Avs' Soderberg Could Center Second Line
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News: Carl Soderberg
is expected to center Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon on the Avs' second line during the upcoming season, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Carl Soderberg
was the Avs' most high-profile acquisition of the offseason, with the team acquiring the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent on June 25 and signing him to a lucrative five-year extension before he could reach the open market. The amount of money committed to Soderberg along with the departure of Ryan O'Reilly should open up a fruitful role for the Swedish pivot, as he's have the luxury of skating next to two of the league's last four Calder Trophy winners. If that line arrangement indeed materializes, Soderberg -- who averaged 46 points during his two seasons with the Bruins -- could make a run at 60 points.
Hishon Inks One-Year Deal With Avalanche
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News: Joey Hishon
signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche on Monday.
Analysis: Joey Hishon
suited up for 13 games with the Avalanche last season, managing to tally two points (one goal, one assist) in those contests. He fared better with AHL Lake Erie, registering 36 points (16 goals, 20 assists) in 53 games with the team. The 23-year-old will get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the big club in training camp.
Wilson Signs Four-Year Contract With Predators
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News: Colin Wilson
signed a four-year, $15.75 million contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Colin Wilson
was a solid offensive contributor for the Predators in 2014-15, registering 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 77 games with the team. He will return to a top-six role with Nashville this season, and should be similarly productive barring injury.
Rangers And Stepan Agree To Six-Year Extension
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News: Derek Stepan
agreed to a six-year extension with the Rangers on Monday that will net him $6.5 million annually, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Derek Stepan
has avoided arbitration with the deal, and will now remain in a Rangers uniform for a long time to come. The 25-year-old center posted 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) in 2014-15, and will look to build off the effort once again in 2015 as he'll likely center the Rangers' top line once again.
Flames, Byron Reach Agreement
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News: Paul Byron
re-signed Sunday with the Flames on a one-year, $900,000 contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Analysis: Paul Byron
didn't skate for the Flames during the playoffs due to a wrist injury and later required sports hernia surgery, but he was a quality depth contributor during the regular season, providing six goals and 19 points in 57 games. He's expected to be recovered from all his ailments before training camp commences in September.
Jooris Inks One-Year Deal With Flames
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News: Josh Jooris
signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Flames on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports.
Analysis: Josh Jooris
was a solid contributor for the Flames last season, tallying 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 60 games with the team. He underwent surgery on his wrist in May, but should be ready for the start of Calgary's training camp in September. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with the Flames in 2015-16.
Chaput Inks One-Year Deal With Blue Jackets
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News: Michael Chaput
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Blue Jackets on Thursday.
Analysis: Michael Chaput
suited up for 33 games with Columbus last season, tallying 5 points (one goal, four assists) in those contests. He fared better with AHL Springfield, registering 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 45 games with the team. The 23-year-old will likely once again split time between the AHL and NHL in 2015-16.
Ex-Coyote Brule Signs With KHL Team
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News: Gilbert Brule
signed a contract Monday with the KHL's Medvescak Zagreb, Murray Pam of The Hockey News reports.
Analysis: Gilbert Brule
will do another tour in the KHL after recording 15 points in 44 games for Yekaterinburg Automobilist in 2014-15. The 28-year-old, who was the No. 6 overall pick by the Blue Jackets in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, last appeared in the NHL in 2013-14, skating in three games with the Coyotes.
Domi Expected To Make Coyotes
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GM Don Maloney said that he expects Max Domi
to make the Coyotes' season-opening roster, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Max Domi
is the Coyotes' top prospect and a huge offensive talent -- he scored 32 goals and 102 points in 57 games for OHL London last year. The 'Yotes have brought him along slowly, but with a rebuild in full swing in the desert, the team now appears ready to see what he can do at the NHL level. He should be among the top rookies in the coming season.
Smith Signs Five-Year Contract With Predators
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News: Craig Smith
signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract extension with the Predators on Monday.
Analysis: Craig Smith
and the Predators were reportedly far apart on a new contract as they headed into arbitration, but were able to agree to terms immediately following their salary arbitration hearing on Monday. Smith has been phenomenal for the Predators, posting two straight 20-plus goal seasons with the team, and tallying a total of 47 goals over that span. He will return to a top-six role with Nashville, and barring injury, should continue to be extremely productive for the Predators in 2015-16.