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Brendan Gallagher has been enjoying his time playing for Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.

Gallagher has played all three seasons under Therrien and enjoyed his most successful season last year, scoring 24 goals and 47 points while playing in all 82 games. He also recorded career bests with a plus 18 rating and 254 shots on goal. Gallagher attributes a lot of his success to Therrien; "I think it’s been really good for me," Gallagher stated. "Coming up as a young guy, I think (Therrien) did it great with me and (Alex) Galchenyuk there to start. He made us earn every opportunity." Next season, Gallagher will look to build upon three solid years and be one of the team leaders in his age-23 year.
Aug 1 - 10:17 PM

Cody Franson remains an unsigned free agent as all arbitration cases are now completed in the NHL.

It’s been one of the biggest surprises of the NHL free agency frenzy this season as Franson is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. This past season he helped his teams increase their shot-attempts for and reduce shot-attempts against as well as improved his team’s goals-for and against. His on-ice impact has created a very bizarre situation for NHL owners as Franson could be seeking a deal worth roughly $5 million annually, which will be well deserved. It’s a matter of time before someone locks him up to a long term deal and he becomes a reliable fantasy defenseman for next season.
Aug 1 - 6:25 PM

Jimmy Hayes is excited to be a part of the Boston Bruins and have a chance to play in his first Winter Classic in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

After being traded by Florida to Boston on July 1st for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract, Hayes returns to his hometown Boston and will get a chance to play in his first Winter Classic on January 1, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. "Getting traded here, and then hearing about the Winter Classic, it's going to be a great moment for me," he said. Besides his excitement for the Winter Classic, fantasy gamers should keep an eye on Hayes as he could be a sleeper come next year’s draft. He was able to score 19 goals and chip in 16 assists in 72 games played with the Panthers last season and will now move to a more well-balanced Boston offense where he could get a chance to be a top-six forward.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 1 - 2:48 PM

Cam Talbot said he's looking forward to battling for the number one job in Edmonton's crease.

The Oilers still have Ben Scrivens and they brought in former Islanders' goaltender Anders Nilsson on a one-way contract, but the job should be Talbot's to lose. "Obviously Ben and Anders are good goalies as well so there will be a battle in the crease. I’m looking forward to the competition," said Talbot. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rangers at the NHL Draft, and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent at season's end.
Aug 1 - 10:55 AM

After signing a new six-year contract with the Flyers earlier this week, Sean Couturier said he doesn't want to change his style of play, but he would like to produce more offensively.

"I'm really looking forward to coming to camp and trying to take another step forward," he said. "I'm not going to change as a player or as a person. I'm going to be the same type of player and just try to definitely produce a little more offensively." The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and 37 points in 82 games with the Flyers last season.
Aug 1 - 10:47 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they will be building a new community training center.

The Hawks and visiting NHL teams will use the training complex to practice, but for the most part, it will be made available to the community. "Hockey's future is dictated by the ability of kids to get on the ice," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "For those in urban areas like Chicago, that’s an incredible challenge. We want to provide our community the opportunity to learn how to skate and help them develop a love and passion for the sport that has brought so much joy to Chicago and the region these past few years." The 125,000 square-foot facility will likely cost around $50 million and it will be privately funded.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 1 - 10:43 AM

The verdict on Mike Hoffman's arbitration hearing won't be known until Sunday night at the earliest.

Hoffman and the Senators had their hearing on Thursday. The young forward led Ottawa in goals last season with 27. He was asking for $3.4 million while the club was countering with $1.75 million.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Aug 1 - 10:38 AM

Flames prospect Brandon Hickey was thrilled to be invited to Team Canada's World Junior Summer Camp.

"Growing up, my brother and I would watch the Canada games and then we’d go to our basement, our little hockey rink, and be playing," Hickey said. "We were Team Canada against the couches. We’d have them set up so we could play around them and shoot at the net. To actually play in it would be something special." The 19-year-old was Calgary's third round pick, 64th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: Calgary Sun
Aug 1 - 10:08 AM

Alex Galchenyuk believes that signing a new contract didn't take too long.

"It didn’t take that long at all because we’re not even in August," Galchenyuk said Friday morning during a conference call from his off-season training base in Miami. "I changed agents and then I went back to Russia for three weeks, and with the time difference I didn’t speak to (new agent Pat Brisson) a lot. Once I got back to Montreal, everyone went pretty quickly." The young forward agreed to a new two-year contract earlier this week. Although his offensive production hasn't exploded in his first three NHL seasons, he still has plenty of time to develop into an impact player.
Aug 1 - 9:54 AM

The Winnipeg Jets have announced an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers for the 2015-16 campaign.

The Oilers posted a 37-29-3-3 record last season before losing in the first round of the playoffs. That was their first season in the ECHL as they were previously in the now defunct Central Hockey League.
Jul 31 - 11:06 PM

Marcus Johansson has been awarded a one-year, $3.75 million contract from Washington in arbitration.

Johansson set new career-highs last season with 20 goals and 47 points in 82 games. He had requested a $4.75 million salary while Washington countered at $3 million, so the arbitrators ruling was ultimately near the middle. It represents a significant increase from his 2014-15 salary of $2,175,000.
Jul 31 - 9:05 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have brought on Claude Loiselle to serve as a consultant for hockey operations.

Loiselle spent four seasons from 2010-14 serving as an assistant general manager and vice president with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He's also a former player that recorded 209 points and 1,149 penalty minutes in 616 career NHL contests.
Jul 31 - 5:49 PM

The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron to serve as their director of amateur scouting.

Castron had been serving in that role with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "I would to thank Jarmo Kekalainen and the Columbus Blue Jackets for their cooperation in allowing Paul Castron to join the New Jersey Devils," said Devils GM Ray Shero. "Paul has an outstanding track record of evaluating and developing prospects for more than 20 years. We feel that he has the experience and leadership qualities to help us accomplish our player development goals." The Devils haven't had a great track record in the draft during the cap era. Longtime Devils scouting director David Conte was let go earlier this month.
Jul 31 - 4:10 PM

Justin Johnson has inked an AHL contract with the Toronto Marlies.

Johnson had five points and 147 penalty minutes in 45 ECHL games in 2014-15. He made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders at the age of 32 on April 11, 2014. He has seven penalty minutes in two career NHL contests.
Jul 31 - 2:31 PM

It's still not clear how Mike Richards' situation with the Los Angeles Kings will play out, but we should know much more by the end of August.

That's because the NHLPA has an Aug. 29 deadline if they want to file grievances over the Kings' decision to terminate Richards' contract for a "material breach." It also remains to be seen if Richards will face charges for an alleged US-Canadian border incident involving the prescription drug oxycodone. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has confirmed that there is an active investigation, but if there are any charges laid at all, they might not be made before the NHLPA's deadline.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 31 - 1:35 PM



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