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    Flames' Sean Monahan: Fully recovered from offseason surgeries

    Monahan (wrist) believes he's 100 percent healthy and recovered from offseason surgeries, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports.

    Monahan underwent wrist, groin and two hernia surgeries in April, but his recovery from those numerous procedures has evidently gone swimmingly, as he's already declaring himself fully healthy one month ahead of training camp. The 23-year-old pivot, who racked up 31 goals and 64 points in 74 games last season, could offer fantasy owners fantastic value in the middle rounds of drafts this year.

  • Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Concerns about captain's health persist

    Zetterberg's (back) health remains a serious concern for the Red Wings ahead of training camp, The Detroit News reports.

    Numerous reports have trickled in over the summer speculating that Zetterberg could possibly be lost for the season, and the latest news is anything but positive. "He's had a hard summer and I don't think his back is reacting great," head coach Jeff Blashill said Wednesday. "Certainly we'll know more in a month (at training camp), but as of today, there's a lot of doubt as to whether his back will be healthy enough to play." If Zetterberg doesn't play, then 22-year Dylan Larkin -- who signed a five-year, $30 million extension earlier this month -- would open the season as the top-line center.

  • Devils' Kevin Rooney: Lands two-year deal

    Rooney inked a two-year contract with New Jersey on Monday.

    While Rooney's deal starts as a two-way this season, it transitions to a one-way for the 2019-20 campaign. If he were spend the entire length of the pact in the NHL, it would pay the center $1.4 million, although fantasy owners should probably expect him to spend some time in the minors this year.

  • Canadiens' Phillip Danault: Adds Pilates to offseason training plan

    Danault has introduced a Pilates training regimen in an ongoing effort to strengthen his core and preserve a healthy mind.

    It appears that the Quebec native is doing what he can to be the best version of himself in 2018-19. Danault broke out offensively in 2016-17 when he uncorked 13 goals, 27 assists and a plus-5 rating over a full season, but he dealt with a nasty concussion and related neck trouble in the most recent campaign, finishing with 15 fewer points over 52 contests. The Habs believe in him based on his three-year, $9.25 million contract renewal; he should glean plenty of confidence from that deal and all of the positives that come from taking better care of his body. A huge season could be on the horizon for Danault.

  • Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Status quo regarding back issue

    Red Wings GM Ken Holland is unsure of Zetterberg's (back) health status, adding that more will be known in September, Ansar Khan of MLive.com reports.

    The Original Six club is reportedly $1 million over the salary cap with Dylan Larkin re-signed for five years at $6.1 million annually. Placing Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve to start the season would be an obvious way to save cap space against the upper limit, but training camp won't start for another month and everyone vested in Detroit's plans for the upcoming season will want to hear more from Big Z himself before hitting the panic button. There very well could be validity in these rumors or it could end up being an overblown concern; time will tell.

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    Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Garners five-year contract renewal

    Larkin signed a five-year contract extension with the Red Wings on Friday. Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit reports the deal is valued at $6.1 million annually.

    There was never any doubt that Larkin would re-up with his hometown team, as the speedster is expected to inherit the captaincy from Henrik Zetterberg (back) once the Wings legend hangs up his skates for good. Larkin has posted 140 points (56 goals, 84 assists) over 242 career contests at the highest level. He should have no problem once again unleashing 200-plus shots over a full season, lining up down the middle with a newfound sense of how to best harness his speed to the benefit of his linemates.

  • Coyotes' Christian Dvorak: Secures extension

    Dvorak inked a six-year, $26.7 million contract extension with Arizona on Thursday.

    Dvorak was entering the final year of his entry-level deal, but has landed an extension that will avoid restricted free agency next offseason. The 22-year-old's young career includes a pair of back-to-back 30-plus point campaigns, in which he has hit the 15-goal mark in both years. If the Illinois native continues to progress, he should be capable of hitting both the 20-goal and 40-point thresholds.

  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin: Preparing for center

    Drouin is preparing to line up at center this season, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports.

    Drouin had his struggles as a center, particularly on faceoffs, but he finished the season strong, which buoys his confidence heading into the 2018-19 season. "The last 25, 30 games, I was having fun playing center," Drouin said. "I was enjoying it. I was winning more faceoffs and that's important because if you win the faceoff, you have the puck and it's easier to play." The 23-year-old forward will center one of the top two lines and be a staple on the team's top power-play unit.

  • Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Avoids arbitration with one-year deal

    Karlsson agreed to a one-year, $5.25 million contract extension with the Golden Knights on Saturday, the Las Vegas-Review Journal reports.

    The two sides reportedly were scheduled for an arbitration hearing Saturday morning in Toronto. Basically, this buys more time for a long-term deal to be made for the man who led the Golden Knights in points (78), with his total comprised of 43 goals and 35 assists over 82 games of an incredible inaugural showing for the Vegas franchise.

  • Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Seems bound for arbitration

    Karlsson and the Golden Knights are $3 million apart in their contract negotiations, which appears to have the sides headed toward Saturday's arbitration hearing, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.

    Karlsson's ask ($6.5 million) is relatively reasonable in light of his 78-point 2017-18 campaign; however, the team is no doubt looking at his two prior years in which he logged a combined 45 points. With just over $13 million in cap space, Vegas isn't exactly strapped for cash, but likely wants to see more consistently high numbers out of the 24-year-old before shelling out on a long-term deal.

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