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Bruins working toward new contract for Hamilton

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 1:36 PM / NHL Insider

Kristen Nelson - Correspondent

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Friday that he knows the other 29 NHL teams noticed defenseman Dougie Hamilton's breakout 2014-15 season.

Paired with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for most of the season, Hamilton had career-bests of 10 goals and 42 points while averaging 21:20 of ice time.

Now those same teams will be watching the Bruins to see if they can sign Hamilton to a new contract before July 1, when he would become a restricted free agent.

Senators' Cameron stressing hard work this summer

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 12:30 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron already is working on having his team pick up where it left off this season.

Cameron, 56, went 32-15-8 after replacing Paul MacLean as coach in December. On Thursday, he signed a two-year contract that runs through the 2016-17 season.

The Senators were the story of the final two months of the 2014-15 regular season; they went 23-4-4 down the stretch and overcame a 14-point deficit to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the largest such margin in NHL history. They lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Cameron had the Senators play a more aggressive forechecking system, and he gave some young players a bigger role.

Young players often can regress after a quick start to their careers and Cameron is mindful of that. He said to prevent any backsliding, there's been an emphasis placed on summer conditioning.

Underrated playoff standouts to target in fantasy

Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider

We're only a few days removed from the conclusion of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but it's already back to the drawing board for fantasy hockey owners.

When reflecting on another memorable postseason, it's easy to recall elite-level players (i.e. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Henrik Lundqvist, Alex Ovechkin, Corey Perry, Duncan Keith) fueling deep playoff runs for their respective teams. Breakout forwards (i.e. Tyler Johnson, Vladimir Tarasenko, Filip Forsberg, Nikita Kucherov, Johnny Gaudreau), emerging defensemen (i.e. Victor Hedman, Roman Josi) and rising goalies (i.e. Braden Holtby, Ben Bishop) also held their ground on the big stage.

But mainstream playoff heroes are usually taken in early rounds or retained in keeper leagues the following season. That's why surprising players who stay under the radar for a variety of reasons (sample size, position battles, etc.) will be much more attainable in fantasy.

Barzal bounces back from injury, could be top-10 pick

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

Center Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League still will end up being one of the top picks at the 2015 NHL Draft despite missing a large portion of his season because of a freak injury.

Barzal sustained a broken kneecap during an off-ice incident in early November.

"I was horsing around in the dressing room," Barzal said. "We were just having fun; he's one of my best buddies that did it. We were wrestling and I tripped in the dressing room. The worst thing was it was after a 17-hour bus ride to Saskatchewan. We get there ready for a good road trip and first practice in some tiny arena. It was not fun."

Barzal returned Jan. 23; the 28 games he missed didn't hurt him in the opinions of NHL scouts.

Strome, Marner top centers after McDavid, Eichel

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel are expected to be the top two picks at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Each has been regarded as a generational-type player capable of turning around any franchise.

The real debate begins after McDavid and Eichel come off the board. Many believe the next-best center in the 2015 draft is Erie's Dylan Strome or Mitchell Marner of the London Knights. They finished first and second, respectively, in the Ontario Hockey League scoring race this season.

"The team selecting there has a choice of a potential top-line center [Strome] or highly skilled forward [Marner]," NHL Director of Central Scouting Dan Marr said. "You've got choices to what's going to fit into the philosophy you have of an NHL player. If you want to argue who is going to be the best down the road, they are both going to be good in their roles based on their talent because they are different type forwards."

Here are's top 10 centers eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft (positions provided by NHL Central Scouting):

Flames GM weighs possibilities as draft approaches

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 7:18 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving has seen his popularity spike as the 2015 NHL Draft gets closer.

The Flames own the No. 15 pick; it's one of their four selections in the first two rounds, six in the first three rounds and nine overall. Treliving said Thursday that Calgary has been active in advance of the draft, scheduled for June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"Obviously we've become popular in the sense we've got picks," Treliving said. "When you look at this year's draft, it's unique in the sense you have six teams without a first-round pick. That's a lot of teams without a first-round pick. Subsequently, you have a number of teams without a second. When you come in with three seconds, you become a little bit more popular."

Sabres considering buyout of forward Hodgson

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:24 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson could have the final four years of his contract bought out, general manager Tim Murray said Thursday.

The period to buy out contracts began Wednesday and is open until June 30.

"Status is still the same with Cody," Murray said. "We've discussed it with Cody based on the year he's had. And saying that, we've been in contact with his agent. And as I've said before, he's in Sweden. He's trying to improve himself and improve his game and improve his, I guess, fitness. I'm not sure how much fitness came into it, but skating and all that. We're following that and we're getting updates. Again, it's an option based on the League."

Avalanche open to trading first-round draft pick

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 4:05 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he would consider trading the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"We wouldn't rule anything out," Sakic said. "When you get to the draft, a lot of things happen, a lot of different opportunities. If any opportunity comes, whether you're going up or down, we'd have to look at that for sure. But if we stay at 10, we'll be content at 10."

Barring a trade, the Avalanche will have six selections in the June 26-27 draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. They have a top-10 pick for the fourth time since arriving to Denver in 1995.

Senators taking offers for goalies Anderson, Lehner

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is trying to trade a goaltender and perhaps clear some room under the NHL salary cap. The Senators have Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and late-season hero Andrew Hammond under contract for next season.

In a marketplace where there are other teams trying to move goaltenders, it looks like Murray will have his work cut out for him.

"I think what's happening at the moment is teams are going team-to-team and kind of seeing what the price is to get a goaltender," Murray said. "All I've said to each one of them is, 'If you want the best one, you better call Ottawa because we have the best guy to trade.' I sincerely believe that.

"We certainly are open for business and we do have a few moves we'd like to make, an upgrade or two on the team if we could, and obviously moving a couple of contracts would have to be a part of that deal."

Sabres face tough decisions after likely pick of Eichel

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:02 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have one decision to make that figures to be easy at the 2015 NHL Draft, but the rest is up for debate.

General manager Tim Murray spoke Thursday about what the Sabres' plans are after they likely select Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick at the draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., next week. The Sabres also have a second first-round pick (No. 21) and two selections in the second round (Nos. 31 and 51).

"If you've been through enough drafts, you can read a draft," Murray said. "I want to sit there at the table and I want to see which way the draft is going, and a lot of drafts a certain [defenseman] starts to fall. We may pick up on that and move up from 21 for a certain guy. In past drafts, goaltenders have not been a high priority in the first round. At 21 we may have a decision to make on a guy there, and the way the draft has gone or depending on who's left on the board or what position is left on the board, we may feel we can get that same guy at 31.

"It's reading the draft as the draft's going on, it's not reading the draft today. We have a fair idea where a lot of the players are going to go today, but you have to sit at that table and kind of read the tea leaves and catch the direction of where it's going."

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