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    • Jake Guentzel PIT C
      Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Leads summer league in scoring
      19h ago

      racked up 23 points to lead the Da Beauty League in scoring.

      While some might chalk Guentzel's success up to simply being in a summer league, the caliber of competition -- Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Byfuglien and Drew Stafford, for example -- makes the youngster's success hard to ignore. A natural center, the 22-year-old could help fill the gap down the middle of the Pens' lineup, but it seems doubtful coach Mike Sullivan will want to break up his Stanley Cup winning "Sid and the Kids" line.

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    • Anton Belov EDM D
      Panthers' Anton Belov: Signs PTO
      19h ago

      will attend ' training camp on a professional tryout agreement, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

      Belov will give the NHL another crack after having spent one season in the league back in 2013-14 while with the Oilers. Since then, the blueliner has played for St. Petersburg SKA for the previous three campaigns. The 31-year-old is coming off a banner year in which he tallied nine goals and 18 helpers -- both career highs. If he can secure a permanent contract, Belov figures to be a second or third pairing option for Florida.

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    • Jean-Sabastien Dea PIT C
      Penguins' Jean-Sebastien Dea: Secures one-year pact
      22h ago

      agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

      Dea could be in line for larger role with the Pens this season as they haven't shored up the center position behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Carter Rowney appears to have the inside track for the third-line spot, but the fourth-line role likely won't be decided until closer to the end of training camp. The 23-year-old Dea would need to beat out Greg McKegg and Dominik Simon, but this is a positional battle worth monitoring heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Henrik Zetterberg DET LW
      Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Unlikely to finish out contract
      22h ago

      does not expect to play out his contract, which runs through 2020-21 season, MLive.com reports.

      Zetterberg also stated "I may have two years left, but I have also learned to take one year at a time," while carrying a cap hit of just over $6 million annually. One has to wonder whether a second season without a playoff appearance would factor into the veteran's decision -- something that could happen again this upcoming campaign as the haven't drastically improved their squad, one that failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in over two decades.

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    • Marian Gaborik LA RW
      Kings' Marian Gaborik: Needs to regain strength for full recovery
      3d ago

      (undisclosed) is still expected to miss the start of training camp, though he is making progress, Jon Rosen of LA Insider reports.

      The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.

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    • Anthony Mantha DET RW
      Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Bigger role on tap
      3d ago

      is in line for an increased role with the in 2017-18, the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The towering net-front scoring winger made an impression as a rookie, dialing up 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) despite averaging a mere 15:54 of ice time over 60 games. Additionally, among the men donning the Winged Wheel, Mantha's plus-10 rating was inferior only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his plus-15 clip. As suggested in this latest report, the 22-year-old is part of the reason why the team isn't looking to bring back Thomas Vanek, and he could see regular power-play minutes in the coming season if one of Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan gets injured.

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    • Jake Guentzel PIT C
      Penguins' Jake Guentzel: Leads summer league in scoring
      19h ago

      racked up 23 points to lead the Da Beauty League in scoring.

      While some might chalk Guentzel's success up to simply being in a summer league, the caliber of competition -- Nick Bjugstad, Dustin Byfuglien and Drew Stafford, for example -- makes the youngster's success hard to ignore. A natural center, the 22-year-old could help fill the gap down the middle of the Pens' lineup, but it seems doubtful coach Mike Sullivan will want to break up his Stanley Cup winning "Sid and the Kids" line.

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    • Jean-Sabastien Dea PIT C
      Penguins' Jean-Sebastien Dea: Secures one-year pact
      22h ago

      agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh on Monday.

      Dea could be in line for larger role with the Pens this season as they haven't shored up the center position behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Carter Rowney appears to have the inside track for the third-line spot, but the fourth-line role likely won't be decided until closer to the end of training camp. The 23-year-old Dea would need to beat out Greg McKegg and Dominik Simon, but this is a positional battle worth monitoring heading into the 2017-18 campaign.

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    • Jori Lehtera PHI C
      Flyers' Jori Lehtera: Looking forward to fresh start
      3d ago

      , who was traded from the Blues to the on June 23, has been skating and working out at his former team's practice facility with eagerness for the upcoming season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      The Finn spent his first three seasons in St. Louis, having surged out of the gate with a rookie year that included 14 goals, 30 assists and a plus-21 rating. However, his production slipped quite a bit in the two subsequent years -- all the way down to 22 points and a minus-6 rating over 64 contests in 2016-17. Perhaps a change of scenery will invigorate Lehtera, but don't be surprised if it takes him awhile to settle in. After all, he's projected to start out in a bottom-six role for a Flyers offense that was inferior to the Blues during his tenure with the Notes.

