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Nik Antropov is considering staging an NHL comeback.

Antropov has spent the last two campaigns in the KHL. He had 21 points and 64 penalty minutes in 39 games with Astana Barys in 2014-15. At the age of 35, we wouldn't count on him having any fantasy value in standard leagues if he plays in the NHL.
Jul 27 - 10:05 PM

Mitchell Callahan, who underwent ACL surgery in February, expects to be ready for Red Wings' prospects training camp in September.

Callahan signed a two-way deal with the Red Wings for the 2015-16 campaign, which means he'd make less if Detroit sent him to the minors. At the same time he would have to clear through waivers, so he might end up playing in the NHL this season even if it's not with Detroit. He had 16 goals and 38 points in 48 AHL contests in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 7:37 PM

Daniel Briere is still not sure if he'll retire this summer.

"I’ll have to start thinking about it more and more in the next couple of weeks," Briere said. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring eight goals and 12 points in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche last season. He's a veteran of 973 contests and has scored 307 goals and 696 points.
Jul 27 - 5:59 PM

Buffalo Sabres team president Ted Black has mutually parted ways with the organization.

Russ Brandon has been named as his successor while also maintaining his role as the Buffalo Bills' team president. "Since we purchased the Buffalo Bills last October, we have been highly impressed with the business acumen that Russ has shown with the Bills," said Terry and Kim Pegula. Brandon joined the Bills in 1997 and ascended to the role of team president in 2013.
Jul 27 - 4:34 PM

Sean Backman has signed a one-year contract with the AHL Ontario Reign.

Ontario is affiliated primarily with the Los Angeles Kings. Backman had 19 goals and 44 points in 76 contests with the AHL Manchester Monarchs in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 3:35 PM

Joey Hishon has inked a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Hishon had a goal and an assist in 12 games with the Avalanche in 2014-15. He also recorded 16 goals and 36 points in 53 AHL contests.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 27 - 2:09 PM

Tyler Seguin, who dealt with a knee injury last season, is now skating without a brace.

Seguin's goal is not to use a brace going forward as he's heard that there's a danger of him becoming reliant on it if he just continues to use the brace. Seguin was using the brace during the 2015 World Championships and still scored nine goals in 10 games.
Jul 27 - 12:51 PM

Colin Wilson has signed a four-year, $15.75 million deal with the Nashville Predators.

Wilson was set to have an arbitration hearing on Tuesday, but this deal makes it moot. He had requested a $4.25 million payday from the arbitrator while Nashville had countered at $3 million. This deal obviously leans more towards Wilson's request than Nashville's, but the Predators must feel that's a fair trade off to lock him up for a longer term. He'll turn 26 in October and is coming off of a season where he scored 20 goals and 42 points in 77 games.
Jul 27 - 11:59 AM

Marcus Johansson is requesting $4.75 million from an arbitrator.

The Washington Capitals have filed a $3 million counter offer. Johansson's hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, so there's still time for the two sides to find a common ground and render the arbitration date moot. Johansson had 20 goals and 47 points in 82 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 27 - 11:22 AM

Derek Stepan has inked a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.

The two sides avoided arbitration with almost no time to spare. Stepan had been seeking a $7.25 million contract from the arbitrator while the Rangers countered at $5.2 million, so this agreement is a logical middle ground based on those figures. Stepan still hasn't recorded more than 57 points in a single season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 70-point mark before this new deal is over. You could argue that he's being overpaid just because he still has something left to prove, but the flip side is that it's not hard to see him turning into a player that makes this deal look like a discounted price. All-in-all, it strikes us as a reasonable compromise.
Jul 27 - 10:12 AM

The New Jersey Devils haven't made a decision yet regarding whether or not to offer Anthony Brodeur a tryout agreement for training camp.

The Devils drafted Brodeur, but never signed him to an entry-level contract, thus conceding his rights. Despite that they offered Brodeur a spot in this year's development camp and he accepted. Brodeur had a 3.88 GAA and .882 save percentage in 16 QMJHL games last season.
Jul 27 - 9:42 AM

Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill referred to Mike Green as "my kind of player."

Blashill was talking about Green's puck moving ability, which is something he looks for in a blueliner. "The best defense is getting back the puck and moving it out of your zone. And I think he does that very, very well," Blashill said. Green is projected to play a big role with the Red Wings next season and should get over 40 points in 2015-16 as long as he stays relatively healthy.
Jul 27 - 9:32 AM

Viktor Arvidsson is a player to keep an eye on in Predators training camp.

Adam Vingan, the team's beat reporter at The Tennessean, believes Arvidsson can make the opening-night roster. Not only did Arvidsson lead Nashville’s American Hockey league team with 55 points last season, he also led the league with 272 shots on goal, so the chances were there. He was pointless in six NHL games, but he has a real shot to carve out a role in the bottom-six in the 2015-16 campaign. Arvidsson was fourth-round pick of the Predators from the 2014 draft.
Jul 26 - 11:53 PM

Brian Gionta acknowledged there will be a different kind of energy this season for the Sabres.

The sort of energy where guys actually think the front office is trying to improve the team instead of tanking to preserve a high draft pick. Gionta said "100 percent we’ll be a better team" after general manager Tim Murray added Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Ryan O’Reilly Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Robin Lehner. And let's not forget Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. "Look at the moves he's been able to make," Gionta said. "You can say you want a better team, you want to bring in better players, but for him to actually pull that off and make the moves he did, it shows that he means business. That excites guys in the locker room."
Jul 26 - 10:09 PM

Flyers beat writer for the Courier-Post, Dave Isaac, believes that Ivan Provorov "will be given every chance possible to make the NHL team."

Though he’s just 18 years old and finished his first season in the Western Hockey League, Provorov offers great upside from the back end; he scored 15 goals and had 61 points last season. Isaac notes that general manager Ron Hextall has typically been very "tepid" about young prospects making the team, but with Provorov he "hasn’t been as cold on the topic." The other issue is that the Flyers have eight defensemen on one-year contracts. The safe bet is that Provorov will get his real chance a year from now.
Jul 26 - 10:03 PM

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