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    • Jacob Trouba WPG D
      Jets' Jacob Trouba: Hearing completed
      3h ago

      Trouba and the Jets had their arbitration hearing Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      The two sides still have time to negotiate a long-term deal (or perhaps a bridge contract) before the arbitrator makes a ruling. While injuries have limited the defenseman's productivity the prior two seasons, when he is on the ice, he plays a critical role for the team. In 55 games last year, Trouba logged 21:54 of ice time, including 1:28 with the man advantage, on his way to a 24-point campaign.

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    • Troy Stecher VAN D
      Canucks' Troy Stecher: Pens two-year deal
      4h ago

      Stecher agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.65 million contract with Vancouver on Friday.

      Stecher was definitely hit with the sophomore slump last season, as he managed a mere 11 points in 68 games, well off his 2016-17 numbers (24 points in 71 contests). Part of the defenseman's drop in productivity is likely due to his decreased role on the power play. The British Columbia native averaged a paltry 0:14 of ice time with the man advantage and subsequently only tallied one assist. If Stecher isn't going to be on the ice with the extra attacker, his ceiling is likely in the 20-25 point range, which gives him mid-range fantasy value at best.

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    • Brett Kulak CGY D
      Flames' Brett Kulak: Clears waivers
      5h ago

      Kulak went unclaimed off waivers Friday.

      This is a clear win for the organization, as it doesn't lose Kulak, but gets an important bargaining chip heading into the arbitration hearing. The defenseman's qualifying offer figures to come in at $715,000, which likely fits into the ballpark of how much the Flames want to pay him per season. Even after the hearing, the two sides can continue to negotiate a contract up until the arbitrator's decision is announced.

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    • Nick Lappin NJ RW
      Devils' Nick Lappin: Snags one-year deal
      6h ago

      Lappin penned a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Friday.

      Lappin saw action in just six outings for the Devils last season, instead spending the majority of the year with AHL Binghamton. In 65 minor-league contests, the winger racked up an impressive 31 goals and 22 helpers. If he can show some of that same scoring touch during training camp, the 25-year-old could earn a more consistent role heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Artemi Panarin CLB LW
      Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Wants to avoid contract distraction
      7h ago

      Panarin (knee) would prefer not to continue negotiations on a new contract once training camp begins Sept. 13, The Columbus Dispatch reports. "Artemi wants to concentrate on playing hockey, and be in the season," his agent, Daniel Milstein, said Thursday. "During the season (he) only wants to concentrate on playing his best hockey and helping the team to win. That's all."

      Milstein had what was described as a good meeting with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen earlier this week, although apparently there was no real progress made towards a long-term deal. While Milstein didn't completely shut the door on continuing contract talks once camp begins, this seems to be yet another obstacle in the way of Panarin remaining in Columbus past the 2018-19 season.

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    • Derek Grant PIT C
      Penguins' Derek Grant: Inks one-year deal with Penguins
      23h ago

      Grant signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Penguins on Thursday.

      Grant should compete for an Opening Night roster spot with Pittsburgh after posting a breakout season of sorts with the Ducks in 2017-18. The 28-year-old pivot notched career-high marks with 66 games played, 12 goals scored and 12 assists, and could be in line for another productive campaign with a talented Pens squad should he find consistent ice time.

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    • Derek Grant PIT C
      Penguins' Derek Grant: Inks one-year deal with Penguins
      23h ago

      Grant signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Penguins on Thursday.

      Grant should compete for an Opening Night roster spot with Pittsburgh after posting a breakout season of sorts with the Ducks in 2017-18. The 28-year-old pivot notched career-high marks with 66 games played, 12 goals scored and 12 assists, and could be in line for another productive campaign with a talented Pens squad should he find consistent ice time.

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    • Adam Lowry WPG C
      Jets' Adam Lowry: Secures new deal
      1d ago

      Lowry inked a three-year, $8.75 million contract with Winnipeg on Thursday.

