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Beleskey, Hayes eager to help rejuvenate Bruins

Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 7:57 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Five days after the Boston Bruins traded forward Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings, they signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Beleskey.

The timing of those moves was impossible to ignore because Lucic was the Bruins' main source of physicality and offensive production at left wing for most of the past eight seasons, and Beleskey was coming off a 22-goal season while playing a similar role for the Anaheim Ducks.

But Beleskey said Tuesday he doesn't expect to be the next Milan Lucic.

"There's pressure, but I think I put more pressure on myself at the start of every year to be better than I was last year," he said at TD Garden. "You know they had big losses. I suppose those are moves they had to make. But I don't think I'm here to fill anyone's spot. I'm here to be Matt Beleskey and play my game. And that's what I'm going to do."

Maple Leafs dedicated to patience with young talent

Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 7:21 PM / NHL Insider

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The kids are pumped and all have visions of cracking the Toronto Maple Leafs lineup this season. As they should.

But Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan repeatedly has said he plans to take things slowly as he attempts to build a team that will be good for a long time. Also, new coach Mike Babcock sees value in young players getting a taste of professional hockey in the minors.

"Patience is the key," assistant general manager Kyle Dubas said Tuesday at Maple Leafs development camp at MasterCard Centre. "We're not going to rush them. We have reiterated that over and over. We're not going to bring them up unless they are absolutely ready to stay up all the time. We want them to be 100 percent ready to play for the Maple Leafs. We don't want them to start with the (Toronto) Marlies (of the American Hockey League), go to the Leafs and then back to the Marlies."

Hurricanes, Boychuk agree on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 9:20 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

CarolinaHurricanes.com

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Zach Boychuk on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Boychuk $600,000 in the NHL or $200,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2015-16, with a guarantee of $250,000.

"This will be Zach's eighth season in our organization," said Francis. "He's a reliable depth forward who we know is capable of contributing offensively at either level."

Trades, signings create uncertain goalie situations

David Satriano - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

Three weeks after the NHL season ended, trades and free agent signings have already made for some interesting goalie situations that are sure to affect fantasy hockey this season.

Fifteen goalies have changed teams so far (seven in trades, eight in free agency). Some will get a chance to be a No. 1; others may have to adjust to a time-share.

Though things may change in the months leading up to the 2015-16 season, here are five goalie situations worth monitoring:

McDavid scores five goals in Oilers scrimmage

Tuesday, 07.07.2015 / 12:02 AM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Connor McDavid put on a show for about 7,300 fans Monday at Rexall Place during a 4-on-4 intrasquad scrimmage for Edmonton Oilers prospects.

The No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft had three goals in two 20-minute halves of 4-on-4 play, then scored two more in seven minutes at 3-on-3, leading his team to an 8-6 win.

The scrimmage, dubbed the Billy Moores Cup after a former Edmonton assistant coach, ended the Oilers' six-day orientation camp.

"It was fun. Anytime you get a chance to play in front of fans like that, it's always exciting," McDavid said. "It was pretty competitive, just with the guys that we had, and they made a lot of great plays out there."

Kuznetsov re-signs with Capitals for two years

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 7:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to a two-year, $6 million contract, general manager Brian MacLellan announced Monday.

Kuznetsov, who became a restricted free agent July 1, had 37 points (11 goals) in 80 games with the Capitals in 2014-15, his first full season in the NHL. In 14 games in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he had seven points (five goals), and his 42 shots on goal were second on the Capitals to Alex Ovechkin's 61.

Kuznetsov, 23, scored the game-winning goal against the New York Islanders in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round; he had two goals and an assist in Game 5 after being held without a point the first four games of the series.

Washington drafted Kuznetsov in the first round (No. 26) at the 2010 NHL Draft.

Sabres' Eichel center of attention on first day of camp

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 4:48 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- When Jack Eichel, the second pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, took his first strides on the ice at First Niagara Center on Monday during the first day of Buffalo Sabres development camp, he was greeted by a chorus of cheers and a line of cameras eager to capture the moment.

"It was pretty cool," he said. "It was definitely kind of a special moment. It was a great feeling to finally be out there, just get skating again. A little bit of rust, but it was just great to be on the ice."

Eichel, who signed his three-year, entry-level contract July 1, was part of the first group of Sabres prospects to take the ice and go through various practice drills with Buffalo coaches. Being greeted by a crowd of more than 1,000 fans didn't catch Eichel off guard.

"Not [surprised] in Buffalo," Eichel said. "I figured that there'd be a lot of people here for a practice open to the public. I'm not surprised at all with the turnout."

2016 draft prospect among Finland WJ camp invites

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 3:33 PM / Prospects

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Right wing Jesse Puljujarvi, a top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft, highlights the list of 28 players invited by Finland to attend the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp, to be held Aug. 1-8 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The camp is one of the first steps toward picking the team that will represent Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be held in Helsinki between Dec. 26 and Jan. 5, 2016. During the camp Finland will practice and play games against the United States and Sweden.

Two other players invited to the camp already have been drafted in the first round. Right wing Kasperi Kapanen was taken by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd pick of the 2014 draft; he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Phil Kessel trade July 1.

Maple Leafs sign forward Kadri to one-year contract

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 2:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Nazem Kadri signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported Kadri will receive $4.1 million.

Kadri, who turns 25 on Oct. 6, had 18 goals and 39 points in 73 games for the Maple Leafs last season. He was a restricted free agent.

"I think they've shown trust in me with this [contract]," Kadri told the Toronto Sun on Sunday. "Not going to salary arbitration says a lot. I've had a great summer, I'm going to come to camp in good shape. I think I can become better as a player and as a person and stay focused."

Blues sign defenseman Benoit to one-year contract

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 11:31 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

StLouisBlues.com

ST. LOUISSt. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed defenseman Andre Benoit to a one-year, two-way contract.

Benoit, 31, dressed in 59 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres last season, posting nine points (one goal, eight assists) and 20 penalty minutes.

Overall, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound has appeared in four NHL seasons, including stints with Ottawa, Colorado and Buffalo. He has amassed 48 points (11 goals, 37 assists) and 60 penalty minutes in 179 career regular season games, as well as four assists and six penalty minutes in 12 career postseason games.

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