Player Notes

  • Tobias Rieder getting closer to new deal
    Tobias Rieder and the Coyotes have made progress in their contract negotiations.

    Advice: Rieder's agent said that the two sides weren't close a few weeks ago. The 23-year-old winger picked up 14 goals and 37 points in 82 games last year. Today, 11:24 am
  • Jason Zucker intends to shoot more often
    Jason Zucker intends to shoot more in 2016-17.

    Advice: He got a tattoo on the back of his left wrist with Tucker Helstrom's signature and underneath it reads, "SHOOT MORE!" Tucker, who passed away earlier this month at the age of nine, was befriended by Zucker at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital back in December and the most frequent advice he gave to the Wild winger was to shoot more. Zucker had 13 goals on 158 shots last year. Today, 10:10 am
  • 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. Today, 6:32 am
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  • Ducks re-sign Stefan Noesen
    Stefan Noesen has re-signed with the Ducks on a one-year deal.

    Advice: He will earn $600,000 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the AHL, according to Noesen had 10 goals and 32 points in 65 minor-league games with the San Diego Gulls last year. He has appeared in just two NHL contests over the last two seasons. Today, 5:37 am
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  • Bobby Farnham signs a two-way contract
    Bobby Farnham has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

    Advice: Farnham had 10 points and 97 penalty minutes in 53 games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New Jersey Devils last season. If he makes the Montreal Canadiens' opening game roster then he should once again be a good source of PIM. Saturday, 9:39 pm
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  • Jordan Schroeder gets a two-way contract
    Jordan Schroeder has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Schroeder had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 27 that's no longer necessary. He will earn $650,000 when playing in the NHL or $275,000 in the minors. He's been guaranteed a minimum salary of $300,000 though, even if he spends the full campaign in the AHL. Saturday, 1:56 pm
  • Claude Giroux (hip/abdomen) resumes skating
    Claude Giroux (hip/abdomen) has already resumed skating.

    Advice: Giroux was originally projected to take 10-12 weeks before he'd be back on the ice, but he got to this point in nine weeks. He should be available for the World Cup, where he'll represent Canada. Friday, 5:44 pm
  • 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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  • Report: Kevin Hayes gets a $2.6 million AAV
    Kevin Hayes' new two-year contract is reportedly worth $5.2 million.

    Advice: Hayes completed his sophomore campaign with the Rangers, scoring 14 goals and 36 points in 79 games. This agreement prevented the two sides from going through an arbitration hearing, which had been scheduled for July 27. It seems like a fair bridge deal for both sides, buying them time to see what type of player Hayes develops into. Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Alexandre Grenier comes with $600K cap hit
    Alexandre Grenier's recently signed one-year, two-way deal comes with a $600,000 cap hit at the NHL level.

    Advice: Grenier will receive $575,000 of that in salary if he plays in the NHL for the full campaign, but $25,000 of that is a signing bonus. He scored 16 goals and 48 points in 69 AHL games in 2015-16. Thursday, 2:07 pm
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  • Ryan Callahan won't play in the World Cup
    Ryan Callahan has been removed from Team USA's roster due to his hip injury.

    Advice: Callahan underwent surgery in June and is projected to need five months to recover. With that in mind, it's not surprising that Callahan won't be ready in time for the World Cup. He had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 contests last season. Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Rangers see upside with Mika Zibanejad
    The New York Rangers believe Mika Zibanejad still has untapped upside.

    Advice: The Rangers acquired Zibanejad and a 2018 second rounder from Ottawa in exchange for Derick Brassard and a 2018 seventh-round selection. "We feel we’re getting a player who’s just scratching the surface and who has a lot of upside," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. "He kills penalties, he’s [good] on draws. And he can play against the better, bigger centers around the league. At the end of the day, we felt this makes us a better team." Zibanejad had 21 goals and 51 points in 81 contests last season. He's 23 years old and he only celebrated that birthday in April, so it's not unreasonable to believe he can grow further. Even if he doesn't end up having a better 2016-17 campaign than Brassard, the Rangers got the better long-term option out of this exchange. Tuesday, 2:42 am
  • Matej Stransky signs a two-way contract
    Matej Stransky has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Dallas Stars.

    Advice: Stransky had 23 goals and 39 points in 74 AHL games in 2015-16. He can earn $575,000 at the NHL level next season or $75,000 in the minors. Jul 18, 1:24 pm
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  • Stars confident Nichushkin will stay in NHL
    The Dallas Stars don't think Valeri Nichushkin will opt to play in Russia.

    Advice: Nichushkin is a restricted free agent and would attract interest from KHL clubs if he was thinking of going that route. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't see that happening though. "Val's over here training and I don't think there's that issue," Nill said. "Val wants to be in the NHL and he wants to have a good year this year, so I don't think that's possible." Jul 18, 10:41 am
  • Stefan Fournier accepted his qualifying offer
    Stefan Fournier recently signed one-year deal was the qualifying offer Arizona presented him with.

    Advice: Fournier can make $632,500 in the NHL or $62,500 in the minors next season. He had 11 points and 143 penalty minutes in 56 AHL contests in 2015-16. Jul 18, 9:56 am
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  • Ryan Johansen not focused on next contract
    Nashville and Ryan Johansen might start discussing a contract extension early in the 2016-17 campaign, but that's not where his focus is now.

    Advice: "For me, the approach is we're going to get something done if I do my thing," Johansen said. "My whole thing is having a great summer of training, being in the best shape I can be in and just doing my thing on the ice. ... If I put myself in a situation to have success where my body's in the shape I want it to be in and I gain that confidence over the summer with all of the work I've put in, I feel like the sky's the limit for me and I can do some great things." Johansen had 14 goals and 60 points in 80 games last season, which was down from 71 points in 2014-15. It's not an exaggeration to say that he's entering an important year which will play a big role in gauging if he can reach another level. He's entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million campaign, though he's only eligible for restricted free agency, so Nashville doesn't have to feel pressured to get something done sooner rather than later. Jul 18, 1:24 am
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