      Despite being limited to just 45 games due to injury, Lowry still managed to crack the 20-point threshold last season. With Paul Stastny moving on, the 24-year-old Lowry figures to take over the third-line center gig. If he can stay healthy, the St. Louis native should be able to challenge for 30-plus points during the upcoming campaign.

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    • Chris Tierney SJ C
      Sharks' Chris Tierney: Inks deal with Sharks
      2d ago

      Tierney signed a two-year, $5.875 million contract with the Sharks on Thursday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

      After originally filing for salary arbitration a couple weeks ago, Tierney and the Sharks were finally able to settle on a number. Tierney is coming off a career season in San Jose, setting career highs in goals with 17 and assists with 23. Tierney will now be making nearly four times what his salary was in 2017-18 as a key offensive weapon off the bench for the Sharks.

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    • Kalle Kossila ANA C
      Ducks' Kalle Kossila: Signs two-way deal
      3d ago

      Kossila inked a one-year contract with the Ducks on Tuesday.

      Kossila will shuffle between the AHL and NHL throughout the upcoming season after agreeing to a two-way contract. In 10 games for the Ducks last year, Kossila recorded two points (one goal, one assist).

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    • Blake Coleman NJ C
      Devils' Blake Coleman: Inks three-year deal with New Jersey
      3d ago

      Coleman signed a three-year, $5.4 million contract with the Devils on Tuesday, Chris Ryan of NJ Advance Media reports.

      After becoming a restricted free agent, Coleman ultimately became arbitration eligible and had a hearing scheduled for July 22. But, with the two sides able to agree on terms with five days to spare, Coleman will avoid having to go through that process. Coleman appeared in 79 games for the Devils last season, recording 13 goals and 12 assists.

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    • Steven Fogarty NYR C
      Rangers' Steven Fogarty: Accepts qualifying offer
      4d ago

      Fogarty accepted a qualifying offer for the 2018-19 season with the Rangers on Monday.

      Fogarty has just one NHL appearance in his career, logging a couple penalty minutes but held off the scoresheet elsewhere. Over the last two years with AHL Hartford, he's tallied 16 goals and 40 points. If the 25-year-old does crack the NHL roster, he won't have a very productive role in the Rangers forward group.

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    • Nick Lappin NJ RW
      Devils' Nick Lappin: Snags one-year deal
      6h ago

      Lappin penned a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Friday.

      Lappin saw action in just six outings for the Devils last season, instead spending the majority of the year with AHL Binghamton. In 65 minor-league contests, the winger racked up an impressive 31 goals and 22 helpers. If he can show some of that same scoring touch during training camp, the 25-year-old could earn a more consistent role heading into the 2018-19 campaign.

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    • Artemi Panarin CLB LW
      Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Wants to avoid contract distraction
      7h ago

      Panarin (knee) would prefer not to continue negotiations on a new contract once training camp begins Sept. 13, The Columbus Dispatch reports. "Artemi wants to concentrate on playing hockey, and be in the season," his agent, Daniel Milstein, said Thursday. "During the season (he) only wants to concentrate on playing his best hockey and helping the team to win. That's all."

      Milstein had what was described as a good meeting with Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen earlier this week, although apparently there was no real progress made towards a long-term deal. While Milstein didn't completely shut the door on continuing contract talks once camp begins, this seems to be yet another obstacle in the way of Panarin remaining in Columbus past the 2018-19 season.

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    • Mike Blunden OTT RW
      Michael Blunden: Bound for Europe
      1d ago

      Blunden secured a one-year contract with HC Bolzano (EBEL).

      Since being drafted by the Blackhawks with the 43rd overall pick of the 2005 NHL Draft, Blunden has split time between the NHL and AHL for the past 13 seasons. Despite decent minor-league numbers (45 points in 112 games), the winger only saw action in three games for Ottawa over the past two years. The Toronto native will now head overseas to continue his professional career.

