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Francois Beauchemin has reportedly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

He confirmed the news to TVA Sports on Monday. He can earn another $500,000 in performance bonuses. Beauchemin was bought out by the Colorado Avalanche during the off-season, but the veteran seems to have landed in a good situation with his former team. He spent parts of five seasons with the Ducks between 2011 and 2015. He had five goals and 18 points in 81 games with the Avs last season. Don't expect him to carry much fantasy value going into next season.
Source: TVA Sports
Aug 21 - 12:49 PM

Ryan Reaves is "definitely excited" to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"You go from playing with the [Vladimir] Tarasenkos and the [Alexander] Steens [in St. Louis] and now I get to go play with Crosby, Malkin and that [Jake] Guentzel kid is starting to light it up," Reaves said. "I'm definitely excited. I'm obviously very honored and humbled that a team that good and that's won the last two years wanted me on their team and traded for me. I'm excited to do whatever they need me to do to help them win a third one." Reaves had spent the previous seven years with the St. Louis Blues.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 12:30 PM

Marian Gaborik won't be ready for the start of training camp, per GM Rob Blake.

Gaborik underwent a non-surgical procedure to repair a tendon and a ligament during the off-season, according to LAKingsInsider.com. "He’s progressing pretty well from the summer," Blake said. "He still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength. We’re probably not sure if we’ll see him in training camp right away, but again, he’s a guy that trains at a very high level and he’s made a commitment to stay in L.A. after he got married, get the rehab back on course. We’re hopeful he can get back to the level that he started last season and the World Cup at." Injuries have always been an issue with Gaborik. Even if he does return to full health from this particular one, it's far from guaranteed that he'll be able to stay on the ice all season.
Aug 21 - 10:35 AM

It sounds like Erik Karlsson is pretty happy with the acquisition of Johnny Oduya.

Both players are from Sweden, so there's some familiarity between the two of them. There's been speculation that they could be paired together this season, but it's still a little early to say that that's a given. "The coach decides who plays with who, and we've said that since I've been GM here," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. "He has carte blanche to play whoever he wants with whoever he wants. But at the same time, I think without divulging any secrets here, Erik is very happy about us signing [Oduya]. He knows that it helps our brand and our culture. We're bringing in someone who's a true pro, and you can never know if guys can play with each other until they are paired together in the NHL."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 21 - 9:14 AM

Mark Borowiecki leads all defensemen in hits over the last three seasons with 868.

That's an impressive amount of hits for the stay-at-home defenseman. Roman Polak, who is second in that category, finds himself with 760 hits in the last three seasons. Luke Schenn (714), Alexei Emelin (701) and Radko Gudas (699) round out the top five. Even though he racks up the hits, Borowiecki won't have any fantasy value going forward.
Aug 20 - 7:30 PM

The Vegas Golden Knights are working hard to build a strong fan base.

"Obviously, we're trying to build a fan base," head coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's going to take a lot of work, and it's going to take a lot of work from all our staff, not just the players. It's going to be the coaching staff. It's going to be the management and our office staff. You reach out. You do the events you can do. I mean, we know what's important is winning games, and that's how you build your hockey team also. The people that are working for our club, it's going to be a fine line of what to do and what not to do."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 5:47 PM

It sounds like Connor Brown will give Patrick Marleau his no. 12.

"We’ll be talking," said Brown. "It’s a matter of respect." The 23-year-old was seen wearing no. 28 during his on-ice workouts. Brown had 20 goals and 36 points in 82 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
Aug 20 - 3:50 PM

The Los Angeles Kings don't seem to be interested in free agent Jaromir Jagr.

"Obviously [Jagr] is a tremendous player, been a tremendous player for a number of years, a [future] Hall of Famer," said Kings GM Rob Blake. "We've looked at lot of different free agents in the summer and where it fits in in our projections. … There was also the equation of the salary cap and how things fit in. We didn't go in the direction of Jagr this year. But again, he's a tremendous player and I'm sure he'll surface somewhere."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 1:56 PM

Alex Ovechkin leads the NHL in shots on goal over the last five seasons with 1712.

