News: Jonathan Bernier
and the Maple Leafs came to terms Sunday on a two-year, $8.3 million contract, thus avoiding an arbitration ruling, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reports.
It initially looked like the two parties were too far apart to agree on a deal, but they were able to find common ground near the midpoint and avoid the risk of an arbitration decision. The deal is closer to Jonathan Bernier
's proposed figure, but the second year buys out a year of free agency. Bernier is coming off a disappointing 2014-15 campaign, during which he saw his numbers drop in the wins (21), GAA (2.87), and save percentage (.912) categories from the season prior.
Oilers' Talbot Expects Battle For Starting Job
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News: Cam Talbot
expects to battle for the starting job in training camp, according to the Edmonton Journal.
One would think that Cam Talbot
is just taking the high road here. Unless he performs miserably in camp he should be the starting goaltender once the season opens. He won't have anywhere near the defense playing in front of him that he had with the Rangers, so there will be off nights, but he's still better and offers much more upside than any other goaltender on the roster.
Holtby Signs Five-Year Contract With Capitals
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News: Braden Holtby
signed a five-year, $30.5 million contract with the Capitals on Friday, Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: Braden Holtby
was in for a big pay day after his fantastic performance in 2014-15, going 41-20-10 with a 2.22 GAA and a .923 save percentage. He's only 25 years old, and should continue to be one of the league's top netminders for the foreseeable future.
Isles' Poulin Rejects Qualifying Offer
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News: Kevin Poulin
has rejected the Islanders qualifying offer, reports Arthur Staple of Newsday.
Analysis: Kevin Poulin
has little to no leverage with the Islanders as he has played poorly when called up to the big club. He now stands no better than third on the organizational depth chart with little chance of climbing much higher. He may be hoping that the Islanders will give him his release.
News: Magnus Hellberg
inked a one-year contract with the Rangers on Friday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Magnus Hellberg
, whom the Predators traded to the Rangers in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round draft pick this offseason, will likely share time in net at AHL Harford in 2015-16 with Mackenzie Skapski. Hellberg went 15-10-6 with a 2.33 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 38 games for AHL Milwaukee last season.
Capitals goalie coach said that Philipp Grubauer
will compete with Justin Peters for backup job behind presumed starter Braden Holtby in the 2015-2016 season, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Recently re-signed to a two-year, one-way contract, the 23-year-old Philipp Grubauer
is the early favorite to take over for Justin Peters, who is coming off a poor 2014-15 campaign, as the primary backup behind Braden Holtby -- assuming he too is re-signed. Grubauer had an excellent season with AHL Hershey, posting a 2.30 GAA and .921 save percentage en route to a 27-17-0 record in the minors last season. With starting goaltender potential, Grubauer should see some starts at the NHL level should he best Peters, but with Holtby firmly entrenched as the starter, his fantasy upside is somewhat limited even if he moves up the depth chart in 2015-16.
Caps' Peters In Competition For Backup Job
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Capitals goalie coach Mitch Korn said that Justin Peters
will compete with Phillip Grubauer for the backup job behind presumed starter Braden Holtby, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Analysis: Justin Peters
was brought in during the previous offseason to be the primary backup for Braden Holtby, but his struggles in 2014-15 combined with Grubauer's excellent campaign in the minors have put Peters on the hot seat. With a 3-6-1 record, 3.25 GAA, and .881 save percentage in 12 games last season, Peters will need to shine in training camp if he is to fend off Grubauer, but is not likely to have much fantasy relevance behind the Vezina-caliber Holtby even if he does earn the backup spot, so his fantasy prospects are dwindling.
Ex-Oiler Fasth Signs With KHL Club
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News: Viktor Fasth
signed a one-year contract Thursday with CSKA Moscow of the KHL, Luke Fox of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Analysis: Viktor Fasth
was a feel-good story during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign, posting a 15-6-2 record, 2.18 GAA, and .921 save percentage over 25 games with the Ducks in what marked his first exposure to the NHL level. It's all been downhill for him since then, as health issues have plagued him for much of the last two seasons while his numbers regressed considerably as a member of the Oilers. With no NHL team seriously considering him for a backup gig, Fasth will head to the KHL to ply his trade. The goalie will turn 33 in August and seems a long shot to return to North America.
News: Jared Coreau
re-signed Thursday with the Red Wings on a one-year contract, MLive.com's Ansar Khan reports.
Analysis: Jared Coreau
figures to split time with Tom McCollum at the AHL level next season. The 23-year-old stayed with the Red Wings for one game last season as a backup when injuries challenged the team's goalie depth, but he never saw the ice. Comeau did thrive when called upon at Grand Rapids, however, going 16-8-1 with a 2.20 GAA and .927 save percentage.
Visentin Signs AHL-Only Deal With Blackhawks
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News: Mark Visentin
signed a one-year, AHL deal with the Blackhawks' affiliate in Rockford, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The 2010 first-round pick made his NHL debut with the Coyotes last season, making one relief appearance and allowing three goals on 32 shots. While he failed to develop as the Coyotes had hoped, Mark Visentin
is still just 23 years old, so he makes for a good reclamation project for the Blackhawks. A former goalie for the Canadian team at World Juniors in 2010, Visentin is unlikely to see action in the NHL in 2015-16.