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The Colorado Avalanche will reportedly move their AHL team to Colorado in 2018-19.

The Colorado Eagles currently play in the ECHL, but according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, they'll move up to the AHL after this upcoming season. The Avs' current minor-league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, will become the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues in 2018-19, so Chambers' report definitely makes sense.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 8:58 PM

Mark Jankowski played in one NHL game last season and he can't wait to get back there.

Jankowski was Calgary's first round pick, 21st overall, in 2012. The 22-year-old put up solid numbers in the AHL last season, as he accumulated 27 goals and 56 points in 64 games with the Stockton Heat. "Getting that one game in made quite an impression on me, as I'm sure it does on everybody in the same position," admitted Jankowski. "If anything, it just lit a fire in my gut to get back. Ever since I was sent back down, my focus has been on being in Calgary again, and staying. I think this is my time. I really have to seize the opportunity. This is a team I believe I can make and I plan on doing that." With a solid training camp, he might be able to crack Calgary's roster.
Aug 18 - 7:04 PM

NHL.com has Arizona Coyotes forward Tobias Rieder as a potential breakout player this upcoming season.

Through 234 career NHL games, Rieder has picked up 43 goals and 92 points playing on predominantly low scoring Coyotes teams. With new head coach Rick Tocchet in town, Rieder might see an expanded offensive role and is a candidate to eclipse his career high of 37 points set during the 2015-16 season. He should be a good bet to hit the 20-goal mark for the first time but we remain skeptical of a vast improvement offensively. The complete list of breakout candidates can be viewed by clicking on the link below.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 7:02 PM

Despite being a coveted free-agent, Will Butcher isn't asking for a guaranteed NHL spot from interested teams.

"What ends up winning the day, I’m not sure," Butcher’s agent, Brain Bartlett, told the Tampa Bay Times. "But we have not told teams that if you don’t have an NHL spot for him in training camp, don’t bother even calling. It’s quite the opposite." Instead of looking for a team that can fast track him to the NHL, it appears Butcher is looking for a club that can develop him properly. Teams that have been linked to him so far have been the Devils, Leafs, Sabres, Habs and the Penguins. With training camp not too far away, Butcher's decision might be nearing.
Source: NBC Sport
Aug 18 - 5:10 PM

Jack Eichel is currently slated to enter the final year of his entry level contract and hopes his extension will keep him in Buffalo long enough to reward the city with a championship.

"I've made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be in Buffalo when we start winning. I want to reward the city," the North Chelmsford, Mass., native told Barry Scanlon from the Lowell Sun. "It's been two great years. I don't want to go anywhere else." Eichel will certainly be looking at the contract extension of Connor McDavid in Edmonton as a comparable for himself. Both players were selected during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, with Eichel following McDavid as the second overall pick. Eichel finished last season with 24 goals and 33 assists in 61 games last season. He has plenty of room to grow and could push for his first 80-point season if he stays healthy.
Source: TheScore
Aug 18 - 3:06 PM

Jori Lehtera believes that a fresh start in Philadelphia will be good for his career.

Lehtera was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia as part of the deal that sent Brayden Schenn to the Blues on draft day. Lehtera struggled last season, as he just 22 points in 64 games in his final year in St. Louis. But the veteran believes switching teams will do him some good. "I have no idea why (the Blues traded me), but I think it’s better for me that I got traded, so I don’t really care why," said Lehtera. "That’s the business part of hockey. It’s always tough to leave when you know all of the guys and the city. But hockey-wise, it’s going to be good for me. I didn’t play well at the end, but I think a new start will be really good for me." The change might help make him more productive, but don't expect him to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 1:01 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson would be honored to wear the "C" for Arizona going forward.

The Coyotes are looking for a new captain because they parted ways with Shane Doan this offseason. "That would be a huge honor," Ekman-Larsson said. "I didn't dream of that when I was a kid. It was a long, long way from that. It would be unbelievable." Although nothing is confirmed, making Ekman-Larsson the captain should be an easy decision for the Coyotes.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 12:03 PM

Logan Couture says his mouth is still pretty sore after undergoing facial surgery.

The fact that he's still sore five months after taking a puck to the face is pretty telling. "There’s good days and bad days," Couture said. "My bottom teeth are still my real teeth. They’ve tried to keep them so I don’t lose them. I don’t know if I’ll be able to, they’re still pretty sore. My top teeth are all fake now – my front six, I think. So, it’s different. It just feels different in my mouth. But everything else with my face and all that is healed. I’m lucky that it’s an injury that didn’t affect my training, and hopefully won’t affect me going forward." It sounds like he'll be fine for the start of training camp next month.
Aug 18 - 10:38 AM

The Colorado Avalanche will continue listening to offers for Matt Duchene.

"I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts," GM Joe Sakic said. "But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that." It's pretty surprising that the Avalanche haven't dealt him away yet. With every day that goes by, it seems increasingly likely that Duchene will head to Colorado's training camp next month.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 8:50 AM

Mikael Granlund reportedly suffered an ankle injury while training in Finland this offseason.

According to beat reporter Michael Russo, Granlund rolled his ankle while running. He's in crutches right now, but he's expected to be ready to resume training in approximately two weeks. The injury shouldn't affect his ability to start training camp with the Wild. Granlund recently signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million this offseason. He had 26 goals and 43 assists in 81 games last season.
Aug 17 - 7:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 27-year-old played in just two games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He added 10 goals and 19 assists in 21 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. He's a long shot to make the Lightning's roster out of training. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value.
Aug 17 - 5:52 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year deal worth $3.2 million total.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.6 million per year. The 23-year-old had a difficult season in 2016-17, as he scored just seven goals and nine assists in 75 games. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value going into next season.
Aug 17 - 5:32 PM

Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.

Depending on how his recovery goes, Zajac should be back sometime between December and February. "This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training," said GM Ray Shero. "The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow." The 32-year-old had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last season. The injury gives first overall pick Nico Hischier an even better chance of sticking with the team out of training camp.
Aug 17 - 4:57 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are confident that Dylan Larkin can make the full-time transition to center next season.

Larkin has played primarily on the wing in his first two NHL seasons, but that will change in 2017-18. "His best attributes are utilized when he plays center," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he can continue to grow into becoming a great two-way center who can create offense and is very accountable defensively. And I think his defensive instincts are served at center, where he can anticipate where the puck is going, meet the puck and get out of the zone as fast as possible."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 3:03 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the teams making a pitch to college free agent Will Butcher.

Butcher became an unrestricted free agent after not agreeing to terms on a contract with the Colorado Avalanche, who owned his rights. The Sabres, Golden Knights and Devils have also been linked to Butcher. "A player like that’s going to have several teams in that same category, but a Hobey Baker winner and a good young player," Pens GM Jim Rutherford said. "We will be in that mix with other teams."
Aug 17 - 12:18 PM


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