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Chris Tierney knows he'll be in a battle to stick with San Jose out of training camp.

"I want to come in and earn my spot and make the team. Nothing's guaranteed," Tierney said. "But I do have the mindset like I did last year. Just come in, work hard and try to get better every day." In 43 NHL games last season, he recorded six goals and 15 assists. Tierney played well as the team's third-line center late in the 2014-15 campaign when he produced 14 points in his last 19 games. Look for him to occupy that role again this season.
Aug 3 - 12:37 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is making some progress following off-season hip surgery.

GM Brian MacLellan said that Backstrom resumed skating recently. He's projected to participate in training camp, but his availability for the start of the season is still cloudy.
Aug 3 - 12:06 PM

Jonathon Blum is believed to have options to play in Europe next season.

However, it isn't clear if he wants to play overseas. Blum appeared in four games with Minnesota last season and he suited up in 15 contests the season before. Most of his playing time has been spent in the minors and he's currently a restricted free agent.
Aug 3 - 11:33 AM

Antti Niemi is projected to split starts with Kari Lehtonen in Dallas this campaign.

However, that doesn't mean that they won't be given the opportunity to string together outings if either one of them gets hot. "Lindy and I have talked about it," said GM Jim Nill. "We think it's going to be a split job. Now someone might get it and run with it for a while. We'll play it by ear. There's always the unknown. There's injuries. So many things can happen. Somebody can get sick. You don't know what's going to happen." The Stars feel that the competition between the two will benefit the team and push their netminders to be better.
Aug 3 - 11:10 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin wants to see more consistency from Alexander Semin.

"That was the downside that he had in Carolina and that's what we're looking for," Bergevin said. "If you don't score — (and) it's hard to score in today's game — you have to bring something else to the table. So it's either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey ... that's what I expect from you if you don't score." The Canadiens brass is hoping to see Semin recapture the form he had earlier in his career when he was a feared goal scorer.
Aug 3 - 10:09 AM

Jordan Eberle has the potential to turn into a major scoring threat in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

After registering 32 points in the final 32 games of last season, Eberle could be in line for a big year in 2015-16. He is expected be paired up with Taylor Hall and rookie sensation Connor McDavid to form the Oilers top line, which could lead to another 75-plus point season for Eberle. With McDavid's playmaking abilities, Eberle could surpass his career high of 34 goals set in the 2011-12 season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 10:27 PM

Evander Kane is looking for a fresh start in the 2015-2016 season with his new team, the Buffalo Sabres.

After sustaining a season ending shoulder injury in February, Kane will look to be one of Buffalo's main scoring threats after being traded towards the end of last season. Kane will be 24-years-old when he suits up for his first game as a Sabre as he looks to bounce back from a down year. Kane has a chance to be Buffalo's top fantasy forward next season if he can just manage to be healthy and should be a decent mid-round pick in 2015 drafts.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 8:38 PM

Brandon Dubinsky should be poised for a big year as the Blue Jackets look to contend in 2015-2016.

Dubinsky has always been a solid fantasy contributor but has become tagged as an injury-prone player. He appeared in just 47 games last season, scoring 13 goals and 36 points with a plus 11 rating and 43 penalty minutes. He is a rare player that can contribute in every fantasy category, similar to his teammate, Scott Hartnell. He carries a bit more risk than Hartnell due to his injury history but if he is able to play a full season, he could become a top 75 fantasy player overall and reward drafters with a big payout. The Blue Jackets have made some nice additions to their roster and Dubinsky will be healthy entering camp which means he will play an important role in leading the offense.
Aug 2 - 5:31 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk has been enjoying his offseason as a Stanley Cup Champion returning to New Jersey to celebrate.

Just 18 games into his NHL career, van Riemsdyk suffered a broken left patella after blocking a shot and was sidelined for five months. After returning from the leg injury in April, during his recovery process, the youngster later sustained a wrist injury in an AHL game and needed surgery sidelining him for the rest of the regular season and most of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He would later return for the last four games of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Tampa Bay Lightning garnering him valuable experience. Now as the 2015-2016 season approaches, the Blackhawks could be relying a lot more on van Riemsdyk, who signed a two-year contract extension in early July. Look for him to blossom into well-versed player and mark him off as a deep sleeper in fantasy drafts this year.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 12:55 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed Jonathan Bernier to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million.

Bernier will have an AAV of $4.15 million over the next two years. The two sides did go to arbitration with Bernier asking for $5.1 million dollars, while the Leafs were countering with $2.89 million. This appears to be a good deal for both sides, as Bernier will get paid and the Leafs have a two-year window to see if he can become a consistent number one goaltender.
Source: CBC.ca
Aug 2 - 12:38 PM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Erik Haula to a new two-year contract worth $2 million.

The two sides had an arbitration hearing on Friday, but they were able to come to terms on an extension before the arbitrator's ruling was announced. Haula had seven goals and 14 points in 72 games last season.
Aug 2 - 10:15 AM

New Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero said he expects to sign first round pick Pavel Zacha in the coming week.

"Now that everything has settled down a little bit, we'll reconnect with Patrik Stefan and give it a go to sign him," Shero said. "Hopefully, that's going to be the case. As I told (Zacha), that's our goal and it has been from the outset. I've said this before: there's no red flags We're going to get to it. So, we'll get this thing going next week and, hopefully, get him signed." The 18-year-old was selected by New Jersey with the sixth overall selection in last June's Entry Draft.
Aug 2 - 8:07 AM

New Jersey Devils first round pick Pavel Zacha won't be attending the Czech Republic's World Junior evaluation camp.

The camp started on Saturday in Calgary, but because Zacha and the Devils haven't reached an agreement on an Entry Level Contract yet, the player's agent doesn't want to take any chances. "He doesn't have a contract, so we don't want to risk him getting an injury," agent Patrik Stefan said. "I spoke to the coach and he understands. We're going to talk next week and, hopefully, we're going to get a deal done,"
Aug 2 - 8:04 AM

St. Louis Blues chairman Tom Stillman admitted that it was hard to see the club part ways with both T.J. Oshie and Barret Jackman this off-season.

"Honestly, (the Oshie trade) and Barret Jackman’s departure are, on a personal level, difficult for me," Stillman said. "It is really a hard part of the business. I’m comfortable we’re doing the right thing for the team and all, but those two individuals in particular are really wonderful people. I am sad to see them go. It’s weird to see how the guys can just be uprooted, especially in a trade."
Aug 2 - 7:51 AM

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill believes that his team is lucky to have two number one goaltenders on the roster.

Kari Lehtonen is back for the 2015-16 season, while the team went out and signed Antti Niemi this off-season. We just think having two elite goalies is going to make a big difference for us," said Nill. "We're lucky. It's manageable with our cap situation. We have the flexibility to do that and I really believe it's becoming a two-goalie league. It's hard for one goalie with all of this travel and back-to-backs. The league is so close. If you can win an extra two or three games because you have a rested, healthy, very competitive No. 1 goalie that you can put in any time is going to make a big difference."
Aug 2 - 7:45 AM



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