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Flames could still keep Josh Jooris 06-27-2016
Josh Jooris C CAL
Josh Jooris may still re-sign with the Flames despite not getting a qualifying offer.

Will Nault on Twitter
GM Brad Treliving didn't give qualifying offers to Jooris, Joe Colborne and Joni Ortio because of arbitration rights and how that process might play out. Calgary will continue contract talks with all three of them.
Calgary may re-sign Joni Ortio before July 1 06-27-2016
Joni Ortio G CAL
Joni Ortio can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday after he didn't get a qualifying offer on Monday.

Pat Steinberg on Twitter
Still, he could end up signing with the Flames before that happens. Brian Burke indicated over the weekend that Calgary is comfortable with Ortio as the backup goalie for next season.
No QO for Colborne, still talking to Flames 06-27-2016
Joe Colborne C CAL
Joe Colborne didn't get a qualifying offer from Calgary.

Will Nault on Twitter
However, the Flames will continue to negotiate with him to agree to terms before he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Oilers let Gazdic, Clendening become UFAs 06-27-2016
Luke Gazdic LW EDM
Luke Gazdic didn't get a qualifying offer from Edmonton.

Chris Johnston on Twitter
Adam Clendening wasn't tendered a qualifying offer either, so both of them will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Gazdic had one goal and 24 penalty minutes in 29 outings with the Oilers last season. Clendening dressed in 20 matches with Edmonton.
Merrill doesn't get QO, still could re-sign 06-27-2016
Jon Merrill D NJ
Jon Merrill didn't get a qualifying offer from New Jersey, but he still could sign with the team.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
The Devils have had positive talks with Merrill and are confident he will agree to terms before July 1.
Devils confident DSP will re-sign 06-27-2016
Devante Smith-Pelly RW NJ
Devante Smith-Pelly can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but the Devils are confident they can sign him to a new deal.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
He didn't get a qualifying offer from New Jersey on Monday. Smith-Pelly was great for the Devils after he was acquired from Montreal. He notched eight goals and 13 points in 18 games after he produced just six markers and 12 points in 46 appearances with the Canadiens.
Devils still hope to sign Beau Bennett 06-27-2016
Beau Bennett RW PIT
Beau Bennett didn't get a qualifying offer from the New Jersey Devils.

Andrew Gross on Twitter
The Devils still hope to sign Bennett before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on Friday. New Jersey sent a third-round pick (No. 77 overall) to Pittsburgh to get him from Pittsburgh.
Predators retain rights to Taylor Aronson 06-27-2016
Taylor Aronson D NAS
Taylor Aronson was among those who received a qualifying offer on Monday.

Adam Vingan on Twitter
The Predators will retain his rights if he decides to come back to North America. Aronson bolted to HC Lada of the KHL after he felt he wasn't getting enough opportunity with the Nashville organization.
Report: Nielsen rejects offer, FA draws near 06-27-2016
Frans Nielsen C NYI
Frans Nielsen reportedly turned down a contract offer from the Islanders worth $5.5 million per season.

New York Newsday
Sources had indicated that the two sides were closer to a new deal that would likely be six or seven years. Nielsen can become an unrestricted free agent on Friday, but he still could sign with the Islanders after listening to some offers from other teams.
Coyotes ink G Louis Domingue to 2-year deal 06-27-2016
Louis Domingue G ARZ
Arizona has signed Louis Domingue to a two-year contract.

Arizona Republic/Phoenix Gazette
He earned the Coyotes' starting job when Mike Smith was injured last season. Domingue posted a 15-18-5 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage in 39 games. He is slated to be backup for Arizona next year.
Agent: Michael Latta won't get QO 06-27-2016
Michael Latta C WAS
Michael Latta won't get a qualifying offer from Washington, according to his agent.

