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Carolina Hurricanes fantasy hockey outlook

Wednesday, 08.05.2015 / 3:00 AM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - Fantasy Insider

As part of's offseason 30 in 30 package, fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen will break down each team's fantasy landscape. They will look at the players at the top of the ranks, an undervalued player, an overvalued player, a deep sleeper (players likely ranked outside the top 200 overall players) and the goalie outlook for each NHL team.

Leading the way: Eric Staal

For the second consecutive season, Staal was a bit of a disappointment to his fantasy owners. After scoring 61 points in 79 games in 2013-14, Staal regressed with 54 points in 77 games last season. He's 30 years old, so there's reason to believe he can revert back to his old form, but the issue that remains constant is the lack of offensive firepower surrounding him in Carolina. Either way, Staal is capable of being a solid contributor in all categories except plus/minus and should be targeted sometime after round six (he's ranked 75th in my offseason rankings).

Canucks sign Brandon Sutter to five-year extension

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 10:56 PM / News

Forward Brandon Sutter on Tuesday signed a five-year, $21.875 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks.

The contract has an average annual value of $4.375 million and runs through the 2020-21 NHL season.

Sutter, 26, was traded to the Canucks by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 28 for forward Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

"I'm comfortable with [the term]," Vancouver general manager Jim Benning told The Province on Tuesday. "He's a solid two-way player and throughout his career he's been pretty resilient and hasn't had a lot of injuries."

Senators' Hoffman says no negativity from arbitration

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 10:38 PM / News

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman was awarded a one-year, $2 million contract by an arbitrator in Toronto on Monday.

Hoffman submitted a request for a one-year, $3.4 million contract; the Senators offered a one-year, $1.75 million contract. The hearing was held Friday.

"It is a little bit [difficult], but you know yourself as a player you can evaluate yourself," Hoffman told the Ottawa Sun. "At the same time, I didn't take it too bad. We still have a good relationship with management and everything. I don't think any negativity came from arbitration."

Young forward Gauthier impresses at Canada camp

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 7:13 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- As the youngest player at Canada's national junior team summer development camp, Julien Gauthier is out to prove age is but a number.

"It doesn't change anything, I think," the 17-year-old forward said at WinSport's Markin MacPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park. "It's just that I'm the youngest guy on the team. All the guys are like, 'Oh wow! You're only a 2016 eligible draft? You're going to be good.' It's nice to hear that."

In his rookie season as a 16-year-old with Val-d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2013-14, Gauthier had eight goals and 29 points in 62 games.

He earned the invite to Canada's camp following an impressive second season with Val-d'Or. In 68 games, the Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, native had 38 goals and 73 points, then scored five goals and had five assists in 17 playoff games.

Avalanche, Red Wings alumni to face off outdoors

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings of the late 1990s and early 2000s will reignite their rivalry in an alumni game Feb. 26 at Coors Field in Denver, one day before the 2015-16 Avalanche and Red Wings play outdoors in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The alumni game will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

Former Colorado captain Joe Sakic will be joined by fellow Hockey Hall of Fame members Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Patrick Roy in the alumni game, according to the Avalanche website.

Playing for the Red Wings alumni will be Brendan Shanahan, forward Igor Larionov and defensemen Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom.

Halverson prepared to re-prove himself as U.S. starter

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 3:40 PM / 2016 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Don't tell goaltender Brandon Halverson he has a good shot at being named starter for the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland, to be played from Dec. 26, 2015 through Jan. 5, 2016.

Halverson, picked in the second round (No. 59) by the New York Rangers in the 2014 NHL Draft, is the only goalie at this week's USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp with experience at the prestigious tournament. He was the backup to Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko at the 2015 WJC, and earned a 6-0 victory against Germany with 14 saves in his only start.

Halverson, who became the first Rangers draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in a season of junior hockey with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League, has made 34 saves on 38 shots in two exhibition games for the United States at the evaluation camp.

"I've been here and backed up [Demko] at the World Junior tournament last season," Halverson said. "For me, it doesn't really matter right now. I'm just trying to focus on playing the best I can every game because these are all new coaches, new players. Last year was last year and it doesn't matter and I think I have to re-prove myself. I really want to show everyone that I can be the starting goalie."

NHL, Major League Baseball Advanced Media form transformative digital-rights partnership

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Sitting side-by-side in the NHL's midtown office, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his counterpart from Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, served perfectly as a symbol of the groundbreaking partnership between two of the most successful sports leagues in the world.

Commissioner Bettman and Commissioner Manfred on Tuesday announced a six-year digital media rights partnership between the NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the technical arm of Major League Baseball, that is expected to enhance the user experience across the League's digital platforms, including GameCenter Live, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network and

The deal also provides for an equity share for the NHL in a new tech company to be launched by MLBAM.

The launch of the NHL's digital products through the partnership with MLBAM is expected to take place in January. NeuLion, the NHL's current digital partner, will help facilitate the transition to MLBAM.

"It's really all about the fans and giving them the ability to not only continue to connect with the game, in what up until this point had been unprecedented ways, but to look to the future and our ability to create even richer content with even better access," Commissioner Bettman said. "It's transformational, to say the least. We think it's the type of deal that the ever-evolving technology age requires."

Commissioners Bettman, Manfred announce historic media rights partnership between NHL, MLBAM

First-of-Its-kind media partnership will transform the fan experience; NHL & MLBAM to team up to create new digital products & platforms; MLB Network to operate NHL Network in U.S. in state-of-the-art production facility

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 2:45 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred jointly announced the six-year agreement at NHL headquarters.

The partnership will transform the fan experience by creating a fully integrated global hub of digital content that encompasses video, live game streaming, social media, fantasy, apps, along with statistical and analytical content. With an emphasis on deeper access into the game and telling the stories of NHL players, MLBAM and the NHL will collaborate on developing new digital products and platforms while enhancing current offerings.

Devils add Noel, Savard to scouting department

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 11:10 AM / News

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today expanded its scouting department by naming Andre Savard and Claude Noel as professional scouts. They join Bob Hoffmeyer on the team's pro scouting staff. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Savard, 61, joins the Devils' organization with more than 27 years of experience in coaching, scouting and management at the National Hockey League level. After a distinguished 12-year playing career, Savard retired following the 1984-85 season as a member of the Quebec Nordiques and joined their front office. Savard worked with the Nordiques for 10 seasons as an assistant coach, a head coach both in the AHL and NHL, a scout and the director of player development.

Marner, Kapanen among Maple Leafs' top 5 prospects

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are committed to building through the draft, so when they traded forward Phil Kessel this summer, it was important to get a first-round pick and a quality prospect (Kasperi Kapanen) from the Pittsburgh Penguins in return.

That trade came days after the Maple Leafs selected center Mitchell Marner in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, and one year after they selected another center, William Nylander, with their top pick.

Marner, Nylander and Kapanen are smaller players who are highly skilled. The Maple Leafs, traditionally one of the NHL's bigger teams, have put an emphasis on skill over size in recent drafts.

Despite missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons, Toronto is committed to not rushing its top prospects.

"We want our prospects to be ready for full-time employment when we call them up," assistant general manager Kyle Dubas said. "We don't want them to be going back and forth from the Maple Leafs to the minors."

Here is a look at the Maple Leafs' top five prospects, according to

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