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Henrik Zetterberg thinks that Red Wings coach Mike Babcock's decision to move on might ultimately be for the best.

"I want to thank Mike for the time he had here, but I think both him and us probably decided it was time," Zetterberg said. He feels that between the Red Wings' summer signings and the appointment of a new coach, Jeff Blashill, the Detroit has been given a fresh start. He also feels that sometimes teams need a new voice behind the bench. Babcock will be working for the Toronto Maple Leafs this season.
Source: MLive.com
Sep 3 - 10:32 PM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken Slava Voynov into custody.

Voynov, who is a Russian citizen, had been serving a jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He's now in an unspecified location and waiting a hearing with an immigration judge. The NHL has suspended him indefinitely and he consequently hasn't played with Los Angeles since Oct. 19.
Sep 3 - 7:31 PM

Nick Merkley has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Arizona Coyotes.

Merkley was taken by Arizona with the 30th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, which is the selection the Coyotes got from Chicago in the Antoine Vermette trade. Merkley had 20 goals and 90 points in 72 WHL games last season. As you might suspect he has a ton of offensive upside and might prove to be a steal for Arizona as many experts did have him slotted to go earlier in the draft. That being said, he probably won't end up making the team's 2015-16 roster.
Sep 3 - 7:04 PM

The Calgary Flames have extended a professional tryout offer to Ryan Wilson.

Wilson originally signed with Calgary as an undrafted free agent in 2008, but the Flames dealt him to Colorado in a 2009 trade involving Jordan Leopold. Wilson has gone on to record seven goals and 67 points in 230 contests with the Avalanche. He played in just three contests last season though, due to a shoulder injury.
Sep 3 - 5:48 PM

Antti Raanta's interviewer, Juha Luotola, said that the goaltender did admit that he had hoped Nashville would sweep Chicago, but that the quote by itself lacks proper context.

Raanta has denied making such comments after the story emerged from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat. Luotola says he has the interview on tape though. "Antti was frustrated after Chicago send him [a] second time [to the] AHL and he told me truly how he felt. Statement looks bad if you read only one line from story. It's easy to [be] misunderstood and get away from the full story," Luotola said. "But I also know that Antti didn't mean that in bad way. It was just his way to explain how frustrated he was: bad feeling last couple hours and after that, he was happy to be a part of team again."
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 3 - 4:34 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) remains uncertain of his status for the season opener on Oct. 10.

Backstrom wants to make sure he's completely recovered before he returns to the lineup. He is skating and taking things day-by-day, but if he's unsure of his ability to play a month from now then it seems fair to assume that he's not yet close to being 100%.
Source: NHL.com
Sep 3 - 2:47 PM

Dennis Seidenberg was taken the trade rumors that involve him as a sign that he didn't playing well enough.

"If I had heard it from the GM then I would have been concerned, but the thing that bothered me was that people even talked about it. That's kind of a slap in the face. It means you're not playing your best, and you obviously want to play to a level where people don’t question you," Seidenberg said. "On the other hand, you have to focus on your own game and not worry about what people say. If it comes from the top, then you have to be worried about it, but I've never heard anything. I've read it and I saw it, but at the end of the day, I have to focus on what I have to do." There was speculation about him being moved prior to last season's trade deadline, but Seidenberg has a no-trade clause so he had a good amount of control over his fate. Seidenberg is a great defenseman, but his lack of offensive contributions (14 points last season) prevents him from having much value in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 3 - 1:03 PM

Although Bryce Salvador will still be involved with the New Jersey Devils after announcing his retirement, it's not clear what his title will be.

Salvador isn't particularly concerned about that though. "I'm going to be involved and I'm excited about that," Salvador said. "I'm not really one of those guys that needs a title or anything official. I'm just excited that I'm going to have an ongoing relationship with the Devils." That being said, he is interested in being involved in management down the road.
Sep 3 - 10:30 AM

Mark Giordano is completely over the biceps injury that ended his 2014-15 campaign on Feb. 25.

"I started skating a bit toward the end of last year and shooting the puck a little bit," Giordano said. "I got home, took a bit of rest, and got right into the strengthening phase of my recovery. I’ve felt great. Honestly, I'm 100 per cent today. There’s nothing in my mind that’s physically going to hold me back." Giordano inked a six-year extension with the Calgary Flames over the summer that comes with a $6.75 million annual cap hit. Had Giordano not been injured last season, he might have won the Norris Trophy, in part because he had already recorded 48 points in 61 games.
Sep 3 - 10:22 AM

Although Ladislav Smid (neck) is making progress, he hasn't been given full medical clearance for training camp.

"My sense right now is everything is progressing, but he’s not necessarily going to be ready for contact at training camp," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "We'll get a better sense of when that might be (when he sees team doctors Sept. 17). It was a positive report. There's still steps to take." Smid had an assist in 31 games with Calgary in 2014-15. When he is healthy this season, he will likely battle with Deryk Engelland for playing time as the team's sixth or seventh blueliner.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 3 - 10:14 AM

With the start of training camp fast approaching, Micheal Ferland remains unsigned.

Ferland is a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. "Just money and term, that’s all," Flames GM Brad Treliving said, referring to what's standing in the way of a new deal. "We'll bang away. We haven't been able to find something that both sides nod on yet, but we’ve still got some time." Ferland had two goals and five points in 26 NHL contests last season.
Source: Calgary Sun
Sep 3 - 10:11 AM

Patrice Bergeron felt the Boston Bruins' consistency was a key issue last season.

Bergeron believes Boston's inconsistency partially stemmed from the squad getting too comfortable when holding a one-goal lead. "I think focus might have been part of it, but it’s hard to pinpoint one thing that caused the inconsistency," he added. "But it’s something that we definitely have to fix. Going out in games and wanting to be the difference in the whole game is something we have to accomplish, and we have to resolve it early if we want to be a better team." Bergeron had 23 goals and 55 points in 81 games last season.
Sep 3 - 10:06 AM

Joakim Nordstrom's recently inked one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks is a two-way agreement.

Nordstrom will come with a $605,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. When he's playing in the minors though, he'll earn $67,500 annually. He isn't projected to have any fantasy value in standard leagues in 2015-16.
Sep 2 - 9:12 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have reportedly invited Thomas Raffl to training camp on a tryout basis.

Raffl has spent nine straight seasons in Europe and the last five with Austria's Salzburg EC. He's excelled in that league with 26 goals and 53 points in 52 games last season. He's 29 years old and the older brother of Philadelphia's Michael Raffl.
Sep 2 - 6:53 PM

Antti Raanta is disputing a report from Finland's Ilta-Sanomat that claimed he wanted the Chicago Blackhawks to lose in the 2015 playoffs.

Raanta was still a member of the Blackhawks at the time, but had lost the backup job. "I have never said anything like that," Raanta insists. He added that he's not the type of person to root against his own team. Raanta was traded to the New York Rangers this summer.
Sep 2 - 5:12 PM


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