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  • Bruins need Jimmy Hayes to step up in 16-17
    The Boston Bruins will need Jimmy Hayes to step up in 2016-17.

    Advice: The big forward struggled with consistency in 2015-16. He finished the year with no points in his last 16 games and had one point in 15 games during a stretch in late-November to early-December. "I think Jimmy had a pretty start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most," said GM Don Sweeney. "He should take some responsibility for that. We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player." Today, 10:17 am
  • Report: STL asked DET for Dylan Larkin
    The St. Louis Blues reportedly asked the Detroit Red Wings for Dylan Larkin in a trade involving Kevin Shattenkirk.

    Advice: That's a steep price for Detroit to pay for any player, especially one who's contract expires at the end of next season. Shattenkirk has been in high demand this off-season, but the Blues might want to drop their asking price if they hope to find a trading partner. It's safe to assume that Larkin won't be going anywhere this off-season or any time soon. The 19-year-old had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season. Today, 9:19 am
  • Mark Pysyk is a good fit with the Panthers
    Panthers GM Tom Rowe expects Mark Pysyk to develop into a top-four defenseman in the near future.

    Advice: The Panthers acquired Pysyk in a trade that saw them ship Dmitry Kulikov to Buffalo. "It’s not an easy decision when you’re trading a guy like ‘Kuli’ away," Rowe said. "Part of it was cap management going into next year. And then we really wanted to get a right-shot defenseman, and Mark Pysyk was a guy we targeted a long time ago. We watched him quite a bit through the last couple of seasons. We just felt that we picked up [Keith] Yandle on the left side with a left shot, so we wanted to find a guy who had potential to be a top-four ‘D.’ He might not be a top-four ‘D’ this year, but we think he can be in a couple years. And the fact that he’s a right shot, he’s a very composed player, very smart player, we thought he was a real good fit for the guys we have on the back end." The 24-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 2010. He had one goal and 11 points in 55 games last season. Today, 6:35 am
  • Rychel has 'unbelievable opportunity' in TOR
    Kerby Rychel realizes that he has an "unbelievable opportunity" in Toronto.

    Advice: Rychel asked to be traded from Columbus almost a year ago and the Jackets were finally able to honor his request by sending him to Toronto. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for me," Rychel said of playing for the Maple Leafs. "I touched base with the team this afternoon. I’ve got a lot to prove. The window is closing and I’m going to make this a big summer of getting ready." The 21-year-old had two goals and nine points in 32 NHL games last season. He was originally selected in the first round, 19th overall, by Columbus in 2013. Today, 6:31 am
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  • DeAngelo looking to play in the NHL soon
    Anthony DeAngelo is looking to play in the NHL "sooner rather than later," according to his father, Lou.

    Advice: "I wish things could have been different but I think this is better for all involved," Lou DeAngelo said. "We are thankful (to Tampa Bay) for the opportunity. … We were looking for an opportunity to play in the NHL sooner rather than later." The Bolts traded the former first round pick to Arizona for a second round selection in 2016. There's no doubt that DeAngelo is a talented defenseman, but he still needs a lot of work in his own zone. Today, 6:26 am
  • Stars felt Jack Campbell needed change
    Stars GM Jim Nill felt that goalie Jack Campbell needed a change of scenery.

    Advice: "Sometimes, a change of pace in the best thing," said Nill. "Jack needs to go somewhere to get playing and get his confidence back." Campbell was selected 11th overall back in 2010, but he's failed to develop into an NHL goalie at this point. He'll likely never develop into the franchise player he was supposed to be, but he could turn out to be a decent backup goalie to Jonathan Quick. Today, 6:15 am
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  • Avs will focus attention on signing MacKinnon
    Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

    Advice: MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I’m sure we’ll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan — long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap. Today, 6:04 am
  • Avs make Tyson Barrie a new offer
    The Colorado Avalanche made a new long-term contract offer to Tyson Barrie over the weekend.

