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Many teams interested in Kyle Okposo 06-26-2016
Kyle Okposo RW NYI
There's plenty of interest in potential free agent Kyle Okposo.

Pro Hockey Talk
Okposo will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Now that all teams are allowed to talk to free agents, there's reportedly many inquiring about Okposo. According to Arthur Staple, Winnipeg, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Detroit, Buffalo and Florida are all reportedly interested in his services. The 28-year-old had 22 goals and 64 points in 79 games in 2015-16. He'll command a long term deal and a lot of money.
Alex Burrows won't be bought out by Vancouver 06-26-2016
Alex Burrows LW VAN
Alex Burrows isn't expected to be bought out by the Vancouver Canucks.

Matt Sekeres on Twitter
Burrows' offensive production has dried up considerably in the last few seasons. The 35-year-old's point totals have decreased in three of the last four seasons. He had nine goals and 22 points in 79 games. Burrows has one year remaining on his contract at $4.5 million.
Report: Canucks will buy out Chris Higgins 06-26-2016
Christopher Higgins LW VAN
The Vancouver Canucks are planning to buy out forward Chris Higgins, according to TSN 1040's Matt Sekeres.

Matt Sekeres on Twitter
The 33-year-old has really slowed down over the last few seasons and it showed in 2015-16. Higgins finished the year with three goals and four points in 33 games. Higgins cleared waivers in January and was assigned to AHL Utica. He'll likely have to accept a two-way deal or a professional tryout later on in the summer if he wants a chance to play in the NHL next season.
Bruins need Jimmy Hayes to step up in 16-17 06-26-2016
Jimmy Hayes RW BOS
The Boston Bruins will need Jimmy Hayes to step up in 2016-17.

CSN New England
The big forward struggled with consistency in 2015-16. He finished the year with no points in his last 16 games and had one point in 15 games during a stretch in late-November to early-December. "I think Jimmy had a pretty start to the year, but he really tailed off when the team needed him most," said GM Don Sweeney. "He should take some responsibility for that. We had a pretty frank discussion about that to challenge him to take his game to another level, and be able to help out a younger player."
Report: STL asked DET for Dylan Larkin 06-26-2016
Dylan Larkin C DET
The St. Louis Blues reportedly asked the Detroit Red Wings for Dylan Larkin in a trade involving Kevin Shattenkirk.

Detroit Free Press
That's a steep price for Detroit to pay for any player, especially one who's contract expires at the end of next season. Shattenkirk has been in high demand this off-season, but the Blues might want to drop their asking price if they hope to find a trading partner. It's safe to assume that Larkin won't be going anywhere this off-season or any time soon. The 19-year-old had 23 goals and 45 points in 80 games last season.
Mark Pysyk is a good fit with the Panthers 06-26-2016
Mark Pysyk D BUF
Panthers GM Tom Rowe expects Mark Pysyk to develop into a top-four defenseman in the near future.

Miami Herald
The Panthers acquired Pysyk in a trade that saw them ship Dmitry Kulikov to Buffalo. "It's not an easy decision when you're trading a guy like 'Kuli' away," Rowe said. "Part of it was cap management going into next year. And then we really wanted to get a right-shot defenseman, and Mark Pysyk was a guy we targeted a long time ago. We watched him quite a bit through the last couple of seasons. "We just felt that we picked up [Keith] Yandle on the left side with a left shot, so we wanted to find a guy who had potential to be a top-four 'D.' He might not be a top-four 'D' this year, but we think he can be in a couple years. And the fact that he's a right shot, he's a very composed player, very smart player, we thought he was a real good fit for the guys we have on the back end." The 24-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 2010. He had one goal and 11 points in 55 games last season.
Rychel has 'unbelievable opportunity' in TOR 06-26-2016
Kerby Rychel LW CLB
Kerby Rychel realizes that he has an "unbelievable opportunity" in Toronto.

Toronto Sun
Rychel asked to be traded from Columbus almost a year ago and the Jackets were finally able to honor his request by sending him to Toronto. "This is an unbelievable opportunity for me," Rychel said of playing for the Maple Leafs. "I touched base with the team this afternoon. I've got a lot to prove. The window is closing and I'm going to make this a big summer of getting ready." The 21-year-old had two goals and nine points in 32 NHL games last season. He was originally selected in the first round, 19th overall, by Columbus in 2013.
DeAngelo looking to play in the NHL soon 06-26-2016
Anthony Deangelo D TB
Anthony DeAngelo is looking to play in the NHL "sooner rather than later," according to his father, Lou.

