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Rantanen's size may help him crack Avalanche lineup

Tuesday, 07.14.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- At 6-foot-4, 211 pounds, right wing Mikko Rantanen stood out at Colorado Avalanche development camp, where he aimed to make a positive first impression before heading to training camp in September.

Rantanen, 18, was the Avalanche's first-round pick (No. 10) at the 2015 NHL Draft. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract Monday and his goal is to make the opening-night roster (Oct. 8 vs. the Minnesota Wild), just as Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon did in his first pro season.

"I will do everything I can to be there and fight for a place in the lineup," Rantanen said. "I know it's hard and it will take hard work, but I will do everything I can and fight as hard as I can to be there. It was an awesome feeling to hear my name called by Colorado, and I'm looking forward to training camp."

Sabres GM aware of O'Reilly reports

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 10:25 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O'Reilly was arrested following a vehicle accident in Ontario last week, according to multiple reports.

Buffalo general manager Tim Murray acknowledged the reports on the Sabres' Twitter account Monday night.

"We are aware of the reports regarding the incident involving Ryan O'Reilly last week," Murray said. "We are currently in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment until we have spoken with all parties involved."

Devils sign 2014 top pick Quenneville to entry contract

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 6:39 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Center John Quenneville, a first-round selection at the 2014 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils on Monday, the Devils announced.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Quenneville, 19, is at Devils development camp this week at AmeriHealth Pavilion. He was all smiles when asked about signing his first professional contract.

"It feels great," Quenneville said. "It's the next step for me as a player. I'm a pro hockey player now, and that makes me feel confident about myself and my abilities. Now, it's working on development and working to try and play here one day, so that's what I'm trying to do; that's the next step.

"Signing is kind of something I've worked towards and something I've wanted for some time, and now that I've done that, it's working toward making the team."

Daley, Garbutt eager to help Blackhawks defend Cup

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Once the initial shock of being traded by the Dallas Stars wore off, defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt had similar feelings about joining the Chicago Blackhawks.

Traded to Chicago for forward Patrick Sharp and defense prospect Stephen Johns on July 10, Daley and Garbutt are sad about leaving Dallas but excited for the future. They're now teammates on the reigning Stanley Cup champions, and each seems eager to help the Blackhawks defend the title.

"I love Dallas," Daley said Monday. "I loved the organization, but I've learned over the years that, as teammates come and go, you know, friendships last forever. I've made some great friendships there, and those will never end. My days as a Dallas Star obviously ended, but I'll move on. And if you came to ask me if I was to go somewhere to play, going to the best team in hockey, actually, is not a bad thing."

Varone signs one-year contract with Sabres

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 3:32 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Philip Varone to a one-year, two-way contract.

Varone (5'10", 185 lbs., 12/4/1990) appeared in a career-high 28 NHL games during three recalls with the Sabres in 2014-15, logging five points (3+2) and 10 penalty minutes. He spent the majority of the season with the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he posted team-leading totals in both points (44) and assists (29) for the third time in his four AHL seasons, earning a spot in the AHL All-Star Game.

First-round pick Eriksson Ek signs with Wild

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 2:42 PM / News

MinnesotaWild.com

The Minnesota Wild has signed 2015 NHL Entry Level Draft pick Joel Eriksson Ek to a three-year, entry-level contract.

"We're excited to officially have Joel under contract," said Assistant General Manager Brent Flahr. "He's a top young player with an exciting package of size, skill, hockey sense and character. We are committed to working with him in the development process and look forward to seeing him in a Wild uniform in the near future."

Sabres, Maple Leafs among most improved teams

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 2:00 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The whirlwind of the NHL offseason has died down and the dog days of summer are starting to set in, which makes it the perfect time to assess and evaluate what has happened since June 15, the night the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup at United Center.

With that, here is a list of the 10 teams (listed in alphabetical order) as identified by NHL.com that have improved the most since the end of last season:

Kreider expects 'big things' from Rangers this season

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 1:56 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is hungry for more.

The Rangers have made three trips to the Eastern Conference Final in four seasons, including a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014. But the Stanley Cup has eluded Kreider and the Rangers, and that's not lost on the 24-year-old about to enter his third full season in the NHL.

"You know me, I'm always hungry, figuratively and literally," Kreider said in video posted by BlueshirtsUnited.com during a recent visit to Rangers Youth Hockey Camp. "You get a taste of that and when you're seeing a team on the other side, whether it be the conference final or the Stanley Cup Final, hoisting that trophy or celebrating … you want it that much more."

Avalanche sign first-round pick Rantanen

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 1:22 PM / News

ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Mikko Rantanen to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Rantanen, 18, was Colorado’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft held last month. The top-rated international player according to NHL Central Scouting, Rantanen tallied 28 points (9g/19a) in 56 games for TPS in the Finnish Elite League (Liiga) this past season while serving as an alternate captain. The Nousiainen, Finland, native also played for the TPS junior club during the 2014-15 playoffs, helping the squad win the league championship with 14 points (6g/8a) in seven contests. Rantanen was given Best Player honors by the league for his postseason success.

Ron Wilson sees Kessel scoring 40 goals for Penguins

Monday, 07.13.2015 / 12:12 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Former NHL coach Ron Wilson predicts a big season ahead for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel, no matter who centers his line in 2015-16.

In fact, Wilson said Kessel could establish a career high with 40 goals his first season in Pittsburgh.

He should know. Wilson coached Kessel for parts of three seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs when the 27-year-old had three of his five 30-goal seasons.

Wilson, who will coach the United States at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Finland, recently talked about Kessel with NHL.com. After he scored 37 goals and had 80 points in 82 games with the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, Kessel had 25 goals and 61 points in 82 games in 2014-15.

"Pittsburgh is building a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup now, and I think Phil is only going to add to their success, so I expect him to score at least 40 goals this year and be a dominant player again," Wilson said.

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