NHL Player News: All Positions

News: Boeser signed a three-year contract worth $5.875 million annually with the Canucks on Monday.
Impact: Boeser had been missing from training camp while he settled his contract negotiations with the team so he should be ready to go now with the new deal. The 22-year-old notched 26 goals and 56 points in 69 games last season. Should he stay healthy, Boeser has a good shot at reaching the 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: Laine (contract dispute) is training with SC Bern in Switzerland while the restricted free agent remains unsigned by the Jets.
Impact: Jets coach Paul Maurice is actually pleased with this development, as training with a pro team should keep Laine in shape while he remains away from Winnipeg. On the other hand, this also suggests that the three-time 30-goal scorer isn't particularly close to striking a deal with the Jets. While it has been theorized that Mitch Marner's six-year contract with a $10.893 AAV with the Maple Leafs could set the market and help further negotiations with other high-profile restricted free agents around the league, that doesn't seem to be the case with Laine's situation thus far.
News: Spurgeon signed a seven-year, $53 million extension ($7.57 million AAV) with the Wild on Saturday, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Spurgeon reached career highs in goals (14), assists (29) and points (43) last year, and he was also instrumental on the team's man advantage with 11 power-play points. He was strong defensively as well with a 51.5 Corsi For percentage and 145 blocked shots. The 29-year-old now has the highest cap hit on the team and is locked down through the 2026-27 season.
News: Kuznetsov has officially been suspended three games by the NHL for inappropriate conduct, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Kuznetsov has informed the league he won't appeal his suspension after testing positive for cocaine in an IIHF drug test. The 27-year-old pivot will be allowed to play in preseason contests, but he won't be able to make his regular-season debut until Oct. 8 versus the Stars. Kuznetsov posted 72 points -- 23 on the power play -- in 76 games last year.
News: Hall (knee) participated in the Devils' split-squad scrimmage Saturday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Hall was held out of the team's scrimmage earlier in the month, but now he's skating on a line with Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri, signalling that he should be full speed ahead. While he looks fully healthy, the team may still hold Hall out of the preseason opener versus the Bruins on Monday. However, he should be good to go for the Oct. 4 regular-season opener versus the Jets barring a setback.
News: Marner signed a six-year, $65.4 million contract ($10.9 million AAV) with the Maple Leafs on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Marner's new deal comes after a season in which he set new personal bests in goals (26) and assists (68) while averaging 19:49 of ice time in 82 appearances. The fourth overall pick from the 2015 draft has been a stud on the man advantage throughout his young career, racking up at least 21 power-play points in each of his three seasons. Marner's new contract will keep him with Toronto through the 2024-25 season, at which point he'll become an unrestricted free agent.
News: McDavid (knee) has been cleared for contact and was a full participant at Friday's practice, Jack Michaels of the Oilers Radio Network reports.
Impact: Although he's practicing at full speed, the Oilers will continue to proceed with caution with McDavid, and won't insert him into the lineup until the latter-part of their preseason schedule. Nonetheless, McDavid is clearly on track to suit up for Edmonton's Opening Night matchup with the Canucks and should be drafted accordingly.
News: There has been some progress in the contract talks between Marner and the Maple Leafs, reports Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca. The winger was not with the team as it opened training camp Friday.
Impact: No specifics were provided, but Thursday's ultimatum from the team that it would no longer provide any updates on the contract impasse clearly put the pressure square on Marner's camp. The young winger, who is from the Toronto area, loves playing for the Leafs, but has faced growing criticism in social media from fans that perceive him to be greedy. The Maple Leafs opened camp Friday and it would be good for all parties for Marner to sign and get there quickly. It becomes more and more challenging for any player to get up to game speed the longer they are absent from camp. It remains to be seen if there will be compromises on dollars, term or both, but this is good news for all, including fantasy owners that are preparing to bank on this young stud as a team pillar.
