Habs' Pacioretty Still On Schedule With Rehab
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Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said recently that Max Pacioretty
(knee) remains on schedule in the rehabilitation process, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports.
Analysis: Max Pacioretty
sustained the knee injury while working out in Florida in early July, and was given a projected recovery timetable of 10-to-12 weeks. Given the length of the timetable, Pacioretty is expected to sit out all of training camp, and while his availability for the Oct. 7 regular-season opener in Toronto remains possible, he'd likely be subjected to limited minutes in the early going as he looks to build endurance. Once back to full health, Pacioretty should reemerge as the Habs' most dangerous offensive option after he potted 37 goals and a career-high 67 points in 2014-15.
Isles Begin Contract Talks With Okposo
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News: Kyle Okposo
and the Islanders have begun talks on a new contract, according to Islanders Point Blank.
Both sides are hoping to get an agreement done before the start of the season but the parameters on a new deal could be difficult to negotiate. Kyle Okposo
will make $4.5 million this season and could command a deal north of $6 million per year on the open market, a figure the Islanders may not be willing to approach at this time. If the two sides can't come to an agreement before the start of the season then Okposo's name will be one we will hear quite often in trade rumors.
Canucks Ink Cracknell To Two-Way Deal
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News: Adam Cracknell
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canucks on Tuesday.
Mostly due to the Blue Jackets' array of injuries last season, Adam Cracknell
saw 17 games at the NHL level, producing no goals and one assist. He'll function as an organizational depth piece for the Canucks, but will once again require several players to go down before skating in the NHL. Even if that materializes, he'd likely be limited to a bottom-six role with limited ice time.
News: Daniel Carcillo
told Kap and Haugh of WGN Radio on Wednesday that he's "about 98 percent ready to move on" from professional hockey.
The news isn't especially surprising after the Chicago Tribune reported earlier this month that Daniel Carcillo
was focusing his offseason efforts on establishing a not-for-profit organization for post-career NHL players. Carcillo's rough-around-the-edges game doesn't really fit well in the modern NHL, which has resulted in him receiving limited interest in free agency this summer. Unless the 30-year-old has a change of heart once training camps start up in September, expect him to formally announce his retirement at some point in the near future.
Jets' Ladd Recovered From Sports Hernia
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News: Andrew Ladd
said this week that he's fully recovered from the sports hernia procedure he underwent in May, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
The surgery did delay Andrew Ladd
's offseason training regimen a bit, but it appears the long layoff provided enough time for him to enter camp on a healthy note. The 29-year-old is expected to sidle back in on the Jets' top line, where he compiled 24 goals and a career-best 62 points in 81 games last season.
Avs' Vincour Signs With Foreign Club
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News: Tomas Vincour
signed a one-year contract with Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL, General Fanager reports.
Analysis: Tomas Vincour
didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Avalanche after skating in seven games with the big club a season ago. The 24-year-old will aim to restore some value overseas before potentially pursuing an NHL return next summer.
Red Wings Remain Optimistic About Franzen
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Red Wings GM Ken Holland said Monday that he expects Johan Franzen
(concussion) to be cleared for participation at the beginning of training camp, NHL.com reports.
The Red Wings have received positive news throughout the offseason from Johan Franzen
regarding his recovery from a concussion that limited him to just 33 games last season, with none coming after Jan. 6. Holland said the 35-year-old forward has been working out at Joe Louis Arena for the last two weeks, and is just awaiting clearance from the doctor once he takes his pre-camp physical. Franzen has a lengthy history of concussions that make him an annual health risk, but given his productivity when on the ice (he had seven goals and 22 points last season) and the five years remaining on his contract, the Red Wings are still viewing him as an integral roster member.
Coach Mike Johnston said Tuesday that Patric Hornqvist
would open training camp as the right wing on the second line next to Evgeni Malkin, NHL.com reports.
As expected, the Penguins' offseason acquisition of Phil Kessel will push Patric Hornqvist
off Crosby's line, but landing next to one of the NHL's premier pivots in Malkin isn't much of a downgrade. It's quite likely that the arrival of Kessel results in Hornqvist seeing his average ice time (17:39) and power-play time (3:33) drop from a season earlier, but there's still plenty of firepower surrounding him to put him on track for another 50-point campaign if health permits.
Pens Expect Kessel And Crosby To Skate Together
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Coach Mike Johnston said that if the season started Tuesday then Phil Kessel
would skate on the same line with Sidney Crosby, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
Both Phil Kessel
and Crosby are straight-line skaters who figure to put max pressure on opponents right off the bat. Kessel could be in line for some of the best 5-on-5 stats of his career with Pittsburgh in 2015-16. Whomever the Pens pick as the third linemate could have even better value relative to the round he's drafted.
News: Devin Setoguchi
has signed a professional tryout offer with the Maple Leafs, according to Matt Brown of Sportsnet 590 The FAN.
The 28-year-old inked a deal with the Flames last season, but was waived and sent to the AHL. He only scored three goals and had seven helpers in 19 AHL games in 2014-15. He is looking for a second chance after going to rehab; he's been clean and sober for five months. His lack of commitment to offseason preparation is what his burned him in the past, so training camp will tell the tale.