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Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion would like to see Brady Tkachuk at the Senators' training camp in the fall.

"All we know is, when we met with him (before the draft), he's very open to coming to our training camp," said Dorion. Tkachuk has to decide if he'll play for Boston University next year or turn pro. He intends to discuss the situation with his family before making a final decision, but initially it appeared as though he was leaning towards going back to school. That would be a blow to the Senators if that turns out to be the case.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 25 - 10:59 AM

Paul Stastny has at least six serious suitors, per TSN's Darren Dreger, with free agency set to open at the end of the week.

Stastny may have to wait until John Tavares signs to get a deal done of his own, but he finds himself in a good situation while waiting for the dominoes to fall. Winnipeg would still like to keep Statsny, but the team has several important contracts to work out which could make it difficult.
Jun 25 - 9:38 AM

John Tavares' list reportedly may be six teams now instead of five.

According to the Athletic's Arthur Staple, Toronto, San Jose, Dallas are in and he believes Boston is there as well. Staple added that Tampa and/or Nashville could be there too to round out the list along with the New York Islanders. The interview period for pending unrestricted free agents opened on Sunday.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 25 - 9:28 AM

Jack Johnson may be an option for Detroit, Pittsburgh and perhaps Anaheim, according to the Athletic's Aaron Portzline.

However, he noted that the Red Wings and Penguins would have to clear some cap space, which may hinder their chances. Johnson will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Jun 25 - 9:16 AM

Rick Nash is reportedly interested in returning to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

According to the Athletic's Aaron Portzline, Columbus is at the top of Nash's list and the team has been showing more interest than they did at the trade deadline. However, Portzline added that Boston and other teams will be in the mix as well for the veteran winger. Nash started his NHL career with the Blue Jackets after the team selected him first overall in 2002. He last played for the club in 2011-12.
Jun 25 - 9:13 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have not contacted Thomas Vanek according to his agent.

The Oilers are in need of some help with their top-six and while Vanek would be an excellent addition, Edmonton has not been in touch with agent Steve Bartlett. Vanek played for Vancouver and Columbus this past season, scoring 24 goals and picking up 32 assists in 80 games including seven goals and 15 points in 19 games after his trade to the Blue Jackets. Look for a one-year deal for the veteran.
Jun 25 - 8:55 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have given winger Anton Slepyshev a qualifying offer.

Slepyshev is expected to sign with the KHL on July 1 but this move allows the Oilers to keep his NHL rights. He saw some time on the top line this season with Connor McDavid but did not do enough to keep himself there. He had six goals and 12 points in only 50 games with the Oilers in 2017-18.
Jun 25 - 8:51 AM

The Washington Capitals are thrilled that John Carlson will be on their blueline for the next eight seasons.

Carlson inked an eight-year/$64 million deal Sunday as free agency was looming. "John has been an exceptional and consistent player for our franchise and has blossomed into being one of the top defensemen in the NHL," GM Brian MacLellan said in a statement on Sunday. "Defenseman like John are a rare commodity in our League and, at 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime." Carlson had 68 points in 82 games last season and was explosive in the playoffs with 20 points in 24 games.
Jun 25 - 8:30 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins may be interested in Chris Kunitz.

Kunitz was a member of the Penguins from 2008-09 until 2016-17 and bolted to Tampa Bay last season. The Lightning are not interested in re-signing the veteran and while Pittsburgh would love to have him back, they must fit him in within their cap. It looks like Kunitz could be a late signing this season as the Penguins will have to make room for his salary. He had 13 goals and 29 points for Tampa Bay and will be a nice addition as a bottom six forward.
Jun 25 - 8:22 AM

Kirill Marchenko will not attend the Blue Jackets prospects camp this week.

Marchenko has a commitment to his Russian club Khanty-Mansiysk Yugra and will be unable to attend. Marchenko had 26 points in 29 MHL games this past season and is a highly skilled forward. Marchenko was taken in the second round, 49th overall but is lacking at this time in his physicality.
Jun 25 - 8:14 AM

Martin Necas, the Hurricanes first round pick in 2017, is expected to be at Carolina's prospect camp this week.

He will join the Canes first pick in 2018 Andrei Svechnikov in what should be a dynamic duo in a few years, if not earlier. Necas played for Brno of the Czech Extraliga in 2017-18 where he had nine goals and eight assists in 24 games after playing one game in the NHL with Carolina.
Jun 25 - 8:09 AM

Lou Lamoriello was thrilled with the Islanders draft on Friday and Saturday.

Lamoriello should be thrilled for Friday's portion of the draft as he took Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson with the 11th and 12th picks. But he was pleased as well with his selections on Saturday. "I thought the day was excellent," Lamoriello said of Saturday’s rounds two through seven. "The most important thing was the whole draft. I don’t think we can be more pleased with the way things turned out. We got three quality defensemen, all 6-3 and all different dimensions. A goaltender which our goaltending department is excited about and four forwards, also with different dimensions. I think what we’ve done is put players into our system right now and they’re all different areas, whether it’s college or juniors, so we can decide what the development process is." The Islanders main goal this week is to sign John Tavares and that remains to be seen.
Jun 25 - 8:04 AM

Vitali Kravtsov will attend the Rangers prospects camp which begins on Monday.

Kravtsov, the Rangers first pick and ninth overall on Saturday in the draft, needed to get a visa to play in the United States but that has been taken care of and he will join the rest of the Rangers prospects this week. He played last season in the KHL and will play there again this season as he has one more year on his contract remaining but should be with the Rangers in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.
Source: NY Post
Jun 25 - 7:59 AM

Robbie Russo has been traded to the Arizona Coyotes.

The Detroit Red Wings received a conditional seventh-round pick in 2019 in exchange for Russo. He produced nine goals, 32 points and 81 penalty minutes in 75 games with Grand Rapids of the AHL in 2017-18.
Jun 24 - 10:24 PM

James Neal doesn't want to talk about his contract situation at this time, but it seems like he could be on the move to another team via free agency.

"Until further notice, James prefers to keep things quiet," said agent Patrick Morris to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "All I can tell you is he loves Vegas and he wants to stay. ... Common sense says that if he's not signed by July 1, he's probably not coming back." He can become an unrestricted free agent next week.
Jun 24 - 7:02 PM



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