Mark Streit
Canadiens' Mark Streit: Heading north
Mark Streit, D, PIT
10:54 AM
News: Streit secured a one-year contract with Montreal on Tuesday.

In 68 games -- split between the Penguins and Flyers -- Streit tallied six goals and 21 helpers. After being acquired at the trade deadline, the blueliner appeared in 19 regular season contest for Pittsburgh last season, but saw action in a mere three playoff games on the way to a Stanley Cup championship. Hopefully for the 39-year-old, he has adjusted to watching from the press box because he may find himself a healthy scratch more often than not this upcoming season.

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Joseph Blandisi
Devils' Joe Blandisi: Inks two-year deal with New Jersey
Joseph Blandisi, C, NJ
10:49 AM
News: Blandisi signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Devils on Tuesday.

Blandisi was decent in limited action with the Devils last season, tallying nine points (three goals, six assists) and 26 PIM in 27 games. The 23-year-old pivot will likely split time between the AHL and NHL in 2017-18, a role that will prevent him from being a desirable option in season-long fantasy formats.

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Mirco Mueller
Devils' Mirco Mueller: Signs one-way contract
Mirco Mueller, D, NJ
10:46 AM
News: Mueller agreed to terms on a two-year, one-way deal with the Devils on Tuesday.

Mueller was acquired by New Jersey as part of an exchange of picks in the 2017 NHL Draft. The blueliner spent much of the 2016-17 season in the minors with AHL San Jose, where he compiled 20 points and 22 PIM in 62 outings. The former first-round pick will get a chance for regular minutes with the Devils, but will be up against Dalton Prout and Steve Santini for ice time.

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Scott Wedgewood
Devils' Scott Wedgewood: Inks one-year deal
Scott Wedgewood, G, NJ
10:39 AM
News: Wedgewood secured a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey on Tuesday.

Wedgewood was unable to get into the crease for the Devils this past year and it figures to be more of the same heading into the 2017-18 campaign. The netminder is stuck behind Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid on the organization's depth chart. If the 24-year-old wants to get a crack at an NHL gig, he may need to leave New Jersey -- a decision that he will put off until the 2018-19 season.

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Mika Zibanejad
Rangers' Mika Zibanejad: Secures long-term contract
Mika Zibanejad, C, NYR
10:30 AM
News: Zibanejad put pen to paper on a five-year deal with the Rangers on Tuesday worth $26.75 million.

Zibanejad will earn an average annual value of $5.35 million -- on par with the deals given to Tampa Bay's Ondrej Palat and Detroit's Tomas Tatar. In his first year with New York, Zibanejad was limited to 56 appearances after suffering a broken fibula in mid-November. When he was healthy, the center racked up 14 goals and 23 assists. If he can suit up for a full 82 games -- or at least 70-plus -- the 24-year-old should get back to being the 20-goal scorer he was with the Senators.

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Matt Nieto
Avalanche's Matthew Nieto: Re-signs with Colorado on one-year deal
Matt Nieto, LW, COL
10:29 AM
News: Nieto inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports.

Nieto filed for salary arbitration on July 6, but a hearing will no longer be necessary now that he's signed a fresh deal with Colorado. The 24-year-old American is a solid bottom-six forward and an important part of the Avalanche's penalty-killing unit, but his limited offensive upside -- 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 59 games last season -- keeps him off the radar in most fantasy formats.

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Jared Coreau
Red Wings' Jared Coreau: Lobbying for role as primary NHL backup
Jared Coreau, G, DET
10:27 AM
News: The Red Wing are content using Coreau as the third option on the depth chart, but goalie coach Jeff Salajko told the Detroit Free Press earlier this month, "I have no problem with him being the backup goalie, either," TSN reports.

Veteran backstop Jimmy Howard is expected to reprise his role as the starter for the upcoming season, while Petr Mrazek -- who struggled to the tune of a 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage last season -- tentatively steps in as the No. 2 option. Still, Coreau made 14 NHL appearances last season, and he's fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids -- this should be enough to give Mrazek a run for his money in training camp; it's a developing situation that's certainly worth monitoring with another fantasy season looming.

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Petr Mrazek
Red Wings' Petr Mrazek: Will not be starter at onset of new campaign
Petr Mrazek, G, DET
10:12 AM
News: Mrazek will remain in a backup role behind Jimmy Howard in the upcoming season, TSN reports.

The Czech backstop was exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, but the nascent franchise pried away forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead. Mrazek must be excited for a clean slate after posting an 18-21-9 record, 3.04 GAA and .901 save percentage while watching Howard -- who's eight years his elder -- turn in a career year. Of course, another threat to Mrazek's playing time is Jared Coreau, who is fresh off a Calder Cup win with AHL Grand Rapids. According to this latest report, Red Wings goalie coach Jeff Salajko suggested the team could give Howard up to 50-55 games in the upcoming season -- provided he stays healthy -- adding that he has "no problem with (Coreau) being the backup goalie." It appears that the onus is on Mrazek to have a stellar training camp, making this a situation worth monitoring ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

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Jimmy Howard
Red Wings' Jimmy Howard: Penciled in as starter for 2017-18
Jimmy Howard, G, DET
9:49 AM
News: Howard will enter next season as Detroit's starting goaltender, TSN reports.

Two key factors heavily influenced Howard's return to the starter's role after he lost his grip on the main role during the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs: he turned back the clock last season with career bests in GAA (2.10) and save percentage (.927) despite being limited 26 games due to groin and knee injuries, and Petr Mrazek -- an aggressive backstop who's eight years younger than Howard -- went the completely opposite direction with a 3.04 GAA and .901 save mark over 50 contests, and ended up getting exposed to the Golden Knights in the expansion draft (Vegas took forward prospect Tomas Nosek instead). A true professional, it appears that Howard never complained about his role even when demoted, which is a stark contrast to alleged character concerns involving Mrazek. Consider drafting the former as a mid-tier backstop who reportedly could log 50-55 games if he stays healthy.

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Robin Lehner
Sabres' Robin Lehner: Signs one-year deal
Robin Lehner, G, BUF
8:33 AM
News: Lehner and the Sabres agreed to a one-year deal worth $4 million for the 2017-18 season Tuesday.

In 59 games with the Sabres last year, Lehner posted a 23-26-8 record with two shutouts and a .920 save percentage, which ranked eighth in the league among goalies with at least 40 appearances. The 26-year-old Swede is the incumbent starter and expected to get the bulk of the starts this coming season, and with an improved defense and another year of experience under his belt, his numbers should improve. Chad Johnson is a capable backup but not a real threat to steal the No. 1 job unless Lehner falters or gets hurt. The Sabres have a fairly deep pipeline of prospects in the crease, so this one-year deal can be seen as a test to see if Lehner is indeed the long-term option. He will be a restricted free agent when the contract expires.

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