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    • Tomas Nosek LV LW
      Golden Knights' Tomas Nosek: Stays put in desert
      3d ago

      Nosek secured a one-year, one-way contract worth $963,000 on Tuesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

      Nosek was a clutch contributor during the Golden Knights' unpredictable playoff run, scoring three goals against the Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals. The 25-year-old had a more modest stat line during the regular season, with seven goals and 15 points in 67 games. Expect him to remain in the bottom-six for 2018-19.

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    • Jimmy Vesey NYR LW
      Rangers' Jimmy Vesey: Avoids arbitration, inks two-year deal
      3d ago

      Vesey agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers on Tuesday, Jim Cerny of Sporting News reports.

      Vesey was thought to be headed for arbitration, but he's since signed a contract with New York. He collected 28 points (17 goals, 11 assists) through 79 games with the Rangers during the 2017-2018 campaign.

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    • Stefan Noesen NJ RW
      Devils' Stefan Noesen: Agrees to deal with New Jersey
      3d ago

      Noesen agreed to terms on a one-year, $1,750,000 contract with the Devils on Tuesday.

      Noesen and teammate Blake Coleman both filed for salary arbitration after not being satisfied with their qualify offers, but now both have agreed to re-sign with the Devils ahead of their scheduled court dates. Noesen is coming off his first full campaign with New Jersey, and he posted career highs in goals (13) and assists (14) at the NHL level.

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    • Jacob Trouba WPG D
      Jets' Jacob Trouba: Hearing completed
      3h ago

      Trouba and the Jets had their arbitration hearing Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.

      The two sides still have time to negotiate a long-term deal (or perhaps a bridge contract) before the arbitrator makes a ruling. While injuries have limited the defenseman's productivity the prior two seasons, when he is on the ice, he plays a critical role for the team. In 55 games last year, Trouba logged 21:54 of ice time, including 1:28 with the man advantage, on his way to a 24-point campaign.

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    • Troy Stecher VAN D
      Canucks' Troy Stecher: Pens two-year deal
      4h ago

      Stecher agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.65 million contract with Vancouver on Friday.

      Stecher was definitely hit with the sophomore slump last season, as he managed a mere 11 points in 68 games, well off his 2016-17 numbers (24 points in 71 contests). Part of the defenseman's drop in productivity is likely due to his decreased role on the power play. The British Columbia native averaged a paltry 0:14 of ice time with the man advantage and subsequently only tallied one assist. If Stecher isn't going to be on the ice with the extra attacker, his ceiling is likely in the 20-25 point range, which gives him mid-range fantasy value at best.

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    • Brett Kulak CGY D
      Flames' Brett Kulak: Clears waivers
      5h ago

      Kulak went unclaimed off waivers Friday.

      This is a clear win for the organization, as it doesn't lose Kulak, but gets an important bargaining chip heading into the arbitration hearing. The defenseman's qualifying offer figures to come in at $715,000, which likely fits into the ballpark of how much the Flames want to pay him per season. Even after the hearing, the two sides can continue to negotiate a contract up until the arbitrator's decision is announced.

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    • Madison Bowey WAS D
      Capitals' Madison Bowey: Re-signs with Washington
      1d ago

      Bowey was re-signed by Washington on a two-year, $2 million contract extension Thursday.

      Prior to being supplanted by more experienced players like Michal Kempny in late February, Bowey played in 51 of the first 56 games of the season as a rookie. Throughout his time in the NHL, Bowey recorded 12 assists in an average of 13:42 per game. The right-handed defender is still only 23 years old, and he's regarded as an important depth piece for a defensive group in which the top four are all signed until at least the 2021-22 season.

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    • Brett Kulak CGY D
      Flames' Brett Kulak: Placed on waivers
      1d ago

      Kulak was waived by the Flames on Thursday.

