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    • Dennis Cholowski DET D
      Red Wings' Dennis Cholowski: On correct path in development
      3h ago

      Dennis Cholowski has a long ways to go before he'll be in the NHL, but he's committed to getting stronger and will be taking cues from offseason acquisition Trevor Daley in training camp, The Detroit News reports.

      Detroit's first-round (20th overall) draft pick from 2016, Cholowski is said to have a determined mindset; the young defenseman wants to know what he can do to improve his game, and that's impressed Detroit Red Wings ' director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggested the prospect takes note of Daley and how he "uses his speed and poise with the puck." Cholowski added one goal and 11 assists with St. Cloud State of the NCHC last season and also made a cameo appearance with AHL Grand Rapids. At this point, his destination for the upcoming season is still unknown.

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    • Al Montoya MON G
      Canadiens' Al Montoya: Possible increase in workload
      9h ago

      Al Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Montreal Canadiens .com reports.

      Canadiens goaltending coach Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying, "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league." This implies Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a backup role to Price.

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    • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
      Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: New deal imminent
      11h ago

      Andreas Athanasiou is expected to get a new contract from the Detroit Red Wings well ahead of training camp in September, The Detroit News reports.

      Double A is a restricted free agent, but he's still in the infancy of his career and therefore ineligible for arbitration. The priority signing for the Wings was veteran scoring machine Tomas Tatar, who ended up re-signing before an arbitrator could rule on his case and settled on a four-year, $21.2 million extension. As noted in the report, the Original Six franchise currently has less than $1 million in available cap space, meaning the team will have to explore the option of placing an injured player like Ryan Sproul (knee) on long-term injured reserve in order to give Athanasiou -- who tacked on 18 goals and 11 assists over 64 games last season -- a fair deal.

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    • Viktor Arvidsson NSH RW
      Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Signs seven-year contract with Predators
      1d ago

      Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

      Arvidsson led the Predators in both goals and points last season, with 31 tallies and 30 assists. The 24-year-old was able to cash in on his breakout season, as he landed a long-term deal. He'll continue to operate as the team's top right wing, and power-play ice time is a given as well.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: Inks one-year deal with Calgary
      1d ago

      David Rittich signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

      Rittich appeared in 31 regular-season games with AHL Stockton last season, compiling a 15-11-1 record while registering a 2.27 GAA and .924 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old will return to his role as AHL Stockton's starting netminder in 2017-18.

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    • Jon Gillies CGY G
      Flames' Jon Gillies: Settles on one-year, two-way deal
      1d ago

      Jon Gillies signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

      Gillies, a top prospect, is likely to be the first goalie called up from AHL Stockton in the event of an injury to newcomers Mike Smith or Eddie Lack. The 23-year-old did experience a number of performance-induced road bumps on the way to a 2.93 GAA and .910 save percentage for the minor-league Heat last season, but this contract proves the Flames want to give him a closer look. He could give Lack -- a guy who had frustrated coach Bill Peters as a tender for the Hurricanes -- a run for his money by showing well in training camp.

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    • Andreas Athanasiou DET C
      Red Wings' Andreas Athanasiou: New deal imminent
      11h ago

      Andreas Athanasiou is expected to get a new contract from the Detroit Red Wings well ahead of training camp in September, The Detroit News reports.

      Double A is a restricted free agent, but he's still in the infancy of his career and therefore ineligible for arbitration. The priority signing for the Wings was veteran scoring machine Tomas Tatar, who ended up re-signing before an arbitrator could rule on his case and settled on a four-year, $21.2 million extension. As noted in the report, the Original Six franchise currently has less than $1 million in available cap space, meaning the team will have to explore the option of placing an injured player like Ryan Sproul (knee) on long-term injured reserve in order to give Athanasiou -- who tacked on 18 goals and 11 assists over 64 games last season -- a fair deal.

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    • Tyler Gaudet ARI C
      Coyotes' Tyler Gaudet: Commands one-year, two-way extension
      1d ago

      Tyler Gaudet signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports. The 24-year-old center will make $650,000 in the NHL or $85,000 at the minor-league level.

