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Nylander impressing Maple Leafs with early showing

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- When the Toronto Maple Leafs selected forward William Nylander with the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, they felt they were getting a great player. What has surprised the organization is how well Nylander handled being thrust into the spotlight during the team's prospect camp in Toronto.

Nylander joined 28 other prospects at MasterCard Centre this week, and the impression he left was overwhelmingly positive.

"He's been very impressive. And not to put pressure on a young player like that, I think the first step was just getting him here," Maple Leafs president of hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said. "What really impresses me about William, aside from the skill level he has, is just his character that he's shown since he's been here."


Predators sign Ribeiro, Roy to one-year contracts

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 5:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Nashville Predators went bargain shopping to address their need for centers and picked out two veteran players looking for a fresh start.

The Predators signed Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy each to a one-year contract Tuesday. Ribeiro will make $1.05 million and Roy signed for $1 million.


Analysis: Poile hopes 'small ball' works for Predators

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 5:41 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile's preference would have been to hit a home run this offseason. He's hoping a couple of singles and doubles are enough to get the team back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011.

"We have some quantity that hopefully will provide us with more quality," Poile told NHL.com on Tuesday after announcing the club had signed centers Mike Ribeiro and Derek Roy to one-year contracts.


Coyotes sign forwards McMillan, Szwarz

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 4:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


Forwards Brandon McMillan and Jordan Szwarz each signed a two-way contract with the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced Tuesday.


Islanders re-sign de Haan, Cizikas to new contracts

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 4:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


The New York Islanders re-signed defenseman Calvin de Haan for three years and center Casey Cizikas to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.


Wild re-sign forward Zucker to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 3:39 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


The Minnesota Wild re-signed forward Jason Zucker to a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Zucker has a two-way contract this season and a one-way in 2015-16.


Islanders place forward Kabanov on waivers

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 3:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


The New York Islanders placed forward Kirill Kabanov on unconditional waivers, the team announced Tuesday.


Blue Jackets re-sign Erixon to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 2:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014


The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed defenseman Tim Erixon to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Erixon, 23, was acquired from the New York Rangers on July 23, 2012 in a multiplayer trade that brought Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov and the Rangers' first-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft (Kerby Rychel) to Columbus for Rick Nash, Steven Delisle and a third-round pick (Pavel Buchnevich) in 2013.

"I'm planning on coming to camp in great shape and earning my opportunity," Erixon told the Blue Jackets website. "It's up to me. I have to show them that I'm ready and that I've developed and can be an NHL player this year. Obviously last year wasn't what I was looking for, but I want to bounce back this year."


Offseason top 200 fantasy hockey rankings

NHL.com insiders Matt Cubeta, Pete Jensen rank most valuable players

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

NHL.com Fantasy Hockey Staff

With many players changing addresses over the past few weeks, NHL.com fantasy hockey insiders Matt Cubeta and Pete Jensen have put together their offseason top 200 fantasy hockey player rankings.

These rankings have been built based on what the insiders have learned following several free agency signings and trades during the offseason. As of right now, this is their recommendation for draft day. As training camp draws closer, they will update these rankings and release position-by-position breakdowns.

These rankings should be viewed as our experts' opinionated projections of the League's most valuable fantasy players based on expectations of the 2014-15 season. Factors taken into account include position eligibility, line combinations, category coverage, contract status and statistical performance from previous seasons.

NOTE: These rankings project value in standard fantasy hockey leagues, which include a 6x4 category scoring system: goals, assists, plus-minus, power-play points, shots on goal, penalty minutes, goalie wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts.


Five questions: Blues' Hitchcock on Stastny, Allen

Tuesday, 07.15.2014 / 12:00 PM / Five Questions With…

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

In the days following a quick exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock talked about the evolution of his team, understanding the components necessary to succeed in the Western Conference and learning from the lessons provided in losing. Hitchcock said multiple times that the six-game series loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round provided the Blues a complete evaluation of where they stand and what they still needed to do to become a Stanley Cup contender.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has tried to use that free-of-charge and oh-so-painful evaluation as his blueprint for the summer.

The Blackhawks showed the Blues that they needed to be better down the middle, so Armstrong signed Paul Stastny, the best center available on the free-agent market, to a four-year, $28 million contract. He also signed Finnish center Jori Lehtera, who tied for third in scoring with 12 points in 10 games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

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