Ovechkin has scored 32 (lockout) 51, 53, 50 and 33 goals during those five seasons. Tyler Seguin is second in shots on goal over the last five years, and he's hit the net 1314 times, which is almost 400 times less than Ovechkin. Max Pacioretty (1306), Phil Kessel (1249) and Brent Burns (1244) round out the top five.
Aug 20 - 12:07 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk knows it's not easy to play in New York, but he wants to build a successful legacy there.

"If you can bring it home in New York, for me, it's something you can never replicate anywhere else," Shattenkirk said. "New York is New York, and as critical as the fan base is and the media, they're just as happy to see you win and your legacy will kind of live on forever." Expect him to a different dynamic to the Rangers' power play starting this season. He isn't the greatest in his own end, but he's capable of creating offense. Shattenkirk should be a safe bet to surpass the 40-point mark if he stays healthy. He had 56 points in 80 games with St. Louis and Washington in 2016-17.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 20 - 10:25 AM

Josh Leivo is glad that he's still a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

With the Vegas expansion draft, Leivo wasn't sure if he was going to be on his way out of Toronto, but the Leafs decided to protect him. "Young guys are fighting for spots, but I feel it’s like that every year here," Leivo said. "As you get older, you realize what’s at stake and you want to make the most of the chance. We have a group who built a lot of chemistry last year. Even when I wasn’t playing, they were still great to me and when I got in, I felt like I hadn’t missed a game. Hopefully this season is even better. They knew I did well last year and I think Mike (Babcock) was excited to give me another shot." The 24-year-old put up 10 points in just 13 games last season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 20 - 9:38 AM

The AHL's Tucson Roadrunners will retire Craig Cunningham's number 14 on Oct. 27.

Cunningham was playing for the Roadrunners when he went into cardiac arrest during a game in November. The 26-year-old played just 11 games with the farm team, so this is simply a nice gesture on their part. Cunningham is now serving as a pro scout with the Arizona Coyotes.
Source: The Score
Aug 19 - 7:21 PM

John Tavares opened up about undergoing thumb surgery back in April.

"It’s something I’ve had for a few years," Tavares said. "I kind of did it, aggravated it the first time training a few years ago. It was never really that bad but something I always kept an eye on. Then I hurt it in Boston in January, I fell on it awkwardly late in the game and because of the previous time that I’d hurt it, it was a little bit weak and I tore a ligament in my thumb. I had to wear a brace the rest of the season. For only 2-3 weeks it was really annoying and then, with some good treatment and staying on top of it, I was able to do everything I could normally do on the ice. It didn’t hinder me in any way." It sounds like Tavares will be entering his contract year fully healthy. He had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season.
Aug 19 - 6:43 PM

Zach Hyman may not play with Auston Matthews as much as he did last year.

Hyman spent the vast majority of the 2016-17 season playing on a line with Matthews and William Nylander, but the arrival of Patrick Marleau could change that. "Wherever you play, there is enough ice time for everybody," said Hyman. "It's good to have this problem, because it means you have a lot of good guys and a lot of depth." The 25-year-old had 10 goals and 28 points in 82 games last season. Hyman might be a candidate for a line with Nazem Kadri and Connor Brown if he doesn't stick with Matthews.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 19 - 5:09 PM

Will Butcher's phone call with the Vegas Golden Knights "went well," according to agent Brian Bartlett.

"The conversation went well," said Bartlett. "The management was well prepared and painted an impressive picture of their plan and how a player like Will would fit into that." The Golden Knights wouldn't be a bad fit for the college free agent if he wants to make it to the NHL as quickly as possible. They have a lot of defensemen on the roster, but the expansion team will likely want to give their best young players and opportunity to suit up sooner than later. Butcher had 37 points in 43 games in his last year at the University of Denver last season.
Aug 19 - 3:13 PM



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