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    • Evander Kane SJ LW
      Sharks' Evander Kane: Secures long-term deal
      14h ago

      Kane (shoulder) inked a seven-year contract extension with the Sharks worth roughly $49 million, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

      This deal is on pace with market value, but it is a large monetary sum for a player that has averaged less than 40 points per season during his nine-year career, even if that's more reflective of his inability to stay healthy than anything else. The 2009 first-round pick spent his first eight seasons with rebuilding franchises that lacked playmakers, and his first taste of the postseason came this campaign. San Jose appeared to be the right fit. Kane managed 13 goals and six assists in 26 games with the Sharks, including the playoffs. The physical winger felt comfortable firing oodles of shots on net as well, ripping the puck 115 times to finish his Sharks stint with an 11.3 shot percentage -- the best of his career. Signing Kane to an extension means the Sharks will send the Sabres a 2019 first-round pick, and it may make it more difficult to pen another deal for veteran center Joe Thornton.

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    • Jay Beagle WAS C
      Capitals' Jay Beagle: Garners assist as Caps tie series
      18h ago

      Beagle generated a secondary assist against the Lightning on Monday in a 3-0 win to take Game 6 of the conference finals.

      The fourth-line center worked with Chandler Stephenson in setting the table for Devante Smith-Pelly's goal in the third period. We doubt that there's been a whole lot of fantasy owners depending on Beagle in playoff pools, but he's an efficient offensive producer who has been known to strike for the occasional goal or assist.

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    • Patrick Sieloff OTT D
      Senators' Patrick Sieloff: Inks two-year extension
      20h ago

      Sieloff signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.

      Sieloff competed mainly in the ECHL last season, compiling 11 points -- three goals and eight assists -- over 47 games. The 24-year-old blueliner made one appearance with the Senators in 2017-18 and managed to notch a goal, but he also recorded a minus-2 rating in the contest. He will likely begin 2018-19 in the minors as well, but he could surface in the NHL at some point in the campaign should the need arise.

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    • Jack Roslovic WPG C
      Jets' Jack Roslovic: Gets taste of NHL
      20h ago

      Roslovic spent his first significant chunk of time with the Jets this season, as he played in 41 total contests including the playoffs.

      Although Roslovic frequently bounced in and out of the lineup, the fact that coach Paul Maurice felt comfortable putting him on the ice in the postseason shows the level of confidence the club has in the youngster. The winger put up solid numbers given his limited action (11:50 of ice time per outing), as he tallied five goals, 12 helpers and a plus-9 rating. What the organization decides to do regarding restricted free agents Adam Lowry, Joel Armia and Brandon Tanev will factor heavily into what role the 21-year-old Roslovic fills next season. The only certainty for the Columbus native heading into 2018-19 is that he will be given a chance to earn his way onto the 23-man roster during training camp.

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    • Bryan Little WPG C
      Jets' Bryan Little: Picks up assist
      20h ago

      Little notched a helper in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to the Golden Knights.

      Little's helper may have ended an eight-game pointless streak, but he still finished the season on a 12-game goal drought. The lack of production from the Jets' third line was a significant factor to their inability to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 30-year-old's productivity during the regular season was far superior, as he cracked the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall. If Paul Stastny doesn't re-sign with Winnipeg, Little is a near lock to rejoin the second line alongside Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, which will provide increased opportunities to rack up points during the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Mathieu Perreault WPG LW
      Jets' Mathieu Perreault: No-show for Western Conference finals
      22h ago

      Perreault was missing from the scoresheet for all of the Western Conference finals.

      Considering Perreault registered just one point in his eight games back from an upper-body injury, one has to wonder if he was truly at 100 percent. The center spent much of the season in a third-line role, but that didn't stop coach Paul Maurice from utilizing him on the power play, where he notched six goals and eight helpers while averaging 2:15 of ice time. Fantasy owners should expect the Quebec native to handle similar responsibilities during the upcoming season, which bodes well for his chances of reaching the 40-point threshold in 2018-19 -- a mark he came just one point shy of this year.

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    • Jay Beagle WAS C
      Capitals' Jay Beagle: Garners assist as Caps tie series
      18h ago

      Beagle generated a secondary assist against the Lightning on Monday in a 3-0 win to take Game 6 of the conference finals.

      The fourth-line center worked with Chandler Stephenson in setting the table for Devante Smith-Pelly's goal in the third period. We doubt that there's been a whole lot of fantasy owners depending on Beagle in playoff pools, but he's an efficient offensive producer who has been known to strike for the occasional goal or assist.

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    • Jack Roslovic WPG C
      Jets' Jack Roslovic: Gets taste of NHL
      20h ago

      Roslovic spent his first significant chunk of time with the Jets this season, as he played in 41 total contests including the playoffs.

