Brendan Gallagher has been enjoying his time playing for Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien.
Gallagher has played all three seasons under Therrien and enjoyed his most successful season last year, scoring 24 goals and 47 points while playing in all 82 games. He also recorded career bests with a plus 18 rating and 254 shots on goal. Gallagher attributes a lot of his success to Therrien; "I think it’s been really good for me," Gallagher stated. "Coming up as a young guy, I think (Therrien) did it great with me and (Alex) Galchenyuk there to start. He made us earn every opportunity." Next season, Gallagher will look to build upon three solid years and be one of the team leaders in his age-23 year.
Cody Franson remains an unsigned free agent as all arbitration cases are now completed in the NHL.
It’s been one of the biggest surprises of the NHL free agency frenzy this season as Franson is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. This past season he helped his teams increase their shot-attempts for and reduce shot-attempts against as well as improved his team’s goals-for and against. His on-ice impact has created a very bizarre situation for NHL owners as Franson could be seeking a deal worth roughly $5 million annually, which will be well deserved. It’s a matter of time before someone locks him up to a long term deal and he becomes a reliable fantasy defensemen for next season.
Jimmy Hayes is excited to be a part of the Boston Bruins and have a chance to play in his first Winter Classic in the upcoming 2015-2016 season.
After being traded by Florida to Boston on July 1st for Reilly Smith and Marc Savard’s contract, Hayes returns to his hometown Boston and will get a chance to play in his first Winter Classic on January 1, 2016 at Gillette Stadium. "Getting traded here, and then hearing about the Winter Classic, it's going to be a great moment for me," he said. Besides his excitement for the Winter Classic, fantasy gamers should keep an eye on Hayes as he could be a sleeper come next year’s draft. He was able to score 19 goals and chip in 16 assists in 72 games played with the Panthers last season and will now move to a more well-balanced Boston offense where he could get a chance to be a top-six forward.
Cam Talbot said he's looking forward to battling for the number one job in Edmonton's crease.
The Oilers still have Ben Scrivens and they brought in former Islanders' goaltender Anders Nilsson on a one-way contract, but the job should be Talbot's to lose. "Obviously Ben and Anders are good goalies as well so there will be a battle in the crease. I’m looking forward to the competition," said Talbot. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Rangers at the NHL Draft, and he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free-agent at season's end.
After signing a new six-year contract with the Flyers earlier this week, Sean Couturier said he doesn't want to change his style of play, but he would like to produce more offensively.
"I'm really looking forward to coming to camp and trying to take another step forward," he said. "I'm not going to change as a player or as a person. I'm going to be the same type of player and just try to definitely produce a little more offensively." The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and 37 points in 82 games with the Flyers last season.
The Chicago Blackhawks announced that they will be building a new community training center.
The Hawks and visiting NHL teams will use the training complex to practice, but for the most part, it will be made available to the community. "Hockey's future is dictated by the ability of kids to get on the ice," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said in a statement. "For those in urban areas like Chicago, that’s an incredible challenge. We want to provide our community the opportunity to learn how to skate and help them develop a love and passion for the sport that has brought so much joy to Chicago and the region these past few years." The 125,000 square-foot facility will likely cost around $50 million and it will be privately funded.
The verdict on Mike Hoffman's arbitration hearing won't be known until Sunday night at the earliest.
Hoffman and the Senators had their hearing on Thursday. The young forward led Ottawa in goals last season with 27. He was asking for $3.4 million while the club was countering with $1.75 million.
Flames prospect Brandon Hickey was thrilled to be invited to Team Canada's World Junior Summer Camp.
"Growing up, my brother and I would watch the Canada games and then we’d go to our basement, our little hockey rink, and be playing," Hickey said. "We were Team Canada against the couches. We’d have them set up so we could play around them and shoot at the net. To actually play in it would be something special." The 19-year-old was Calgary's third round pick, 64th overall, in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.