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Edmonton defenseman Joey LaLeggia is attending his fourth Developmental Camp with the Oilers but, unlike the previous three years, he'll be playing pro hockey next season.

He spent the past four years at the University of Denver. "It’s great to come in here and meet the staff and meet the guys that you hope to one day be suiting up with," LaLeggia said Saturday at the camp. "It’s a great experience for all of us and great to meet everybody and get comfortable. I feel that every time I come here I get more comfortable and also get more confident." LaLeggia, a native of Burnaby, B.C., accumulated 132 points (49-83-132) in 156 games, over four seasons with the University of Denver. He helped his team reach the NCAA Regional Finals this season. "I was a player who needed to go to college. When I was 16 or 17 I think I was only 140 or 150 pounds. College really did a lot for me. The person I stepped onto campus as a 19-year old and the person I left as a 23-year old are two completely different people. I feel a lot more mature and I feel those are life experiences I’ll take with me forever. It prepared me to come to pro hockey."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 10:34 PM

Several very good players still remain available on the NHL's free-agent market.

They include Eric Fehr, Alexander Semin, Chris Stewart, Cody Franson and several others. For the complete list, check out http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=773566&navid=DL|NHL|home.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 9:41 PM

Two of Nicklas Lidstrom's sons are taking part in the Detroit Red Wings' developmental camp this weekend after playing in Sweden last season.

Lidstrom, of course, starred in the NHL as a defenseman for 20 years and is part of the 2015 class for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Adam Lidstrom, 19, is a forward who played for Vasteras of the SuperElit league, finishing with seven goals and 14 points in 40 games. Kevin Lidstrom, 21, is a defenseman who had one assist in 22 games for Enkopings of the third-tier Hockeyettan.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 7:07 PM

As Nic Petan hopes to make the Winnipeg Jets, he believes he's really improved his defense to make that happen.

"This past season I just focused on defensive play, faceoffs, being low in my own zone. I thought I got better at it," Petan told the Winnipeg Sun. The 20-year-old saw a big drop in offense (89 points in 54 games in 2014-15 after 113 in 63 contests in 2013-14). The 43rd pick of the 2013 NHL Draft will probably get a decent shot next season.
Jul 4 - 6:48 PM

Brandon Prust was vacationing in Rome with his fiancee when he heard he was traded July 1 by Montreal to Vancouver.

"Funny, I saw the headline (on Twitter), 'Zack Kassian traded to the Canadiens from the Canucks,' but I didn't see at first who he was traded for," Prust said. Shortly afterward, the forward got a call from Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin, telling him he'd been traded to Vancouver for Kassian and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. "(My fiancée) had been putting her makeup on for dinner and now she's bawling her eyes out, and I'm lying there in shock," Prust said. "I had 100 text messages on my phone within 10 minutes. It was very overwhelming." Prust said he had no idea he would be traded after his third season with Montreal. The 31-year-old had four goals and 18 points in 82 regular-season games to help the Canadiens win the Atlantic Division, and had four points (one goal) in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 6:37 PM

The Denver Post's Mike Chambers doesn't think that Francois Beauchemin is the defenseman that the Colorado Avalanche need, comparing him (unfavorably) to Brad Stuart.

Chambers: "They are the same player, and joining the Avs with a careers-worth of mileage on their bodies. Brad Stuart was not the answer the team sought, and already is considered a No. 5 or No. 6 guy."
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 6:34 PM

Phil Kessel says he's extremely excited to have been traded the other day to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"Being in Toronto, I got to play in one playoffs in all my years (six) there," Kessel said. "Hopefully, I'll get to play in many in Pittsburgh. I'm just so excited, I really am. For it to be Pittsburgh. . .with everything that franchise has meant and two of the best players in the world there … I never would have thought I'd have the chance to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, to play on a team like the Penguins. It's just amazing. I'm so pumped." Kessel had 247 goals and 520 points in 668 NHL games, including his first three seasons with the Boston Bruins. He has played every game since the 2009-10 season, but with the Maple Leafs made the Stanley Cup Playoffs only in 2013. In 82 games last season, Kessel had 25 goals and 61 points, including 25 on the power play.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 6:26 PM

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz believes that the St. Louis Blues are actually better off without T.J. Oshie.

Miklasz believes that Oshie is "overrated" and Troy Brouwer will score the tough goals that his trade counterpart failed to do. The columnist doesn't appreciate Oshie's "celebrity" status in St. Louis, which he views as unearned.
Jul 4 - 6:26 PM

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch sees Matt Calvert as a fourth-line forward in 2015-16.

Calvert scored 13 goals and 23 points in just 56 games, so it seems reasonable to ponder him as someone in the top nine. Either way, the Blue Jackets should be a lot tougher to deal with, especially if they enjoy more reasonable injury luck.
Jul 4 - 6:18 PM

The Minnesota Wild have officially announced the signing of Devan Dubnyk to a six-year/$26 million contract.

Dubnyk was sensational for the Wild after being traded from the Coyotes on January 14 as he went 27-9-2 with a 1.78 GAA and a .936 save percentage. He went from a backup goalie in Arizona to being a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. "The most exciting thing for me is knowing I get to be part of a really good hockey team for a long time," Dubnyk told the Star Tribune on June 27. "Getting a chance to play with that group of guys last year was the best experience for me. I'm real excited."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 4 - 5:49 PM

The Washington Capitals added some goaltending depth by inking Dan Ellis to a one-year, two-way contract on Saturday.

Ellis would likely fight for time at the AHL level, but he's a nice resource if injuries strike. The 35-year-old spent the last two seasons with the Florida Panthers organization. In 2014-15, he played 37 games for the San Antonio Rampage and eight for the Panthers.
Jul 4 - 12:54 PM

The Predators have inked free agent center Cody Bass to a one-year deal, two-way deal.

If Bass plays in the NHL he will make $575,000, while if he toils in the AHL, he will earn $125,000. The 28-year-old Bass is far from being a prospect as he has been mediocre in the AHL the past eight seasons. He should be considered organizational depth, and as a result, has no fantasy value.
Jul 4 - 11:53 AM

Blake Comeau should have no trouble feeling at home with the Avalanche.

Comeau has a number of long-standing relationships with current Avalanche players. He is friendly with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay from his days with the Flames and is a member of the Kelowna Rockets Alumni, an organization which Tyson Barrie is very active in. That said, Comeau is likely to play on Colorado's third line and will have limited to no fantasy value in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 11:41 AM

Mike Hoffman, who had a breakout rookie season in 2014-15, has filed for salary arbitration.

The talented winger made $750,000 last season but is due for a significant increase after scoring 27 goals and registering 48 points in 79 games. Although we do not know what figures have been filed by either side, we do know that the Senators and Hoffman are very far apart in their positions at present. Stay tuned.
Jul 4 - 11:05 AM

Lawson Crouse completed the Panthers' development camp with a flurry.

The team's top draft pick in last week's entry draft scored a hat trick and a shootout goal on the final day to earn praise from the Florida coaching staff. Although known more for his hard-nosed style of play, Crouse may have quite a bit more offensive potential than even optimistic scouts believe. Keep an eye on him in training camp as he may have an outside chance to make the Cats' roster.
Jul 4 - 10:09 AM


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