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Pittsburgh names Mike Bales new goalie coach 08-19-2013
Dan Bylsma RW ANA
The Pittsburgh Penguins have decided to promote goalie development coach Mike Bales to their new goaltending coach.

Penguins.nhl.com
He has worked as the team's goaltender development coach for the previous two seasons, which allowed him to work with the organization's netminder prospects. Jeff Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen allowed the fewest combined goals in the AHL (178) last season under his tutelage. Bales also did scouting and evaluation of amateur goaltenders for the Penguins. Now, he'll join the big club and work on head coach Dan Bylsma's staff.
Blues sign prospect William Carrier 08-19-2013
Tony Turgeon D FLA
St. Louis and William Carrier have agreed to terms on a three-year deal.

Blues.nhl.com
He notched 16 goals and 26 assists in 34 games with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL last season despite being limited by an ankle issue. The Blues selected him in the second round, 57th overall, of the 2013 draft.
Foot shouldn't be a problem for Erik Karlsson 08-19-2013
Erik Karlsson D OTT
Erik Karlsson doesn't think the numbness he feels in his left foot will hamper him during the upcoming season.

Ottawa Citizen
He isn't sure when the feeling will go away, but other than that he said he felt good after taking to the ice on Monday in Ottawa. Feel free to draft him with confidence this year because he's still the most valuable defenseman in fantasy hockey.
H. Lundqvist says talks are in 'early stages' 08-19-2013
Henrik Lundqvist G NYR
Henrik Lundqvist reiterated Monday that he wants to see a long-term contract with the New York Rangers.

New York Post
"If we can find a solution, it's no secret that this is where I want to be; I'm not thinking about free agency at all," he said. "The way the organization has treated me, the way that our team has played over the last few years, the way I feel about New York City, this is definitely the place I want to be. But we do have a few things we have to talk about." He returned to New York from Sweden on Sunday and took to the ice with a half-dozen of his teammates. There hasn't much progress in talks yet though and Lundqvist described the negotiations as being in "the early stages." He would prefer to have something in place before the season starts and talks may or may not continue once the 2013-14 campaign begins.
GM expects to have Zach Boychuk signed soon 08-19-2013
Zach Boychuk C CAR
Zach Boychuk remains unsigned but GM Jim Rutherford said something may be worked out soon.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
Rutherford expects that a deal could be finalized in the next few days. Boychuk, who is a restricted free agent, skated in 13 combined games with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville last season.
E. Lindholm will be OK for rookie tournament 08-19-2013
Elias Lindholm C CAR
Elias Lindholm will be able to play on Carolina's rookie tournament roster in Traverse City.

Chip Alexander on Twitter
He sustained a shoulder injury in July at the Hurricanes' prospect camp, but it was never believed to be serious. Lindholm is being projected to start the 2013-14 campaign in the NHL.
KHLer Leo Komarov plans to return to NHL 08-19-2013
Leo Komarov C TOR
Leo Komarov will be suit up for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL this season, but he plans to return to the NHL possibly as soon as the 2014-15 campaign.

Sportsnet.ca
"I have not finished the NHL. I want to go back there," he told sovsport.ru. "After this season, I'm a free agent." Komarov has played three seasons with Dynamo, but he played last year with Toronto. He recorded nine points and 176 hits in 42 NHL games with the Leafs.
Flyers' M-A Bourdon wants a roster spot 08-19-2013
Marc-Andre Bourdon D PHI
Marc-Andre Bourdon is eager to land a spot with the Philadelphia Flyers after missing most of the 2012-13 season due to a concussion.

The Courier-Post
He has sustained two concussions over the past year, but feels ready to make a comeback. "I'm dying to play hockey right now. That's my only focus," Bourdon said. "I kinda felt sorry for myself at the start, but I'm over it. I'm just ready to go. I just need my head to be 100 percent. I have the mindset to play hockey and make this team." Philadelphia has nine defensemen, including Bourdon, on one-way contracts so there will be plenty of competition at training camp. Bourdon still has to get medical clearance, but he has been skating and receiving message therapy in the hope of being ready when camp opens.
Michael Leighton inks contract with Donbass 08-19-2013
Michael Leighton G CLB
Michael Leighton has agreed to a one-year deal with Donbass Donetsk of the KHL.

Sportsnet.ca
Columbus acquired him, along with a third-round pick, from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Steve Mason in April. There wasn't any room for him on the Blue Jackets with Sergei Bobrovsky and Curtis McElhinney on the roster, but Donbass created a spot for him by releasing Chris Holt.
Habs sign G Dustin Tokarski to two-way deal 08-19-2013
Dustin Tokarski G MON
Dustin Tokarski has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Montreal.

Canadiens.nhl.com
He was acquired by the Canadiens organization last year in a minor-league swap that sent Cedrick Desjardins to Tampa Bay. In 15 games with AHL Hamilton after the move, Tokarski posted a 6-8-0 record with a .927 save percentage and a 2.22 GAA.
Mason Raymond still looking for another team 08-19-2013
Mason Raymond LW CAL
Vancouver reportedly hasn't shown any interest in bringing back unrestricted free agent Mason Raymond.

