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Jesperi Kotkaniemi says he's feeling stronger on the ice these days.

Kotkaniemi picked up a pair of assists during a preseason game over in Finland late last week. "It was a great feeling to get my game face on again," said Kotkaniemi. "It was fun to get on the ice and play with the guys. I enjoyed that very much. I felt a bit stronger, like I had more power in my body. It was a better feeling on the ice than last season, I think." The 18-year-old has a chance to crack the Canadiens' lineup, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him end up back in Finland for at least one more season.
Aug 14 - 6:10 PM

Andrej Sekera underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon.

Sekera suffered the injury during off-season training. The 32-year-old will now be sidelined indefinitely. Sekera has had some tough luck with injuries lately, as he also missed a significant amount of time with a knee injury. It's a major blow to a team that's already thin on the blue line. There's no real timeline for Sekera's return at this point.
Aug 14 - 5:34 PM

Zach Werenski (shoulder) is hoping to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Werenski underwent shoulder surgery in May, and he was expected to miss anywhere between five and six months. "My goal, ultimately, is to be there for Game 1," Werenski said. "You never want to miss time, you never want to miss games, so my goal going into training camp and into the season is to be ready for Game 1. If it's later, like Game 5 or Game 10, whenever that is, I'm going to work to miss as few games as possible and be ready to help the team." Even though he's coming off a major injury, he's still have plenty of value in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 5:26 PM

Ryan Ellis' new eight-year, $50 million contract doesn't come with any kind of trade protection.

Ellis could have fetched more than the $6.25 million per year salary he'll be getting on his new deal, so the fact that there's no no-trade clause or no-movement clause is a little bit surprising. The 27-year-old had nine goals and 32 points in 44 games last season. Even though there's no trade protection on his contract, he'll still likely be a Predator for a long time.
Aug 14 - 5:15 PM

The Florida Panthers have signed Mark Letestu to a professional tryout.

The 33-year-old had nine goals and 23 points in 80 games with the Edmonton Oilers and Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The Panthers already have 12 forwards on one-way contracts heading into 2018-19 and they have some youngsters that might be good enough to stick on the roster, so Letestu will really have to stand out in training camp if he's going to earn a contract. Even if he does make the team, he won't carry any fantasy value.
Aug 14 - 3:09 PM

Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Darcy Tucker believes John Tavares should just embrace the pressure of playing in Toronto.

"These chances don't come around very often and they don't last for very long, as we can attest to as retired players," Tucker said. "Have fun with it. Anytime you are in a market like Toronto, there's always going to be pressure. But you've got to have some fun with it and enjoy it." Tavares decided to join the Leafs once he hit the free-agent market, so he's clearly already embraced this move to a hockey-mad city. The 27-year-old had 37 goals and 47 assists in 82 games with the Isles last season. He'll be just fine in his new hockey home.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 14 - 2:39 PM

Brody Sutter signed a contract with Vaasa Sport of the Finnish League.

Sutter has 12 games of NHL experience with the Carolina Hurricanes, but he failed to record a point during that stretch. The 26-year-old accumulated eight goals and 18 assists in 58 games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose last season.
Aug 14 - 1:19 PM

Ryan Ellis has signed an eight-year, $50 million extension with the Nashville Predators, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

His cap hit comes in at $6.25 million per season once the extension kicks in and he'll get a $7 million signing bonus on July 1st, 2019. Ellis was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, but Nashville has now ensured that he'll be around for the next nine seasons. The 27-year-old had nine goals and 32 points in 44 games last year. Ellis is one of the very good puck-moving defensemen in the league, and the fact that the Preds were able to lock him up is nothing but good news for them. Assuming he's able to stay healthy, Ellis will be a solid option in standard fantasy leagues heading into 2018-19.
Aug 14 - 12:05 PM
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