Arvidsson to battle for bottom-6 role in camp
Viktor Arvidsson | NAS
(July 26, 2015 11:53 PM EDT)
Viktor Arvidsson is a player to keep an eye on in Predators training camp.
Adam Vingan, the team's beat reporter at The Tennessean, believes Arvidsson can make the opening-night roster. Not only did Arvidsson lead Nashville’s American Hockey league team with 55 points last season, he also led the league with 272 shots on goal, so the chances were there. He was pointless in six NHL games, but he has a real shot to carve out a role in the bottom-six in the 2015-16 campaign. Arvidsson was fourth-round pick of the Predators from the 2014 draft.
The Tennessean
Gionta: '100%' Sabres will be much improved
Brian Gionta | BUF
(July 26, 2015 10:09 PM EDT)
Brian Gionta acknowledged there will be a different kind of energy this season for the Sabres.
The sort of energy where guys actually think the front office is trying to improve the team instead of tanking to preserve a high draft pick. Gionta said "100 percent we’ll be a better team" after general manager Tim Murray added Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian, Ryan O’Reilly Jamie McGinn, David Legwand and Robin Lehner. And let's not forget Jack Eichel and Sam Reinhart. "Look at the moves he's been able to make," Gionta said. "You can say you want a better team, you want to bring in better players, but for him to actually pull that off and make the moves he did, it shows that he means business. That excites guys in the locker room."
Democrat & Chronicle
Flyers writer: Provorov will get NHL chance
Ivan Provorov | PHI
(July 26, 2015 10:03 PM EDT)
Flyers beat writer for the Courier-Post, Dave Isaac, believes that Ivan Provorov "will be given every chance possible to make the NHL team."
Though he’s just 18 years old and finished his first season in the Western Hockey League, Provorov offers great upside from the back end; he scored 15 goals and had 61 points last season. Isaac notes that general manager Ron Hextall has typically been very "tepid" about young prospects making the team, but with Provorov he "hasn’t been as cold on the topic." The other issue is that the Flyers have eight defensemen on one-year contracts. The safe bet is that Provorov will get his real chance a year from now.
Byron hopes to be ready for start of camp
Paul Byron | CAL
(July 26, 2015 9:54 PM EDT)
Paul Byron will have a pin removed from his wrist in the first week of September.
He hopes to be ready for the start of camp. Byron had his wrist scoped in June. That would seem to leave him very little time to rehab and get back on the ice. He had six goals and 19 points last season. He agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract Sunday afternoon. "I don't think any player wants to go to arbitration," Byron said. "You don't want to ruin the relationship between you and the team."
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Simmons: Gorton was Leafs' 1st choice for GM
Alain Vigneault | NYR
(July 26, 2015 7:08 PM EDT)
Jeff Gorton was considered Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan’s first choice to be the team’s general manager, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.
We knew the Leafs had tried to talk to Gorton during their process. Rangers president Glen Sather never allowed Gorton, now the team’s GM, to even speak to other teams while he was the assistant, however. We think the Maple Leafs got a pretty good consolation prize if that’s the case. Lou Lamoriello is certainly no slouch.
Toronto Sun
Saad ranks 2nd on CBJ in playoff experience
Brandon Saad | CLM
(July 26, 2015 5:36 PM EDT)
Brandon Saad ranks second on the Blue Jackets in playoff experience.
Of course, all 67 of those games were with the Blackhawks. What’s noteworthy is that Saad is only 22 years old, and trails Scott Hartnell, who is 33, by 24 games on the list. This underscores the relatively little playoff experience the Blue Jackets have on their roster, though it has grown in recent seasons with several additions. Brandon Dubinsky and his 37 games are first among team holdovers. The Blue Jackets have reached the playoffs twice in their 14 seasons.
The Boston Globe
Bettman: 'The shootout isn't going anywhere'
Gary Bettman | CLG
(July 26, 2015 4:08 PM EDT)
Fan interest in the shootout means that they won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
The NHL introduced three-on-three overtime last month as a way to curtail the amount of games decided by the skills competition. However, commissioner Gary Bettman doesn’t think it will go away, at least while he’s in charge. "I think to the extent some people wanted to see fewer shootouts, this will get us there, and that’s fine. The shootout isn’t going anywhere," Bettman said. "You go to a building during a shootout, everybody’s on their feet, nobody is leaving, which is what it was designed to do. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s entertaining, and so if we’re going to try and reduce the number of shootouts, this may do it."
The Boston Globe
Colin Wilson, Predators $1.25M apart in talks
Colin Wilson | NAS
(July 26, 2015 2:23 PM EDT)
Colin Wilson and the Predators are $1.25 million apart in their arbitration offers.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Wilson has asked for $4.25 million, while the Predators have filed for $3 million. Wilson had 20 goals and 42 points, both of which were career highs, last season. He earned $2.5 million last season.
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Flames sign Paul Byron for one year, $900K
Paul Byron | CAL
(July 26, 2015 2:20 PM EDT)
The Flames have signed Paul Byron to a one-year, $900,000 contract, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.
Calgary announced the deal Sunday, with Friedman reporting the financial component. Byron had 19 points in 57 games last season. The restricted free agent had an arbitration hearing set for Thursday.
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Alex Chiasson's arb ruling a win for Senators
Alex Chiasson | OTT
(July 26, 2015 12:53 PM EDT)
Alex Chiasson’s arbitration ruling is a win for the Senators.
He will be paid $1.2 million for one year. The 24-year-old was part of the trade that sent Jason Spezza to the Stars last offseason. He had 11 goals and 26 points in 2014-15. The restricted free agent sought $2.475 million, while the Senators offered $1 million. "The arbitration process went as we expected - we had the opportunity to make our case, as did Alex’s group," general manager Bryan Murray said. "In our opinion, both sides made fair, detailed arguments and we are satisfied with the ruling of the arbitrator. We are happy to have Alex under contract and anticipate that he will be a productive player for us this season. Alex will be given the chance to have an important role in the team’s success."
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