DeKeyser told reporters in late June that he didn't expect contract negotiations to drag out, but the mobile defenseman is just days away from a possible arbitration hearing. The delay isn't due to a lack of interest but reportedly involves the two sides crunching numbers on a long-term deal. DeKeyser produced 20 points in 78 games to go along with 107 blocked shots last season. He's likely to be available in the late rounds of most fantasy drafts this fall.
Mrazek is attempting to secure a two-year contract from the Red Wings at an average annual value of $5 million, MLive.com reports. That amount is significantly higher than what Detroit is prepared to offer.
If the Wings had it their way, the talented backstop would get an extension worth a reported $2.7 million in 2016-17 and $3.15 million the following season - that's a substantial difference in valuation and it appears that the two sides will have trouble avoiding Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Mrazek won 27 regular-season games for the Winged Wheel in 2015-16, complemented by a 2.33 GAA. Veteran goalie Jimmy Howard was wildly inconsistent and thus is slated to serve in a backup role behind Mrazek this fall.
Noesen signed a one-year, two-way deal with Anaheim on Monday.
Noesen saw action only once last season and was on the ice for just over 10 minutes. Selected #21 overall in the 2011 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old is still seeking his first NHL point, but finally seems to be on track to live up to the expectations as he garnered 10 goals and 22 helpers for AHL San Diego during the 2015-16 campaign. The center may not be quite ready for the majors, yet fantasy owners will want to monitor the Ducks' call ups next season.
Harrington made 15 brief appearances for Toronto in 2015-16 as he averaged a mere 13:06 in ice time and tallied a lone helper. Acquired via trade this offseason, the blueliner is likely to spend the bulk of the upcoming campaign in the AHL, but could be called up from time to time due to injuries.
Corrado was claimed off waivers by Toronto early in the 2015-16 season and went out to play in 39 contests were he registered 26 PIM and 46 shots on goal while averaging 14:27 in ice time per night. The 23-year-old is unlikely to be on fantasy owners' radars, even in the deepest of leagues, given his limited sample size, just 67 career NHL games, and lack of production from the blue line, eight career points.
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.
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.
Gourde is coming off a season that was plagued with numerous injuries, which ultimately limited him to playing just two games with Tampa Bay and forced him to end the season in the AHL with Syracuse. He'll look to fight the injury bug this season in an attempt to establish himself in the NHL as the young wing continues to develop.
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.
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.