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Rene Bourque will reportedly sign a PTO with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bourque seems to have all the tools to be a successful NHLer, but he's struggled mightily in the last few seasons. The 34-year-old had just three goals and eight points in 49 games with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16. Even if he does make the team, Bourque won't have any fantasy value.
Aug 25 - 7:24 PM

According to Coyotes GM John Chayka, Dave Bolland won't be ready to play for the "foreseeable future".

That's a bonus for the Coyotes, as they'll be able to place him on long-term injured reserve. While he's on IR, Bolland's cap hit won't be charged to the Coyotes salary cap. Bolland played in just 25 games last year because of a lower-body injury.
Aug 25 - 7:20 PM

The New York Rangers signed Brandon Pirri to a one-year, $1.1 million contract.

The 25-year-old scored 22 goals in just 49 games two seasons ago, but his production dipped last year as he scored 14 goals and 29 points with Florida and Anaheim. In the right situation, Pirri might be able to hit the 20-goal mark.
Aug 25 - 4:58 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have hired Jared Bednar to be their next head coach.

He replaces Patrick Roy, who re-signed earlier this month. "After profiling the type of coach I wanted for our team and going through an interview process with several good candidates, I believe that Jared Bednar is the best person to lead this team behind the bench," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "Jared’s track record of success as a head coach in the American Hockey League speaks for itself and he is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business." Bednar won the Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters (Columbus' AHL affiliate) in 2016. The 44-year-old has 14 years of professional coaching experience in the ECHL and AHL.
Aug 25 - 1:42 PM

Coyotes GM John Chayka was thrilled with his acquisition of Lawson Crouse.

"We are very pleased to acquire Lawson," said Chayka. "He's a big, physical, power forward who is a strong skater with good hands. Players of his caliber and profile are extremely hard to find." Crouse was acquired from Florida earlier today. The 11th overall pick in 2015 already has NHL-ready size, as he's 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds. The Coyotes aren't as deep as the Panthers, so this trade could lead to Crouse getting to the NHL as soon as this season.
Aug 25 - 12:36 PM

Sidney Crosby will wear the "C" for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.

Crosby will be the captain, while Chicago's Jonathan Toews and Montreal's Shea Weber will be assistant captains. These three players had the same leadership responsibilities during Team Canada's gold medal run at the 2014 Olympic Games. "Sid, Toews and Web are great men who have had unbelievable on-ice success," said Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock. "We look forward to them stepping up and leading our group as we work to achieve our ultimate goal at the World Cup."
Aug 25 - 11:58 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse from the Florida Panthers for a conditional 2nd round pick in 2018 and a third round pick in 2017.

If Crouse doesn't play for the Coyotes this season, the second round pick will become a third round pick. The Panthers agreed to give up Crouse so that they can get Bolland's inflated $5.5 million cap hit off the books. The 19-year-old was drafted 11th overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Crouse scored 23 goals and 62 points in 49 games for OHL Kingston last season. He's also represented Canada at each of the last two World Junior Hockey Championships. Going to Arizona should increase his odds of sticking in the NHL this season.
Aug 25 - 9:46 AM

The Florida Panthers have traded Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse to the Arizona Coyotes for a conditional 2nd round pick in 2018 and a third round pick in 2017.

This was an unexpected blockbuster deal. Bolland hasn't lived up to the massive contract he signed in the summer of 2014. The 30-year-old played in just 25 games in 2015-16, as he dealt with a lingering lower-body injury. Bolland has three years remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $5.5 million. To sweeten the deal, Florida had to include top prospect Lawson Crouse. The 19-year-old was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Panthers have essentially sacrificed a good prospect for some salary cap flexibility.
Aug 25 - 9:42 AM

Florida and Arizona are working on a deal that would send Dave Bolland to the Coyotes.

The report comes from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Trading Bolland won't be easy because of his expensive contract and limited contributions over the last few seasons. To shed Bolland's contract, the Panthers are apparently going to include top prospect Lawson Crouse, who was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Bolland has three years remaining on his contract at an AAV of $5.5 million. A lower-body injury limited him to 25 games last season.
Aug 25 - 9:35 AM

According to the Denver Post, there are three strong candidates remaining for the Avalanche's head coaching position.

Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen, Capitals assistant Lane Lambert and Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar are all serious candidates at this point. The Avalanche will will have to decide on someone soon, as we're less than a month away from the start of NHL training camps. A decision could come as early as Thursday.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 25 - 9:26 AM

Joseph Blandisi is looking to be more consistent in 2016-17.

The 22-year-old played in 41 games for the Devils during his rookie season. He had five goals and 17 points during that stretch. He'll look to make more of an impact this season. "If we look across the league, it's a lot of young guys making big booms now," Blandisi said. "So it's up to us to help the team score goals and bring the energy night in and night out. You want to be consistent, and I think that's something I need to work on. It's been my focus throughout the summer."
Source: NJ.com
Aug 25 - 9:18 AM

Dawn Braid is "excited" to work with the Arizona Coyotes on a full-time basis.

Braid became the first full-time female assistant coach in NHL history on Wednesday afternoon. "I'm very excited about this opportunity with the Coyotes," Braid said. "I'm looking forward to working with Dave Tippett and his coaching staff and all the great players in the organization. "It’s something that I’ve wanted to see happen. The fact that they respect what I do enough to name me as a full-time coach, or to name me as the first female coach in the NHL, I take a ton of pride in that. I’ve worked very hard for this opportunity. It’s been going on for years and I just look forward to going even further with it."
Aug 25 - 9:11 AM

The Dallas Stars are still working on re-signing restricted free agent Valeri Nichushkin.

Nichushkin is a talented winger with good size and skill, but he's coming off a nine-goal and 29-point season. "His agent and I have had great dialogue," GM Jim Nill said. "We look forward to getting him signed and getting him in here. It’s a big year for him to continue his growth. We have high expectations for him." He has the potential to develop into a point-producing forward.
Aug 24 - 11:27 PM

Mike Weber will attend St. Louis Blues camp on a professional tryout.

Weber started the year with the Buffalo Sabres, but was traded to the Washington Capitals before the trade deadline. The 28-year-old had a goal and five points in 45 games last season.
Aug 24 - 11:17 PM

Roberto Luongo says his injured hip feels better than expected at this point.

"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good," said Luongo. "I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it." If when Luongo is fully healthy, the Panthers will probably look to decrease his workload. The fact that Florida also signed James Reimer this off-season won't help Luongo's fantasy value.
Aug 24 - 11:13 PM


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