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Although the acquisition and subsequent signing of Dougie Hamilton served as a temporary distraction, the focus in Calgary will now shift back to Mark Giordano's negotiations.

"Mark's our captain and our leader, and we're gonna work away at getting that done," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "No update on the talks with Mark, other than it remains a priority for us to continue and work away at and get to a good conclusion." Giordano still has a season left on his contract, so his situation wasn't urgent. It will be interesting to see how Calgary handles its defensive situation though as it already has roughly $22 million committed to five blueliners in 2016-17 and that doesn't include Giordano. It's likely the Flames will have to make another move at some point.
Source: Calgary Sun
Jul 1 - 7:58 AM

Although Patrick Kaleta is mere hours away from officially becoming an unrestricted free agent, he still wants to re-sign with Buffalo.

"My No. 1 goal and priority is to stay with the Sabres, especially after the moves we made," Kaleta said. "It'd be amazing to continue my career here." The moves in question might have sealed Kaleta's fate though. The Sabres have a bit of a logjam in terms of forwards as it is, so it seems unlikely that they would sign Kaleta at this point. He had three assists in 42 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 1 - 7:53 AM

The Arizona Coyotes might be active in the free agent market on July 1.

They're still nearly $13 million under the salary floor, according to General Fanager, so clearly they need to make some additions. The challenge might be luring free agents to Arizona as the team's future is uncertain due to the Coyotes lease agreement fight with the City of Glendale. Arizona can be regarded as something of an X-factor heading into the free agent period for those reasons. For his part, Coyotes GM Don Maloney expects to make some additions, but he cautioned it might not happen on Wednesday.
Jul 1 - 7:46 AM

Anthony Leblanc, Coyotes owner, and NHL deny team moving to Las Vegas.

The New York Post claimed two unidentified sources indicated the Coyotes were being sold to billionaire William Foley and moved to Las Vegas. However, when the story was published Tuesday evening, Bettman said the story "was garbage." Leblanc said the story was 'one hundred per cent false. There's no truth to it. I'm not an unidentified source, I'm a principal, so I think I should know." The Arizona Coyotes saga is very interesting to say the least.
Jul 1 - 3:52 AM

Boyd Gordon knows what to expect in his return to the Arizona Coyotes.

"I know what (coach Dave Tippett) expects from me, and I think playing two seasons there -- I think maybe the transition's easier than going to a different team and different coaching and all that kind of stuff," Gordon said. "Hopefully the transition is maybe a little bit smoother than going somewhere else." Gordon tallied six goals and 13 points in 68 games last season while ranking 11th (55.9%) in face-off proficiency.
Jul 1 - 3:29 AM

The Boston Bruins "are interested" in Chicago Blackhawks' forward Bryan Bickell, according to a source.

Bickell has two seasons left on his contract which carries a $4M cap hit, and $9M in combined salary. The Bruins meanwhile have about $5.9M in cap space and may require the Blackhawks to "retain some salary." Chicago only has about $1.4M left under the ceiling, and may not be so inclined to deal the bruising forward unless Boston sweetens the pot.
Jun 30 - 9:00 PM

According to a report by TMZ, Mike Richards was found with the prescription drug oxycodone by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the US-Canadian border.

Thus could be the "material breach" LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi referenced when the story originally broke. Neither the police, the Kings, nor the Players Association have commented further but it appears that this ordeal may be about to get messy. Richards, mind you, has not yet been charged with a crime.
Source: TMZ
Jun 30 - 8:52 PM

Patrick Mullen has re-signed with Ottawa to another a one-year, two-way contract worth $600K in the NHL.

The deal is actually a slight step down from his previous $700K NHL salary. However, Mullen is a career minor leaguer. He'll be entering his third season with AHL Binghamton after having his best season since 2011-12 with five goals and 29 points in 54 games. The 29-year-old Mullen will once again make $150K in the AHL.
Jun 30 - 8:35 PM

Jeremy Welsh has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The 27-year-old Welsh is coming off his best career season with AHL Chicago, registering 20 goals and 41 points over 75 games. His NHL salary and cap hit is expected to be the league-minimum at $550K, but he'll likely spend most of his time in the AHL earning $100K instead.
Jun 30 - 8:31 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear to top-scorer and RFA Vladimir Tarasenko he's "a priority."

"I've been clear that he's a priority for us and he understands that," Armstrong said. "Now we've just got to see if we can get a deal done." Tarasenko had a break-out season for the Blues in 2014-15, leading the team with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games. The two markers ranked tied for fifth and tenth respectively in the league as well. He also ranked third in the league with 29 even-strength goals, just three behind leader Rick Nash. Though Tarasenko is expected to command a long term and high cap hit, he's "not worried" about a possible offer sheet as St. Louis has about $14.3M in cap space.
Jun 30 - 8:26 PM

It appears that the Calgary Flames "kicked the tires" on possibly acquiring Toronto's Phil Kessel.

The deal never came to be, in part, because Toronto was not "not willing to retain any of Kessel's $8 million salary, although they were willing to take on player(s) from Calgary to alleviate the money," according to sources. Kessel is owed a $4M signing bonus on Wednesday July 1st, and it appears as unlikely as ever that he'll be off Toronto's books by then. Possible contracts Toronto might have been willing to take back include, Dennis Wideman ($5.25M cap hit), David Jones ($4M), and Mason Raymond ($3.15M). Calgary is currently about $15.2M under the cap ceiling as well.
Jun 30 - 8:11 PM

Bryan Lerg has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the San Jose Sharks.

The 29-year-old forward probably won't be gracing your fantasy squad any time soon, but he did put up 13 goals and 41 points in 68 games for AHL Worcester last season. His AHL salary is not yet known, but he did make $125K in 2014-15. He'll ding the cap at a $600K rate while with San Jose, though.
Jun 30 - 8:03 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have traded winger Lauri Korpikoski to the Edmonton Oilers for center Boyd Gordon.

Both on expiring contracts that host $3M salaries, the Oilers free up an additional half-million dollars in cap space with the move. The 28-year-old Korpikoski is coming off a 21-point season in 69 games for Arizona, but just one of his six goals came at even-strength.
Jun 30 - 7:52 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have traded center Boyd Gordon to the Arizona Coyotes for winger Lauri Korpikoski.

While the salaries even out at $3M for each player's expiring contract, the Coyotes inch ever-closer to the cap floor by taking on an extra half-million dollars in cap space. "Boyd is an excellent defensive center who is one of the league's best in the face-off circle," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "He has a great work ethic and will add experience and leadership to our dressing room. We are excited to have him back." Gordon recorded 13 points in 68 games for Edmonton last season while ranking 11th best league-wide with a 55.9 face-off winning percentage.
Jun 30 - 7:47 PM

It appears that centerman Marcus Kruger and the Chicago Blackhawks are "closing in on a deal."

The 25-year-old RFA Kruger is coming off a two-year, $2.65M contract, and his second Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago has only about $1.4M in cap space under the ceiling. Kruger has accumulated just 15 goals and 45 points over the last two seasons, while blocking 120 shots and winning well over half his face-offs while skating over 13 minutes per night. It's not yet known how much Kruger is seeking, but it won't break the bank.
Jun 30 - 7:13 PM


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