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Andrei Kostitsyn wants back in the NHL, and believes he "can help any team."

The 30-year-old Kostitsyn is coming off an impressive showing at the IIHF World Hockey Championships for Team Belarus where he put up nine points in seven games. He's also coming off a KHL season where he scored 13 goals and 35 points in 50 combined games for Sochi and Chelyabinsk. "I want to say when I come there again I’ll be excited like it’s the first time," Kostitsyn said. "I’m doing my best — training hard and working hard. I'll try to score lots of goals like I know I can." Word is he's also willing to sign a cap-friendly, one-year deal.
Jul 3 - 9:38 PM

Ivan Provorov has signed a three-year Entry Level Contract with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Provorov will make the maximum allowed $925K in each season while in the NHL, compared to just $70K in the AHL where he'll likely begin his professional career. In 60 games last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the AHL, Provorov scored 15 goals and 61 points. He then put up another two goals and 11 points in 13 playoff games. Those in deep dynasty leagues would be wise to select Provorov when given the opportunity.
Jul 3 - 8:57 PM

Jamie McBain has signed a new one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with the LA Kings.

The 27-year-old defender will make $300K should he be demoted to the AHL. McBain saw just 26 games with the Kings last season, but managed to put home three goals and nine points. With that kind of production, McBain probably shouldn't be on your radar even in a deep league.
Jul 3 - 8:26 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed three coaches from head coach Paul Maurice's staff.

Assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent along with goaltending coach Wade Flaherty to three year contracts, according to the press release. The Jets also announced that Rick St. Croix will be the "organization’s new developmental goaltending coach, working with the team’s goaltending prospects." This is great news for Maurice and Jets players alike as they try to reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
Jul 3 - 8:24 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to bring back veteran defenseman Johnny Oduya.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman made it clear on Friday, "We would like to try to bring him back; we have financial hurdles we’re working through." Now entering his age-34 season, Oduya is coming off a cap hit of $3.375M over the last three seasons and the Blackhawks are currently about $418K over the cap. It remains to be seen if Bowman can work his magic, or if Oduya will find work elsewhere.
Jul 3 - 8:08 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have hired former Manchester Monarchs and Clarkson University head coach Mark Morris to lead the team's AHL affiliate the Charlotte Checkers.

While Morris did spend 2014-15 as Gerard Gallant's assistant coach in Florida, Morris led Clarkson University from 1988-2002, and then Manchester from 2006-2013. "Mark is an experienced head coach whose teams never had a losing record in 21 seasons at Clarkson and with Manchester," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "He is a proven teacher of the game who has been a part of developing successful NHL players." Morris will be joined by recently re-signed Geordie Kinnear to be his assistant.
Jul 3 - 7:25 PM

After eight seasons working with the LA Kings and their AHL affiliate Manchester Monarchs, Kim Dillabaugh is joining the Philadelphia Flyers as their new as their goaltending coach.

Dillabaugh professes an impressive resume over the last eight seasons, working with the Kings during their Stanley Cup runs and the Monarchs during their Calder Cup runs. Dillabaugh, still just 37-years-old, made it up to the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets and Calgary Hitmen (1994-97) where he would switch over to coaching during his junior season.
Jul 3 - 6:54 PM

Vili Saarijarvi has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with Detroit.

The Red Wings took him with the 73rd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had six goals and 23 points in 57 USHL games last season.
Jul 3 - 6:49 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have signed Eric Selleck to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K.

Selleck had 23 points and 185 penalty minutes in 74 AHL contests in 2014-15. He's an organizational depth forward and isn't likely to get any playing time with Arizona next season.
Jul 3 - 6:45 PM

Derek Smith has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract worth $575K with Arizona.

Smith had three goals and five points in 25 Swiss league games in 2014-15. He's expected to spend the 2015-16 campaign in the minors.
Jul 3 - 6:43 PM

Harry Zolnierczyk has signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $600K with the Anaheim Ducks.

Zolnierczyk is not a fantasy factor while in the NHL as he's played just 59 games over the last four seasons. However, if you ever need a spot-starter to gather PIMs, well, he posted 78 PIMs and 75 PIMs over the last two seasons respectively. He even accumulated 128 PIMs as a senior at Brown University, a NCAA season in which he played just 30 games.
Jul 3 - 6:23 PM

Blair Jones has signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K with Vancouver Canucks.

Jones will be entering his age-29 season when October rolls around, and his 132 career NHL games since being drafted 102nd overall by Tampa in 2005 suggests he won't make much of a fantasy impact. That being said, he put up nine goals and 21 points in 33 games last season for AHL Lehigh Valley. He'll make $250K while with AHL Utica.
Jul 3 - 6:13 PM

Marc-Andre Gragnani has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Gragnani is coming back to North America after spending the last two seasons in Europe. He had eight goals and 37 points in 49 Swiss league games in 2014-15.
Jul 3 - 6:08 PM

Yann Danis has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Danis can earn $575,000 annually at the NHL level. That being said, he's an organizational depth goaltender that will likely only be called upon in the event of an injury to either Cory Schneider or Keith Kinkaid.
Jul 3 - 6:07 PM

Michael Del Zotto filed for salary arbitration on Friday, but is expected to continue to negotiate with the Flyers through the weekend.

Del Zotto is coming off a resurgent season in which he scored 10 goals and 32 points in just 64 games for the Flyers. Coming off a one-year, $1.3M deal, Del Zotto is still just 25-years-old and shouldn't have much trouble getting a suitable raise from the Flyers. Keep the offensive defenseman in mind towards the back of the draft to round out your roster with.
Jul 3 - 5:48 PM

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