Player Notes

  • Kris Versteeg joins SC Bern of NLA
    Kris Versteeg's move to Europe for next season appears to be final.

    Advice: SC Bern of the National League A has announced that he will join the team on a one-year contract. It's surprising that Versteeg won't be playing in North America in 2016-17. In 550 career NHL contests, the 30-year-old forward has generated 131 goals and 313 points. 31 minutes ago
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  • John McFarland joins the Liiga
    John McFarland has agreed to terms with SaiPa of the Finnish Elite League.

    Advice: He will make the Liiga his home this season after he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Panthers. McFarland appeared in three games with Florida last season and he produced 24 points in 56 matches with Portland of the AHL. 42 minutes ago
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  • Eric Boulton can come with $575K cap hit
    Eric Boulton's recently inked two-way contract with the Islanders comes with a $575,000 should he play in the NHL.

    Advice: Boulton would earn $150,000 annually when he's playing in the minors, but he's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $200,000 even if he spends the full season in the AHL. The 39-year-old might make the Islanders' opening game roster, but he would probably spend a lot of time in the press box if that does happen. Yesterday, 1:13 pm
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  • Connor McDavid happy about Lucic signing
    Connor McDavid thinks signing Milan Lucic was a big gain for the Edmonton Oilers.

    Advice: "It means so much," said McDavid. "It kind of gives us that swagger, that meanness that we have been looking for. We tried to do that a little bit last year in adding a couple of bigger bodies and it definitely helped, but now you have the addition of Lucic and those guys we added before. We definitely have that mean streak that other teams won't want to be pushing us around." Lucic in particular is a gritty player that doesn't look out of place in a top-six role, so Edmonton could theoretically pair him with McDavid to provide the young star with some extra protection. Just as McDavid seems to be thrilled with the prospect of playing with Lucic, Lucic is upbeat about the arrangement as well. When asked for his No. 1 reason for signing with Edmonton, Lucic named McDavid. Yesterday, 11:57 am
  • Brayden Schenn asks for $5.5 million salary
    Brayden Schenn is requesting a one-year, $5.5 million contract.

    Advice: The Philadelphia Flyers are countering with a two-year contract that would pay him $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4,369,425 in 2017-18. This is all being presented ahead of his arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25. Obviously when players and teams make their pre-arbitration requests known there is going to be a salary gap and from a cap hit perspective, they're not terribly far off. What is somewhat unusual is that the Flyers have decided to ask for a two-year contract, so the difference between them could actually be larger because of it. If Schenn were to have presented what he wanted out of a two-year deal, he would have likely asked for an annual salary above his current request of $5.5 million. Saturday, 9:08 am
  • Brandon Tanev agrees to a two-way contract
    Brandon Tanev has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets.

    Advice: Tanev will come with a cap hit of $874,125 if he plays in the NHL. He had 15 goals and 28 points in 38 games with Providence College in 2015-16. He also participated in three Jets games last season, but didn't record a point. Friday, 2:26 pm
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  • Mitchell Callahan agreed to a two-way deal
    Mitchell Callahan's recently inked one-year contract is two-ways.

    Advice: Callahan can earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $175,000 in the minors. He had 19 goals, 32 points, and 94 penalty minutes in 62 AHL games in 2015-16. Friday, 1:38 pm
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  • Sabres aware of charges against Evander Kane
    The Buffalo Sabres confirmed the report that Evander Kane has been charged.

    Advice: In a statement the Sabres said, "We are aware of the charges against Evander Kane stemming from an incident last month. Our organization will have no further comment at this time." The incident being referred to happened in a bar back in June. Kane is reportedly facing four counts of non-criminal harassment and a misdemeanor charge for criminal trespassing. The NHL is monitoring the situation, but no action has been taken against Kane by the league as of this time. Friday, 11:26 am
  • Kael Mouillierat opts to play in Sweden
    Kael Mouillierat has inked a contract with Lulea HF in Sweden.

    Advice: Mouillierat had 18 goals, 45 points, and 89 penalty minutes in 68 AHL contests in 2015-16. He also logged 10:41 minutes of ice time and was charged with a minor penalty while playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins on April 9. Friday, 11:22 am
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  • Rangers ink Chris Kreider to 4-year extension
    Chris Kreider has inked a four-year, $18.5 million contract with the New York Rangers.

    Advice: Kreider was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing today, but this agreement made that moot. He'll come with a $4.625 million annual cap hit, which is very close to the $4.75 million he was requesting, but while the Rangers conceded ground in terms of average annual salary, Kreider provided them with a longer term. This could end up working out very well for the Rangers if Kreider demonstrates that at the age of 25 he hasn't yet reached his peak. He had 21 goals and 43 points in 79 contests last season after recording 46 points in 2014-15. Friday, 9:10 am
  • Toronto inks Josh Leivo to two-year extension
    Josh Leivo has agreed to a two-year extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Advice: Leivo had five goals in 12 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He also had 17 goals and 48 points in 51 AHL contests. Thursday, 3:58 pm
  • Artemi Panarin is practicing Thai boxing
    Artemi Panarin is spending part of the summer learning Thai boxing.

