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John Klingberg may take more chances 07-28-2016
John Klingberg D DAL
John Klingberg may get to take more chances in 2016-17.

Dallas Morning News
The Stars back end has Dan Hamhuis, Johnny Oduya, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, Patrik Nemeth, Jordie Benn and Jamie Oleksiak who are unlikely to jump into the rush or move the puck as well as Klingberg can. The soon-to-be 24-year-old blueliner has already amassed 98 points in 141 NHL outings and he should be among the league's top-scoring defenseman again in 2016-17.
Paul Stastny could center Tarasenko, Steen 07-28-2016
Paul Stastny C STL
Paul Stastny between Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen could be a line combination for the Blues in 2016-17, according to coach Ken Hitchcock.

Jeremy Rutherford on Twitter
Of course nothing is set in stone, especially this early. It might be a trio to keep an eye on once Steen returns from off-season shoulder surgery. Robby Fabbri may be back with Stastny, while Tarasenko could skate alongside Jori Lehtera and Jaden Schwartz as well.
Minnesota signs Matt Dumba to 2-year deal 07-28-2016
Mathew Dumba D MIN
Minnesota has signed Matt Dumba to a two-year, $5.1 million contract.

Wild.nhl.com
He will earn $2.35 million in 2016-17 and $2.75 million in 2017-18. Dumba tallied personal bests last season with 10 goals and 26 points in 81 games. He will have an opportunity to prove himself worthy of a longer term deal.
Z. Kassian's self-improvement impresses coach 07-28-2016
Zack Kassian RW EDM
Zack Kassian has impressed coach Todd McLellan with his off-season preparations.

Edmonton Journal
"I'm very impressed with Zack's approach in life, in general," said McLellan. "We've talked about the Oilers and hockey but from where Zack was, bottoming out (as a Montreal Canadiens' winger) with his lifestyle (going into the NHL's Substance Abuse program) and to see where he his with his commitment to conditioning and becoming healthy. That can rub off on other players." Kassian is looking trimmer and the Oilers' bench boss is excited to see what he can do at training camp.
Marek Hrivik's contract is two-way 07-28-2016
Marek Hrivik LW NYR
Marek Hrivik new contract is a two-way deal.

Larry Brooks on Twitter
He is slated to earn $600,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Hrivik made his NHL debut with the Rangers on Feb. 21 and he picked up an assist in his second big-league appearance.
Devils sign blueliner Brandon Gormley 07-28-2016
Brandon Gormley D COL
Brandon Gormley has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the New Jersey Devils.

Devils.nhl.com
His deal is worth $650,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Gormley skated in 26 games with Colorado last year and in 39 matches with the team's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.
Jesse Puljujarvi may be a top-3 RW for Oilers 07-28-2016
Edmonton bench boss Tod McLellan is hoping that Jesse Puljujarvi can be a top three right winger after training camp.

Edmonton Journal
"Jesse will dictate his entry into the league and the pace of it," said McLellan. "He's highly-skilled and he's played against men in a pro league back in Finland. When you draft a player from a junior team over here or a U.S. college or Junior A, they've been playing with young men. Jesse's play (in the Finnish Elite League) gives him a head start but we'll see it turns out. There's years where you count on things and they don't get done. In other years, there's surprises." The 18-year-old could also start in the minors, but it's more likely that he'll be in the NHL for at least the start of the year.
Michael Stone inks one-year contract 07-28-2016
Michael Stone D ARZ
Michael Stone has signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the Coyotes.

Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
He recorded six goals and 36 points in 75 games last season. Stone also recorded 137 hits and 143 blocks during 2015-16. He is rehabbing from April surgery on his ACL and MCL.
Oilers want to see more from Nail Yakupov 07-28-2016
Nail Yakupov RW EDM
Nail Yakupov will be given a chance to bounce back in 2016-17.

