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According to TSN's Darren Dreger, Chris Neil will play in the NHL next season.

The Senators have already said that they have no interest in bringing him back, but Dreger reports that there are a number of teams that are interested in his services. Neil had just one goal and four points in 53 games this season, but he can provide hits and PIMs to your fantasy squad if he can play regularly. The 38-year-old is on his last legs in the NHL.
Jun 28 - 9:01 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have reportedly signed Brian Lashoff to a two-year, two-way deal.

His new contract will pay him $650,000 if he sticks in the NHL. The 26-year-old played in just five games with the Red Wings last season. He finished with no points and a minus-3 rating. Lashoff added three goals and eight assists in 62 AHL games. He doesn't have an ounce of fantasy value in him.
Jun 28 - 8:59 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have hired Steve Konowalchuk and Mark Morrison as assistant coaches.

Konowalchuk served as an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche from 2009 to 2011. He spent the last six years as the head coach of the WHL's Seattle Thunderbirds, who won the WHL title this season. Morrison had been serving as AHL Manitoba's assistant coach for the last six years.
Jun 28 - 8:46 PM

Pending unrestricted free agent Jordan Weal has met with the Canucks, Canadiens and Maple Leafs.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that there are also other teams interested in his services. The 25-year-old had 12 points in 23 games with the Flyers this season. He also added 47 points in 43 games in the AHL in 2016-17. Weal might not be the biggest name on the market, but he could be a sneaky-good pickup in free agency.
Jun 28 - 8:42 PM

Andrei Svechnikov was chosen first overall by Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2017 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft on Wednesday.

Svechnikov will be a top prospect for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and could go first overall. He racked up 29 goals and 58 points in 48 games for the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL last season. Svechnikov also starred for Russia at 2017 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. He is the younger brother of Detroit Red Wings prospect Evgeni Svechnikov.
Jun 28 - 6:55 PM

Dion Phaneuf appears to be staying with the Senators.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Ottawa plans to keep the veteran defenseman. Interest in Phaneuf around the league has slowed since the NHL Draft and the Senators already lost Marc Methot.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 28 - 6:16 PM

Reid Duke is finally getting the chance to skate with some other Vegas hopefuls at the team's first development camp.

Duke was the first player signed by the Golden Knights. "I've been waiting for this for three or four months now," he said. "It's exciting to get out, see the guys, even the fans. To see that many people here means a lot to us, and I'm just really happy to get things going." Duke wants to impress the team's brass and make the jump to the NHL in 2017-18.
Jun 28 - 6:07 PM

Tampa Bay got their first look at Mikhail Sergachev when he took to the ice for development camp.

"He's big and he's thick," said AHL Syracuse coach Benoit Groulx. "You can tell he's going to be an outstanding player, there's no doubt about it. He's mobile, passes the puck hard, shoots the puck. I was very impressed with him." Sergachev is excited to play for the Lightning and he could be on the roster as early as next season. However, he thinks he still has to get faster and stronger based on the four games he played for Montreal last season. Sergachev was obtained in the trade that sent Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens and he has a bright future ahead of him.
Jun 28 - 6:02 PM

Philip Samuelsson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Carolina.

Samuelsson will be paid $650,000 at the NHL level or $160,000 if he plays in the AHL. He contributed three goals and 11 assists in 25 games with the Hurricanes' minor-league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, last season after he was acquired from Montreal on Feb. 21.
Jun 28 - 5:30 PM

Dylan Strome will get "every chance in the world" to solidify a spot on the Coyotes' roster next season, according to assistant GM Steve Sullivan.

If Arizona feels that Strome is ready then he will become a full-time NHLer. He played in seven games with the Coyotes last year before he was returned to the OHL. Strome had a great season with the Erie Otters and was named the MVP of the Memorial Cup despite losing in the final.
Jun 28 - 5:25 PM

Clayton Keller is determined to stick with the Coyotes in 2017-18.

"It's in my head every day," Keller said. "That's what I'm working toward. I think if I do everything I can this summer, there's no way that I'm not on the roster." He is more confident after getting some NHL experience at the end of last season. Keller also played well at the 2017 World Hockey Championship for Team USA.
Jun 28 - 5:19 PM

It is believed that Sam Gagner visited Vancouver on Wednesday.

Gagner is being courted by several teams as free agency nears. It was reported on Tuesday that Chicago is interested in signing him and he could also return to the Blue Jackets.
Jun 28 - 4:38 PM

Brock McGinn has agreed to a two-year contract with Carolina.

McGinn will earn $875,000 in 2017-18 and $900,000 in 2018-19. "Brock took a step forward last season and was a regular presence in our lineup," said GM Ron Francis. "He is a young player who plays a physical, but smart brand of hockey, and can contribute offensively." McGinn registered seven goals and nine assists in 57 matches with the Hurricanes last year.
Jun 28 - 4:33 PM

Leon Draisaitl could be seeking an eight-year deal that could push $9 million per season, according to TSN's Ryan Rishaug.

Rishaug expects the Oilers to counter with contract in the $7-$8 million range based on other comparable agreements. Edmonton is trying to work out extensions with Draisaitl and Connor McDavid this summer.
Jun 28 - 4:29 PM

Gabriel Dumont has inked a two-year contract with Tampa Bay.

The first year of the contract is one-way, while the second year is a two-way. The deal also has an annual average value of $650,000. Dumont accounted for four points in 39 games with the Lightning last season. He also had five goals and five helpers in 20 outings with the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL.
Jun 28 - 4:12 PM


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