    Advice: Barrie is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st and there's been rumblings that he and the Avalanche don't see eye-to-eye on his overall value. "We presented a long-term proposal, and we’ll see where that goes," GM Joe Sakic said. "If not anywhere, he’s going to go to arbitration." The 24-year-old had 13 goals, 49 points and a minus-16 rating in 78 games this season. Today, 6:00 am
  • Andrew Shaw excited about new start in MTL
    Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season.

    Advice: Shaw and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin know each other pretty well, as Bergevin was the assistant general manager in Chicago before taking the job in Montreal. "(Bergevin) likes the rat in me, the work ethic," Shaw said on Saturday via conference call. "He enjoys watching me play and dealing with him on my first contract was exciting for me as well. I owe him a lot." When asked about playing with another scrappy player like Brendan Gallagher, here's what Shaw had to say: "Me and Gallagher, we have had some fun battles. Now I’m excited to be on his side to annoy people together, I guess." Shaw is a restricted free agent this off-season. The two sides should be announcing an agreement in the near future. Today, 5:52 am
  • Sabres GM thrilled about getting Kulikov
    Sabres GM Tim Murray was thrilled about acquiring Dmitry Kulikov from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

    Advice: "He gives us a chance just to keep getting better and make that playoff push that we talk about now," Murray said. "I don’t know if he’s going to play with Ristolainen – that’s the coach’s job to put the lines together – but we certainly know that he can. He’s a good fit for us." The 25-year-old had one goal and 17 points in 74 games last season. Kulikov averaged 21:02 of ice time per game with the Panthers in 2015-16. Today, 5:45 am
  • James Reimer will not be re-signed by Sharks
    GM Doug Wilson all but said that James Reimer, Nick Spaling, Dainius Zubrus and Roman Polak will not be re-signed before they become UFA's on July 1.

    Advice: This is no surprise as the Sharks will look to bring some of their cheaper minor leaguers up to do the job. Reimer has a few spots to look at but they will be in a backup role most likely. Teams like Anaheim and Edmonton are in the market for a backup and it remains to be seen where Reimer winds up. He was 17-14-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the Sharks and Toronto in 2015-16. Today, 4:57 am
  • Eric Gryba and the Oilers talking deal
    The Edmonton Oilers are in talks with UFA-to-be Eric Gryba.

    Advice: Gryba suffered a knee injury on February 16 and did not return the remainder of the season. Talks to re-sign the defensive defenseman are on-going but took a bit of a break as Gryba was married on Saturday. Congratulations to the blueliner on his nuptials. He had only a goal and six points in 53 games with 75 penalty minutes so his fantasy value is limited at best. Today, 4:27 am
  • Rumors abound Nugent-Hopkins may be dealt
    There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

    Advice: The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned. Today, 4:21 am
  • Kerby Rychel requested trade last summer
    Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

    Advice: It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him. Today, 4:03 am
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  • Blue Jackets happy to have Scott Harrington
    The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

    Advice: Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets. Today, 4:00 am
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  • Sean Monahan, Flames talking deal
    Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

    Advice: Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools. Today, 3:50 am
  • Aaron Ness signs two-year deal with Capitals
    Aaron Ness has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: Ness had two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. He also had six goals and 27 points in 62 AHL contests. Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Andrew Shaw may have a new deal soon
    Montreal has been talking contract with Andrew Shaw and a new deal may be reached soon.

    Advice: TSN's Darren Dreger said a five to seven year extension could be agreed to in the "days ahead." Shaw was acquired at the 2016 NHL Draft by the Canadiens in exchange for the 39th and 45th overall picks. He is currently a restricted free agent. Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Stars intend to sign Jamie Benn after July 1
    Dallas GM Jim Nill intends to sign Jamie Benn to an extension after July 1.

    Advice: "Jamie's not going anywhere," he said. "We'll get something done." Benn has one more season left on a five-year, $26.25 million deal and he will get a significant pay bump. The Stars captain has topped 85 points in each of his last two seasons and he tallied 41 goals in 2015-16. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Rangers get Nick Holden in deal with Avs
    The New York Rangers have obtained Nick Holden from Colorado in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in 2017.

