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  • John Klingberg may take more chances
    John Klingberg may get to take more chances in 2016-17.

    Advice: The Stars back end has Dan Hamhuis, Johnny Oduya, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth, Jordie Benn and Jamie Oleksiak who are unlikely to jump into the rush or move the puck as well as Klingberg can. The soon-to-be 24-year-old blueliner has already amassed 98 points in 141 NHL outings and he should be among the league's top-scoring defenseman again in 2016-17. Today, 5:47 pm
  • Paul Stastny could center Tarasenko, Steen
    Paul Stastny between Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen could be a line combination for the Blues in 2016-17, according to coach Ken Hitchcock.

    Advice: Of course nothing is set in stone, especially this early. It might be a trio to keep an eye on once Steen returns from off-season shoulder surgery. Robby Fabbri may be back with Stastny, while Tarasenko could skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz as well. Today, 3:01 pm
  • Z. Kassian's self-improvement impresses coach
    Zack Kassian has impressed coach Todd McLellan with his off-season preparations.

    Advice: "I'm very impressed with Zack's approach in life, in general," said McLellan. "We've talked about the Oilers and hockey but from where Zack was, bottoming out (as a Montreal Canadiens' winger) with his lifestyle (going into the NHL's Substance Abuse program) and to see where he his with his commitment to conditioning and becoming healthy. That can rub off on other players." Kassian is looking trimmer and the Oilers' bench boss is excited to see what he can do at training camp. Today, 2:03 pm
  • Marek Hrivik's contract is two-way
    Marek Hrivik new contract is a two-way deal.

    Advice: He is slated to earn $600,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Hrivik made his NHL debut with the Rangers on Feb. 21 and he picked up an assist in his second big-league appearance. Today, 1:36 pm
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  • Devils sign blueliner Brandon Gormley
    Brandon Gormley has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

    Advice: His deal is worth $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Gormley skated in 26 games with Colorado last year and in 39 matches with the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Today, 1:16 pm
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  • Michael Stone inks one-year contract
    Michael Stone has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Coyotes.

    Advice: He recorded six goals and 36 points in 75 games last season. Stone also recorded 137 hits and 143 blocks during 2015-16. He is rehabbing from April surgery on his ACL and MCL. Today, 12:32 pm
  • Oilers want to see more from Nail Yakupov
    Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

    Advice: "I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing. Today, 12:20 pm
  • Rangers, Marek Hrivik agree to new deal
    Marek Hrivik has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: No details have been announced yet. He notched 12 goals and 41 points in 68 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last season. Hrivik also had one assist in four outings with the Rangers. Today, 11:38 am
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  • Coyotes sign Connor Murphy to 6-year deal
    Connor Murphy has agreed to a six-year, $23.1 million contract with Arizona.

    Advice: That is an annual average value of $3.85 million per season. In 78 games last year, Murphy picked up six goals and 17 points while averaging 20:30 of ice time. He has accounted for 175 hits and 139 blocked shots. Today, 11:32 am
  • Dmitry Orlov awaits new contract
    Dmitry Orlov is expected to agree to a bridge deal with a one- or two-year term.

    Advice: The restricted free agent didn't file for salary arbitration, so it's unclear when he will get a new deal. According to, the Capitals have $3.45 million left in salary cap space, so he's unlikely to get much of a raise from the $2.25 million he earned last season. Today, 9:52 am
  • Backes might shift around in 2016-17
    David Backes understands that he could shuffle between linemates and positions in 2016-17.

    Advice: It's believed that he may start on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but he also could play center at times against larger lineups. "It's not going to be something that's set in stone," said Backes. "I think it will be an adjustment. Whatever [coach] Claude [Julien] thinks is necessary . . . when you're playing with good players, I think the old NHL maybe you were stuck in your lane and you just went up and down the wall, but [these days] it's pretty dynamic and fluid." Today, 8:39 am
  • Update on Ladislav Smid expected to come soon
    Calgary is expecting to have a medical update on Ladislav Smid (neck) soon.

    Advice: He has been suffering from on-going neck issues, which sidelined him for the last 26 games of the 2015-16 season. Today, 8:01 am
  • Flames working on Gaudreau, Monahan deals
    Flames GM Brad Treliving didn't have an update to provide on new contracts for restricted free agents Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

    Advice: He was asked about Calgary's top offensive duo when netminder Brian Elliott was introduced to the media on Wednesday. "No real update there," said Treliving. "We'll continue to work away at it. We wanted to focus (Wednesday) on Brian and (Elliott's wife) Amanda and welcome them to Calgary. But we'll continue to work away at it." Talks have been ongoing during the off-season, with both players looking for long-term deals. Today, 7:51 am
  • Elliott excited to be Calgary's No. 1 goalie
    Brian Elliott is anxious to start the season as Calgary's number one goalie.

    Advice: He had to share the crease with Jake Allen, Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak when he played for the St. Louis Blues, so the veteran netminder is excited to have the number one role to himself for the 2016-17 campaign. "To have that good of numbers and not get the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy, sometimes it's frustrating," Elliott said. "But I've always believed if you worked hard, put your head down and plowed through it, opportunities will pop up for you." Those numbers may drop as a member of the Flames, but he will provide the team with better goaltending than they had last season. Today, 7:44 am
  • Ben Bishop on track to be ready for USA camp
    Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) should be ready for Team USA's World Cup camp, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

    Advice: Bishop has been recovering from a high-ankle and shin sprain, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. It sounds like the injuries won't be an issue going into the regular season. Today, 6:01 am
  • RFA Nikita Nesterov in regular talks with TBL
    Nikita Nesterov is expected to sign a new deal with the Lightning prior to the start of the regular season.

    Advice: GM Steve Yzerman said the two sides have been in regular talks. Nesterov is currently a restricted free agent. Today, 5:48 am
  • Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) set to skate Tuesday
    Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) is slated to get back on the ice Tuesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time this off-season that he has skated since he suffered a high-ankle and shin sprain in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tuesday, 5:28 am
  • Contract talks advancing with Connor Murphy
    Arizona is making headway in negotiations with Connor Murphy.

    Advice: The restricted free agent defender posted 17 points in 78 games with the Coyotes last year. Monday, 11:18 am
  • Michael Stone (knee) is making progress
    Michael Stone (knee) is progressing nicely.

    Advice: Coyotes GM John Chayka said that Stone's minimum six-month rehab is either on schedule or ahead of schedule. The defenseman underwent surgery on his ACL and MCL in April. It's still unclear when he will be available to return. Monday, 11:14 am
  • Nikita Nesterov put on Team Russia's roster
    Team Russia has added Nikita Nesterov to its upcoming World Cup roster.

    Advice: Nesterov is replacing Slava Voynov, who isn't eligible for the tournament because he remains suspended by the NHL. Nesterov had three goals, nine points, and 41 penalty minutes in 57 games last season. Tuesday, 2:49 am
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