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 Smashville, as they get a 24-year-old coming off his first 30-point season at a relatively discounted rate. In terms of fantasy value, the center's upside is slightly decreased by his lack of ice time with the man advantage, but owners will certainly be willing to overlook that if he can put together another solid campaign in 2016-17.
Previous reports indicated that Mrazek initially had been asking for $5 million annually, so the Wings get him at a pretty good discount while avoiding salary arbitration. With the contract distractions behind him, Mrazek can focus on the upcoming season and his quest to officially supplant Jimmy Howard as the No. 1 netminder in Detroit. The Slovakian turned in a 27-16-6 record, 2.33 GAA and .921 save percentage in the regular season of 2015-16. He'll be a nice pick in fantasy leagues once the elite goalies are off the board.
Hoffman was third on the team in points last year (59) with 13 of those points coming on the power-play. The winger averages over 17 minutes of ice time per game, including 2:27 with the man advantage and has hit the 45-point mark in each of his two full seasons in the NHL. One of the only knocks on the 26-year-old is that he plays in Ottawa, who may have struggled to get wins, but were ninth in goals scored in 2015-16 with 230. Fantasy owners will need to overlook the team's win-loss column and instead focus on their ability to put pucks in the back of the net and consider snatching up Hoffman is he is available.
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.
Granberg appeares in 27 games with the Predators last season, tallying just two assists while averaging 13:43 of ice time over that span. The 23-year-old blueliner will hope to secure a bottom-pairing role with the Predators in September's training camp, but may begin the season as the team's seventh defenseman behind Yannick Weber and Anthony Bitetto.
Manning agreed to terms on a new two-year deal with Philadelphia on Tuesday worth $1.95 million, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Manning notched his first NHL goal this past season, in addition to reaching career highs in assists (6) and games played (56). The 26-year-old's signing will certainly help the Flyers organization given his defensive strengths, but his limited offensive production severely hampers his fantasy value; unless owners are looking for PIM, hits, and blocked shots.
This is a lucrative contract for DeKeyser, but the Wings worked out the deal knowing they could ill-afford to lose a top-four defenseman who's proficient on both ends of the rink. The 26-year-old compiled 51 points (10 goals, 41 assists) over the last two seasons and turned in 107 blocked shots in the most recent campaign. However, DeKeyser owners wouldn't mind if he started picking up more time on the man advantage after logging 0:33 in that special teams scenario in 2015-16.
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.