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Russian winger Sergei Plotnikov is expected to arrive in Pittsburgh in August to acclimate himself to North American life.

Plotnikov signed a one-year contract with the Penguins on Wednesday after he paid Lokomotiv $500,000 to get out of his KHL contract. He had 15 goals and 36 points in 56 KHL games and is considered chippy as he had 156 penalty minutes over 112 games in his last two KHL seasons. He is worth a flier, especially if he is able to crack the Penguins lineup as a top-six forward. The 25-year-old was undrafted.
Jul 4 - 7:07 AM

The New York Islanders have yet to re-sign restricted free agent Brock Nelson.

Nelson earned $1.925 million last season and had 20 goals and 42 points in 82 contests. Nelson got off to a hot start with 19 points in his first 20 games but then regressed to normal numbers as he had nine, eight and six points respectively in his final three quarters of the season. Look for a 30-35 point season in 2015-16 for the winger.
Jul 4 - 6:59 AM

Stefan Matteau could get a shot to crack the Devils lineup this season.

The Devils first round pick in the 2012 Draft, Matteau has had a few cups of coffee in the NHL as he has played 24 games thus far in his young career. He made the American World Championship team this past spring but suffered a broken finger and could not finish the tournament. Matteau finally turned it on at the AHL level late in the 2014-15 season and should have a good chance to make the Devils in 2015-16. We do not recommend him in fantasy hockey at this time.
Jul 4 - 6:50 AM

Do not be surprised if Leon Draisaitl opens the season on the wing.

The third overall pick in the 2014 Draft was used as the Oilers second center for 37 games last season before he was sent back to junior hockey as Edmonton did not have another pivot to play behind Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. But this season Connor McDavid will line up at center as well as Anton Lander and Mark Letestu. "I’d be totally fine with that" Draisaitl said about the shift to the wing. "I’ve played the wing before. I know how to play the wing and for me it wouldn’t really matter. As long as I’m on the team. You have more responsibility as a center. A lot of times you’re the guy working down low with the defenseman. That takes work, the kind you don’t have as a winger. You have to work hard as a winger as well, but it’s a little different role. I know how to play both and I think that’s a good thing to have." Stay tuned.
Jul 4 - 6:41 AM

The Edmonton Oilers made their orientation camp practice public on Friday and 3,000 fans turned up to see Connor McDavid.

McDavidmania is off to a big start in Edmonton as he is expected to eventually take the Oilers to the promised land of a Stanley Cup. "Never like that, it was pretty funny," McDavid smiled afterward. "Skating around, shooting in the open net and they were celebrating. It’s funny. But at the end of the day it really means a lot, the support that they’ve shown."
Jul 4 - 6:36 AM

The negotiations between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brandon Saad were pretty easy.

The two sides agreed pretty quickly on the six-year/$36 million contract extension with only the small details to work out."Both parties wanted to get a deal done, and get it done sooner rather than later," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told The Columbus Dispatch. "Brandon wanted to get it done so he could concentrate on hockey and get to Columbus. It took a couple of days, but it was more about the smaller details than anything else. We weren't far apart at the start." Saad had 23 goals and 52 points last season and will look to top that mark in Columbus as he will be a go-to player, something he wasn't necessarily in Chicago.
Jul 4 - 6:13 AM

Andrei Kostitsyn wants back in the NHL, and believes he "can help any team."

The 30-year-old Kostitsyn is coming off an impressive showing at the IIHF World Hockey Championships for Team Belarus where he put up nine points in seven games. He's also coming off a KHL season where he scored 13 goals and 35 points in 50 combined games for Sochi and Chelyabinsk. "I want to say when I come there again I’ll be excited like it’s the first time," Kostitsyn said. "I’m doing my best — training hard and working hard. I'll try to score lots of goals like I know I can." Word is he's also willing to sign a cap-friendly, one-year deal.
Jul 3 - 9:38 PM

Ivan Provorov has signed a three-year Entry Level Contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Provorov will make the maximum allowed $925K in each season while in the NHL, compared to just $70K in the AHL where he'll likely begin his professional career. In 60 games last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the AHL, Provorov scored 15 goals and 61 points. He then put up another two goals and 11 points in 13 playoff games. Those in deep dynasty leagues would be wise to select Provorov when given the opportunity.
Jul 3 - 8:57 PM

Jamie McBain has signed a new one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with the LA Kings.

The 27-year-old defender will make $300K should he be demoted to the AHL. McBain saw just 26 games with the Kings last season, but managed to put home three goals and nine points. With that kind of production, McBain probably shouldn't be on your radar even in a deep league.
Jul 3 - 8:26 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed three coaches from head coach Paul Maurice's staff.

Assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent along with goaltending coach Wade Flaherty to three year contracts, according to the press release. The Jets also announced that Rick St. Croix will be the "organization’s new developmental goaltending coach, working with the team’s goaltending prospects." This is great news for Maurice and Jets players alike as they try to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Jul 3 - 8:24 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to bring back veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman made it clear on Friday, "We would like to try to bring him back; we have financial hurdles we’re working through." Now entering his age-34 season, Oduya is coming off a cap hit of $3.375M over the last three seasons and the Blackhawks are currently about $418K over the cap. It remains to be seen if Bowman can work his magic, or if Oduya will find work elsewhere.
Jul 3 - 8:08 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former Manchester Monarchs and Clarkson University head coach Mark Morris to lead the team's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers.

While Morris did spend 2014-15 as Gerard Gallant's assistant coach in Florida, Morris led Clarkson University from 1988-2002, and then Manchester from 2006-2013. "Mark is an experienced head coach whose teams never had a losing record in 21 seasons at Clarkson and with Manchester," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "He is a proven teacher of the game who has been a part of developing successful NHL players." Morris will be joined by recently re-signed Geordie Kinnear to be his assistant.
Jul 3 - 7:25 PM

After eight seasons working with the LA Kings and their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs, Kim Dillabaugh is joining the Philadelphia Flyers as their new as their goaltending coach.

Dillabaugh professes an impressive resume over the last eight seasons, working with the Kings during their Stanley Cup runs and the Monarchs during their Calder Cup runs. Dillabaugh, still just 37-years-old, made it up to the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets and Calgary Hitmen (1994-97) where he would switch over to coaching during his junior season.
Jul 3 - 6:54 PM

Vili Saarijarvi has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit.

The Red Wings took him with the 73rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had six goals and 23 points in 57 USHL games last season.
Jul 3 - 6:49 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have signed Eric Selleck to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K.

Selleck had 23 points and 185 penalty minutes in 74 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's an organizational depth forward and isn't likely to get any playing time with Arizona next season.
Jul 3 - 6:45 PM



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