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Lehner signs one-year contract with Sabres

Goaltender avoids salary arbitration hearing, will make $4 million @NHL

Goaltender Robin Lehner signed a one-year contract worth $4 million with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. 

Lehner was a restricted free agent and was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday.

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Team Reset

Penguins must make up for losing key players

Defending champions hope return of Letang will help

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Pittsburgh Penguins:

After winning the Stanley Cup in 2016, the Pittsburgh Penguins kept most of their roster intact for last season and overcame plenty of injuries to become the first repeat champions in the NHL since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998.

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Dumoulin, Penguins agree to six-year contract

Defenseman's deal has average annual value of $4.1 million @NHL

Brian Dumoulin agreed to terms on a six-year, $24.6 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday. It runs through the 2022-23 season and has an average annual value of $4.1 million.

The 25-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent and was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Monday.

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Hellebuyck signs one-year, $2.25 million contract with Jets

Goaltender avoids arbitration hearing @NHL

Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Hellebuyck, 24, was scheduled for an arbitration hearing Aug. 1.

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Team Reset

Blues forward group gets makeover after sixth straight playoff appearance

Schenn at forefront of retooling, could see time as first-line center

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the St. Louis Blues:

The St. Louis Blues retooled their forward group following a sixth straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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NHL Free Agent Tracker

Complete list of signings by team, available players @NHL

One-stop shop for a comprehensive list of all 2017 NHL free agents and signings, including stories and analysis.

NOTE: Some of these players may have recently signed with their respective club; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.


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Fantasy faceoff: Jonathan Drouin vs. Taylor Hall

Trade to Canadiens will vault 22-year-old to new heights; improved Devils roster should help 2010 top pick rebound

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy /

All offseason long, will cover all the angles leading up to your fantasy hockey draft. For some of the most compelling debates, our fantasy staffers will compare two players at a given position in the same projected draft range.

Value is quantified based on factors including (but not limited to) line combinations, power-play usage, team goalie situations, injury history, bounce-back, breakout or sleeper potential, possible regression and age. Once each writer has made his argument, fans can cast their votes in our @NHLFantasy Twitter poll.

Today, we compare left wings Jonathan Drouin of the Montreal Canadiens and Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils:

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Stanley Cup Champions

Penguins' Stanley Cup DVD debuts for season-ticket holders

Fans relive Pittsburgh's run to second straight championship

by Wes Crosby / Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- It's difficult to produce a quality sequel.

The NHL attempted to buck that trend with "Stanley Cup Champions 2017: Pittsburgh Penguins," the Penguins' championship DVD that debuted exclusively for season-ticket holders at PPG Paints Arena on Monday. With it being a sequel, NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer knew the film couldn't ignore the original.

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Arvidsson rewarded by Predators for hard work

Determined forward thrilled to get seven-year contract from Nashville

by Peter Sibner / Correspondent

Viktor Arvidsson is commonly known as The Woodpecker from Kusmark in his native Sweden.

A nickname given to him by Skelleftea general manager Lasse Johansson, perhaps it in part refers to the Nashville Predators forward's level of energy and persistency when jumping in on the forecheck. But it's also for his notorious habit of pecking his stick on the ice, demanding the puck.

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Bellows confident he's one season away from playing for Islanders

Forward prospect left college for Portland because of longer season, more chances to improve skating

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Standing on the ice at Bell Centre in Montreal on Jan. 5, New York Islanders forward prospect Kieffer Bellows was soaking in a moment he knew he'd never forget.

He and his United States teammates had just won the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship following a 5-4 shootout victory against Canada. Bellows, the Islanders' first-round pick (No. 19) at the 2016 NHL Draft, finished the tournament with three points (two goals, one assist) in seven games. He scored two goals against Canada in the gold-medal game.

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Trade Coverage

2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker

Official deals since June 14 @NHL

Welcome to the 2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the League as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.

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Canucks prospect Lind learned on frigid outdoor rink

Forward could skate to ice from home as boy

by Kevin Woodley / Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- With media, fans and Vancouver Canucks management bundled up in long pants and jackets to watch drills at development camp this month, forward prospect Kole Lind could only chuckle at those who found the arena cold after coming in from the July sunshine.

When you grow up in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, and you're able to tie your skates at home before skating down a frozen back alley to the nearby outdoor rink, cold is a relative term.

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Oduya signs one-year contract with Senators

Veteran defenseman could earn as much as $1.25 million in bonuses this season

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Managing Editor

Defenseman Johnny Oduya signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Ottawa Senators on Monday. The contract has games-played, time-on-ice and Stanley Cup Playoff bonuses that could add up to another $1.25 million.

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Okposo ready for season with Sabres after recovering from concussion

Forward says he's healthy, feeling great in open letter to fans @NHL

Kyle Okposo is healthy and ready for the season after a concussion cost him the final six games of 2016-17, the forward said in an open letter to fans posted on the Buffalo Sabres website Monday.

Okposo, 29, was scratched after he began feeling ill prior to a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 28. He was admitted to Buffalo General Medical Center on April 2 to be treated for the effects of a concussion.

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Pelech, Islanders agree to terms on four-year contract

Defenseman will reportedly receive $1.6 million per season @NHL

Defenseman Adam Pelech and the New York Islanders agreed to terms on a four-year contract Monday. It has an average annual value of $1.6 million, Newsday reported.

