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Mikael Granlund reportedly suffered an ankle injury while training in Finland this offseason.

According to beat reporter Michael Russo, Granlund rolled his ankle while running. He's in crutches right now, but he's expected to be ready to resume training in approximately two weeks. The injury shouldn't affect his ability to start training camp with the Wild. Granlund recently signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million this offseason. He had 26 goals and 43 assists in 81 games last season.
Aug 17 - 7:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 27-year-old played in just two games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He added 10 goals and 19 assists in 21 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. He's a long shot to make the Lightning's roster out of training. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value.
Aug 17 - 5:52 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year deal worth $3.2 million total.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.6 million per year. The 23-year-old had a difficult season in 2016-17, as he scored just seven goals and nine assists in 75 games. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value going into next season.
Aug 17 - 5:32 PM

Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.

Depending on how his recovery goes, Zajac should be back sometime between December and February. "This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training," said GM Ray Shero. "The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow." The 32-year-old had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last season. The injury gives first overall pick Nico Hischier an even better chance of sticking with the team out of training camp.
Aug 17 - 4:57 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are confident that Dylan Larkin can make the full-time transition to center next season.

Larkin has played primarily on the wing in his first two NHL seasons, but that will change in 2017-18. "His best attributes are utilized when he plays center," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he can continue to grow into becoming a great two-way center who can create offense and is very accountable defensively. And I think his defensive instincts are served at center, where he can anticipate where the puck is going, meet the puck and get out of the zone as fast as possible."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 3:03 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the teams making a pitch to college free agent Will Butcher.

Butcher became an unrestricted free agent after not agreeing to terms on a contract with the Colorado Avalanche, who owned his rights. The Sabres, Golden Knights and Devils have also been linked to Butcher. "A player like that’s going to have several teams in that same category, but a Hobey Baker winner and a good young player," Pens GM Jim Rutherford said. "We will be in that mix with other teams."
Aug 17 - 12:18 PM

Matt Cullen admitted that signing with the Wild was a "family decision".

"I want my boys to experience playing hockey and watching me play hockey at home," Cullen said. "This was a family decision. Minnesota is home and it’s a special place for me. It’s not easy to say goodbye and it’s not easy to walk away [from Pittsburgh]. I’m confident in the decision we’re making and it’s the right thing for our family. But at the same time, it’s not an easy one." Cullen had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with the Penguins last season. He won't have any fantasy value next season.
Aug 17 - 10:30 AM

The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered David Pastrnak a six-year, $36 million contract, per the Boston Herald.

Pastrnak, who is currently a restricted free agent, is likely looking at the contract Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl got yesterday as a comparable (eight years, $8.5 million per year). The 21-year-old put up a career-high 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games with the Bruins last season. The highest cap hit on Boston's roster belongs to David Krejci ($7.25 million). The Bruins have just over $10.15 million in cap space.
Aug 17 - 9:43 AM

Nate Schmidt didn't mind going through the arbitration process with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Of all the players that filed for arbitration, Schmidt was the only one who actually went through the process. He ended up landing a two-year deal, $2.225 million per season, so it's easy to see why he was pleased with how things worked out. "I tried to have a good attitude about it, it’s something they had never been through before some people maybe wanted to have some experience as well," said Schmidt. "I think it’s a great process because it brings the sides together because no one really wants to do it, but you know what I think it was good the way everything played out."
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 17 - 8:46 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't made contact with Will Butcher's camp, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Butcher became a free agent earlier this morning after he declined to sign with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche. The Denver University product had 37 points in 43 games in his final season of college hockey. The Devils, Golden Knights and Sabres have already been linked to the 22-year-old defenseman.
Aug 16 - 7:16 PM

John Tavares is in no hurry to sign a contract extension with the New York Islanders.

The 2017-18 season is the final one on his current contract. "For me, there’s really no rush," Tavares told Newsday. "I’m trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it’s been good so far . . . In terms of signing a new contract, there’s a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I’ve had with Garth [Snow], the team and Doug [Weight], I don’t think it’s productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal, that’s the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy." The Islanders captain had 28 goals and 66 points in 77 games last season. Getting him signed long-term is obviously high on the team's to-do list.
Aug 16 - 7:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche signed Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Toninato was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 23-year-old just completed his college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had 16 goals and 29 points in 42 games last season. He's likely a year or two away from contributing at the NHL level.
Aug 16 - 5:54 PM

The Minnesota Wild have signed Matt Cullen to a one-year contract worth $1 million.

Cullen can also make $700,000 in performance bonuses. The 40-year-old was contemplating retirement after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he decided to play another year in his home state. Cullen also spent three years with the Wild between 2009 and 2013. He had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games last season. He's still a useful player, but he won't carry any fantasy value.
Aug 16 - 4:47 PM

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 things, but don't expect him to have much, if any, fantasy value this season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:01 PM



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