      Although Roslovic frequently bounced in and out of the lineup, the fact that coach Paul Maurice felt comfortable putting him on the ice in the postseason shows the level of confidence the club has in the youngster. The winger put up solid numbers given his limited action (11:50 of ice time per outing), as he tallied five goals, 12 helpers and a plus-9 rating. What the organization decides to do regarding restricted free agents Adam Lowry, Joel Armia and Brandon Tanev will factor heavily into what role the 21-year-old Roslovic fills next season. The only certainty for the Columbus native heading into 2018-19 is that he will be given a chance to earn his way onto the 23-man roster during training camp.

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    • Bryan Little WPG C
      Jets' Bryan Little: Picks up assist
      20h ago

      Little notched a helper in Sunday's 2-1 defeat to the Golden Knights.

      Little's helper may have ended an eight-game pointless streak, but he still finished the season on a 12-game goal drought. The lack of production from the Jets' third line was a significant factor to their inability to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. The 30-year-old's productivity during the regular season was far superior, as he cracked the 40-point mark for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time overall. If Paul Stastny doesn't re-sign with Winnipeg, Little is a near lock to rejoin the second line alongside Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers, which will provide increased opportunities to rack up points during the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Nicklas Backstrom WAS C
      Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Makes his presence felt
      1d ago

      Backstrom posted a pair of assists in Game 6, his first of the Eastern Conference finals, helping his team earn a 3-0 win Monday over Tampa Bay.

      Backstrom hadn't been a factor on the scoresheet as Washington lost its grip on the series, but he set up T.J. Oshie twice to get back on track. Despite the fact he's playing through a known hand/wrist injury, expect Backstrom back in the lineup Wednesday in Game 7 (unless you hear otherwise).

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    • John Tavares NYI C
      Islanders' John Tavares: Contacted by Isles
      2d ago

      Tavares and the Islanders have spoken to each other, SNY.TV reports.

      There are reports that former New Jersey and Toronto general manager, Lou Lamoriello, has been hired by the Islanders as director of hockey operations and his first order of business was to contact Tavares. It is unknown what Tavares wants to return to the Isles, but if it was for the organization to hire one of the best GMs in NHL history, mission accomplished. Tavares can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and will pretty much have his choice of where he wants to play. No matter where he ends up, he will likely be one of the first centers taken off the board in fantasy leagues next season.

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    • Brandon Dubinsky CLB C
      Blue Jackets' Brandon Dubinsky: Point total drops in 2017-18
      2d ago

      Dubinsky collected 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 62 games during 2017-18, averaging 15:21 of ice time.

      The 16 points were Dubinsky's lowest of his career, as he'd never posted less than 20 before -- and that came in just a 29-game season in 2012-13. Dubinsky's ice time also dropped to 15:21 from 17:54 a season ago, and for the first time in his career he didn't have a power-play presence. In fairness, Dubinsky was tasked with a much more defensive role, starting 63 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone, but his start rates the last four seasons hovered around 53-58 percent, so it isn't a significant difference from the past.

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    • Evander Kane SJ LW
      Sharks' Evander Kane: Secures long-term deal
      14h ago

      Kane (shoulder) inked a seven-year contract extension with the Sharks worth roughly $49 million, Irfaan Gaffar of Sportsnet reports.

      This deal is on pace with market value, but it is a large monetary sum for a player that has averaged less than 40 points per season during his nine-year career, even if that's more reflective of his inability to stay healthy than anything else. The 2009 first-round pick spent his first eight seasons with rebuilding franchises that lacked playmakers, and his first taste of the postseason came this campaign. San Jose appeared to be the right fit. Kane managed 13 goals and six assists in 26 games with the Sharks, including the playoffs. The physical winger felt comfortable firing oodles of shots on net as well, ripping the puck 115 times to finish his Sharks stint with an 11.3 shot percentage -- the best of his career. Signing Kane to an extension means the Sharks will send the Sabres a 2019 first-round pick, and it may make it more difficult to pen another deal for veteran center Joe Thornton.

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    • Mathieu Perreault WPG LW
      Jets' Mathieu Perreault: No-show for Western Conference finals
      22h ago

      Perreault was missing from the scoresheet for all of the Western Conference finals.

      Considering Perreault registered just one point in his eight games back from an upper-body injury, one has to wonder if he was truly at 100 percent. The center spent much of the season in a third-line role, but that didn't stop coach Paul Maurice from utilizing him on the power play, where he notched six goals and eight helpers while averaging 2:15 of ice time. Fantasy owners should expect the Quebec native to handle similar responsibilities during the upcoming season, which bodes well for his chances of reaching the 40-point threshold in 2018-19 -- a mark he came just one point shy of this year.

