Player Notes

  • Yzerman isn't rushing Kucherov signing
    Lightning GM Steve Yzerman doesn't have a timeline in mind for when Nikita Kucherov will be signed to a new contract.

    Advice: He suggested that the progress may linger until the start of the season. "We continue to communicate with his representation," Yzerman said. "And we expect to have him under contract to start the season." The Lightning may have to make a move after signing Kucherov to be cap compliant going into the regular season, but the team is not that worried because Ryan Callahan (hip) can go on long-term injured reserve. Today, 12:42 pm
  • Nashville adds defenseman Matt Carle
    Matt Carle has signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: The Tampa Bay Lightning bought out the final two years of his six-year, $33 million deal last month. Carle will probably claim a third-pairing defense job with the Predators. Today, 11:26 am
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  • Tavares hopes to play entire career with NYI
    John Tavares can become an unrestricted free agent in two seasons, but he wants to stay with the New York Islanders.

    Advice: "I think I've always showed my commitment, my appreciation and my desire to play on Long Island," Tavares told Sportsnet 590. "I would love for that to continue for the long haul. I think you look at some of the greatest players in the game have been able to spend their entire career somewhere. I hope I'm in that same position." The Islanders can begin negotiating a contract extension next July 1 and that will be a top priority for GM Garth Snow. Today, 9:58 am
  • Preds' Calle Jarnkrok signs long-term deal
    Calle Jarnkrok has agreed to a six-year, $12 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

    Advice: He will make $1.7 million in 2016-17, $1.8 million in 2017-18, $2.1 million in 2018-19, $2.2 million in 2019-20 and 2020-21, and $2 million in 2021-22. The 24-year-old forward played in 81 matches with the Predators last season. Jarnkrok notched 14 goals and 30 points over that span, while seeing some time alongside Ryan Johansen and James Neal in the second half. He will probably be shifted around the lineup again in 2016-17. Today, 8:19 am
  • Petr Mrazek inks 2-year contract with Detroit
    Petr Mrazek has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Detroit.

    Advice: His new deal carries an annual average value of $4 million. Mrazek will make $3.85 million in 2016-17 and $4.15 million in 2017-18. He posted a 27-16-6 record as the starting goaltender for the Red Wings last year, while earning a 2.33 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage. Today, 8:10 am
  • Senators reach 4-year deal with Mike Hoffman
    Mike Hoffman has inked a four-year contract with the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: The average annual value of the deal is $5.1875 million. He will make $3.8 million next season and then earn $5.65 million in three years after that. Hoffman registered personal bests in 2015-16 in goals (29), assists (30) and points (59) in 78 matches. Today, 7:26 am
  • Tyson Barrie looking for a $6M contract
    Tyson Barrie is reportedly seeking $6 million for one season through arbitration.

    Advice: The Avalanche have offered $4 million and $4.25 million, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Barrie's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday if the two sides can't agree to terms. Today, 7:18 am
  • Namestnikov, Lightning agree to 2-year deal
    Vladislav Namestnikov has signed a two-year deal with the Lightning.

    Advice: His new contract is worth $1.9375 million per season. Namestnikov had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, but that won't occur now. He recorded 14 goals and 35 points in 80 games last year. Today, 5:20 am
  • Jordan Eberle working with 'Shot Doc'
    Jordan Eberle hired a shooting coach this summer.

    Advice: He worked with hockey's "Shot Doc," Ron Johnson to try to help him get back to the form he displayed in 2011-12 when he potted 34 goals in 78 games. "Everyone talks about the one-timer but there's more to it than that," said Eberle. "You can tip it, you can find areas on the ice (to get shots off). I don't even know if I want to call him a shooting coach as much as a position coach." Yesterday, 6:14 pm
  • RNH not worried about trade rumors
    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins isn't letting the trade rumors this off-season get to him.

