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Jesperi Kotkaniemi has a real shot of making the Montreal Canadiens out of training camp, per Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

"He got better every day, so we're going in with an open mind," Bergevin said of Kotkaniemi. "I don't know, but just the fact that he's signed and he's coming to camp and he's closer to the NHL. Where he's going to be Oct. 1, I can't tell you, but we see a lot of potential and growth in this young man." Montreal took Kotkaniemi with the third overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had 10 goals and 29 points in 57 Finnish league games last season. The Canadiens have high hopes for Kotkaniemi, especially given their need for a top-end center.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 21 - 6:57 AM

Matt Dumba has signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Dumba and Minnesota have avoided the arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday. He was coming off a two-year, $5.1 million contract. He's coming off a monster season where he scored 14 goals and 50 points in 82 games and given that he's still just 23-years-old, he could have plenty of good years left in him. Of course, his 50-point showing is a significant step from anything that he had done prior, so the Wild are taking a bit of a risk here.
Jul 21 - 3:09 AM

Dylan Larkin is optimistic about the ongoing contract negotiations between his camp and the Detroit Red Wings.

"It’s coming together. Maybe something pretty soon," Larkin said. "It goes back and forth. I’ve learned the business part of it. Between free agency and the draft and everything, it’s tough to get time to talk for my agent and Kenny. That’s part of summer and part of how it goes." Larkin believes that something will get done before training camp starts in September. He's a restricted free agent coming off a big season where he scored 16 goals and 63 points in 82 games. Larkin, who turns 22-years-old on July 30, is a cornerstone of the Red Wings and is likely to get a long-term deal.
Jul 21 - 12:05 AM

Rasmus Kupari has been loaned to the Finnish league's Karpat.

Kupari had six goals and 14 points in 39 games with Karpat last season. He was taken with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft by Los Angeles and signed an entry-level deal with the Kings on July 14th. However, he will nevertheless stay in Finland for 2018-19.
Jul 20 - 7:23 PM

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman is looking for Nicolas Beaudin to take a step forward in his physical development this year.

Beaudin was taken with the 27th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft largely due to his offensive skills. However, he's been working on his defensive game and knows he needs to round out his game to make it in the NHL. Currently he's 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, so he could stand to bulk up. "I want to work on my agility so I can be quicker and faster, and I want to be bigger, too," Beaudin said. "At this camp, you can see the guys are bigger so I'm working on my strength all over my body and on my shot, too."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 6:14 PM

Nick Lappin has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Lappin can earn $700,000 at the NHL level or $225,000 in the AHL. Regardless of what combination he plays in, he's been promised a total salary of at least $250,000 in 2018-19. He had 31 goals and 53 points in 65 AHL games last season. He also had a goal in six games with New Jersey.
Jul 20 - 5:01 PM

Jacob Trouba and the Winnipeg Jets had their arbitration hearing Friday afternoon.

The arbitrator will rule on the matter within the next 48 hours. Trouba requested a salary of $7 million while the Jets countered at $4 million. Until the arbitrator has ruled, it's still possible for the Jets and Trouba to agree to a contract on their own.
Jul 20 - 3:59 PM

Daniel Catenacci has signed with HC Bolzano of the Austrian league.

Catenacci had five goals and 15 points in 42 AHL games last season. He also appeared in one game with the New York Rangers in 2017-18, bringing him up to 12 career NHL contests.
Source: HCB.net
Jul 20 - 3:52 PM

Troy Stecher has signed a two-year, $4.65 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Stecher had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 29 that the two sides have successfully avoided. He had a goal and 11 points in 68 contests last season. The blueliner also had 111 hits and 75 blocks while averaging 18:49 minutes. "Troy Stecher is an important part of our team," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "He's a talented two-way defenseman who competes every shift. Troy has a willingness to always improve his game and is an example of a young player committed to being a professional."
Jul 20 - 2:31 PM

Brett Kulak went unclaimed on waivers.

The Flames likely put Kulak on waivers as a tactic for their upcoming arbitration hearing on July 23. They can now point to the fact that the rest of the league passed on him when pushing for a contract salary to their liking.
Jul 20 - 1:36 PM

Jaromir Jagr doesn't plan on making an NHL comeback this season.

Jagr started the 2017-18 campaign with Calgary, but he was slowed by injuries and the Flames eventually assigned him to HC Kladno. He recently resumed practicing with the hope of playing for Kladno this season. He doesn't want to get too far ahead of himself though. "My only goal for now is to feel better tomorrow than I felt today and to make it a day-by-day progress," Jagr said. "That way I can hopefully get to the point where I feel great one day."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 20 - 9:44 AM

Conor Sheary was surprised to find out he had been traded to Buffalo, but he's excited to potentially earn a significant role with the Sabres.

"Nothing is going to be given to me, but if I’m able to crack the top-six and get more minutes than I was getting last year and maybe produce a little bit more, I think that would definitely help me," Sheary said. "I definitely see it as a good opportunity." He had 18 goals and 30 points in 79 games last season after recording 53 points in 61 contests in 2016-17. His playing time also dipped with the Penguins last season to the point where he averaged 13:57 minutes per game. It will be interesting to see how he fits into the Sabres' lineup and more specifically if he gets a chance to play alongside Jack Eichel.
Jul 20 - 4:12 AM

Derek Grant has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Grant had 12 goals and 24 points in 65 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. He's projected to serve as a bottom-six forward next season. It's worth noting that the Penguins have something of a logjam for the center position with Grant, Matt Cullen, Derick Brassard, and Riley Sheahan all potential candidates for the third and fourth-line center slots.
Jul 20 - 4:05 AM

Marcus Westfalt can look to Oskar Lindblom for inspiration as he works towards eventually making the Philadelphia Flyers.

Westfalt seems like a long shot given that he was taken with the 205th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but of course late round picks do sometimes make it to the NHL. Lindblom is a recent example for the Flyers. He was taken in the fifth round in 2014 and made his NHL debut during the 2017-18 campaign, going on to play in 23 games with Philadelphia. Like Lindblom before him, Westfalt is a member of Sweden's Brynas IF Gavle. That gave Westfalt an opportunity to pay close attention to Lindblom. "I watch him a lot," Westfalt said. "His last year in Brynas before he got here, I watched him a lot. He's a [role model] because I think he's really good, he's good with his hands, his speed, he uses his body well. I watch him a lot." Lindblom's path to the NHL involved him breaking out while still a member of Brynas. Westfalt is projected to remain in the Swedish hockey league for the 2018-19 campaign.
Jul 20 - 3:58 AM

Chris Chelios has decided to leave his post as an advisor with the Detroit Red Wings so that he can return to Chicago.

"For me, this is an opportunity to move back to Chicago to be closer to family, and in particular my mother," Chelios said. "I began to seriously consider moving home last February after the passing of my father. Now that my children have all graduated, it seems like the ideal time for my wife, Tracee, and I to make the move. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the Red Wings organization over the last 19 years." Chelios has been a part of the Red Wings organization almost nonstop since he was acquired by Detroit back in 1999. At the time, Chelios was 37-years-old and thus was naturally assumed to be in the twilight of his career. However, Chelios was able to play into his late 40s and logged 578 regular season games with Detroit. He also won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2002 and 2008.
Jul 20 - 3:28 AM



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