran forwards via trade or free agency to help mentor some of their young prospects.

Leafs' coach Mike Babcock alluded to that possibility when discussing the development of Auston Matthews, whom he wants to protect and insulate a little from the intense pressure of playing in a hockey-crazy market like Toronto. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:52 AM

Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 10:42 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have selected Rasmus Asplund with the 33rd pick of the 2016 Draft.

The Sabres get a solid two-way center as well as a leader in Asplund. The Swedish center has been part of junior national teams for five seasons and has played the last two seasons with Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League. Asplund has only six goals and 15 points in 81 games over two seasons with the squad but you can't expect a lot from a 17 or 18-year-old in a tough league like the SEL. He'll likely end up as a third line center in the NHL so his fantasy value will be limited but he will be a valued member of the Sabres.
Jun 25 - 10:41 AM

In contrast to the Steven Stamkos contract negotiations, extension talks with defenseman Victor Hedman are not expected to be protracted.

So says Hedman's agent Peter Wallen. "I would be shocked if this would go for the whole year," Hedman's agent, Wallen, said. Hedman is eligble to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st of 2017 and the Bolts are anxious to tie him up on a long-term deal.
Jun 25 - 10:37 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Anthony DeAngelo from Tampa Bay for the Coyotes second round pick.

The Lightning selected Libor Hajek with the pick, a defenseman from the Czech Republic who played in the WHL last season. DeAngelo was selected by the Lightning with the 19th pick in the 2014 Draft. He had six goals and 43 points in 69 games for the Syracuse Crunch last season and may need another year in the minors as his offensive game is fine but he needs to improve defensively.
Jun 25 - 10:28 AM

Mark Pysyk is heading to Florida as part of the Dmitry Kulikov trade.

The Sabres also get the Panthers second round pick in 2016 while Florida gets the Sabres second (number 38) and their third round selection. Pysyk was selected in the first round, 23rd overall in 2010 but has not really made much of an impact at the NHL level. He is a third pairing blueliner at this time at best, and is not really fantasy-worthy.
Jun 25 - 10:22 AM

Don't be surprised if the Senators deal Alex Chiasson this weekend.

He has been on the trade block for some time and there seemed to be some interest in him Friday night as the NHL amateur draft got underway. The Sens may be looking at obtaining a late draft pick in exchange for the 25-year-old winger who has been a disappointment in Ottawa after a brief but fairly successful stay in Dallas.
Jun 25 - 10:20 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Tyler Benson with the second pick in the second round.

The left winger was ranked a middle second round pick after a nine goal and 28 point performance in 30 games. He was the first overall selection in the WHL draft a couple of seasons ago so his value has dropped. The Oilers hope he can regain his status as a top player.
Jun 25 - 10:15 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is thrilled to have Andrew Shaw on board.

Shaw was acquired in a trade from the Blackhawks for two draft picks just as Friday's entry draft got under way. "Andrew Shaw has played five seasons in the NHL and he’s won two Stanley Cups. We talked a lot about helping out our dressing room with character guys, and that’s one of the reasons why it was important to go out and get a player of his caliber. He’s got many good attributes on the ice and off it," said Bergevin. "He knows what it takes to win. He’s scored big goals during the playoffs, and he reminds me a little bit of Brendan Gallagher. He takes guys into battle with him. I feel like our fans will appreciate him." Shaw will certainly play in the Habs' top nine and will get plenty of power-play ice time.
Jun 25 - 10:14 AM

The Florida Panthers have traded Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres for Mark Pysyk.

Kulikov became an extra piece when the Panthers inked Keith Yandle to a contract. Kulikov becomes a top-four defenseman for the Sabres and should take his offensive game to the next level in Buffalo. Look for a 30 point campaign from the defenseman.
Jun 25 - 10:11 AM

The Washington Capitals will likely use Lars Eller as their third line center.

He'll line up behind Niklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov. He will likely start the season between Justin Williams and Jake Vrbana or Jason Chimera according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. Should that be the case, look for a 40 point effort from Ellers.
Jun 25 - 10:07 AM

Before the Red Wings traded the rights to, and contract of, Pavel Datsyuk to the Coyotes, the Panthers were said to be negotiating with Detroit GM Ken Holland.

According to the reports the Panthers wan't the Wings to take on another bad contact in exchange for Datsyuk's contract, namely the muti-year dealto Dave Bolland. Needless to say, the Wings passed on that.
Jun 25 - 9:55 AM

Don't be surprised if the Red Wings are players in the free agent market.

Traditionally the Wings built their team through scouting and the draft but after moving Pavel Datsyuk's $7.5 million contract off the books things may change in Detroit. When asked what he was going to do with the $7.5 million he saved in the trading of Datsyuk to Arizona, Wings' GM Ken Holland said "Spend it". Could Steven Stamkos be on the Red Wings' radar? Or perhaps Milan Lucic? Stay tuned.
Jun 25 - 9:29 AM

In selecting Alexander Nylander with their first round pick Friday night the Sabres have spiced up their rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The two cities are about a two-hour dirve away from each other and their respective hockey teams have been rivals for years. Now the rivalry gets a little personal as one of the Maple Leafs' top prospects is Alexander's older brother William. It will be very interesting to watch the Nylander brothers play against each other in the coming years.
Jun 25 - 9:18 AM

German Rubtsov has a two-year contract to play in the KHL and therefore will remain in Russia for the foreseeable future.

That's fine with the Flyers as Rubtsov needs some seasoning. The six-foot, two inch center is going to his favorite team in the NHL. "I'm not worried I didn't go higher [in the draft]," Rubtsov said. "I was just hoping to get drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers, so things turned out exactly like I was hoping. ... They're my favorite team." Rubtsov is worth picking up only in dynasty leagues but it's too early to tell what his ceiling could be in the points department.
Jun 25 - 8:51 AM



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