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Although he's going into the season as the Blues' clear No. 1 goaltender, Jake Allen feels he still needs to earn that spot.

Allen got a four-year, $17.4 million contract extension and the Blues dealt Brian Elliott this summer. "It was tough to make mistakes when Brian was around because one game — you had a bad game — he was right back in the net and vice versa with him and me," Allen said. "I think you get a little bit more leeway, I guess, now. But not a whole lot. Carter’s a great goalie and I’ve heard a lot of great things about him. I feel that I had to etch myself into the league consistently. Now that I’ve done that, I still have another place to go and prove I’m a legit No. 1 guy." Allen had a 2.35 GAA and .920 save percentage in 47 contests in 2015-16.
Jul 24 - 5:45 PM

Eric Boulton's recently inked two-way contract with the Islanders comes with a $575,000 should he play in the NHL.

Boulton would earn $150,000 annually when he's playing in the minors, but he's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $200,000 even if he spends the full season in the AHL. The 39-year-old might make the Islanders' opening game roster, but he would probably spend a lot of time in the press box if that does happen.
Jul 24 - 4:13 PM

Connor McDavid thinks signing Milan Lucic was a big gain for the Edmonton Oilers.

"It means so much," said McDavid. "It kind of gives us that swagger, that meanness that we have been looking for. We tried to do that a little bit last year in adding a couple of bigger bodies and it definitely helped, but now you have the addition of Lucic and those guys we added before. We definitely have that mean streak that other teams won't want to be pushing us around." Lucic in particular is a gritty player that doesn't look out of place in a top-six role, so Edmonton could theoretically pair him with McDavid to provide the young star with some extra protection. Just as McDavid seems to be thrilled with the prospect of playing with Lucic, Lucic is upbeat about the arrangement as well. When asked for his No. 1 reason for signing with Edmonton, Lucic named McDavid.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 24 - 2:57 PM

Las Vegas GM George McPhee has reportedly asked the Washington Capitals for permission to speak with Ross Mahoney.

Mahoney is currently an assistant general manager with the Capitals. It's not clear yet if Washington has or will agree to McPhee's request. Mahoney was the Capitals' director of amateur scouting for 16 years before he gained his current role. McPhee, who is the former general manager of the Capitals, and has a long history with Mahoney, so this isn't a surprising move.
Jul 24 - 1:46 PM

Eric Boulton has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders.

Boulton had no points and two penalty minutes in six games with the Islanders in 2015-16. The 39-year-old has 79 points and 1,421 penalty minutes in 654 career games.
Jul 24 - 12:34 PM

Connor Carrick has inked a two-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Carrick had two goals and four points in 18 games with Toronto and the Washington Capitals last season. He also recorded 11 goals and 29 points in 52 AHL contests.
Jul 24 - 9:39 AM

Andre Benoit has signed with the Malmo Redhawks in Sweden.

Benoit had eight goals and 33 points in 72 AHL games last season. He also appeared in two contests with the St. Louis Blues.
Jul 24 - 9:37 AM

The Nashville Predators don't see P.K. Subban's personality as a problem.

There's been speculation about whether or not Subban will mesh well with the Predators, but it sounds like Predators GM David Poile doesn't see that as a problem. "I told him the same thing — I traded for P.K. Subban, the player and the person," Poile said. "I could say there’s going to be things that we’re going to find out about him as a player that he can do or can’t do or other things that will come up over time, but I don’t want him to change. We want different players. I guess sometimes whether it be a team or a business or whatever walk of life you’re in, you want everybody to sort of march to the same beat. We don’t want that." In Subban, the Predators have acquired one of the best defensemen in the NHL and someone who could potentially help energize the team when needed.
Jul 24 - 9:34 AM

Bobby Farnham has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Farnham had 10 points and 97 penalty minutes in 53 games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils last season. If he makes the Montreal Canadiens' opening game roster then he should once again be a good source of PIM.
Jul 24 - 12:39 AM

Peter Holland has requested a salary of $2.1 million.

Toronto has countered at $900,000. Holland had nine goals and 27 points in 65 contests last season while averaging 14:40 minutes per game. Keep in mind that while $2.1 million seems high for Holland, it's a negotiating point rather than what he likely expects to get. That said, Toronto strengthened its negotiating position by putting him on waivers. Every other team passed on the opportunity to claim him. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 25.
Jul 23 - 8:12 PM

Luke Schenn's two-year contract is worth $2.5 million.

Schenn will probably serve as a third-pairing defenseman for Arizona, so that's an appropriate price for his projected role. He isn't a factor in standard fantasy leagues, but he becomes more noteworthy in formats that value hits and blocked shots as evidenced by the fact that he had 234 and 106 respectively in 2015-16.
Jul 23 - 6:02 PM

Jordan Schroeder has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Schroeder had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27 that's no longer necessary. He will earn $650,000 when playing in the NHL or $275,000 in the minors. He's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $300,000 though, even if he spends the full campaign in the AHL.
Jul 23 - 4:56 PM

Peter Holland went unclaimed on waivers.

That should help the Maple Leafs build their case for a reduced salary for Holland. After all, every other team in the league just had the opportunity to take him and no one stepped up to do so.
Jul 23 - 3:08 PM

Luke Schenn has inked a two-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

Schenn deserves credit for being a big contributor when it comes to hits and blocked shots as he finished 2015-16 with 234 and 106 respectively. However, he doesn't look as good in terms of Corsi/Fenwick. He hasn't always been a negative Corsi/Fenwick player relative to his teammates, but that has been the case with him more often than not. He has a career minus-3.8 relative Corsi and minus-4.0 relative Fenwick over the course of his career, which suggests that his teams did a worse job of possessing the puck whenever he was on the ice compared to when he wasn't playing. All that said, this move gives Arizona some extra defensive depth and could bolster their third pairing. It's worth adding that Coyotes GM John Chayka feels Schenn "can optimize his performance here."
Jul 23 - 2:18 PM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Martin Raymond to serve as an assistant coach under Guy Boucher.

Raymond is someone with experience serving as Boucher's assistant coach as he was in that role during their shared tenure with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since Raymond and Boucher last parted ways, Raymond has been acting as the head coach of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs for two-plus campaigns. "We’re very fortunate to add someone with Martin’s diverse skill set to complete our staff," said Boucher. "He fits our desire to add an NHL-experienced voice and augments our group to the point where we feel comfortable with the ratio with which we’ll be able to provide individual direction to players. Given his existing familiarity with my team-oriented expectations, he’s the right choice to help in the implementation and growth of a culture that is conducive to success."
Jul 23 - 1:29 PM



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