Voracek Inks Eight-Year Extension With Flyers
, RW, PHI
News: Jakub Voracek
signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension with the Flyers on Thursday, Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
It isn't surprising that the Flyers opted to lock Jakub Voracek
up long-term after his performance in 2014-15. He exploded last season, racking up a career-best 81 points (22 goals, 59 assists), good for fifth best in the NHL. While fantasy owners shouldn't expect the 25-year-old winger to top 80 points year in and year out, if he can continue to stay healthy, he should continue to be a top fantasy commodity for years to come. Voracek will return to his role on the Flyers' top-line and power play unit in 2015-16.
Preds' Prospect Arvidsson Hoping To Crack Roster
, RW, NSH
News: Viktor Arvidsson
could crack the Predators' roster this upcoming season, according to the Tennessean's Adam Vignan.
In his first full season in the AHL, Viktor Arvidsson
led the Milwaukee Admirals last year with 55 points, and also led the entire league with 272 shots on goal. If Arvidsson can secure himself a roster spot with the Preds, he could flourish under coach Peter Laviolette's uptempo, attacking system and provide the team some scoring depth. In deeper fantasy formats, Arvidsson is one player to keep an eye on.
The Devils terminated Dainius Zubrus
' contract Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Dainius Zubrus
had never been much of a top-flight offensive producer in his eight seasons in a Devils uniform, but he saw his scoring output completely fall off a cliff in 2014-15, as he netted just four goals and 10 points across 74 games. With the Devils looking to give some younger players an opportunity in their forward ranks and Zubrus' ice time likely to decline even further in the coming season, the team decided it wasn't worthwhile to keep him around at his $3.1 million cap hit. The 37-year-old could conceivably latch on in a depth role with another club, but no matter where he ultimately lands, an ascension to fantasy relevance probably isn't in the cards.
Baertschi Inks One-Year Deal With Canucks
, LW, VAN
News: Sven Baertschi
signed a one-year (one-way), $900,000 contract with the Canucks on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar reports.
Analysis: Sven Baertschi
played well with AHL Utica last season, registering 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games with the team. The 22-year old also suited up for 18 regular season games at the NHL level in 2014-15, tallying six points (two goals, four assists) in those contests. He will get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the big club in training camp. If Baertschi is able to lock down a roster spot with the Canucks in training camp, he will likely slot into a bottom-six role with the team.
Pens Sign Fehr To Three-Year Deal
, RW, PIT
News: Eric Fehr
signed a three-year deal with the Penguins on Tuesday, NHL.com reports.
The deal will keep Eric Fehr
in Pittsburgh through the 2017-18 campaign and has an annual value of roughly $2 million. The 29-year-old spent last season with the Capitals, where he accrued 33 points (19 goals) to go with a plus-8 rating. Fehre underwent elbow surgery in early-June and was given an initial timetable of 4-to-6 months, so it's possible he won't be ready for the start of training camp.
News: Alex Chiasson
was awarded a one-year, $1.2 million contract Sunday through the arbitration process, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Analysis: Alex Chiasson
was seeking a $2.475 million contract, but after the winger tallied just 11 goals and 26 points in 76 games last season, the arbiter determined that valuation was too high. The Senators' primary get in the trade last summer that sent Jason Spezza to the Stars, Chiasson will be need to step up his productivity in 2015-16 in order to meet the high expectations the Senators have set for him. However, with Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman emerging last season as viable top-six forwards, Chiasson's opportunities to earn increased ice time may be limited.
Jurco Re-Signs With Red Wings
, RW, DET
News: Tomas Jurco
signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with the Red Wings on Friday.
Analysis: Tomas Jurco
was a solid contributor for the Red Wings in 2014-15, tallying 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) and 97 hits in 63 games with the team. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with Detroit this season.
Elson Inks One-Year Deal With Calgary
, LW, CGY
News: Turner Elson
signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports.
Analysis: Turner Elson
played well for AHL Adirondack last season, registering 30 points (17 goals, 13 assists) in 59 games with the team. The 22-year-old will likely spend the majority of the 2015-16 season continuing to develop in the AHL.
News: Alexander Semin
agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Montreal on Friday.
There's no doubting that Alexander Semin
carries an enormous amount of risk when it comes to team chemistry and under-performance, but there's also no doubting the 31-year-old has shown immense talent in the past. He badly underachieved at Carolina in 2014-15 with only six goals in 57 games, so this could be a prove-it year on the way to a better contract. It makes a ton of sense for the Canadiens to bring him in on a one-year-deal, given they were looking for a right wing but likely didn't want to lock him in for the long term.
The Sabres re-signed Jerry D'Amigo
to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday.
Analysis: Jerry D'Amigo
's rights were retained by the Sabres when he was given a qualifying offer in June, and will return to the club as a depth forward. The former sixth-round pick played in 31 games for AHL Rochester, scoring 19 points, and another nine games for the Sabres, though he was held without a point. He will be fighting for a roster spot once training camp rolls around, but is expected to begin the season in the AHL.