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The Anaheim Ducks have signed Ondrej Kase to a three-year, $7.8 million contract.

That works out to a cap hit of $2.6 million per season. "Ondrej is a skilled player that has a bright future in this league," said Ducks executive VP and GM Bob Murray. "He can skate and score, and will continue to improve as a player as he gains more experience." The 22-year-old had 20 goals and 38 points in 66 games with Anaheim last season. He should be able to improve on those numbers in 2018-19. Kase will be a restricted free agent when this new contract expires after the 2020-21 season.
Aug 15 - 7:10 PM

Rangers head coach David Quinn wants to see Kevin Hayes take his game to another level.

"He's so close to it. He's so close to being that guy and he's made so many great strides in his career so far. It's just the everyday consistency of the work ethic and the attitude. He's talked about it to me. These are his words. He wants to make the next step," said Quinn. "There are so many characteristics that a player and team needs to have success. You need to be mentally tough. You need to be in world-class shape. You need to be a leader. You need to be resilient. All those things you need, and he wants to take the next step in all those areas. He's made strides since he's been in New York, but I think there's another level for him to get to and he knows that. I think [a one-year contract] is a prove-it deal for any guy under a one-year deal, and he knows that." Hayes had 25 goals and 44 points in 76 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 6:38 PM

Ryan Callahan (shoulder) hit the ice for the first time since undergoing surgery on May 31st.

Callahan hit the ice with some of his Lightning teammates at Tampa's practice facility. The fact that the 33-year-old is already able to skate and stickhandle is a good sign for his recovery. "It's good to get back on the ice," Callahan said following Wednesday's workout. "Shoulder felt good. Everything that I did out there - obviously no shooting yet - doing some stickhandling, working on the skating, everything went well." Callahan had five goals and 18 points in 67 games last season. The veteran is expected to be back in the lineup in November, which means he'll miss the first month of the season. This is the third time in four years that he's undergone offseason surgery. He shouldn't be owned in any standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 4:56 PM

Jonathan Marchessault admitted that the Golden Knights' first line didn't play well enough in the Stanley Cup Final.

Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith were great for most of the season, but they couldn't produce enough to beat the Washington Capitals. That didn't prevent Marchessault from getting paid this offseason, as he signed a six-year, $30 million extension. "I didn't sign for seven or eight million per year with the pressure of carrying my team," Marchessault said (quotes have been translated). "The salary doesn't change anything. I always wanted to be a first-line player. I never put pressure on myself for stuff like that. But in the final, our line didn't play well enough. In our situation, I put pressure on myself to be better than I was in the final."
Source: La Presse
Aug 15 - 4:19 PM

Rangers head coach David Quinn believes Henrik Lundqvist is still "one of the best in business".

"I get that [Lundqvist] is as competitive and in as good as shape as he's ever been, and I think he wants to be part of the next run we have in New York," Quinn said. "We had good conversations. We talked about a lot of different things. Listen, we're not unlike any other team, your goalie is so important in success, in all of our successes, and we're fortunate to have one of the best in the business." Lundqvist's play has dropped off over the last little while, but his new head coach obviously isn't going to say that. The 36-year-old had 26-26-7 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 2:53 PM

Cory Schneider admitted that his injured hip had been bothering him for a while.

Schneider finally got surgery to repair the injury in May. "It was something that had kind of cropped maybe a year and a half ago, a season and a half ago," Schneider said on the podcast. "It's just something that nags and it there, but you don't ever feel like it's bad enough that you need to sit out for six months, because there's no real good time to do it, unfortunately." The 32-year-old had a 17-16-6 record with a 2.93 goals-against-average and a .907 save percentage last season. There's a chance he could be ready for the start of the season.
Aug 15 - 1:17 PM

The Vancouver Canucks and Brock Boeser had preliminary contract talks last month.