    Advice: In 82 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16, Holden generated six goals and 22 points. Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • Trevor Lewis re-signs with Los Angeles
    Trevor Lewis has inked a four-year deal with Los Angeles worth $8 million.

    Advice: The Kings were not able to come to terms with Milan Lucic, so they turned their attention to another pending UFA in Lewis. He notched just eight goals and 16 points in 75 games last season. Yesterday, 11:33 am
  • Blue Jackets get Scott Harrington from Leafs
    Scott Harrington has been traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: The Leafs obtained Kerby Rychel in the deal and the Blue Jackets will get a fifth-round draft pick if Harrington is put on waivers and he is claimed by another team. If he clears then the condition isn't fulfilled. Harrington played in 15 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16 and 17 with the team's AHL affiliate. Yesterday, 11:25 am
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  • Maple Leafs acquire Kerby Rychel from CBJ
    Toronto has acquired Kerby Rychel from Columbus in exchange for Scott Harrington and a conditional fifth-round draft pick.

    Advice: Rychel was the 19th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded six goals and 27 points in 37 games with Lake Erie of the AHL in 2015-16. Rychel also had nine points in 32 appearances with Columbus. Yesterday, 11:19 am
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  • Report: M-A Fleury to start '16-17 with Pens
    Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start the 2016-17 season with Pittsburgh, according to Sportsnet's John Shannon.

    Advice: He received the news from Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. Fleury's name has come up in plenty of trade rumors, but it doesn't look like anything is imminent on that front. Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • Interest in UFA Kyle Okposo is high
    Expect a lot of interest in unrestricted free agent Kyle Okposo.

    Advice: The veteran can listen to offers from NHL teams on Saturday and we know of at least five squads that are allegedly rather keen on signing the winger to a new deal. Detroit, St. Louis, Winnipeg, L.A. and Minnesota are said to be in on Okposo. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 8:45 am
  • Kings pick up Jack Campbell from Dallas
    Jack Campbell is a member of the Los Angeles Kings' organization now.

    Advice: He was traded by Dallas to the Kings on Saturday for defenseman Nick Ebert. Campbell split time between the AHL and the ECHL last season. The Stars chose him 11th overall back in 2010 and he still hasn't seen any NHL playing time. Yesterday, 8:40 am
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  • Devils acquire Beau Bennett from Pens
    The New Jersey Devils acquired Beau Bennett from the Penguins in exchange for the 77th overal pick in the 2016 entry draft.

    Advice: The Penguins selected defenseman Connor Hall with the pick. Bennett, who was a huge disappointment the last few seasons in Pittsburgh, remains an intriguing project. Devils' GM Ray Shero knows Bennett well as he was involved in drafting him while in Pittsburgh. It will be interesting to see whether New Jersey can coax more than the 12 points (in 33 games) out of Bennett this upcoming season. The Devils have had recent success in reviving the career of Kyle Palmieri. Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Anthony DeAngelo going to the desert
    The Arizona Coyotes have acquired Anthony DeAngelo from Tampa Bay for the Coyotes second round pick.

    Advice: The Lightning selected Libor Hajek with the pick, a defenseman from the Czech Republic who played in the WHL last season. DeAngelo was selected by the Lightning with the 19th pick in the 2014 Draft. He had six goals and 43 points in 69 games for the Syracuse Crunch last season and may need another year in the minors as his offensive game is fine but he needs to improve defensively. Yesterday, 7:28 am
  • Mark Pysyk heading to Florida
    Mark Pysyk is heading to Florida as part of the Dmitry Kulikov trade.

    Advice: The Sabres also get the Panthers second round pick in 2016 while Florida gets the Sabres second (number 38) and their third round selection. Pysyk was selected in the first round, 23rd overall in 2010 but has not really made much of an impact at the NHL level. He is a third pairing blueliner at this time at best, and is not really fantasy-worthy. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Sens' Chiasson in play this weekend
    Don't be surprised if the Senators deal Alex Chiasson this weekend.

