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  • Peter Holland TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Clears waivers
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Peter Holland (concussion) cleared waivers Saturday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs waived Holland on Friday in hopes of using the move as a bargaining chip in the Canadian forward's upcoming arbitration hearing. It was a somewhat risky move that worked out for the club, as there ultimately were no other organizations interested in acquiring Holland via a waiver claim. The 25-year-old center, who notched 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) over 65 games with Toronto last season, will now move forward with his arbitration hearing, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

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  • Jordan Schroeder MIN C
    Wild's Jordan Schroeder: Avoids arbitration with one-year extension
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Schroeder agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports. The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the AHL.

    Schroeder was waived Tuesday, but he went unclaimed and it had been a race against time to get the 25-year-old center under contract to avoid an arbitration hearing July 27. Despite Schroeder's high draft standing -- he was Vancouver's first-round (22nd overall) pick in 2009 -- we've yet to see him reach double-digits in points over the course of a single season. Schroeder's untapped potential makes him worth keeping an eye on, yet he's waiver fodder unless we start seeing much more offense.

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  • Kevin Hayes NYR RW
    Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Signs two-year deal with Rangers
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kevin Hayes avoided arbitration by finalizing a two-year deal with the New York Rangers on Friday worth $2.6 million annually, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

    Hayes' spot in the depth chart for the 2016-17 is somewhat up in the air given the addition of Mika Zibanejad. The pair of centers could be competing for a spot on the second line behind Derek Stepan for much of the upcoming season. Given the uncertainty regarding his ice time, fantasy owners may want to be cautious with the 24-year-old, despite his 14 goals and 22 assists last year.

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  • Matt Donovan BUF D
    Matt Donovan: Reaches deal to play in Sweden
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Matt Donovan signed a contract with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League on Thursday, TSN reports.

    Donovan was the Islanders' fourth-round (96th overall) draft pick in 2008, but he only managed to play in 69 NHL games since then. The 26-year-old blueliner is quite talented, having been named to the All-Rookie squad with AHL Bridgeport in 2011-12, and there's a chance that he'll be able to resurrect his career overseas.

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  • Connor Carrick TOR D
    Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Inks two-year extension with Buds
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Connor Carrick signed a two-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

    It's tough to keep track of all of the prospects trying to morph the Original Six franchise back to respectability. However, Carrick stands out from the bunch as he led the AHL's Marlies with 18 points in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Originally drafted by the Capitals in 2012, Carrick has 53 NHL games under his belt at the age of 22. He's expected to compete for a spot on the opening night roster in training camp this fall.

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  • Peter Holland TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Waived by Maple Leafs
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Peter Holland (concussion) was placed on waivers by Toronto on Friday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

    The Leafs are likely waiving Holland as a bargaining chip in his upcoming arbitration hearing as the team will want to give him a two-way deal. The winger's 2015-16 season ended early due to concussion symptoms, but when he was healthy, he had moderate production for a bottom-six forward -- nine goals and 18 helpers. If the 25-year-old goes unclaimed, he will move forward with his arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday.

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  • Peter Holland TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Clears waivers
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Peter Holland (concussion) cleared waivers Saturday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs waived Holland on Friday in hopes of using the move as a bargaining chip in the Canadian forward's upcoming arbitration hearing. It was a somewhat risky move that worked out for the club, as there ultimately were no other organizations interested in acquiring Holland via a waiver claim. The 25-year-old center, who notched 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) over 65 games with Toronto last season, will now move forward with his arbitration hearing, which is scheduled to take place Monday.

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  • Jordan Schroeder MIN C
    Wild's Jordan Schroeder: Avoids arbitration with one-year extension
    2d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Schroeder agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports. The deal is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the AHL.

    Schroeder was waived Tuesday, but he went unclaimed and it had been a race against time to get the 25-year-old center under contract to avoid an arbitration hearing July 27. Despite Schroeder's high draft standing -- he was Vancouver's first-round (22nd overall) pick in 2009 -- we've yet to see him reach double-digits in points over the course of a single season. Schroeder's untapped potential makes him worth keeping an eye on, yet he's waiver fodder unless we start seeing much more offense.

