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Nail Yakupov will have a new linemate this season after the Oilers didn't retain free agent Derek Roy.

"It's going to take some time to get used to each other, but that's why you have training camp and exhibition games," Yakupov said. "That's enough time to get to know each other, and we have to start from there. I'm looking forward to the season. I think it's going to be an exciting season for everybody with all the changes we've made." Yakupov is a prime candidate to play alongside super prospect Connor McDavid this season. He will be looking to build on the success he had at the end of the 2014-15 campaign when he picked up nine goals and 20 points in his last 28 games.
Aug 28 - 9:59 PM

Peter Budaj will attend Los Angeles' training camp on a professional tryout.

The Kings signed Jhonas Enroth to a one-year, $1.25 million deal on the first day of free agency. The presence of Budaj will create some competition for the backup role behind Jonathan Quick. Still, it will be difficult for him to wrestle the position away from Enroth. Budaj appeared in 19 games with the AHL's St. John's IceCaps last season, where he had a 3.55 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage. Prior to that, he played three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.
Aug 28 - 7:03 PM

Damir Sharipzyanov has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

He generated nine goals and 34 points in 66 games with the OHL's Owen Sound Attack last season. Sharipzyanov sustained a broken wrist at Russia's World Junior development camp, so he won't participate in on-ice activities during the Kings' rookie camp. He earned his contract with Los Angeles after impressing the team at their development camp. Sharipzyanov will return to the OHL this season.
Aug 28 - 5:43 PM

Kyle Brodziak is expected to shift up and down the lineup in 2015-16.

"They told me that I'd probably play the first two periods on a line with (Ryan) Reaves and (Steve) Ott and be the responsible guy so they can be set free (to disturb and bang)," said Brodziak. "I know Hitch uses his fourth line a lot. After the second period, they said I might move up in the lineup and play a few more minutes." That plan may change now that Patrik Berglund will start the year on the sidelines after having shoulder surgery. Brodziak could end up centering the third line if Scott Gomez or Robby Fabbri don't earn roster spots out of training camp.
Aug 28 - 5:02 PM

Oskar Sundqvist still believes he has a good shot to make Pittsburgh's opening day roster.

"I know what it takes this year, after going through last year," he said. "I know how much work it is and what I have to do to get a chance to take that spot." Sundqvist also expects to be healthy when camp begins after a hamstring ailment sidelined him for Pittsburgh's development camp. He thinks his previous experience will give him an edge, but the addition of Matt Cullen may have him ticketed for the minors to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Aug 28 - 4:39 PM

Cody Eakin has signed a four-year contract extension with Dallas.

He will earn $3.85 million per season starting in 2016-17. The first year of his contract will reportedly also carry a $200,000 signing bonus. Eakin registered career highs with 19 goals and 40 points in 78 games last season.
Aug 28 - 3:47 PM

Patrik Berglund had successful shoulder surgery on Friday.

The Blues stated again that Berglund will be re-evaluated in four months. Berglund wasn't expected to be much of a fantasy factor this season after a pair of unproductive years, but his injury will give opportunities to Dmitrij Jaskin, Robby Fabbri, Ty Rattie and Scott Gomez at training camp.
Aug 28 - 3:27 PM

Daniel Sprong has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Pittsburgh.

The 18-year-old was selected in the second round (46th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Sprong had 39 goals and 88 points in 68 games last year with Charlottetown of the QMJHL.
Aug 28 - 3:00 PM

Mark Stone said he has fully recovered from a wrist injury.

"I've felt great out there, the last couple of skates," he said. "The shot feels good, the hands feel good, the legs are starting to come along. I'm 100 percent." He suffered a microfracture and some ligament damage in his wrist when he was slashed in the playoffs. Stone also feels motivated to prove that he is worth the three-year, $10.5 million contract that Ottawa rewarded him with after he was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy last year. Stone was placed alongside Kyle Turris at the start of February and the duo is expected to be together this campaign on the Senators' top line.
Aug 28 - 1:50 PM

Dustin Tokarski feels he learned a lot from watching Carey Price play last season.

He didn't get to play much behind the Ted Lindsay Award, Vezina and Hart Trophy winner, but that won't change his mindset going into 2015-16. "I'm going to come into camp and battle just as if it was last year and I'm scratching and clawing to make the team," said Tokarski. "I'll go into camp and go to work and not take anything for granted." He started just 16 games last year, while posting six wins, a 2.75 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Aug 28 - 1:00 PM

Dmitry Kulikov was on the ice Monday for an informal workout with some teammates and other NHLers as he prepares for training camp.

"It's tough to get back into shape, get back to skating. Once you get going, it's fun again. Right now, though, it's tough," he said. "I've been working out but I haven't been skating. My goal, now, is to lose a few pounds so I'm lighter, quicker and have more endurance. I know with the new overtime rules, I need to be fresh to give us an advantage." Kulikov, Aaron Ekblad and Brian Campbell could be regulars for the Panthers during those 3-on-3 overtime sessions.
Aug 28 - 12:34 PM

August may be a slow month in terms of hockey news, but for players preparing for the upcoming season, like Roberto Luongo, it's anything but uneventful.

"To be honest, this is the worst time of the year," Luongo said. "Not only are we skating now, but you're still going to gym, working out every day. It's a lot of work. August is the toughest month because you're doing so much. It lends for some pretty long days. The fun part is being on the ice, knowing it's getting close. But I think this month is more important than training camp because of the work being put in." He is skating at informal workouts now with the first practice of training camp set for Sept. 18.
Aug 28 - 11:32 AM

Jakub Kindl views the arrival of new coach Jeff Blashill as an opportunity for a fresh start.

He was a healthy scratch for 33 of the final 41 games last year under former bench boss Mike Babcock. "He's got great ability," Blashill said in July. "He's done a good job persevering through tough times over the last few seasons. Hopefully he's putting himself in a good position to compete for a spot in training camp." Still, it will be difficult for Kindl to crack a top-six group that includes Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Mike Green.
Aug 28 - 11:01 AM

According to two NHL sources, Buffalo has offered Cody Franson a two-year contract.

Franson has been linked to Boston, Pittsburgh and Columbus in the rumor mill as well. Buffalo has the cap space to make him an offer he would probably prefer, though. Franson earned $3.3 million last season and it's believed that he is looking for a multi-year contract.
Aug 28 - 10:24 AM

Robby Fabbri has a better chance of making the Blues out of camp because of Patrik Berglund's shoulder injury.

Fellow prospect Ty Rattie and camp invitee Scott Gomez, who agreed to attend on a professional tryout, will be in the running for a roster spot as well. Fabbri has the talent to seize the opportunity and he impressed the team at last year's training camp.
Aug 27 - 9:15 PM

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