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Elias Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Pettersson excelled in Sweden this season with 24 goals and 56 points in 44 contests. He was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he could make the Canucks and have a sizable impact as a rookie. "Elias is a talented offensive player with tremendous vision and skill," said GM Jim Benning. "Like most Canucks fans we watched with excitement the incredible season he had in Sweden. This is an important offseason of training and development for Elias and we expect him to be ready to challenge for a roster spot in training camp."
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 12:14 PM

Evander Kane feels comfortable with the San Jose Sharks.

"The one thing about this team, this group and this organization is they allow you to be yourself," Kane said. "They embrace you for who you are and it’s a very unselfish group that makes it super-easy to come into and mesh well with." Kane had some issues along the way with the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres, so finding a team he could mesh is likely of great value to him. Kane said he wanted to stay with the Sharks and demonstrated that by signing a seven-year, $49 million contract.
May 25 - 10:34 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly interested in trading Phil Kessel.

Take that with a grain of salt. Also keep in mind that even if the Penguins are exploring their options, that doesn't mean that Kessel will end up going anywhere. There has been talk about a rift between Kessel and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan - though that might not truly be the case - and Kessel did struggle in the playoffs. To the latter point though, Kessel was apparently had some injury issues that might have limited his performance. In the regular season, he was outstanding with 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games.
May 25 - 10:30 AM

Carter Hart doesn't feel the pressure of the high expectations Flyers fans have of him.

Hart looks like the Flyers' goaltender of the future and given the team's history of goaltending struggles that leads right up to the present day, many fans can't wait until the 19-year-old is an NHL starter. That's awfully high expectations to burden him with, but Hart claims he doesn't feel the pressure. "It’s only a pressure if you put it on yourself," Hart said. "I wouldn’t say it’s a pressure at all. It’s what you think. It doesn’t really matter what other people are saying or what they’re thinking. Pressure is really what you make of it." Hart's goal is play in the NHL next season, though it would probably be better for the Flyers' long-term prospects if he got some seasoning in the AHL first.
May 25 - 10:22 AM

Evander Kane's recently signed seven-year, $49 million contract should be good news for Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty is entering the final season of his six-year, $27 million contract and is due for a big raise, especially after the Sharks determined that Kane was worth $7 million annually. Pacioretty is coming off a down season where he was limited to 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games, but he scored at least 30 goals in each of his previous four seasons. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops over the summer. Montreal will have the option of entering into extension talks with Pacioretty, but the Canadiens might want to wait to see if he does indeed bounce back in 2018-19. There's also a chance that they could trade Pacioretty given that Montreal is coming off a rough season and might be interested in dealing him for high-end picks or prospects.
May 25 - 10:14 AM

The Florida Panthers are hoping Jayce Hawryluk will be more consistent next season.

Hawryluk had an up-and-down season in terms of production in the minors and at the low-end of it, he was briefly sent from the AHL to the ECHL. Overall, he had 10 goals, 36 points, and 82 penalty minutes in 64 AHL contests. Hawryluk was taken with the 32nd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft and was at one time regarded as one of the team's top prospects, but his stock has fallen. Still, he's just 22-years-old, so there is time for him to bounce back.
May 25 - 9:21 AM

Andrew Mangiapane's NHL career has already gotten further than he anticipated, but he's looking for more.

"Everyone is saying, ‘Congrats’ and saying, ‘That’s unreal.’ They’re all happy for me," Mangiapane said. "That’s nice to hear. It’s a good feeling. With where I came from, I never really thought I would be playing in the NHL. I’ve come a long way. I’ve come so far. Now, I’m just trying to make the next step and make Calgary full-time." Mangiapane, who was a sixth round pick in 2015, ended up playing in 10 games with Calgary this season. He didn't record a point with the Flames, but he did have 21 goals and 46 points in 39 AHL contests. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in March because he needed shoulder surgery. He's making a nice recovery though, so he should be good to compete for a roster spot during training camp.
Source: Calgary Sun
May 25 - 8:47 AM

Sabres owner Kim Pegula is encouraged by what he saw out of coach Phil Housley and GM Jason Botterill in their first year on the job.

It was a bad season for the Sabres as they finished with a 25-45-12 record, but Pegula believes that they're building the team the right way. "I really was encouraged and really liked the thought process, the internal planning that Jason has for this team, as well as Phil. They’re learning every day. They were a first-time GM, a first-time coach, so there was a learning curve, a learning process over the last year. And all the discussions that we’ve had with them after the season, we’re really encouraged that we’re going to be moving forward and the foundation is being laid and that they’re going to be a huge building block for us in the coming years," Pegula said. The Sabres rebuild should receive a boost by them getting the first overall pick, which will likely be used to take Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin. Having Dahlin and Jack Eichel leading the Sabres for years to come has to be an exciting prospect for Buffalo.
May 25 - 8:39 AM

Evgeny Kuznetsov will head into the Stanley Cup Final riding a 10-game point streak.

The Capitals forward has picked up at least one point in every contest since Game 4 of Washington's second-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 26-year-old amassed 10 points in seven games against the Bolts in the Eastern Conference Final. He's up to 11 goals and a league-high 24 points in 19 games this postseason.
May 24 - 10:12 PM

Brock Boeser (wrist, back) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp.

Boeser injured his back on Mar. 5 after he fell into the bench door and he suffered the wrist injury in early February. "My understanding is the cast was taken off a week ago," Canucks GM Jim Benning said. "I haven't talked to Brock about it, but I believe the cast had to be on a month. The doctor that he went back to see in Minnesota is the Vikings' hand specialist and that's the doctor that did Brock's surgery two years ago. We were able to get an appointment for him and we wanted to get him in there and have the doctor have a look at him. The worst-case scenario was that he would require another surgery, but he didn't need to do that."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 8:30 PM

Ryan Callahan will have an operation on his shoulder over the summer.

The procedure is to address an issue that has been bothering Callahan all season. He had five goals and 18 points in 67 contests in 2017-18.
May 24 - 6:04 PM

Samuel Morin isn't expected to be ready to resume playing until February due to a torn ACL, per Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

Morin sustained the injury while playing in the AHL on May 9th and will require surgery. This terrible news is coming after Morin already missed most of the 2017-18 campaign due to what was believed to be a recurring groin issue. The 22-year-old has so much potential, but unfortunately he's had terrible luck.
May 24 - 4:55 PM

Gabriel Bourque's contract for 2018-19 is worth $950K.

It's a one-way deal, so Bourque will make that amount even if he gets sent to the minors. That salary represents a moderate increase over the $750K he earned in 2017-18. He had five goals and 11 points in 56 games with Colorado.
May 24 - 4:28 PM

Ryan Suter is making progress in his recovery, but it will be a few weeks before he can start putting weight on his ankle.

"I can’t wait," Suter said. "I feel like once I start walking, then it’s kind of behind me. … There’s a few more weeks for that, and once that happens, hopefully I’ll be ready to go." The goal is for Suter to be ready for the season opener. He suffered a fractured ankle on March 31.
May 24 - 2:55 PM

Kevin Shattenkirk (knee) is expected to resume skating in roughly a month.

Shattenkirk's recovery is on schedule and thus we assume he's still expected to be available for the start of training camp. He wasn't able to play beyond Jan. 18 due to the injury.
May 24 - 2:07 PM



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