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  • John Gibson G | ANA

    Ducks' John Gibson: Commands eight-year extension

    Gibson signed an eight-year contract extension with the Ducks on Saturday. According to CapFriendly, the deal is worth $51.2 million.

    Gibson recorded a career-high 31 wins over 60 games last season to complement a robust .926 save percentage and four shutouts. The American backstop will nearly triple his annual salary compared to the terms of his last contract, though the new deal won't kick in until 2019-20. He's ranked only a small step below the elite crop of NHL goaltenders in most fantasy setups.

  • Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: Bench boss confident top goalie will be ready

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville strongly believes Crawford (upper body) will be good to go for both training camp and the start of the season, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    It's important to note that Scott Powers of The Athletic Chicago -- another reputable source familiar with Crawford's situation -- had a gloomier update on Chicago's top netminder Friday, relaying that the 33-year-old isn't sure if he'll be back to 100 percent for training camp. While the mixed signals make it tough to seize up Crawford's fantasy value ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, there's still plenty of offseason remaining to ultimately get a better read on this situation. Either way, the Blackhawks signed veteran Cam Ward to a one-year, $3 million deal and the team should be able to lean on him until Crawford is fully prepared to handle a significant workload.

  • Blackhawks' Anton Forsberg: Could be exposed to waivers

    Forsberg is expected to be waived by the Blackhawks, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

    Despite concerns about Corey Crawford's health -- he's been dealing with an upper-body injury -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is optimistic that the team's top goalie will be ready for training camp, and the bench boss reportedly has no plans to staff three goalies on the active roster. With veteran goalie Cam Ward in tow having signed a one-year, $3 million deal, Forsberg should be the odd-man out. The Swede posted a 10-16-4 record, 2.97 GAA and .908 save percentage over 35 games last season. His campaign had been cut short by an undisclosed issue, but there's been nothing to suggest that he's still limited in that regard.

  • Blackhawks' Corey Crawford: May not be ready for training camp

    Crawford (upper body) isn't sure if he'll be back to 100 percent in time for training camp, Scott Powers of The Athletic Chicago reports.

    Crawford also told reporters he's "been coming along" Friday, but he's evidently not ready to commit to the idea that he'll be ready to rock once training camp opens in September. Nonetheless, it's encouraging to hear Crawford speak to the media about his condition at all, as this is the first time he's made a public statement about his health since suffering his upper-body injury in late December. The Blackhawks brought in veteran netminder Cam Ward on a one-year, $3 million contract this offseason, which means Crawford will likely have a lighter workload than his usual 55-plus games in 2018-19, but he'll still be a desirable option in all fantasy formats if he's able to stay healthy.

  • Penguins' Tristan Jarry: Inks two-year deal with Pittsburgh

    Jarry agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Penguins on Thursday.

    Jarry's new contract is a two-way deal in 2018-19 and a one-way deal in 2019-20, which suggests the Penguins expect him to be with the big club full time following the upcoming campaign. The 23-year-old netminder, who compiled a 14-6-2 record while posting a 2.77 GAA and .908 save percentage in 26 appearances with Pittsburgh last season, will battle Casey DeSmith for the Penguins' backup role in training camp.

  • Carey Price G | MON

    Canadiens' Carey Price: Should see at least 50 outings in 2018-19

    Price is expected to make anywhere from 50-to-60 appearances in goal during the upcoming season, Le Journal de Montreal reports.

    Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite was the one who came up with that games-played figure in the report by the French news source. It's a bit surprising that there hasn't been much offseason talk about Price after he turned in the worst campaign of his career in 2017-18. The world-class netminder mercifully finished that season with a 16-26-7 record, 3.11 GAA and .900 save percentage, but it sounds like he's quite motivated to put those struggles behind him. "I talk to him often during the summer and I like his tone of voice," Waite said. "I like to feel that he can not wait to come back. He is fit and his training is going very well."

  • Flyers' Michal Neuvirth: Progressing well after hip surgery

    Per general manager Ron Hextall, Neuvirth is "doing extremely well" in his rehab from surgery on both hips, Dave Isaac of the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reports.

    Neuvirth finished the final three games of the conference quarterfinals against Pittsburgh in the blue paint, but surgery was necessary for the 30-year-old's longevity in the league. He's considered one of the NHL's strongest backups, recording a .915 save percentage and 2.60 GAA in 22 appearances for the Flyers last year. Neuvirth is poised for at least 25 starts if he can begin the season healthy, and that number could shoot up if starter Brian Elliott (abdomen) isn't ready in time. Fantasy owners should be aware that Philly could quickly turn into a situation that plays the hot hand down the stretch.

  • Flyers' Anthony Stolarz: Secures one-year pact

    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.

  • Avalanche's Spencer Martin: Secures another year with Avs

    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.

  • Jon Gillies G | CGY

    Flames' Jon Gillies: Signs two-year deal

    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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