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Johan Hedberg will serve as the goalie coach of the AHL Albany Devils in 2014-15.

"I'm very much excited," Hedberg said. "Even though I enjoyed my year last year scouting, I think I missed being around the team and being closer to the team and having the every day feeling that you're part of something together." Hedberg had a 161-143-36 record, 2.82 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 373 career NHL games. He's taking over for David Caruso, who wasn't able to continue to serve as the team's goalie coach after holding that position for two seasons.
Sep 2 - 1:07 PM

Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall expects Michael Del Zotto to bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign.

Del Zotto went from recording 41 points in 2011-12 and 21 points in 46 contests during the shortened campaign to scoring just three goals and 16 points in 67 games last season. In addition to his production declining, he saw his role with the Rangers reduced substantially and a trade to Nashville wasn't enough to turn his season around. The Predators didn't even think he was worth a qualifying offer to retain his rights, but Philadelphia eventually offered him a one-year contract in August. "We look at a young player like Michael Del Zotto coming into the NHL at his age," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "He has a lot of money. He's got fame, he's got people wanting to spend time with him and thinking he's a big deal. Any 20-21-22 or 23-year-old, it's pretty easy to get off the rails. I think that is what happened to him. I think in two years, he will look back and say, 'it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I regained my focus and what is important.'"
Sep 2 - 12:15 PM

Barry Trotz will continue to root for the Nashville Predators.

Trotz's 15-year stint as their head coach came to an end when he was fired in April. He's focused on leading the Washington Capitals now, but in his spare time he's been keeping an eye on the Predators. One thing he's made a point of doing though is to speak to Predators GM David Poile less often. "David and the people who are there will always be friends. But I think there needs to be some separation right now so everybody can come in there and be comfortable," Trotz said. "I'll be cheering like crazy for them because I want them to be successful."
Sep 2 - 11:10 AM

Brett Skinner will play in the Czech Extraliga in 2014-15.

Skinner has agreed to terms with Pirati Chomutov. He had a goal and 13 points in 48 AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and Rockford IceHogs last season.
Sep 2 - 11:05 AM

Pavel Datsyuk is open to playing in the KHL before his career ends.

"It is hard to talk about it now," Datsyuk said. "My dream is to play for the (KHL team) remains, but (I have to) look at how the rest of my hockey career (goes)." Datsyuk, 36, is about to start a three-year, $22.5 million contract with Detroit. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games in 2013-14.
Sep 2 - 8:14 AM

Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.

Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 2 - 8:07 AM

Now that Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle and Derek Dorsett are no longer with the New York Rangers, newcomer Kevin Hayes believes he has a chance to make the team in training camp.

That's largely why the left winger chose to sign a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Rangers earlier this month. "At the end of my BC career we sat down with my family and thought that it was best to explore other options," Hayes told the Rangers' web site. "It wasn’t really hectic cause I wasn’t allowed to talk to anyone until Aug. 15 so I basically had a free three months to train, hang out and relax. But ever since Aug. 15, it’s been pretty hectic. Ultimately I chose the Rangers and I’m extremely excited about it." Hayes' two-year contract has the potential to rise to an annual average value of $3.75 million if his bonuses are met. He'll be given a look at training camp, but if he goes to the minors then he'll make $67,500.
Sep 1 - 9:58 PM

Dany Heatley is looking forward to getting a shot to play alongside Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

"My job is to get in shape and be ready to play with those two guys," Heatley said. "I know those guys, and I've played with both of them, particularly [Getzlaf]. I love playing with the guy. He's one of the best players in the League, as is Corey Perry. We'll see what Bruce wants to do. But my job is to be ready to go and be ready to get a chance with those two guys." The Ducks hope that Heatley's veteran leadership will rub off on some of the team's younger players as well. He recorded just 12 goals and 28 points in 76 games last season with Minnesota, but could be worth a look if he spends extended time alongside Getzlaf and Perry.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 6:17 PM

GM Chuck Fletcher feels he has to get Nino Niederreiter's contract done right with some key restricted free agents in need of deals next summer.

Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella are among that group. Fletcher feels Niederreiter's deal could affect the others. It's possible that Niederreiter could miss the start of training camp, but Minnesota feels there will be plenty of competition to act as insurance.
Sep 1 - 4:53 PM

Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars.
Sep 1 - 4:12 PM

Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavish said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case."
Sep 1 - 3:40 PM

Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

"We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 1:27 PM

Ian Cole will be looking to prove that he can be a regular in the Blues' top-six defense group this season.

St. Louis already has firm pairings among their top four, but he has a shot at earning a spot. "This is a real opportunity for Ian," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's paid his dues. He spent time in the minors. He's spent time as the seventh defenseman. He's matured as a person and as a player. It's his time." Cole will have to wrestle the sixth position from Jordan Leopold and Chris Butler at training camp. He played 46 games last season, where he recorded 11 points, 68 blocks and a plus-15 rating. "There’s an open spot, a regular shift. There’s everything there waiting for him, just step up and grab it."
Sep 1 - 12:01 PM

Jimmy Howard still has five years remaining on his contract, but the 2014-15 campaign is viewed as an important one for him.

First of all, he wants to be better after his statistics slipped last season. Howard posted an inconsistent mark of 21-19-11 to go with a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Jonas Gustavsson showed last year that he could be relied on to fill in at times when he stole a few starts, but he shouldn't be viewed as that much of a threat. The Red Wings have been grooming Petr Mrazek in the minors and he could be the best option of the three very soon. He may see action with the big club again at some point this year and he'll likely have a full-time spot on Detroit in 2015-16.
Sep 1 - 10:53 AM

Andrew Desjardins is projected to continue to serve as a fourth liner in 2014-15.

Desjardins had three goals, 17 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The 28-year-old doesn't have much upside at this point and consequently isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 8:31 AM



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