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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 / NHL.com 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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Team Reset

Rangers counting on Shattenkirk to bolster defense, power play

Zibanejad moves to first-line center after trades; more help needed in middle

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the New York Rangers:

The window for the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup with goalie Henrik Lundqvist remains open. They've made moves this offseason with the intent to finally skate through it.

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Gaudreau: Flames can do something special in next three years

Forward optimistic after additions of Hamonic, Smith

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

BOSTON -- Forward Johnny Gaudreau thinks the Calgary Flames have a window in front of them to, as he put it, do something special.

"I think we have three great years ahead of us," Gaudreau said from the Commonwealth Avenue Charity Classic Hockey game at Boston University last Friday. "I'm really looking forward to these next three years."

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Team Reset

Blackhawks make changes after first-round exit from playoffs

Saad returns after trade; Panarin, Hjalmarsson gone

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

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

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Coyotes' chances under Rick Tocchet, Sabres' offseason moves

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the July 12 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically during the offseason. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

 

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Rick Tocchet named coach of Coyotes

Signs four-year contract after winning Stanley Cup past two seasons as Penguins assistant

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Rick Tocchet is the new coach of the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes announced Tuesday that Tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins, helping them win the Stanley Cup each of the past two, will be the 18th coach in franchise history. 

Tocchet, 53, said he signed a four-year contract. He replaces Dave Tippett, who mutually agreed with the Coyotes to leave the organization June 17 after eight seasons as coach.

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Team Reset

Sabres rebuild begins with new coach, general manager

Housley, Botterill arrive with winning experience as assistants

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

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

It's been an offseason of change for the Buffalo Sabres. The hope is that it translates to some long-awaited success.

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Neal Pionk, Alexei Bereglazov, Sean Day eye future role with Rangers

New York defenseman prospects have confidence despite stiff competition

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- At the urging of his coach, defenseman Neal Pionk used to watch clips of Ryan McDonagh when he was a teenager trying to prove himself with Sioux City in the United States Hockey League.

Now, 20 days shy of his 22nd birthday, Pionk, a Minnesota native and New York Rangers prospect, hopes to earn a chance to play on the same team as McDonagh, also a Minnesota native, and the Rangers captain.

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free agency

5 teams that made most impactful moves first day of free agency

Rangers, Predators, Stars, Lightning, Canucks each reshape roster

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The free agent market opened for business at noon ET on Saturday, and within a few minutes news started to break about where many of the top unrestricted free agents were going.

Seven hours into the frenzy there were 101 contracts signed worth more than $438 million with an estimated combined salary-cap charge of approximately $162 million, according to calculations kept by CapFriendly.com.

Many teams dove deep into the free agent waters. Here are the five that made big splashes:

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Kevin Shattenkirk agrees to contract with Rangers

Defenseman gets four years at average annual value of $6.65 million

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has dreamed of playing for the New York Rangers since he was a kid beginning to learn how to play the game. His dream came true Saturday, when he agreed to terms on a contract with the Rangers.

Shattenkirk said it is a four-year contract worth $6.65 million per season.

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