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Date: Team: Pos:

Jyrki Jokipakka (hip) should be ready for the World Cup of Hockey.

He underwent surgery in the offseason, but that shouldn't stop him from representing Finland. "Everything is looking good," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "He’s been back here for a little bit of time now and our staff has had a chance to check him out. Everything looks good. He’s been training. He’s been skating. I think there are a couple final checks to do, but everything is looking positive." The 25-year-old scored two goals and 12 points in 58 games with the Stars and Flames last season.
Aug 28 - 4:18 PM

Oilers forward Mark Letestu believes his team is better after the Adam Larsson for Taylor Hall trade.

"I got over it in two days…guys come and go," said Letestu. "I know there’s a certain attachment fans have with Taylor…he was the light, part of the players who were going to take us to the playoffs. But for me, I think we got better. He’s steady…he doesn’t play a flashy game. You don’t see him on the highlights and maybe that’s why there’s so much angst (with fans). But he fits what we’re trying to do more and that’s keep the puck out of our net more and it sounds like there’s more offence to him and he’ll probably get that opportunity here. We needed help on the back-end and had to pay a high price for that." Many fans in Edmonton and around the league believe the Oilers got the worst of this trade, but more than a few current Oilers have come out and defended the trade. From a fantasy perspective, there's no comparing Hall and Larsson (they play different positions anyway).
Aug 28 - 12:26 PM

The New York Islanders have hired Chris Lamoriello to be their director of player personnel.

He's the son of Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello. Like his father, Chris spent time in the Devils organization, but left in Sep. 2015 shortly after his father's departure from the team. Chris Lamoriello spent 20 years in New Jersey.
Source: NJ.com
Aug 28 - 10:44 AM

Alex Galchenyuk believes Shea Weber is one of the toughest players to play against.

Thankfully for Galchenyuk, he won't have to go up against Weber anymore because the two became teammates this off-season. "We don't play [the Predators] that often, it was only twice a year, but I remember last year he hit me close to the boards and I couldn't feel my legs for like three days," Galchenyuk said. "And when he's teeing up for a slap shot, you don't want to be in that lane to block a shot. If you really think about it, who's one of the toughest guys to play against, he'd definitely be first on my list."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 28 - 10:04 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Matthew Benning to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Benning was drafted by the Boston Bruins in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but never signed with the team. The 22-year-old spent the last three years at Northeastern University. He had six goals and 19 points in 41 games last season. He's the nephew of Canucks GM Jim Benning.
Aug 27 - 6:53 PM

Nathan Walker is hoping to be the first Australian in the NHL.

Walker was a third round pick of the Capitals back in 2014. He's spent the last two years in the ECHL and AHL. The 22-year-old scored 17 goals and 41 points in 73 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL). "All my friends back home, the hockey community there, they're all rooting for me." Walker said. "Every time I go home, they keep asking me when that first [NHL] game is gonna happen. It's a really close hockey community back home, so it'd be pretty big." He probably won't start the year with the Caps, but he'll likely be called up from the minors at some point.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 27 - 12:55 PM

According to Pens GM Jim Rutherford, Derrick Pouliot is having a great summer.

"Derrick Pouliot is having a really good summer," Rutherford said. "All the reports are very good on (Pouliot). He's worked very hard. It's his time to jump in there. Last year, he made great strides. It's my understanding he's had a terrific summer, and he's really prepared for camp. I'm expecting Derrick to take a big step forward." The Pens drafted Pouliot eighth overall in 2012, but he hasn't developed as quickly as the team would have hoped. This season, he'll have an opportunity to become a regular on Pittsburgh's blue line. The 22-year-old had seven assists in 22 games last season.
Aug 27 - 9:58 AM

New Avalanche coach Jared Bednar wants his team to play fast hockey.

The Avs officially hired Bednar on Thursday afternoon. The new bench boss knows exactly how he expects his team to play this season. "The league’s getting faster every day, and we have to find a way to put a structure in place that gets these guys playing an up-tempo style and have support all over the ice as well," Bednar said. "Paying attention to the process and getting better and coming together as a team and working to get better and improving daily is going to be a focus early on. But implementing that style where we’re aggressive in all areas of the arena and organized is very important to me."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 27 - 9:54 AM

Zach Parise (back) says he's "good to go" for the World Cup.

"I feel really good," Parise said. "All the rehab went and is going well. I’m happy with the progress. The doctors were really happy today. … I’m really happy with it. I’m good to go." Parise dealt with a herniated disk in his back and it forced him to miss the playoffs last year. The 32-year-old had 25 goals and 53 points in 70 games during the 2015-16 season. He should easily surpass those totals if he stays healthy.
Aug 27 - 9:43 AM

The Las Vegas hockey team could be called the Desert Knights.

Team owner Bill Foley confirmed that he has registered Desert Knights domain names. It doesn't mean that the team will definitely be called the Desert Knights, but the name appears to be a strong contender. The Las Vegas team will begin playing in the NHL in 2017-18.
Aug 27 - 9:33 AM

Braden Holtby believes Carey Price should be the starting goaltender for Team Canada at the World Cup.

Holtby won the Vezina trophy this season, while Price missed most of the year with a knee injury. "All of us want to play, but if Carey's healthy, there's no reason to not go with him," Holtby said. "He has all the experience internationally and the smart choice obviously would be that. I'm going to go there and play hard, [do] what I do, support the team in any way possible, whether it's playing or supporting another guy." Price was the starting goaltender for Canada at the last Olympics.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 26 - 10:48 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly sign Jeff Glass to a professional tryout.

Glass was originally drafted by the Ottawa Senators in 2004. He won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship as well. The 30-year-old has spent the last seven seasons in the KHL. The Maple Leafs already have Frederik Andersen and Jhonas Enroth on one-way contracts and Garret Sparks waiting in the minors, so Glass is a long shot to make the team.
Aug 26 - 5:32 PM

The Anaheim Ducks signed Max Jones to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Jones was the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. The 18-year-old scored 28 goals and 52 points in 63 games with the London Knights of the OHL. Jones has good upside, but don't expect him to stick in the NHL this season. He'll likely head back to junior.
Aug 26 - 5:23 PM

The Minnesota Wild signed Gustav Bouramman to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The Wild drafted Bouramman in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The 19-year-old scored six goals and 46 points in 68 games with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He'll likely spend the season back in junior.
Aug 26 - 1:43 PM

Alex Steen (shoulder) might be ready for the regular season opener, according to Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

Steen had to pull out of the World Cup, but there's some optimism around his status for the start of the year. "We're still quite a ways from camp, but I would think he'll jump right into the flow drills — that's the idea now," Armstrong said. "But we're not going to be penny-wise, pound-foolish. Whether he participates in battle drills in early September or mid-September, I'm not that concerned about. (But) he looks like he's in great shape, he's ahead of schedule and we're hoping that he's ready for Game 1. If not Game 1, very early in the season, but all things are very positive." Whenever he returns to full health, Steen will be an intriguing fantasy option. Head coach Ken Hitchcock has already said that he plans on playing Steen with Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko.
Aug 26 - 11:25 AM



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