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Ben Bishop (ankle) says he's feeling good.

This is a big year for Bishop, as he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. "I feel good," said Bishop. "I've been doing rehab all summer, and I'm stronger this summer than I was last summer going into camp as far as test results. That's a good thing." Bishop is one of the three goalies that will be representing Team USA at the World Cup of Hockey.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 29 - 7:14 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired John Madden to the head coach of their AHL affiliate.

"John Madden has a winning pedigree, having been a part of three Stanley Cup championships and a collegiate national championship as a player and being a part of the coaching staff that helped the Florida Panthers become one of the NHL’s most improved clubs over the past three seasons," Columbus assistant GM Bill Zito said in a release. "He is a smart, energetic young coach who we believe to be the best person to lead our prospects in Cleveland." The Jackets were looking for a new AHL coach after Jared Bednar got the head coaching job in Colorado earlier this week.
Aug 29 - 4:54 PM

The Capitals have promoted Todd Reirden to associate coach.

Reirden will take control of the team while Barry Trotz is off the the World Cup with Canada. Reirden had previously been serving as one of Washington's assistant coaches. This off-season, he was one of the finalists for the Calgary Flames' head coaching opening.
Aug 29 - 2:42 PM

Signing with the Winnipeg Jets was "a dream come true" for Quinton Howden.

Howden, who was born in Winnipeg, signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent over the summer. "This is a dream come true. I’ve said it lots of times before but it still hasn’t sunk in," said Howden. "It feels like in two weeks I’ve got to pack up and leave again. I’m so used to doing that. It’s nice to be settled and I’m really excited to get things under way." The 24-year-old was originally drafted by Florida in the first round of the 2010 draft. He had six goals and 11 points in 58 games with the Panthers last season. This may be a nice story, but don't expect Howden to have any fantasy value this season.
Aug 29 - 10:27 AM

Jerome Leduc has signed with HC Dynamo Pardubice of the Czech Extraliga.

Leduc did not receive a qualifying offer from the Senators this off-season and became an unrestricted free agent in the process. He was traded from Buffalo to Ottawa last February, but never made his mark with the Sens. The 24-year-old split last season with the Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators. During his pro career, he never played a game in the NHL.
Aug 29 - 10:19 AM

Phil Kessel (hand) might not be ready for the start of the regular season.

Pens beat writer Josh Yohe suggests that "it will be close". Kessel was left off Team USA's roster for the upcoming World Cup, so he doesn't have to rush back from his injury. The Pens forward underwent hand surgery in July after his team won the Stanley Cup. Losing Kessel for any amount of time would certainly be a blow for Pittsburgh, but they've managed to survive when some of their other stars have gone down to injury. Kessel scored 26 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season, but he exploded for 10 goals and 22 points in 24 games during the postseason.
Aug 29 - 10:09 AM

Kari Lehtonen still can't explain what happened in Dallas' Game 7 loss to the St. Louis Blues back in May.

Lehtonen allowed three goals on eight shots in the opening period and the Stars eventually lost 6-1. Lehtonen was replaced by Antti Niemi at the start of the second period. "That's how goaltending is, and that's why you have to stay as even-keel as you can," Lehtonen said. "That's why I'm not concentrating on that. I'm moving forward, and I feel good. That's all I can really tell you." From a fantasy perspective, the two-goalie system isn't ideal. Fantasy GMs should try to stay away from this goaltending duo.
Aug 29 - 10:03 AM

Tomas Plekanec has been named the captain of Team Czech Republic for the World Cup of Hockey.

Plekanec is an alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens, but he's worn the "C" for the Czech Republic before. He was the national team captain during the 2014 Olympics and the 2012 and 2016 World Hockey Championships.
Aug 29 - 9:47 AM

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



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