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  • J.T. Miller will vie for 3rd-line center spot
    J.T. Miller will attempt to be the Rangers' third-line center at training camp.

    Advice: If he can show that he can handle the defensive responsibility then he might be able to earn a permanent spot in New York's lineup. Miller had three goals and three assists in 30 games last year.
    Today, 3:17 pm
  • Agent: No lines drawn in Ryan Johansen talks
    Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt, was on TSN 1050 Toronto to talk about his client.

    Advice: When he was asked what he next step in negotiations would be, he said: "The only thing I will say is, I'm a very big supporter of being affirmative in negotiations, a very big supporter of communicating, olive branches, etc. So, there should be an assumption that there are no lines being drawn by our side. There are no lines being drawn behind the scenes. There will never be any lines drawn publicly. So the assumption needs to be that we're ready, willing, and able to move forward, but it takes two parties to dance." He wouldn't comment on numbers and he declined to respond to John Davidson's highly critical comments from Tuesday. It doesn't look like Johansen will be available for Columbus for the start of training camp and his holdout could be a long one.
    Today, 2:36 pm
  • Harding injury won't alter talks with Kuemper
    Wild GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't think Josh Harding's ankle injury will impact negotiations with Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: "The situation itself doesn't change he dynamic," he said. "You want to get it done because he's a good, young goalie, he's somebody we think has potential to be a good player, but anytime you get into a situation where you're missing camp, it's just not healthy. The goal is always to get a contract done. Whether Josh is healthy or not healthy doesn't really have any impact. You always want to get it done, but you've got to do what's right. We'll just keep working through it and hopefully get it done." Harding could be out for months with an ankle injury and with Kuemper's negotiations seemingly going nowhere, the Wild may look for a veteran goalie to join them at training camp.
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Justin Braun's new deal worth $19 million
    Justin Braun's five-year contract is worth $19 million.

    Advice: He set career highs with four goals, 13 assists, 17 points and 146 blocked shots in 82 games last season. Braun averaged 20:59 of ice time per game and saw plenty of time on San Jose's shutdown tandem alongside Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • Sharks ink Justin Braun to 5-year extension
    Justin Braun has reached a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: "Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," said GM Doug Wilson. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons." His new deal won't go into effect until the end of the 2014-15 campaign. In 82 games last year, Braun registered 17 points, 121 shots and a plus-19 rating.
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Ryan Johansen may work out back home
    The Columbus Blue Jackets won't let Ryan Johansen prepare for the upcoming at their facilities if he doesn't agree to a new deal before training camp opens.

    Advice: That's not an uncommon situation, but it adds to what has been an intense and recently heated negotiation process. Johansen may go home to Vancouver or head to Portland, his former WHL team, to participate in on-ice workouts if his holdout carries through camp.
    Today, 10:52 am
  • Yeo expects to see a motivated Backstrom
    Niklas Backstrom feels healthy heading into training camp and he wants to recapture his past form.

    Advice: "Backy's kind of been the forgotten soldier right now," coach Mike Yeo said Monday. "Nobody even talks about him. He's won a lot of hockey games for us, there's been many games where I know he stole games for us. He's a guy who can come in and do that again this year. I think he'll be motivated." If he can put his injury woes behind him then Backstrom could be a sneaky pick late in drafts as a depth goalie option.
    Today, 9:40 am
  • Tomas Jurco hopes to start with Red Wings
    Tomas Jurco would prefer not to start the upcoming season in the minors.

    Advice: "It would hurt," Jurco said. "Every player wants to play in the NHL. But it's a kind of a business, and if I'm going to start there, I'm going to play my best hockey and hopefully I'll move up here early in the season." He produced eight goals and 15 points in 36 appearances with Detroit last year. Jurco will look to earn a roster spot with the big club out of training camp.
    Today, 9:26 am
  • Dan DeKeyser's contract is worth $4.375M
    Dan DeKeyser'a two-year contract with the Red Wings is worth $4.375 million.

    Advice: "He's one of our of top-four defensemen, he's become one of our most important players," Red Wings GM Ken Holland said. "This probably took a little longer than both sides wanted, but when you look around the league there weren't many comparables." He's unlikely to garner much fantasy attention heading into the 2014-15 season, but he has the potential to warrant consideration if he offensive game continues to develop.
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Alex Tanguay takes part in informal skate
    Alex Tanguay skated with his teammates on Tuesday in an informal workout.

    Advice: He missed most of the 2013-14 campaign because of injury, but we should know more about how feels heading into this season after the Avalanche get together for physicals and other fitness testing on Thursday morning.
    Today, 8:44 am
  • UFA Sami Salo would like to play this year
    Sami Salo is still hoping to play this season, but he remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.