Isabelle Khurshudyan on Twitter
The Capitals acquired Lars Eller at the NHL Entry Draft from Montreal, so it seems like they believe Latta can be let go. He suited up in 43 games with Washington last season and he picked up seven points along with 50 penalty minutes.
No QO for Patrick Wiercioch from Ottawa 06-27-2016
Patrick Wiercioch D OTT
Patrick Wiercioch did not get a qualifying offer so he will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Chris Johnston on Twitter
The move was expected after the Senators were unsuccessful in their attempts to trade him at the draft. Wiercioch posted just five assists in 52 games with Ottawa last season.
Sens pick up Patrick Sieloff for Chiasson 06-27-2016
Patrick Sieloff D CAL
Patrick Sieloff has been traded to the Ottawa Senators for Alex Chiasson.
Sieloff made his NHL debut with the Flames last season and scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Minnesota. He contributed two goals, nine assists and 54 penalty minutes in 52 outings with the AHL's Stockton Heat.
Flames acquire and sign Alex Chiasson 06-27-2016
Alex Chiasson RW OTT
Calgary has acquired Alex Chiasson from Ottawa in exchange for defenseman Pat Sieloff.
The Flames have also signed Chiasson to a one-year contract worth $800,000. He registered eight goals and 14 points in 77 games with the Senators last year.
Jeremy Morin doesn't get a QO from Sharks 06-27-2016
Jeremy Morin LW TOR
Jeremy Morin did not get a qualifying offer from San Jose.

Kevin Kurz on Twitter
That means he will be free to sign anywhere as an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He played with the Toronto Marlies and the San Jose Barracuda of the AHL last year. Morin had 14 points in 18 games with the Sharks' minor-league affiliate after he was acquired from Toronto.
Eric Lindros will be inducted into HHOF 06-27-2016
Eric Lindros RW
Eric Lindros is part of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

Hockey Hall of Fame on Twitter
Lindros skated in 760 NHL contests over his career because of concussions and other injuries. He notched 372 goals, 865 points and 1,398 penalty minutes. Lindros has been waiting to get the call for six years. He will join Sergei Makarov, Pat Quinn and Rogie Vachon in the 2016 class.
Lucas Lessio, Dietz to become UFAs 06-27-2016
Lucas Lessio LW MON
Lucas Lession will become an unrestricted free agent after he didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Canadiens.

Renaud Lavoie on Twitter
He shared time in the NHL and AHL last season. He contributed one goal and one assist in 12 games with Montreal. The Habs also didn't tender defenseman Darren Dietz a qualifying offer.
Oilers ink Iiro Pakarinen to 1-year contract 06-27-2016
Iiro Pakarinen RW EDM
Iiro Pakarinen has agreed to a one-year contract with Edmonton.

Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
He posted five goals and 13 points in 63 games with the Oilers in 2015-16.
Kyle Brodziak gets two-year deal from Blues 06-27-2016
Kyle Brodziak C STL
Kyle Brodziak has inked a two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Lou Korac on Twitter
The annual average value of the new contract is $950,000, so he gets a slight increase from the $900,000 he made last year. Brodziak produced seven goals and 11 points in 76 games in 2015-16.
Justin Schultz doesn't get QO, becomes UFA 06-27-2016
Justin Schultz D PIT
Justin Schultz did not get a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh.

Frank Servalli on Twitter
He can test unrestricted free agency now, but still could sign with the Penguins for less than the $3.9 million he earned last year. Schultz skated in 18 regular-season games and 15 playoff matches with Pittsburgh in 2015-16 after he was acquired from Edmonton.
Detroit signs Drew Miller to one-year deal 06-27-2016
Drew Miller LW DET
Drew Miller has re-signed with Detroit on a one-year, $1.025 million contract.

Frank Servalli on Twitter
He would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency on Friday if he didn't come to terms with the Red Wings. Miller skated in just 28 games last season and he posted only two points.
Maxim Kitsyn off to KHL, no QO from Kings 06-27-2016
Maxim Kitsyn LW LA
Maxim Kitsyn won't get a qualifying offer from Los Angeles.

Jon Rosen on Twitter
Patrik Bartosak and Alex Roach won't receive qualifying offers either, so all three of them are unrestricted free agents. Kitsyn will play for Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the KHL next year after he compiled 55 points in 65 ECHL games with Manchester in 2015-16.
Jonathan Bernier unsure if he'll be traded 06-27-2016
Jonathan Bernier G TOR
Jonathan Bernier doesn't know if he will be traded, but he intends to be ready for whatever team he plays for.

