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It's safe to say Travis Hamonic is excited about joining the Calgary Flames.

The Flames packaged three future draft picks to get Hamonic from the Islanders on Saturday morning. "I'm really excited," Hamonic said. "I have a pretty awesome opportunity in front of me. When my wife and I woke up and saw the news … we were kind of in limbo wondering if it happened or not, and then we found out and we're all pretty excited about going to Calgary, to say the least. That's an understatement. We're pretty jacked up." Hamonic joins Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie and Dougie Hamilton on Calgary's strong defense.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 24 - 8:06 PM

Penguins director of amateur scouting Randy Sexton is leaving the organization to become the assistant GM in Buffalo.

The obvious connection here is that Sexton and Sabres GM Jason Botterill worked together in Pittsburgh. Having a former GM like Sexton on staff will benefit a rookie general manager like Botterill. Sexton will also serve as the general manager of the AHL's Rochester Americans (Buffalo's minor league affiliate).
Jun 24 - 5:50 PM

The Minnesota Wild and Nino Niederreiter will begin contract talks next week.

Niederreiter is scheduled to become a restricted free agent on July 1st. He scored a career-high 25 goals and 57 points in 2016-17. The 24-year-old will get a raise from the $2.67 million salary he had been receiving over the last three years.
Jun 24 - 5:24 PM

The Minnesota Wild and restricted free agent Mikael Granlund will begin contract talks next week.

Granlund had an incredible year in 2016-17, as he posted career-highs in goals (26) and points (69). He'll be making more than the $3 million dollars he had been making the last two seasons.
Jun 24 - 5:19 PM

Predators GM David Poile says he's not interested in trading any of his top four defensemen.

There have been rumors about Nashville going after Colorado's Matt Duchene, but it sounds like the price is a little too high for Poile. "We will not be touching our defense in the near future here," said Poile. The four defensemen in question are P.K. Subban, Mattias Ekholm, Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis. All four of those players were key parts of Nashville's run to the Stanley Cup Final, so it's no surprising to hear that they're unavailable.
Jun 24 - 3:42 PM

The Calgary Flames are interested in keeping pending UFA Michael Stone.

Despite having Mark Giordano, T.J. Brodie, Dougie Hamilton and Travis Hamonic (they acquired him from the Islanders on Saturday), Flames GM Brad Treliving still hopes to keep Stone. He had three goals and 15 points in 64 games with Arizona and Calgary last season.
Jun 24 - 2:36 PM

Andrei Markov is reportedly looking for a two-year deal from the Montreal Canadiens.

Markov will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1st unless the two sides can get something done before then. The 38-year-old is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but he showed that he's still capable of being a top four defenseman in the NHL. Markov had six goals and 36 points while averaging 21:50 of ice time in 62 games last season. A multi-year deal with a 38-year-old is always risky, but it might be in Montreal's best interest to get this done.
Jun 24 - 1:10 PM

The Ottawa Senators are reportedly looking to move Dion Phaneuf, according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

The Senators asked Phaneuf to waive his no-move clause ahead of the expansion draft, but he refused to do so. Phaneuf's no-trade clause allows him to submit a list of 12 teams he's willing to go to, but the Sens are currently working with him to see if there's any way he'd consider a trade to more teams. Dreger says there is some interest in Phaneuf around the league.
Jun 24 - 12:58 PM

The New York Rangers will reportedly hire Lindy Ruff as an assistant coach.

The New York Post's Larry Brooks points out that the deal is not done, but it will be. Ruff spent the last four years as the head coach of the Dallas Stars and he held the same role with the Buffalo Sabres for 15 years. Ruff will be in charge of handling the Rangers' defense. Jeff Beaukeboom, who coached the defense last year, will join New York's scouting staff.
Jun 24 - 12:19 PM

The Anaheim Ducks selected Kyle Olson in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Ducks have made four picks in the first four rounds, and they've chosen a forward with each of those selections. Olson isn’t the biggest player available in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (He’s listed at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds), but he doesn’t play small. The 18-year-old had a solid campaign with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, where he scored 20 goals and 57 points in 72 games. Olson is a well-rounded prospect. He’s shown that he’s capable of chipping in offensively while continuing to be responsible defensively. He may not be flashy, but his hard work is evident on the ice. He probably doesn’t have the upside to be a top-six forward, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a valuable contributor at the NHL level. Olson obviously needs to put on some weight before he can crack an NHL lineup.
Jun 24 - 12:11 PM

Ryan Miller's agent is seeking a one-year, incentive-laden contract extension for his client.

Vancouver would like to bring back Miller, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "I don't like to comment on negotiations, but that's something that we're looking at and talking about," said Canucks GM Jim Benning. "We'll see if that concept works for their camp and it's something we'd like to do. We're in conversations and we're going to talk again this week, so we'll see where it goes."
Jun 24 - 12:06 PM

The Calgary Flames have selected Adam Ruzicka in the fourth round (109th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Ruzicka’s first season in North America was relatively successful. The 18-year-old forward had 25 goals and 46 points in 61 games with the OHL’s Sarnia Sting. Ruzicka already has NHL-ready size, as he’s 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. His skillset and numbers in the Czech Junior League would indicate that he has some offensive upside (he had 14 goals and 30 points in 30 games Pardubice’s under-20 team in 2015-16), but he still has to show that he can put up a high number of points in North America. He also needs to work on his play without the puck. If he can put it all together, he could be a draft-day steal.
Jun 24 - 12:05 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers have selected Matthew Strome in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Strome’s the younger brother of Oilers forward Ryan Strome and Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome. The younger Strome is a big body at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds and he’s not shy to use his frame to his advantage. He’s able to produce offensively thanks to solid play down low and his ability to get to the front of the net. Last season, he had 34 goals and 62 points in 66 games with the OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. The knock on Strome is that his poor skating doesn’t allow him to keep up with the pace of the game. If he can improve that aspect of his game, he should be able to carve out a career in the NHL, but that’s a big "if" right now. The Flyers have selected five forwards with their first six picks in 2017.
Jun 24 - 12:03 PM

Elias Pettersson is projected to play for Vaxjo Lakers HC of the SHL in 2017-18.

Pettersson, who the Canucks took fifth overall in the 2017 NHL Draft, played for Timra IK of the second-division Hockey Allsvenskan with fellow Vancouver prospect Jonathan Dahlen in 2016-17. "I see myself as a playmaker who protects the puck, and in some years that will be great in the NHL," said Pettersson. "But I don't think I'm ready for the NHL now."
Jun 24 - 12:00 PM

The Winnipeg Jets have selected Santeri Virtanen in the fourth round (105th overall) of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

He's the second Finnish player selected by the Jets in this draft (they also have some guy named Patrik Laine on their roster). After scoring 45 points in 35 games with TPS’ U18 team over in Finland, Virtanen was supposed to come over to North America to play in the USHL. Unfortunately, the 18-year-old suffered an injury during the preseason and never played for the Dubuque. Once healthy he returned to Finland where he played TPS’ U20 team (he had two goals and six points in five games). Virtanen was selected to represent Finland at the Under-18 World Hockey Championship and he didn’t disappoint. He was able to show off his strong two-way game by excelling with and without the puck. He had six points in seven games during the tournament. He’s smart and skilled enough to develop into a top-six forward at the next level, but we’ll have to see how his offensive game evolves as he gets older.
Jun 24 - 11:58 AM


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