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  • Justin Schultz doesn't get QO, becomes UFA
    Justin Schultz did not get a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He can test unrestricted free agency now, but still could sign with the Penguins for less than the $3.9 million he earned last year. Schultz skated in 18 regular-season games and 15 playoff matches with Pittsburgh in 2015-16 after he was acquired from Edmonton. 20 minutes ago
  • Detroit signs Drew Miller to one-year deal
    Drew Miller has re-signed with Detroit on a one-year, $1.025 million contract.

    Advice: He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency on Friday if he didn't come to terms with the Red Wings. Miller skated in just 28 games last season and he posted only two points. 32 minutes ago
  • Maxim Kitsyn off to KHL, no QO from Kings
    Maxim Kitsyn won't get a qualifying offer from Los Angeles.

    Advice: Patrik Bartosak and Alex Roach won't receive qualifying offers either, so all three of them are unrestricted free agents. Kitsyn will play for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL next year after he compiled 55 points in 65 ECHL games with Manchester in 2015-16. 42 minutes ago
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  • Jonathan Bernier unsure if he'll be traded
    Jonathan Bernier doesn't know if he will be traded, but he intends to be ready for whatever team he plays for.

    Advice: "Yeah, I can't control what their plan is, whether I'm in their plan or not," said Bernier. "At this point now I'm just focusing on myself and making sure I'm ready for training camp. Right now I'm under contract with the Leafs and that's where my head is. If things change, well, that’s out of my reach." If he stays with the Leafs then he wants to prove he can battle new arrival Frederik Andersen for playing time. 53 minutes ago
  • Stars give QO to Valeri Nichushkin
    Valeri Nichushkin has received a qualifying offer from the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: It wouldn't be surprising if he got a "show-me" contract. Nichushkin recorded just nine goals and 29 points in 79 games last season and he still has a great deal to prove at the NHL level. Dallas also retained the negotiation rights to Jamie Oleksiak, Matej Stransky and Maxime Lagace with qualifying offers. Today, 10:17 am
  • Bittner (hip) gets green light for contact
    Paul Bittner (hip) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He underwent hip surgery in March so the Blue Jackets won't push him too hard during development camp this week. Bittner skated with the goaltenders on Monday. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Today, 10:01 am
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  • No QOs for Wright, Vaive from Islanders
    James Wright will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

    Advice: He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Islanders, so he is free to test the market. Wright had 14 goals and 41 points in 73 games with Bridgeport of the AHL last season. Justin Vaive was not qualified by New York either. Today, 9:54 am
  • Chris Higgins on waivers for a buyout
    Chris Higgins has been placed on waivers and will be bought out by the Canucks.

    Advice: Vancouver will save about $1.666 million in 2016-17 and his cap hit will be $833,333 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to Higgins split time between the Canucks and the AHL's Utica Comets last season. He posted just three goals and one assist in 33 NHL appearances. Today, 9:19 am
  • Penguins sign Tim Erixon to 2-way contract
    Tim Erixon has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh.

    Advice: He will make $575,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Erixon contributed three goals and 17 assists in 65 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL during the 2015-16 campaign. He added six points in 10 outings for Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliate in the playoffs. Today, 8:51 am
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  • Preds lock up Filip Forsberg to 6-year deal
    Filip Forsberg has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract with Nashville.

    Advice: "Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we've ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond," GM David Poile said in a statement. "While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. We have full confidence that he will continue to blossom into one of the top players in the world." Forsberg is a big part of Nashville's offense. The 21-year-old led the Predators in scoring during the 2015-16 season with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games. He also generated 23 points on the power play and he amassed 247 shots on goal. Today, 8:36 am
  • Elliott's arrival could lead to Ortio's exit
    Joni Ortio could be expendable after the Flames acquired Brian Elliott from St. Louis at the NHL Draft weekend.

    Advice: It will be interesting to see if he gets a qualifying offer from Calgary because if he doesn't then he will become an unrestricted free agent and the team will explore free agency to find a backup goalie. If his rights are retained then he could be the club's number two netminder. Today, 8:28 am
  • Joffrey Lupul plays the waiting game
    Joffrey Lupul still wants to play hockey even if it isn't with the Maple Leafs.