Pierre LeBrun for
"Yeah, I can't control what their plan is, whether I'm in their plan or not," said Bernier. "At this point now I'm just focusing on myself and making sure I'm ready for training camp. Right now I'm under contract with the Leafs and that's where my head is. If things change, well, that's out of my reach." If he stays with the Leafs then he wants to prove he can battle new arrival Frederik Andersen for playing time.
Stars give QO to Valeri Nichushkin 06-27-2016
Valeri Nichushkin RW DAL
Valeri Nichushkin has received a qualifying offer from the Dallas Stars.

Dallas Morning News
It wouldn't be surprising if he got a "show-me" contract. Nichushkin recorded just nine goals and 29 points in 79 games last season and he still has a great deal to prove at the NHL level. Dallas also retained the negotiation rights to Jamie Oleksiak, Matej Stransky and Maxime Lagace with qualifying offers.
Stars give up rights to Vance, 2 others 06-27-2016
Troy Vance D DAL
Troy Vance didn't get a qualifying offer from the Dallas Stars, so he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Dallas Morning News
Vance played on loan with Assat in Finland's top league last season, where he posted 19 points in 59 games. He was a fifth-round pick of the Stars back in 2011. Dallas also didn't retain the rights to centers Emil Molin, who is slated to play for MODO Hockey, and Taylor Peters, who appeared in just 29 ECHL games last year.
Bittner (hip) gets green light for contact 06-27-2016
Paul Bittner LW CLB
Paul Bittner (hip) has been cleared for contact.

Tom Reed on Twitter
He underwent hip surgery in March so the Blue Jackets won't push him too hard during development camp this week. Bittner skated with the goaltenders on Monday. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
No QOs for Wright, Vaive from Islanders 06-27-2016
James Wright C NYI
James Wright will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Arthur Staple on Twitter
He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Islanders, so he is free to test the market. Wright had 14 goals and 41 points in 73 games with Bridgeport of the AHL last season. Justin Vaive was not qualified by New York either.
Chris Higgins on waivers for a buyout 06-27-2016
Christopher Higgins LW VAN
Chris Higgins has been placed on waivers and will be bought out by the Canucks.

Elliotte Friedman on Twitter
Vancouver will save about $1.666 million in 2016-17 and his cap hit will be $833,333 in 2016-17 and 2017-18, according to Higgins split time between the Canucks and the AHL's Utica Comets last season. He posted just three goals and one assist in 33 NHL appearances.
Penguins sign Tim Erixon to 2-way contract 06-27-2016
Tim Erixon D PIT
Tim Erixon has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh.

Dave Molinari on Twitter
He will make $575,000 if he plays at the NHL level. Erixon contributed three goals and 17 assists in 65 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL during the 2015-16 campaign. He added six points in 10 outings for Pittsburgh's minor-league affiliate in the playoffs.
Preds lock up Filip Forsberg to 6-year deal 06-27-2016
Filip Forsberg C NAS
Filip Forsberg has agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract with Nashville.

The Nashville Tennessean
"Filip is among the most skilled, dynamic talents we've ever had in the organization and is an integral part of our success for the next six years and beyond," GM David Poile said in a statement. "While we have already seen his creativity, hockey sense and puck skills, he has yet to reach the peak of his abilities. We have full confidence that he will continue to blossom into one of the top players in the world." Forsberg is a big part of Nashville's offense. The 21-year-old led the Predators in scoring during the 2015-16 season with 33 goals and 64 points in 82 games. He also generated 23 points on the power play and he amassed 247 shots on goal.
Elliott's arrival could lead to Ortio's exit 06-27-2016
Joni Ortio G CAL
Joni Ortio could be expendable after the Flames acquired Brian Elliott from St. Louis at the NHL Draft weekend.

Calgary Herald
It will be interesting to see if he gets a qualifying offer from Calgary because if he doesn't then he will become an unrestricted free agent and the team will explore free agency to find a backup goalie. If his rights are retained then he could be the club's number two netminder.
Joffrey Lupul plays the waiting game 06-27-2016
Joffrey Lupul LW TOR
Joffrey Lupul still wants to play hockey even if it isn't with the Maple Leafs.

