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Matthew Benning's two-year contract extension is worth $3.8 million.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.9 million. Benning signed the new deal on Tuesday afternoon, but the financial details weren't released right away. He's currently the fifth highest paid defenseman on the Oilers roster behind Andrej Sekera, Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson and Kris Russell. Benning had six goals and 21 points in 73 games last season.
Jun 19 - 9:35 PM

Chris Tanev is reportedly "in play," according to Sportsnet's Rick Dhaliwal.

The report also suggests that the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested, but that the offers, in general, aren't good enough to get Tanev out of Vancouver right now. The 28-year-old had two goals and 11 points in 42 games this season. He has two years remaining on his current contract that comes with a cap hit of $4.45 million. Teams could become more and more aggressive as the draft approaches.
Jun 19 - 8:21 PM

Phil Kessel is reportedly willing to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade, according to The Athletic.

It's important to note that beat reporter Josh Yohe opened his story by reminding people that Kessel is also willing to stick around Pittsburgh, so he isn't demanding a trade even though his relationship with Mike Sullivan is rocky. Kessel would also be willing to play for former assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who's now the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, but that's unlikely to happen. There's a very real chance that the 30-year-old winger could find himself on another team in the coming weeks. He had 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 19 - 7:21 PM

Brock Boeser (back/wrist) intends to play in a Minnesota summer league next month.

Boeser said that his rehab from back and wrist injuries remains on schedule. He is expected to be ready for training camp. Boeser impressed during his rookie season with 29 goals and 55 points in 62 games.
Jun 19 - 6:58 PM

Vancouver has been in contract talks with Richard Bachman.

Bachman can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He posted a 2.98 goals-against average and .902 save percentage in 31 games with the AHL's Utica Comets last season.
Jun 19 - 6:29 PM

Darren Archibald can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Archibald and Vancouver have reportedly been in talks for an extension. It's believed the Canucks may be offering a two-way contract, but he wants a one-way deal. Archibald split time between Vancouver and Utica of the AHL in 2017-18. He had four goals and nine points in 27 NHL appearances.
Jun 19 - 6:26 PM

San Jose made a couple of trades Tuesday that cleared cap space and added draft picks.

"This series of trades has allowed us to accomplish several organizational goals," San Jose GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We have witnessed some tremendous growth in our younger forwards over the past season and we feel that we have another group of players that are ready to challenge for additional ice time." The Sharks dealt Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman and a 2020 sixth-round draft pick to the Ottawa Senators for Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and a 2020 fifth-round pick. Shortly afterward, San Jose flipped Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Florida Panthers for a 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick (Vegas Golden Knights) and a 2018 fifth-round pick.
Jun 19 - 6:05 PM

Trade talks involving Erik Karlsson are expected to heat up in the coming days.

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion may be hard-pressed to get fair value in a potential trade involving the Senators captain. Karlsson has a 10-team no-trade list and he is entering the final year of his contract, so the next organization he joins will have to be a long-term fit. Karlsson will have plenty of interested suitors, but discussions with Vegas may be a hot topic again. He was close to heading there at the trade deadline.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 19 - 5:34 PM

Reid Boucher has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Vancouver Canucks.

Boucher split time between the Canucks and the Utica Comets of the AHL last season. In 20 NHL appearances in 2017-18, he contributed three goals and five points. As a member of the Comets, he picked up 25 goals and 46 points in 45 outings.
Jun 19 - 5:09 PM

Matthew Benning has inked a two-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers.

Benning posted six goals, 21 points and 49 penalty minutes in 73 games last season. He was also credited with 149 hits and 82 blocks.
Jun 19 - 5:05 PM

Alexandre Texier won't participate in Columbus' development camp.

Texier had shoulder surgery and will need about three months to recover. He had three assists in seven games with France at the 2018 IIHF World Championship prior to the procedure. Columbus agreed to terms with Texier on an entry-level contract last month.
Jun 19 - 4:57 PM

John Tavares may only speak to a handful of teams if he chooses to listen to other offers.

TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that Tavares likely won't entertain more than five teams if he wants to hear what else is out there. He has been in talks with the Islanders, but it's unclear at this time which other organizations would be in the mix.
Jun 19 - 4:42 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky will play the final year of his current contract in 2018-19.

Bobrovsky can become an unrestricted free agent afterward. Columbus also has to sort out Artemi Panarin's contract situation, as he is eligible for free agency as well. Bobrovsky has a cap hit of $7.425 million, while Panarin checks in at $6 million. That's two very important players, who could seemingly walk away next summer, and will be seeking pricey long-term deals.
Jun 19 - 4:33 PM

Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen responded quickly to reports that the team is shopping Artemi Panarin.

"Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player," Kekalainen said in a statement "Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has one more year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work toward that end. Should anything change, we will address it at that time an any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club." Panarin has one more season left on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that Panarin is not ready to consider an extension "at this time."
Jun 19 - 4:24 PM

Florida GM Dale Tallon spoke with some Panthers players and received "no pushback at all" before making the move to acquire Mike Hoffman.

Tallon also consulted with senior advisor Chris Pronger and director of player personnel Bryan McCabe, who both have ties to Hoffman. He's a controversial pickup because his fiancee, Monika Caryk, allegedly harassed Melinda Karlsson, who is the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson. Tallon mentioned putting that issue in the past, but there are still investigations ongoing. Hoffman and Caryk have denied the allegations.
Jun 19 - 4:15 PM


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