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  • Peter Holland TOR C
    Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Waived by Maple Leafs
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Peter Holland (concussion) was placed on waivers by Toronto on Friday, James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports.

    The Leafs are likely waiving Holland as a bargaining chip in his upcoming arbitration hearing as the team will want to give him a two-way deal. The winger's 2015-16 season ended early due to concussion symptoms, but when he was healthy, he had moderate production for a bottom-six forward -- nine goals and 18 helpers. If the 25-year-old goes unclaimed, he will move forward with his arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday.

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  • Mikhail Grigorenko COL C
    Avalanche's Mikhail Grigorenko: Inks one-year deal with Colorado
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Mikhail Grigorenko signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports reports.

    Grigorenko was solid in a limited role with Colorado last season, notching 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) while averaging 13:16 of ice time over 74 games. The 22-year-old forward will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the Avalanche in 2016-17, and should be similarly productive barring injury.

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  • Jordan Schroeder MIN C
    Wild's Jordan Schroeder: Clears waivers
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Schroeder went unclaimed off of waivers Wednesday and is still scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 27, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports.

    Schroeder going unclaimed off waivers does not bode well for his chances of winning his arbitration hearing as the Minnesota Wild can point to the fact that no other team was willing to pick him up at his current contract. It is hard to imagine that the 25-year-old will be signed to a long-term deal given the continued back and forth of this contract negotiation and the center's limited production.

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  • Marcus Johansson WAS C
    Capitals' Marcus Johansson: Re-signs three-year deal with Capitals
    5d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    According to general manager Brian MacLellan, the Washington Capitals re-signed Marcus Johansson to a three-year, $13.75 million contract Wednesday.

    Johannson filed for arbitration at the beginning of July in hopes that he would land a longer-term deal after a season in which he posted 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 74 total games for the Capitals in 2015-16. Indeed, that's just how it played out, and he'll now earn $4.25 million in 2016-17, then $4.75 million in the following two seasons. Johannson also has a five-team no-trade clause in the last two years of his deal, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

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  • Kevin Hayes NYR RW
    Rangers' Kevin Hayes: Signs two-year deal with Rangers
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Kevin Hayes avoided arbitration by finalizing a two-year deal with the New York Rangers on Friday worth $2.6 million annually, Steve Zipay of Newsday reports.

    Hayes' spot in the depth chart for the 2016-17 is somewhat up in the air given the addition of Mika Zibanejad. The pair of centers could be competing for a spot on the second line behind Derek Stepan for much of the upcoming season. Given the uncertainty regarding his ice time, fantasy owners may want to be cautious with the 24-year-old, despite his 14 goals and 22 assists last year.

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  • Evander Kane BUF LW
    Sabres' Evander Kane: Arrested in Buffalo on Friday
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Evander Kane was arrested in Buffalo on Friday, having been charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and four counts of non-criminal harassment related to a bar incident in June,The Buffalo News reports.  

    Kane allegedly grabbed three women and a male bouncer in an incident that reportedly took place at a Buffalo bar. According to the report, Kane turned himself in to Buffalo police Friday morning and was handcuffed on his way into the City Court building. However, Kane continues to proclaim his innocence and his attorney, Paul Cambria, said Kane will fight the charges and does not expect the ordeal to affect Kane's status with the Buffalo Sabres .

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  • Chris Kreider NYR LW
    Rangers' Chris Kreider: Finalizes four-year contract extension
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Chris Kreider signed a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the New York Rangers on Friday, CBC's Tim Wharnsby reports, adding that the deal includes a $1 million signing bonus in the first three years.

