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GM Chuck Fletcher feels he has to get Nino Niederreiter's contract done right with some key restricted free agents in need of deals next summer.

Mikael Granlund, Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Jonas Brodin and Marco Scandella are among that group. Fletcher feels Niederreiter's deal could affect the others. It's possible that Niederreiter could miss the start of training camp, but Minnesota feels there will be plenty of competition to act as insurance.
Sep 1 - 4:53 PM

Shawn Horcoff appears to be penciled in to play left wing on the fourth line this season.

If the Stars want to shake up their lines at some point then he could end up skating with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Horcoff played with Hemsky in Edmonton, but a move to the second line would be a significant jump after averaged just 12:51 of ice time last season. He recorded just seven goals and 20 points in 77 games. Horcoff ended the year well with a team-leading six points in the playoffs. However, it's unlikely he'll chip in much offensively in 2014-15 while serving as a decent depth forward for the Stars.
Sep 1 - 4:12 PM

Leon Draisaitl is expected to help fill Edmonton's void at center and that could start as early as this season.

The Oilers will find out how ready the third overall pick in the 2014 draft is at training camp. "In my mind, I feel he's going to make a strong case," GM Craig MacTavis said. "I've seen him play, he's going to make a strong case, I'll be shocked if he's not going to make a strong case."
Sep 1 - 3:40 PM

Frederik Andersen is penciled in as Anaheim's starting goalie entering training camp, but not even coach Bruce Boudreau knows how the team's crease situation will turn out yet.

"We think we've got two really good goalies and an experienced, veteran goalie," Boudreau said referring to Andersen, John Gibson and Jason LaBarbera. "I think we're OK there, I just don't know how it will shake out." Gibson has a shot at being the Ducks' starter as well, but with LaBarbera on the roster the young netminder could also begin the year in the minors to get playing time and continue his development.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 1 - 1:27 PM

Ian Cole will be looking to prove that he can be a regular in the Blues' top-six defense group this season.

St. Louis already has firm pairings among their top four, but he has a shot at earning a spot. "This is a real opportunity for Ian," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's paid his dues. He spent time in the minors. He's spent time as the seventh defenseman. He's matured as a person and as a player. It's his time." Cole will have to wrestle the sixth position from Jordan Leopold and Chris Butler at training camp. He played 46 games last season, where he recorded 11 points, 68 blocks and a plus-15 rating. "There’s an open spot, a regular shift. There’s everything there waiting for him, just step up and grab it."
Sep 1 - 12:01 PM

Jimmy Howard still has five years remaining on his contract, but the 2014-15 campaign is viewed as an important one for him.

First of all, he wants to be better after his statistics slipped last season. Howard posted an inconsistent mark of 21-19-11 to go with a .910 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average. Jonas Gustavsson showed last year that he could be relied on to fill in at times when he stole a few starts, but he shouldn't be viewed as that much of a threat. The Red Wings have been grooming Petr Mrazek in the minors and he could be the best option of the three very soon. He may see action with the big club again at some point this year and he'll likely have a full-time spot on Detroit in 2015-16.
Sep 1 - 10:53 AM

Andrew Desjardins is projected to continue to serve as a fourth liner in 2014-15.

Desjardins had three goals, 17 points, and 86 penalty minutes in 81 games last season. The 28-year-old doesn't have much upside at this point and consequently isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 1 - 8:31 AM

Justin Schultz acknowledged that he has plenty to prove after inking a one-year deal with Edmonton.

Schultz has a ton of offensive upside, but he also needs to work on the defensive side of the game. Oilers GM Craig MacTavish feels it would be wrong to say that he's currently weak defensively though. He argues that Schultz is doing a good job in one-on-one situations. "I thought I made better decisions last year in terms of jumping up and being better defensively," Schultz said. "I have to do it more consistently." He had 11 goals, 33 points, and a minus-22 rating in 74 games in 2013-14.
Sep 1 - 8:23 AM

With formerly restricted free agent Justin Schultz signed, the Edmonton Oilers aren't expected to make any more moves before the preseason.

Of course, that doesn't mean that the Oilers' roster is finalized. There will be battles for spots during training camp and Edmonton's centers will be at the heart of that. There's an opening for Leon Draisaitl after he was taken with the third pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, but the Oilers aren't making any promises and have other options if he doesn't impress during training camp.
Sep 1 - 8:14 AM

Ryan Murray will be looking to build off of a solid rookie campaign in 2014-15.

Murray had four goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2013-14. His power-play ice time might be limited this season because of the continued presence of James Wisniewski and Jack Johnson and we consequently don't see him taking a huge step forward offensively in his sophomore campaign, but he's a nice guy to have in keeper leagues.
Sep 1 - 8:09 AM

A scorer in the KHL, new Blues center Jori Lehtera was brought over to do just that in St. Louis this season, but its unknown how much of his overseas success can translate into the NHL as a rookie.

The 26 year old notched 44 points in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last season, and has produced at close to a point-per-game pace throughout his professional career in Finland and Russia. The 6'2, 191 pounder should slot right in to the Blues' everyday lineup, but will have to put on a show in order to play with offensive wingers who might flank Paul Stastny and David Backes.
Aug 31 - 9:09 PM

Derek Forbort will take another crack at making the Kings' lineup this autumn as the 22 year-old defenseman hopes to thrive off of his successful rookie campaign in Manchester in 2013-14.

The giant 6'4, 218 pound blueliner is rock solid in his own zone and possesses excellent decision making abilities. He had 17 points in 74 games in his rookie AHL year, maintaining a +19 rating. The Duluth, Minn native is in tough making a Cup winning roster, but is likely to warrant a call-up at some point this season and could stick around if he impresses.
Aug 31 - 7:21 PM

According to the website of Czech league team HC Kometa Brno, Tomas Vincour will be making a return to North America this year after departing the Avalanche system for the KHL in 2013.

Vincour is 23 years old and at 6'2, 204 pounds, he knows how to muscle his way around and create offense. In just six games for the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters before his departure, Vincour put up five goals and 11 points. The former fifth-round pick from 2009 will have a tough time cracking a loaded Avalanche roster, and will need to establish himself before he gets a serious shot at staying on in the NHL.
Aug 31 - 5:57 PM

Max Reinhart is coming off a breakout season in the AHL last year, with 63 points in 66 games for Abbotsford, and could wage a serious challenge for a Flames' roster spot out of training camp.

The Flames have an abundant source of young offensive talent down the middle, highlighted by their first round draft choice Sam Bennett. At 22 years old and possessing a similar skill set to Bennett, Reinhart has acclimated his game to the pro ranks very well over the past two years. With the experience of playing with grown men and considering his entry level contract is already in its second year of effect, Reinhart might have the inside track to a roster spot. The Flames' prospects level of play will ultimately determine where they play this autumn, but don't be surprised if this intelligent, playmaking, two-way center hangs around come October.
Aug 31 - 4:26 PM

Dan Kelly has signed a new contract with the Devils organization according to Cap Geek, as the 25 year-old will earn $1.1 million over two years if he makes the big club.

Kelly has spent the past four seasons in the AHL with the Albany Devils, earning 17 points and a +14 rating in 71 games during a solid 2013-14. The career minor leaguer doesn't have much of a shot at making the Devils though, as the team owns many other prospects with a much higher ceiling who would likely take a roster spot over Kelly. Expect the defenseman to earn $90,000 in the AHL this season under his new contract.
Source: Cap Geek
Aug 31 - 3:03 PM



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