Edmonton Journal
"I believe in giving people opportunities to recover and bring their game up," said coach Todd McLellan. "I know Yak is doing some things this summer (working out, training), he hasn't done in the past. I want him to have success and so do his teammates. It's a matter of doing that as quickly as possible." Yakupov didn't appear to satisfied with how the 2015-16 campaign unfolded and the Oilers weren't happy with his play either. He remains a potential trade candidate, but Edmonton isn't rushing to unload him for nothing.
Rangers, Marek Hrivik agree to new deal 07-28-2016
Marek Hrivik LW NYR
Marek Hrivik has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

Blueshirts United
No details have been announced yet, though. He notched 12 goals and 41 points in 68 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL last season. Hrivik also had one assist in four outings with the Rangers.
Coyotes sign Connor Murphy to 6-year deal 07-28-2016
Connor Murphy D ARZ
Connor Murphy has agreed to a six-year, $23.1 million contract with Arizona.

Craig Morgan on Twitter
That is an annual average value of $3.85 million per season. In 78 games last year, Murphy picked up six goals and 17 points while averaging 20:30 of ice time. He has accounted for 175 hits and 139 blocked shots.
Dmitry Orlov awaits new contract 07-28-2016
Dmitry Orlov D WAS
Dmitry Orlov is expected to agree to a bridge deal with a one- or two-year term.

Washington Post
The restricted free agent didn't file for salary arbitration, so it's unclear when he will get a new deal. According to generalfanager.com, the Capitals have $3.45 million left in salary cap space, so he's unlikely to get much of a raise from the $2.25 million he earned last season.
Backes might shift around in 2016-17 07-28-2016
David Backes RW STL
David Backes understands that he could shuffle between linemates and positions in 2016-17.

Boston Globe
It's believed that he may start on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but he also could play center at times against larger lineups. "It's not going to be something that's set in stone," said Backes. "I think it will be an adjustment. Whatever [coach] Claude [Julien] thinks is necessary . . . when you're playing with good players, I think the old NHL maybe you were stuck in your lane and you just went up and down the wall, but [these days] it's pretty dynamic and fluid."
Update on Ladislav Smid expected to come soon 07-28-2016
Ladislav Smid D CAL
Calgary is expecting to have a medical update on Ladislav Smid (neck) soon.

Calgary Sun
He has been suffering from on-going neck issues, which sidelined him for the last 26 games of the 2015-16 season.
Flames working on Gaudreau, Monahan deals 07-28-2016
Johnny Gaudreau LW CAL
Flames GM Brad Treliving didn't have an update to provide on new contracts for restricted free agents Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

Calgary Sun
He was asked about Calgary's top offensive duo when netminder Brian Elliott was introduced to the media on Wednesday. "No real update there," said Treliving. "We'll continue to work away at it. We wanted to focus (Wednesday) on Brian and (Elliott's wife) Amanda and welcome them to Calgary. But we'll continue to work away at it." Talks have been ongoing during the off-season, with both players looking for long-term deals.
Elliott excited to be Calgary's No. 1 goalie 07-28-2016
Brian Elliott G STL
Brian Elliott is anxious to start the season as Calgary's number one goalie.

Sportsnet.ca
He had to share the crease with Jake Allen, Ryan Miller and Jaroslav Halak when he played for the St. Louis Blues, so the veteran netminder is excited to have the number one role to himself for the 2016-17 campaign. "To have that good of numbers and not get the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy, sometimes it's frustrating," Elliott said. "But I've always believed if you worked hard, put your head down and plowed through it, opportunities will pop up for you." Those numbers may drop as a member of the Flames, but he will provide the team with better goaltending than they had last season.
Ben Bishop on track to be ready for USA camp 07-28-2016
Ben Bishop G TB
Ben Bishop (ankle/shin) should be ready for Team USA's World Cup camp, according to Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

Joe Smith on Twitter
Bishop has been recovering from a high-ankle and shin sprain, which he suffered in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final. It sounds like the injuries won't be an issue going into the regular season.
RFA Nikita Nesterov in regular talks with TBL 07-28-2016
Nikita Nesterov D TB
Nikita Nesterov is expected to sign a new deal with the Lightning prior to the start of the regular season.

Joe Smith on Twitter
GM Steve Yzerman said the two sides have been in regular talks. Nesterov is currently a restricted free agent.