    By agreeing to this new contract, Kreider and the Blueshirts narrowly avoided a salary arbitration hearing. It's hard to miss Kreider when he's out there on the ice; at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, defenders have fits trying to move him off the puck and it's resulted in plenty of offense early in his career -- Kreider has generated 129 points (61 goals, 68 assists) over four years and 248 career games in the NHL. Once the elite wingers are off the board in fantasy drafts, give Kreider a look.

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  • Josh Leivo TOR LW
    Maple Leafs' Josh Leivo: Renews contract for two years
    4d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Josh Leivo signed a two-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

    Leivo spent most of his time with AHL Toronto last season, having recorded 17 goals, 31 assists, and 14 PIM in 51 regular-season games. The big winger was efficient when called upon to the parent club, netting five goals in 12 more contests. He's lauded for his versatility, but the third-round pick of 2011 will be hard-pressed to earn consistent playing time in the NHL this season. If he does make it to the big stage, expect the 23-year-old to work in a bottom-six role.

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  • Alex Grenier VAN RW
    Canucks' Alexandre Grenier: Inks extension with Vancouver
    6d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Alex Grenier finalized a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

    Grenier is still searching for the first NHL point after appearing in a mere six contests last season. The 24-year-old has been significantly more productive in the minors where he registered 16 goals and 32 helpers in 69 outings. It is unlikely the winger will make a huge jump in ice time this upcoming season, so fantasy owners can mostly ignore his contract extension.

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  • Matt Nieto SJ LW
    Sharks' Matthew Nieto: Gets one-year extension from San Jose
    9d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Matt Nieto agreed to a one-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Friday, the San Jose Mercury News reports, adding that the deal is worth $735,000.

    The Sharks reportedly have less than $1 million to spend before reaching the salary cap, but this was a budget signing for a speedy forward with playoff experience. Nieto has recorded 68 points (28 goals, 40 assists) in 205 regular season games, which doesn't scream fantasy value, though he additionally provides Team Teal with special teams contributions and the occasional clutch play.

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  • Matt Donovan BUF D
    Matt Donovan: Reaches deal to play in Sweden
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Matt Donovan signed a contract with Frolunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League on Thursday, TSN reports.

    Donovan was the Islanders' fourth-round (96th overall) draft pick in 2008, but he only managed to play in 69 NHL games since then. The 26-year-old blueliner is quite talented, having been named to the All-Rookie squad with AHL Bridgeport in 2011-12, and there's a chance that he'll be able to resurrect his career overseas.

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  • Connor Carrick TOR D
    Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Inks two-year extension with Buds
    3d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Connor Carrick signed a two-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

    It's tough to keep track of all of the prospects trying to morph the Original Six franchise back to respectability. However, Carrick stands out from the bunch as he led the AHL's Marlies with 18 points in the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs. Originally drafted by the Capitals in 2012, Carrick has 53 NHL games under his belt at the age of 22. He's expected to compete for a spot on the opening night roster in training camp this fall.

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  • Andrey Pedan VAN D
    Canucks' Andrey Pedan: Finalizes one-year, two-way deal
    6d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Andrey Pedan agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Vancouver on Tuesday.

    Pedan appeared in 13 contests for the Vancouver Canucks last season in which he logged 10:57 in ice time per night while also recording 18 PIM. The blueliner has yet to record his first NHL point and will likely see only a minor uptick in the number of games he plays during the 2016-17 campaign, thereby limiting his fantasy value.

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  • Dylan Reese ARI D
    Dylan Reese: Agrees to terms with Swedish league team
    7d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dylan Reese agreed to terms on a contract with Husqvarna Vatterstad on Monday.

    Reese has not played in contest in the majors since the 2014-15 campaign, as he's spent the bulk of his playing time over the last two season in the AHL, where he tallied 48 points. Given his limited game action, it seems unlikely the 31-year-old blueliner will be returning to an NHL roster any time soon.

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  • Dylan McIlrath NYR D
    Rangers' Dylan McIlrath: Agrees to new contract
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Dylan McIlrath finalized a new one-year, $800,000 deal with the New York Rangers on Friday.

