Johansen, Columbus Hit Major Roadblock in Negotiations

Columbus has a very interesting case on their hands with star center of the future Ryan Johansen, and it seems almost hopeless at this point. The young center is seeking over 6 million per year, a price the team is not willing to pay. As training camp approaches, Johansen has gone back home to Canada, and will more than certainly miss most it. The team is looking for a bridge deal currently.
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Anaheim Ducks: Future’s Game Impressions

It is well documented the Anaheim Ducks have a bevy of young talent in the system. ranked four Anaheim Ducklings in their league-wide Top 60 prospect rankings. John Gibson was ranked 2nd overall, followed by Nick Ritchie at 35th overall, Rickard Rakell at 40th, and Shea Theodore at No. 50. However, two prospects left out of the Top 60, Nic Kerdiles (36th overall, 2012 draft) and William Karlsson (53rd overall, 2011 draft), turned the most heads during the Futures games held in Anaheim this past weekend between the Ducks and Sharks prospects.
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Carcillo and the Penguins

The Penguins have signed notable NHL pest Daniel Carcillo to a tryout contract. Given Carcillo’s NHL experience and playing on three very recent Stanley cup contenders it is almost a sure bet to see him in the Penguins roster this upcoming season.

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2014 Fantasy Hockey: Sleepers and Busts

As the NHL fantasy season will be getting under way shortly, here are a few names to keep in mind.

Sleepers: We all have sure picks like Giroux, Crosby, and Kane…but the fantasy draft is made or lost with the sleeper picks, here are three of them:
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9 Teams Face RFA Issues Going into Camp

September has finally come upon us, meaning we are that much closer to hockey season, and more importantly for the teams, training camp. Many choices are made during this period, mostly on who’s staying and who’s going back down to the minors for the upcoming season, or at least the beginning of it. But for 9 NHL teams in particular, things could get a little tense and anxiety may start to rise, as they have to deal with their restricted free agents before camp begins. New York (John Moore), Minnesota (Nino Niederreiter, Darcy Kuemper), Boston (Torey Krug, Reilly Smith), Dallas (Brendan Dillon, Cody Eakin), St. Louis (Jaden Schwartz), Columbus (Ryan Johansen) Nashville (Ryan Ellis), New Jersey (Eric Gelinas), and Anaheim (Devante Smith-Pelly) all have to deal with this issue.
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Bruins Cap Dilemma

With a dreaded 2014 baseball season coming to a close, and a promising football season on the horizon, Boston Bruins fans know that hockey is right around the corner. The Bruins pre-season opener against arch rival Montreal is just 22 days away, and the Bruins front office still has work to do. The Bruins still have yet to sign defenseman Torey Krug, and winger Reilly Smith due to the cap problems that plagued them from making any big splashes in the free agent market this offseason, and kept them re-signing star winger Jarome Iginla, who left for Colorado.
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Blues Sign 2014 Draft Pick Fabbri to Entry Level Deal

On September 3, 2014, the St. Louis Blues signed their 2014 draft pick Robby Fabbri to a three-year, two-way entry-level deal.

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Can the Canucks Make the Playoffs?

The Canucks motto for 2014-2015 was “Change is Coming”. They certainly got that right.

After a horrid 2013-2014 year, which saw the firing of both coach John Tortorella and GM Mike Gillis, many penciled the Canucks out of the playoffs for the upcoming season. But under the wing of new general manager Jim Benning, the Canucks have been steered back in the right direction after a successful offseason. There are still a few questions to be answered, but Vancouver is not looking as bad as they’re being wrote off to be.
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2014-2015 Fantasy Hockey Sleepers Part II

This is the second installment of fantasy hockey sleepers. Check out the first piece here.

1. Darcy Kuemper: With the Wild’s starting goalie job unresolved going into camp, Kuemper has a good chance to play behind the strong Wild team, or at least as a backup. Both Harding and Backstrom are injury prone, so he may get a chance at one point, even if he doesn’t right away. Kuemper played well in the playoffs last season before getting hurt as well.

2. Brock Nelson: Nelson, who played well with Tavares and Okposo on the first line last year in limited time, is expected to go back and fill that role this year. Tavares and Okposo were one of the best duos last year, and Nelson should add onto that well and feed off of it.
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Islanders Defense and Goalie Situation

The main reason for the Islanders failure in numerous amounts of games was the lack of experience and leadership in the D-core. The only presence of veteran leadership they had on the blue line was 37 year old Lubomir Visnosky, who only played a small sum of games because of a severe concussion suffered early in the season. The defense was exposed and exploited game after game and it costed the Islanders many games that could have been won. Islanders, in the offseason so far, added AHL D-man of the year TJ Brennan. Brennan isn’t exactly the defensemen to turn the team around ( Despite putting up 70+ points in the AHL last season ) but the signing does add another young and talented d-man to this bolstered d-core of young players.
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Meet TJ Brennan

On July 1st, the Islanders signed a defenseman, a commodity they desperately needed, but not the high caliber name fans were expecting. Garth Snow went out and got TJ Brennan, a 25-year old out of Willingboro, New Jersey. Brennan has spent time with Buffalo, Florida, Toronto and their affiliates, as well as the Portland Pirates (Arizona’s affiliate) over the last 3 seasons. Brennan was drafted in 2007 in the 2nd round (31st) by Buffalo.

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Loui Eriksson has big shoes to fill in 2014-2015 season

Last season, the President’s Trophy winning Boston Bruins had something they haven’t had in quite some time, goal scoring. The addition of former Calgary Flames winger Jarome Iginla proved to be a huge success for the Bruins as he and Patrice Bergeron became the first Bruins in a very long time to reach the 30 goal plateau. However, this offseason, Iginla signed with the Colorado Avalanche, shipping him out of Boston after one pretty successful season. If the Bruins want to be anything like the 2013-2014 team this season, they need to find a way to keep the goal scoring pace somewhat the same.
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