Content provided by Player News - Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
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|Flames sign Devin Setoguchi to one-year deal||08-23-2014|
|Devin Setoguchi RW WPG|
Devin Setoguchi signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Calgary Flames on Saturday.
Bob McKenzie on Twitter
|The 27 year-old Alberta native struggled last season with Winnipeg, managing just 27 points in 75 games to go along with a -5 rating. The six-foot, 205 pound winger soared to success in 2009 with a 65 point campaign with San Jose, but has failed to exceed 41 points in the five years and three teams since then. With a short-term, home-province contract, the former 8th overall pick from 2005 could cash in as a 28 year-old UFA if he revives his career this season with a group of young, dynamic Flames forwards.|
|Marian Gaborik a fantasy risk despite success||08-23-2014|
|Marian Gaborik RW LA|
|Marian Gaborik played an instrumental part in the Kings' championship run this past spring, but the oft-injured sniper remains a risky pick to perform that big of a role on your fantasy team.||The hulking right winger missed exactly half the season due to injury last year, and was coming off a poor 2012-13 where he garnered just 27 points in 42 games. There is no doubt the skilled Slovakian has the ability to produce elite numbers, but investing too much stock in a player who has been a major fantasy disappointment for the past two years might not be worth the risk.|
|Aaron Ekblad recovering well from concussion||08-23-2014|
|Aaron Ekblad D FLA|
Aaron Ekblad spoke on Saturday about his recovery from the concussion he sustained earlier this summer, and all signs point to the first overall pick being ready for the start of Panthers' training camp next month.
The Globe and Mail
|"The concussion is perfectly, completely gone. I feel great," said Ekblad. "I've been skating all this week, working out all this week. It's gone. I feel great." These quotes from the Globe and Mail contradict a tweet from earlier in the day by the Toronto Sun, where Ekblad is quoted as saying his symptoms are "almost completely gone," and his workouts have been "ok." Whether or not Ekblad is completely symptom-free is unclear, but both sources seem to suggest that Florida's prized defenseman should overcome the setback on time for training camp on Sept. 18.|
|Alex Stalock set to prove he belongs in NHL||08-23-2014|
|Alex Stalock G SJ|
|Alex Stalock's strong 2013-14 has him locked in as the Shark's backup for the coming season, and on track to contend for the Sharks' starting job in the future.||With the Sharks hungry for change and Antti Niemi's contract entering its final year, the Sharks will audition the 27 year-old American this season to see if he can develop into a starting goaltender. Stalock earned a spot with the big club by going 12-5-4 with a 1.87 goals against average and .932 save percentage last year in his first taste of regular NHL action.|
|Stars gather for NHLPA Rookie Showcase||08-23-2014|
|Aaron Ekblad D FLA|
33 of the NHL's top prospects are in Toronto this weekend for the NHLPA Rookie Showcase, primarily a social and photo-op event for the young stars before training camp starts next month.
|The two-day event is based around Upper Deck's rookie card photo shoot, but also features an NHL 15 video game tournament, a light scrimmage, a hall of fame tour and media availability. Ekblad, Sam Bennett and Sam Reinhart are among the young guns attending the event.|
|Keith Seabrook returning to hockey in AHL||08-23-2014|
|Keith Seabrook D FLA|
Keith Seabrook has signed to a one-year, two-way (AHL/ECHL) contract with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
|Seabrook, 26, played 186 games over three seasons in the AHL before heading to Europe and playing for Val Pusteria of the Italian Serie A League in 2012. The younger brother of Blackhawk's defenseman Brent Seabrook notched 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 18 games in 2012-13 before taking last year off. The Washington Capitals originally drafted the 6-0, 198-lbs defenseman in the second round (52nd overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft.|