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Ruslan Fedotenko is hoping to return to the NHL next season.

Fedotenko signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the KHL's HC Donetsk last summer, but the Ukrainian team has suspended operations for the 2014-15 campaign. Fedotenko, who is a veteran of 863 NHL games, had 17 points and 42 penalty minutes in 46 KHL contests in 2013-14.
Jul 25 - 10:07 PM

Brett Bellemore has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Bellemore will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He'll still earn $175,000 even if he spends the entire season in the minors. He had eight points and 45 penalty minutes in 64 games with Carolina last season.
Jul 25 - 7:48 PM

Jake Virtanen has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Virtanen was taken with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 45 goals, 71 points, and 100 penalty minutes even though he spent half the season playing through a torn labrum. He underwent surgery in May and isn't expected to be ready to play until mid-October.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 25 - 6:55 PM

Simon Moser expects to get a raise from Nashville in order to re-sign.

Moser is still willing to accept a two-way contract by the sounds of things, but he wants the AHL level of his deal to pay him more than the $70,000 he got last season. Moser, who made Switzerland's Olympic team in 2014, could command more in his home country, which is likely why he wants a raise in order to stick around. He's a restricted free agent though, so if the Predators won't accommodate him, then his only other options are an offer sheet - which is unlikely - or a return to Europe. He had a goal and two points in six games with Nashville last season.
Jul 25 - 6:01 PM

James Reimer has signed a two-year, $4.6 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Reimer had an arbitration hearing scheduled with the Maple Leafs for Monday. He lost the starting job to Jonathan Bernier last season and has reportedly requested a trade. The Maple Leafs might still be able to accommodate his request, but most teams are already locked in when it comes to their goaltending, so Toronto only has a limited number of potential trading partners.
Jul 25 - 5:08 PM

Jason Williams has agreed to terms with the AHL Oklahoma City Barons.

The Barons' are affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers. He had eight goals and 18 points in 32 games with Ambri-Piotta of the Swiss league last season. The 33-year-old forward is a veteran of 455 NHL games.
Source: AHL.com
Jul 25 - 4:27 PM

Mathew Dumba will go into the 2014-15 campaign with the goal of spending the full season with the Wild.

Dumba played for Minnesota, Team Canada, and the WHL Portland Winterhawks in 2013-14. "I was all over the map," Dumba said. "But it was fun every step of the way. I was learning something new every day when I was up here with Minnesota." He's not guaranteed a roster spot going into training camp, but he's certainly got a fair shot. The Wild are only have four blueliners signed to one-way contracts, but Dumba will be fighting with Christian Folin, Jonathon Blum, Jonas Brodin, and others for the remaining spots.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 25 - 3:56 PM

Sam Bennett has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames.

Bennett was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 91 points and 118 penalty minutes in 57 OHL contests in 2013-14. Keep an eye on him during training camp because there he has a decent chance of making the Flames' opening game roster.
Jul 25 - 2:57 PM

Nathan Walker has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Washington became the first team to ever draft an Australian player when they took Walker with the 89th overall pick in 2014. He had 11 points and 40 penalty minutes in 43 AHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 25 - 2:50 PM

Landon Ferraro has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Detroit.

Ferraro will come with a $550,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had 15 goals and 31 points in 70 AHL contests last season.
Jul 25 - 1:20 PM

Cory Sarich, who has five broken vertebrae and road rash, might be able to leave the hospital on Friday.

Sarich was struck by a motor vehicle while cycling. He felt well enough to talk about his condition on Twitter and said that he didn't require surgery or a brace. "Thanks to everyone for their love and support," Sarich added. "It's amazing how many wonderful people I've met through this sport that I get to call my job!"
Jul 25 - 12:21 PM

Nicolas Deschamps has signed with Oulu Karpat of the Finnish league.

Deschamps became an unrestricted free agent after the Capitals' declined to give him a qualifying offer. He had 15 goals and 40 points in 65 contests in 2013-14.
Source: Liiga.fi
Jul 25 - 10:05 AM

Speculation has been mounting that Steve Stamkos might sign with Toronto once his current contract expires in 2016.

Even if Stamkos is considering doing that - and he might not be - it won't matter for a couple more years. Still, Stamkos was asked about the possibility of him signing with Toronto once he becomes an unrestricted free agent and he didn't do anything to kill the rumors. "We'll see what happens. It's a couple years away," Stamkos said. "Right now I'm focused on what I have to do to win in Tampa, and I think we've really established ourselves as a team that can compete in upcoming years. For me, that's the important thing is getting a chance to win. It looks like we're going to have that chance for a couple years."
Jul 25 - 10:02 AM

Phillip Danault has been asked to model his game after Marcus Kruger.

In other words, the Blackhawks see Danault as a future third or fourth liner. "Not everyone can be the goal scorer," said AHL Rockford IceHogs coach Ted Dent. "He was a big scorer in juniors. But the way he plays in the AHL, it was more of a third or fourth-line center, more of a shutdown center. It took some time for him to adapt to that, play in that role and not be relied upon for offense. He'll try to fine-tune his game to be the best defensive forward he could be." Danault had six goals and 26 points in 72 AHL games in 2013-14.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 25 - 9:29 AM

Jonas Hiller (appendicitis) should be fully recovered well before training camp starts.

"The procedure nowadays . . . they can do it arthroscopically," said Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving. "They're saying within nine to 12 days, you're up and back to normal. (Hiller's agent) felt by next week that he's right back in the swing of things. The hope and the plan and the expectation right now is that there's no long recovery period." Hiller signed a two-year, $9 million contract with Calgary in July. He's projected to start the season as the Flames' number one goaltender.
Jul 25 - 9:26 AM



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