    Advice: He also said that he isn't 100 percent yet from a wrist injury, which may have been the upper-body ailment he had during the playoffs. Salo registered four goals and 17 points in 71 games last season with the Lightning.
    Today, 8:07 am
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  • Nikita Scherbak set to attend Canadiens' camp
    Nikita Scherbak took part in one scrimmage at Montreal's rookie camp, but he'll join the Canadiens for the club's main camp.

    Advice: "I was skating in Saskatoon before I got sick here the first three days," Scherbak said Tuesday. "I was just walking around while the guys were practicing and I was feeling no good, kind of frustrated. So I was excited to be on the ice today." He added that he's at about 85 percent, but he expects to be fine for training camp. Scherbak was the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Agent: B's need to clear space for R. Smith
    Agent Anton Thun doesn't expect a deal to get worked out for Reilly Smith until Boston GM Peter Chiarelli creates some salary cap space.

    Advice: "Peter and I have had several discussions over the summer, but thus far we haven't come to an agreement on Reilly's value," Thun said. "Reilly understands the importance of being patient here while the Bruins get their finances in order." It doesn't look like Smith will be available for the start of training camp.
    Today, 7:07 am
  • Mathieu Perreault could help Jets on faceoffs
    Mathieu Perreault might help Winnipeg in the faceoff circle this season.

    Advice: He led the Ducks with a 52.6 winning percentage on 830 total draws during the 2013-14 campaign. The Jets finished 28th in faceoff wins last year at just 46.9 percent. Perreault inked a three-year deal worth $9 million to play in Winnipeg in the summer and he's expected to get an increased role from the one he had in Anaheim despite being penciled in to play on the third line.
    Today, 6:34 am
  • Vlasic might start getting more PP ice time
    Marc-Edouard Vlasic might get a chance to play more with the man advantage in 2014-15.

    Advice: Vlasic averaged just 42 seconds per game worth of power-play ice time last season. He's emerged as one of the league's top defensemen, but that hasn't translated to standard fantasy leagues because he hasn't stood out offensively. If he starts playing a bigger role with the man advantage than that might change.
    Today, 5:49 am
  • M. Cammalleri upbeat about Devils' chances
    Michael Cammalleri thinks the New Jersey Devils are in a position to surprise people this season.

    Advice: "I like our team," Cammalleri said. "I've said that since deciding to sign here. I think we have a good team. Even talking to the guys - and I've talked to a couple of the guys coming in on tryouts that I've known from other teams - and everyone seems to think that this team is going to be maybe better than the outsiders might expect. So, I like our team. I think we're going to be a real good team." The hope is that Cammalleri will be a big part of it after signing a five-year, $25 million contract. There's a fair chance he'll end up playing on the team's first line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac, although nothing has been determined at this stage.
    Today, 5:13 am
  • Olli Maatta could receive medical clearance
    Penguins head coach Mike Johnson is expected to receive news from team doctors on Olli Maatta's surgically repaired shoulder on Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Maatta has been recovering nicely from the shoulder surgery that he received in May and could be cleared for contact just in time for training camp if the medical report goes well. His timeline to return was four-to-six months so fantasy owners have to be thrilled with this good news. There is a chance that he could return to the lineup for opening night but the coaching staff won't guarantee anything. This is definitely a situation worth monitoring as the 2012 first-rounder showed brilliance during his rookie season.
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • John Davidson lashes out at Johansen's agent
    Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson had some choice words for Ryan Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

    Advice: Davidson openly questioned whether Overhardt's contract demands were actually in the best interest of his client, referring to his negotiating tactics as "extortion". The Blue Jackets president added to his criticism, asking "I wonder if the agent is going to pay him his money back that he's going to lose by sitting out?" Forced to plan for life without their number one center, Columbus is prepared to make some lineup changes to fill the void. "We've got Boone Jenner who can move to the middle. We've got (Brandon) Dubinsky, who can move up a spot," Davidson said. "Nothing changes for us (if Johansen's not there). We're not a team that has to get on our knees to beg people to play for us. It's not going to happen." Owners of Johansen in keeper leagues can't be pleased by how this is going.
    Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Detroit locks Dan DeKeyser up for two years
    The Detroit Red Wings signed Dan DeKeyser to a two-year contract on Tuesday.

    Advice: This one came right down to the wire as far as the defenseman's stated goal in participating in training camp is concerned. The 24-year-old seems to have solid if unspectacular potential in fantasy terms; he scored four goals and 23 points in 65 games last season while compiling 30 PIM and averaging 21:38 TOI. Nothing amazing, but if he continues to grow he should be a solid depth D option in fantasy.
    Yesterday, 2:23 pm
  • Kekalainen takes firm stance on Johansen
    Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen plainly stated that his team isn't willing to spend "franchise-type money" on Ryan Johansen yet.