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    • Logan Couture SJ C
      Sharks' Logan Couture: Still bothered by injury to face
      4d ago

      said he's still feeling "pretty store" five months after taking a puck to the face in a game against the Predators, CSN Bay Area reports.

      Recall that San Jose's top-line pivot was held out for the final seven games of 2016-17's regular season after he got in the way of a deflected shot from teammate Brent Burns. However, showing incredible resolve, Couture suited up for the conference quarterfinals and at least bordered on his typical productive self with two goals on 10 shots to complement a helper over six games. "There's good days and bad days," Couture said, adding that the injury fortunately "didn't affect my training, and hopefully won't affect me going forward."

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    • Matt Duchene COL C
      Avalanche's Matt Duchene: Preparing for training camp with Colorado
      4d ago

      is expected to be in training camp for Colorado amid ongoing rumors that he could be traded, The Denver Post reports.

      The prolific scoring winger surprisingly made it through the expansion draft, regular entry draft, and a July 1 free-agency signing bonanza without moving on from the lowly . While he still has two years and $12 million left on a five-year contract, many hockey pundits thought he'd be long gone by now. Regardless of his destination, Duchene's focus will be improving upon a lackluster 2016-17 campaign in which he posted 41 points -- his lowest since an abbreviated 2011-12 season -- and a career-worst minus-34 rating.

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    • Zemgus Girgensons BUF C
      Sabres' Zemgus Girgensons: Inks two-year deal
      5d ago

      agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Buffalo on Thursday worth $1.6 million of average annual value, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.

      Girgensons' past two seasons have been disappointing -- a combined 34 points from 2015-17 -- after a solid sophomore campaign in 2014-15 (15 goals and 15 helpers). Despite the drop off in production, the 23-year-old was one of the ' offseason priorities that they have now locked in for two more years. Considering he averaged a mere 13:10 of ice time last season, the center figures to offer mid-range fantasy value at best.

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    • Henrik Zetterberg DET LW
      Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Unlikely to finish out contract
      22h ago

      does not expect to play out his contract, which runs through 2020-21 season, MLive.com reports.

      Zetterberg also stated "I may have two years left, but I have also learned to take one year at a time," while carrying a cap hit of just over $6 million annually. One has to wonder whether a second season without a playoff appearance would factor into the veteran's decision -- something that could happen again this upcoming campaign as the haven't drastically improved their squad, one that failed to make the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in over two decades.

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    • Marian Gaborik LA RW
      Kings' Marian Gaborik: Needs to regain strength for full recovery
      3d ago

      (undisclosed) is still expected to miss the start of training camp, though he is making progress, Jon Rosen of LA Insider reports.

      The oft-injured scoring vet reportedly had a procedure done this offseason that involved repairing a tendon and ligament, but even though he avoided surgery and is said to be doing well, Kings GM Rob Blake added in a State of the Franchise address that Gaborik "still has some difficulty with some of the lifts and the strength." A mid-80s point packer in his heyday with the Rangers, it's difficult to recommend the Czech in anything but the deepest fantasy formats since he's played a combined 110 games over the last two seasons.

      See Full Article
    • Anthony Mantha DET RW
      Red Wings' Anthony Mantha: Bigger role on tap
      3d ago

      is in line for an increased role with the in 2017-18, the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The towering net-front scoring winger made an impression as a rookie, dialing up 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) despite averaging a mere 15:54 of ice time over 60 games. Additionally, among the men donning the Winged Wheel, Mantha's plus-10 rating was inferior only to captain Henrik Zetterberg and his plus-15 clip. As suggested in this latest report, the 22-year-old is part of the reason why the team isn't looking to bring back Thomas Vanek, and he could see regular power-play minutes in the coming season if one of Justin Abdelkader or Riley Sheahan gets injured.

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    • Jordan Eberle NYI RW
      Islanders' Jordan Eberle: Set for top-line duty
      3d ago

      is projected to be on the top line with John Tavares and Anders Lee in the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.

