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Don't expect Taylor Hall to sign with the Oilers if he becomes an unrestricted free agent in four years.

Hall admitted as much during a radio interview on TSN 1260. "No, I don’t think I would," Hall said. "Right now, my focus is Jersey and playing my four years there. But I don’t think I would come back. I think that I gave it a good run and I don’t have any regrets about what happened. I certainly think that I’m focused on what I can do in Jersey. It’s so far away, but I don’t think - maybe something comes up and I’ll change my mind, but ... I did my time there, and it’s time to move on." Hall, of course, was traded from Edmonton to New Jersey earlier this off-season.
Source: The Score
Aug 31 - 11:19 PM

Joel Rumpel has signed a contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL.

The 25-year-old played 39 games with the Allen Americans (ECHL) and two games with the San Jose Barracuda in 2015-16. The former University of Wisconsin product will likely never make it to the NHL.
Aug 31 - 11:17 PM

Samuel Noreau has signed a contract with Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL.

He was originally selected in the 5th round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers. Noreau didn't receive a qualifying offer from the New York Rangers this season and became an unrestricted free agent in the process. The 23-year-old had five goals, 16 points and 140 penalty minutes in 60 ECHL games last season.
Aug 31 - 11:12 PM

Gabriel Bourque has signed a PTO with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 25-year-old missed most of last season with an upper-body injury. Bourque scored one goal and four points in 22 games. He'll be a long shot to make the team. The Avalanche brought in Rene Bourque (no relation) for a pro tryout as well.
Aug 31 - 8:40 PM

Paul Byron believes the Montreal Canadiens can compete for a Stanley Cup.

The Canadiens got off to a great 9-0 start last season, but they collapsed after Carey Price injured his knee. "What excites me about playing on this team is that with our core group, we can beat any team in the league. We can compete for the Stanley Cup," said Byron. "No one really picked Pittsburgh to win it last year. You watch what they did in the playoffs, and that could be us this time around. That's my motivating factor, for sure." With a healthy Price anything's possible, but the Canadiens still have multiple question marks surrounding their roster in 2016-17.
Aug 31 - 7:04 PM

Jarret Stoll knows he'll need to beat out one or two young players to earn a contract with the Blue Jackets.

Stoll signed a PTO with the Jackets earlier this week, but still faces an uphill battle to make the club. "I trained this summer like I was going to training camp with a team, just to make sure that I was ready for when it happened," Stoll said. "But it's up to me now to earn a spot and prove I deserve to be on the team. They've got some good young players. I have to beat out one, maybe two players on the roster if I'm going to make it, so there's a challenge there. I spoke with J.D. (Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson) and he was really honest about what the situation is. I said, 'I'll take it.'"
Aug 31 - 2:58 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have named Blake Wheeler as their new captain.

The last captain, Andrew Ladd, was traded to Chicago before the trade deadline and signed with the New York Islanders this off-season. Wheeler has been with the organization for the last seven years. The 30-year-old finished sixth in league scoring last year with 78 points. Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele will serve as the alternate captains. "For me, this is obviously a huge honor," said Wheeler. "I really look forward to being a leader on this team...it's not just going to be us three, we have a great group of men in our room.
Aug 31 - 1:33 PM

The Dallas Stars have promoted Less Jackson, Mark Janko and Scott White.

Jackson was serving as Jim Nill's assistant GM and been elevated to senior advisor to the general manager. Scott White was the general manager of Dallas' AHL affiliate in Texas and he's now been promoted to assistant GM. Janko also becomes assistant general manager. He was previously the director of hockey administration.
Aug 31 - 12:39 PM

Dominic Moore gives the Bruins a second left-handed shot at center.

The Bruins only had one other left-handed center on the roster and that was Ryan Spooner. GM Don Sweeney admitted that the fact Moore is a lefty helped in their decision to bring him into the fold. "There’s the left-shot component and the fact that he’s been a veteran presence who can help on the power play," Sweeney said. "We had had discussions with Chris Kelly (who signed one-year, $900,000 deal in Ottawa) and some other guys, too, and this gives us some more depth up front." Bringing in Moore was a nice move, but despite what Sweeney says, don't expect him to contribute much on the power play.
Aug 31 - 9:58 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have added to their hockey operations department.

The team hired Jim Hammett to be a Western Hockey League amateur scout, Rick Beckfeld who'll cover the amateur scene in Minnesota and Sergei Kuznetsov will have the same title in Russia. The Coyotes also added Brett Stewart as a European development coach, Brad Rossen as director of statistical science and Al Ambrosia will be the hockey operations coordinator. "We are extremely pleased to add these quality individuals to our hockey operations department," general manager John Chayka said. "Our ownership group is committed to winning and we appreciate them providing us with the additional resources to help improve our roster on and off the ice."
Aug 31 - 9:39 AM

Ryan Callahan (hip) is disappointed that he won't be able to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

Callahan was originally named to Team USA's roster, but he pulled out of the tournament in late June after undergoing hip surgery. "It's really tough," Callahan said. "It's definitely disappointing that I'm going to miss that. Anytime you get to represent your country, it's something special. And to be in the World Cup is something I've never experienced before." Callahan is also expected to miss the first month of the regular season, but added that he's on schedule with the recovery. Expect him to return in mid-November.
Aug 31 - 9:31 AM

Zach Parise (back) has officially been cleared by the Wild's doctors.

Parise had season-ending back surgery in May. "Really good news so far," said Wild GM Chuck Fletcher. "He was just cleared by our medical staff last week. He's cleared to play." Before heading to Wild training camp, Parise will represent Team USA at the upcoming World Cup. The 32-year-old scored 25 goals and 53 points in 70 games last season.
Aug 31 - 1:36 AM

Patrik Laine will have every opportunity to make the Jets roster, according to head coach Paul Maurice.

"He's certainly going to be given the opportunity to excel right out of the gate," Maurice said. "I had another No. 2 overall pick when I was coach in Carolina in Eric Staal. In training camp and over the first half of the year, you could see the things Eric wanted to do and you knew, because of who he was, that he would be able to do it. It was just a matter of time." The Jets selected Laine with the second overall pick in the 2016 draft. Assuming he sticks with Winnipeg, he should be in contention for the Calder Trophy.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 30 - 5:14 PM

Jarret Stoll will attend Blue Jackets training camp on a professional tryout.

The 34-year-old is more of a depth forward at this stage of his career. Stoll scored four goals and nine points in 80 games with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild last season.
Aug 30 - 5:04 PM

The Boston Bruins signed Dominic Moore to a one-year, $900,000 deal.

Moore scored six goals and nine assists in 80 games with the Rangers last season. The 36-year-old also added a goal in five postseason games. Moore will likely serve as Boston's fourth line center this season. He's good in the faceoff circle and is also capable of killing penalties.
Aug 30 - 5:00 PM


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