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7/18:The Calgary Flames reached a deal with the newly-acquired Elias Lindholm for a six-year contract worth $29.1 million. Lindholm’s new cap hit is just under $5 million, a significant raise from his last contract at $2.7 million AAV. Calgary is putting a lot of stock into his potential; the 23-year-old Swede has yet to really break out, but could do so should he line up on the Flames first unit alongside Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Lindholm set career highs in assists (34) and points (45) in the 2016-17 season and was just a point shy of that total last season. Still young and heading into an exciting top-six forward corps, we could see his first 20-goal, 50-point campaign.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Mike Kelly NHL
7/14:The St. Louis Blues have signed unrestricted free-agent Patrick Maroon to a one-year contract worth $1.75 million. Maroon, a St. Louis native, will be playing for his third team in two years after reportedly turning down more money to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils. The 30-year-old left wing scored 43 points in 73 games last year, which marked the second straight season in which he scored more than 40 points. Those two seasons have been the most productive of Maroon's career, and when looked at along with a shooting percentage over that time (13.8 percent) which is slightly above his career average, it is fair to assume Maroon has reached the peak of his on-ice production. Maroon likely continues to play in a middle-six role, with little opportunity for power-play time, further limiting his upside in fantasy. Although he does offer additional value in terms of penalty minutes and hits, Maroon remains a fringe fantasy roster player.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Matt Loughlin
7/12:The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that the club has agreed to a two-year, $6.6 million contract with winger Anthony Mantha. The Quebec native, in his second full NHL season, registered a career high 48 points (24 goals, 24 assists) to go along with 190 shots and 12 power play points in 2017-2018. Mantha, who checks in at 6'5", 225 pounds possesses one of the heaviest shots in the entire league and could very well be a big break-out candidate next season in Detroit.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: Ansar Khan
7/12:The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms on a six-year, $37 million contract to retain the services of starting goaltender Connor Hellebuyck on Thursday. Hellebuyck, coming off a spectacular 2017-2018 season in which he posted 44 wins, a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage, finished second in voting for the Vezina Trophy as the league's top netminder. The 25-year-old's 44 wins broke a record (set by Tom Barrasso in 1992-1993) for the most wins in NHL history from an American goaltender. Hellebuyck has emerged as a top-flight fantasy goaltender option and will likely be taken anywhere in the second or third round of most standard fantasy hockey leagues.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
7/6:Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone was one of 44 players to file for arbitration, announced on Thursday. Stone is coming off a three-year deal that carried a $3.5 million salary cap hit and is likely due for a raise. He tied for the team lead in points (62) with captain Erik Karlsson, two points shy of his career-high 64 points set in 2014-15, but he did so in 22 fewer games last season. Stone has now scored 20 or more goals in four straight seasons and is relied upon by his team to spark the offense. With Mike Hoffman’s recent departure from Ottawa, Stone is far and away their best option on right wing. Hoffman’s trade also increases Stone’s fantasy value, as he should unquestionably get first-line minutes and power-play time.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: theScore
7/5:Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber will be sidelined approximately five to six months after undergoing knee surgery. Weber was limited to just 26 games last season due to foot and knee injuries and was due for a minor arthroscopic procedure on June 19 as part of his rehabilitation. It was discovered during the procedure that the damage to his knee was more extensive than expected and surgery was performed to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee. Weber could return to action in mid-December, but his effectiveness will likely be limited after two surgeries and so much missed time. That being said, Weber has scored more than half a point per game in all but two of his 14 seasons, a pace that would comfortably put him in the top-30 defensemen over a full season. If he can return to form later this year, Weber could be a valuable addition late in the season after he returns to the ice.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Montreal Canadiens on Twitter
7/5:The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Andreas Athanasiou to a two-year deal. The speedy forward is coming off of a career-high 33 points in 71 games last season, a season in which he got off to a slow start due in part to contract negotiations that lingered into the start of Detroit's schedule. Over his three-year career, Athanasiou has produced at a steady rate of just under a point per game, scoring 76 points in 172 games, but he has improved his shot rates each year, ultimately reaching 2.4 shots per game last year. If Athanasiou can continue this climb, then he could approach 40 points in a season for the first time in his career. At this point in his development, the Red Wings have not settled on whether he should be a winger or a center, but for now his dual-position eligibility gives his fantasy value a slight bump. With the right deployment, Athanasiou could become an under-the-radar streaming option.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Helene St. James