News: Tarasenko (knee) is ready to roll after dealing with offseason knee and shoulder issues, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Tarasenko's shoulder issues didn't stop him from lifting Lord Stanley's cup at the end of the year, having racked up 11 goals and six assists in 26 postseason contests. The Russian winger will be looking to put up his sixth straight 65-plus point campaign this season. If he stays healthy, he could even creep back over the 70-point mark for the fourth time in his career.
News: Laine was not included on the Jets' roster when training camp kicked off Friday due to his lingering contract dispute.
Impact: The 21-year-old Finn's new deal could be one of the more difficult RFA contracts to knock out, as the Jets also have to get Kyle Connor under contract and Laine's coming off a disappointing 2018-19 campaign. The sharp-shooting winger registered the lowest point total (50) of his three-year NHL career last season, but still managed to rack up 30 goals. Fantasy owners should consider the winger's 2018-19 production as his floor. He's capable of being a 40-goal, 70-point producer every year.
News: The Jets have granted Byfuglien a personal leave of absence, Sara Orlesky of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Winnipeg officially opened its training camp Friday, so this is unfortunate timing for Byfuglien and the Jets, but he isn't dealing with an injury, so he'll be ready to rock whenever he's ready to return to the team. The towering 6-foot-5 blueliner will be looking to bounce back in 2019-20 after an injury-riddled 2018-19 campaign in which he was limited to just 42 games.
News: Provorov agreed to terms on a six-year, $40.5 million contract with Philadelphia on Thursday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Provorov's new deal came just before the Flyers kicked off training camp Friday. The blueliner has played in all 82 games through his first three years in the league, but saw a drop in points last year, managing just 26 while posting an ugly minus-16 rating. That dip in productivity wasn't due to a lack of opportunities, as he saw his ice time jump to over 25 minutes per game for the first time in his career. The Russian will no doubt be eager to get back to being a 40-point producer in 2019-20 and should continue to see time with the No. 2 power-play unit.
News: Hall (knee) won't participate in the Devils' split-squad scrimmage Monday, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Impact: Hall has been skating for several months and should be 100-percent healthy for New Jersey's Oct. 4 regular-season opener against the Jets, but the Devils are planning on holding him out of game action until the latter part of their preseason schedule. The 27-year-old winger's first chance to return to the lineup likely won't arrive until Wednesday's exhibition matchup with the Rangers at the earliest.
News: Rantanen (contract dispute) isn't included on the Avalanche's initial training camp roster.
Impact: Rantanen is just one of the numerous high-profile restricted free agents that remains unsigned heading into training camp. The 22-year-old winger is still expected to come to terms with Colorado on a new contract prior to the regular season, so at this point there's no reason for fantasy owners to anticipate him missing the Avalanche's Opening Night matchup with Calgary. The Finnish phenom is due for a massive pay raise after setting career highs in goals (31) and assists (56) in 74 games last campaign.
News: Marner was not listed on the Leafs' roster when training camp opened Thursday.
Impact: Marner's contract impasse has officially hit holdout status with the two sides still unable to reach a deal. The winger's camp is reportedly seeking a short-term deal after turning down offers of seven or eight years with upward of an $11 million AAV. A bridge deal would allow Marner to capitalize on expected revenue increases sooner than teammate Auston Matthews, who is locked in through 2023-24. Maple Leafs' fans will no doubt be having flashbacks to last season's protracted contract dispute with William Nylander. For fantasy owners, Marner's 94-point 2018-19 campaign makes him an elite fantasy option, despite lingering concerns regarding his availability for Opening Night versus Ottawa on Oct. 2.
News: The Hurricanes have a deal in place that would send Faulk to the Ducks, Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News and Observer reports.
Impact: Faulk's contract includes a limited no-trade clause, and Anaheim isn't one of his 15 preapproved teams, so the ball's in his court now. If he ends up approving the trade, it will likely come with a long-term extension with the Ducks. Either way, it's clear that the Hurricanes have been actively shopping the 27-year-old blueliner since signing Jake Gardiner to a four-year deal Friday, so at this point it seems more likely than not that Faulk will be putting on a different jersey this season.
