News: Brenden Dillon, a restricted free agent, still has not signed a contract with Dallas and Dallas GM Jim Nill says that little progress has been made recently, according to Mark Stepneski of NHL.com. Analysis: A late contract signing, even if Brenden Dillon misses some of camp, shouldn't effect Dillon's fantasy value. They're likely to have a deal done by opening night and Dillon figures to be a prominent part of Dallas' very young defense. One hitch for the team, making it better to get a deal done sooner than later, is that Dillon will still have to clear immigration after signing, meaning that he'll be ineligible to play or practice for a few days after signing.
News: Cody Eakin, a restricted free agent, is still without a contract in Dallas and Dallas GM Jim Nill said Friday that little progress has been made toward a new deal, according to Mark Stepneski of NHL.com. Analysis: Cody Eakin figures to get a good role on the Stars third line and a deal is likely to get worked out before opening night, but the time frame is worrisome as far as Eakin getting to camp on time. As Nill points out, Eakin can't play for a few days after a deal is signed because he'll still have to sort out immigration after the deal is put in place. Could be an issue for the team, but a late contract signing isn't likely to effect Eakin's fantasy value.
News: Philippe Desrosiers got the win for Dallas in the first game of the tournament, stopping 19 of 22 shots against the Rangers on Friday. Analysis: Philippe Desrosiers got the start in game one, but the team went with Henri Kiviaho for game two on Saturday. Desrosiers, at this early stage, looks like he's above Kiviaho on the AHL depth chart with Jack Campbell as the number one. But it's a long way for Desrosiers to climb to become fantasy relevant with three netminders also in the system at the NHL level.
News: Jason Dickinson had a goal, three shots, and four penalty minutes in Dallas' win over Carolina on Saturday at the Traverse City Prospects Tournament. Analysis: Jason Dickinson is a good player, but he's unlikely to see much, if any, playing time with Dallas this season.
News: Radek Faksa scored for Dallas at the Traverse City Prospect Tournament Saturday, in a 4-2 win over Carolina. Analysis: Two games into the tournament, Radek Faksa has a goal and two assists. He's a promising prospect for Dallas and is making his mark in the tourney.
News: Filip Forsberg scored the game-winning goal and added an assist along with three penalties during a pre-season rookie tournament game Saturday, Joshua Cooper of the Tennessean reports. Analysis: While spending that much time in the sin bin would not sit well with too many NHL coaches, potting the game winner would certainly more than make up for it in most cases. Penalties aside, this was an impressive game for Filip Forsberg, who is attempting to land a permanent spot on the Preds' roster after playing just 13 games for the big club last season. As for the penalties, Forsberg typically doesn't take too many he had just 18 PIM in 60 games last season (NHL and AHL combined) so this game looks more like an aberration than a sign of things to come. Overall, Forsberg has the skills to be a top-six player for the Preds, but the team bulked up on offense during the offseason, so the question is whether they will have room for him.
News: Michael McCarron, who is skating with teammates at Montreal's rookie development camp, admitted to showing up out of shape last season after the Canadiens selected him in the first round of the 2013 draft, Hockey Inside Out reports. "Now I know what it takes I know how much hard work it takes and so now I'm back here ready to go," said McCarron. Analysis: Michael McCarron skated with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League, but even that level of play was more than he expected after spending two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team. He had a disappointing first half of the 2013 season, but did make noticeable improvement in the second half.
News: Tomas Vokoun still wants to play in 2014-15, his agent, Allan Walsh, reports. Analysis: Tomas Vokoun has declined a couple contract offers already and is waiting for the right situation to sign a deal. The 38-year-old netminder spent most of last year recovering from a pelvic blood clot, but is reportedly 100 percent heading into this season and could be valuable to a team in need of a veteran backup.
News: Nail Yakupov will wear number 10 this coming season instead of 64, the number he broke into the league with, reports the Edmonton Sun. Analysis: Shawn Horcoff wore number 10 last season, but said Nail Yakupov could take it this season. Yakupov is looking to change things up this season and shake off a horrible sophomore season (24 points in 63 games and a minus-33 rating). He grew up wearing 10 and hey -- it's not like hockey players are superstitious or anything. His game will improve this season, but it won't be because of the number.
News: Brett Ritchie suffered a finger injury Saturday against the Hurricanes, Mark Stepneski of the team's official site reports. Analysis: Brett Ritchie will head to Dallas to get his finger checked out by a doctor, and is expected to miss the remainder of the NHL Prospects Tournament. The winger is just 21 years old, and was a productive member of AHL Texas last season in his first professional campaign. He racked up 22 goals and 26 assists in 68 games, and could get a look at the NHL level in 2014-15.