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William Nylander doesn't feel any added pressure to sign a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Now that contract negotiations have started you're more aware of what's going on with things like that," Nylander said. "Right now, once something like that happens, you're more updated on what's going on around the League, more educated. But once you sign, I don't think you pay attention to that. There is no extra pressure or urgency to get something done just because guys like [Dylan Larkin] sign." The 22-year-old restricted free agent had 20 goals and 61 points in 82 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 6:36 PM

Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes have begun talking about a potential contract extension.

The 21-year-old has just one year remaining on his entry-level deal, so both sides will have to get something done before the 2019-20 season. "We've been talking about something," Aho said. "But I've got nothing to say yet." Aho finished his second year with 29 goals and 65 points in 78 games last season. He's one of Carolina's brightest young stars, which means the team should do everything in their power to keep him around.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 3:47 PM

Patrik Laine says he's not in a hurry to sign a contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.

Laine has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, so the Jets are going to have to take care of business at some point in the near future. "It's not something we need to hurry because I still have a contract," Laine said. "But obviously that's something I want to do at some point and they want to do. But there's no rush. I really don't care. There's no rush, really. I can do it next summer or this summer. I don't mind." The 20-year-old had 44 goals and 26 assists in 82 games last season. Whenever he signs his new deal, it'll be for a significant amount of money.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 16 - 2:21 PM

Lance Bouma has signed a one-year deal plus an option with Swiss club Geneve-Servette.

The 28-year-old had just three goals and six assists in 53 games with the 'Hawks last season. He also added seven goals and seven assists in 20 games in the AHL. Bouma's former teammate, Tommy Wingels, also signed with the same team this off-season.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:30 PM

Tommy Wingels has signed a one-year contract plus an option with Swiss team Geneve-Servette.

Wingels split last season between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. He accumulated nine goals and 17 points in 75 games during the regular season. He also participated in four playoff games with the Bruins. The 30-year-old's days of playing in the NHL might just be over.
Source: GSHC.ch
Aug 16 - 1:26 PM

Carey Price might become the winningest goaltender in Montreal Canadiens history during the 2018-19 season.

Price is currently third on the list with 286 victories, but Patrick Roy (289) and Jacques Plante (314) are within reach. Of course, Price would have to stay healthy to have a shot at setting the franchise mark this year. The 31-year-old had a disappointing season in 2017-18, as he had a 16-26-7 record, a 3.11 goals-against-average and a .900 save percentage. The Canadiens need him to bounce back in a big way if they're going to have any shot at making the postseason.
Aug 16 - 11:45 AM

Canucks director of player development Ryan Johnson wants to see Nikolay Goldobin become more explosive on his skates.

"He needs to get more explosive, he needs to have neutral zone separation speed to use the gifts that he has," Johnson told Sportsnet's Rick Dhaliwal. There's no denying that Goldobin is a gifted offensive player, but he hasn't put it all together yet at the NHL level. The 22-year-old had eight goals and 14 points in 38 games with the Canucks last season. Assuming he has a great training camp, he should be able to get himself onto the Canucks' rebuilding roster. As gifted as he is, he isn't worth owning in standard fantasy leagues for now.
Aug 16 - 10:36 AM

Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill is worried about Henrik Zetterberg's back injury.

"He’s had a hard summer and I don’t think his back is reacting great," Blashill said. "Certainly we’ll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there’s a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play." Zetterberg isn't the player he once was, but he's still the most important leader on the roster. The 37-year-old had 11 goals and 56 points in 82 games last season. Even if he's eventually able to suit up again, fantasy general managers will probably want to stay away from him in all formats.
Aug 16 - 9:39 AM

Former Carolina Hurricanes forward Zach Boychuk believes Jeff Skinner will be a great fit in Buffalo.

