After being limited to 35 games last season due to shoulder and abdominal problems, Nathan Horton has been working on getting back into game shape ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
"It's nice having a (full) summer where I can train. I haven't had one in a while," Horton said. "It's different than the last few years that I was in Boston. I've got the whole summer, I can make myself stronger and work on things that I need to work on and get healthy." If Horton can stay healthy - and there's a fair chance that he will - then he should get at least 50 points in 2014-15.
P.K. Subban's agent said there hasn't been any progress made towards a deal that would allow his client and Montreal to avoid arbitration.
Subban's hearing is scheduled for Friday. It's still entirely possible that the two sides will agree to terms either tonight or Friday morning ahead of their hearing. Last minute deals often happen in these types of situations.
Steve Mason suffered a broken pinky finger while playing hockey.
Mason will stay off the ice for the next two weeks, but he'll continue to work out off the ice. This shouldn't impact his fantasy value for the 2014-15 campaign.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have extended their affiliation agreement with ECHL Orlando.
The Minnesota Wild were also affiliated with Orlando in 2013-14, but the Maple Leafs will have the team to themselves going forward. "The Leafs are extremely pleased to renew our affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL," said Maple Leafs GM David Nonis. "As an organization, we are confident that our future prospects will continue to develop professionally under the tutelage of Solar Bears coach Vince Williams." Orlando had a 43-24-2-3 record last season.
Scott Glennie has inked a one-year, two-way contract with Dallas.
Glennie had 15 goals and 28 points in 50 AHL contests in 2013-14. He was taken with the eighth overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, but has only played in one NHL game.
It wouldn't take much to sign unrestricted free agent Jeff Halpern.
"I basically wait for a phone call and then if somebody says we have a contract, I say, 'Whatever your offer is, I'll take less,'" Halpern said. He had five goals and 12 points in 69 games in 2013-14. The 38-year-old is a decent bottom-six forward, but he has no fantasy value in standard leagues.
Danny Flynn has reportedly joined the Buffalo Sabres' coaching staff.
Flynn served as the head coach of the QMJHL Moncton Wildcats for six seasons, but after the 2012-13 campaign, he was promoted by the Wildcats to serve as their director of hockey operations. Flynn will be working under head coach Ted Nolan for the third time in his career. Flynn served as an assistant coach in Moncton when Nolan was the bench boss in 2005-06 and also spent one campaign as Nolan's assistant during his tenure with the New York Islanders.
Malcolm Subban was cheering for his older brother, P.K. Subban in Montreal's 2014 second round series against the Boston Bruins.
That's getting some attention because, obviously, Malcolm Subban is a member of the Boston Bruins. The two franchise's are heated rivals, but for now the younger Subban is honing his skills in the minors while he waits for his shot in Boston. If he ever becomes the Bruins' starting goaltender, which won't happen anytime soon given Tuukka Rask's presence, and P.K. Subban signs a long-term deal with the Canadiens, then that will be another fun element to the contests between these two squads. You can rest assured that Malcolm Subban wouldn't have been rooting for his brother if Malcolm was the one playing between the pipes.