Tim Jackman
Tim Jackman: Retires from NHL
Tim Jackman, RW, CHI
8/23/2016
News: Jackman will return to school and a new career, ending his 12-year NHL career, Shane Frederick of the Mankato Free Press reports.

Jackman saw action in just two contest for Anaheim during the 2015-16 campaign in which he was a minus-2 and registered four PIM. After a two-year collegiate career for Minnesota State, the winger went on to play in 483 contest while logging 32 goals and 43 helpers. Selected in the second round of the 2001 NHL Draft, the 34-year-old was the definition of a journeyman player and grinder who had to work hard each season to prove why he was worth a roster spot and did so for 12 years.

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Jamie Benn
Stars' Jamie Benn: Ruled out for World Cup of Hockey
Jamie Benn, LW, DAL
8/23/2016
News: Benn will miss the World Cup of Hockey as he's still recovering from core muscle surgery, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Logan Couture of the Sharks reportedly will represent Team Canada in place of Benn. A 27-year-old winger, Benn went under the knife in mid-July, at which point he was given an estimated recovery time of six weeks. He's approaching the tail end of that timetable, and while there haven't been any reported setbacks in his rehab, it appears that the Stars are handling this situation delicately, which is understandable given Benn's elite status. After finishing second in the NHL with 89 points last season, expect Benn to fly off draft boards this fall.

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Paul Bissonnette
Kings' Paul Bissonnette: Signs PTO agreement with Kings
Paul Bissonnette, LW, LA
8/22/2016
News: Bissonette signed a professional tryout agreement with the Kings, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.

Bissonette will again have to opportunity to tryout for the Los Angeles' final roster. He spent his last season with the Ontario Reign, where he notched three points in 35 game appearances.

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Brandon Prust
Maple Leafs' Brandon Prust: Joins Toronto with PTO agreement
Brandon Prust, RW, VAN
8/22/2016
News: Prust (ankle) inked a professional tryout agreement with the Maple Leafs on Monday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.

Prust missed the last 38 games of the 2015-16 season for the Canucks due to an ankle injury and ultimately suited up in a mere 35 contests. In those outings, the veteran compiled just seven points but did add 59 PIM and 40 hits. If he makes the team in Toronto, it will be for his gritty, aggressive style of play rather than his scoring ability. Unless you need ancillary stats, fantasy owners will want to look elsewhere for a low-cost winger.

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Jamie Devane
Flames' Jamie Devane: Agrees to PTO with Calgary
Jamie Devane, LW, NSH
8/16/2016
News: Devane finalized the terms of a professional tryout agreement with the Flames on Tuesday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports.

Devane spent all of the 2015-16 with AHL Milwaukee where he tallied six goals and five points in 62 contests along with 82 PIM. With the World Cup of Hockey set to kick off in September, teams will likely need to back fill their rosters with extra PTO agreements. Given his limited production in the minors, the 25-year-old is a long shot to land a spot on the Flames' roster.

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Ben Smith
Avalanche's Ben Smith: Inks deal with Avalanche
Ben Smith, RW, TOR
8/16/2016
News: Smith agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with Colorado on Tuesday.

Smith played 16 games for the Maple Leafs last season in which he tallied two goals, four assists, and was a plus-3. While those stats may not jump of the page, the 28-year-old is a solid depth addition to the Avs organization, although his production levels aren't necessarily enough for fantasy owners to pick him up except perhaps in the deepest of leagues.

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Radim Vrbata
Radim Vrbata: Agrees to contract with Arizona
Radim Vrbata, RW, ARI
8/15/2016
News: Vrbata (knee) signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Coyotes on Monday, Craig Custance of ESPN reports.

Arizona apparently is not concerned about Vrbata's knee injury that sidelined him for the final 13 games of the 2015-16 season. It was a disappointing year for the veteran as he managed a meager 27 points in 63 contests. Owners may want to let the 35-year-old pass except in the deepest of leagues, and then consider picking him up if he can show he still has some left in the tank.

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J.C. Lipon
Jets' J.C. Lipon: Re-signs with Winnipeg
J.C. Lipon, RW, WPG
8/15/2016
News: Lipon (upper body) agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way deal with the Jets on Monday.

Lipon missed the last 12 games of the regular season battling an upper body injury, but is expected to be healthy and ready to go for the start of the 2016-17 campaign. The 23-year-old made just nine appearances for Winnipeg last year and managed just one helper and five PIM in those outings. Fantasy owners can likely expect the winger to spend the bulk of the season refining his game in the AHL, but will certainly be a call-up option when injuries occur.

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Henrik Zetterberg
Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg: Named Sweden's captain for World Cup
Henrik Zetterberg, LW, DET
8/12/2016
News: Zetterberg will serve as Sweden's captain at the World Cup of Hockey in September, NHL.com reports.

Zetterberg is no stranger to international competition. As noted in the report, this will be his 13th time representing his native Sweden, albeit just the second go-around as team captain. He won an Olympic gold medal in 2006 and took home silver eight years later. Zetterberg's been the focal leader of the Red Wings since 2013, though his play in the upcoming season should go under the microscope with Pavel Datsyuk, his long-time companion, now in Russia. While his days producing 70-plus points are far behind, Big Z should continue to thrive on the power play after posting two goals and 20 assists in that special-teams situation a year ago. Consider drafting him in the early rounds this fall.

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Brian Ferlin
Bruins' Brian Ferlin: Renews contract with B's
Brian Ferlin, RW, BOS
8/12/2016
News: Ferlin re-signed with the Bruins for one year Thursday, TSN reports.

Ferlin played for Cornell University from 2011-14 and has since split time between the Bruins and AHL Providence. Last season, the power forward put up 14 points in 23 games with the Baby Bruins. Since the 24-year-old reportedly was given a one-year, two-way extension, it's likely that he will continue shuffling around the league ranks, with a call-up to the parent club in the case of injuries.

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