Toronto Sun
"I'm playing the waiting game," Lupul said Saturday. "I'm trying to get healthy. That's my focus right now. I haven't heard anything (from the Leafs). I really can't tell you anything. I'm just playing the waiting game now." There has been plenty of speculation that Toronto doesn't want him back, but it's still unclear how the situation will play out.
Steven Stamkos listening to other teams 06-27-2016
Steve Stamkos C TB
Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman has made his pitch to Steven Stamkos.

Tampa Bay Times
He said the interview window, which opened opened Friday night at midnight, won't change his process. Yzerman stated, "we're both very clear on our positions. ... I have no control over what other teams do. It's all part of the business, we all have decisions to make. (Players) have the right to make their own decisions, and I don't judge anybody on that." Detroit, Toronto and Buffalo are believed to be the major suitors for Stamkos, but there are plenty of other teams interested as well.
Habs expect Mikhail Sergachev tp help PP 06-27-2016
Mikhail Sergachev is viewed as a future replacement for Andrei Markov.

Montreal Gazette
"He's big, strong, and he has a cannon of a shot," said director of amateur scouting Trevor Timmins. "He provides offense from the other end. What we like about him is that he retrieves pucks quickly and gets them to the other end. He doesn't try to do too much but he gets the play going in transition." Sergachev is expected to help the power play when he makes the jump to the NHL, but Timmins was reluctant to say when that will happen because it takes defenders longer to develop.
Panthers want to add a right winger 06-27-2016
Eric Perrin C TB
At the top of Florida GM Tom Rowe's off-season wish list is an upper-tier free agent right winger.

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"We only have a third-line position we need to fill," Rowe said Saturday. "We're targeting a bunch of guys we put together. We'll start calling around the agents, get the interviewing process going, and see if there's interest on the other side and go from there." Loui Eriksson or Kyle Okposo appear to be on the Panthers' radar.
Wings hope Cholowski has top-4 potential 06-27-2016
Detroit is hoping that Dennis Cholowski will become a top-pairing defenseman.

Detroit Free Press
"Look at the price to get a top-four defenseman in the NHL these days, whether it's a trade or free agent, you pretty much have to remove a kidney," director of amateur scouting Tyler Wright said. "We have to draft them first and then develop them, and once you get them, you keep them for a long period of time." Cholowski, who was the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, will play for St. Cloud State University in 2016-17.
Bruins didn't want to wait for Trent Frederic 06-27-2016
Trent Frederic was probably a reach at pick No. 29, but he was a player the Bruins wanted.

Boston Herald
"We really needed a big centerman," head of amateur scouting Keith Gretzky said. "At 29, we just said, 'Hey, this is a guy that we really wanted,' and we didn't want to risk waiting until 49. It's a need and we believe he's going to play. Yeah, it's high, but you take a chance. We believe in his ability. He's going to a good school and a good program and he's going to take some time." Frederic will play for the University of Wisconsin in 2016-17.
Will Milan Lucic return to Boston? 06-27-2016
Milan Lucic LW LA
Boston GM Don Sweeney would be happy to get pending unrestricted free agent Milan Lucic.

Boston Globe
"The city would embrace [Lucic], the organization has great respect for him," said Sweeney. "There is no question we would explore all players." The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames are believed to be interested in Lucic as well.
Josh Morrissey could see more NHL action 06-27-2016
Joshua Morrissey D WPG
Josh Morrissey hopes to be a full-time member of the Jets next season.

Winnipeg Free Press
He is looking to add a couple of pounds of lean muscle in the summer. Morrissey posted three goals and 22 points in 57 games with Manitoba in 2015-16. He made his NHL debut as well on Mar. 5 against Montreal and he posted one shot in 15:54 of ice time.
Patrik Laine should crack Jets' lineup 06-27-2016
Patrik Laine is expected to make Winnipeg's roster for the 2016-17 season.

Winnipeg Free Press
The 18-year-old was selected with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He should get looks alongside Bryan Little and/or Mark Scheifele at training camp.