News: Bergeron underwent a PRP injection for his injured groin in July and is hoping he'll be ready for the Bruins' Oct. 3 regular-season opener against Dallas, Matt Porter of The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The PRP injection is designed to help accelerate the healing process, but Bergeron's groin is apparently still bugging him, which is obviously disconcerting with Opening Night less than a month away. For now it seems like the 34-year-old pivot is still on track to suit up against the Stars, but his situation is definitely one worth monitoring, as groin injuries often linger if they're not allowed to heal fully. It wouldn't be surprising to see Bergeron miss the entirety of Boston's preseason schedule.
News: The Blue Jackets signed Werenski to a three-year, $15 million contract Monday, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Werenski looked prepared to hold out of training camp by not signing his qualifying offer, but those issues are in the past as Werenski has signed a short-term deal. When the deal expires Werenski will still be a restricted free agent. Werenski had an excellent 2018-19 campaign -- he posted 11 goals and 44 points -- and he's still just 22 years old with plenty of potential. The Blue Jackets lost a ton of firepower this offseason when Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky signed elsewhere, so Werenski will continue to be relied upon with Seth Jones on both ends of the ice.
News: Tavares (oblique) is expected to be a full participant at Toronto's training camp, which begins Thursday, Mark Zwolinski of The Toronto Star reports.
Impact: Tavares suffered an oblique strain while training for the IIHF World Championship in May, but that injury was never expected to impact his availability for training camp. The 28-year-old logged his best season yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in goals (47) and points (88) while playing all 82 games, and will be an elite fantasy option in 2019-20.
News: Gardiner signed a four-year, $16.2 million contract with the Hurricanes on Friday.
Impact: It's surprising that it took Gardiner this long to find a new home, as he's emerged as a highly-effective scoring threat from the blue line over the past three seasons, racking up 17 goals and 125 points in 226 games over that span, but it's possible that he was holding out hope that Toronto would be able to re-sign him after sorting out the Marner contract situation. However, with training camp just a week away, Marner remains unsigned, so Gardiner likely decided that he couldn't afford to remain patient any longer. The 29-year-old Minnesota native will likely slot into a middle-pairing role for Carolina this campaign and will also get a long look on the team's top power-play unit. If he's able to remain healthy, he shouldn't have any trouble eclipsing the 40-point mark for the third time in four seasons in 2019-20.
News: Thornton signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Sharks on Friday.
Impact: Thornton had already made it clear that he planned on returning to San Jose for another season in June, so it was really only a matter of time until he put pen to paper. Entering his age-40 season, it's safe to assume Jumbo Joe will be taking on a reduced role in 2019-20, but he proved that he can still be highly effective while logging limited minutes last campaign, racking up 16 goals and 51 points in 73 games while averaging a career-low 15:33 of ice time per contest. Thornton's playing time may continue to decline this year, but he'll be a major contributor for the Sharks on the power play, and should still be good for double-digit goals and at least 40 points.
News: Pavelski (lower body) is listed on Dallas' training camp roster.
Impact: Pavelski has already been spotted skating in his new team's gear this summer, so his presence on Dallas' training camp roster doesn't exactly come as a surprise, but it's still nice to see, as it essentially confirms that he's fully recovered from the lower-body injury that held him out of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against St. Louis. The 35-year-old forward, who racked up 38 goals and 64 points in 75 games with San Jose last campaign, will slide into a top-six role as well as a spot on one of the Stars' power-play units in 2019-20.
News: Keller signed an eight-year, $57.2 million contract extension with Arizona on Wednesday.
Impact: Keller took a step back last year from an offensive standpoint, totaling 14 goals and 47 points in 82 games, but he showed his immense potential as a playmaker and a scorer during his rookie campaign in 2017-18, racking up 23 goals and 65 points in 82 appearances. The 21-year-old forward is a prime bounce-back candidate for the 2019-20 season, and should threaten the 20-goal, 70-point marks on an annual basis for the duration of his monster deal with the Coyotes. Arizona is a team on the rise, and Keller is poised to be a huge part of the team's ascension.