      Gaudet's contract also includes $110,000 in guaranteed salary. With a new deal in place, the Ontario native can challenge for a bottom-six role in training camp this fall. Last season, he generated six goals and 16 assists in 62 games with AHL Tucson, and also picked up a helper over four games at the highest level.

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    • Tommy Wingels CHI C
      Blackhawks' Tommy Wingels: Suffers left foot fracture
      2d ago

      Tommy Wingels suffered a left foot fracture during offseason training Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

      Wingels is expected to make a full recovery in 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be a full participant in September's training camp. The 29-year-old winger, who notched 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games last season, won't produce enough offensively in 2017-18 to warrant consideration in most season-long fantasy leagues, but he'll be a key component of the Chicago Blackhawks ' bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit.

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    • Ryan Dzingel OTT C
      Senators' Ryan Dzingel: Secures last-minute deal
      2d ago

      Ryan Dzingel (wrist) and the Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.8 million, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

      Dzingel had a breakout season in 2016-17, garnering 14 goals, 18 helpers and 123 shots on goal -- all career highs. The 25-year-old saw 1:20 of ice time per game on the power play, but he was only able to notch three points in those situations. If the natural center can get more comfortable playing on the wing -- and improve his man-advantage productivity -- he could exceed the 40-point mark this upcoming year. Although a wrist injury may have impacted his performance during this spring's playoffs, Dzingel should be ready to go for training camp.

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    • Austin Czarnik BOS C
      Bruins' Austin Czarnik: Signs two-way deal
      5d ago

      The Boston Bruins signed Austin Czarnik to a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday, the team's official site reports.

      Czarnik saw action in 49 games for the big club this past season, logging five goals and 13 points. The University of Miami (Ohio) product brings speed, energy and puck smarts to the table, but at 5-foot-9, 160 pounds, improved scoring results at the pro level hinge in on the 24-year-old's ability to withstand the physical rigors of the NHL game.

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    • Frederick Gaudreau NSH C
      Predators' Frederick Gaudreau: Pens three-year contract
      6d ago

      Frederick Gaudreau locked in a three-year, two-way deal with Nashville on Monday.

      Gaudreau's contract will convert to a one-way for the final season (2019-20), but it seems unlikely he will still be switching between leagues at that point. Although he was limited to just nine appearances with the Nashville Predators during the 2016-17 campaign, the center has impressed with AHL Milwaukee, as he tallied 90 points over the past two years. Undrafted coming out of the QMJHL, the 24-year-old should earn a spot on the Preds' 23-man roster sooner rather than later.

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    • Viktor Arvidsson NSH RW
      Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Signs seven-year contract with Predators
      1d ago

      Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Saturday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

      Arvidsson led the Predators in both goals and points last season, with 31 tallies and 30 assists. The 24-year-old was able to cash in on his breakout season, as he landed a long-term deal. He'll continue to operate as the team's top right wing, and power-play ice time is a given as well.

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    • Austin Watson NSH LW
      Predators' Austin Watson: Contract demands tough for Preds to stomach
      1d ago

      Austin Watson -- who ended up filling for salary arbitration -- is seeking $1.4 million, whereas the Nashville Predators have proposed an offer of $700,000, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

      We suspect an arbitrator will ultimately grant Watson a salary that comes in less than his $1.4 million ask, but higher than the $700,000 the Preds wish to provide. The Michigan native largely avoided the AHL this past season and proceeded to put up five goals, 12 assists and 99 PIM in 77 games for the parent club during the regular season. Watson also held his own during the postseason, as he averaged 13:40 of ice time and skated to a plus-3 rating with nine points over 22 grueling contests.

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    • Jordan Martinook ARI LW
      Coyotes' Jordan Martinook: Beats arbitration hearing with two-year re-up
      1d ago

      Jordan Martinook reached a contract settlement with the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The winger, who narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing, will earn $3.6 million over the next two years.

      The 24-year-old pivot was selected by the 'Yotes in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he fashioned 11 goals and 14 helpers over 77 games, and received 2:14 of ice time in shorthanded situations. Arizona's qualifying offer of one year and $687,500 was a bit of a head scratcher given Martinook's scoring acumen and middle-six role, but there should be no hard feelings since the two sides ended up reaching a settlement on their own.