      The move to waive Kulak is likely a negotiation tactic by the team, as the defenseman has an upcoming arbitration hearing. If he goes unclaimed, the Flames can point to that fact in order to try to get a favorable ruling regarding the Edmonton native's salary for the upcoming campaign. While Kulak only averaged 12:59 of ice time last year, he did play in 71 contests and could certainly garner some interest for other clubs.

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    • Kurtis MacDermid LA D
      Kings' Kurtis MacDermid: Inks two-way deal with Los Angeles
      3d ago

      MacDermid signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Kings on Sunday. The contract is worth $675,000 at the NHL level.

      MacDermid saw the ice in 34 games for Los Angeles a season ago, logging a goal, three assists and 57 penalty minutes. Even if the 24-year-old ends up seeing a larger share of action in the NHL in 2018-19, he would likely receive limited ice time in a third-pairing role.

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    • Anthony Stolarz PHI G
      Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Secures one-year pact
      3d ago

      Stolarz signed a one-year, two-way deal worth $761,250 on Monday, TSN reports.

      It was a tough year for Stolarz, as he recovered from two knee surgeries and played just one game in the AHL and three games in the ECHL. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound netminder will likely spend most of his time in the minors again with Brian Elliott (abdomen) and Michael Neuvirth (hip) locking down the big club's crease.

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    • Spencer Martin COL G
      Avalanche's Spencer Martin: Secures another year with Avs
      3d ago

      Martin signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Monday, TSN reports.

      Martin didn't suit up in the NHL during 2017-18 and played 34 games with AHL San Antonio instead, producing a .893 save percentage and 3.10 GAA -- the worst stats of his minor-league career. Colorado acquired Phillipp Grubauer via trade from the Capitals and still have Semyon Varlamov (knee) on the roster, so it's tough to see a way Martin cracks the lineup besides an injury.

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    • Jon Gillies CGY G
      Flames' Jon Gillies: Signs two-year deal
      3d ago

      Gillies inked a two-year contract with the Flames on Tuesday.

      The 24-year-old goalie will bounce between the NHL and AHL levels throughout the 2018-19 season, though the second year of his deal is a one-way contract. He posted a 3-5-1 record with an .896 save percentage through 11 games with Calgary last year.

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    • Juuse Saros NSH G
      Predators' Juuse Saros: Inks three-year deal with Predators
      4d ago

      Saros signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with Nashville on Monday.

      Saros has established himself as one of the league's best backup goaltenders behind Pekka Rinne in Nashville. He appeared in 26 games last season, registering a 2.44 GAA and .925 save percentage alongside an 11-5-7 record. He should continue posting strong numbers but won't have much fantasy value as long as he remains in a backup role.

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    • Marc-Andre Fleury LV G
      Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Inks extension
      7d ago

      Fleury agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million contract extension with Vegas on Friday.

      Fleury was entering the final year of his contract, but instead will stick with the Golden Knights on a three-year deal that will carry him to age 36. The veteran netminder went 29-13-4 with four shutouts and a 2.24 GAA in his first campaign away from Pittsburgh. While a concussion sidelined him for a large chunk of the season, the Flower took Vegas all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in its inaugural season. Injuries are no doubt a concern for fantasy owners, yet when Fleury is healthy, he remains one of the league's elite netminders.

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    • Connor Hellebuyck WPG G
      Jets' Connor Hellebuyck: Inks six-year deal
      8d ago

      Hellebuyck agreed to terms on a six-year, $37 million contract with Winnipeg on Thursday.

      It was only a question of when Hellebuyck's new deal would get done, as the netminder had previously filed for salary arbitration. The Michigan native finally had his breakout performance last year, as he went 44-11-9 with six shutouts, a 2.36 GAA and a .924 save percentage -- all of which saw him finish second in the Vezina Trophy voting behind Pekka Rinne. At $6.167 million AAV, Hellebuyck's deal puts him in line with Braden Holtby, Corey Crawford and Cory Schneider.

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