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  • Zach Aston-Reese agrees to two-year deal
    Zach Aston-Reese has signed a two-year, $2 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Aston-Reese narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing set for Monday. He scored eight goals and 17 points in 43 games with Pittsburgh last season. "Zach is a responsible player who plays a solid two-way game," said Penguins GM Jim Rutherford. "He has a heavy style of play that is especially effective on the forecheck and penalty kill." Today, 12:00 pm
  • Tomas Plekanec will play in Czech league
    Tomas Plekanec has signed with Brno Kometa of the Czech league.

    Advice: Plekanec started the 2018-19 campaign with the Montreal Canadiens, but he only played in three games. Montreal and Plekanec parted ways after he successfully cleared unconditional waivers in November. If the 36-years-old's NHL career is over, the book is closing on him with 1,001 career games at the highest level. Today, 5:03 am
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  • Pavelski's leadership will be hard to replace
    Joe Pavelski's leadership is likely going to be harder for the San Jose Sharks to replace than his offensive contributions.

    Advice: Pavelski scored 38 goals last season, so he's naturally left a big hole in the lineup, but the Sharks still have plenty of offensive weapons. "Look, it's hard to replace Pav's 38 goals," DeBoer conceded. "We scored a lot of goals last year and if we score a little bit less I don't think it will kill us. At least I hope it doesn't. The goals are one thing, but it's the leadership, the presence, the message that he would convey in the dressing room when times were tough. Those are the things that are harder to replace than his goals." Erik Karlsson might help fill that void now that he's settled in with the Sharks. Joe Thornton, once he re-signs, might play a bigger role too. Today, 3:31 am
  • Blues lock up Oskar Sundqvist to 4-year deal
    Oskar Sundqvist has signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.

    Advice: Sundqvist would have had an arbitration hearing on Wednesday if he didn't agree to terms with St. Louis. He scored 14 goals and 31 points in 74 games last season. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Rodrigues, Sabres exchange salary requests
    Evan Rodrigues has put in a request for a $2.65 million salary ahead of his arbitration hearing.

    Advice: The Sabres have countered with a salary of $1.5 million. He scored nine goals and 29 points in 74 contests last season. Yesterday, 10:19 am
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    Evan Rodrigues Buf - C,LW,RW
  • Andrew Copp, Jets put in salary requests
    Andrew Copp has reportedly requested a salary of $2.9 million for 2019-20 ahead of his arbitration hearing.

    Advice: The Jets are countering with a requested two-year, $3 million contract. The Jets and Copp's hearing is scheduled for Sunday, so they're almost out of time to reach a compromise if they are going to avoid a hearing. For his part, Copp’s agent Kurt Overhardt has indicated that they are going to arbitration, but we still wouldn't be shocked if a compromise is reached. Yesterday, 1:54 am
  • Dylan Strome going through intense training
    Dylan Strome will be working closely with Blackhawks strength and conditioning coach Paul Goodman this summer.

    Advice: Strome excelled after being acquired by Chicago in 2018-19, scoring 51 points in 58 games. But he could use some work physically. "He has all the potential to be able to do exactly what he wants to do," said Goodman. "But physically, [he’s] just going through a maturation process and understanding how his body can actually be pushed further and also be able to translate into better speed, better power, better change of direction, better vision." One focus on Goodman will be strengthening Strome's lower body and core. Strome tends to lean forward while playing, which limits his vision in part because he plays with a relatively small stick compared to his height. The idea behind the exercises is that it will allow him to shift his center of gravity lower so that he can keep his head and chest up during plays. That might help him maintain the level of play that the Hawks saw out of him last season. Yesterday, 1:42 am
  • DeBoer expects Thornton to stay with Sharks
    Sharks coach Peter DeBoer has no doubt that Joe Thornton will re-sign with the San Jose Sharks.

    Advice: Although Thornton is still an unrestricted free agent, most do expect him to be back with the Sharks in 2019-20. He's already stated that he wants to extend his NHL career and it would be shocking if he signed elsewhere. The Sharks might just be waiting to see what their final cap situation is like so they know how much money they can offer Thornton. Thursday, 1:55 pm
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  • J.T. Compher thrilled with new contract
    J.T. Compher was thrilled by the length of his new contract.

    Advice: Compher signed a four-year, $14 million contract with Colorado. "Excited to get this deal done and be in Colorado for at least four more years," Compher said. "I love the team. I love the organization — and the fact they were willing to give me four years. It was exciting when we started talking about that. We have such a good group of guys and the future is so bright, so knowing I’m going to part of that is really exciting." Avalanche GM Joe Sakic feels Compher is one of the Avalanche's most versatile forwards. Compher had 16 goals and 32 points in 66 games last season. Thursday, 7:56 am
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    J.T. Compher Col - C,LW,RW
  • Ryan Spooner joins HC Lugano
    Ryan Spooner has signed with HC Lugano of the Swiss League.

