Rickard Rakell's agent is hopeful that a deal will be reached with the Ducks.
"We are talking and I think we will find common ground for a solid agreement as I feel both parties seem to want that to happen very much," said Peter Wallen. Rakell could end up with a multiyear deal around the $4 million per season range. The 23-year-old notched 20 goals and 43 points in 72 games last campaign.
Alex Pietrangelo could be the next captain of the St. Louis Blues.
"He was an assistant captain at a young age and he has leadership qualities that we've seen," said GM Doug Armstrong. "As he gets more and more comfortable in the leadership role he's certainly growing into an elite player that has a presence on the ice." Pietrangelo and Alexander Steen are the two most likely candidates for the captaincy after David Backes left for Boston via free agency.
Tyson Barrie is the first of this off-season's 25 arbitration filings to go to a hearing.
The two sides can still reach a deal on their own before the arbitrator's award is announced within 48 hours. According to earlier reports, Barrie is seeking $6 million on a one-year deal, while the Avalanche are looking for a two-year contract at $4 million and $4.25 million.
As previously reported, Mike Santorelli has joined Geneve-Servette HC of the National League A in Switzerland.
He picked up 18 points in 70 games with Anaheim last year, while averaging just 10:06 of ice time.
Kris Russell is reportedly seeking a contract worth above $4 million per season.
The unrestricted free agent defender finished second in the NHL with 210 blocked shots in 2015-16. He also contributed 19 points and 70 shots during his time between Calgary and Dallas. Russell averaged 24:02 of ice time per contest as a member of the Stars.
Radim Vrbata is still looking for an NHL roster with training camps drawing closer.
He is an unrestricted free agent after slipping from 31 goals and 63 points in 79 contests in 2014-15 to 13 markers and 27 points over 63 contests last year. Vrbata also registered a minus-30 rating.
Jiri Hudler remains an unsigned unrestricted free agent.
He generated 16 goals and 46 points in 72 games with Calgary and Florida last season. Hudler is highly unlikely to return to the 0.97 point-per-game form he displayed in 2014-15, but he is capable of producing 50-55 points in the right situation.
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.