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    • T.J. Oshie WAS RW
      Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Ices Lightning with two goals
      1d ago

      Oshie scored the opening goal in Game 6 and finished Tampa Bay with an empty-netter, helping his team claim a 3-0 win Monday.

      Monday marked Oshie's first two goals of the series, and they couldn't have come at a better time with Washington facing elimination. After the pair of goals, Oshie now has seven points in six games in Round 3 against Tampa Bay, which is the type of secondary scoring that helps teams advance in the postseason.

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    • J.T. Miller TB RW
      Lightning's J.T. Miller: Takes high hit to head from teammate
      1d ago

      Miller was shaken late in the third period of Monday's 3-0 loss to Washington when he and linemate Steven Stamkos collided on the offensive blue line.

      Both men came off the wings and cut toward the middle of the ice in an attempt to stay on-side. Stammer's elbow came up high and hit Miller in the head, leaving the young forward dazed and face down on the ice. He was able to get off the ice under his own steam, but he was clearly rattled. Miller has played an important role for Tampa this postseason, so fingers crossed he shakes off that hit and is able to skate Wednesday in Game 7.

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    • Michael Raffl PHI RW
      Flyers' Michael Raffl: Fourth 20-point season of career
      1d ago

      Raffl buried 22 points (13 goals, nine assists) in 76 games during 2017-18, averaging 13:15 of ice time.

      After capping off his fifth season in the NHL, it seems unlikely we ever see Raffl break out offensively if he hasn't already, but his speed is always a weapon. The 29-year-old's due back for the last year of his contract in 2018-19, which might bring out his best as he attempts to secure a new deal.

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    • Travis Konecny PHI RW
      Flyers' Travis Konecny: Explodes after receiving first-line role
      2d ago

      Konecny finished with 47 points (24 goals, 23 assists) through 81 contests in 2017-18, surpassing the point total from his rookie season by 19.

      At first glance Konecny's stat line doesn't jump off the page, but the second-year winger was dynamic in the second half of the season, especially after head coach Dave Hakstol moved him up to the first line with Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier. After the midway mark of the year, Konecny reeled off 33 points (19 goals, 14 assists) in the last 41 games, going plus-18 while collecting 108 shots on goal. The 21-year-old flashed the speed and stick-handling that was on display when he tore up the OHL two years ago when he posted 101 points (30 goals, 71 assists) in 60 games, and although the Flyers' late push wasn't all because of Konecny, his outburst was a big reason why they secured third place in the Metropolitan Division. While it was a small sample size, if Konecny is paired again with Giroux and Couturier, points seem likely to appear in bunches again in 2018-19 -- but if he winds up elsewhere, the youngster's inability to create points during the first half of the season when he wasn't paired with playmakers is worrisome.

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    • Patrick Sieloff OTT D
      Senators' Patrick Sieloff: Inks two-year extension
      20h ago

      Sieloff signed a two-year, two-way contract extension with the Senators on Tuesday.

      Sieloff competed mainly in the ECHL last season, compiling 11 points -- three goals and eight assists -- over 47 games. The 24-year-old blueliner made one appearance with the Senators in 2017-18 and managed to notch a goal, but he also recorded a minus-2 rating in the contest. He will likely begin 2018-19 in the minors as well, but he could surface in the NHL at some point in the campaign should the need arise.

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    • Klas Dahlbeck CAR D
      Hurricanes' Klas Dahlbeck: Headed to KHL
      22h ago

      Dahlbeck has decided to sign with a KHL team, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.

      Dahlbeck couldn't bust through to a consistent spot in the lineup for the Hurricanes in 2017-18, dressing for just 33 games that resulted in five points -- one goal and four assists-- for the Canes. The terms of his deal in Russia have yet to surface, but it's possible the 26-year-old has played his last game in the NHL.

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    • Jacob Trouba WPG D
      Jets' Jacob Trouba: Hoping to re-sign soon
      22h ago

      Trouba would like to get a new contract signed as soon as possible, per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

      Given that Trouba is a restricted free agent, there was little doubt he was going to re-sign with Winnipeg, but fans will certainly be happy to hear the defenseman is eager to get it done sooner rather than later. The 23-year-old was limited to a mere 55 contests this season due to various injuries, but when in the lineup, contributed three goals and 21 helpers for a fifth straight 20-plus point campaign. If he can stay healthy, the Michigan native has the skill set to crack the 30-point mark next year.

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    • Shayne Gostisbehere PHI D
      Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere: Surges offensively with 65 points
      1d ago

      Gostisbehere set a new career high with 65 points (13 goals, 52 assists) in 2017-18, and also averaged a new best of 21:27 of ice time.