      Formerly with the Oilers, the skilled right winger was traded to the in June in a straight-up deal for Ryan Strome. Last season, Eberle played all 82 games for the first time in his seven-year career and proceeded to register 20 goals and 31 assists -- including 14 man-advantage points. This year, he'll assuredly see more ice time than the 16:46 average in his previous go-around with the Oil, and being the right flanker to Tavares -- who's amassed 537 points in 587 regular-season contests -- definitely has its advantages.

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    • Erik Condra TB RW
      Lightning's Erik Condra: Still recovering
      7d ago

      (back) has yet to resume skating after offseason back surgery, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

      Condra had a great minor-league campaign last year -- 48 points in 55 outings -- but this lingering back issue could impact his ability to parlay that into more ice time with the . If he can't give it a go for training camp, the winger will likely be forced to begin the season in the AHL. Once fully healthy, the 31-year-old should be able to suit up in more than the 13 contests he did in 2016-17 -- although fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect him to be much more than a 20-point player in the NHL.

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    • David Pastrnak BOS LW
      Bruins' David Pastrnak: Not on trading block
      7d ago

      According to general manager Don Sweeney, will not be traded prior to the start of the season, Brian Compton of NHL.com reports.

      Pastrnak still remains unsigned heading into the 2017-18 campaign -- which is likely the impetus for the rumors circulating that Boston might try to move him. With Sweeney shutting the door on any speculation, the two sides can get back to figuring out a deal that works for both sides.

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    • Anton Belov EDM D
      Panthers' Anton Belov: Signs PTO
      19h ago

      will attend ' training camp on a professional tryout agreement, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

      Belov will give the NHL another crack after having spent one season in the league back in 2013-14 while with the Oilers. Since then, the blueliner has played for St. Petersburg SKA for the previous three campaigns. The 31-year-old is coming off a banner year in which he tallied nine goals and 18 helpers -- both career highs. If he can secure a permanent contract, Belov figures to be a second or third pairing option for Florida.

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    • Nate Schmidt LV D
      Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Dealing with ankle injury
      3d ago

      sustained an ankle injury that prevented him from attending a street hockey clinic in Montana on Friday, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

      While the expansion would have little reason to press one of their more established players into a promotional event, it's discouraging that he's dealing with an injury in the first place. He'll reportedly be reevaluated in "a week or so," but this doesn't bode well for Schmidt's fantasy prospects after he took the nascent franchise to arbitration with his award set at two years and $4.45 million. Last year, he compiled 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) over 60 games with the Capitals.

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    • Shayne Gostisbehere PHI D
      Flyers' Shayne Gostisbehere: Eager for upcoming campaign
      4d ago

      is fully healthy and excited for the 2017-18 season, NHL.com reports.

      Last year, following hip and abdominal surgery, Gostisbehere was unable to build upon his impressive rookie campaign (with seven goals representing a 10-score slide) and Ghost vanished all too often in the ' zone based on an ugly minus-21 rating. Coach Dave Hakstol sent him to the pine as a healthy scratch five times in 2016-17, which goes to show that the bench boss is unafraid to sit a talented playmaker if he's caught in a rut. Nevertheless, the 24-year-old signed a six-year, $4.5 million contract extension in June, and we figure he'll continue hovering around the low 20-minute mark in total ice time as a premier power-play quarterback. Just over 30 percent of his points have take place on the man advantage through 146 career appearances -- including six games of the 2016 postseason.

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    • Alexey Marchenko TOR D
      Alexey Marchenko: Finalizes three-year deal
      7d ago

      inked a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.

      Marchenko went unclaimed off waivers, which fantasy owners should have seen coming, considering he had already announced his intention of heading to Russia. The fact that the blueliner was willing to commit to three seasons away from the NHL does come as a surprise, however. Given he managed just eight points in 41 outings last year -- split between Toronto and Detroit -- it may not be worth it to stash Marchenko away until he (potentially) returns to North America.

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    • Alexey Marchenko TOR D
      Alexey Marchenko: Released unconditionally
      8d ago

      will head to the KHL next season after being placed on unconditional waivers Monday, James Mirtle of The Athletic reports.

      Marchenko was likely going to be watching from the press box more often than not this season. Combined with a $1.45 million cap hit, the Leafs obviously felt it wasn't worth it to retain the blueliner -- who they picked up off waivers last season. With the announcement he intends to play in the KHL, it is unlikely any NHL club will want to snatch him off the waiver wire.

