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The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract worth $68 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $8.5 million. Draisaitl put up solid numbers in 2015-16 (19 goals, 51 points in 72 games), but he really came into his own last season, as he was second on the Oilers with 29 goals and 77 points in 82 games. The 21-year-old has quickly emerged as one of the best young centers in the NHL, and the Oilers have shown their commitment to him with this huge contract. Draisaitl will carry the biggest cap hit on Edmonton's roster next year, but he'll be passed by Connor McDavid's $12.5 million cap hit two years from now. After McDavid, he's the most dangerous forward on the team.
Aug 16 - 2:15 PM

Calvin Pickard is embracing the challenge of playing with an expansion team.

Pickard went from Colorado to Vegas in the expansion draft, where he's expected to be Marc-Andre Fleury's backup goaltender. "It's a new experience for all of us, every staff member, every player," Pickard said. "If we go in with an open mind, it's going to be a lot of fun. We're playing in the NHL in Las Vegas, so I think a lot of people would take that. Everybody's going to be really excited for sure." Pickard is saying all the right thigns, but don't expect him to have any fantasy value going into next season though.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:01 PM

Alexey Marchenko has signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Marchenko's agent Dan Milstein said that the player would like to return to the NHL one day, but unless he has an out-clause, that's unlikely to happen. Marchenko had eight points in 41 games with the Maple Leafs and Red Wings last season. Prior to coming to the NHL, Marchenko had been with CSKA Moscow for four seasons.
Source: The Score
Aug 16 - 12:11 PM

Anthony DeAngelo admits he still needs to improve in his own end.

DeAngelo's ability with the puck has never been questioned, but his overall game has always been a bit of an issue. "I've got to continue to improve defensively," DeAngelo said. "Even last year there were some things I've got to do a lot better. Sometimes the offense makes up for it, but through an 82-game schedule you've got to be able to defend as well. … It's just being in the right place at the right time and moving guys and staying in front of guys' lanes. Gap control is a big thing." With a solid training camp, he can become a regular on the Rangers' blue line.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 11:30 AM

Jack Eichel believes the Buffalo Sabres can be a playoff team next season.

The Sabres have been one of the bottom teams in the league for the last few years, but Eichel believes there's reason for optimism. "We think we can be really good," Eichel said. "We think we can be a playoff team. That's what's important. We have to go into training camp with the right mindset, get the season off and running, put our best foot forward." The 20-year-old had 24 goals and 57 points in 61 games last year.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 10:07 AM

Will Butcher has officially become an unrestricted free agent.

Last season's Hobey Baker Award winner was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but he has decided not to sign with the club before yesterday's deadline. The 22-year-old had 37 points in 43 contests during his final year at the University of Denver in 2016-17. The Sabres, Devils Golden Knights and Penguins have already been rumored to be in the running for his services.
Aug 16 - 8:37 AM

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is hoping his team will go a lot further than they went last year.

That shouldn't be too difficult considering the Jets didn't make the playoffs last year. "Every season you get to start from zero," Byfuglien said. "All you've got to do is just go out there, work hard and you build your own luck. You start from zero at the beginning of the season and just keep building to see how far you can go. We're hoping and planning that this year it's a lot further than we've gone [in recent seasons]." If the Jets make the playoffs, Byfuglien will be one of the big reasons why. He had 51 points in 76 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 7:24 PM

Kansas City is still on the radar to get an NHL expansion team, according to Bill Daly.

"Kansas City has never been entirely 'off our radar screen,'" NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. "We have talked to potentially interested stakeholders in the past, and it's certainly a market that in the right circumstances (including a desire by our board to entertain further expansion) our league would fairly evaluate and consider. In evaluating potential locations for NHL teams, we typically look at three things: One, whether the market has or is building a suitable arena facility; two, the demographics of the market and whether they suggest an ability to support an NHL franchise; and, three, whether there is qualified and interested ownership to own and operate the franchise."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 15 - 5:38 PM

Evgeny Kuznetsov doesn't agree with people who think the Capitals are a bad team.

Washington has won back-to-back Presidents' Trophies, but they've failed to reach the conference final in the Alex Ovechkin era. "I don't like when people say we're a bad team right now," Kuznetsov said. "That's bull to me. It's not about the names. It's about the guys when they come together." The Capitals have lost some key players like Marcus Johansson, Justin Williams and Nate Schmidt, but they also managed to re-sign Kuznetsov to an eight-year, $62.4 million deal. They should remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference and in the entire NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 4:38 PM

Will Butcher will reportedly visit with the Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights.

This is according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. It doesn't mean that more teams won't jump into the race for the Hobey Baker Award winner, but for now, these are the three teams we know about. Butcher had 37 points in 43 games in his final season with the University of Denver. He'll become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow at midnight.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 15 - 3:55 PM

Alexey Marchenko will continue his playing career over in Russia, according to agent Dan Milstein.

Milstein also added that his client is planning on returning to the NHL at some point. The Maple Leafs placed Marchenko on waivers yesterday which means he'll be bought out in the next few hours/days. He had eight points in 41 games with Detroit and Toronto last season.
Aug 15 - 1:27 PM

Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney said he isn't interested in trading David Pastrnak.

Yesterday, NHL Network analyst Brian Lawton reported that the Bruins were willing to deal Pastrnak, but Sweeney denied that. In a text message to the Boston Globe, Sweeney said: "Not trading Pastrnak" (pretty straight forward). The 21-year-old had 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games last season. Both sides are still working toward a contract extension. Pastrnak is currently a restricted free agent.
Aug 15 - 1:16 PM

Robby Fabbri (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Fabbri's season came to an end in February after he tore his ACL. The Blues forward has resumed skating with some of his teammates this offseason, but he isn't allowed to engage in any contact yet. If he doesn't suffer a setback between now and September, he's expected to be a full participant in training camp. "I have a good two months here to really start pushing on the ice now that I'm cleared," Fabbri said. "I'm already seeing the improvements from the few skates that I've had. It's refreshing and it's exciting to get back on the ice and get back to what I love to do. I'm confident in myself that I'm going to be ready." He had 11 goals and 29 points in 51 games last season.
Aug 15 - 11:11 AM

Defenseman Will Butcher will officially become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

The Avalanche drafted Butcher in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, but they'll lose his rights if they can't sign a deal by midnight. Last season, the 22-year-old put up seven goals and 37 points in 43 games at the University of Denver. No matter what team he chooses to sign with, his entry-level contract will likely be two years and worth $925,000 per year plus performance bonuses. The Penguins, Blackhawks, Maple Leafs, Red Wings, Devils, Canadiens, Bruins, Wild and Sabres are just a few of the teams believed to be interested in his services. His agent, Brian Bartlett, has also said that returning to Colorado isn't out of the question.
Aug 15 - 10:03 AM

Justin Williams is working hard to make sure he doesn't slow down on the ice.

Williams signed a two-year contract with Carolina this offseason, and he knows he'll have to perform at a high level if he wants to get the Hurricanes back to the playoffs. "I think at this point in my career … I'm probably not going to get any faster," Williams said. "I know that. The trick is not to get any slower. I'm doing all I can to make sure that doesn't happen and you don't slowly fade away. I want to be an impact player for a long time and I plan on being one the next couple years as well." The 35-year-old had 24 goals and 24 assists in 80 games with Washington last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 9:02 AM



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