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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.

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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."

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Bruins sign forwards Hayes, Connolly, DeFazio

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 2:22 PM / News

BostonBruins.com

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, July 6, that the club has signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a three-year contract through the 2017-18 season worth a cap figure of $2,300,000, forward Brett Connolly to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $1,025,000 at the NHL level and forward Brandon DeFazio to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2015-16 season worth a cap figure of $575,000 at the NHL level.

Hayes will be available to the media in person during the week of July 6, the Bruins Communications Staff will confirm those details this week.

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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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Defensemen in new places could see fantasy spike

Eric Goodman - NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

With the NHL free agency period in full swing, now is the time for fantasy owners to start analyzing which players to consider for the 2015-16 season. The pool of forwards is much larger than viable defensemen, so it's important to be selective on which blue liners to target.

Assembling a deep group of defensemen is key as getting good fantasy numbers from your third or fourth option can help bring home a championship. The following players were recently traded or signed with new teams and could see a boost in fantasy value:

Dougie Hamilton (Calgary Flames) – Acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins on June 26, Hamilton joins a deep defensive unit in Calgary that last season had two top-15 scoring defensemen in Dennis Wideman (15 goals, 56 points) and Mark Giordano (11 goals, 48 points in 61 games).

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Top remaining players available via free agency

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 10:20 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The first few head-spinning hours after the free agent market opened at noon ET on July 1 featured a plethora of players joining new teams and a trade that has the potential to shift the balance of power in the Metropolitan Division in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who acquired forward Phil Kessel.

The market still has several unrestricted free agents who could make a difference with a new team.

Here is a list of some of the best available (by position and in alphabetical order):

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Maple Leafs sign forward Matthias

Monday, 07.06.2015 / 10:06 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

TorontoMapleLeafs.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the club has signed forward Shawn Matthias to a one-year contract.

Matthias, 27, skated with the Vancouver Canucks last season and finished tied for third in goals scored (18) while collecting a total of 27 points (18-9-27) and 16 penalty minutes. The Mississauga, Ontario native has appeared in 408 career NHL games between Vancouver and the Florida Panthers and has collected 131 points (69 goals, 62 assists) to go along with 137 penalty minutes. Matthias was originally drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round (47th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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Twenty-three players elect salary arbitration

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 5:53 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Twenty-three players elected for salary arbitration on Sunday.

The deadline for club-elected salary arbitration notification is Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Salary arbitration hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20-Aug. 4.

Here are the players who elected for salary arbitration:

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Capitals, Holtby expect to reach agreement: report

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 5:35 PM / News

NHL.com

The agent for Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby told The Washington Post on Sunday that he expects the sides to agree on a multiyear extension at some point this summer.

Holtby, 25, finished fourth in the Vezina Trophy voting after going 41-20-10 with a 2.22 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and nine shutouts.

The Post reported the Capitals have already offered Holtby more than $5 million for at least five years. Holtby filed for salary arbitration Sunday, which could speed up the negotiation process.

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Forward Burmistrov excited about return to Jets, NHL

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 3:25 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

After two seasons playing for his hometown Ak-Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, Alexander Burmistrov returned to the Winnipeg Jets after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract July 1.

Burmistrov made a surprise appearance Sunday at Jets development camp at MTS Iceplex and explained how much he missed competing in the NHL.

"I wanted to come meet everybody," Burmistrov said in video posted on the Jets website. "I'm really excited. I missed this kind of game … smaller ice and more aggressive hockey. I'm two years older. I don't know if I'm a different player or not, maybe a little bit, maybe not. We'll see.

"I'm happy to be here. I want to help the team win games."

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