Tampa Bay Times
"I wish things could have been different but I think this is better for all involved," Lou DeAngelo said. "We are thankful (to Tampa Bay) for the opportunity. We were looking for an opportunity to play in the NHL sooner rather than later." The Bolts traded the former first round pick to Arizona for a second round selection in 2016. There's no doubt that DeAngelo is a talented defenseman, but he still needs a lot of work in his own zone.
STL didn't select a defenseman in 2016 draft 06-26-2016
The St. Louis Blues made eight picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and not one of them was a defenseman.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Blues loaded up on forwards, as they used seven of eight draft picks at that position. "There was some times in the draft when we wanted to walk out with some forwards, forwards that could skate, or that had a certain intangible about them," Blues director of amateur scouting Bill Armstrong said. "I think we tried to squeeze the most out of the draft. Every draft is different, this one was a little thin in some areas. But we just tried to work it." They also chose a goalie.
Stars felt Jack Campbell needed change 06-26-2016
Jack Campbell G DAL
Stars GM Jim Nill felt that goalie Jack Campbell needed a change of scenery.

Dallas Morning News
"Sometimes, a change of pace in the best thing," said Nill. "Jack needs to go somewhere to get playing and get his confidence back." Campbell was selected 11th overall back in 2010, but he's failed to develop into an NHL goalie at this point. He'll likely never develop into the franchise player he was supposed to be, but he could turn out to be a decent backup goalie to Jonathan Quick.
Avs will focus attention on signing MacKinnon 06-26-2016
Nathan MacKinnon C COL
Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

Denver Post
MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I'm sure we'll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan - long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap.
Avs make Tyson Barrie a new offer 06-26-2016
Tyson Barrie D COL
The Colorado Avalanche made a new long-term contract offer to Tyson Barrie over the weekend.

Denver Post
Barrie is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st and there's been rumblings that he and the Avalanche don't see eye-to-eye on his overall value. "We presented a long-term proposal, and we'll see where that goes," GM Joe Sakic said. "If not anywhere, he's going to go to arbitration." The 24-year-old had 13 goals, 49 points and a minus-16 rating in 78 games this season.
Andrew Shaw excited about new start in MTL 06-26-2016
Andrew Shaw C CHI
Andrew Shaw is looking forward to joining the Montreal Canadiens this season.

CSN Chicago
Shaw and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin know each other pretty well, as Bergevin was the assistant general manager in Chicago before taking the job in Montreal. "(Bergevin) likes the rat in me, the work ethic," Shaw said on Saturday via conference call. "He enjoys watching me play and dealing with him on my first contract was exciting for me as well. I owe him a lot." When asked about playing with another scrappy player like Brendan Gallagher, here's what Shaw had to say: "Me and Gallagher, we have had some fun battles. Now I'm excited to be on his side to annoy people together, I guess." Shaw is a restricted free agent this off-season. The two sides should be announcing an agreement in the near future.
Sabres GM thrilled about getting Kulikov 06-26-2016
Dmitry Kulikov D FLA
Sabres GM Tim Murray was thrilled about acquiring Dmitry Kulikov from Florida on Saturday afternoon.

Buffalo News
"He gives us a chance just to keep getting better and make that playoff push that we talk about now," Murray said. "I don't know if he's going to play with Ristolainen - that's the coach's job to put the lines together - but we certainly know that he can. He's a good fit for us." The 25-year-old had one goal and 17 points in 74 games last season. Kulikov averaged 21:02 of ice time per game with the Panthers in 2015-16.
Preds take five defensemen in '16 draft 06-26-2016
The Nashville Predators selected five defensemen in the 2016 draft.

The Nashville Tennessean
The Predators nabbed a pair of defensemen in the first two rounds of the draft when they selected Dante Fabbro 17th overall and Samuel Girard in the second round. They used one of their third round picks on blueliner Frederic Allard and then chose Hardy Haman in the fourth round. After not taking a defenseman in the fifth and sixth rounds, the Preds concluded the draft by selecting Adam Smith out of Bowling Green.
Canadiens load up on defensemen in draft 06-26-2016
The Montreal Canadiens used four of their six draft picks on defensemen this weekend.

