News: Darren Archibald
signed a new contract with the Canucks on Tuesday.
Analysis: Darren Archibald
, who registered just three points in 16 regular season game for the Canucks last season, is far from fantasy relevancy at this point in his career. The 24-year-old spent most time with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets last season and could be developed similarly moving forward.
Wild's Vanek Tied To Gambling Investigation
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News: Thomas Vanek
made an appearance at the courthouse in Rochester on Monday in connection to a gambling investigation, News 10 NBC in Rochester reports.
It's currently unclear just how Thomas Vanek
is involved with the investigation, but he showed up voluntarily at the courthouse and left after a two-hour visit. His agent, Steve Bartlett, released a statement Monday that said Vanek is "not the subject of any investigation or prosecution." Rochester where the Sabres' AHL affiliate is located; Vanek spent eight seasons in a Buffalo jersey.
Leafs' Clarkson Looking Ahead To Better 2014-15
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News: David Clarkson
is "looking forward to what's ahead" after a horrible start to his career as a Maple Leaf. "It's tough to go through that, when your first impression or start is that," he told Sportsnet. "But that's all behind me. Everything's behind me, and I'm looking forward to what's ahead."
We should hope it's behind him. The dude had more fights (nine) than goals (five) and more games missed because of suspension (12) than points (11). Yes, it was that bad. His fantasy value is going to be tied to the potential for power-play time. And in Toronto, that's far from a guarantee. #badfit.
News: Teuvo Teravainen
has impressed at rookie camp, according to CSN Comcast Sportsnet, but the Blackhawks will be patient with his development. "It's going to take a number of years
He's only 19 years old," said General Manager Stan Bowman.
His offensive skills were on full display during the camp and coach Joel Quenneville raved about him Friday. "I thought he had a special day," said Quenneville. "Over the course of the week, you can see his skills. When you put a puck and you're playing for real, you see his vision, anticipation and how he's creating with the puck. And his anticipation offensively is excellent." There is still a chance that Teuvo Teravainen
starts the season in Rockford of the AHL, so don't overrate him in single-year leagues.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Stempniak
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News: Lee Stempniak
has agreed to terms on a contract with the Rangers.
Analysis: Lee Stempniak
will head to New York to join his sixth different NHL club, after splitting the 2013-14 season between Calgary and Pittsburgh. In 73 games in total, the 31-year-old Stempniak scored 12 goals and chipped in 22 assists, albeit with an unsightly minus-16 rating. He may slot in along the fourth line for the Rangers.
News: Matt D'Agostini
signed a one-year deal with Geneva-Servette in Switzerland.
Analysis: Matt D'Agostini
split last season between the Penguins and Sabres, appearing in 57 total games. He notched five goals and six assists while posting a minus-14 rating to go with 22 penalty minutes.
Bruins Sign Cunningham To One-Year, Two-Way Deal
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News: Craig Cunningham
signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Bruins on Friday.
Analysis: Craig Cunningham
made his NHL debut last season, appearing in two games for the Bruins. He spent the bulk of the season with Providence of the AHL, where he scored a team-high 25 goals to go with 22 assists. The 2010 fourth-rounder will likely get a longer look with the Bruins next season.
News: Andrej Nestrasil
re-signed with the Red Wings on a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Andrej Nestrasil
, 23, spent all of last season with AHL Grand Rapids, logging 16 goals and 20 assists over 70 contests. He'll likely spend a fourth consecutive season in the minors, barring an incredible showing during training camp.
Sabres, Ennis Agree To Five-Year Pact
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News: Tyler Ennis
re-signed with the Sabres on a five-year, $23 million extension Thursday, Mike Harrington of The Buffalo News reports.
Despite notching a career-high 21 goals during the past season, Tyler Ennis
seemed to regress offensively, as his per-game scoring output trailed his production from the injury-plagued 2011-12 and the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaigns. Ennis' outlook for the upcoming season could look a little more rosier after the team brought back Matt Moulson in free agency to take some pressure off the top-line center, but he'll probably need to become a consistent 60-point scorer for the team to climb out of the Eastern Conference cellar.
Leafs Sign Ashton To One-Year, Two-Way Contract
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News: Carter Ashton
inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Leafs on Wednesday worth $850,000, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Analysis: Carter Ashton
played 32 games with the Maple Leafs last season, registering three assists. He spent time between the Leafs and their AHL affiliate throughout the year, but didn't find as much success in the NHL as he did in the minors, where he scored 16 goals and assisted on seven others. Ashton will likely find himself in a similar role this season unless he can impress the coaches in training camp.