Flyers Deal Pronger's Contract To Coyotes
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News: Chris Pronger
was dealt to the Coyotes over the weekend along with defenseman Niklas Grossmann in exchange for forward Sam Gagner, a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2016 or a third-round pick in 2017, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic reports.
Analysis: Chris Pronger
's playing career came to an end during the 2011-12 season due to post-concussion issues and an eye injury, but he still has two years remaining on the seven-year, $34.5 million contract he inked with the Flyers in the summer of 2009. His contract will cost the Coyotes just $575,000 over the next two seasons, but he still carries a cap hit of just under $5 million, which will help Arizona in their attempt to meet the league's salary-cap minimum. The 40-year-old Pronger, who was hired by the NHL last season, is eligible to be voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week.
Hawks' Kruger Could Be Re-Signed By Wednesday
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News: Marcus Kruger
could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said that re-signing Marcus Kruger
-- along with Brandon Saad and Andrew Desjardins -- is a top priority. Kruger's a defensive center and penalty-killing specialist who excels in the faceoff dot, but doesn't contribute much offensively, with only seven goals and 10 assists during the 2014-15 regular season. He may also need offseason surgery for injuries suffered during the Hawks' Stanley Cup run.
Blackhawks' Oduya Will Become Free Agent
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News: Johnny Oduya
(elbow) will pursue free agency rather than negotiating a deal to re-sign with the Blackhawks, ESPN reports.
Analysis: Johnny Oduya
accumulated nine goals, 34 assists, and a plus-31 rating in his three and a half seasons with the Blackhawks, but it appears his time with the club may be coming to an end. While there's still a chance the team re-signs Oduya, their challenging cap situation will make it difficult to meet the defenseman's asking price. He's expected to claim a top-four role on defense wherever he ends up landing.
News: Michael Blunden
signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Lightning on Monday.
He's a big boy at 6-foot-4 and 216 pound, but his return to the NHL will be a tough one given the depth of forwards on the big club. He has 104 NHL games under his belt including two last season, but is ticketed for AHL Syracuse.
Bolts' Johnson Will Not Need Surgery
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News: Tyler Johnson
's broken right wrist will not require surgery, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Tyler Johnson
and the Lightning didn't think the injury would require surgery at the end of the season, but this news is nevertheless encouraging. He was a stud for Tampa Bay this year, registering 29 goals and 43 assists for a total of 72 points in 77 games with the Bolts in 2014-15. He should be ready for the start of Tampa Bay's training camp in September, and will remain a top fantasy commodity in 2015-16.
Fehr Will Not Return To Capitals Next Season
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News: Eric Fehr
(elbow) will not return to the Capitals next season, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
With this news, Eric Fehr
is now set to test the market when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He's posted back-to-back seasons of 30 plus total points, and will fit in nicely with a team looking for a boost in offensive production from its bottom-six forwards. He's still recovering from elbow surgery he underwent on June 4, and will hope to be ready for the start of his new team's training camp in September.
McGinn Shuffles Off To Buffalo
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News: Jamie McGinn
(back) was traded to Buffalo on Friday along with Ryan O'Reilly in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
O'Reilly is definitely the headliner in the deal from Buffalo's point of view, but Jamie McGinn
is a solid extra piece. A serious back injury limited him to just 19 games this past season, but McGinn scored 19 goals just two seasons ago and he's a solid depth player. He is expected to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall.
Wings' Datsyuk Undergoes Ankle Surgery
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News: Pavel Datsyuk
underwent ankle surgery on Friday, Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Pavel Datsyuk
had the surgery done to repair several ruptured tendons he suffered in his ankle after blocking a shot in one of the final games of the Red Wings' regular season. He will be in a cast for four to six weeks, and will have his ankle reevaluated in three months. At this point in time, it seems that Datsyuk will likely miss at least a portion of Detroit's training camp, and may not even be ready to return to action at the start of the regular season.
Kings' Voynov Undergoes Succesful Surgery
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News: Slava Voynov
tore his Achilles tendon in a recreational activity and underwent succesful surgery last week, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Slava Voynov
has been suspended by the team and his salary will not count against the salary cap. He is also dealing with a domestic abuse trial currently, so his future remains uncertain with the Kings.
Sens' Karlsson Wins 2015 Norris Trophy
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News: Erik Karlsson
won the 2015 James Norris Memorial Trophy for the NHL's top "defense player who demonstrated throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position."
This is Erik Karlsson
's second time taking home the trophy, as he won it back in 2012 as well. The captain recorded a team-high 45 assists over the course of the regular season en route to leading the team in points with 66. Karlsson also was the most durable player for the Senators this season, playing in all 88 games.