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Calgary is expecting to have a medical update on Ladislav Smid (neck) soon.

He has been suffering from on-going neck issues, which sidelined him for the last 26 games of the 2015-16 season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jul 28 - 11:01 AM

Flames GM Brad Treliving didn't have an update to provide on new contracts for restricted free agents Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

He was asked about Calgary's top offensive duo when netminder Brian Elliott was introduced to the media on Wednesday. "No real update there," said Treliving. "We'll continue to work away at it. We wanted to focus (Wednesday) on Brian and (Elliott's wife) Amanda and welcome them to Calgary. But we'll continue to work away at it." Talks have been ongoing during the off-season, with both players looking for long-term deals.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jul 28 - 10:51 AM

Brian Elliott is anxious to start the season as Calgary's number one goalie.

He had to share the crease with Jake Allen, Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak when he played for the St. Louis Blues, so the veteran netminder is excited to have the number one role to himself for the 2016-17 campaign. "To have that good of numbers and not get the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy, sometimes it's frustrating," Elliott said. "But I've always believed if you worked hard, put your head down and plowed through it, opportunities will pop up for you." Those numbers may drop as a member of the Flames, but he will provide the team with better goaltending than they had last season.
Jul 28 - 10:44 AM

Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) should be ready for Team USA's World Cup camp, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

Bishop has been recovering from a high-ankle and shin sprain, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. It sounds like the injuries won't be an issue going into the regular season.
Jul 28 - 9:01 AM

Nikita Nesterov is expected to sign a new deal with the Lightning prior to the start of the regular season.

GM Steve Yzerman said the two sides have been in regular talks. Nesterov is currently a restricted free agent.
Jul 28 - 8:48 AM

Edmonton has loaned Bogdan Yakimov to HC Neftekhimik Nizhnekamsk of the KHL.

The 21-year-old forward played for the KHL squad in 2015-16 and he picked up four points in 11 outings. He also added two points in four playoff matches. In 36 appearances with Bakersfield of the AHL last year, he contributed five goals and 15 points.
Jul 27 - 9:02 PM

Maxim Lapierre will attend training camp with the New York Rangers on a tryout.

Lapierre played with MODO Hockey in the SHL and with HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A during the 2015-16 season. He skated in 80 matches with Pittsburgh and St. Louis in 2014-15 during his last NHL campaign.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Ottawa's next priority is getting Cody Ceci signed.

The Senators announced the signing of Mike Hoffman to a four-year contract on Wednesday. GM Pierre Dorion and Ceci's agent J.P. Barry have been working on a two-year bridge deal. "With this one (Ceci) we don't have a set date," said Dorion. "The only date that matters is (the season opener) Oct. 12 and I can assure you that Cody will be playing for us on Oct. 12."
Jul 27 - 6:16 PM

Jimmy Vesey has the Chicago Blackhawks on his short list of teams to talk to when he becomes an unrestricted free agent in August.

"Chicago will be a team we want to talk to on Aug. 15," Vesey's agent Peter Donatelli told Scott Powers of The Athletic. "Chicago will be on the list, but it shouldn't be read as they're ahead of anyone else. He really has no idea where he's going to be. It's going to be up to the teams to sell him. ... Yes, [we have criteria], but we're interested in what the teams say rather than telling the teams what they have to say." Vesey could end up with a top-six spot on the Blackhawks because there is an opening alongside Jonathan Toews.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 27 - 6:07 PM

Chris Kreider feels like he got away from the style he wants to play with last season.

"It's what I should've been doing last year and it's what I will be doing this year -- big, strong, fast, mean, imposing, getting to the net and playing a power forward game ... north-south," Kreider said. He admitted that his cold start got to him and he is anxious to come out strong in 2016-17. Kreider got a lift during the off-season with a four-year, $18.5 million deal, which has given him some additional confidence.
Jul 27 - 5:07 PM

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn't have a timeline in mind for when Nikita Kucherov will be signed to a new contract.

He suggested that the progress may linger until the start of the season. "We continue to communicate with his representation," Yzerman said. "And we expect to have him under contract to start the season." The Lightning may have to make a move after signing Kucherov to be cap compliant going into the regular season, but the team is not that worried because Ryan Callahan (hip) can go on long-term injured reserve.
Jul 27 - 3:42 PM

Matt Carle has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Nashville Predators.

The Tampa Bay Lightning bought out the final two years of his six-year, $33 million deal last month. Carle will probably claim a third-pairing defense job with the Predators.
Jul 27 - 2:26 PM

The St. Louis Blues have signed Jordan Kyrou to a three-year, two-way entry level contract.

He generated 17 goals and 51 points in 65 games with the Sarnia Sting of the OHL last season. Kyrou was chosen with the 35th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Blues.
Jul 27 - 1:42 PM

John Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons, but he wants to stay with the New York Islanders.

"I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island," Tavares told Sportsnet 590. "I would love for that to continue for the long haul. I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game have been able to spend their entire career somewhere. I hope I'm in that same position." The Islanders can begin negotiating a contract extension next July 1 and that will be a top priority for GM Garth Snow.
Jul 27 - 12:58 PM

Calle Jarnkrok has agreed to a six-year, $12 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

He will make $1.7 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18, $2.1 million in 2018-19, $2.2 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2 million in 2021-22. The 24-year-old forward played in 81 matches with the Predators last season. Jarnkrok notched 14 goals and 30 points over that span, while seeing some time alongside Ryan Johansen and James Neal in the second half. He will probably be shifted around the lineup again in 2016-17.
Jul 27 - 11:19 AM



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