Montreal Gazette
Montreal obviously felt like they needed to add some prospect depth on the blueline. They selected Russian defenseman Mikhail Sergachev ninth overall on Friday night. They followed that up by taking three more defensemen the rest of the way. They used their fourth round pick on London Knights blueliner Victor Mete. They selected Minnesota high school defense prospect Casey Staum in round five and they acquired a seventh round pick to draft Swedish defender Arvid Henriksson.
James Reimer will not be re-signed by Sharks 06-26-2016
James Reimer G SJ
GM Doug Wilson all but said that James Reimer, Nick Spaling, Dainius Zubrus and Roman Polak will not be re-signed before they become UFA's on July 1.

CSN Bay Area
This is no surprise as the Sharks will look to bring some of their cheaper minor leaguers up to do the job. Reimer has a few spots to look at but they will be in a backup role most likely. Teams like Anaheim and Edmonton are in the market for a backup and it remains to be seen where Reimer winds up. He was 17-14-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a .922 save percentage in 40 games with the Sharks and Toronto in 2015-16.
Eric Gryba and the Oilers talking deal 06-26-2016
Eric Gryba D EDM
The Edmonton Oilers are in talks with UFA-to-be Eric Gryba.

Edmonton Sun
Gryba suffered a knee injury on February 16 and did not return the remainder of the season. Talks to re-sign the defensive defenseman are on-going but took a bit of a break as Gryba was married on Saturday. Congratulations to the blueliner on his nuptials. He had only a goal and six points in 53 games with 75 penalty minutes so his fantasy value is limited at best.
Rumors abound Nugent-Hopkins may be dealt 06-26-2016
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM
There are rumors floating around that have Ryan Nugent-Hopkins being on the trading block with the Wild as a possible destination.

Edmonton Sun
The Oilers badly need help on their blueline and the Wild need a center, so it's assumed that defenseman Matt Dumba will be the return for the former first overall pick in 2011. Nugent-Hopkins has been a disappointment since injuring his shoulder in his second NHL season and that is not a good injury to have for a hockey player. Nugent-Hopkins had 12 goals and 34 points in 55 injury-plagued games this past season so maybe he needs a fresh start as well. Stay tuned.
Kerby Rychel requested trade last summer 06-26-2016
Kerby Rychel LW CLB
Kerby Rychel requested a trade from Columbus last off-season.

Columbus Dispatch
It took GM Jarko Kekalainen almost a full year to fill the request and it happened on Saturday as Rychel is now a Maple Leaf. Rychel had nine points in 32 games with Columbus last season and won the Calder Cup with Lake Erie as he spent 37 games plus all of the playoffs with the Monsters. He looks to be a third line player at best at this time so stay away from Rychel in pools unless he is a close friend or relative and you feel obligated to take him.
Blue Jackets happy to have Scott Harrington 06-26-2016
Scott Harrington D TOR
The Columbus Blue Jackets think they have a nice prospect in Scott Harrington.

Columbus Dispatch
Harrington was dealt to the Blue Jackets Saturday from Toronto for Kerby Rychel. The 23-year-old played 15 games for Toronto after he was a piece in the Phil Kessel trade to Pittsburgh. Defensemen usually take longer to develop so at age 23, Harrington could be on track to claim a bottom pairing job in Columbus. "(Harrington) is steady, smart, he's a good defender," GM Jarko Kekalainen said. "He competes. He has character. Those are the things we really like about him. He has good size. We've liked him for a while." Harrington has no fantasy value and will likely be no better than a fifth or sixth defenseman on the Jackets.
Sean Monahan, Flames talking deal 06-26-2016
Sean Monahan C CAL
Sean Monahan was in Calgary on the weekend and is in the midst of discussing a long-term contract.

Calgary Sun
Monahan's entry level deal is over and now the big money will start to flow in. Monahan is only 21 but has had 125 points in his last two seasons in 161 games, picking up 63 last season and 62 the previous year. He knows where the back of the net is as well with 31 and 27 goal seasons. Monahan is in for a big payday and should be the centerpiece of the Flames for the next several years. He is worth taking around the fifth or sixth round in most pools.
Ducks go after forwards in 2016 Draft 06-26-2016
Ken Sutton D NJ
The Anaheim Ducks went after forwards during the draft after picking defensemen the last few years.

Orange County Register
The Ducks thought that there was a lack of depth up front and while their philosophy is to take the best player available, they certainly tried to add to their forward group. "Our depth at the forward prospects is not as strong as it is on defense," director of amateur scouting Martin Madden said. "Last year, a few defensemen fell to us and we just could not pass on them. This year, at almost every pick, we felt there was more value with the forward group." The Ducks had two first round picks and selected Max Jones and Sam Steel, both forwards.