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Mike Helka of the Dallas Morning News has given Devin Shore a B+ grade for his 2016-17 season and see's potential for more next season.

He mentions how Shore has plenty of versatility and can be used in a number of different roles, something that is highly valued by coaches. His role will be highly dependant on the health of Mattias Janmark's knee and if Valeri Nichushkin returns from the KHL. If both were to return, Helka projects Shore to play plenty on the 4th line but would likely slide onto Spezza's wing if the pair were not ready to return. Helka's final projection has Shore totalling 40 points next season. Keep on eye on Shore's situation during training camp.
May 27 - 10:50 AM

After failing to acquire Cam Talbot and settling for Antti Niemi, Stars GM Jim Nill has said that Bishop was his 'Plan A' this time around.

"We've been watching Ben for a while," said Stars general manager Jim Nill, who has been rumored to have interest in Bishop for more than a year. "There are only so many elite goalies in the league. When you have a chance to acquire one of those goalies, it became a priority for us." After failed experiments with Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtonen and Jack Campbell, Stars fans will be hoping their goaltending issues will finally come to an end now that Bishop has signed a six-year deal with the team. The Stars will likely buy-out the final year of Niemi's deal if Vegas chooses not to select him in the upcoming expansion draft. The Stars have a chance to return as one of the NHL's best teams if they get solid goaltending in the upcoming NHL campaign.
May 27 - 10:42 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced that Michal Kempny has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.

After crossing the pond from the KHL, Kempny picked up two goals and eight points in 50 games this season. He showed some potential and finished the season as one of the Blackhawks with the best possession numbers. "Michal’s style of play is an asset to our defense," general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He is the type of player who will continue to improve now that he has transitioned to the National Hockey League. We look forward to his continued development on the ice for the Blackhawks." Kempny does not warrant any fantasy consideration next season.
May 27 - 10:30 AM

Chris Tanev is attracting plenty of interest from other NHL GMs, but Jim Benning is reluctant to move the talented defender.

"I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't listen and see if it (trade) is worth it, but it's hard to find good defensemen," said Benning. "Especially defensemen who are mobile and move the puck. I'm not shopping Tanev or bringing his name up in conversations with other GMs. They bring up his name. Unless it would make sense for our future, I'm not trading Chris. He means so much to our team. And we're not looking to do anything with Alex (Edler)." Tanev and Edler had injury issues in 2016-17, but it appears the teams still has confidence in their abilities to bounce back.
May 27 - 10:21 AM

Speaking to the media, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said he is impressed with Tyler Bertuzzi's play during the AHL playoffs.

"We've had a lot of players who have played well," Holland said. "You look at Tyler Bertuzzi. He has had a great playoff - he's had three great playoffs in a row. Very impressive statistics for a young player." Bertuzzi failed to pick up any points in seven NHL contest this season, but did pick up 37 in 48 AHL games and another 12 in 12 playoff games so far. Holland will likely have a few holes to fill at the start of next season and Bertuzzi might make a full-time jump to the NHL. He is a name to keep an eye on during training camp.
Source: MLive.com
May 27 - 10:13 AM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning wants to bring back pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller.

If that happens then Miller and Jacob Markstrom would probably share action in the crease, while Thatcher Demko gets more time to develop in the minors. "As we're transitioning these young players into our lineup, I feel that if we have solid goaltending on a night-to-night basis, we can be competitive," Benning said. "There's no worse feeling than trying to develop young players and get them up and going when you know you don't have a chance to win. Ryan and Jacob have a healthy relationship because they're competitive and respect each other. We have something to offer Ryan that he already knows. We've got some positives for him and if that’s the route we go, that's why we're doing it." Miller just completed a three-year, $18 million contract.
May 27 - 10:11 AM

Grand Rapids are one win away from a spot in the Calder Cup Finals after beating the San Jose Barrucada 6-2 on Friday.

