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Justin Schultz has signed a one-year, $3.675 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

He recorded 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games last season, but he also had a minus-22 rating. Schultz quarterbacks the Oilers' power play, where he contributed 12 points a year ago. Edmonton wants more consistency from him at both ends of the ice and if he can show progress in either discipline then it will help his case of earning a longer term deal.
Aug 29 - 12:14 PM

Peter Holland will compete for Toronto's third-line spot at training camp.

The Leafs added Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli in free agency to battle with Holland for the role. He expected there to be competition after the way the team ended last season, but he's hoping that his strong performance in the AHL playoffs will carry him to a permanent NHL position. Holland is excited for his first training camp with the Leafs and he wants to play regularly for his hometown team badly.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 29 - 12:01 PM

William Nylander arrived in Toronto on Tuesday and started working out with some Maple Leafs.

He joined Phil Kessel, Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson for an informal workout. "You've got to go every day to get to where you want to be,' said Nylander. "I expect to be the best I can be. My goal is to try to play in the NHL. To do that, I have to work hard every day at everything." Nylander will be looking to make an impression on the team's brass when he competes in the Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario on September 13th.
Aug 29 - 11:47 AM

Pittsburgh coach Mike Johnston knows Penguins prospect Derrick Pouliot well from their days with the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.

He played four-plus years for Johnston in Portland and the new Pittsburgh bench boss believes Pouliot is ready for the NHL. "Not only his play in Portland, but the thing that convinced me the most was last year at the World Juniors," said Johnston. "I really thought Derrick was the best defenseman in the tournament. If you can play at that level on the world stage, yeah, you're ready." It's still unclear when Pouliot will be able to return from surgery on his right shoulder. He underwent the procedure on May 21 and his timetable was set at four to six months. The 20-year-old blueliner wants to be ready for training camp, but he'll probably miss the start of the season unless his recovery gets fast-tracked.
Aug 29 - 11:18 AM

Sharks GM Doug Wilson wants the team to have a Drew Doughty/P.K. Subban type player, which contributed to the decision to switch Brent Burns back to defense this season.

Burns has flirted with the 50-point mark before as a defenseman and he could still be used as a forward for some shifts during the 2014-15 season. He'll be a versatile player for San Jose and for fantasy owners because he still has dual eligibility.
Aug 29 - 10:59 AM

The Boston Bruins have reportedly had "casual discussions" with David Krejci about a contract extension.

He is eligible for unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 campaign. A source familiar with the negotiations reports that talks should heat up in the near future. Krejci led the Bruins in scoring last season with 50 assists and 69 points in 80 games.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 29 - 10:25 AM

Ryan Reaves was rewarded with a four-year contract in January and he's continued to work hard on his game to make sure that he stays in the St. Louis lineup.

"I think you can always do more," he said of his summer training. "Since I've been with St. Louis permanently, I've tweaked a couple of things and really started to work on things that they want me to work on. And some things I want to work on, too. When you're on a team with as many good players as we have, you always want to be working on the next thing, just to make sure you have that spot on the team." He collected 126 penalty minutes and 211 hits in 63 games last season, while averaging 8:31 of ice time per contest.
Aug 29 - 10:01 AM

Brayden McNabb may see action with Los Angeles some point this season.

Kings GM Dean Lombard feels that McNabb is NHL-ready, but the team already has a full complement of defensemen. "He's worked his [butt] off, and with all the homework we've [done] on him, he's got a shot," Lombardi said. "And I think him being here in the playoffs makes him really hungry. His skating is the only issue. If we can get that tightened up, he's a good player." McNabb was acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline and he signed a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July. Look for him to get called up at some point this year should injuries become an issue.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 28 - 8:51 PM

Ryan White underwent surgery to repair his left pectoralis muscle on Wednesday.

According to Philadelphia GM Ron Hextall: "The injury occurred during an off-ice workout in Brandon, Manitoba last week. There has been no timetable established on Ryan's return." Whited signed a one-year deal with the Flyers earlier this month.
Aug 28 - 7:18 PM

Brian Lashoff may find himself as Detroit's seventh defenseman this season.

He played 75 games last year, most of which paired with Jakub Kindl, and now he'll compete with Kindl for the sixth spot on the blueline at training camp. The stay-at-home defender posted 93 blocks and 65 hits, along with six points in 2013-14.
Source: Mlive.com
Aug 28 - 6:11 PM

Matt Kassian is still an unrestricted free agent with training camps just around the corner, but he isn't concerned.

"There's been two-ways (offers) and tryout (invitations). I'm not too worried," said Kassian, who has talked to several teams. He suited up in 33 games with Ottawa last season and amassed 63 penalty minutes, while picking up two points.
Aug 28 - 5:25 PM

Johnny Boychuk would like to stay with the Bruins.

He's been surrounded by trade rumors and can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 21014-15 season. Boychuk has faith that Boston can work out their cap issues. "Our GM (Peter Chiarelli) is a mastermind ... he's good with doing things like this (cap struggles) and we have some good players we've developed the last couple of years, but nobody's heard of them over on the west side (NHL)," he said. "You always want to stay with the team you're with (and won a championship). They're my (hockey) family."
Aug 28 - 5:08 PM

John Carlson has been impressed by coach Barry Trotz.

He got to speak with Trotz and Washington's new coaching staff over the summer and they are all back together this week as training camp approaches. "Very detailed from what I've heard, from the summer camp to what he wants to carry over and stuff like that," Carlson said of Trotz. "He's very good with that, very directional, very detailed. I think our team could use a lot of that." Carlson is also excited by off-season acquisitions Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, who are expected to add leadership and depth to Washington's back end. Their presence may take some pressure off of Carlson and ease his workload.
Aug 28 - 3:06 PM

Robin Lehner just wants a "fair chance" to earn his starts in Ottawa's crease.

"If I play good, I want to play. And if he plays good, he's going to want to play," Lehner said referring to his goalie tandem with Craig Anderson. "That's what you want on a team. You want two goalies pushing each other. If there's limited chance for one guy to play, he's not going to do as good. That's a little bit of what we wanted from our side. I think and I hope that's what's going to happen." Lehner inked a three-year, $6.75 million contract this off-season and earlier this week, Anderson agreed to a three-year, $12.6 million extension. He said that Anderson's deal didn't change his focus and it didn't upset him either.
Aug 28 - 2:30 PM

New Jersey still hopes to re-sign unrestricted free agent Ryan Carter.

The Devils already have 14 forwards on one-way contracts, so it's a bit odd that Carter is still on their radar. The team would have to move a body or two to make room for him. Carter had seven goals and 10 points in 62 games last campaign.
Aug 28 - 12:17 PM



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