News: Puljujarvi (hip) signed a one-year contract with Karpat of the Finnish Liiga on Tuesday.
Impact: Puljujarvi hasn't been able to acclimate to the North American brand of hockey since being selected by the Oilers with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, totaling just 17 goals and 37 points in 139 appearances with the big club. A return home for the Finnish forward may be exactly what he needs to build his confidence, as he should immediately step in and be a dominant force for Karpat. Puljujarvi's one-year deal with Karpat also has an out clause that will permit him to return to the NHL at any point prior to Dec. 1, so if he's producing at a high level overseas during the first few months of the season, it's possible that he and the Oilers will come to terms on a deal that will allow him to finish the 2019-20 campaign in Edmonton. The 21-year-old obviously won't be worth a pick in redraft leagues, but he'll be a highly intriguing midseason pickup if he does indeed return to North America prior to the Dec. 1 deadline.
News: Hall (knee) took part in an on-ice training session Thursday with a group of fellow NHLers that included Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon on Thursday.
Impact: Details regarding Hall's recovery from the knee injury that limited him to 33 games in 2018-19 have been few and far between, but his presence on the ice suggests he's at least close to 100 percent healthy, and should be ready to rock when New Jersey's training camp gets underway in September. The Devils added a ton of firepower up front this offseason, so if he's able to avoid another major injury, Hall could push for 100 points in 2019-20, making him an elite fantasy option in all formats.
News: Marner's camp has had discussions with the ZSC Lions of the NLA about a potential contract for the 2019-20 campaign, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: This is almost certainly just a negotiating tactic, as there's next to no chance that Marner actually ends up signing a contract with the Lions, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him head to Switzerland to train with the team in early September if he still hasn't reached a deal with the Maple Leafs prior to training camp. Either way, it's certainly worth noting that at this point it appears that Marner's holdout could end up extending into the regular season.
News: Hedman (undisclosed) told NHL.com's David Satriano that he's 100 percent healthy ahead of Tampa Bay's training camp Thursday.
Impact: Hedman missed the Lightning's last four regular-season contests and the final two games of his team's first-round loss to the Blue Jackets due to an undisclosed injury last year, but he's apparently been partaking in his normal training regimen this summer and feels fully recovered ahead of September's training camp. The 28-year-old Swede, who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy for a third consecutive campaign in 2018-19, will remain an elite fantasy option in 2019-20, and shouldn't have any trouble posting double-digit goals and 40-plus assists for a fourth straight season if he's able to avoid the injury bug.
News: Kunitz will hang up his skates and join the Blackhawks' staff as a Player Development Advisor.
Impact: Over the course of Kunitz's 15-year NHL career, he played for Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Anaheim, but spent the bulk of his time in Pittsburgh. The gritty winger would lift Lord Stanley's cup four times, as well as winning a gold medal in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics with Team Canada. In all, the 39-year-old recorded 268 goals and 351 assists in 1,022 regular-season contests, plus another 93 points in 178 playoff games.
News: The Golden Knights traded Gusev to the Devils in exchange for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2021 second-round pick Monday. Gusev has also agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million contract with New Jersey.
Impact: This is a huge get for New Jersey, as Gusev is considered by many to be one of the best players in the world that has yet to appear in an NHL contest. The 27-year-old Russian has established himself as one of the most productive players in the history of Russia's top league, the KHL, over the past nine seasons, racking up an impressive 119 goals and 332 points in 391 appearances. The 2012 seventh-round pick will likely slide into a top-six role for the Devils from the get-go, and should be on every fantasy owner's radar after notching 17 goals and 82 points in 62 games with SKA St. Petersburg last campaign.