Skinner and Boychuk played together for a few years with the 'Canes, so they're familiar with each other. "I think him and Eichel will be an exciting pair," Boychuk said. "I don’t think Jeff has played with a superstar right-handed center before so he might get a lot more passes. Jeff is one of the purest goal scorers in close around the net. He’s had some up and down seasons but consistently puts up over 20 goals. He has a high ceiling and can create scoring chances by himself." Not only is Skinner going to start the season on a new team, he's also entering his contract year, which means he'll have plenty of motivation to have a great year. The 26-year-old had 24 goals and 49 points in 82 games with Carolina in 2017-18.
Aug 16 - 8:46 AM

NBC Sports Boston's Joe Haggerty wonders whether or not Bruins defenseman Torey Krug could be traded to the Edmonton Oilers.

The Bruins currently have eight defensemen on one-way contract, which is leading some to believe that they could trade one blueliner away if another team is willing to meet their asking price. The Oilers have struggled to find quality defensemen over the last few years, and the fact that Andrej Sekera (Achilles) is out in definitely doesn't help. Krug has put together back-to-back 50-plus point seasons in Boston. The 27-year-old had 14 goals and 59 points in 76 games last season. Of course, Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli knows Krug from his days in Boston.
Aug 16 - 8:39 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Ondrej Kase to a three-year, $7.8 million contract.

That works out to a cap hit of $2.6 million per season. "Ondrej is a skilled player that has a bright future in this league," said Ducks executive VP and GM Bob Murray. "He can skate and score, and will continue to improve as a player as he gains more experience." The 22-year-old had 20 goals and 38 points in 66 games with Anaheim last season. He should be able to improve on those numbers in 2018-19. Kase will be a restricted free agent when this new contract expires after the 2020-21 season.
Aug 15 - 7:10 PM

Rangers head coach David Quinn wants to see Kevin Hayes take his game to another level.

"He's so close to it. He's so close to being that guy and he's made so many great strides in his career so far. It's just the everyday consistency of the work ethic and the attitude. He's talked about it to me. These are his words. He wants to make the next step," said Quinn. "There are so many characteristics that a player and team needs to have success. You need to be mentally tough. You need to be in world-class shape. You need to be a leader. You need to be resilient. All those things you need, and he wants to take the next step in all those areas. He's made strides since he's been in New York, but I think there's another level for him to get to and he knows that. I think [a one-year contract] is a prove-it deal for any guy under a one-year deal, and he knows that." Hayes had 25 goals and 44 points in 76 games last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 6:38 PM

Ryan Callahan (shoulder) hit the ice for the first time since undergoing surgery on May 31st.

Callahan hit the ice with some of his Lightning teammates at Tampa's practice facility. The fact that the 33-year-old is already able to skate and stickhandle is a good sign for his recovery. "It's good to get back on the ice," Callahan said following Wednesday's workout. "Shoulder felt good. Everything that I did out there - obviously no shooting yet - doing some stickhandling, working on the skating, everything went well." Callahan had five goals and 18 points in 67 games last season. The veteran is expected to be back in the lineup in November, which means he'll miss the first month of the season. This is the third time in four years that he's undergone offseason surgery. He shouldn't be owned in any standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 15 - 4:56 PM

Jonathan Marchessault admitted that the Golden Knights' first line didn't play well enough in the Stanley Cup Final.

Marchessault, William Karlsson and Reilly Smith were great for most of the season, but they couldn't produce enough to beat the Washington Capitals. That didn't prevent Marchessault from getting paid this offseason, as he signed a six-year, $30 million extension. "I didn't sign for seven or eight million per year with the pressure of carrying my team," Marchessault said (quotes have been translated). "The salary doesn't change anything. I always wanted to be a first-line player. I never put pressure on myself for stuff like that. But in the final, our line didn't play well enough. In our situation, I put pressure on myself to be better than I was in the final."
Source: La Presse
Aug 15 - 4:19 PM

Rangers head coach David Quinn believes Henrik Lundqvist is still "one of the best in business".

"I get that [Lundqvist] is as competitive and in as good as shape as he's ever been, and I think he wants to be part of the next run we have in New York," Quinn said. "We had good conversations. We talked about a lot of different things. Listen, we're not unlike any other team, your goalie is so important in success, in all of our successes, and we're fortunate to have one of the best in the business." Lundqvist's play has dropped off over the last little while, but his new head coach obviously isn't going to say that. The 36-year-old had 26-26-7 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage last season.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 15 - 2:53 PM



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