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Jets agree to terms with Postma on two-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 1:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenceman Paul Postma on a new two-year contract worth an AAV of $887,500.

Postma, 26, appeared in 42 games this past season with the Jets, recording two goals, four assists and 16 penalty minutes. Postma has played in 100 NHL games over five seasons, all for the Winnipeg Jets franchise. In total, he has recorded 18 total points (7G, 11A) and 30 PIM.

The Red Deer, AB native was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

Bruins sign defenseman Irwin to one-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 10:18 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 10, that the club has signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 season worth an NHL cap figure of $800,000.

The 27-year-old Irwin skated in 53 games for the San Jose Sharks in 2014-15, registering eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points with a plus-three rating. In three seasons with San Jose, Irwin has competed in 153 NHL contests racking up 16-34=50 totals with 63 penalty minutes. The blueliner has 13 games of NHL postseason experience, playing 11 games in the 2013 playoffs and two games in the 2014 playoffs, where he has chipped in one goal and one assist.

Zykov could be latest King to fast-track to NHL

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings prospect Valentin Zykov won't allow himself to think about the significant change that is about to happen in his hockey career.

By the end of summer he will go from the cold climes of the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League in Southern California.

Not only will Zykov change coasts, he will begin his professional career under the excitement of the Reign, who will play their inaugural season as the Kings' AHL affiliate.

Offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings fantasy insider Matt Cubeta reveals most valuable players

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

Whether it's Phil Kessel getting traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brandon Saad being shipped to the Columbus Blue Jackets or T.J. Oshie being dealt to the Washington Capitals, we've seen some impactful trades this offseason that could change the fantasy landscape for the 2015-16 season.

We've also seen our share of players changing addresses in free agency. Players including Mike Green and Justin Williams have new homes and could see a spike in fantasy value.

With these changes, fantasy owners are likely salivating at the chance to start preparing for draft season in September. To help you prepare, it's time for my offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings.

These rankings have been built on what I have learned following several free agency signings and trades this summer. As training camps draw closer and more moves take place, these rankings will be updated, including position-by-position rankings and breakdowns.

These rankings should be viewed as my projections of the NHL's most valuable fantasy players based on expectations for this season. Factors taken into account include position eligibility, line combinations, category coverage and statistical performance from previous seasons.

Undrafted Appleby aims to get noticed at Blues camp

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- It's not often the player who gets to stare down Connor McDavid comes away from the competition and can claim they got the best of the Edmonton Oilers phenom.

Goalie Ken Appleby is an exception.

Appleby not only helped the Oshawa Generals win the Memorial Cup last season, making 37 saves in a 2-1 overtime victory against the Western Hockey League's Kelowna Rockets in the championship game, he was able to look McDavid and the Erie Otters in the eye and win the Ontario Hockey League's Robertson Cup along the way.

It's been quite the ride for the 20-year-old North Bay, Ontario, native, who is participating in St. Louis Blues development camp this week.

Erne could fill void at power forward for Lightning

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Corey Long - Correspondent

BRANDON, Fla. -- Adam Erne knows that his performance at Tampa Bay Lightning development camp likely won't earn him a spot in the lineup this season, but the No. 33 pick at the 2013 NHL Draft hopes he gave the Lightning staff something to think about.

The Lightning appear set at forward. Last week, they signed free agent wing Erik Condra to a three-year contract and extended a qualifying offer to center Vladislav Namestnikov, moves that seemingly fill out Tampa Bay's bottom-six group for the 2015-16 season.

At 6-foot-1 and nearly 220 pounds, Erne is a true power forward. If the Lightning are looking for a physical presence as the season progresses, Erne has a big body that is tough to move.

"They have a lot of skilled guys on the team, great skaters," the 20-year-old left wing said. "And from me they are looking for a guy that's bigger and can play that power-forward role. I'm continuing to work hard to be that guy, and it's a process."

Prospects vying to fill scoring role on Canadiens

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 5:00 PM / Prospects

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens entered this offseason with a need for scoring, and barring any drastic moves from general manager Marc Bergevin it looks like that need will be filled from within.

Bergevin has not signed an unrestricted free agent forward since the market opened July 1 but acquired forward Zack Kassian from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for Brandon Prust, which could be considered an upgrade offensively.

Assuming the status quo is maintained, it looks as though the scoring boost might need to come from one or perhaps two of the players who completed Canadiens development camp Thursday.

Bergevin said as much July 2 when asked how he plans on addressing an offense that finished 20th in the NHL last season, last among teams that qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Why draft players if you're never going to give them a chance?" Bergevin asked.

Ho-Sang aims to make Islanders roster this season

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 4:17 PM / Prospects

Kristen Nelson - Correspondent

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Midway through the second period of the New York Islanders' annual Blue & White scrimmage at Barclays Center on Wednesday, Joshua Ho-Sang came off the ice and sat directly on forward Connor Graham's lap.

Seemingly a little confused, Graham smiled and allowed his lifelong friend to rest for a few seconds before the two burst into laughter and Ho-Sang found a vacant spot on the bench.

"I don't think you should do anything without having fun, it's kind of pointless," Ho-Sang said. "I've known Connor for almost my whole life. Being able to make jokes like that kind of lightens the mood."

That lighthearted approach is how Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is carrying himself through the duration of Islanders development camp.

Maple Leafs sign Marincin to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract.

Marincin, 23, was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on June 27 in exchange for forward Brad Ross and a fourth-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft. In 85 NHL games over two seasons (2013-14, 2014-15) with the Oilers, the Kosice, Slovakia native registered one goal, 10 assists and 32 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the 2014 Slovakian Olympic team that competed in Sochi, Russia. Marincin was originally selected by Edmonton in the second round (46th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Unmasked: Canucks prospect Demko nears return

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:43 PM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

SHAWNIGAN LAKE, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko said his recent hip surgery is not a setback. He is more excited to see what he can do with two healthy hips.

When you hear how limited Demko's mobility was before having his hips repaired after his second season at Boston College ended in April, and consider what the 19-year-old has accomplished playing through the injuries for almost four years, it's hard to blame him.

"This will be the healthiest I have been. Ever," said Demko, who was Vancouver's second-round pick (No. 36) at the 2014 NHL Draft. "I have just been looking forward to the day I can play pain free for about four years. I'm excited to get some gear on and see what that's like."

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