Predators GM David Poile admitted Tuesday that the team is looking to trade Magnus Hellberg
this summer, Adam Vingan of The Tennessean reports.
With Pekka Rinne and Carter Hutton under contract for 2015-16 and the Predators comfortable with the duo of Marek Mazanec and Juuse Saros at the AHL level, the organization has no incentive to keep carrying Magnus Hellberg
. At 24 years old and coming off a season in which he posted a respectable 2.33 GAA and .913 save percentage in 38 appearances with AHL Milwaukee, Hellberg could warrant interest from another team looking for goalie depth in the minor-league ranks.
Devils FA Clemmensen To Retire, Take Coaching Gig
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News: Scott Clemmensen
will hang up his skates and take a job as the Devils' goaltending development coach, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
The 37-year-old Scott Clemmensen
was slated to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, but with little more than a reserve role with an AHL club likely to be offered up to him from prospective teams, it appears he's decided to retire. A veteran of 12 NHL seasons, Clemmensen will wrap up his career with a 73-59 record, 2.79 GAA, and .905 save percentage over 191 appearances with the Devils, Maple Leafs, and Panthers.
Jackets' Forsberg Recovering From Knee Scope
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News: Anton Forsberg
is still recovering from an offseason scope on his right knee, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
It was only a cleanup procedure rather than a full reconstructive one, so Anton Forsberg
is expected to be back at full health by the time training camp starts in the fall. The 22-year-old excelled with AHL Springfield last season, but faltered when he was called upon to serve as the Blue Jackets' No. 2 goalie when Sergei Bobrovsky missed time due to injury. Over five appearances, Forsberg submitted a dismal 4.69 GAA and .866 save percentage. He'll likely head back to Springfield again to open the 2015-16 campaign.
News: Martin Jones
was traded to the Sharks on Tuesday in exchange for a 2016 first-round pick and Sean Kuraly, NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Martin Jones
, who spent last season with the Kings, was acquired by the Bruins just four days ago. He appeared in 15 games in 2014-15, going 4-5-2 with a 2.25 GAA and .906 save percentage.
News: Michael Leighton
signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Tuesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Michael Leighton
hasn't played in the NHL since 2012-13, and he'll likely just provide organizational goaltending depth in the AHL. He had a .920 save percentage and 2.26 GAA in 42 AHL appearances last season.
News: Mark Visentin
wasn't given a qualifying offer by the Coyotes and will enter free agency, the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan reports.
As a 22-year-old former first-round pick who'd represented Canada in the World Junior Championship, Mark Visentin
doesn't seem like the sort of player a rebuilding franchise should cast aside, but he'll surely catch on with another franchise. Visentin didn't have a very good year with AHL Portland last season, posting a 3.25 GAA and .902 save percentage, but a new situation may be just what he needs to jump-start his career.
Coyotes Don't Qualify Lee
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News: Mike Lee
wasn't given a qualifying offer by the Coyotes and is now an unrestricted free agency, the Arizona Republic's Sarah McLellan reports.
Analysis: Mike Lee
enters free agency coming off a season in which he made it to the NHL, but didn't see a minute of game action. He's had quite minimal success in the AHL and even ECHL, so Lee's not likely to wear an NHL sweater again anytime soon, but he could catch on with some franchise to offer some depth in the minors.
Canucks Ink Markstrom To Two-Year Extension
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News: Jacob Markstrom
re-signed Monday with the Canucks on a two-year, $3.1 million contract.
As was intimated by the trade of Eddie Lack to the Hurricanes over the weekend, Jacob Markstrom
will be locked in as the Canucks' backup goalie behind Ryan Miller to start the season. The 25-year-old faltered in his three appearances with the Canucks last season, posting a 3.08 GAA and .879 save percentage, but he was among the top goalies in the minor-league ranks. He submitted a 22-7-2 record, 1.88 GAA, and .934 save percentage over 32 games for AHL Utica.
Oilers Part Ways With Bunz
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News: Tyler Bunz
wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by the Oilers on Monday, meaning he'll become an unrestricted free agent, Jason Gregor of the Edmonton Journal reports.
Analysis: Tyler Bunz
was promoted to the Oilers last April when injuries compromised the team's goalie depth, but he only made one appearance with the big club and wasn't viewed as an integral part of the team's future. The 23-year-old, who spent most of this past season with the ECHL's Wichita Thunder, doesn't look to be anything more than minor-league depth for any organization.
Lehtonen Looks Like No. 2 Now For Stars
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News: Kari Lehtonen
could be forced to settle into the No. 2 goaltending role for the Stars next season following Monday's signing of Antti Niemi, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports.
On the surface, Niemi's acquisition at the trade deadline and his subsequent contract extension seems baffling, given that the Stars are paying Kari Lehtonen
an average annual salary of $5.9 million. Both Niemi and Lehtonen regressed noticeably in 2014-15, but with both goalies having to shoulder enormous workloads the last two seasons, the Stars' brain trust is hopeful that a tandem approach in the net may allow both Niemi and Lehtonen to rebound. Lehtonen is sure to see a steep reduction in the 65 appearances he made last season, but the more frequent rest may help him improve on last season's GAA (2.94) and save percentage (.903), both of which were among his career worsts.