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    • Tomas Tatar DET LW
      Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Inks long-term deal
      2d ago

      Tomas Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.

      With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons, having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his relative lack of special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage last season, the Czech tallied a mere eight points in that situation, plus, he's not utilized on the penalty kill. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but he's expected to be 100 percent in time for training camp.

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    • Garnet Hathaway CGY RW
      Flames' Garnet Hathaway: Signs one-year deal with Calgary
      3d ago

      Garnet Hathaway inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

      Hathaway appeared in 26 games with Calgary last season, notching five points (one goal, four assists) while averaging just 9:08 of ice time over that span. The 25-year-old winger will spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but he'll likely also log some time with the big club when the Flames are in need of reinforcements up front due to injury.

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    • Tomas Tatar DET LW
      Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Arbitration hearing underway
      3d ago

      Tomas Tatar (shoulder) entered an arbitration hearing against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday, with the ruling to be made within 48 hours, MLive.com reports.

      The restricted free agent's contract demands reportedly include $5.3 million in average annual value, but the Wings maxed out at $4.1 million on their counter offer before entering arbitration. Tatar told reporters last week that he has no limitations with his surgically repaired shoulder, which is a significant development, as injury history can be used as evidence in the hearing.

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    • Dennis Cholowski DET D
      Red Wings' Dennis Cholowski: On correct path in development
      3h ago

      Dennis Cholowski has a long ways to go before he'll be in the NHL, but he's committed to getting stronger and will be taking cues from offseason acquisition Trevor Daley in training camp, The Detroit News reports.

      Detroit's first-round (20th overall) draft pick from 2016, Cholowski is said to have a determined mindset; the young defenseman wants to know what he can do to improve his game, and that's impressed Detroit Red Wings ' director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggested the prospect takes note of Daley and how he "uses his speed and poise with the puck." Cholowski added one goal and 11 assists with St. Cloud State of the NCHC last season and also made a cameo appearance with AHL Grand Rapids. At this point, his destination for the upcoming season is still unknown.

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    • Brian Dumoulin PIT D
      Penguins' Brian Dumoulin: Contract demands unreasonable for Pens
      1d ago

      Brian Dumoulin (hand) is seeking a $4.35 million contract extension, which happens to be $2.4 million more than Pittsburgh's current offer, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

      Dumoulin proved last season that he can handle more than 20 minutes per contest, and his agent will likely embellish a bit in an attempt to procure a lucrative salary for his client -- after all, NHL defensemen are generally paid out at a premium rate. One thing is for sure: it's not worth breaking the bank on the brawny reaguard in fantasy leagues given his shutdown role and scant offensive output of 33 points in 163 career contests. Once Dumoulin formally enters an arbitration hearing, it could take up to 48 hours for a fair salary cap figure to be assessed.

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    • Tom Gilbert WAS D
      Tom Gilbert: Jettisons for Germany
      2d ago

      Tom Gilbert reached a deal with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL on Friday, theScore reports.

      Gilbert's racked up the frequent flyer miles over the years, as he's been associated with seven different NHL organizations. His final appearance at hockey's highest level came with the Kings last season, and he made a brief run with AHL Ontario before skipping over to Washington's minor-league affiliate in Hershey. A mobile minute-munching defenseman in his heyday, Gilbert's NHL career included 198 points (45 goals, 178 assists) in 655 games.

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    • Colton Parayko STL D
      Blues' Colton Parayko: Settles prior to hearing
      3d ago

      Colton Parayko agreed to terms with St. Louis on a five-year, $27.5 million deal Thursday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      Parayko avoided a sophomore slump by registering 35 points -- two more than he did in his rookie year -- and now he and the club have avoided an arbitration hearing. The blueliner averaged 21:12 of ice time last season, including minutes on both the power play and penalty kill. Parayko has performed well with the man advantage since entering the league -- all four of his goals in 2016-17 came with the extra attacker -- and he should see his opportunities expand on that front in the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Colton Parayko STL D
      Blues' Colton Parayko: Seeking one-year, $4.85 million deal
      4d ago

      Colton Parayko has asked for a one-year contract worth $4.85 million, TSN reports. The St. Louis Blues have offered him two years at $3.4 million and $3.6 million.

