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Jack Eichel is currently slated to enter the final year of his entry level contract and hopes his extension will keep him in Buffalo long enough to reward the city with a championship.

"I've made it clear that I want to be a Sabre. I want to be in Buffalo when we start winning. I want to reward the city," the North Chelmsford, Mass., native told Barry Scanlon from the Lowell Sun. "It's been two great years. I don't want to go anywhere else." Eichel will certainly be looking at the contract extension of Connor McDavid in Edmonton as a comparable for himself. Both players were selected during the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, with Eichel following McDavid as the second overall pick. Eichel finished last season with 24 goals and 33 assists in 61 games last season. He has plenty of room to grow and could push for his first 80-point season if he stays healthy.
Source: TheScore
Aug 18 - 3:06 PM

Jori Lehtera believes that a fresh start in Philadelphia will be good for his career.

Lehtera was traded from St. Louis to Philadelphia as part of the deal that sent Brayden Schenn to the Blues on draft day. Lehtera struggled last season, as he just 22 points in 64 games in his final year in St. Louis. But the veteran believes switching teams will do him some good. "I have no idea why (the Blues traded me), but I think it’s better for me that I got traded, so I don’t really care why," said Lehtera. "That’s the business part of hockey. It’s always tough to leave when you know all of the guys and the city. But hockey-wise, it’s going to be good for me. I didn’t play well at the end, but I think a new start will be really good for me." The change might help make him more productive, but don't expect him to be relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 18 - 1:01 PM

Oliver Ekman-Larsson would be honored to wear the "C" for Arizona going forward.

The Coyotes are looking for a new captain because they parted ways with Shane Doan this offseason. "That would be a huge honor," Ekman-Larsson said. "I didn't dream of that when I was a kid. It was a long, long way from that. It would be unbelievable." Although nothing is confirmed, making Ekman-Larsson the captain should be an easy decision for the Coyotes.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 12:03 PM

Logan Couture says his mouth is still pretty sore after undergoing facial surgery.

The fact that he's still sore five months after taking a puck to the face is pretty telling. "There’s good days and bad days," Couture said. "My bottom teeth are still my real teeth. They’ve tried to keep them so I don’t lose them. I don’t know if I’ll be able to, they’re still pretty sore. My top teeth are all fake now – my front six, I think. So, it’s different. It just feels different in my mouth. But everything else with my face and all that is healed. I’m lucky that it’s an injury that didn’t affect my training, and hopefully won’t affect me going forward." It sounds like he'll be fine for the start of training camp next month.
Aug 18 - 10:38 AM

The Colorado Avalanche will continue listening to offers for Matt Duchene.

"I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts," GM Joe Sakic said. "But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that." It's pretty surprising that the Avalanche haven't dealt him away yet. With every day that goes by, it seems increasingly likely that Duchene will head to Colorado's training camp next month.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 8:50 AM

Mikael Granlund reportedly suffered an ankle injury while training in Finland this offseason.

According to beat reporter Michael Russo, Granlund rolled his ankle while running. He's in crutches right now, but he's expected to be ready to resume training in approximately two weeks. The injury shouldn't affect his ability to start training camp with the Wild. Granlund recently signed a three-year extension worth $17.25 million this offseason. He had 26 goals and 43 assists in 81 games last season.
Aug 17 - 7:07 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 27-year-old played in just two games with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He added 10 goals and 19 assists in 21 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. He's a long shot to make the Lightning's roster out of training. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value.
Aug 17 - 5:52 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year deal worth $3.2 million total.

That works out to an annual average value of $1.6 million per year. The 23-year-old had a difficult season in 2016-17, as he scored just seven goals and nine assists in 75 games. Don't expect him to have any fantasy value going into next season.
Aug 17 - 5:32 PM

Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.

Depending on how his recovery goes, Zajac should be back sometime between December and February. "This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training," said GM Ray Shero. "The procedure was performed by the club's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow." The 32-year-old had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 games with the Devils last season. The injury gives first overall pick Nico Hischier an even better chance of sticking with the team out of training camp.
Aug 17 - 4:57 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are confident that Dylan Larkin can make the full-time transition to center next season.

Larkin has played primarily on the wing in his first two NHL seasons, but that will change in 2017-18. "His best attributes are utilized when he plays center," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "I think he can continue to grow into becoming a great two-way center who can create offense and is very accountable defensively. And I think his defensive instincts are served at center, where he can anticipate where the puck is going, meet the puck and get out of the zone as fast as possible."
Source: NHL.com
Aug 17 - 3:03 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the teams making a pitch to college free agent Will Butcher.

Butcher became an unrestricted free agent after not agreeing to terms on a contract with the Colorado Avalanche, who owned his rights. The Sabres, Golden Knights and Devils have also been linked to Butcher. "A player like that’s going to have several teams in that same category, but a Hobey Baker winner and a good young player," Pens GM Jim Rutherford said. "We will be in that mix with other teams."
Aug 17 - 12:18 PM

Matt Cullen admitted that signing with the Wild was a "family decision".

"I want my boys to experience playing hockey and watching me play hockey at home," Cullen said. "This was a family decision. Minnesota is home and it’s a special place for me. It’s not easy to say goodbye and it’s not easy to walk away [from Pittsburgh]. I’m confident in the decision we’re making and it’s the right thing for our family. But at the same time, it’s not an easy one." Cullen had 13 goals and 31 points in 72 games with the Penguins last season. He won't have any fantasy value next season.
Aug 17 - 10:30 AM

The Boston Bruins have reportedly offered David Pastrnak a six-year, $36 million contract, per the Boston Herald.

Pastrnak, who is currently a restricted free agent, is likely looking at the contract Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl got yesterday as a comparable (eight years, $8.5 million per year). The 21-year-old put up a career-high 34 goals and 70 points in 75 games with the Bruins last season. The highest cap hit on Boston's roster belongs to David Krejci ($7.25 million). The Bruins have just over $10.15 million in cap space.
Aug 17 - 9:43 AM

Nate Schmidt didn't mind going through the arbitration process with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Of all the players that filed for arbitration, Schmidt was the only one who actually went through the process. He ended up landing a two-year deal, $2.225 million per season, so it's easy to see why he was pleased with how things worked out. "I tried to have a good attitude about it, it’s something they had never been through before some people maybe wanted to have some experience as well," said Schmidt. "I think it’s a great process because it brings the sides together because no one really wants to do it, but you know what I think it was good the way everything played out."
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 17 - 8:46 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning haven't made contact with Will Butcher's camp, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Butcher became a free agent earlier this morning after he declined to sign with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche. The Denver University product had 37 points in 43 games in his final season of college hockey. The Devils, Golden Knights and Sabres have already been linked to the 22-year-old defenseman.
Aug 16 - 7:16 PM


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