Viktor Arvidsson
Predators' Viktor Arvidsson: Signs seven-year contract with Predators
Viktor Arvidsson, RW, NSH
7/22/2017
News: Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Predators on Saturday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

Arvidsson led the Predators in both goals and points last season, with 31 goals and 30 assists. The 24-year-old was able to cash in on his breakout season, and landed himself a long-term deal. He'll likely continue as the Predators top right wing, as well as getting in on some power play action.

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Austin Watson
Predators' Austin Watson: Contract demands tough for Preds to stomach
Austin Watson, LW, NSH
7/22/2017
News: Watson -- who ended up filling for salary arbitration -- is seeking $1.4 million, whereas the Predators have proposed an offer of $700,000, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

We suspect an arbitrator will ultimately grant Watson a salary that comes in less than his $1.4 million ask, but higher than the $700,000 the Preds wish to provide. The Michigan native largely avoided the AHL this past season and proceeded to put up five goals, 12 assists and 99 PIM in 77 games for the parent club during the regular season. Watson also held his own during the postseason, as he averaged 13:40 of ice time and skated to a plus-3 rating with nine points over 22 grueling contests.

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Jordan Martinook
Coyotes' Jordan Martinook: Beats arbitration hearing with two-year re-up
Jordan Martinook, LW, ARI
7/22/2017
News: Martinook reached a contract settlement with the Coyotes on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The winger, who narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing, will earn $3.6 million over the next two years.

The 24-year-old pivot was selected by the 'Yotes in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he fashioned 11 goals and 14 helpers over 77 games, and received 2:14 of ice time in shorthanded situations. Arizona's qualifying offer of one-year and $687,500 was a bit of a head scratcher given Martinook's scoring acumen and middle-six role, but there should be no hard feelings with a dreaded arbitration hearing ultimately avoided.

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Tomas Tatar
Red Wings' Tomas Tatar: Inks long-term deal
Tomas Tatar, LW, DET
7/21/2017
News: Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.

With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons -- having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage, the Czech tallied a mere eight points on the power play last season. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but is expected to be back to 100 percent in time for training camp.

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Garnet Hathaway
Flames' Garnet Hathaway: Signs one-year deal with Calgary
Garnet Hathaway, RW, CGY
7/20/2017
News: Hathaway inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Thursday.

Hathaway appeared in 26 games with Calgary last season, notching five points (one goal, four assists) while averaging just 9:08 of ice time over that span. The 25-year-old winger will spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but he'll likely also log some time with the big club when the Flames are in need of reinforcements up front due to injury.

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Yannick Veilleux
Canadiens' Yannick Veilleux: Inks one-year deal with Montreal
Yannick Veilleux, LW, STL
7/20/2017
News: Veilleux agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (AHL/ECHL) with the Canadiens on Thursday.

Veilleux spent the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with AHL St. John's, notching 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 53 games with the IceCaps. The 24-year-old winger will spend the majority of next season in the AHL, and he could even be sent to the ECHL if he struggles early on. This is purely an organizational depth signing by the Canadiens.

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Kyle Okposo
Sabres' Kyle Okposo: Suits up in summer league
Kyle Okposo, RW, BUF
7/20/2017
News: Okposo (concussion) hit the ice as part of DaBeauty League on Wednesday.

While it may be just a semi-competitive summer league, the fact that Okposo is playing hockey again should be an encouraging sign for fantasy owners. After spending the end of the 2016-17 campaign in the ICU due to medication complications, the winger appears to be working his way back to game readiness in preparation of training camp. Once given the all clear, the 29-year-old is a near lock to return to the first line as well as the top power-play unit.

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Valeri Nichushkin
Stars' Valeri Nichushkin: Will return to NHL, in time
Valeri Nichushkin, LW, DAL
7/19/2017
News: Nichushkin is expected to return to the Stars following the 2017-18 season according to the team.

Nichushkin spent 2016-17 with CSKA Moscow -- where he will play this upcoming year -- following a 79-game season with Dallas. The winger tallied 64 points in his two full NHL campaigns and should provide some bottom-six scoring depth once he rejoins the club.

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Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta: 'Remote' chance of signing with Sabres
Brian Gionta, RW, BUF
7/18/2017
News: Gionta is very unlikely to re-sign with the Sabres, the Olean Times Herald reports.

The Sabres are transitioning into the next stage of their maturation process under new general manager Jason Botterill, so not bringing back their 38-year-old captain makes sense. Gionta was a very reliable middle-six winger for the Sabres who scored at least 30 points in each of his three seasons with the club. However, there just seems to be no place for him on the team, especially after the Sabres acquired right winger Jason Pominville from Minnesota. Gionta's camp is optimistic he'll land a contract for the 2017-18 season, but his options will certainly be limited.

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Gabriel Bourque
Avalanche's Gabriel Bourque: Inks one-year extension
Gabriel Bourque, LW, COL
7/18/2017
News: Bourque agreed to terms with the Avalanche on a one-year contract extension Tuesday.

The veteran was sent to the AHL for 61 games last season, notching 10 goals and 23 assists in the process. While those are decent numbers, the fact that Bourque toiled in the minors during a season in which the Avalanche experienced a franchise-worst minus-112 goal differential makes it tough to suddenly get excited about him in any fantasy setting.

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