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Fantasy top 100 forwards: Buying low before trades

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Pete Jensen - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

Every Tuesday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey insider Pete Jensen will provide you with in-depth forward analysis. From updated weekly top 100 rankings to trending players and more, Jensen will be your go-to guy for fantasy forward advice all season long.

The All-Star break has come and gone, so let's officially drop the puck on the stretch run of the fantasy season with some trade talk.

Unless you take initiative on the trade front, your team won't change much the rest of the way as a result of waiver-wire pickups. For the most part breakout stars and hidden gems have been determined, as have the disappointments from whom you expected much more.

Fortunately there's still hope that pieces will fall into place leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2. With the proper strategy you could land players from around the League at discounted prices who could bring elevated value if/when they are dealt.

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Senators sign Mills to one-year, two-way contract

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 10:39 AM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has signed forward Brad Mills to one-year, two-way contract for the duration of the current season.

Mills, 31, was invited to Ottawa's training camp in September and has been playing for the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, on a professional tryout (PTO) agreement throughout this season.

A native of Terrace, B.C., Mills has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 11 penalty minutes over nine games with the B-Sens during the 2014-15 campaign.

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Capitals recall Cameron Schilling from Hershey

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 9:40 AM / News

WashingtonCapitals.com

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Cameron Schilling from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Schilling, 26, has appeared in two NHL games with the Capitals. The Carmel, Ind., made his NHL debut on March 12, 2013, against Carolina and skated in one game with Washington last season. Schilling recorded 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 40 games with Hershey (AHL) this season and has earned 44 points (12 goals, 32 assists) and 197 penalty minutes in 187 career AHL games. Schilling signed with Washington as a free agent on March 27, 2012.

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Five Questions: Laviolette on Predators' start, Ribeiro

Tuesday, 01.27.2015 / 3:00 AM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With …" runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette:

COLUMBUS -- Peter Laviolette got to know the Eastern Conference during his 12 years working in the conference with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He's now getting a taste of what life is like in the Western Conference as the coach of the Nashville Predators. He summed up his experience so far in two words:

"It's different," Laviolette told NHL.com.

He stressed that he doesn't mean different in that the hockey being played in the West is so much different than in the East, but what he got to know well simply isn't the same.

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Veteran Kostopoulos enjoying successful run in AHL

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 10:27 PM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

UTICA, N.Y. -- Tom Kostopoulos hasn't played in the NHL since the 2012-13 season with the New Jersey Devils, but his passion for the game is alive and well.

For the past two seasons, Kostopoulos kept his career going as a veteran in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Kostopoulos has played 630 games in the NHL with six different franchises and another 440 in the AHL during his 15-year playing career.

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Kings place center Mike Richards on waivers

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 9:10 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Mike Richards' locker was cleaned out and already taken by right wing Jordan Nolan at the Los Angeles Kings' practice facility Monday. The space was literally about five feet from where Richards sat for his introductory press conference four years ago when he was traded to the Kings.

The quick removal might seem cold, but it was the only option left for Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, who put Richards on waivers. Lombardi could no longer justify paying the underperforming Richards, especially with the pending unrestricted free agency of right wing Justin Williams, center Jarret Stoll and defenseman Robyn Regehr.

"That's the thing we've got to work through," Lombardi said. "Mike, in his career, he's shown he can be a .330 hitter and get you 80 RBIs and be an All-Star player. So maybe at this stage, maybe it's not there. But I still think he's capable of being a .280 hitter and do a lot of those things that only he can do. Basically, right now he's batting .200. But I don't see any reason why he can't get back to that. He's got to do what he's got to do."

Other teams have until Tuesday morning to claim Richards. Otherwise, he will be sent to Manchester of the American Hockey League to work on his game.

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Utica's Markstrom hopes for real chance with Canucks

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 8:22 PM / AHL Update

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

UTICA, N.Y. -- The past 12 months for Utica Comets goalie Jacob Markstrom have been, to put it politely, tumultuous.

Markstrom was once a top prospect for the Florida Panthers and started 38 games for them over parts of three-and-a-half seasons. But on March 4, 2014, he was sent to the Vancouver Canucks as part of the trade that brought Roberto Luongo back to Florida.

"It came up as a shock," Markstrom said. "I didn't know I was going to be traded, but I got traded and I didn't know what to expect. It was kind of weird, you know, leaving all your friends, leaving what you know to go to your new place, but Vancouver and the whole organization, all the guys were unbelievable."


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Flyers forward Rinaldo suspended eight games

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 7:15 PM / Department of Player Safety News

NHL.com

NEW YORKPhiladelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended for eight games, without pay, for charging and boarding Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang during NHL Game No. 684 in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Jan. 20, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:36 of the first period. Rinaldo was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct.

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Penguins' Crosby to return soon; Malkin out awhile

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 6:49 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby will return soon, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston said Monday.

Crosby missed the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game because of a lower-body injury sustained against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 10. Since that 2-1 win, Crosby has seven points (three goals), but he has been held scoreless in Pittsburgh's past two games, losses to the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks.

Johnston said Crosby has to wait a certain number of days until he can return after receiving an injection. Crosby has reached that number of days, according to Johnston, and will be available to return sometime shortly after the Penguins play the Winnipeg Jets at Consol Energy Center on Tuesday.

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Avalanche's Johnson out 3-8 weeks after knee surgery

Monday, 01.26.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson had knee surgery Monday and is expected to miss 3-8 weeks.

Johnson missed the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game and other festivities over the weekend. It would have been his first appearance.

Johnson is tied for first among NHL defensemen in scoring with a career-high 12 goals this season.

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I think everyone left it out there. Every game this season, regular season and playoffs, we played as hard as we could. We're not out of the playoffs right now because of lack of effort, and that's all that we can ask of each other.

— Predators defenseman Seth Jones after Nashville was eliminated by Chicago in Game 6 on Saturday