Flames, Byron Reach Agreement
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News: Paul Byron
re-signed Sunday with the Flames on a one-year, $900,000 contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
Analysis: Paul Byron
didn't skate for the Flames during the playoffs due to a wrist injury and later required sports hernia surgery, but he was a quality depth contributor during the regular season, providing six goals and 19 points in 57 games. He's expected to be recovered from all his ailments before training camp commences in September.
Jooris Inks One-Year Deal With Flames
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News: Josh Jooris
signed a one-year, $975,000 contract with the Flames on Friday, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The FAN reports.
Analysis: Josh Jooris
was a solid contributor for the Flames last season, tallying 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) in 60 games with the team. He underwent surgery on his wrist in May, but should be ready for the start of Calgary's training camp in September. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with the Flames in 2015-16.
Stars' Hemsky Resumes Skating
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News: Ales Hemsky
(hip) resumed skating at the Stars' facility in Frisco, Texas on Monday. "I am doing pretty good," Hemsky said. "[My hip has] been two months, maybe a little more, and I skated for the first time. It feels pretty good for two months, and we still have a long way to go, but I am on schedule, maybe ahead of schedule."
After signing a three-year deal with the Stars last summer, Ales Hemsky
was a bit of a disappointment in his first season in Big D, recording only 11 goals and 31 points in 76 games. Hemsky's production may have been impacted in part by the hip issue, but after undergoing surgery in April, he's hoping that entering 2015-16 at full health will help elevate his performance. Hemsky is expected to assume a spot on the Stars' second or third line during the coming season.
Future Remains Unclear For Devils' Clowe
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News: Ryane Clowe
(concussion) said Monday that there was "nothing new to report" regarding his health, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Analysis: Ryane Clowe
's season came to an end last November when he took a hit to the head from the Blues' David Backes, resulting in his fourth concussion in less than two years. Because of Clowe's multitude of head injuries, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello indicated that the winger's playing career is likely over. Clowe still has three years and $14.55 million remaining on his contract.
Wings' Datsyuk Expected To Miss Start Of Season
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News: Pavel Datsyuk
(ankle) doesn't expect to be ready for the start of the regular season in October, NHL.com reports.
That said, the veteran forward doesn't expect to miss extended action out of the gate. "I'll miss only a little bit at the beginning of the season," he said Sunday. Pavel Datsyuk
underwent surgery June 26 to repair ruptured tendons in his right ankle, and the original timetable of a four-to-six-week rehab period appears to have been overly optimistic. Doctors are now suggesting that a four-to-five-month timetable is more realistic, Brendan Savage of MLive.com reports. Datsyuk, who missed eight of the Red Wings' final 14 regular season games last season, scored 26 goals and 65 points in 63 contests before notching five points while suiting up for all seven of the team's playoff games.
Pens' Maatta Making Progress
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News: Olli Maatta
(shoulder) says his recovery from surgery is on schedule and he believes he'll be ready for training camp, the Penguins' Web site reports.
Pittsburgh GM Jim Rutherford sees Olli Maatta
in a top-pairing role with Kris Letang. The 20-year-old Finnish blueliner, who has already undergone two shoulder surgeries and beat a bout with cancer, has totaled 10 goals and 38 points in 98 games in parts of two NHL seasons. The Pens are counting upon him to play a big role in 2015-16, provided his shoulder holds up.
News: Jarred Tinordi
signed a one-year (two-way) contract with the Canadiens on Wednesday.
Analysis: Jarred Tinordi
is still recovering from wrist surgery he underwent in April, but should be ready for Montreal's training camp in September. The Canadiens are deep at defense, so Tinordi will likely spend the majority of the 2015-16 season continuing to develop in the AHL. He played in 13 games with the Canadiens last season, tallying a total of two points in those contests.
Johnny Oduya: Two-Year Deal With Dallas
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News: Johnny Oduya
(elbow) signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, Yahoo!Sports reports.
Although he reportedly wanted to return to Chicago, the team couldn't fit him into their financial plans and the two-time Stanley Cup winner was forced to move on. Johnny Oduya
recorded just 10 points in 76 games last season, but he serves as a large upgrade to the Dallas blueline in terms of discipline and experience and should step right in as a top-four defenseman for his new club.
Blackhawks' Daley Expects To Be Fine For Camp
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News: Trevor Daley
(hip), who was traded to the Blackhawks on Friday, said he'll be ready for the start of training camp, CSN Chicago reports.
Analysis: Trevor Daley
underwent hip surgery in April with the expectation it wouldn't impact his 2015-16 season. Carrying a timetable of three-to-four months, he should be able to fit in some on-ice work before training camp. He'll provide the Blackhawks with some extra offensive punch along the blue line, following a 16-goal, 22-assist season for the Stars in just 68 games.
Ducks Ink Winger Stewart To One-Year Deal
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News: Chris Stewart
(shoulder) has signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Ducks, according to John Shannon of Sportsnet.
He had a combined 14 goals and 36 points last season between the Sabres and Wild. He has struggled to return to the lofty heights of his sophomore season (2009-10) when he tallied 28 goals and 64 points in 77 games with the Avs, but still has some scoring potential at 27. He may slot in on a scoring line or provide a big body on the third line. Training camp will tell the tale.