Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.
"It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games.
Peter Budaj will attend Los Angeles' training camp on a professional tryout.
The Kings signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $1.25 million deal on the first day of free agency. The presence of Budaj will create some competition for the backup role behind Jonathan Quick. Still, it will be difficult for him to wrestle the position away from Enroth. Budaj appeared in 19 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps last season, where he had a 3.55 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. Prior to that, he played three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
Damir Sharipzyanov has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
He generated nine goals and 34 points in 66 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack last season. Sharipzyanov sustained a broken wrist at Russia's World Junior development camp, so he won't participate in on-ice activities during the Kings' rookie camp. He earned his contract with Los Angeles after impressing the team at their development camp. Sharipzyanov will return to the OHL this season.
Kyle Brodziak is expected to shift up and down the lineup in 2015-16.
"They told me that I'd probably play the first two periods on a line with (Ryan) Reaves and (Steve) Ott and be the responsible guy so they can be set free (to disturb and bang)," said Brodziak. "I know Hitch uses his fourth line a lot. After the second period, they said I might move up in the lineup and play a few more minutes." That plan may change now that Patrik Berglund will start the year on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery. Brodziak could end up centering the third line if Scott Gomez or Robby Fabbri don't earn roster spots out of training camp.
Oskar Sundqvist still believes he has a good shot to make Pittsburgh's opening day roster.
"I know what it takes this year, after going through last year," he said. "I know how much work it is and what I have to do to get a chance to take that spot." Sundqvist also expects to be healthy when camp begins after a hamstring ailment sidelined him for Pittsburgh's development camp. He thinks his previous experience will give him an edge, but the addition of Matt Cullen may have him ticketed for the minors to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Cody Eakin has signed a four-year contract extension with Dallas.
He will earn $3.85 million per season starting in 2016-17. The first year of his contract will reportedly also carry a $200,000 signing bonus. Eakin registered career highs with 19 goals and 40 points in 78 games last season.
Patrik Berglund had successful shoulder surgery on Friday.
The Blues stated again that Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund wasn't expected to be much of a fantasy factor this season after a pair of unproductive years, but his injury will give opportunities to Dmitrij Jaskin, Robby Fabbri, Ty Rattie and Scott Gomez at training camp.
Daniel Sprong has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh.
The 18-year-old was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Sprong had 39 goals and 88 points in 68 games last year with Charlottetown of the QMJHL.