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    • Matt Greene LA D
      Matt Greene: Joining Kings as scout
      8d ago

      will join the Los Angeles organization as a member of the scouting department -- ending his 12-year professional career, LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen reports.

      After three years with Edmonton, Greene spent nine seasons with the Kings -- racking up a total of 615 NHL games in which he registered 17 goals and 63 assists. During the 2016-17 campaign, the 34-year-old saw action in just 26 outings -- in part due to injuries -- so it should come as little surprise he is ready to enter the next phase of his career in hockey.

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    • Luke Opilka STL G
      Blues' Luke Opilka: Undergoes second hip surgery
      3d ago

      , a goalie prospect, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, and he's expected to be out until December, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

      According to Rutherford, this is the St. Louis native's second hip surgery in just over a year. The Notes had sung his praises upon making him a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, but these ailments, coupled with underwhelming peripherals (3.08 GAA, .897 save percentage) over 75 regular-games with the OHL's Kitchner Rangers, have dimmed his long-term fantasy outlook.

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    • Marek Mazanec NSH G
      Predators' Marek Mazanec: Signs with KHL club
      8d ago

      inked a one-year deal with HC Slovan of the KHL on Monday.

      Mazanec's future has been all over the place this offseason as he was originally placed on waivers -- after filing for arbitration -- only to agree to a one-year contract with the . Now it appears the netminder will head to the KHL this year, rather than suiting up with AHL Milwaukee. It's possible the team agreed to this plan in order to further develop the 26-year-old, who is fourth on the team's depth chart behind Juuse Saros and Matt O'Connor. What this means for Mazanec's career with Nashville is murky at best -- but fantasy owners may not want to risk stashing him away given the lack of clarity.

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    • Henrik Lundqvist NYR G
      Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist: Puts knee injury behind him
      12d ago

      , who sustained an MCL sprain at the 2017 IIHF World Championship in May, is healthy as he looks forward to training camp, NHL.com reports.

      The celebrated backstop toughed out the ailment and helped the Swedish team to the gold medal at Worlds, and luckily it was never considered to be a serious issue. Lundqvist turned in career-worst ratios (2.74 GAA, .910 save percentage) over 57 games last season, but the ' high-powered offense frequently bailed him out on his way to 31 wins -- excluding the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, the King has impressively recorded 30-plus victories in each year of his illustrious career.

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    • Matt Murray PIT G
      Penguins' Matt Murray: Preparing for 2017-18 campaign
      12d ago

      is working to cut down on the injuries that kept him sidelined for the start of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

      In addition to shrugging off the injury-prone label, Murray will have to deal with the pressure of replacing Marc-Andre Fleury -- something he's said can't truly be done. Instead, the 23-year-old said he's "just going to be myself" as he takes full-time command of the crease for the first time in his young career. Given the expectations surrounding the two-time Stanley Cup champion, he should be one of the first goalies off the board in fantasy drafts.

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    • Alex Stalock MIN G
      Wild's Alex Stalock: Will fight for No. 2 spot on depth chart
      25d ago

      isn't promised the No. 2 job in Minnesota for the 2017-18 season, as he'll have to beat out Swedish backstop Niklas Svedberg, the Pioneer Press reports.

      For the first time in four seasons, the will be without Darcy Kuemper as the understudy to heady veteran goalie Devan Dubnyk. When asked whether Stalock is definitely going to serve as the backup in the upcoming season, head coach Bruce Boudreau said, "We don't want to give anybody anything," adding that Stalock -- who's posted a career 2.35 GAA and .912 save percentage in 64 games; all but two of those with the Sharks -- will have to come into training camp and perform well to stave off Svedberg. Nonetheless, Dubnyk has averaged 66 games played over the last two seasons and whoever ends up second in line doesn't figure to head between the pipes very often.

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    • Niklas Svedberg MIN G
      Wild's Niklas Svedberg: In consideration for backup duty
      25d ago

      will compete with Alex Stalock for the primary backup goalie job in Minnesota this season, the Pioneer Press reports.

      The undrafted Swede does have NHL experience -- he recorded 19 games with the Bruins between 2013-14 -- but Svedberg will have to beat out Stalock, whose resume includes experience playing in five different levels of North American hockey. At the very least, it appears that coach Bruce Boudreau is keeping his options open with training camp looming.

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