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Marc Methot and the Ottawa Senators are reportedly at a $300,000 gap in price and while that seems manageable, the defenseman fears that it is just an excuse to not get a deal done.

"It's at the stage where I'm really not comfortable that the team wants to do anything (on a new deal)," a disappointed Methot on Tuesday. Methot is entering the final year of a contract that has a $3 Million cap hit and pays him a $3.75 Million salary. His agent Larry Kelly has said they were originally going for a five year deal worth $5.5 Million per but has since given a home town discount. Senators GM Bob Murray has said they would rather trade him than lose him in free agency. It seems the Senators think a lot less of the vet despite his attempts to reach an agreement in his home town. Methot is not much of a fantasy option unless you are in very deep leagues.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 16 - 11:26 PM

Radim Vrbata is very excited to play with the Sedins in his first season in Vancouver.

"I was looking for a good fit to play with the right players, and when my agent told me Vancouver was interested, right away you start thinking about the Sedins," said Vrbata. "This seemed like the best option." Just a few years removed from a 35 goal season with the Coyotes, the shifty winger could be seen as sneaky good fantasy option this season as the Canucks' brass have been very open with their top line plans for him. This of course is bad news for Alex Burrows who has been occupying that spot for quite some time. Vrbata’s 263 shots ranked 11th in the NHL last season.
Sep 16 - 11:14 PM

Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he’s going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We’ve got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We’ve got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen’s not there). We’re not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It’s not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going.
Sep 16 - 10:11 PM

Marc Staal and Rangers brass are still not close on inking an extension despite dialogue.

"The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it," said Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka. "There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done." The 27 -year-old defenseman is entering the final year of his contract and is reportedly seeking a six or seven year deal in the neighborhood of six million per season. It's very likely that the Rangers want to keep him beyond this year at the right price but you can respect their hesitancy considering two major concussions and a serious eye injury over past three seasons. Staal played in 72 games last season and tallied three goals and 11 assists with a -1 rating.
Source: NY Post
Sep 16 - 10:01 PM

The Montreal Canadiens will enter training camp with three NHL-caliber goaltenders on their roster.

In addition to the rock solid Carey Price, the Habs have a battle brewing for their backup goaltender spot between upstart Dustin Tokarski and the veteran Peter Budaj. GM Marc Bergevin refrained from committing to either netminder when asked about the situation this week. "Peter Budaj is a proven backup goalie in the NHL and a good one," Bergevin said. "Dustin Tokarski came in the playoffs last year, the sixth game against the Rangers and was extremely good, but again you're going against a guy with the experience and is a really good backup goalie. So that's why you have training camp and we'll see what happens. We have depth in that position now." Although it would take an injury to Price for either of these goalies to have significant value this season, Tokarski is our pick to win the training camp battle and the roster spot.
Source: tsn.ca
Sep 16 - 9:25 PM

There's a feeling around Sharks training camp that enforcer John Scott may make an impact with his new team this season.

General manager Doug Wilson brought in the 6'8" behemoth to serve as the team's unofficial security guard and has been comparing his arrival to that of Scott Parker to the 2003-04 season, one in which the team reached the Western Conference Finals. Counting on enforcers in rotisserie leagues is always a tricky endeavor since their ice time is not guaranteed, but Scott can certainly rack up time in the sin bin when he's active.
Sep 16 - 8:18 PM

Sharks veteran Patrick Marleau admits the feeling in training camp is unlike any other that he can remember.

It was a summer of upheaval in San Jose as management made a concerted effort to disrupt what had been a feeling of complacency among the team's veterans. "It definitely has a different feel to it," Marleau said. "I think there's a lot of unanswered questions. We don't know what's going to take place here, what's going to happen here. Before, it seemed like everything was pretty much set." While his teammate Joe Thornton is the player most talked about during the offseason, it will be interesting to see how the 35-year-old Marleau responds to a new challenge.
Sep 16 - 8:13 PM

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding surprised everyone Tuesday when it was revealed he was dealing with an ankle injury.

Details around the severity of the ailment or even how it occurred have not been revealed, but if Harding is sidelined for an extended period it could definitely muddy the Minnesota goaltending situation. Veteran Niklas Backstrom is hoping to remain healthy after last year's injury-filled campaign while Darcy Kuemper has hinted at a potential move to the KHL as part of a testy contract negotiation so the added question makes surrounding Harding are troubling. More information will be passed along as it becomes available.
Sep 16 - 7:08 PM

Philadelphia Flyers winger Jakub Voracek said he's coming to training camp down 10 lbs. from last season.

He's opting to add quickness and the possible loss of strength. As long as he keeps firing pucks on net and skating alongside Claude Giroux, he should be a fantastic option in fantasy.
Sep 16 - 6:26 PM

An unfortunate update on Daniel Alfredsson: he won't participate in at least Detroit Red Wings training camp as he's seeing back specialists.

Could this be it for the long-time veteran? The 41-year-old would leave an outstanding legacy behind with 444 goals and 1,157 points in 1,246 career NHL regular season games. He was still pretty productive last season, yet the Red Wings seemed reluctant to commit to him in 2014-15. That hesitance will only grow now.
Sep 16 - 5:46 PM

The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy.
Sep 16 - 5:23 PM

Nashville Predators forward Filip Forsberg was named the MVP of this week's Rookie Tournament.

He's been able to distinguish himself on levels just below the NHL, so can he make it now with a more offensive-minded coach in Peter Laviolette? It's a situation that's at least worth monitoring fantasy-wise.
Sep 16 - 5:07 PM

Few players dish out punishment while taking very little quite like New York Islanders winger Matt Martin did last season.

He delivered 356 hits while only taking 91 at even-strength (359 overall) in 2013-14. He is worth consideration in league with hits and PIM. He had 90 PIM in 79 games last season and has 447 in 280 NHL games. His point totals are nothing special, yet he's at least managed to be in double digits there while at least getting some SOG (120 last season).
Sep 16 - 4:16 PM

The Anaheim Ducks signed forward Devante Smith-Pelly to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

The second-rounder (42nd overall in 2010) scored two goals and 10 points in 19 games with shaky possession numbers. It's difficult to imagine him making a big fantasy impact next season, but it wouldn't be surprising if he beat his career-high games played of 49 back in 2011-12. At 22, there's plenty of room to improve.
Sep 16 - 4:08 PM

Rather than leaning on players in heavy defensive and offensive roles, St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects to even things out next season.

This could be great news for a player like David Backes, who saw a significant amount of his shifts beginning in the defensive zone. That could subtly increase his scoring chances, SOG and maybe even production in 2014-15.
Sep 16 - 3:18 PM


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