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GM Doug Wilson all but said that James Reimer, Nick Spaling, Dainius Zubrus and Roman Polak will not be re-signed before they become UFA's on July 1.

This is no surprise as the Sharks will look to bring some of their cheaper minor leaguers up to do the job. Reimer has a few spots to look at but they will be in a backup role most likely. Teams like Anaheim and Edmonton are in the market for a backup and it remains to be seen where Reimer winds up. He was 17-14-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the Sharks and Toronto in 2015-16.
Jun 26 - 7:57 AM

Filip Gustavsson will stay in Sweden for the next two years.

The goaltender was drafted by the Penguins with the 55th pick on Saturday and he was the first selection by Pittsburgh who did not have a first round pick. Gustavsson has two years remaining on his contract with Lulea HF of the Swedish Elite League and will get plenty of playing time in a very good league. Gustavsson gives the Penguins three good goalies on their roster as Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry look to be ahead of him at this time. Marc-Andre Fleury is also ahead of him but he is expected to be on the trading block before the end of next season.
Jun 26 - 7:51 AM

The New Jersey Devils selected right winger Nathan Bastian with the 41st pick in the 2016 Draft.

Bastian was a linemate of the Devils first round pick Michael McLeod with Mississauga last season and the two are great friends. "It'll be good for both of us," Bastian told The Bergen Record in a phone interview. "If we don't spend enough time together already, we're going to spend even more time together now." Bastian had 19 goals and 59 points in 59 games for the Steelheads last season and will return to the squad once he gets his shot in training camp with the Devils in September.
Jun 26 - 7:37 AM

The Edmonton Oilers are in talks with UFA-to-be Eric Gryba.

Gryba suffered a knee injury on February 16 and did not return the remainder of the season. Talks to re-sign the defensive defenseman are on-going but took a bit of a break as Gryba was married on Saturday. Congratulations to the blueliner on his nuptials. He had only a goal and six points in 53 games with 75 penalty minutes so his fantasy value is limited at best.
Jun 26 - 7:27 AM

There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned.
Jun 26 - 7:21 AM

Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him.
Jun 26 - 7:03 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets.
Jun 26 - 7:00 AM

Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jun 26 - 6:50 AM

The Anaheim Ducks went after forwards during the draft after picking defensemen the last few years.

The Ducks thought that there was a lack of depth up front and while their philosophy is to take the best player available, they certainly tried to add to their forward group. "Our depth at the forward prospects is not as strong as it is on defense," director of amateur scouting Martin Madden said. "Last year, a few defensemen fell to us and we just could not pass on them. This year, at almost every pick, we felt there was more value with the forward group." The Ducks had two first round picks and selected Max Jones and Sam Steel, both forwards.
Jun 26 - 6:42 AM

The Washington Capitals have signed Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract.

Carey had a goal in four games with Washington last season. At the AHL level he had 13 goals and 31 points in 44 contests.
Jun 25 - 8:41 PM

Aaron Ness has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Ness had two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. He also had six goals and 27 points in 62 AHL contests.
Jun 25 - 8:40 PM

Canucks GM Jim Benning is receiving a fine for his comments on Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban.

With regards to Stamkos, Benning is being punished for saying that he intended to contact Stamkos' agent to express the Canucks' interest in signing the star forward. The NHL doesn't permit teams to publicly express their interest in signing a player that's still under contract with another team. With Subban, Benning revealed that he contacted the Canadiens in an attempt to acquire the defenseman.
Jun 25 - 8:38 PM

Auston Matthews is projected to be Toronto's third-line center at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.

Coach Mike Babcock plans to ease the rookie pivot into the fold by placing him behind Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri on the depth chart. Keep in mind that line combinations will probably change over the course of the season. Matthews is expected to be an impact player in the NHL after being selected first overall in the 2016 Draft.
Jun 25 - 6:39 PM

Montreal has been talking contract with Andrew Shaw and a new deal may be reached soon.

TSN's Darren Dreger said a five to seven year extension could be agreed to in the "days ahead." Shaw was acquired at the 2016 NHL Draft by the Canadiens in exchange for the 39th and 45th overall picks. He is currently a restricted free agent.
Jun 25 - 6:08 PM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion doesn't want to go to salary arbitration with Mike Hoffman.

The two sides will continue to work on various terms to avoid that outcome. Hoffman was awarded a one-year deal worth $2 million last August through salary arbitration.
Jun 25 - 5:40 PM


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