7/4:The New York Islanders have acquired forward Matt Martin from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for goaltender Eamon McAdam. Martin returns to New York where he has played all but two years of his nine-year NHL career and reunites with general manager Lou Lamoriello, who had brought him to Toronto. Well known for his physicality, Martin failed to reach 300 hits last year for only the second time in which he has played at least 50 games in a season. He also had the lowest penalty-minute total of his career outside of his rookie season, logging only 50 minutes in the box. His role with the Islanders should resemble what it was before he left -- a physical forward that contributes little to the score sheet -- averaging 14.3 points per season while with the Islanders, but he offers top-end value in hits and penalty minutes. If your league counts hits and penalty minutes, Martin is worth watching, but otherwise he holds little fantasy value.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Kristen Shilton
7/4:The Carolina Hurricanes have reached a four-year agreement with former New York Islanders defenseman Calvin De Haan. Coming off a shoulder injury that limited him to only 33 games last season, de Haan will be looking to return to his 2016 form when he scored a career-high 25 points in 82 games. More highly regarded for his defensive play than his offensive contributions, de Haan likely slots in on the second pairing with little to no time on the power play. This will limit his upside for fantasy, but it certainly deepens an already formidable defensive corps in Carolina. A reasonable expectation for de Haan is for him to reach 25 points again, which would have put him tied for the 70th most points by a defenseman last season. He remains an option with more real-world value than he has value in any fantasy format.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: Luke DeCock
7/4:The New York Islanders have signed eight-year veteran Robin Lehner to a one-year contract in their latest attempt to shore up their goaltending situation. The former Buffalo Sabre is coming off of a down year in which he had a .908 save percentage and won only 14 games in 50 starts. This comes after two straight seasons of posting a save percentage of .920 or better, so the Islanders are betting on a bounce-back season for Lehner, who has a career .915 average save percentage. New York may not be a better situation for him, though, as the Islanders gave up 293 goals last year, the highest mark in the league, and have seen a number of talented players such as John Tavares and Calvin De Haan leave in free agency. Lehner remains a lower-tier goaltender in all formats, even if he does secure the starting job in New York.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: New York Islanders on Twitter
7/4:Former Colorado Avalanche and first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers, Nail Yakupov, has decided to leave for the KHL. Yakupov has struggled to produce since scoring 31 points in 48 games during his rookie year in 2012, a struggle that culminated in playing for three different teams in three years and failing to score more than 23 points in any of those years. A career 9.5 percent average shooting percentage hints that he possesses some scoring ability, but his low shooting rate (1.86 shots per game) and lack of assists (0.21 assists per game) have plummeted his production. At only 24 years old, a return to the NHL may be feasible for Yakupov in the future, but at least for now he will be remembered as one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory.--Russ Ivanac - RotoBallerSource: TSN on Twitter
7/4:Turning 24 in September, David Pope is one of the older prospects in the Detroit Red Wings system, but he thinks his time in college has helped him progress his game to the point of contending for a spot on the Wings roster this season. The 2013 fourth-round pick ofread more...
7/3:The Ottawa Senators have stayed true to their word and have offered defenseman Erik Karlsson a contract extension. Karlsson is set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season, completing his current seven-year deal. Karlsson has been a topic of much conversation of late, being a focal point of trade rumors, and it was even announced that the Senators have allowed interested teams to contact Karlsson directly to talk shop. Karlsson has spent his entire nine-year career with Ottawa and has been a force in that time. In 627 NHL games, he has amassed 518 points, is a two-time Norris Trophy winner and has been captain of the Senators since 2014. He’s an elite offensive defenseman in the NHL and should be a prime target in fantasy redraft leagues. The only sore spot in his stat line is the plus-minus of minus-25 last season, but his offensive production is worth the hit.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
7/3:The Montreal Canadiens announced they are bringing back 35-year-old center Tomas Plekanec on a one-year deal. Plekanec was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the deadline last season and scored two of his 26 points in 17 games with the Buds. Aside from those 17 games, Plekanec has played his entire 998-game NHL career with Montreal and made it a priority to return. After trading Alex Galchenyuk to Arizona, Plekanec stands a real chance of slotting into the Canadiens second-line center role. His production has seen a steep decline in the last two years following consecutive 50-plus point seasons in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Plekanec can still reasonably score 10 goals and 40 points this season and has middling fantasy value, likely as a streaming option.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
7/3:The Florida Panthers announced Sunday the signing of 28-year-old goaltender Michael Hutchinson to a one-year, one-way contract with a salary cap hit of $1.3 million. Hutchinson has spent the last five seasons with the Winnipeg Jets franchise and has had success at both the NHL and AHL levels. The Panthers still have goalies James Reimer and Roberto Luongo under contract for three and four more years, respectively, so this certainly appears to be a depth signing. Hutchinson was excellent for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose last season, garnering a 17-5-1 record with a .935 save percentage and 2.08 goals-against average and was named to the AHL’s second All-Star team. As it would appear Hutchinson will again spend time in the AHL, his fantasy value is hampered, but he could provide owners with a streaming option should either Reimer or Luongo miss time next season.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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