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Devils GM Ray Shero doesn't feel any need to rush the contract negotiations with Damon Severson.

Severson is a restricted free agent who didn't have arbitration rights so as long as he's signed before the start of training camp there isn't any issue. He's coming off a strong campaign where he had three goals, 31 points, and 58 penalty minutes in 80 contests. "He’s still a young defenseman that we’re excited to work with, and we want to make sure he understands that," Shero said. "So we’ll get some options with him and his agent, and there’s no rush there. We look forward to doing that and getting some of these other guys signed."
Jul 20 - 8:56 PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Garnet Hathaway to a one-year, two-way contract.

Hathaway had five points and 44 penalty minutes in 26 games with Calgary in 2016-17. He also recorded 20 points and 67 penalty minutes in 31 AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 7:53 PM

Marek Mazanec has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators.

Mazanec will earn $650,000 if he plays in the NHL or $100,000 at the AHL level. He had a 2.65 GAA and .912 save percentage in 47 AHL contests last season. With Nashville though he struggled, posting a 4.72 GAA and .839 save percentage in four games.
Jul 20 - 5:37 PM

Yannick Veilleux has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Veilleux had six goals and 16 points in 53 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps in 2016-17. He's not expected to play in the NHL next season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 4:21 PM

The Devils plan to use Nico Hischier as a center right from the start.

The alternative would have been to have Hischier start his career as a winger to ease him into the NHL a bit more. It's not clear who his linemates will be, but it's entirely possible that Hischier will find himself on one of the Devils' top-two lines. He's going into the season as a potential contender for the Calder Trophy, so you'll naturally want to keep an eye on him during training camp.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 2:54 PM

Nolan Patrick has been kept off the ice for the last two days due to a facial infection.

Patrick hasn't been having any luck as he was already recovering from abdominal surgery. He was dealing with a "sharp, shooting pain" in his lower stomach last season that he had played through. Philadelphia took him with the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 1:46 PM

Kyle Okposo, who missed the end of the 2016-17 campaign, participated in an exhibition game on Wednesday.

Okposo reportedly suffered a concussion and then had a reaction to the medication he was taking, which resulted in him being hospitalized and put in the neurological intensive care unit. It's great to see that Okposo has recovered to the point where he's able to play again. "It was pretty scary when that news came out [he was hospitalized], everyone was pretty concerned and wished him the best," said Islanders Brock Nelson, who was also participating in the game. "But I've seen him a lot this summer and he seems to be doing well, which is good, and it was good to see him back out there [Wednesday], too. Everyone's out there having fun. It was good to see him on the ice again and hopefully this helps him get ready for the fall and we look forward to seeing him out there again."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 1:08 PM

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar weren't able to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Tatar and the Red Wings have consequently had to make their case to an arbitrator, who will name Tatar's salary within the next 48 hours. Tatar's requested salary was $5.3 million and Detroit countered with $4.1 million, but the arbitrator has the power to determine a middle ground as well. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and did suggest that if it came to the point where a hearing was necessary then the 2017-18 campaign would likely be his last season with Detroit. The two sides will be able to begin negotiations on a long-term deal in January though. If he's still not signed to an extension by the trade deadline then it wouldn't be surprising to see Detroit trade him.
Source: MLive.com
Jul 20 - 11:44 AM

The Nashville Predators and Viktor Arvidsson have put in significantly different salary requests.

Arvidsson is requesting a one-year, $4.5 million contract for the 2017-18 campaign while the Predators have countered with a two-year request with a total value of $5.5 million. These salary requests were filed ahead of Arvidsson's upcoming arbitration hearing. There is still time for the two sides to work out a compromise.
Jul 20 - 10:22 AM

Colton Parayko and the St. Louis Blues have agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension.

Parayko would have had an arbitration hearing on Thursday, so this last minute deal renders that moot. He was coming off his entry-level contract, but this big raise is well deserved. He's established himself as a top-four defenseman in his first two NHL campaigns and has contributed offensively with 13 goals and 68 points in 160 career games. If the 24-year-old continues to develop then this will be a great contract for the Blues. As it is it already looks like a good price for Parayko.
Jul 20 - 10:18 AM

Nicolas Aube-Kubel had a tough time in his first pro campaign, but he's optimistic ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Aube-Kubel was used to being an offensive force in the QMJHL, but last season he was limited to nine goals and 18 points in 71 AHL contests. "This year, I was maybe more focusing on having a role and trying to do what the coach was asking of me," Aube-Kubel said. "Now that it's all set, I'm going to focus on offensive play. I don't want to put pressure on myself, but last year wasn't my best offensive year. It was also my first year. I think I was trying to learn a lot of it and we'll see what happens next year." The Flyers took him with the 48th overall pick in 2014. Although he probably won't play in the NHL next season, he's worth keeping tabs on.
Jul 20 - 8:27 AM

Devils AHL coach Rick Kowalsky believes John Quenneville will end up being a winger.

"He did play (center) in Brandon two years prior, but the last year, where he had the real big year, he played the wing," Kowalsky said. "He's most comfortable on the wing and I think right now, unless something changes, he certainly would be suitable in the NHL starting on the wing. The thing with Q is he would be comfortable and I would be confident in him playing left or right wing, which would be a huge advantage." Quenneville is coming off his first pro campaign. He had a goal and four points in 12 games with New Jersey and another 14 goals and 46 points in 58 AHL contests.
Source: NJ.com
Jul 20 - 8:22 AM

Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers will be a Stanley Cup contender over the length of his four-year contract.

"When you’re with the New York Rangers, their business is to win every year," Shattenkirk said. "They’re not a team that’s looking to go through a rebuilding period, and it seems like every year they’re making the moves necessary to make their team a championship team. In that respect, it’s kind of hard to see what the window is here, because every year I’ve been in the league they’ve been capable of winning a Stanley Cup." The Rangers have made the playoffs for seven straight seasons and 11 of the last 12 campaigns, so it's not hard to see how Shattenkirk can describe the Rangers as a team that has managed to stay competitive every year. That being said, the big X-Factor right now is Henrik Lundqvist, who is 35-years-old and coming off a down season. If he's on the decline then it will be difficult for the Rangers to win it all.
Source: NY Post
Jul 20 - 8:19 AM

The Detroit Red Wings are looking at Givani Smith as someone that can battle around the net.

Smith has good size at 6-foot-2, 206-pounds and he uses that to his advantage. "He’s a big kid that can skate pretty well, he is physical, goes to the hard areas, and he has a nice little scoring touch, too," Red Wings director of player development Shawn Horcoff said. "I expect him to be really good this year, actually. I really like his work ethic." Smith had 26 goals, 44 points, and 139 penalty minutes in 64 OHL contests last season. He also had a brief stint in the AHL. The 19-year-old is projected to return to the OHL's Guelph Storm for the 2017-18 campaign.
Jul 20 - 5:49 AM

Players on AHL contracts will be eligible to participate in the 2018 Olympics.

That doesn't mean that all players in the AHL will be able to play though. Anyone signed to an NHL or two-way contract might still be forbidden from participating in the Winter Games, but whether or not they will be isn't clear yet. It's also worth noting that the AHL won't be suspending its season for the Olympics, so those that participate in the Games will simply be missing AHL contests. "I would guess we’re going to lose a fair number of players," AHL CEO David Andrews said back in April. "Not just to Canada and the U.S., but we’re going to lose some players to other teams, as well. But we’re used to that. Every team in our league has usually got two or three guys who are on recalls to the NHL, so it’s not going to really change our competitive integrity or anything else."
Jul 19 - 10:06 PM



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