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Lubomir Visnovsky is entertaining the possibility of signing with a European club.

Visnovsky is intent on extending his playing career, but he's unlikely to re-sign with the New York Islanders. The 38-year-old had five goals and 20 points in 53 games last season. If he does land an NHL contract, we would be very hesitant to recommend drafting him in standard leagues at this stage of his career.
Jul 28 - 10:04 PM

Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery on Tuesday.

Orpik is still expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. It will take him about two weeks to get back to full workout activities.
Jul 28 - 8:08 PM

Sven Baertschi has agreed to a one-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver didn't disclose the value of Baertschi's contract, but it did specify that he's getting a one-way deal. That means that he'll make the same amount regardless of what level he plays at. He had two goals and six points in 18 games with Calgary and Vancouver last season and another 40 points in 51 AHL contests.
Jul 28 - 6:04 PM

Sean Couturier has inked a six-year, $26 million extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Couturier still has a year left on his existing deal, so he's now locked up through 2021-22. Couturier has established himself as a solid defensive center, but whether or not this deal will be viewed as a bargain will be dependent on his ability to grow offensively. Although he excelled with the puck at the junior level, he's never recorded more than 39 points in a single NHL season. Still, he's just 22 years old, so it's not unreasonable to believe that he'll continue to improve over the next few seasons.
Jul 28 - 5:12 PM

Jay Bouwmeester admitted that he never got back to 100% in 2014-15 after suffering a groin injury on Nov. 22.

"I didn't really feel like myself for a good part of the year," Bouwmeester said. "I didn't have a very good year especially after that happened." He had two goals and 13 points in 72 contests last season after recording 37 points in his previous campaign. He feels fine now though and it wouldn't be shocking to see him bounce back in 2015-16.
Jul 28 - 3:47 PM

Canucks GM Jim Benning sees the newly acquired Brandon Sutter as a "foundation piece."

It certainly would be awkward now if Benning isn't able to re-sign Sutter before he become an unrestricted free agent next summer, although it seems like that scenario isn't going to play out. The two sides might be able to agree on an extension well before the campaign starts. Vancouver acquired Sutter and a 2016 third round pick from Pittsburgh in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second rounder. It also sounds like Sutter might serve as the team's second line center over Bo Horvat for now. That would make this trade a positive for Sutter from a fantasy perspective, although we wouldn't expect a huge leap from the 33 points he registered in 2014-15.
Jul 28 - 2:23 PM

Mitchell Marner has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Marner had 44 goals and 126 points in 63 OHL games in 2014-15. He was selected by Toronto with the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As you might imagine, Marner has a ton of offensive upside, but fantasy owners aren't likely to reap the benefits of that for at least a couple years. We don't think he has a great chance of making Toronto's opening game roster next season.
Jul 28 - 1:12 PM

Eric Fehr has signed a three-year, $6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fehr had 19 goals and 33 points in 75 games with the Washington Capitals in 2014-15. There's an opportunity here for Fehr to play alongside either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin, which would obviously be a great boost to him. However, we're hesitant to recommend actually drafting him in standard leagues because Pittsburgh also revealed that he had elbow surgery on June 3. His timetable is four-to-six months, which means that he could be out until December and even when he does return, he might find it difficult to hit his stride after missing a significant chunk of the early season.
Jul 28 - 11:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Adam Clendening from Vancouver.

Clendening had a goal and four points in 21 games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Vancouver Canucks last season. He's excelled at the AHL level, but we don't anticipate him having much, if any, fantasy value in 2015-16.
Jul 28 - 11:51 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third round selection from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second rounder.

Sutter is a solid defensive center that can chip in a bit offensively. While he was pretty much stuck as the third-line center in Pittsburgh, he might have a shot of playing regularly on the second line in Vancouver. We wouldn't count on that though as there's a good chance that role will go with Bo Horvat now that Bonino is gone.
Jul 28 - 11:50 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening, and a second round selection in 2016 from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2016 third-rounder and Brandon Sutter.

Bonino had 15 goals and 39 points in 75 contests in an extremely hot-and-cold season with Vancouver in 2014-15. He only really came out into his own in 2013-2014, but at the age of 27 we can't expect him to continue to grow offensively. On top of that, this move will likely hurt his fantasy value as he's moving from a situation where he would have been the second line center to a team that will likely stick him on the third line. For Pittsburgh though this frees up some cap space as Bonino comes with a $1.9 million annual hit through 2016-17 compared to Sutter's $3.3 million hit in 2015-16 followed by him possibly testing the UFA waters.
Jul 28 - 11:44 AM

Mike Hoffman has filed an arbitration request of $3.4 million.

The Ottawa Senators are countering at $1.75 million. Hoffman broke out last season with 27 goals and 48 points in 79 games. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Jul 28 - 10:49 AM

The free agent market has been "pretty quiet" for Jordan Leopold.

"This is the latest I've ever waited to see if I'm playing or not. After doing this for 13 years, it's been a great experience. If it doesn't end up working out, then it doesn't work out. I can't say I haven't been there or done that. I've seen it all," Leopold said. He would like to continue his career though if there's interest in him. He doesn't expect the market to pick up until August.
Jul 28 - 10:15 AM

After unwinding during the 2014-15 campaign - his first since ending his playing career - Ryan Smyth is interested in working for the Edmonton Oilers again.

He's not sure what role he would have, but he hopes to discuss that with the Oilers. Depending on what Edmonton wants, he might end up focusing on helping Edmonton's prospects develop. To that end, he hasn't ruled out the possibility of becoming Connor McDavid's temporary landlord to help as the 18-year-old adjusts to the NHL. However, he denied reports that he has already volunteered or requested that he assume that role. "Haven't been contacted at all (about McDavid) … it’s all rumors. I haven't put my name forward. It's not that I haven't thought about it though," said Smyth. If Edmonton decides to utilize him in any capacity, Smyth would bring 1,270 games worth of NHL experience with him.
Jul 28 - 10:11 AM

Marcus Kruger's agent, J.P. Barry, said his client is willing to continue to wait as a restricted free agent until Chicago sorts out its cap issues.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has already made some cost cutting trades, but the team still isn't in a good place from a cap perspective. It's expected that Kruger will sign with Chicago eventually, but it looks like the Blackhawks will have to make at least one more trade first.
Jul 28 - 9:58 AM



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