Assistant GM Jeff Gorton is working to get restricted free agent John Moore signed before training camp.
"We like John a lot, just trying to get him signed," Gorton said. "I'm pretty sure we'll get him signed, and get him ready to go. He's a good player for us; he's been a good fit for us, he's a great kid, and we like his upside." The Rangers would like to get him signed before training camp and that seems like a reasonable goal. There isn't a lot of cap space left, but Moore is just coming off his entry-level deal
Brandon Manning and the Flyers have agreed to a one-year contract worth $700,000.
Manning played on one-year, two-way deal last season as well. In 74 AHL games during the 2013-14 campaign, he recorded eight goals, 31 points and 231 penalty minutes. Unfortunately, he also had a minus-24 rating.
Coach Mike Johnston intends to take some pressure off Sidney Crosby this season.
"Do we have to lessen the load? Yes," said the new Penguins bench boss. "We have to ensure that other players on our team take some of the responsibility off his shoulders — both in leadership and also in performance. He is a captain, and he is a leader, but it doesn't all rest on Sid." GM Jim Rutherford feels the team added some off-season depth with the arrivals of Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spalling and Steve Downie.
According to a report from the Sports Business News, the NHL is preparing to add four teams by 2017 in Toronto, Quebec City, Seattle and Las Vegas.
Expansion fees could reach a combined $1.4 billion. A new organization in Las Vegas is thought to be a "done deal," according to sources close to the situation. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said back in March that the league wasn't considering a formal expansion process, but they were listening to interest.
Bryan Little is getting ready for a "hard" training camp.
This will be the team's first camp under coach Paul Maurice, who took over last season in January. "I know camp is going to be hard. He said it was going to be hard," Little said. "I haven't seen everyone. I think and I hope everyone's ready to go. The guys I have seen are looking pretty good." He's been taking part in some informal workouts with some of his teammates. Little will be looking to build on the success he enjoyed in 2013-14 when he posted a career high 64 points in 82 games.
Paul Stastny is excited to have an opportunity to win in the city where he spent most of his childhood.
"In the end, you just want to win," Stastny said. "You want to be comfortable in an area that you know away from hockey. What better area than going back home? For me, it's about winning and I look at this team, how good they are and how deep they are. I know in the last couple years, they've been that close. They could have beaten Chicago, Chicago could have easily beaten L.A. and been the Cup champions [this past season]. They had good battles with L.A. when L.A. won (in 2012 and 2013). It's so hard to win. That's what you're really looking at, is looking at the best chance to win with a good group of guys and I think that's what we have here." He signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Blues on the first day of free agency and is slated to be the club's top center this season.
Max Pacioretty knows he'll have to take on a larger leadership role with the Canadiens following the exodus of Josh Gorges and Brian Gionta during the off-season.
"Now that we're going in a different direction, I feel I'm going to have to play a much bigger role on this team," Pacioretty told TSN 690 on Monday. "I'm really looking forward to doing that. At the end of the year last year I wore a letter, and it was definitely an honor. Obviously, I didn't see this coming, where both [Gionta] and Gorges would be gone, but it shows that the management is ready for some of these young guys to step up. That's when I've got to look in the mirror and help some people out, the guys that are even younger than me. I feel I'm going to be able to do that." He could be in line for a letter this season and could even be named captain. Pacioretty finished fourth in the NHL with 39 goals last season and he's signed through the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
Ben Bishop (wrist) hopes to be fully healed by the time the regular season starts.
"The elbow healed up and that's back to 100 percent now. As for the wrist, I started skating in the last couple of weeks and I have a pad under my blocker now just to take away from some of the blow of taking shots off of it," he told NHL.com. "I was down in Tampa with the trainers and equipment guys to figure out a blocker to work with for the next month. I'm starting to take shots and it's getting there. It's not 100 percent yet, but hopefully before the start of the season it'll be close." At this point it looks like he'll be available for training camp, but his role could be limited depending on how his wrist feels.