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Tyson Barrie is the first of this off-season's 25 arbitration filings to go to a hearing.

The two sides can still reach a deal on their own before the arbitrator's award is announced within 48 hours. According to earlier reports, Barrie is seeking $6 million on a one-year deal, while the Avalanche are looking for a two-year contract at $4 million and $4.25 million.
Jul 29 - 10:53 AM

As previously reported, Mike Santorelli has joined Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.

He picked up 18 points in 70 games with Anaheim last year, while averaging just 10:06 of ice time.
Jul 29 - 9:30 AM

Kris Russell is reportedly seeking a contract worth above $4 million per season.

The unrestricted free agent defender finished second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots in 2015-16. He also contributed 19 points and 70 shots during his time between Calgary and Dallas. Russell averaged 24:02 of ice time per contest as a member of the Stars.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 9:05 AM

Radim Vrbata is still looking for an NHL roster with training camps drawing closer.

He is an unrestricted free agent after slipping from 31 goals and 63 points in 79 contests in 2014-15 to 13 markers and 27 points over 63 contests last year. Vrbata also registered a minus-30 rating.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 8:58 AM

Jiri Hudler remains an unsigned unrestricted free agent.

He generated 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler is highly unlikely to return to the 0.97 point-per-game form he displayed in 2014-15, but he is capable of producing 50-55 points in the right situation.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 29 - 8:50 AM

John Klingberg may get to take more chances in 2016-17.

The Stars back end has Dan Hamhuis, Johnny Oduya, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth, Jordie Benn and Jamie Oleksiak who are unlikely to jump into the rush or move the puck as well as Klingberg can. The soon-to-be 24-year-old blueliner has already amassed 98 points in 141 NHL outings and he should be among the league's top-scoring defenseman again in 2016-17.
Jul 28 - 8:47 PM

Paul Stastny between Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen could be a line combination for the Blues in 2016-17, according to coach Ken Hitchcock.

Of course nothing is set in stone, especially this early. It might be a trio to keep an eye on once Steen returns from off-season shoulder surgery. Robby Fabbri may be back with Stastny, while Tarasenko could skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz as well.

Minnesota has signed Matt Dumba to a two-year, $5.1 million contract.

He will earn $2.35 million in 2016-17 and $2.75 million in 2017-18. Dumba tallied personal bests last season with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games. He will have an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a longer term deal.
Jul 28 - 5:10 PM

Zack Kassian has impressed coach Todd McLellan with his off-season preparations.

"I'm very impressed with Zack's approach in life, in general," said McLellan. "We've talked about the Oilers and hockey but from where Zack was, bottoming out (as a Montreal Canadiens' winger) with his lifestyle (going into the NHL's Substance Abuse program) and to see where he his with his commitment to conditioning and becoming healthy. That can rub off on other players." Kassian is looking trimmer and the Oilers' bench boss is excited to see what he can do at training camp.
Jul 28 - 5:03 PM

Marek Hrivik new contract is a two-way deal.

He is slated to earn $600,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Hrivik made his NHL debut with the Rangers on Feb. 21 and he picked up an assist in his second big-league appearance.
Jul 28 - 4:36 PM

Brandon Gormley has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

His deal is worth $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Gormley skated in 26 games with Colorado last year and in 39 matches with the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Jul 28 - 4:16 PM

Edmonton bench boss Tod McLellan is hoping that Jesse Puljujarvi can be a top three right winger after training camp.

"Jesse will dictate his entry into the league and the pace of it," said McLellan. "He's highly-skilled and he’s played against men in a pro league back in Finland. When you draft a player from a junior team over here or a U.S. college or Junior A, they've been playing with young men. Jesse's play (in the Finnish Elite League) gives him a head start but we’ll see it turns out. There's years where you count on things and they don't get done. In other years, there's surprises." The 18-year-old could also start in the minors, but it's more likely that he'll be in the NHL for at least the start of the year.
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

Michael Stone has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Coyotes.

He recorded six goals and 36 points in 75 games last season. Stone also recorded 137 hits and 143 blocks during 2015-16. He is rehabbing from April surgery on his ACL and MCL.
Jul 28 - 3:32 PM

Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

"I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said there will definitely be a captain on the Oilers this coming season.

However, he wouldn't say who it would be. The expectation is that Connor McDavid will become the captain of the team. If he gets the "C" before Oct. 26, McDavid would be the youngest captain in NHL history.
Jul 28 - 3:07 PM



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