    Advice: He has been on the trade block for some time and there seemed to be some interest in him Friday night as the NHL amateur draft got underway. The Sens may be looking at obtaining a late draft pick in exchange for the 25-year-old winger who has been a disappointment in Ottawa after a brief but fairly successful stay in Dallas. Yesterday, 7:20 am
  • Habs thrilled to have Shaw on board
    Montreal GM Marc Bergevin is thrilled to have Andrew Shaw on board.

    Advice: Shaw was acquired in a trade from the Blackhawks for two draft picks just as Friday's entry draft got under way. "Andrew Shaw has played five seasons in the NHL and he’s won two Stanley Cups. We talked a lot about helping out our dressing room with character guys, and that’s one of the reasons why it was important to go out and get a player of his caliber. He’s got many good attributes on the ice and off it," said Bergevin. "He knows what it takes to win. He’s scored big goals during the playoffs, and he reminds me a little bit of Brendan Gallagher. He takes guys into battle with him. I feel like our fans will appreciate him." Shaw will certainly play in the Habs' top nine and will get plenty of power-play ice time. Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Dmitry Kulikov dealt to the Buffalo Sabres
    The Florida Panthers have traded Dmitry Kulikov to the Buffalo Sabres for Mark Pysyk.

    Advice: The Sabres also acquired a second-round pick (No. 33) in the deal, while the Panthers received picks No. 38 and No. 89. Kulikov became an extra piece when the Panthers inked Keith Yandle to a contract. Kulikov becomes a top-four defenseman for the Sabres and should take his offensive game to the next level in Buffalo. Look for a 30 point campaign from the defenseman. Yesterday, 7:11 am
  • Kyle Okposo can entertain offers starting Sat
    Kyle Okposo (as well as every other pending free agent) can listen to offers from the other 29 teams as of 12:01 AM Saturday.

    Advice: It's very unlikely that Okposo will return to the Islanders so there should be a lineup at his front door. While nothing will be official until July 1 when contracts expire, Okposo and his agent could quickly come to an agreement with another team. The talented winger had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games last season and that production will come in handy for any NHL team as well as poolies. Yesterday, 5:46 am
  • Islanders want Frans Nielsen back in the fold
    The New York Islanders would love to re-sign Frans Nielsen.

    Advice: Nielsen is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. GM Garth Snow said that he talked to Nielsen's agent within the last week and while they have moved closer to a deal, nothing is imminent. Nielsen had 20 goals and 52 points and that could be hard to replace should he bolt to greener pastures. Nielsen should be a 20 goal, 50 point player once again next season so draft him accordingly. Yesterday, 5:42 am
  • Daily News says Staal and Girardi shopped
    The New York Daily News reported that GM Jeff Gorton was shopping defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi.

    Advice: It was just to see if there was any interest as both players have no-movement clauses in their contracts. It never got to that stage as both are still members of the Rangers. Yesterday, 5:37 am
  • Montreal acquires Andrew Shaw for two picks
    The Montreal Canadiens have acquired Andrew Shaw for the 39th and 45th overall picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

    Advice: Shaw is eligible to become a restricted free agent on July 1. There was a time when it looked like Chicago would be able to re-sign him given that the Blackhawks freed some cap space by dealing Bryan Bickell to Carolina. However, it came out Friday afternoon that Shaw is reportedly seeking an average annual salary of $4.5 million, which likely priced Chicago out. He had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games in 2015-16. Friday, 4:26 pm
  • Report: Andrew Shaw seeking $4.5M annually
    Andrew Shaw is reportedly looking for a contract that will pay him at least $4.5 million annually.

    Advice: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman recently seemed upbeat about the contract negotiations with Shaw, but if that's really the salary that he's looking for then it wouldn't be surprising to see Chicago trade him. Shaw, who is set to become a restricted free agent, had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games last season. Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Hawks have had good talks with Andrew Shaw
    The Chicago Blackhawks seem optimistic as they negotiate a new contract with Andrew Shaw.

    Advice: "We’ve had some good discussions with his agent, so that’s ongoing. And we’re trying to get something done. That’s how I can characterize it right now," Hawks GM Stan Bowman said. "There are a lot of things we’re working through and that’s certainly one of them." Shaw had 14 goals and 34 points in 78 games last season. He's eligible to become a restricted free agent in July. Friday, 5:46 am
  • Rutherford downplays urgency to trade Fleury
    Penguins GM Jim Rutherford downplayed the Marc-Andre Fleury trade rumors to an extent.