    As a restricted free agent, McIlrath was set to have an arbitration hearing before reaching an agreement with the team. The blueliner struggled for consistent ice time both as a healthy scratch and due to injuries, and was only able to play in 34 contests. The 24-year-old's biggest contributions in terms of fantasy have come as a frequent visitor to the sin bin as he logged 64 PIM last season, falling just under two minutes per game in that category.

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  • Ryan Murphy CAR D
    Hurricanes' Ryan Murphy: Inks two-year deal with Carolina
    11d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ryan Murphy signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.

    Murphy appeared in 35 games with the Hurricanes last season, tallying 10 assists with a minus-1 rating over that span. The 23-year-old blueliner also spent a large chunk of the 2015-16 campaign in the minors, adding 24 points (seven goals, 17 assists) with a minus-11 rating over 32 games with AHL Charlotte. The 5-foot-11 Ontario native is an offensively-gifted defender who may eventually be tasked with quarterbacking one of the Hurricanes' power-play units. However, he'll likely need to improve his play in the defensive zone before receiving additional opportunities on special teams.

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  • Ben Scrivens MON G
    Ben Scrivens: Heads overseas on one-year deal
    9d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Ben Scrivens signed a one-year contract with Dinamo Minsk of the KHL on Friday, TSN reports.

    Scrivens appeared in 15 games with the Canadiens last season, posting a 5-8-0 record with an ugly 3.07 GAA and .906 save percentage over that span. The 29-year-old backstop will hope to perform at a higher level against slightly lesser competition in the KHL, and may have played his last NHL contest.

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  • Pheonix Copley STL G
    Blues' Pheonix Copley: Inks two-way deal with St. Louis
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Pheonix Copley signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

    Copley appeared in 37 games with AHL Chicago last season, posting a 15-16-3 record with an unimpressive 2.79 GAA and .909 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old Alaska native will once again share goaltending duties with Jordan Binnington in the minors this season.

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  • Jordan Binnington STL G
    Blues' Jordan Binnington: Signs two-way deal with St. Louis
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jordan Binnington signed a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

    Binnington is behind Jake Allen and Carter Hutton on the Blues' depth chart at goaltender, and will thus spend the majority of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors. The 23-year-old backstop appeared in 41 games with AHL Chicago last season, compiling a 17-18-5 record with an unattractive 2.85 GAA and .907 save percentage over that span. Binnington is still at least one full season away from making the jump to the NHL.

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  • Garret Sparks TOR G
    Maple Leafs' Garret Sparks: Renews with Leafs on one-year, two-way deal
    10d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Garret Sparks signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.

    Sparks started 17 games between the pipes as a rookie in 2015-16, having recorded a 6-9-1 record, 3.02 GAA and .893 save percentage. The highlight of his season took place last November when he became the first Maple Leaf in team history to work a shutout in his NHL debut. With James Reimer now in Florida, Sparks presumably will serve as the backup to newcomer Frederik Andersen, while his two-way contract gives the Buds the option to transfer him to the minors at a lower price, if necessary.

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  • Richard Bachman VAN G
    Canucks' Richard Bachman: Inks one-year, two-way deal
    11d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Richard Bachman signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, WKTV reports. The goalie will make $650,000 at the NHL level and $450,000 in the minors.

    Bachman wouldn't have become an unrestricted free agent until next summer, but the Canucks decided to give him another deal in anticipation for the 2017 expansion draft. You can safely bypass the 28-year-old in fantasy drafts next season since he's having a tough time trying to land a consistent NHL role.

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  • Jack Campbell LA G
    Kings' Jack Campbell: Agrees to two-year deal with Kings
    13d ago • By RotoWire Staff

    Jack Campbell and the Los Angeles Kings have agreed on a two-year contract, LA Kings Insider reports.

    Campbell will look to establish himself in the Kings organization this training camp after some disappointing years in the Stars organization. He figures to spend most of the year in the AHL.

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