News: Vasilevskiy put pen to paper on an eight-year, $76 million contract extension with Tampa Bay on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With the deal set to kick in starting with the 2020-21 campaign, the Lightning have locked up Vasilevskiy for the next nine seasons. Even coming off a Vezina Trophy-winning campaign, the franchise netminder won't be the highest paid goalie in the league. Carey Price carries a $10.5 million AAV, though the term on Vasilevskiy's deal was likely too much for the 25-year-old to pass up. The Russian came up just one victory short of hitting the 40-win mark last year, but should be capable of challenging for that threshold in 2019-20.
News: Trouba agreed to terms on a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Rangers on Friday.
Impact: Trouba was acquired by New York from Winnipeg in June and has now tied himself to the club for the next seven years. With this deal, the 25-year-old becomes the highest paid blueliner on the Rangers and trails only Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million) and Artemi Panarin ($11.6 million) in terms of annual cap hit. Clearly, team brass believes the Michigan native can repeat his 2018-19 campaign, in which he set career highs in assists (42), points (50) and shots (162).
News: Kakko signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers on Thursday.
Impact: Kakko went second overall in the 2019 draft after the Devils selected Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick, but he was considered by many to be the most NHL-ready player in this year's class, and should be able to step in and produce at a high-end level from Day 1 with the Rangers. The 18-year-old Finn will likely slot into a top-six role and a spot on New York's first power-play unit from the get-go, and should be considered a high-upside selection in re-draft formats. He's a player to build around in dynasty settings.
News: Hughes signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Devils on Friday.
Impact: The Devils didn't select Hughes with the first overall pick in the 2019 draft to have him start his career in the minors, so although nothing will be made official until training camp, it's safe to assume the 18-year-old American will start the upcoming campaign in a top-six role while also filling a spot on New Jersey's first power-play unit. Hughes is a special talent that should be able to produce right away, making him a high-upside pick in re-draft leagues and a top-tier asset in dynasty formats.
News: The Hurricanes officially matched Aho's five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from Montreal on Sunday.
Impact: The Canadians put an offer sheet in for Aho on July 1 as free agency began, and Carolina planned to match ever since. This decision finally makes the deal official, and will keep the Finnish product in Raleigh for at least five more years. After putting up 83 points in 82 games last season, even the prospect of a first-, second- and third-round pick couldn't sway the club into walking away from the table.
News: Trouba has filed for salary arbitration, Colin Stephenson of Newsday reports.
Impact: Trouba had his best campaign yet as a pro in 2018-19, setting career highs in points (50) and shots on goal (162) while averaging nearly 23 minutes of ice time per contest in 82 appearances. The former Jet is definitely due for a raise on the $5.5 million he made last season, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to procure one through negotiations with the Rangers or if it will require the assistance of a neutral arbitrator.
News: Aho's five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet from Montreal will be matched by the Hurricanes, the team announced Tuesday.
Impact: While the Canes haven't officially put pen to paper, the team's proclamation comes just 24 hours into its seven-day window to make a decision. After putting up 83 points in 82 games last season, even the prospect of a first, second and third round pick couldn't sway the club into walking away from the table. The Finn is capable of putting up similar numbers in 2019-20 and should be an early selection in all season-long formats.
News: Kadri was traded to Colorado along with Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round pick in exchange for Tyson Barrie, Alex Kerfoot, and a 2020 sixth-round pick Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Kadri spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with Toronto, racking up 357 points in 561 career games. Last season was a bit of a letdown; after back-to-back 30-goal seasons, he pocketed just 16 goals and 44 points during the 2018-19 campaign. The 28-year-old will likely center Colorado's second line and see time on the team's second power-play unit.
News: Kerfoot was traded to the Leafs in exchange for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a third-round pick in 2020, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports. The Leafs also acquired defenseman Tyson Barrie in the deal.
