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  • Matt Dumba D | MIN

    Wild's Mathew Dumba: Earns five-year extension

    Dumba agreed to terms with the Wild on a five-year, $30 million contract extension Saturday.

    The burgeoning defenseman had an arbitration date set for Monday, but it's a moot point now that Dumba has this new deal in place. Minnesota's seventh overall pick from the 2012 draft has increased his point total each year since his 13-game run with Minnesota as a rookie in 2013-14. This past season, Dumba amassed 14 goals and 36 assists to complement 12 power-play points over 82 contests.

  • Daniel Catenacci: Will play in Austria

    Catenacci signed a contract with HCB Bolzano of the Austrian Hockey League.

    A versatile skater who can play on the wing or down the middle, Catenacci will refine his game overseas. Now 25 years old, he failed to record a point over 12 games between the Sabres and Rangers, but the feisty one has accumulated 52 goals, 61 assists and 232 PIM over 307 AHL appearances.

  • Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Should be ready for training camp

    Zetterberg (back) is expected to be in training camp ahead of the 2018-19 season, MLive.com reports.

    Previous reports indicated that persistent back trouble could wipe out all of Zetterberg's campaign and possibly cause him to retire, but then again, there's been such little evidence to corroborate those rumors. For what it's worth, a July 10 report from the Detroit Free Press included a photograph of Zetterberg golfing in Scotland, suggesting that his hitting the links be viewed as "encouraging news."

  • Dylan Larkin C | DET

    Red Wings' Dylan Larkin: Hints extension could come soon

    Larkin remains unsigned as a restricted free agent, but the Red Wings are not worried about their ability to re-sign the speedy forward, MLive.com reports.

    Larkin is said to be seeking a six-year contract extension worth approximately $36 million, and while he's the last one that GM Ken Holland needs to get back on the books ahead of the 2018-19 season, neither side seems concerned that a new deal isn't yet in place. "It's heading in the right direction for sure," Larkin said. "I think it'll be soon." While the pivot experienced the dreaded sophomore slump in 2016-17, the Michigan native more than made up for it last season, pouring on 16 goals and a career-high 47 assists over 82 games. It's rare that a player with only three years of NHL experience would earn a long-term deal, but Larkin is a natural leader who wants to be with the Wings for the long haul.

  • Jacob Trouba D | WPG

    Jets' Jacob Trouba: Hearing completed

    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 limited the defenseman's productivity during 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.

  • Troy Stecher D | VAN

    Canucks' Troy Stecher: Pens two-year deal

    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.

  • Brett Kulak D | CGY

    Flames' Brett Kulak: Clears waivers

    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.

  • Nick Lappin RW | NJ

    Devils' Nick Lappin: Snags one-year deal

    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.

  • Artemi Panarin LW | CLB

    Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin: Wants to avoid contract distraction

    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.

  • Derek Grant C | PIT

    Penguins' Derek Grant: Inks one-year deal with Penguins

    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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