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Christian Djoos has signed a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

Djoos' new deal is a two-way agreement in 2017-18, but becomes one-way in 2018-19. What that means is that Djoos will earn less money if he plays in the minors next season, but he'll earn the same amount regardless of where he plays during the second season of the contract. The 22-year-old blueliner is coming off a strong season in the AHL where he recorded 13 goals and 58 points in 66 contests. Keep an eye on him during training camp.
Jun 22 - 2:22 PM

Freddie Tiffels has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh took Tiffels with the 167th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He had nine goals and 21 points in 37 contests with Western Michigan University last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 1:50 PM

The Dallas Stars have hired Rick Wilson and Stu Barnes to serve as assistant coaches.

Dallas also announced that Curt Fraser is staying on as an assistant coach. Wilson was previously a coach with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars from 1992-2009. That includes when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999. He was briefly the team's head coach in 2001-02 and had a 13-11-7 record before becoming an associate coach until 2009. After that he coached with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Minnesota Wild, and then joined Ken Hitchcock in St. Louis. Barnes also has a history with the Stars as he was an assistant coach for them from 2008-11. "We are very happy to have Rick, Stu and Curt returning to the Stars organization and rounding out Ken's staff," said GM Jim Nill. "The three have a unique familiarity with the club from the time they spent here, and we're excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience they will add to our coaching staff."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 1:25 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick.

Vegas got Schlemko from San Jose in the expansion draft. The Golden Knights selected a lot of defensemen in the draft and they're now in the process of flipping some of them. Schlemko had two goals and 18 points in 62 contests while averaging 16:45 minutes last season. He's completed the first season of his four-year, $8.4 million contract.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 1:19 PM

Matt Greene has been placed on unconditional waivers.

It's believed that the Kings will buyout Greene's contract if he clears. He has one season left on his four-year, $10 million deal. Greene has only played in 29 contests over the last the seasons, in large part due to injuries.
Jun 22 - 1:10 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Trevor van Riemsdyk and a 2018 seventh-round pick from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for the 62nd overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Vegas claimed van Riemsdyk from Chicago in the expansion draft. He had five goals and 16 points in 58 contests in 2016-17. The Golden Knights got a lot of defensemen in the draft, so it was expected that they'd follow that up with trades like this one. "As a right-handed defenseman, Trevor fills an immediate need in our lineup," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "He has obviously already experienced success in Chicago, and now will be another good, young piece on our blueline."
Source: NHL.com
Jun 22 - 12:56 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have acquired Ryan Strome from the New York Islanders in exchange for Jordan Eberle.

Eberle had declined somewhat offensively in recent years and he came with a $6 million annual cap hit, so from the Oilers perspective, they're getting a cheaper, younger forward in this exchange. That said, Strome is a gamble. While he does have a lot of offensive upside, the soon-to-be 24-year-old is coming off a campaign where he was limited to 30 points and he only recorded 28 points in 2015-16. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to bounce back. He'll be a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 campaign, so this will be a key season for him.
Jun 22 - 12:52 PM

The New York Islanders have acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ryan Strome.

Eberle had 47 and 51 points in each of his last two campaigns, which is a step down from what we had seen from him in the past. Given that he has a $6 million annual cap hit for another two seasons, that offensive decline was problematic. For the Islanders though, Eberle has the potential to be the winger for John Tavares that they've been looking for. If the two mesh well in 2017-18 then Eberle could see a significant spike in production, possibly to the point where he returns to the 60-70 point range.
Jun 22 - 12:45 PM

Although Toby Enstrom agreed to waive his no-movement clause, allowing him to be exposed in the expansion draft, he didn't want to leave Winnipeg.

"I can confirm that Enstrom has waived his no-move as a favour to the Jets organization. Tobias has played his entire career in the organization and has always been treated with the best respect," his agent, Kalle Boden said. "He has warm feelings for the city and the Jets organization and wanted to help them out in a tricky situation. Enstrom is positive the Jets have a bright future and he wants to be a part of that. Therefore he is 100 per cent clear that he wants to stay." In the end, the Jets worked out a trade with Vegas that involved the Golden Knights claiming Chris Thorburn, so Enstrom is still with the Jets. Enstrom, 32, had a goal and 14 points in 60 contests while averaging 21:54 minutes last season.
Jun 22 - 10:28 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury is upbeat as he moves on from the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fleury waived his no-movement clause so that the Penguins could expose him in the expansion draft and the Golden Knights claimed him. "I'm very excited about it," Fleury said. "It was time. I was fortunate to be there for 14 years. I'm thankful for this opportunity in Vegas, to be a part of this community and organization." He won the Stanley Cup three times with the Penguins, but Matt Murray was clearly the Penguins' number one goaltender at this point. Now Fleury will likely find himself as a team's top netminder again and he'll also be one of the highest profile members of the expansion team.
Jun 22 - 10:00 AM

Scott Laughton might secure a regular role with the Flyers in 2017-18 as their fourth-line center.

Laughton is projected to battle Mike Vecchione for that position. The vacancy is there because the Golden Knights took Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in the expansion draft. Laughton spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL, but he does have 109 contests worth of NHL experience.
Jun 22 - 9:57 AM

Chris Pronger has joined the Florida Panthers' front office.

Pronger's seven-year, $34,550,000 contract expired following the 2016-17 campaign, but unfortunately he hasn't been able to play since 2011 due to concussions. Although his playing career ended sooner than hoped, he still had a spectacular run and now he'll be able to contribute in other ways with Florida. He'll be working with general manager Dale Tallon.
Jun 22 - 9:49 AM

Brayden McNabb is optimistic about the Vegas Golden Knights' chances in their expansion season.

McNabb was Vegas' choice from Los Angeles in the expansion draft. "I think we’re going to be competitive," McNabb said. "There are a lot of good players we selected and some young guys too. We’ve got great goaltending, so it starts there. So it’ll be fun." Vegas' roster is better than your typical expansion team, but it still doesn't look particularly impressive. Vegas might be able to surprise people, but at the end of the day the Golden Knights shouldn't be projected to compete for a playoff spot in their first season.
Jun 22 - 9:40 AM

Although Marcus Kruger wasn't selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft, that might still be his destination.

Chicago reportedly might trade Kruger to Vegas in exchange for a defenseman. He doesn't bring much to the table offensively, but he's strong without the puck and when it comes to killing penalties. While parting ways with Kruger would be a tough pill for the Blackhawks to swallow, they could use the $3,083,333 in cap relief that a trade would provide.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 22 - 4:19 AM

The 2017 fifth-round selection that the Vegas Golden Knights got from the Carolina Hurricanes originally belonged to the Boston Bruins.

Carolina gave Vegas the pick to entice the Golden Knights to take Connor Brickley in the expansion draft. The fifth-round pick the Hurricanes surrendered was originally acquired by Carolina as part of the John-Michael Liles trade on Feb. 29, 2016.
Jun 22 - 4:15 AM


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