Habs' Holland Working On Strength, Foot Speed
, RW, MON
News: Patrick Holland
, who took part in Montreal's recently completed development camp, has been working to add strength and foot speed, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Patrick Holland
scored a couple of goals in the development camp's scrimmage as he looks to alter perceptions following a disappointing season with Hamilton of the American Hockey League. The Canadiens are thin at the right wing position, so Holland, who played five games with the Canadiens early last season, could get a close look in training camp.
LaRose Wants To Return To NHL: Carolina Possible?
, RW, CAR
News: Chad LaRose
is interested in returning to the NHL after sitting out last season, reports the Raleigh News Observer, and may be signed to a professional tryout by Carolina.
"I'd like to talk to him," said general manager Ron Francis. "He took a year off and obviously he'd need to earn his way back. There are some options. We could get him to camp on a tryout. He could start the season in Charlotte (AHL), show that he could still do it." Chad LaRose
is a high-energy player whose petulant end to the 2012-13 saw him fail to get a contract from any team for last season. But he seems to have perhaps figured out what he needs to do to continue his career. Unfortunately, his fantasy value will be limited.
Canes' Semin (Wrist) "Progressing As Expected"
, RW, CAR
News: Alexander Semin
is "progressing as expected" following wrist surgery, according to Hurricanes' general manager Ron Francis, and is on schedule for the start of training camp.
He had 20 goals and 42 points in 65 games last season, but that was a far cry from his best production. And he has never played more than 77 games in any regular season. He'll need better luck to return to the point-per-game plateau, but a healthy wrist to start the season is better than we expected.
Lightning Sign Panik To One-Year, Two-Way Contract
, RW, TB
News: Richard Panik
inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Lightning on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of The Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Richard Panik
will rejoin the team that he tallied three goals and 10 assists for last season over 50 games. His level of production dipped from the previous season where he tallied nine points in half the games, but the Lightning likely believe they can get more out of the 23-year-old winger.
Coyotes Sign Moss To One-Year Deal
, RW, PHO
News: David Moss
signed a one-year deal with the Coyotes on Friday, Sarah McLellan of The Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: David Moss
had a week to sign with a NHL team after signing with a Swiss team on July 10, and it didn't take long to find one. The 32-year-old winger re-signed with the team he tallied 22 points (eight goals and 14 assists) over 79 games last season.
Leafs Ink Devane To Two-Year Contract
, LW, TOR
News: Jamie Devane
signed a two-year contract with the Maple Leafs on Friday.
Analysis: Jamie Devane
played in two games for the Maple Leafs, failing to record a point in either game. The 23-year-old spent a majority of the season with AHL Toronto and tallied four goals and four assists over 55 games while racking up a team-high 146 penalty minutes.
Lightning Ink Morrow To One-Year Deal
, LW, TB
News: Brenden Morrow
(foot) signed a one-year deal with the Lightning on Friday, Stephen Whyno of The Canadian Press reports.
Analysis: Brenden Morrow
scored 25 points (13 goals) for the Blues last season before an April foot injury sidelined him for the remainder of the playoff series against the Blackhawks. The 35-year-old will provide depth at the wings for Tampa Bay.
News: Brett Connolly
has signed a one-year, two-way contract, with the Lightning, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Brett Connolly
, who spent most of last season with AHL Syracuse, recording 21 goals and 57 points in 66 games, will continue to provide the Lightning with depth up front. The 22-year-old scored a goal in 11 games with the big club last season and has 17 points in 84 career NHL contests overall.
News: Daniel Cleary
has signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings.
Coming off a season in which he recorded just eight points in 52 games, Daniel Cleary
isn't much of a fantasy factor these days, but the 35-year-old will continue to provide the Wings with depth and experience at left wing this coming season.
Ex-Bruin Johnson Heads To Sweden
, RW, PIT
News: Nick Johnson
signed with the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish Hockey League on Thursday.
Analysis: Nick Johnson
spent most of the past season at AHL Providence, where he compiled 18 goals and 24 assists over 51 games. The 28-year-old has struggled to find a permanent place in the NHL despite 113 career games at the level, so he opted for the stability of Sweden rather than another year slumming it in the minors.