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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.
Source: NHL.com
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

Chris Drury will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in Boston on Dec. 17.

Mathieu Schneider, Angela Ruggiero and Ron DeGregori will be enshrined alongside him. Drury, who played 892 regular-season games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the New York Rangers, represented Team USA in three Olympics and he won silver medals in 2002 and 2010.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 3 - 5:07 PM

Maxime Sauve has signed a one-year contract with the AHL's Hershey Bears.

He skated with the Cologne Sharks of the DEL last season, where he picked up three goals and nine points in 27 games. Sauve only has one game of NHL experience compared to 213 regular-season contests in the minors.
Aug 3 - 4:33 PM

Mike Hoffman has been awarded a one-year, $2 million deal from arbitration.

That's a pretty good deal for Ottawa after Hoffman led the Senators with 27 goals last season. He posted 48 points in 79 games during his rookie campaign.
Aug 3 - 3:48 PM

Marcus Johansson is expected to see time on the top power-play unit and contend for a top-six forward spot.

Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie were added to the team during the off-season and fill the right side on the top-two lines. If Nicklas Backstrom is fully recovered from off-season hip surgery then Johansson is slated to battle with Andre Burakovsky for the second-line left wing slot. "We just have a deeper top six and you're going to have to play well and it'll be hard to keep your job there," GM Brian MacLellan said. "He's going to have to play well from the start. Same with Andre. Andre's got to win the job if he wants to play in the top six."
Aug 3 - 3:27 PM

The arrival of Brandon Sutter after a trade with Pittsburgh will probably bump Bo Horvat down the depth chart.

Sutter is projected to be Vancouver's second-line center, so that could place Horvat on the third unit for the start of the season. Horvat is expected to build on his 25-point rookie campaign, but his development won't be aided by ice time on a scoring combination. That obviously hurts his fantasy value going into this year, but he wasn't likely to contribute enough to warrant much attention anyway.
Aug 3 - 1:49 PM

Chris Tierney knows he'll be in a battle to stick with San Jose out of training camp.

"I want to come in and earn my spot and make the team. Nothing's guaranteed," Tierney said. "But I do have the mindset like I did last year. Just come in, work hard and try to get better every day." In 43 NHL games last season, he recorded six goals and 15 assists. Tierney played well as the team's third-line center late in the 2014-15 campaign when he produced 14 points in his last 19 games. Look for him to occupy that role again this season.
Aug 3 - 12:37 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is making some progress following off-season hip surgery.

GM Brian MacLellan said that Backstrom resumed skating recently. He's projected to participate in training camp, but his availability for the start of the season is still cloudy.
Aug 3 - 12:06 PM

Jonathon Blum is believed to have options to play in Europe next season.

However, it isn't clear if he wants to play overseas. Blum appeared in four games with Minnesota last season and he suited up in 15 contests the season before. Most of his playing time has been spent in the minors and he's currently a restricted free agent.
Aug 3 - 11:33 AM

Antti Niemi is projected to split starts with Kari Lehtonen in Dallas this campaign.

However, that doesn't mean that they won't be given the opportunity to string together outings if either one of them gets hot. "Lindy and I have talked about it," said GM Jim Nill. "We think it's going to be a split job. Now someone might get it and run with it for a while. We'll play it by ear. There's always the unknown. There's injuries. So many things can happen. Somebody can get sick. You don't know what's going to happen." The Stars feel that the competition between the two will benefit the team and push their netminders to be better.
Aug 3 - 11:10 AM

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin wants to see more consistency from Alexander Semin.

"That was the downside that he had in Carolina and that's what we're looking for," Bergevin said. "If you don't score — (and) it's hard to score in today's game — you have to bring something else to the table. So it's either backchecking or stripping pucks or playing solid hockey ... that's what I expect from you if you don't score." The Canadiens brass is hoping to see Semin recapture the form he had earlier in his career when he was a feared goal scorer.
Aug 3 - 10:09 AM

Jordan Eberle has the potential to turn into a major scoring threat in the upcoming 2015-16 season.

After registering 32 points in the final 32 games of last season, Eberle could be in line for a big year in 2015-16. He is expected be paired up with Taylor Hall and rookie sensation Connor McDavid to form the Oilers top line, which could lead to another 75-plus point season for Eberle. With McDavid's playmaking abilities, Eberle could surpass his career high of 34 goals set in the 2011-12 season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 10:27 PM

Evander Kane is looking for a fresh start in the 2015-2016 season with his new team, the Buffalo Sabres.

After sustaining a season ending shoulder injury in February, Kane will look to be one of Buffalo's main scoring threats after being traded towards the end of last season. Kane will be 24-years-old when he suits up for his first game as a Sabre as he looks to bounce back from a down year. Kane has a chance to be Buffalo's top fantasy forward next season if he can just manage to be healthy and should be a decent mid-round pick in 2015 drafts.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 2 - 8:38 PM


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