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|St. Louis signs prospect Robby Fabbri||09-02-2014|
Robby Fabbri has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.
|Fabbri had 45 goals and 87 points in 58 OHL games in 2013-14. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.|
|Flyers hope Couturier does more offensively||09-02-2014|
|Sean Couturier C PHI|
Philadelphia will look for Sean Couturier to contribute more offensively in 2014-15.
|Couturier has developed into a strong defensive center, but he had just 39 points in 82 games last season. "Our biggest upside is up front with Brayden [Schenn] and Sean," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "Sean, you love what he does, the unselfishness, the team first, loving the challenge of playing against the other team's top line. That's awesome stuff. ... He needs to push harder north. It's a little bit of a mentality, a little bit of an attitude, but there's going to be expectations placed on him that haven't been [there] up to this point. He's a young player and rightfully so, there has not been expectations from him to produce at a high level, but he's been in the league long enough now where he needs to push the bar, offensively." Couturier does have a fair amount of offensive upside despite his lackluster numbers in the NHL thus far. He's worth keeping an eye on.|
|Jeff Deslauriers accepts Kings' camp invite||09-02-2014|
Jeff Deslauriers will attend the Kings' training camp on a tryout basis.
|Deslauriers will compete with Martin Jones for the backup job, but he's a long shot to win it. In the likely event that Deslauriers isn't able to secure a roster spot, he might still sign with the Kings to serve in the AHL.|
|Zac Rinaldo will come with $850,000 cap hit||09-02-2014|
|Zac Rinaldo C PHI|
|Zac Rinaldo's newly signed two-year extension comes with an annual cap hit of $850,000.||He'll earn $750,000 this season before his new contract kicks in starting with the 2015-16 campaign. Rinaldo is a good source of penalty minutes and hits, but he is unlikely to ever be a significant contributor offensively.|
|Winnipeg agrees to terms with Nikolaj Ehlers||09-02-2014|
Nikolaj Ehlers has inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
Gary Lawless on Twitter
|Ehlers has a lot of offensive upside, but it would still be somewhat surprising to see him stick with the Jets in 2014-15. After being taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he's expected to return to the QMJHL so that he can continue to hone his game.|
|Flyers, Zac Rinaldo agree to 2-year extension||09-02-2014|
|Zac Rinaldo C PHI|
Zac Rinaldo has inked a two-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers.
|The financial terms of the contract weren't released by the team, but he will earn $750,000 in 2014-15 before his new deal kicks in. "I'm surprised that we even starting to talk about it so early but I am thrilled," Rinaldo said. He doesn't do much offensively, but he did record 153 penalty minutes and 231 hits in 67 games last season.|
|Medvedev hints at KHL luring Ovechkin, Malkin||09-02-2014|
|Alexander Ovechkin LW WAS|
KHL president Alex Medvedev has hinted that Alex Ovechkin or Evgeni Malkin might come to the KHL in a year.
Igor Eronko on Twitter
|Of course, this isn't the first time that Ovechkin and Malkin have been linked to the KHL and they are signed to long-term deals with Washington and Pittsburgh respectively. The one thing that makes Medvedev's quote a bit more troubling is that he specifically point to these "good surprises," as he put it, potentially happening "in a year." The NHL's current memorandum of understanding with the KHL was recently extended, but it is now set to expire on June 30, 2015.|
|Hedberg will be AHL Devils new goalie coach||09-02-2014|
|Johan Hedberg G NJ|
Johan Hedberg will serve as the goalie coach of the AHL Albany Devils in 2014-15.
The Bergen Record
|"I'm very much excited," Hedberg said. "Even though I enjoyed my year last year scouting, I think I missed being around the team and being closer to the team and having the every day feeling that you're part of something together." Hedberg had a 161-143-36 record, 2.82 GAA, and .901 save percentage in 373 career NHL games. He's taking over for David Caruso, who wasn't able to continue to serve as the team's goalie coach after holding that position for two seasons.|
|Ron Hextall believes in Michael Del Zotto||09-02-2014|
|Michael Del Zotto D PHI|
Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall expects Michael Del Zotto to bounce back after a rough 2013-14 campaign.
|Del Zotto went from recording 41 points in 2011-12 and 21 points in 46 contests during the shortened campaign to scoring just three goals and 16 points in 67 games last season. In addition to his production declining, he saw his role with the Rangers reduced substantially and a trade to Nashville wasn't enough to turn his season around. The Predators didn't even think he was worth a qualifying offer to retain his rights, but Philadelphia eventually offered him a one-year contract in August. "We look at a young player like Michael Del Zotto coming into the NHL at his age," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said. "He has a lot of money. He's got fame, he's got people wanting to spend time with him and thinking he's a big deal. Any 20-21-22 or 23-year-old, it's pretty easy to get off the rails. I think that is what happened to him. I think in two years, he will look back and say, 'it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I regained my focus and what is important.'"|
|Brett Skinner heads to Europe||09-02-2014|
|Brett Skinner D COL|
Brett Skinner will play in the Czech Extraliga in 2014-15.
|Skinner has agreed to terms with Pirati Chomutov. He had a goal and 13 points in 48 AHL games with the Norfolk Admirals and Rockford IceHogs last season.|
|P. Datsyuk open to eventually playing in KHL||09-02-2014|
|Pavel Datsyuk LW DET|
Pavel Datsyuk is open to playing in the KHL before his career ends.
Detroit Free Press
|"It is hard to talk about it now," Datsyuk said. "My dream is to play for the (KHL team) remains, but (I have to) look at how the rest of my hockey career (goes)." Datsyuk, 36, is about to start a three-year, $22.5 million contract with Detroit. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 45 games in 2013-14.|
|N. Hjalmarsson hopes to do more offensively||09-02-2014|
|Niklas Hjalmarsson D CHI|
Niklas Hjalmarsson is expected to try to do more offensively going forward.
|Hjalmarsson had four goals and a career-high 26 points in 81 games in 2013-14. If he does manage to top that in 2013-14, it probably won't be by much. He's known more for his defensive contributions though and it's his work without the puck that's made him one of the Blackhawks' most valuable blueliners.|