    Advice: Panarin didn't get in a single fight in 2015-16, but maybe things will be different next season. He had 30 goals, 77 points, and 32 penalty minutes in 80 games as an NHL rookie. Thursday, 7:15 am
  • Kyle Palmieri joins Team USA
    Kyle Palmieri has been named to Team USA's roster.

    Advice: Palmieri broke out last season with 30 goals and 57 points in 82 contests. He replaced Ryan Callahan, who underwent hip surgery in June. "Kyle brings an all-around game that we're confident will fit nicely with the framework we're looking to build," Team USA GM Dean Lombardi said. "He's coming off an outstanding year in New Jersey and will play an important role with our team." Wednesday, 8:07 pm
  • Brad Richards closes the books on NHL career
    Brad Richards has announced his retirement.

    Advice: Richards is hanging up his skates after scoring 298 goals and 932 points in 1,126 contests with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Red Wings. He's a two-time Stanley Cup winner and claimed the 2004 Conn Smythe Trophy after recording 12 goals and 26 points in 23 contests during that playoff run. "Winning the Stanley Cups in Tampa Bay and Chicago was the best part of my career and I will never forget those moments. Nothing compares to enjoying that night with your team and knowing what you have accomplished together," Richards said. Wednesday, 1:04 pm
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  • Marcus Johansson inks 3-year, $13.75M deal
    Marcus Johansson has inked a three-year, $13.75 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

    Advice: With that, Johansson and Washington narrowly avoided the arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. His $4.58 million annual cap hit roughly represents the middle ground between the $5.25 million he requested and the $3.85 million the Capitals countered with. It's also a sizable increase from his previous $3.75 million salary. He had 17 goals and 46 points in 74 games in 2015-16. Wednesday, 9:13 am
  • Raphael Bussieres will play in Slovenia
    Raphael Bussieres has signed with Slovenia's Olimpija Ljubljana.

    Advice: Bussieres became an unrestricted free agent after Minnesota decided against providing him with a qualifying offer. He had 12 goals and 24 points in 37 ECHL games last season. Wednesday, 1:56 am
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  • Cleary interested in AHL role in 2016-17
    Daniel Cleary wants to play again next season, even if it's with an AHL team.

    Advice: Cleary ended up playing in the minors last season and while that was difficult at times, the 37-year-old ended up having a good time. "I really enjoyed what I did last season, being in that role, helping the young kids grow into being future Red Wings," Cleary said. "I’m training to do that (playing). It took me a few days (after being sent down), but after I settled into it, I really enjoyed the experience in Grand Rapids. It’s a great coaching staff, great group of guys, great training staff. It was a lot of fun, and I still want to play. The thing is, though, is can this body hold up over the course of a season? But I feel I can help mentor young players, and show them what it takes to play in the NHL." Cleary has 938 games worth of NHL experience and another 121 contests worth of playoff experience under his belt. So if Cleary is willing to accept a minor league job under the idea that he'll help mentor the prospects, there should be some interest in him. Wednesday, 1:38 am
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  • Killorn's new deal comes with modified NTC
    Alex Killorn's recently inked seven-year, $31.15 million contract comes with a modified no-trade clause.

    Advice: Killorn can't be traded without his permission from 2017-18 through 2019-20. After that, he can limit Tampa Bay's options to a list of 16 teams. He's coming off a season where he had 14 goals and 40 points in 81 contests. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Report: Girgensons might want mutli-year deal
    Zemgus Girgensons is reportedly believed to be seeking a two or three-year deal from the Buffalo Sabres.

    Advice: The problem is that while Girgensons has potential, he hasn't lived up to expectations at the NHL level. After he scored seven goals and 18 points in 71 contests last season, it's unlikely that Buffalo and Girgensons would see eye-to-eye on the financial terms of a multi-year contract. He's a restricted free agent so the Sabres hold his exclusive NHL rights, though it's still possible that he might also weigh European options. Tuesday, 2:36 am
  • Mike Hoffman hopes to stick with the Senators
    Mike Hoffman wants to stay with the Ottawa Senators for the foreseeable future.

    Advice: "That’s obviously my No. 1 goal. I love Ottawa, I love the fans there," Hoffman said. "We’re a great team, great guys, so that’s obviously my first priority, to try to get something done with them." Hoffman filed for arbitration and has a hearing scheduled for August 4. That all-but guarantees that Hoffman will be with the Senators for the start of the 2016-17 campaign, but the ideal would likely be for the two sides to agree to a long-term contract prior to that date. Jul 18, 1:28 am
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