NHL Player News

  • Matt Donovan D | BUF

    Matt Donovan: Reaches deal to play in Sweden

    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.

  • Maple Leafs' Connor Carrick: Inks two-year extension with Buds

    Carrick signed a two-year contract extension with the 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.

  • Andrey Pedan D | VAN

    Canucks' Andrey Pedan: Finalizes one-year, two-way deal

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

    Pedan appeared in 13 contests for the 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.

  • Dylan Reese D | ARI

    Dylan Reese: Agrees to terms with Swedish league team

    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.

  • Rangers' Dylan McIlrath: Agrees to new contract

    McIlrath finalized a new one-year, $800,000 deal with the 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.

  • Ryan Murphy D | CAR

    Hurricanes' Ryan Murphy: Inks two-year deal with Carolina

    Murphy signed a two-year contract with the 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.

  • Colin Miller D | BOS

    Bruins' Colin Miller: Re-ups with Boston for two years

    Miller signed a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Bruins on Thursday, WEEI.com reports.

    Miller landed a part-time NHL gig as a rookie in 2015-16, having recorded three goals with 13 assists in 42 games. The 23-year-old rearguard also contributed five helpers on the power play. Miller is an intriguing option for the B's -- he skates well, has a pretty good shot, and scans the ice on the fly. Now that he's completed his entry-level contract, expect the skilled defender to take a big leap forward next season.

  • Joe Morrow D | BOS

    Bruins' Joe Morrow: Inks one-year deal to stay in Boston

    Morrow signed a one-year, one-way contract extension valued at $800,000 on Thursday, WEEI.com reports.

    Morrow, who will become a restricted free agent next summer, appeared in 33 games at the NHL level in 2015-16, notching one goal with six helpers for the B's. As noted in the report, he's one of seven Bruins defensemen operating under a one-way contract. You can pass over Morrow in the majority of fantasy leagues until he becomes a regular in the lineup.

  • Penguins' Justin Schultz: Signs team-friendly deal

    Schultz signed a one-year, $1.4 million deal with the Pens on Wednesday.

    The right-handed blueliner, who collected one goal and eight points in 18 games with the Pens following a trade with Edmonton, could hold some sneaky fantasy value. Coach Mike Sullivan didn't show much confidence in Schultz -- he skated 15 minutes or more only four times in the playoffs -- but the defender currently projects to skate as part of a third pairing with Ian Cole. Given the nature of injuries striking over the course of an 82-game slate, Schultz could see an expanded role at some point.

  • Islanders' Scott Mayfield: Re-signed by Islanders

    Mayfield signed a two-year contract with the Islanders on Tuesday, Arthur Staple of Newsday Sports reports.

    Mayfield spent a majority of the 2015-16 in the AHL, but also appeared in six NHL games with the Islanders. He netted one goal without an assist through those six contests while averaging 17:07 of ice time. At just 23 years old, it would likely take a couple of injuries to his fellow New York defensemen for the blueliner to have much of an impact in terms of fantasy value next season.