Ryan O'Reilly C COL 11 Hrs

Ryan O'Reilly is asking an arbitrator to award him a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

Colorado's counter proposal is worth $5.525 million. O'Reilly is coming off of a two-year, $10 million contract, but he was paid $6.5 million in the final season of the deal. The Avalanche want the average annual salary over the life of the deal to be the starting point while O'Reilly wants it to be based off of his 2013-14 salary. In other words, from the Avalanche's perspective, they're offering him a raise while O'Reilly sees it as a pay cut. Regardless of who wins, at this point it seems unlikely O'Reilly will stay in Colorado any longer than he's obligated to. If the Avalanche don't trade him first, he will probably sign elsewhere once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Haydn Fleury D CAR 13 Hrs

Haydn Fleury stood out in the first day of Carolina's prospects camp.

Fleury is participating in his first camp with the Hurricanes after being taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. "He's smooth. Very poised, and good feet," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said of Fleury. "I thought he looked real good." Fleury will compete for a roster spot during training camp, but we wouldn't bet on him making the team.

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 15 Hrs

Thomas Vanek is involved in an ongoing gambling investigation in upstate New York.

Per WHEC-TV, "Vanek is not charged with any crime and he voluntarily came to the federal court building with his lawyer." Vanek has also issued a statement saying that his cooperation was requested by the U.S. Federal Government and he intends to comply. "I am not the subject of any investigation or prosecution," Vanek said. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL is looking into the situation, but currently isn't commenting on the matter.

Jeremy Welsh C VAN 15 Hrs

Jeremy Welsh has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.

Welsh had a goal in 19 games with Vancouver in 2013-14. We wouldn't count on him making the Blues' opening game roster.

Zach Trotman D BOS 16 Hrs

Zach Trotman said it was a "dream come true" for him to get a one-way contract with the Bruins.

More specifically, Trotman inked a two-year contract that's two-ways in 2014-15 and one-way in 2015-16. Even still, the fact that the Bruins would structure his deal like that suggests that they feel Trotman isn't far off from being a regular in the NHL. It helps that AHL Providence coach Bruce Cassidy has also singled out Trotman and Joe Morrow as "clearly the next guys in line" for the Boston Bruins. Trotman played in two games with Boston in 2013-14 and also had 24 points in 53 AHL contests.

Nate Prosser D MIN 17 Hrs

Nate Prosser has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.

Prosser had eight points and 58 penalty minutes in 53 games in 2013-14. He has a fair chance of making the team's opening game roster.

Stefan Matteau C NJ 19 Hrs

Although he didn't end up getting called up during the 2013-14 campaign, Stefan Matteau felt that sticking with the AHL Albany Devils for the entire season was beneficial.

"I saw guys getting called up," Matteau said. "Good for them. I thought they deserved it." It was a chance for him to settle down after a rough end to his QMJHL career. He reportedly left Blainville-Boisbrand after he was bench during a playoff contest and was subsequently released. Although he wasn't referring to that incident specifically, Matteau does feel that he's matured since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. He will have a tough time making the Devils' opening game roster given that they have 14 forwards signed to one-way contracts, but he's still worth keeping an eye on during training camp.

Nikita Scherbak F MON 19 Hrs

Nikita Scherbak has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with Montreal.

Scherbak was taken with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. He had 28 goals and 78 points in 65 WHL games in 2013-14. He made a lot of progress last season and he'll probably return to the Saskatoon Blades for the 2014-15 campaign so that he can continue his development.

Kirill Gotovets D CHI 21 Hrs

Kirill Gotovets has agreed to an AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs.

The IceHogs are affiliated with the Chicago Blackhawks. Gotovets is getting ready for his first pro seaosn after recording four points and 20 penalty minutes in 32 games with Cornell University last season.

Patrice Cormier C WPG 22 Hrs

Patrice Cormier has signed a one-year, two-way contract with Winnipeg.

If Cormier spends the entire 2014-15 campaign with Winnipeg, then he'll earn $625,000. He had three assists and seven penalty minutes in nine games with the Jets last season.