      Given the discrepancy between the two parties, it appears Parayko and the team won't get an extension done before his arbitration hearing, set for Thursday. Considering his numbers in his first two NHL seasons -- which include 68 points (17 on the power play), a plus-35 rating, 353 shots on goal, 239 blocks and an average ice time of 21:12 last year -- it seems a bit odd that the Blues would opt for a bridge deal rather than locking Parayko up long term, especially with Kevin Shattenkirk off the books. Regardless, he'll almost certainly be awarded more than the average $3.5 million annually the team has offered him. Stay tuned.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Could avoid arbitration
      4d ago

      Nate Schmidt 's agent is hopeful that he and the team can get a deal done prior to his scheduled arbitration hearing in early August, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      The rearguard made $875,000 with the Capitals last season, recording three goals, 17 points and an impressive plus-22 rating in 60 games. Considering that Schmidt's production came in a career-low 15:29 of ice time and would amount to 23 points over a full season, he's definitely due for a raise -- especially given his status as the Knights' de facto top defenseman. He was extended a qualifying offer prior to the expansion draft in June, but the offer came from Washington. Nonetheless, the two sides will have until Aug. 3 to come to terms on a new deal.

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    • Al Montoya MON G
      Canadiens' Al Montoya: Possible increase in workload
      9h ago

      Al Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Montreal Canadiens .com reports.

      Canadiens goaltending coach Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying, "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league." This implies Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a backup role to Price.

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    • David Rittich CGY G
      Flames' David Rittich: Inks one-year deal with Calgary
      1d ago

      David Rittich signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

      Rittich appeared in 31 regular-season games with AHL Stockton last season, compiling a 15-11-1 record while registering a 2.27 GAA and .924 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old will return to his role as AHL Stockton's starting netminder in 2017-18.

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    • Jon Gillies CGY G
      Flames' Jon Gillies: Settles on one-year, two-way deal
      1d ago

      Jon Gillies signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Calgary Flames on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

      Gillies, a top prospect, is likely to be the first goalie called up from AHL Stockton in the event of an injury to newcomers Mike Smith or Eddie Lack. The 23-year-old did experience a number of performance-induced road bumps on the way to a 2.93 GAA and .910 save percentage for the minor-league Heat last season, but this contract proves the Flames want to give him a closer look. He could give Lack -- a guy who had frustrated coach Bill Peters as a tender for the Hurricanes -- a run for his money by showing well in training camp.

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    • Marek Mazanec NSH G
      Predators' Marek Mazanec: Settles on one-year deal with Nashville
      3d ago

      Marek Mazanec and the Nashville Predators settled on a one-year, two-way deal for the 2017-18 campaign Thursday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.

      Mazanec filed for salary arbitration on July 6, but he and the Predators were able to come to terms prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing. The 26-year-old netminder will compete for AHL Milwaukee's starting gig in 2017-18.

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    • Anthony Stolarz PHI G
      Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Signs with Philadelphia
      8d ago

      Anthony Stolarz (knee) signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers , Bill Meltzer of NHL.com reports.

      The 23-year-old Stolarz played mostly for Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League last season, posting a .911 save percentage over 29 games for the Phantoms before undergoing MCL surgery in late April. He also played seven games with the parent club and handled himself well in the NHL (.928 save percentage, 2.07 goals-against average). If he's healthy, Stolarz and Alex Lyon will share the goalie duties in the AHL this season and wait for an injury to either Michal Neuvirth or Brian Elliott.

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    • Zane McIntyre BOS G
      Bruins' Zane McIntyre: Pens two-year deal
      9d ago

      Zane McIntyre secured a two-year, two-way contract with Boston on Friday.

      McIntyre was in the crease for eight games this year on his way to an 0-4-1 record with an .858 save percentage -- a far cry from his University of North Dakota numbers, where he went 29-10-3 during his senior season. Anton Khudobin figures to be the backup for the Boston Bruins during the 2017-18 campaign, which will leave McIntyre battling for ice time in the minors with fellow netminder Malcolm Subban.

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