    Advice: Johansen is a restricted free agent and at this point in danger of missing the start of training camp. Despite that, Kekalainen is taking a hard line with the talented young forward. "Our success is going to come from being a team, not a bunch of individuals or stars, or whatever," Kekalainen said. "To me, it's huge that you go through training camp together and get ready. When training camp starts, that's it. After that, the focus is on the guys who are there on tryouts or guys who are under contract. That's it. That will be the only focus." He's probably gambling on the idea that Johansen will cave rather than risk missing playing time at this stage of his career. That's risky, but Kekalainen does have a point. Johansen had 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games last season, but he was far worse in his previous years and while his talent isn't in question, it's reasonable to want him to prove that he can stay at that level before giving him a big contract.
    Yesterday, 7:13 am
  • Dan DeKeyser 'anxious' for new deal
    Dan DeKeyser is getting "kind of anxious" regarding his contract situation with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: "Hopefully, something gets done soon, because camp is only a few days away," he said. GM Ken Holland said he spoke with DeKeyser's agent on Monday and they'll continue talks on Tuesday.
    Monday, 12:57 pm
  • Report: Wild, Kuemper still at a standstill
    TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that there's "no thaw yet" in the standoff between Minnesota and goaltender Darcy Kuemper.

    Advice: The Wild want to get the 24-year-old netminder under a two-way contract, but Kuemper is reportedly seeking a one-year, one-way deal at $850,000.
    Monday, 7:58 am
  • Johansen in danger of becoming a risky bet
    It seems very likely at this point that Ryan Johansen will miss the start of training camp.

    Advice: Of course, nothing is set in stone, but the fact that Johansen is still a restricted free agent in mid-September is a very bad sign. Sooner or later, we have to believe either the Blue Jackets or Johansen will concede, but with every passing day, the danger of this impacting Johansen's season increases. Missing part or all of training camp could cause Johansen to start the season off on the wrong foot and in a worst case scenario, that could have a snowballing effect. Of course, that's only one possibility, but the risk associated with having Johansen on your fantasy team increases with every day he goes unsigned despite the likelihood that Johansen will not miss too much of the regular season, if any at all, due to this impasse.
    Monday, 2:30 am
  • Tanguay bounce back candidate
    If you are looking for a sleeper bounce-back candidate look no further than Alex Tanguay.

    Advice: He was hampered by a hip injury last season but is apparently healthy now and ticketed to play on a line with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. We would not be surprised if Tanguay registered 60 points this season. Given where he sits on many hockey pool lists based on last season's stats, that would make him a tremendous bargain.
    Saturday, 9:44 am
  • Ryan Johansen's reps resume talks with CBJ
    While it doesn't sound like much progress has been made - Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is leaving discussions to his assistant - at least the Ryan Johansen contract talks have resumed.

    Advice: He scored more goals (33) and points (63) in the 2013-14 season than he had in his previous two seasons combined, so it's easy to see why there's an impasse. At 22, missing a training camp or even a few regular season games wouldn't be ideal, but at least consider a slow start a possibility when pondering the up-and-coming Blue Jackets forward.
    Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Dan DeKeyser hopeful new deal is coming
    Dan DeKeyser is still hopeful that he'll have a new contract with the Red Wings for the start of training camp.

    Advice: "There's still some time left here before camp," DeKeyser said. "Obviously I don't want to miss anything like that. Hopefully we can come to something here pretty soon." There hasn't been any talks between the two sides for about a week, but GM Ken Holland expects negotiations to resume soon. DeKeyser isn't frustrated that he remains unsigned with camps just a week away.
    Friday, 6:34 am
  • Agent: Minnesota, Darcy Kuemper are 'stuck'
    Darcy Kuemper and the Minnesota Wild are "stuck" as far as the contract negotiations go, according to agent Jeff Helperl.

    Advice: Kuemper is seeking a one-way deal for the 2014-15 campaign while the Wild are trying to get him to sign a two-year deal that's two-way for this season. It was recently reported that Kuemper might sign a KHL deal at this point and Helperl didn't rule it out. "Well, he's going to play somewhere, so it could happen," Helperl said. "We'll see when camp starts and see where we're at. . I last spoke to Chuck I think last week and I don't think we moved very far ahead."
    Tuesday, 5:55 am
  • Report: Darcy Kuemper looking at KHL options
    Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that the Wild want Darcy Kuemper to sign a two-way deal.

    Advice: However, Kuemper is seeking a one-way contract after performing well last year during the regular season and the playoffs. Minnesota already has Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom in the fold for their crease, but both of them are injury risks. Kuemper acts as a good insurance policy for the team, but a two-way deal offers them more flexibility. McKenzie reports that Kuemper is looking at options in the KHL, with an out-clause in case something gets worked out to keep him in the NHL.
    Sep 8, 10:20 am
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