The Griffins scored four goals in the second period and never looked back and can clinch the series with a win on Saturday night. Eric Tangradi led the way with one goal and two assists, while Tyler Bertuzzi, Tomas Nosek, Martin Frk, Ben Street and Evgeny Svechnikov also scored in the win.
May 27 - 10:06 AM

With the Ottawa Senators season officially coming to an end on Thursday, it is time for the Senators organization to shift their focus to the upcoming expansion draft.

The biggest conundrum facing the Senators is whether or not to protect Bobby Ryan for the Vegas expansion draft taking place on June 21st. Despite a strong playoff run, Ryan picked up only 25 points during the regular season and his $7.25 cap hit for the next five-years is the highest on the team. If the Senators were to lose him to Vegas, they'd free up some money but they'd find it extremely difficult to replace Ryan's production during the past few weeks. One thing is certain, the talented forward definitely wants to stay. "Ten years for me, I’ve never been part of anything like it," Ryan said of the "incredible run by an incredible group of guys". Despite his contract, he appears to be highly motivated to build on his playoff success and bounce back during the upcoming campaign.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 27 - 9:56 AM

Nick Schneider was traded to the Calgary Hitmen on Friday after three seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Flames prospect posted a 32-11-1 record, a 3.43 goals-against average and an .886 save percentage in 47 WHL games for the Tigers in 2016-17. He became Medicine Hat's backup during the playoffs, but he should have the number one role again as a member of the Hitmen. Schneider is still far down the Flames' depth chart, but having him play close to the team could be good for him.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 27 - 9:54 AM

Coach Mike Sullivan was happy to get Justin Schultz back from an upper-body injury in Game 7 versus Ottawa.

Schultz made his presence felt on the scoresheet with a goal and an assist in the contest even though it looked like he wasn't quite playing at 100 percent. "I think [the goal], in and of itself, is an indication of the impact he has on our team and our ability to win games. But it doesn't just stop there on the power play," Sullivan said. "He's a good puck mover. He's a mobile guy. He gets back to pucks. He sees the ice well. He can go tape-to-tape when the opportunities are there. So he helps our transition game." Schultz has done a great job pushing the Penguins forward even though the defense corps is missing Kris Letang.
May 27 - 9:42 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Dan Lambert will not be returning as head coach of their AHL affiliate the Rochester Americans for the upcoming season.

"I would like to thank Dan for his hard work and contributions to our organization during the last two seasons, and I wish him the best in the future," Botterill said. "I felt this was the right move for both the Sabres and Amerks, and we will begin the process of searching for a new head coach immediately." GM Jason Botterill will now be searching for a head coach for both his NHL and AHL club. The Americans had a tough season, finishing with a record of 32-41-3. Lambert joined the Americans after spending his first season with the Sabres organization as an assistant to former head coach Dan Bylsma.
May 27 - 9:34 AM

Olli Maatta logged 31:57 of ice time in Game 7 against Ottawa.

Maatta, Brian Dumoulin and Ron Hainsey set career highs for ice time. Maatta averaged 18:03 of ice time during the regular season, but he's up to 21:02 per contest in the playoffs. He has also contributed seven points in 19 postseason outings. Maatta, Dumoulin and Hainsey have all stepped up for Pittsburgh's battered back end to help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final.
May 27 - 9:32 AM

Kevin Bieksa said he played with an MCL tear during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

He got back in the lineup for the last three games of the Western Conference Final against Nashville after sitting out nine playoff contests.
May 27 - 9:19 AM

P.K. Subban is averaging 25:52 of ice time during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Subban is second on his team in that category behind Roman Josi, who is averaging just four seconds more of ice time per game. Subban has two goals, eight assists and a plus-6 rating in 16 playoff games.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 8:58 PM

Phil Kessel has picked up six points in his last six contests heading into the Stanley Cup Final.

Teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby are the only two players that have recorded more points than him this postseason. Kessel has seven goals and 19 points in 19 contests during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 8:50 PM



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