Impact: In a blockbuster move between two playoff teams, Kerfoot will head north of the boarder to be added to a youthful nucleus. The 25-year-old has racked up at least 42 points in each of his last two seasons with Colorado, and averaged 2:16 of power-play time with the club. Kerfoot will likely play wing with a loaded center depth chart for the Leafs. He was also a restricted free agent this season, so expect the team to start working on a long-term deal once the trade finalizes.
News: Barrie was traded to Toronto along with Alex Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round pick in exchange for Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round selection Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Impact: In addition, Colorado will retain half of Barrie's $5.5 million cap hit this season. The 27-year-old blueliner is coming off a career-high 59-point campaign last season. He should see plenty of power-play time and eat up minutes as a top-four defenseman in Toronto. Barrie will be an unrestricted free agent next season.
News: Varlamov signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Islanders on Monday.
Impact: Varlamov had spent the last eight seasons with the Avalanche, compiling a 183-156-38 record with a .915 save percentage and 2.72 GAA. The team turned to Philipp Grubauer in the postseason last year. The Islanders lost Robin Lehner to Chicago, so Varlamov is expected to step in as the co-No. 1 goaltender right off the bat with new teammate Thomas Greiss.
News: Lehner signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks on Monday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
Impact: This is a bit of a shocker, as Collin Delia appeared poised to take over as Corey Crawford's backup in 2019-20, but the Blackhawks are clearly hoping to replicate the success the Islanders had last season while deploying Lehner and Thomas Greiss as a highly effective one-two punch. Crawford and Lehner will likely be splitting starts pretty evenly, but if Crawford suffers another head injury, Lehner will be ready to take over as Chicago's unquestioned No. 1 netminder. The 2018-19 Vezina Trophy finalist shouldn't be considered a premier option at his position heading into this year's fantasy drafts, but he's definitely worth a look as a high-end secondary choice.
News: Lee signed a new seven-year, $49 million contract with the Islanders on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: Lee was one of the biggest names remaining in the free agency pool at the time of this writing -- several hours after goalie Sergei Bobrovsky signed with Panthers and stud forward Artemi Panarin announced he'd be taking his talents to the Big Apple. But given that Lee is the captain of the Islanders, it's not all that surprising that he's staying put. The Minnesota native produced 28 goals and 23 assists to complement a plus-20 rating last season -- without the help of John Tavares, mind you -- and he should continue hovering around three minutes of power-play time per game. Lee is a step below the elite class of forwards, but you could do much worse than drafting him as a No. 2 for your fantasy squad this fall.
News: Aho was given a five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet by the Canadiens on Monday, which he signed.
Impact: It's now up to the Hurricanes to determine if they want to match Montreal's offer or take a collection of picks from the Habs (a first-round, second-round and third-round selection). Considering the 21-year-old set career highs in goals (30), assists (53) and shots (243), it's hard to imagine Carolina will let him walk, even with a considerable return. This is the first offer sheet that has been utilized since 2013 when the Flames gave one to Ryan O'Reilly.
News: Pavelski (lower body) signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Stars on Monday.
Impact: It's unusual to see an NHL team lose its captain in free agency, but that's precisely how it has unfolded for the Sharks, a franchise still looking for a Stanley Cup win after 28 years of existence. Pavelski compiled 761 points (355 goals, 406 assists) through 963 career contests with San Jose. Despite the Stars averaging a mere 2.5 goals per game last season, we don't expect the three-time NHL All-Star to miss a beat in his new digs. After all, the Stars made a deep run in the 2019 playoffs, and Pavs joins forces with offensive stalwart Tyler Seguin on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit.
News: Bobrovsky signed a seven-year, $70 million contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Impact: This deal makes Bobrovsky the second highest paid goaltender in the NHL behind Carey Price, and for good reason, as he's been one of the best backstops in the league since joining Columbus in 2012-13, compiling a 213-130-27 record while maintaining a 2.41 GAA and .921 save percentage through 374 appearances spread over seven seasons. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner will be 37 years old by the time his contract with Florida is up, and he'll almost certainly have declined by then, but the Panthers are trying to compete for a Stanley Cup now, so they'll worry about the long-term ramifications of this deal later. Bobrovsky will remain a high-end fantasy option for the foreseeable future, and should be one of the first netminder's selected in this year's drafts.
