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Luke Schenn's two-year contract is worth $2.5 million.

Schenn will probably serve as a third-pairing defenseman for Arizona, so that's an appropriate price for his projected role. He isn't a factor in standard fantasy leagues, but he becomes more noteworthy in formats that value hits and blocked shots as evidenced by the fact that he had 234 and 106 respectively in 2015-16.
Jul 23 - 6:02 PM

Jordan Schroeder has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Schroeder had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27 that's no longer necessary. He will earn $650,000 when playing in the NHL or $275,000 in the minors. He's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $300,000 though, even if he spends the full campaign in the AHL.
Jul 23 - 4:56 PM

Peter Holland went unclaimed on waivers.

That should help the Maple Leafs build their case for a reduced salary for Holland. After all, every other team in the league just had the opportunity to take him and no one stepped up to do so.
Jul 23 - 3:08 PM

Luke Schenn has inked a two-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

Schenn deserves credit for being a big contributor when it comes to hits and blocked shots as he finished 2015-16 with 234 and 106 respectively. However, he doesn't look as good in terms of Corsi/Fenwick. He hasn't always been a negative Corsi/Fenwick player relative to his teammates, but that has been the case with him more often than not. He has a career minus-3.8 relative Corsi and minus-4.0 relative Fenwick over the course of his career, which suggests that his teams did a worse job of possessing the puck whenever he was on the ice compared to when he wasn't playing. All that said, this move gives Arizona some extra defensive depth and could bolster their third pairing. It's worth adding that Coyotes GM John Chayka feels Schenn "can optimize his performance here."
Jul 23 - 2:18 PM

The Ottawa Senators have hired Martin Raymond to serve as an assistant coach under Guy Boucher.

Raymond is someone with experience serving as Boucher's assistant coach as he was in that role during their shared tenure with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs as well as the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since Raymond and Boucher last parted ways, Raymond has been acting as the head coach of the QMJHL's Drummondville Voltigeurs for two-plus campaigns. "We’re very fortunate to add someone with Martin’s diverse skill set to complete our staff," said Boucher. "He fits our desire to add an NHL-experienced voice and augments our group to the point where we feel comfortable with the ratio with which we’ll be able to provide individual direction to players. Given his existing familiarity with my team-oriented expectations, he’s the right choice to help in the implementation and growth of a culture that is conducive to success."
Jul 23 - 1:29 PM

Brayden Schenn is requesting a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

The Philadelphia Flyers are countering with a two-year contract that would pay him $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4,369,425 in 2017-18. This is all being presented ahead of his arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25. Obviously when players and teams make their pre-arbitration requests known there is going to be a salary gap and from a cap hit perspective, they're not terribly far off. What is somewhat unusual is that the Flyers have decided to ask for a two-year contract, so the difference between them could actually be larger because of it. If Schenn were to have presented what he wanted out of a two-year deal, he would have likely asked for an annual salary above his current request of $5.5 million.
Jul 23 - 12:08 PM

The Minnesota Wild and Jordan Schroeder are reportedly close to a one-year, two-way agreement.

The two sides have an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27 that they might be able to avoid. Minnesota recently placed Schroeder on Wednesday and he went unclaimed, asserting their argument for Schroeder to get a two-way deal.
Jul 23 - 10:36 AM

Kyle Cumiskey has signed with Skelleftea AIK in Sweden.

Cumiskey had a goal and five points in 17 AHL contests last season. The 29-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 139 career NHL games.
Jul 23 - 5:07 AM

Ryan O'Byrne has decided to hang up his skates and return to Cornell University so that he can complete his degree.

O'Byrne spent three seasons playing NCAA hockey for Cornell before turning pro. The defenseman went on to record five goals, 39 points, and 369 penalty minutes in 308 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, and Toronto Maple Leafs. His last NHL season was 2012-13. Since then he's had stints in the KHL, Swiss league, and Sweden.
Jul 23 - 5:05 AM

P.K. Subban anticipates things being different with the small market Nashville Predators compared to his time with the Montreal Canadiens.

"I think there's just less distractions," Subban said. "I think in Montreal, things can become distractions for a team, and for us, I think that here, there's going to be less distractions for sure." Getting out from under the media scrutiny that comes from playing with the Montreal Canadiens might make things easier on him. That being said, he still excelled with the Canadiens and we believe Subban could play effectively in any market.
Jul 23 - 4:32 AM

Kris Versteeg will reportedly sign with Switzerland’s Bern in the near future.

It will be interesting if that does happen given that Versteeg is a pretty established player in the NHL. He might not have been in line for a particularly lucrative deal, but it would be surprising if it turned out that he didn't have any NHL offers on the table. He scored 15 goals and 38 points in 77 games with the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16.
Jul 23 - 4:26 AM

Erik Burgdoerfer's recently inked two-way contract with Buffalo comes with a $575,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

Burgdoerfer's annual salary in the minors would be $80,000. He had six goals, 20 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games in 2015-16.
Jul 22 - 11:48 PM

Claude Giroux (hip/abdomen) has already resumed skating.

Giroux was originally projected to take 10-12 weeks before he'd be back on the ice, but he got to this point in nine weeks. He should be available for the World Cup, where he'll represent Canada.
Jul 22 - 8:44 PM

Erik Burgdoerfer signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Buffalo Sabres.

Burgdoerfer had six goals, 20 points, and 59 penalty minutes in 74 AHL contests last season. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in an NHL game.
Jul 22 - 6:29 PM

Brandon Tanev has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

Tanev will come with a cap hit of $874,125 if he plays in the NHL. He had 15 goals and 28 points in 38 games with Providence College in 2015-16. He also participated in three Jets games last season, but didn't record a point.
Jul 22 - 5:26 PM


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