    Advice: Spooner scored three goals and nine points in 53 games last season with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, and Vancouver Canucks. He was bought out by the Canucks, making him an unrestricted free agent. Wednesday, 5:10 am
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    Ryan Spooner Van - C,LW,RW
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  • Teddy Blueger inks two-year deal with Pens
    Teddy Blueger signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

    Advice: Blueger agreed to a one-way deal, so he's guaranteed that salary regardless of what level he plays at. He had six goals and 10 points in 28 games with Pittsburgh last season. He also scored 21 goals and 39 points in 45 AHL contests. Wednesday, 2:21 am
  • Anisimov will likely be a center with Ottawa
    Artem Anisimov will likely be used as a center with the Ottawa Senators.

    Advice: Anisimov has also served as a winger, but he has plenty of experience at center. The Senators acquired him from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Zack Smith. "Artem is a big, competitive center with excellent hands and playmaking ability," said Senators GM Pierre Dorion. "He plays a 200-foot game and will contribute to our depth on both special teams. We’re acquiring an experienced player who can score and at the same time is responsible in his own zone. We really like how he will fit with the makeup of our team." Wednesday, 2:12 am
  • Wild signs Nico Sturm to a two-way contract
    Nico Sturm has signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Sturm can earn $874,125 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minors next season. He had 14 goals and 45 points in 39 games with Clarkson University in 2018-19. He also appeared in two contests with the Minnesota Wild, but didn't record a point over that span. Wednesday, 2:03 am
  • Jakub Lauko learned a lot in the QMJHL
    While Jakub Lauko was reluctant to play in the QMJHL last season, in retrospect he sees it as the right move.

    Advice: Lauko was hoping to jump straight from the Czech league to AHL, but he was hurt during the Bruins' training camp in 2018 and it was ultimately decided to send him to the junior league instead. There ended up being an adjustment period, but he still went on to score 21 goals and 41 points in 44 regular season games and then help the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in their playoff run that culminated in winning the Memorial Cup. He had a tournament-leading eight points in five Memorial Cup games. "I hated it for the first month," said Lauko. "But at the end of the season, you just look up and see that you won two trophies. It was the right choice after that. I think I changed a lot as a player. I improved my English, and I think I’m a different player after this season, different person. I’m just happy I made the choice." Wednesday, 1:46 am
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  • Justin Kloos agrees to two-way deal with ANA
    Justin Kloos has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Anaheim Ducks.

    Advice: Kloos scored 18 goals and 45 points in 59 AHL contests last season. He can earn $700,000 in the NHL or $85,000 if he plays in the AHL. Wednesday, 1:40 am
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  • Ryan MacInnis accepts his qualifying offer
    Ryan MacInnis has accepted his qualifying offer with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Advice: MacInnis had four goals and 24 points in 71 AHL games last season. The 23-year-old hasn't made the leap to the NHL yet. Tuesday, 4:13 pm
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  • Wild sign Ryan Donato to two-year extension
    Ryan Donato has agreed to a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.

    Advice: Donato scored 10 goals and 25 points in 56 contests last season between Minnesota and Boston. The Wild got Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick from Boston in exchange for Charlie Coyle back on Feb. 20th. Tuesday, 12:45 pm
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    Ryan Donato Min - C,LW,RW
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  • Chicago gets Zack Smith from Ottawa
    The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Zack Smith from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Artem Anisimov.

    Advice: Smith scored nine goals and 28 points in 70 games last season. For Chicago, the main benefit of this trade is the cap savings. Smith's cap hit is $3.25 million in each of the next two seasons compared to Anisimov's $4.55 million annual cap hit for the next two campaigns. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
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    Zack Smith Chi - C,LW
  • Michael Amadio inks two-year contract
    Michael Amadio has agreed to a two-year, two-way contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

    Advice: Amadio will come with a $700,000 cap hit if he plays in the NHL. His salary at the AHL level next season would be $150,000, but he's guaranteed a minimum salary of $250,000 regardless of how his service time is split. He had eight goals and 26 points in 28 AHL contests along with six goals and 13 points in 43 games last season. Tuesday, 1:29 am
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  • Jayce Hawryluk signs Panthers' QO
    Jayce Hawryluk has accepted the Florida Panthers' qualifying offer.

    Advice: Hawryluk can earn $874,125 in the NHL or $70,000 in the minors next season. He scored seven goals and 12 points in 42 contests with Florida in 2018-19. Monday, 10:40 pm
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    Jayce Hawryluk Fla - C,LW,RW
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