News: Duchene signed a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nashville already has all of its defensive regulars under contract for the 2019-20 season, so it makes sense that the Predators would turn their attention to bolstering the top-six forward group upon this major signing of Duchene, with the average annual value on his contract ($8.0 million) matching that of revered assistant captain Ryan Johansen. The Predators averaged a putrid two goals per game in an abbreviated 2019 postseason run, meaning Duchene -- an accomplished top-six, power-play forward with a career average of 0.75 points per game between the Avalanche, Senators and Blue Jackets -- will be relied upon heavily, just as he was in his most recent stint with Columbus.
News: Panarin signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the Rangers on Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Who needs Kevin Durant when Madison Square Garden will now have Panarin to dazzle the fans for the next seven years? New York has reeled in the biggest fish in the free agency pond, further turbocharging a rebuild that has quickly moved into the competitive phase thanks to the offseason additions of Panarin, Jacob Trouba and second overall pick Kaapo Kakko. The Russian winger has 320 points in 322 career NHL appearances between the Blackhawks and Blue Jackets. He should instantly slot in on the top line and No. 1 power-play unit on Broadway.
News: Myers is closing in on a five-year, $30 million deal with the Canucks, Andy Strickland of 590 The Fan reports.
Impact: Vancouver is courting a 10-year veteran, with Myers having amassed 74 goals and 191 assists through 635 career contests between the Sabres and Jets. His massive 6-foot-8, 229-pound frame provides a thick layer of defense, and it's relatively easy for him to create space in the attacking zone to the benefit of fantasy owners abound. However, the Canucks only averaged 2.67 goals per game this past season -- which tied New Jersey for 25th overall -- so there should be some immediate concerns about Myers dipping in value away from the Jets, a team that ranked seventh in scoring.
News: Perry is expected to join the Stars when free agency begins, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Perry was bought out by the Ducks earlier this month after scoring just 10 points in 31 games last season. The former Hart Memorial winner could be a nice low-risk, high-reward player for the Stars as they look to make a Stanley Cup run.
News: Duchene is expected to join Nashville when free agency begins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Impact: Nashville sent P.K. Subban to the Devils in a salary dump in order to make a run at Duchene and it appears that it worked. The 28-year-old forward will make the Predators' forward group very threatening. He's coming off his second 70-point campaign, including a career-best 31 goals. Assuming he signs with Nashville, he'll join Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen in a lethal top-six.
News: Pavelski (lower body) is expected to sign with Dallas when free agency begins, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Pavelski has been the Sharks' captain over the last four seasons, but it sounds like he'll be wearing a different sweater for the first time in his NHL career. The 34-year-old has been incredibly consistent over the last decade or so. In his 13-year career, Pavelski has tallied 355 goals and 761 points in 963 games.
News: Shaw was traded to Chicago from Montreal with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a second- and seventh-round pick in 2020 and a third-round pick in 2021 on Sunday, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Shaw will head back to Chicago, where he spent the first five seasons of his NHL career. Last season, he scored 19 goals and a career-high 47 points. Expect the veteran winger to play a similar top-six role with some time on the power play with the Blackhawks.
News: Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick were acquired by the Coyotes from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Kessel appeared to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota earlier in June, but Pittsburgh was able to reach another deal around his limited no-trade clause. The 31-year-old had 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins and added 56 points in 65 playoff games, which included a pair of Stanley Cup championships. Kessel has been a stalwart since 2010, having missed games in only one of the last nine seasons.
News: Luongo will call it a career after 19 years in the NHL, the team announced Wednesday.
Impact: Luongo hangs up his skates having appeared in 1,044 games for the Islanders, Canucks and Panthers. Selected with the fourth overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft, the veteran logged over 70-plus games in four seasons, something that is unlikely to happen again in today's NHL. The world-class netminder will no doubt garner consideration for the Hall of Fame, as he ends his career with a 489-392-124 record, .919 save percentage and 2.52 GAA.
