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John Klingberg may get to take more chances in 2016-17.

The Stars back end has Dan Hamhuis, Johnny Oduya, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth, Jordie Benn and Jamie Oleksiak who are unlikely to jump into the rush or move the puck as well as Klingberg can. The soon-to-be 24-year-old blueliner has already amassed 98 points in 141 NHL outings and he should be among the league's top-scoring defenseman again in 2016-17.
Jul 28 - 8:47 PM

Paul Stastny between Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen could be a line combination for the Blues in 2016-17, according to coach Ken Hitchcock.

Of course nothing is set in stone, especially this early. It might be a trio to keep an eye on once Steen returns from off-season shoulder surgery. Robby Fabbri may be back with Stastny, while Tarasenko could skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz as well.

Minnesota has signed Matt Dumba to a two-year, $5.1 million contract.

He will earn $2.35 million in 2016-17 and $2.75 million in 2017-18. Dumba tallied personal bests last season with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games. He will have an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a longer term deal.
Jul 28 - 5:10 PM

Zack Kassian has impressed coach Todd McLellan with his off-season preparations.

"I'm very impressed with Zack's approach in life, in general," said McLellan. "We've talked about the Oilers and hockey but from where Zack was, bottoming out (as a Montreal Canadiens' winger) with his lifestyle (going into the NHL's Substance Abuse program) and to see where he his with his commitment to conditioning and becoming healthy. That can rub off on other players." Kassian is looking trimmer and the Oilers' bench boss is excited to see what he can do at training camp.
Jul 28 - 5:03 PM

Marek Hrivik new contract is a two-way deal.

He is slated to earn $600,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Hrivik made his NHL debut with the Rangers on Feb. 21 and he picked up an assist in his second big-league appearance.
Jul 28 - 4:36 PM

Brandon Gormley has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

His deal is worth $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Gormley skated in 26 games with Colorado last year and in 39 matches with the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Jul 28 - 4:16 PM

Edmonton bench boss Tod McLellan is hoping that Jesse Puljujarvi can be a top three right winger after training camp.

"Jesse will dictate his entry into the league and the pace of it," said McLellan. "He's highly-skilled and he’s played against men in a pro league back in Finland. When you draft a player from a junior team over here or a U.S. college or Junior A, they've been playing with young men. Jesse's play (in the Finnish Elite League) gives him a head start but we’ll see it turns out. There's years where you count on things and they don't get done. In other years, there's surprises." The 18-year-old could also start in the minors, but it's more likely that he'll be in the NHL for at least the start of the year.
Jul 28 - 3:55 PM

Michael Stone has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Coyotes.

He recorded six goals and 36 points in 75 games last season. Stone also recorded 137 hits and 143 blocks during 2015-16. He is rehabbing from April surgery on his ACL and MCL.
Jul 28 - 3:32 PM

Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

"I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing.
Jul 28 - 3:20 PM

Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said there will definitely be a captain on the Oilers this coming season.

However, he wouldn't say who it would be. The expectation is that Connor McDavid will become the captain of the team. If he gets the "C" before Oct. 26, McDavid would be the youngest captain in NHL history.
Jul 28 - 3:07 PM

Marek Hrivik has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

No details have been announced yet. He notched 12 goals and 41 points in 68 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last season. Hrivik also had one assist in four outings with the Rangers.
Jul 28 - 2:38 PM

Connor Murphy has agreed to a six-year, $23.1 million contract with Arizona.

That is an annual average value of $3.85 million per season. In 78 games last year, Murphy picked up six goals and 17 points while averaging 20:30 of ice time. He has accounted for 175 hits and 139 blocked shots.
Jul 28 - 2:32 PM

Dmitry Orlov is expected to agree to a bridge deal with a one- or two-year term.

The restricted free agent didn't file for salary arbitration, so it's unclear when he will get a new deal. According to generalfanager.com, the Capitals have $3.45 million left in salary cap space, so he's unlikely to get much of a raise from the $2.25 million he earned last season.
Jul 28 - 12:52 PM

David Backes understands that he could shuffle between linemates and positions in 2016-17.

It's believed that he may start on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but he also could play center at times against larger lineups. "It's not going to be something that's set in stone," said Backes. "I think it will be an adjustment. Whatever [coach] Claude [Julien] thinks is necessary . . . when you're playing with good players, I think the old NHL maybe you were stuck in your lane and you just went up and down the wall, but [these days] it's pretty dynamic and fluid."
Jul 28 - 11:39 AM

Calgary is expecting to have a medical update on Ladislav Smid (neck) soon.

He has been suffering from on-going neck issues, which sidelined him for the last 26 games of the 2015-16 season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jul 28 - 11:01 AM



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