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Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I’m sure we’ll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan — long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 9:04 AM

The Colorado Avalanche made a new long-term contract offer to Tyson Barrie over the weekend.

Barrie is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st and there's been rumblings that he and the Avalanche don't see eye-to-eye on his overall value. "We presented a long-term proposal, and we’ll see where that goes," GM Joe Sakic said. "If not anywhere, he’s going to go to arbitration." The 24-year-old had 13 goals, 49 points and a minus-16 rating in 78 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 9:00 AM

Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season.

Shaw and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin know each other pretty well, as Bergevin was the assistant general manager in Chicago before taking the job in Montreal. "(Bergevin) likes the rat in me, the work ethic," Shaw said on Saturday via conference call. "He enjoys watching me play and dealing with him on my first contract was exciting for me as well. I owe him a lot." When asked about playing with another scrappy player like Brendan Gallagher, here's what Shaw had to say: "Me and Gallagher, we have had some fun battles. Now I’m excited to be on his side to annoy people together, I guess." Shaw is a restricted free agent this off-season. The two sides should be announcing an agreement in the near future.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 26 - 8:52 AM

Sabres GM Tim Murray was thrilled about acquiring Dmitry Kulikov from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

"He gives us a chance just to keep getting better and make that playoff push that we talk about now," Murray said. "I don’t know if he’s going to play with Ristolainen – that’s the coach’s job to put the lines together – but we certainly know that he can. He’s a good fit for us." The 25-year-old had one goal and 17 points in 74 games last season. Kulikov averaged 21:02 of ice time per game with the Panthers in 2015-16.
Jun 26 - 8:45 AM

The Nashville Predators selected five defensemen in the 2016 draft.

The Predators nabbed a pair of defensemen in the first two rounds of the draft when they selected Dante Fabbro 17th overall and Samuel Girard in the second round. They used one of their third round picks on blueliner Frederic Allard and then chose Hardy Haman in the fourth round. After not taking a defenseman in the fifth and sixth rounds, the Preds concluded the draft by selecting Adam Smith out of Bowling Green.
Jun 26 - 8:38 AM

The Montreal Canadiens used four of their six draft picks on defensemen this weekend.

Montreal obviously felt like they needed to add some prospect depth on the blueline. They selected Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev ninth overall on Friday night. They followed that up by taking three more defensemen the rest of the way. They used their fourth round pick on London Knights blueliner Victor Mete. They selected Minnesota high school defense prospect Casey Staum in round five and they acquired a seventh round pick to draft Swedish defender Arvid Henriksson.
Jun 26 - 8:32 AM

GM Doug Wilson all but said that James Reimer, Nick Spaling, Dainius Zubrus and Roman Polak will not be re-signed before they become UFA's on July 1.

This is no surprise as the Sharks will look to bring some of their cheaper minor leaguers up to do the job. Reimer has a few spots to look at but they will be in a backup role most likely. Teams like Anaheim and Edmonton are in the market for a backup and it remains to be seen where Reimer winds up. He was 17-14-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the Sharks and Toronto in 2015-16.
Jun 26 - 7:57 AM

Filip Gustavsson will stay in Sweden for the next two years.

The goaltender was drafted by the Penguins with the 55th pick on Saturday and he was the first selection by Pittsburgh who did not have a first round pick. Gustavsson has two years remaining on his contract with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League and will get plenty of playing time in a very good league. Gustavsson gives the Penguins three good goalies on their roster as Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry look to be ahead of him at this time. Marc-Andre Fleury is also ahead of him but he is expected to be on the trading block before the end of next season.
Jun 26 - 7:51 AM

The New Jersey Devils selected right winger Nathan Bastian with the 41st pick in the 2016 Draft.

Bastian was a linemate of the Devils first round pick Michael McLeod with Mississauga last season and the two are great friends. "It'll be good for both of us," Bastian told The Bergen Record in a phone interview. "If we don't spend enough time together already, we're going to spend even more time together now." Bastian had 19 goals and 59 points in 59 games for the Steelheads last season and will return to the squad once he gets his shot in training camp with the Devils in September.
Jun 26 - 7:37 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are in talks with UFA-to-be Eric Gryba.

Gryba suffered a knee injury on February 16 and did not return the remainder of the season. Talks to re-sign the defensive defenseman are on-going but took a bit of a break as Gryba was married on Saturday. Congratulations to the blueliner on his nuptials. He had only a goal and six points in 53 games with 75 penalty minutes so his fantasy value is limited at best.
Jun 26 - 7:27 AM

There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned.
Jun 26 - 7:21 AM

Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him.
Jun 26 - 7:03 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets.
Jun 26 - 7:00 AM

Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 26 - 6:50 AM

The Anaheim Ducks went after forwards during the draft after picking defensemen the last few years.

The Ducks thought that there was a lack of depth up front and while their philosophy is to take the best player available, they certainly tried to add to their forward group. "Our depth at the forward prospects is not as strong as it is on defense," director of amateur scouting Martin Madden said. "Last year, a few defensemen fell to us and we just could not pass on them. This year, at almost every pick, we felt there was more value with the forward group." The Ducks had two first round picks and selected Max Jones and Sam Steel, both forwards.
Jun 26 - 6:42 AM



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