News: Tarasenko (shoulder) recently underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Impact: The Blues already revealed that Tarasenko was playing through a shoulder injury during the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston, but the star forward was also clearly dealing with an injured knee towards the end of the campaign. The 27-year-old Russian will be reevaluated in four weeks, so a more clear-cut timetable for his recovery should be established then. For now, he doesn't appear to be in any danger of not being ready for training camp.
News: Subban has been traded to New Jersey from Nashville in exchange for Steven Santini, Jeremy Davies and two second-round draft picks, reports TSN.ca.
Impact: Subban is entering year six of an eight-year, $72 million contract he originally inked with Montreal. The $9 million cap hit is a tough thing to swallow in today's NHL, so that's why the return for him is somewhat suspect. Subban is coming off a down year in which he scored nine goals and 31 points in 63 games. But the 30-year-old is still a premier, puck-moving defender who shoots right and the Devils have filled a massive gap in their system.
News: Turcotte was drafted fifth overall by the Kings at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Turcotte is a coach's dream. He's talented and smart, with an intense work ethic. His coachability is off the charts and his drive and determination are already pro-intense. Turcotte has been compared to a young Jonathan Toews or Patrice Bergeron. Wow. He probably has the best offensive upside after Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko -- he can do it all and do it well. He just needs to stay healthy, which he struggled with this season (injury and mononucleosis). Turcotte should be the third fantasy forward taken from this year's draft. He'll be a star.
News: Byram was drafted fourth overall by the Avalanche at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Number-one defensemen don't come around often. Byram is an absolutely explosive skater who makes good decisions with the puck on his stick. He was one of the top-scoring defensemen in the Western Hockey League this season and he'll run the Avs' power play soon enough. Byram isn't perfect -- his agility needs work and so do his pivots in the defensive zone. But he already has a great stick in his own zone and he's incredibly smart. Byram just turned 18 a week before the draft. His game will develop quickly in the Avs' system. He's not a Duncan Keith clone, but he'll be a star if he turns into another Morgan Rielly or Roman Josi, as scouts predict.
News: Dach was drafted third overall by the Blackhawks at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Dach is a big (6-foot-4), pass-first pivot with skill, good skating and smarts. Like a lot of big guys, he gets saddled with questions of work ethic and consistency. But that's only because he only needs to take half the strides of a smaller player to accomplish the same feat. Now, that doesn't mean Dach's a speedster -- his skills are faster than his feet. But a good skating coach can help him grow that part of his game. He protects the puck well, is patient with the puck and can find teammates' sticks through a sea of legs. Dach can be a first-line center in the NHL at his peak, a little in the mold of Ryan Getzlaf.
News: Kakko was drafted second overall by the Rangers at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Kakko is a stud. And he'd be the clear-cut top pick if Jack Hughes wasn't in this draft class. He already has a trophy case full of world championship golds -- U18s, U20s and most recently, the 2019 men's tournament, where he scored six goals and seven points in 10 games. Kakko is a top-line winger with great puck skills, a quick shot and high-end vision. He's already man-strong at 18 and excels in possession. And he's NHL-ready right now. Kakko will be short-listed for the Calder this season. And he'll be a star on the ice and in fantasy if the Mikko Rantanen comps are correct.
News: Hughes was drafted first overall by the Devils at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.
Impact: Hughes is a special talent. You'll hear comps to Patrick Kane, but scouts say he's his own man. Yes, he has Kane's elite playmaking and puck skills, but add in Connor McDavid's elusiveness -- especially in traffic -- and Jack Eichel's relentless motor. What you get is the best prospect in hockey. Hughes is a dynamic skater who drives play at a crazy pace. And thinks it at the same rate. He has all the tools to be a 100-point player in the NHL in his prime. And that makes him a keeper cornerstone.