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Team Reset

Flyers hope infusion of youth, healthy Giroux help ignite offense

Addition of Patrick, No. 2 pick in Draft, expected to boost scoring

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Philadelphia Flyers:

The Philadelphia Flyers have spent the past five seasons building an enviable collection of prospects, and it appears several of them will be given the opportunity for a bigger role this season.

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Team Reset

Senators keep roster intact after run to conference final

Loss of Methot hurts defense; scoring help needed

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / Senior Managing Editor

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Ottawa Senators:

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Flames expect Foo to fight for NHL roster spot

Forward prospect signed as free agent after junior year at Union College

by Aaron Vickers / Correspondent

CALGARY -- Spencer Foo took plenty of time before deciding to sign a two-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames on July 1.

The 23-year-old forward prospect needed it.

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NHL Insider

Tkachuk, Flames ready to turn up heat in Western Conference

Forward says Calgary looking to go on playoff run like Predators did last season

by Dave McCarthy / Correspondent

TORONTO -- Matthew Tkachuk and the Calgary Flames are looking at what the Nashville Predators did last season as motivation for what they hope to accomplish this season. Nashville got into the Stanley Cup Playoffs as the second wild card from the Western Conference and advanced to the Cup Final.

"We all saw what Nashville did last year, you just have to go on a run," Tkachuk, 19, said Thursday at the annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge. "Hopefully we can go on a run this year. You can't think about the playoffs already, but for us, we didn't have the start we wanted to last year, so this year we just need a better start. We were a little bit streaky last year, but this year if we play more consistently, we should have a good team and do well."

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This Date in NHL History

July 25: Neilson replaces Kelly as coach of Maple Leafs

Plus: Sharks record-holding goalie Nabokov born; Propp signs with North Stars

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1977: Roger Neilson gets his first job as an NHL coach when he's hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs to replace Red Kelly.

Neilson comes to Toronto after spending 10 seasons as coach of Peterborough of the Ontario Hockey League and one as an assistant with Dallas of the Central Hockey League. He leads the Maple Leafs to the Semifinals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season, but is fired after Toronto goes 34-33-13 in 1978-79. Neilson goes on to coach seven other NHL teams and finishes his career in 2001-02. He coaches exactly 1,000 games and finishes 460-378-3 with 159 ties. Neilson's only trip to the Stanley Cup Final comes with the Vancouver Canucks in 1982; however, the New York Islanders sweep the series in four games.

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Centennial Portraits

Blake, Bure portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on every Monday in 2017 @NHL

As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of forwards Toe Blake and Pavel Bure are unveiled in the 26th installment.

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Watson signs three-year contract with Predators

Forward gets average annual value of $1.1 million @NHL

Forward Austin Watson signed a three-year contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday. It is worth $3.3 million, an average annual value of $1.1 million, and runs through the 2019-20 season.

Watson, 25, who was a restricted free agent, had an arbitration hearing scheduled in Toronto on Monday.

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Summer with Stanley

Letang takes Stanley Cup to Quebec hospital

Defenseman, who didn't play during postseason, puts smiles on children's faces with visit @NHL

Kris Letang's day with the Stanley Cup continued the trend of sharing the trophy with children in Quebec.

The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman started with what has become a traditional breakfast of cereal from the Cup with his son, Alex, at their home in Montreal.

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Prospect Pedrie 'couldn't say no' to Rangers

Defenseman left Penn State to pursue NHL dream

by Kaitlyn Kaminski / Staff Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- When opportunity knocks, you answer. Just ask New York Rangers defenseman prospect Vince Pedrie, who gave up his final two years at Penn State University for a chance to play in the NHL.

"It felt like an opportunity I couldn't say no to," said Pedrie, 23. "It's something I worked my whole life to get to, and I couldn't say no to that."

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NHL Insider

Yandle has high hopes for re-energized Panthers

Defenseman thrilled to have Tallon back in GM role, says players are eager for training camp

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle has sensed optimism and excitement from his teammates in the past few weeks.

"Just on vacation recently at [Panthers defenseman] Mark Pysyk's wedding and there were probably seven or eight of us on the team at his wedding, and everyone just seemed so ready for the season to start," Yandle said from the Commonwealth Avenue Charity Classic Hockey game at his alma mater, Boston University, on July 14. "I was even talking to [Jonathan] Huberdeau today on the phone and he was like, 'I wish it was training camp right now.' That's a good thing to hear.

"Even though it's only mid-July, guys are champing at the bit."

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30 NHL players file for salary arbitration

Granlund, Niederreiter among those with hearing scheduled @NHL

Minnesota Wild forwards Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter remain among the NHL players with an arbitration hearing scheduled.

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Short Shifts

Hall sings karaoke, plays goalie against McDavid at Eberle's wedding

Devils forward puts on a show at his former teammate's nuptials Saturday in Calgary @NHL

Jordan Eberle married his high-school sweetheart Lauren Rodych on Saturday, but it was some of his former teammates who stole the show.

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Contract extensions signed since July 1

Tracking long-term deals that have been completed this offseason @NHL

NHL teams are signing key players a full year before they would be eligible to become a free agent. Here's a list of long-term contract extensions that have been completed since July 1:

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Press Release

NHL China Games tickets on sale

Kings and Canucks will play Sept. 21 in Shanghai, Sept. 23 in Beijing

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL /

NEW YORK - Tickets to the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks are available to the public to purchase today Thursday, July 20.

Tickets to the preseason games between the Kings and Canucks on Sept. 21, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23, 2017 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's Le Sports Center in Beijing are available for purchase now via

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