    Advice: "I try not to pay attention too much ... if it happens, it happens," he said. "I know it's definitely a different group than the one we finished with last season." Nugent-Hopkins has been linked to defensemen like Minnesota's Matt Dumba and Colorado's Tyson Barrie. He registered 12 goals and 34 points in 55 games with the Oilers last season. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • B. Schenn expects to keep production high
    Brayden Schenn believes his 2015-16 numbers will be regular contributions for him moving forward.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm getting better year by year and I expect nothing else next year," he said. "... I expect to come in and continue to prove my game in all areas of the ice. When you get the chance to play with good players they make you better as well. We got some good pieces that are part of the Flyers. We have a good team moving forward here. You want to get better individually, but I think the team as a whole will be better this year as well." He generated personal bests last season with 26 goals, 33 assists and 59 points in 80 games. Schenn received a four-year, $20.5 million contract on Monday from the Flyers, which ensures he'll be a key member of the team in the present as well as the future. Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Adam Larsson expects to improve offensively
    Adam Larsson is hoping to develop the offensive side of his game as a member of the Oilers.

    Advice: "I think I can take an even bigger step," Larsson said. "There was a lot of focus on defense and penalty kill last year and the next step is to be more offensive, and hopefully, get more power-play time." He expects to take on more responsibilities as a member of Edmonton's defense corps, so his production should increase. Larsson is worth keeping an eye on as a two-way blueliner, but you shouldn't expect him to post 40 or 50 points. Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Petter Granberg gets 2-year deal from Preds
    Petter Granberg has signed a two-year contract with Nashville.

    Advice: He is set to earn $575,000 at the NHL level and $175,000 if he plays in the AHL next season. In 2017-18, he will be paid $650,000. The two sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for August, but that won't be necessary now. Granberg played in 27 games with the Predators last campaign. He is slated to be the team's seventh defender in 2016-17. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Matt Dumba remains unsigned RFA
    Matt Dumba is Minnesota's last restricted free agent remaining who needs to be signed.

    Advice: The 22-year-old defender recorded 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games last season. Dumba's name has come up in possible trade rumors, but so far nothing has materialized on that front. There haven't been many updates on his contract status either. Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Rundblad, Chicago terminate his contract
    David Rundblad and the Chicago Blackhawks have mutually agreed to a termination of his contract.

    Advice: As a result, there will be no cap hit for the Blackhawks, which could help them try to sign pending unrestricted free agent Jimmy Vesey. "David indicated to us that he wanted to kind of get a fresh start, so I think he's looking to maybe pursue some other opportunities, whether it's in the NHL or maybe in Europe," GM Stan Bowman said earlier this month. He played in just nine games with Chicago last season and has 113 matches of NHL experience over his career. Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • B. Manning, Flyers agree to 2-year contract
    Brandon Manning has reached a two-year agreement with Philadelphia worth $1.95 million.

    Advice: The new deal will avoid the arbitration hearing that was set for August. He registered seven points and 66 penalty minutes in a personal high 56 games with the Flyers last campaign. Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • Rangers agree to terms with Zborovskiy
    Sergey Zborovskiy has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: The 19-year-old defenseman played in his second season with the WHL's Regina Pats in 2015-16 and he recorded 25 points in 64 contests. He was a third-round choice by the Rangers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Yesterday, 7:33 am
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  • Wings lock up DeKeyser with a 6-year deal
    Danny DeKeyser has signed a six-year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

    Advice: He averaged 21:48 minutes of ice time per game last season, while contributing eight goals and 20 points in 78 matches. DeKeyser has become a top-four defender for the Red Wings, but he still has work to do before he becomes a viable player in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Hawryluk wants to add agitating style to FLA
    Jayce Hawryluk is hoping to stay with the Panthers out of training camp.

    Advice: "I think about it every day," Hawryluk said. "My goal is to come in here and make the team this year. I'm going to do everything I can this summer to set myself up for the best chance to do that ... and show them I deserve to be here." He is facing tough competition for a spot behind players like Colton Sceviour, Jonathan Marchessault, Logan Shaw and Corban Knight. Hawryluk also had a sprained ankle at development camp, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. He intends to be an agitating scorer when he makes the jump to the pro ranks. However, the start of his professional career may be in the minors with Springfield in 2016-17. Yesterday, 6:01 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 5:28 am
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