    Advice: "We might have to make a decision at some point," Rutherford said. "I'm not aggressively doing anything." That's largely in line with his earlier remarks that his preference would actually be to keep Fleury rather than trade him. How much of that is posturing to try to get a better return in a Fleury trade is hard to say. It would be somewhat awkward to enter the season with Fleury and the man who took his job, Matt Murray. At the same time, keeping Fleury would be a great insurance policy in case Murray has some growing pains in his first full NHL campaign. Wednesday, 5:39 am
  • James Reimer likely to test free agency
    James Reimer is expected to test free agency on July 1.

    Advice: He is likely to find a team that is looking for a number one goalie or a situation where he can compete for the top job. Reimer played well for Toronto and San Jose in 2015-16. Tuesday, 11:05 am
  • Report: Pens ask CGY for pick No. 6 for MAF
    According to the Calgary Sun, Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford asked for Calgary's first-round draft pick in exchange for Marc-Andre Fleury.

    Advice: The Flames lost out on Frederik Andersen Monday after he was traded to Toronto in exchange for the 30th overall pick in 2016 and a second-rounder in 2017. Fleury is five years older and more expensive than Andersen, so Calgary probably isn't interested in giving up the sixth overall pick for him. Fleury will make $5.75 in each of the next three seasons. The price for him is expected to go down and then the Flames could pull the trigger on a possible deal with Pittsburgh. Tuesday, 10:21 am
  • Dmitry Kulikov may become trade bait
    Dmitry Kulikov may be shopped by the Panthers this off-season.

    Advice: If the Panthers manage to sign Keith Yandle, who was acquired from New York on Monday, and Brian Campbell then Kulikov could be up for grabs. Yandle and Campbell are both potential unrestricted free agents though, so nothing is guaranteed. Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Bruins may be interested in Kulikov
    There is talk in Boston that the Bruins may be interested in trading for Florida defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

    Advice: The Bruins are in the hunt for a "transitional" rearguard, and with Alex Goligoski off the market, may turn their attention to Kulikov. The 25-year-old Kulikov will be a free agent following next season and the Panthers may be willing to move him should the Bruins come to the table with an aggressive offer. Stay tuned. Jun 18, 5:28 am
  • Pens GM would rather keep Marc-Andre Fleury
    Penguins GM Jim Rutherford's preference would be to keep Marc-Andre Fleury rather than trade him.

    Advice: "If it was in a perfect world and (coach Mike Sullivan) and I were making a decision right now, we'd like to start the season with Fleury and Murray," Rutherford said. That doesn't mean that Rutherford will retain Fleury though. He lost the starting job to Matthew Murray and while keeping Fleury would provide the team with more depth, it might also make things rather awkward. More importantly, he comes with too big of an annual cap hit ($5.75 million) to be a backup. The Calgary Flames might be a good fit for Fleury, but we'll have to wait and see about that. Jun 17, 6:07 am
  • What type of deal will MacKinnon get?
    It's not clear yet if the Avalanche are more likely to sign Nathan MacKinnon to a bridge contract or a long-term deal.

    Advice: "Whatever the two parties decide," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "We had initial talks. Not much lately but I’m sure it’s going to heat up in the summer and I’m sure we’ll have it done by training camp." MacKinnon is coming off of his entry-level contract. He won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he hasn't lived up to expectations since, in part due to injury woes. For that reason it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a bridge contract. Jun 16, 3:54 pm
  • Colorado won't trade Tyson Barrie
    Tyson Barrie isn't on the trade market, per Avalanche GM Joe Sakic.

    Advice: Barrie is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and should get a big raise from his previous $2.6 million cap hit. Sakic's hope is to sign Barrie to a long-term deal, but if it comes down to it, he's willing to let the arbitration process decide his 2016-17 salary. Jun 16, 11:22 am
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