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Alex Tuch suffered a knee injury during an exhibition game at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.

The ailment will prevent him from playing in the United States' three remaining contests, but he is going to stay with the team. "The reality is he can probably get better medical treatment here than sitting at home," said USA national junior GM Jim Johannson. "We have the trainers and medical staff here. I would say there's a remote chance he might skate but he won't play in any more games." Tuch has been walking around under his own power, so the decision to keep him out appears to be more precautionary than anything else. The Minnesota Wild picked him with the 18th overall choice in the 2014 draft.
Aug 4 - 9:19 PM

Brandon Sutter has inked a 5-year, $21.875 million deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Sutter was acquired from Pittsburgh along with a 2016 third rounder in exchange for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round pick last week. His $4.375 million cap hit in 2016-17 is certainly pricey for a player who has reached the 40-point mark once in his career. Sutter is projected to be the Canucks' second-line center this season.
Aug 4 - 6:52 PM

Brendan Perlini will not take part in anymore activities at Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp due to an undisclosed injury.

He skipped the morning skate on Tuesday because of a "minor" ailment and he's being held out for the rest of the week for precautionary reasons. Perlini was the 12th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.
Aug 4 - 6:17 PM

The NHL has reached a six-year digital media rights partnership deal with Major League Baseball Advanced Media.

MLBAM will run GameCenter Live, Centre Ice, the NHL Network, and the individual team websites. "As the market leader, MLBAM is uniquely qualified to assist us in giving hockey fans a richer, more immersive experience with the game," said Commissioner Gary Bettman. "MLBAM is also the right partner because they have the expertise to help us deliver new and exciting products to our fans, who crave compelling digital content. We couldn't have North America better covered than with the power of NBC, Rogers, TVA and MLBAM – an incredible convergence of technical, creative and production talent that is great news for our fans."
Aug 4 - 5:27 PM

Updating an earlier item, Jared McCann will be held out of the rest of Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp for "precautionary reasons."

He was hit hard by Russian defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov on Monday night and wasn't able to return to the game. Zhuldikov was given a two-minute penalty and a 10-minute misconduct for head contact on the play. McCann was selected by Vancouver with the 24th overall pick of the 2014 draft.
Aug 4 - 4:30 PM

New Jersey has hired Andre Savard and Claude Noel as professional scouts.

Savard has more than 27 years of experience in coaching, scouting and management in the NHL and he knows Devils GM Ray Shero from their time together in Pittsburgh. Noel has coached at various levels, including the NHL when he was behind the bench for Columbus and Winnipeg.
Aug 4 - 3:46 PM

Bryce Salvador met with Devils GM Ray Shero last week.

He is recovering from a bulging disc and nerve damage in his back that kept him out for the final 67 games of the 2014-15 season. Salvador said that there's "nothing new to report" on his plans for playing in the upcoming campaign. He intends to wait until the end of the summer to decide on his status.
Aug 4 - 3:23 PM

Mitchell Marner was impressive in an exhibition win over Russia at Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

"I thought he was outstanding," coach Dave Lowry said. "There's a reason why Toronto took him when they drafted him. He's an exceptional player. It was nice to see it live. He's a world-class player and a highly skilled individual." Marner picked up an assist on a goal by Joe Hicketts in a 4-1 victory. He was also used on the point on the first power-play unit and he helped kill penalties. Marner wasn't invited to attend Canada's selection camp last winter, but he appears to be a lock for the World Junior squad this year.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 4 - 2:09 PM

If Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is unavailable for the start of the regular season then Evgeny Kuznetsov is the likeliest candidate to move up to the top line.

Backstrom is expected to participate in training camp, so he could be on track to be ready for opening night. If he can't play then Kuznetsov is expected to move up from the second line to skate between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
Aug 4 - 1:48 PM

Andre Burakovsky could end up in Washington's top-six forward group as a winger or as the center of the third line.

"To me, he could play any position, right wing, center or left wing," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He's just that good." Burakovsky is projected to battle with Marcus Johansson for a spot on one of Washington's scoring lines. McLellan said he prefers Johansson on the wing and he envisions Burakovsky as a future second-line pivot. However, the final decision is up to coach Barry Trotz and if he prefers a defensive approach on his third unit then Jay Beagle or Brooks Laich could be options to use in the middle as well. The situation should become clearer at training camp.
Aug 4 - 12:07 PM

Ottawa is open to giving Mike Hoffman a long-term deal if he continues to rack up points like he did in his successful rookie campaign.

The Senators would like to see him improve his two-way game and play with more consistency, though. "Mike's play tailed off a bit in the second half (two goals in the last 16 games) and we want to see if Mike can do it again ... we have a lot of confidence and faith Mike can do that next year," said assistant GM Pierre Dorion. Hoffman was awarded a one-year, $2 million deal from arbitration.
Aug 4 - 11:16 AM

Jared McCann was hurt during an exhibition game against Russia on Monday night at Canada's National Junior Evaluation Camp.

He was injured on a high hit from Team Russia defenseman Nikita Zhuldikov just 57 seconds into the second period and he wasn't able to return. Team Canada coach Dave Lowry said McCann was fine and the Vancouver draft pick would be re-evaluated Tuesday.
Aug 4 - 9:50 AM

James van Riemsdyk is a big supporter of several changes that Toronto has made this off-season.

"You see what they're doing obviously on the outside with hiring different people in management and coaches, but the stuff behind the scenes, the things they're doing to track performance and health, is all very encouraging," he said. "They're making the commitment and that starts up top with ownership. They're making a commitment to different things to really make sure that there is no excuse if you put the work in." He's excited to get to know GM Lou Lamoriello, who he met for the first time when he was 15 years old. Van Riemsdyk is also looking forward to playing for new coach Mike Babcock and getting tips from Dr. Jeremy Bettle, who was hired as the director of sports science and performance. Obviously, he wasn't as enthused to see friend and linemate Phil Kessel get traded, but he knows that is part of the business.
Aug 3 - 8:05 PM

Brian Foster has inked an AHL deal with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the 2015-16 season.

He spent the previous season with Lillehammer IK of the GET-ligaen in Norway. Foster has only seen five minutes of action at the NHL level and he played in the ECHL during the 2013-14 campaign.
Aug 3 - 6:20 PM

Carl Hagelin, who is still a restricted free agent, is slated to get an opportunity to play in Anaheim's top-six forward group.

"Whatever chance I get with the Ducks, I'm ready for it," said Hagelin. "But at the same time, I've always been a player who puts the team first. Whether that's blocking shots on the PK or putting up points offensively. I'm 26 years old, turning 27 soon, so I'm hoping this year or next year I'm a top-six forward again." He could be a fit on the second with Ryan Kesler and Jakob Silfverberg, who he played with at the Sochi Olympics as a member of Team Sweden. There's also a good chance that he'll get a turn with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry at some point.
Aug 3 - 5:39 PM

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