      With the emergence of Ivan Provorov, Gostisbehere had less eyes and pressure on him, as he wasn't the only prolific young defensemen in Philadelphia. The 25-year-old has also developed into a clear power-play threat, as his 33 points on the man advantage led all defensemen, and his seven goals tied for first as well. Although the elite goal-scoring that made headlines when Gostisbehere was a rookie has been dialed back -- he's scored 20 goals the last two seasons compared to 17 in his debut 64-game stint -- he's more than made up for the dip with his increased assist total.

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    • Jaccob Slavin CAR D
      Hurricanes' Jaccob Slavin: Posts 30 points for second straight year
      2d ago

      Slavin averaged 22:35 of ice time during the 2017-18 season skating on the first pairing and had 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) along with 154 shots on goal.

      Although Slavin hasn't necessarily broken out offensively, he's had three straight solid NHL campaigns. In 2017-18, Slavin was more shooter-happy than his previous years as he fired 154 shots on goal -- he threw 99 and 84 shots on net during his first two seasons.

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    • David Schlemko MON D
      Canadiens' David Schlemko: Injuries cut short 2017-18 year
      2d ago

      Schlemko played in just 37 games during 2017-18 as an upper-body and hand injury limited his playing time. He posted five points (one goal, four assists) during the campaign.

      When Schlemko was on the ice, he averaged 18:04 of ice time and 1:02 on the power play, though he just had two points on the man advantage. Despite the 31-year-old not supplying very much offense, he still made his mark defensively, as he blocked 72 shots and had a plus-3 rating on a lackluster Montreal team.

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    • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
      Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Receives Game 7 nod
      22h ago

      Vasilevksiy will guard the home crease in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Capitals, ESPN reports.

      Vasilevskiy stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced during Game 6, but it wasn't enough for him to avoid a loss that forced a Game 7 showdown in Tampa. He's been particularly impressive over the last four contests, totaling a 2.01 GAA and a .942 save percentage to compile a 3-1-0 record following an 0-2-0 start to the series. The 23-year-old netminder may need another strong effort Wednesday to boost the Lightning to their second Stanley Cup Finals in the last four seasons.

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    • Antti Niemi MON G
      Canadiens' Antti Niemi: Inks one-year deal
      22h ago

      Niemi agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Montreal on Tuesday worth $950,000.

      After a disappointing start to his 2017-18 season with Pittsburgh and Florida, Niemi finally settled in with the Canadiens, as he went 7-5-4 with a 2.46 GAA in 19 appearances. The Habs obviously liked the netminder's body of work and at a relatively discounted $950,000, he won't break the bank for a No. 2 behind Carey Price. Even if the Finn does struggle, the club still has Charlie Lindgren waiting in the wings.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Starting Game 7
      22h ago

      Holtby will defend the net in Wednesday's Game 7 against the Lightning in Tampa Bay, ESPN reports.

      Holtby bounced back from a trio of disappointing efforts to post a 24-save shutout in Game 6, setting up perhaps the biggest game of his career Wednesday. He's been stellar overall this postseason (11-6-0 with a 2.16 GAA and .919 save percentage) and even more dominant on the road, owning a 7-2-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .921 save percentage over nine appearances. Another strong effort may be required Wednesday for the Caps to earn their first trip to the Finals since 1997-98.

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    • Steve Mason WPG G
      Jets' Steve Mason: Dressed despite back injury
      23h ago

      Mason missed Game 4 of the Western Conference finals due to a back injury, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      Mason told reporters he took a cortisone shot in order to dress for Game 5, which would seem to indicate there is not expected to be any long-term impact from his back problem. Given the 29-year-old's $4.1 million cap hit heading into the 2018-19 campaign, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the Jets try to trade him, considering that's a lot of money to devote to a backup and the team still needs to sign Connor Hellebuyck to a new deal. In limited action this season, Mason was a serviceable No. 2, as he posted a 5-6-1 record with a 3.24 GAA. If the Ontario native is still with Winnipeg next season, fantasy owners can likely expect 25 games to be his ceiling.

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    • Andrei Vasilevskiy TB G
      Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy: Gives up two in loss
      1d ago

      Vasilevskiy turned aside 31 of 33 shots Monday, but it wasn't enough in Game 6 as his team fell 3-0 to the Capitals to force Game 7.

      Vasilevskiy can hardly be blamed for this setback, as he was rock-solid again for the fourth straight game after opening with two duds. He might have lost Monday, but his .939 save percentage was stellar, and he's allowed just eight goals since Game 2.

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    • Braden Holtby WAS G
      Capitals' Braden Holtby: Short-circuits Lightning in Game 6
      1d ago

      Holtby stopped all 24 Tampa Bay shots in Game 6, keeping his team alive with a 3-0 victory Monday.

      Holtby was stellar, making the most of the light workload created by his defense. For the first time in this series, the Capitals won not by overwhelming Andrei Vasilevskiy, but by denying the Lightning good opportunities at their net.

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