Freddie Hamilton traded to Calgary
Freddie Hamilton | CAL
(October 4, 2015 8:32 PM EDT)
The Colorado Avalanche have traded forward Freddie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for a conditional seventh round pick.
Hamilton played in 18 games for the Avalanche and Sharks last season, scoring one goal. This trade lowers Colorado's contract total to 47 (limit 50) and reunites brothers Fred and Dougie Hamilton. Freddie is expected to join AHL Stockton soon and has no fantasy value.
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Kyle Okposo scores late goal in blowout loss
Kyle Okposo | NYI
(October 4, 2015 7:58 PM EDT)
The New York Islanders lost to the Washington Capitals 6-2 on Sunday evening with goals by Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo.
With the game well out of reach, Okposo scored a goal 15:22 into the third period to make it 6-2. He had 51 points in just 60 games last season and will be looking to replicate those numbers in the final year of his contract with the Islanders. If he finds himself on a line with John Tavares to start the season, he will be primed for a big year.
Evgeny Kuznetsov picks up four points
Evgeny Kuznetsov | WAS
(October 4, 2015 7:40 PM EDT)
Evgeny Kuznetsov lead the way for the Capitals in their 6-2 win over the Islanders on Sunday with four points.
He picked up primary assists on goals by Oshie, Carlson and Ovechkin and also added a goal of his own. Hopefully this last pre-season game was a sign of things to come for Kuznetsov because with Nicklas Backstrom missing at least the first four games of the season, we might see him on a line with Ovechkin and Oshie to start the year. He is a player to target in your fantasy drafts because of his upside.
Raphael Diaz could ask for his release
Raphael Diaz | NYR
(October 4, 2015 6:03 PM EDT)
Raphael Diaz, who was recently assigned to the minors, will reportedly ask for his release if he isn't back in the NHL within the next month.
The 29-year-old had just two goals and four points in 56 games last season. If he is granted his release, he will have a hard time finding work in the NHL.
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GM says Fabbri should start season in STL
Robby Fabbri | STL
(October 4, 2015 5:57 PM EDT)
Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said the team will probably use the first nine games of the regular season to evaluate Robby Fabbri.
"There's a really good chance we're going to use the nine games to take a look and see," Armstrong said. "We think he can compete at this level." Fabbri has one year of junior eligibility remaining, so the Blues can dress him for a maximum of nine NHL games without burning the first year of his entry level contract. The 19-year-old practiced on a line with Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz on Sunday.
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Jonas Gustavsson signs one-year deal with BOS
Jonas Gustavsson | BOS
(October 4, 2015 5:42 PM EDT)
The Boston Bruins have signed Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year deal worth $700,000.
Gustavsson came to camp on a professional tryout, but his solid performances have earned him the NHL deal he was looking for. The 30-year-old had a 3-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in just seven games with Detroit last season. He missed a significant amount of time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. The signing means that he will be Tuukka Rask's backup goaltender in 2015-16.
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Chandler Stephenson sent to minors
Chandler Stephenson | WAS
(October 4, 2015 5:04 PM EDT)
The Washington Capitals have assigned Chandler Stephenson to the AHL.
The 21-year-old was the team's third round pick in 2012. He scored seven goals and 14 points in 54 AHL games last year. Those numbers may seem low, but reports out of Washington say that the young forward had a solid training camp.
Derek Roy won't play in Sunday's game
Derek Roy | WAS
(October 4, 2015 4:56 PM EDT)
Derek Roy won't play in Sunday's game against the New York Islanders.
Roy is in camp on a professional tryout. It's unclear why he's not playing, but some reports out of Washington have suggested that he has earned himself an NHL contract. This is the last game of the NHL's preseason schedule.
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Coyotes send Dylan Strome back to junior
Dylan Strome | ARI
(October 4, 2015 3:02 PM EDT)
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
The team has decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect. The Coyotes selected Strome third overall in last June's Entry Draft. The 6'3, 185 pound center will be able to continue his development against players his own age. He has the potential to develop into a top line forward in the NHL, but it won't be this season. Strome had an impressive 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games with Erie last season.
Matthias Plachta sent to minors
Matthias Plachta | ARI
(October 4, 2015 2:57 PM EDT)
The Arizona Coyotes have sent Matthias Plachta to the minors.
The 24-year-old will begin his first season in North America with the Springfield Falcons.