    Advice: "I'm playing the waiting game," Lupul said Saturday. "I'm trying to get healthy. That's my focus right now. I haven't heard anything (from the Leafs). I really can't tell you anything. I'm just playing the waiting game now." There has been plenty of speculation that Toronto doesn't want him back, but it's still unclear how the situation will play out. Today, 8:09 am
  • Steven Stamkos listening to other teams
    Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has made his pitch to Steven Stamkos.

    Advice: He said the interview window, which opened opened Friday night at midnight, won't change his process. Yzerman stated, "we're both very clear on our positions. ... I have no control over what other teams do. It's all part of the business, we all have decisions to make. (Players) have the right to make their own decisions, and I don't judge anybody on that." Detroit, Toronto and Buffalo are believed to be the major suitors for Stamkos, but there are plenty of other teams interested as well. Today, 7:06 am
  • Will Milan Lucic return to Boston?
    Boston GM Don Sweeney would be happy to get pending unrestricted free agent Milan Lucic.

    Advice: "The city would embrace [Lucic], the organization has great respect for him," said Sweeney. "There is no question we would explore all players." The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames are believed to be interested in Lucic as well. Today, 5:58 am
  • Josh Morrissey could see more NHL action
    Josh Morrissey hopes to be a full-time member of the Jets next season.

    Advice: He is looking to add a couple of pounds of lean muscle in the summer. Morrissey posted three goals and 22 points in 57 games with Manitoba in 2015-16. He made his NHL debut as well on Mar. 5 against Montreal and he posted one shot in 15:54 of ice time. Today, 5:44 am
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  • Report: Canucks will buy out Chris Higgins
    The Vancouver Canucks are planning to buy out forward Chris Higgins, according to TSN 1040's Matt Sekeres.

    Advice: The 33-year-old has really slowed down over the last few seasons and it showed in 2015-16. Higgins finished the year with three goals and four points in 33 games. Higgins cleared waivers in January and was assigned to AHL Utica. He'll likely have to accept a two-way deal or a professional tryout later on in the summer if he wants a chance to play in the NHL next season. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Stamkos sign and trade a possibility
    Don't rule out a sign and trade outcome for the Lightning's Steven Stamkos.

    Advice: Everyone seems to think the Lightning will either sign and keep Stamkos or trade him. But reports out of Tampa suggest that the Bolts could sign Stamkos to a deal first and then move him to another team. We are not sure what more can be obtained by Tampa with that approach but it is worth noting. The Red Wings and Maple Leafs are two teams that have been rumored to have interest in Stamkos. Stay tuned. Saturday, 7:42 am
  • Canucks are interested in Milan Lucic
    Canucks GM Jim Benning has confirmed that Vancouver is interested in Milan Lucic.

    Advice: Lucic won't officially be a free agent until July 1, but it's already been revealed that he won't re-sign with the Kings before that date. Los Angeles has also stated that Lucic has been given permission to talk with all 29 other clubs ahead of time. The fact that Vancouver is interested in Lucic isn't surprising as it's his hometown and regarded as one of the most likely destinations for him. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Milan Lucic will become a UFA on July 1
    Milan Lucic intends to become a UFA on July 1.

    Advice: The Kings attempted to re-sign Lucic, but they couldn't make anything work. Los Angeles has even taken the step of allowing the 29 other teams to start talking to Lucic in advance. He'll attract plenty of interest, but Edmonton and Vancouver have often been cited as potential destinations for Lucic if he couldn't make things work with the Kings. Wednesday, 12:14 pm
  • Stamkos can talk to other teams Saturday
    Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman said that the team is still working towards trying to sign Steven Stamkos to a long-term deal.

    Advice: He is hoping to find out more about the situation this weekend when an exclusive interview window opens on Saturday for pending unrestricted free agents. If it becomes clearer that the Lightning won't sign Stamkos then they could try to trade his rights if he agrees to waive his full no-move clause. Yzerman said he isn't thinking about that option right now, though. Monday, 1:43 pm
  • Jonathan Bernier enters last year of contract
    Jonathan Bernier can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: The Leafs will probably be looking to upgrade their crease situation going into the season. "Jonathan played very well at the end of the year," said GM Lou Lamoriello. "But I think we have to look at everything, if we can get better: whether it's goaltending, whether it's defense, whether it's forwards. We did end up 30th in the league. There's nothing that we cannot or should not be looking at, no matter what it is, to get better." Bernier struggled for most of the year, while finishing the campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .908 save percentage. Jun 20, 10:13 am
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