NHL Player News

  • Predators' Calle Jarnkrok: Secures long-term contract

    Jarnkrok completed a six-year deal with the Predators on Wednesday worth $12 million.

    Jarnkrok and the Predators were scheduled for an arbitration hearing, however the two sides reach a settlement. At an annual average value of just $2 million, this is a good signing for the Preds, as they get a 24-year-old coming off his first 30-point season at a relatively discounted rate. The center's fantasy upside is hurt slightly by his lack of ice time with the man advantage, but he does have the upside to earn power-play minutes in the long run.

  • Lightning's Vladislav Namestnikov: Strikes two-year extension with Bolts

    Namestnikov agreed to a two-year, $3.875 million contract extension with Tampa Bay on Tuesday, ESPN's Craig Custance reports.

    An arbitration hearing for Namestnikov reportedly had been set for Friday, but that will be canceled with the two sides settling on a new deal that will see the 23-year-old's salary increase by just over $3 million. Namestnikov is a talented two-way pivot who sailed to career highs in goals (14) and assists (21) last season. He's currently projected to play on the third line, but ascending to the top-six group isn't out of the question if Jonathan Drouin struggles out of the gate in the upcoming season. Look for Namestnikov in the mid-to-late rounds of most fantasy drafts.

  • Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Inks deal with Maple Leafs

    Holland (concussion) avoided arbitration and settled on a one-year, $1.3 million deal with Toronto on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

    It seems the Leafs move to waive Holland helped to move the two sides closer as they were able to finalize a new deal prior to Monday's arbitration hearing. Given the shuffling on Toronto's roster due to their rebuild, it is hard to pin down what to expect for the 25-year-old in terms of ice time, however fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect too much beyond his 27 point 2015-16 campaign.

  • Flyers' Brayden Schenn: Re-signs with Flyers

    Schenn (suspension) finalized a new four-year contract with the Flyers on Monday just before a scheduled arbitration hearing.

    Schenn, who will miss the first three games of the 2016-17 season due to an illegal check, reached career highs in both goals (26) and assists (33), as well as power-play points (22). While fans may think the contract is a little high, fantasy owners primary concern is that the 24-year-old has secured a long-term deal and can focus on producing at the rink. Given his youth, the Saskatchewan native is certainly worth considering in dynasty or keeper leagues as well as a slightly cheaper option in daily lineups.

  • Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Clears waivers

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

    The 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.

  • Wild's Jordan Schroeder: Avoids arbitration with one-year extension

    Schroeder agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension with the 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.

  • Maple Leafs' Peter Holland: Waived by Maple Leafs

    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.

  • Avalanche's Mikhail Grigorenko: Inks one-year deal with Colorado

    Grigorenko signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract with the 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.

  • Wild's Jordan Schroeder: Clears waivers

    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 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.

  • Capitals' Marcus Johansson: Re-signs three-year deal with Capitals

    According to general manager Brian MacLellan, the Capitals re-signed 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.