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Blake Coleman felt he grew a lot in his first full season with the Devils.

"Maybe at other levels - college and the American League - you score on a few shots that you can’t score on in this league," Coleman said. "You learn that poise and you learn goalie tendencies a little bit and you start to capitalize more frequently." Coleman's work seemed to paid off as he went from scoring six goals in the first 63 games to seven goals in the final 16 contests. He added another two markers in the playoffs. At the age of 26 (27 in November), he's something of a late bloomer, but we could see him continuing to grow next season.
Apr 25 - 4:33 AM

Laurent Brossoit is set to become a Group VI UFA this summer.

Brossoit qualifies for that as he's 25-years-old, has been at the professional level for over three years, but hasn't appeared in at least 28 career NHL games where he's logged at least 30 minutes. In other words, because Brossoit never managed to establish himself with the Oilers, at this point he's allowed to become an UFA earlier than others. It would be somewhat surprising if the Oilers re-signed Brossoit, though if they did it would be to use him in the AHL.
Apr 25 - 4:27 AM

Al Montoya might not end up being a part of the Oilers' 2018-19 opening game roster.

We'll have to see what the summer brings of course, but it looks like Edmonton has some interesting in getting a stronger backup option to take some of the pressure off Cam Talbot. It's been reported that Edmonton might sign KHL standout Mikko Koskinen and perhaps they would entertain other options as well. If Edmonton does add a goalie over the summer, then Montoya could be relegated to serving as the team's third-string netminder and consequently start the campaign in the AHL. He comes with a $1,062,500 cap hit in 2018-19, so burying his contract wouldn't be a significant issue.
Apr 25 - 4:21 AM

It's been reported that the Edmonton Oilers might sign Mikko Koskinen this summer.

Koskinen posted a 1.69 GAA and .931 save percentage in 31 KHL games in 2017-18. If the 29-year-old goaltender does sign with Edmonton, it will likely be to serve as Cam Talbot's backup instead of Al Montoya.
Apr 25 - 4:19 AM

Darnell Nurse is hoping to grow offensively in 2018-19.

Nurse set career-highs in 2017-18 with six goals and 26 points in 82 games, but he believes he has significantly more to give. "I think I made strides," said Nurse. "I’m looking forward to taking another step … I want to grow my offensive side (26 points). I can take that to another level. I believe I should be a two-way threat, night-in, night-out." He's just 23-years-old, so it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him continue to develop. We don't expect him to be an elite offensive defenseman, but perhaps he can accumulate 30-40 points next season.
Apr 25 - 4:15 AM

One area that new head coach Bill Peters might be able to help the Calgary Flames in is their discipline.

The Hurricanes were the least penalized team in the league in three of the four seasons that Peters oversaw them. Meanwhile, the Flames took the second most penalty minutes in 2017-18 with an average of 11:07 minutes per contest. That puts a lot of pressure on the team's penalty kill and has the potential to create unfavorable momentum swings during games. Peters might be able to help the Flames crack down on that and perhaps that alone will turn some would-be losses into wins next season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Apr 25 - 4:11 AM

Tommy Wingels might serve as a healthy scratch in Game 7 against Toronto on Wednesday night.

Wingels was scratched in Game 5, but he suited up in Game 6. Based on the lines at Tuesday's practice, it looks like he might sit again in Game 7. Danton Heinen, who wasn't in the lineup for Game 6, took Wingels' spot on Boston's second line. Either way, neither of these two players will carry fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 9:54 PM

The second-round series between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets will begin on Friday night.

Game 1 will be played at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8:00 p.m. ET. This should be an exciting matchup between the first and second place teams in the NHL during the regular season. The Jets will head into the first game a little more rested, as they finished off the Minnesota Wild on Friday night, while the Predators eliminated the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 7:06 PM

The second-round series between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks will begin on Thursday night.

Game 1 between these Pacific-Division rivals will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Vegas. Both teams made quick work of their first-round opponents as the Golden Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings, while the Sharks eliminated the Anaheim Ducks in four games, too.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 7:01 PM

The second-round series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will begin on Thursday night.

Game 1 will be played at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. This is the third year in a row that these two teams will go head-to-head in the second round. The Penguins managed to top the Capitals in each of the last two years.
Apr 24 - 6:57 PM

Seth Jones averaged 30:37 in Columbus' first-round series against the Washington Capitals.

No player has averaged a higher amount of ice time in the first round in 2018. Of course, the fact that four of the Blue Jackets' six games went to overtime helped inflate Jones' ice time. He had one goal, four assists and a minus-3 rating during the series. Unfortunately for Jones and his team, they couldn't top the Capitals, so they'll be heading home early. He had a remarkable season overall.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 24 - 6:54 PM

Alexandre Alain has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

The 21-year-old free agent spent the 2017-18 season with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the QMJHL. Alain generated 44 goals and 87 points in 65 games. He also currently has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 11 playoff games.
Apr 24 - 6:29 PM

Ryan Suter was spotted on crutches Monday with his right ankle in a cast.

Suter is expected to be in the cast for another week and then will have to keep pressure off his ankle for a couple of months. "I can't walk on it, so it's going to be a long process," he said.
Apr 24 - 6:04 PM

Joel Eriksson Ek played hurt in the postseason.

Eriksson Ek didn't take many faceoffs in Minnesota's five-game series. Coach Bruce Boudreau wasn't certain if Eriksson Ek was hurt when he was leveled by Jets defender Dustin Byfuglien in Game 1, but said "there's a good chance" that was the cause. The Minnesota bench boss said that no injured player will require off-season surgery.
Apr 24 - 5:56 PM

Jason Zucker will need a new contract this summer.

Zucker will become a restricted free agent with arbitration eligibility this off-season. He is coming off a two-year, $4 million contract. Zucker posted career highs with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games in 2017-18.
Apr 24 - 5:49 PM


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