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Bo Horvat isn't worried about being projected as Vancouver's third-line center going into 2016-17.

"I want to be the guy the team knows will play well and a guy that everybody relies on," he said when asked about his expectations. "Whether that's playing well defensively and shutting down a big line or contributing offensively, I obviously want to be a No. 1 center some day, but Hank (Henrik Sedin) and Sutter are doing a great job. I'm just going to keep pushing the pace and push them as well." The 21-year-old contributed 16 goals and 40 points in 82 games last year.
Jul 29 - 8:16 PM

Milan Michalek feels 100 percent after finishing the 2015-16 season with a knee injury.

He skated in 13 matches with the Leafs after he was acquired from the Senators in the Dion Phaneuf trade. "It'll be different. At least I got to play some games and I know the system now. I know the coaches. I know what they want, and I got to know some guys too," Michalek said. "That's going to help me a lot and be comfortable for training camp." He produced 16 points in 45 games with Ottawa and Toronto last campaign. Michalek will be expected to provide some leadership for a young squad in 2016-17.
Jul 29 - 6:09 PM

David Musil has signed a one-year contract with Edmonton.

He posted three goals and 14 points in 67 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL last season. Musil appeared in four matches with the Oilers in 2014-15, but he didn't see any NHL action in 2015-16. He will have to clear waivers to be sent down, so he should see some action with Edmonton this coming season.
Jul 29 - 5:30 PM

Sam Gagner is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

He produced just eight goals and eight assists in 53 appearances with the Flyers last season. Gagner averaged just 13:52 of ice time, but could be more useful than that if he plays regularly.
Jul 29 - 5:03 PM

Brandon Pirri is still available as an unrestricted free agent.

The Ducks didn't give him a qualifying offer and he hasn't found a new home yet. Pirri had 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games for Florida and Anaheim last season.
Jul 29 - 4:30 PM

Martin Marincin has inked a two-year contract with Toronto.

He will earn $1.2 million in 2016-17 and $1.3 million in 2017-18. Marincin picked up one goal, six assists and 34 penalty minutes in 65 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
Jul 29 - 3:34 PM

Alexander Steen is progressing well from shoulder surgery.

He is hoping that he will be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey for Sweden, but it may be too soon for him to be ready for the tournament. However, this update is encouraging because it could mean that Steen will be recovered in time to start the regular season.
Jul 29 - 3:16 PM

Colin Campbell has re-signed with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.

He notched 10 goals and eight assists in 70 games with Detroit's minor-league affiliate last season. Campbell doesn't have any NHL experience.
Jul 29 - 3:09 PM

Rickard Rakell's agent is hopeful that a deal will be reached with the Ducks.

"We are talking and I think we will find common ground for a solid agreement as I feel both parties seem to want that to happen very much," said Peter Wallen. Rakell could end up with a multiyear deal around the $4 million per season range. The 23-year-old notched 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games last campaign.
Jul 29 - 1:41 PM

Alex Pietrangelo could be the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.

"He was an assistant captain at a young age and he has leadership qualities that we've seen," said GM Doug Armstrong. "As he gets more and more comfortable in the leadership role he's certainly growing into an elite player that has a presence on the ice." Pietrangelo and Alexander Steen are the two most likely candidates for the captaincy after David Backes left for Boston via free agency.
Jul 29 - 12:04 PM

Tyson Barrie is the first of this off-season's 25 arbitration filings to go to a hearing.

The two sides can still reach a deal on their own before the arbitrator's award is announced within 48 hours. According to earlier reports, Barrie is seeking $6 million on a one-year deal, while the Avalanche are looking for a two-year contract at $4 million and $4.25 million.
Jul 29 - 10:53 AM

As previously reported, Mike Santorelli has joined Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

He picked up 18 points in 70 games with Anaheim last year, while averaging just 10:06 of ice time.
Jul 29 - 9:30 AM

Kris Russell is reportedly seeking a contract worth above $4 million per season.

The unrestricted free agent defender finished second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots in 2015-16. He also contributed 19 points and 70 shots during his time between Calgary and Dallas. Russell averaged 24:02 of ice time per contest as a member of the Stars.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 9:05 AM

Radim Vrbata is still looking for an NHL roster with training camps drawing closer.

He is an unrestricted free agent after slipping from 31 goals and 63 points in 79 contests in 2014-15 to 13 markers and 27 points over 63 contests last year. Vrbata also registered a minus-30 rating.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 8:58 AM

Jiri Hudler remains an unsigned unrestricted free agent.

He generated 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler is highly unlikely to return to the 0.97 point-per-game form he displayed in 2014-15, but he is capable of producing 50-55 points in the right situation.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 8:50 AM



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