Vancouver Province
The Canucks want to be tougher to play against and Raymond's game is mostly about speed. He'll probably have to sign elsewhere at a cheaper price once teams begin training camp.
David Booth may not be ready for camp 08-19-2013
David Booth LW TOR
David Booth (ankle) hasn't received clearance yet and it's unclear if he'll be ready for training camp.

Vancouver Province
He underwent surgery on his ankle in March and is working on trying to be healthy for September. Booth scored one goal last year into an empty net and he posted two assists in 12 appearances. If he's not ready for the start of camp then it could open a spot for a player like Nicklas Jensen to move up.
Jaroslav Halak healthy, ready for 2013-14 08-19-2013
Jaroslav Halak G NYI
Jaroslav Halak has worked hard during the off-season to strengthen his lower body.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
He stayed in St. Louis in order to work one-on-one with Blues strength and conditioning coach Nelson Ayotte rather than return home to Slovakia. Halak struggled with a groin injury last season, but it was determined that surgery would not be required after he visited a specialist in Philadelphia following the Blues' first-round playoff exit. "Everything feels good. I needed some time to heal it properly," he said. "Right now, I have no issues and hopefully it's going to be this way." Halak is still being looked at as St. Louis' starting goalie entering the 2013-14 campaign, but he will need to stay healthy and consistent to keep that job because Brian Elliott and Jake Allen are waiting for more action just below him on the depth chart.
Mark Arcobello may get NHL shot this year 08-19-2013
Mark Arcobello RW EDM
Mark Arcobello was a star in the AHL last season, but it may be hard for him to stick around at the NHL level.

Edmonton Journal
At 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds he gives up a lot in terms of size, but he appears to have the skill to be successful if given the opportunity at an NHL role. Arcobello led the Oklahoma City Barons in scoring during the regular season with 68 points in 70 games and in playoffs with 20 points in 17 contests. He played with Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall in the AHL last year during the lockout and could get a chance to play with them again as a member of the Oilers if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) isn't ready for the start of the 2013-14 season. He may be worth looking into after training camp as a short-term pickup, but he isn't guaranteed to spend much of the year in the NHL.
Stars should use Chiasson-Whitney combo again 08-19-2013
Alex Chiasson RW OTT
Alex Chiasson has likely earned himself another chance to skate alongside Ray Whitney this coming season.

Dallas Morning News
Whitney assisted on four of Chiasson's six goals last year and Chiasson's only assist helped set up a goal by Whitney. That chemistry is worth trying out again. Their second-line center could be Shawn Horcoff, Rich Peverley or Cody Eakin. Chiasson suited up in just seven games with Dallas last season, but he did make a positive first impression.
Third line may not be so bad for Cody Eakin 08-19-2013
Cody Eakin C DAL
Cody Eakin played up and down Dallas' roster last season, but he may end up starting the 2013-14 campaign on the team's third line.

Dallas Morning News
Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News doesn't think that situation will be much of a deterrent for Eakin because he could end up playing with some talented players like first-round draft pick Valeri Nichushkin, Erik Cole, Antoine Roussel or Rich Peverley if he isn't used at center or higher up the rotation on the wing. There's also the possibility that Eakin could play on the second line while Shawn Horcoff occupies the third unit. The bottom line is that Eakin should have some good players to work with this coming season, which could help him improve on the seven goals and 24 points he put up in 48 games last year.
Will Alex Galchenyuk play center or the wing? 08-19-2013
Alex Galchenyuk C MON
It's unclear right now if Montreal will play Alex Galchenyuk more at his natural position of center this season.

Montreal Gazette
"It's a difficult position for a young player," GM Marc Bergevin said. "We didn't want to put a lot of pressure on him. We used him at center (in the 2013 season) on a few occasions and he did a good job, but we feel that, for the time being, he's better off on the wing." It's likely that he will spend most of the 2013-14 campaign on the wing as well.
Landeskog ready to respond after extenstion 08-19-2013
Gabriel Landeskog LW COL
Gabriel Landeskog, who recently signed a long-term extension, is thrilled to be locked up long term in Colorado.

Denver Post
"Things have been moving really quickly the last couple years, but for the Kroenke family and the management to believe in me feels good," said Landeskog, who received a seven-year/$39 million contract. "Now it's up to me to respond and prove myself again, and I'm looking forward to spending a long time in Denver and bringing the Cup back to Denver." His entry-level deal expires after this season and then his cap hit will raise to $5,571,429, according to Capgeek.com.
Canes expect to have Tuomo Ruutu at camp 08-19-2013
Tuomo Ruutu LW NJ
Tuomo Ruutu is still expected to be ready for training camp after undergoing hip surgery twice last season.

Raleigh News & Observer
He underwent one procedure in December and another once the season was over. Ruutu returned faster than it was thought he would from his first surgery. He contributed nine points, 30 shots and a whopping 51 hits in 17 games last year.