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Steve Stamkos is optimistic about the chances of the Tampa Bay Lightning contending going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"We have a good thing going down in Tampa," Stamkos said. "We have a great owner, we've got a great GM in Steve Yzerman, and we've got a good young team. I want to win, and hopefully I can do it in Tampa." The Lightning were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens, but the loss of starting goaltender Ben Bishop was a factor in that. If the Lightning are able to stay relatively healthy this season, then they will be a tough team to play against.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 23 - 7:52 PM

Patrice Brisebois said he left his post as the Montreal Canadiens' player development coach so that he could spend more time with his family.

"For sure, it was a big decision (to leave) and I'm fine with it, very comfortable with it," Brisebois said. "I think I made the right choice. It was a family decision." Brisebois joined the Canadiens' coaching staff in 2012 after ending his NHL career in 2009. He had 98 goals and 420 points in 1,009 NHL games before hanging up his skates.
Jul 23 - 6:54 PM

Rasmus Rissanen inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Rissanen's new contract comes with a $575,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 10 points and 91 penalty minutes in 62 AHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 5:54 PM

The Detroit Red Wings don't have an analytics person yet, but Red Wings coach Mike Babcock thinks that will change soon.

"The bottom line is the NFL and Major League Baseball, they have been way ahead of us in this area," Babcock said. The NHL establishment seems to be getting increasingly warm to the idea of using fancy stats as another tool to help evaluate players. It's not a replacement of scouting and traditional player evaluation, but it can be used to complement those methods.
Jul 23 - 5:05 PM

Jacques Martin has been promoted to the role of senior advisor of hockey operations.

Martin's duties will include scouting and assessing how the team stacks up to its competition. He served as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 campaign.
Jul 23 - 5:00 PM

Cory Sarich has been hospitalize after being involved in a cycling accident.

It's not yet known how significantly Sarich has been hurt or even where he was hurt. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring a goal and 10 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 3:31 PM

Colorado's Joe Sakic fought against the idea that Ryan O'Reilly's new two-year, $12 million contract is the first step towards a sign-and-trade.

"We want him long term, and we'll keep working on that," Sakic said. While we don't expect O'Reilly to be dealt this summer, it wouldn't surprise us if this is his last deal with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it clear that they will be disciplined with their budget and we think it's likely that O'Reilly will insist on more than the Avalanche are willing to spend once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 23 - 2:05 PM

Lars Eller wants an arbitrator to award him a $3.1 million contract.

Montreal has countered with $1.65 million, so there's obviously a substantial gap between the two sides. Eller had 26 points and 68 penalty minutes in 77 games with Montreal in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 12:55 PM

Andre Benoit has inked a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Benoit had seven goals and 21 assists in 79 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He might end up getting top-four minutes in Buffalo.
Jul 23 - 12:03 PM

Ryan O'Reilly has inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

O'Reilly and the Avalanche narrowly avoided arbitration. His $6 million annual cap hit puts O'Reilly in a tie with Matt Duchene for the highest cap hit on the team. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this contract and it will be interesting to see if the Avalanche eventually decide to trade him rather than risk watching him allow his contract to expire to that he can play for the highest bidder.
Jul 23 - 10:07 AM

The Arizona Coyotes would like to ink Antoine Vermette to an extension.

The value of top-two centers has gone up though and Vermette would be in for a big payday if he simply becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2015. The Coyotes might still be able to keep him, but he'll probably demand a substantial upgrade over his current five-year, $18.75 million deal.
Source: CBC.ca
Jul 23 - 10:03 AM

Benoit Pouliot sees himself as a top-nine forward and will probably end up on the Oilers' third line.

Pouliot agreed to a five-year, $20 million contract with Edmonton over the summer. He played for the Rangers last season and had 10 playoff points in their run to the Stanley Cup Final. Glen Sather, who has been serving as the Rangers' general manager, was previously the Oilers GM/coach during their glory years. "Glen called, left a message and said 'good luck, you'll enjoy it.' He said it was a good place to be. Coming from Glen, that was big. He's a great man and treated me very well," Pouliot said.
Jul 23 - 9:47 AM

Chris Kreider signed a two-year, $4.95 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Kreider and the Rangers narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Kreider had asked for $2.8 million annually while the Rangers countered with $2.05 million per season, so the two sides agreed to a deal in the middle. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 9:32 AM

Brock McGinn is close to reaching the NHL level, according to his OHL coach, Scott Walker.

"That's a lot of pressure to put on a kid, to say he's ready for the NHL, and he's certainly not expecting anyone to give him anything," Walker said of McGinn. "He's going to work his butt off, and I think people will love the way he plays." McGinn had 43 goals and 85 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He's not a safe bet to make the Hurricanes' opening game roster, but at the same time, it wouldn't be shocking if he manages to secure a spot.
Jul 23 - 9:29 AM

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers has requested that the state attorney general look into a meeting between the Arizona Coyotes and City Council members that took place last June that was previously undisclosed.

The question is whether or not Arizona's Open Meeting Law was violated. "I think it's a clear violation," Weiers said. "That meeting is wrong on so many levels. It's like playing poker and showing your opponents all your cards." If the law was violated, it could lead to the Coyotes' arena deal with the city being rescinded. That would put the team's future back in immediate jeopardy. That being said, it's not clear if that scenario is plausible.
Jul 23 - 9:22 AM



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