"We haven’t got down to talking term," Canucks GM Jim Benning said. "We plan to circle back and I’m not sure where it’s going to go, but we want to see if we can get somewhere. There’s no time frame on it. Brock is going to see the best matchup line and best defensive pair, but I don’t expect a drop-off. He has pushed himself hard to pick up where he left off and there are other contracts coming up in the league in the next six months that could drive up the price — I understand that part of it. But it has to make sense for everybody." Whenever it happens, Boeser is going to get himself paid. The 21-year-old had 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games last season. He'll be a big part of Vancouver's future.
Aug 15 - 12:14 PM

Patrick Maroon isn't worried about the fact that he signed a one-year deal this off-season.

Maroon says he left better contract offers on the table, but he decided to join his hometown team of St. Louis, instead. "It came down to if I was going to take a one-year deal, what team was going to help me prolong my career and what team was the best decision," Maroon said. "I feel like the St. Louis Blues had my best interest. There were guys reaching out and making me feel wanted. [Blues general manager Doug Armstrong] was pushing really hard for me." The 30-year-old had 17 goals, 43 points and 73 penalty minutes in 74 games with the Oilers and Devils last season. He underwent back surgery in May, but should be ready for the start of the season. He's only a viable fantasy option in leagues that award points for penalty minutes.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 11:03 AM

Paul Postma has signed a one-year contract with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.

Postma spent last season with the Boston Bruins, but he spent most nights watching games from the press box. The 29-year-old had no goals, one assist and a minus-2 rating in 14 games with the Bruins last season. His days of playing in the NHL are likely over.
Aug 15 - 10:26 AM

Evan Bouchard's chances of making the Edmonton Oilers out of training camp may have improved significantly over the last few hours.

The Oilers received some awful news this week, as they lost veteran defenseman Andrej Sekera for an indefinite amount of time because of Achilles surgery. Sekera is a left-shooting defender that plays the right side, and since Bouchard is a right-shooting defenseman, he could be in line to make the squad. The Oilers selected the 18-year-old 10th overall in 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Bouchard had 87 points in 67 games with OHL London last season. This will be an interesting situation to monitor in training camp.
Aug 15 - 9:02 AM

Don't be surprised if Darnell Nurse moves up to the Oilers' second pairing now that Andrej Sekera (Achilles surgery) is out indefinitely.

Sekera was expected to be paired with Kris Russell, but that obviously won't be possible anymore. Nurse is currently a restricted free agent, so the Oilers have to take care of his contract soon, but it looks like he'll get more playing time this season. The 23-year-old six goals and 26 points in 82 games last season. He averaged 22:15 of ice time per game in 2017-18. The move up the depth chart still won't make Nurse a viable option in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 8:57 AM

Jesperi Kotkaniemi says he's feeling stronger on the ice these days.

Kotkaniemi picked up a pair of assists during a preseason game over in Finland late last week. "It was a great feeling to get my game face on again," said Kotkaniemi. "It was fun to get on the ice and play with the guys. I enjoyed that very much. I felt a bit stronger, like I had more power in my body. It was a better feeling on the ice than last season, I think." The 18-year-old has a chance to crack the Canadiens' lineup, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up back in Finland for at least one more season.
Aug 14 - 6:10 PM

Andrej Sekera underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

Sekera suffered the injury during off-season training. The 32-year-old will now be sidelined indefinitely. Sekera has had some tough luck with injuries lately, as he also missed a significant amount of time with a knee injury. It's a major blow to a team that's already thin on the blue line. There's no real timeline for Sekera's return at this point.
Aug 14 - 5:34 PM

Zach Werenski (shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Werenski underwent shoulder surgery in May, and he was expected to miss anywhere between five and six months. "My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski said. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team." Even though he's coming off a major injury, he's still have plenty of value in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 5:26 PM

Ryan Ellis' new eight-year, $50 million contract doesn't come with any kind of trade protection.

Ellis could have fetched more than the $6.25 million per year salary he'll be getting on his new deal, so the fact that there's no no-trade clause or no-movement clause is a little bit surprising. The 27-year-old had nine goals and 32 points in 44 games last season. Even though there's no trade protection on his contract, he'll still likely be a Predator for a long time.
Aug 14 - 5:15 PM



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