Ben Bishop G TB 9 Days
Bishop (wrist) began facing shots last week for the fist time since undergoing surgery, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Bishop indicated the session went well, and he'll likely had further activities to his offseason training program in the days to come. The netminder plans on being ready to go for training camp, and should be viewed as a top-tier goalie option in light of his high probable workload, as well as the impressive ratios he showed last season.
Alexander Semin LW CAR 11 Days
Semin's recovery from wrist surgery has been slower than expected and he is returning to the U.S. to complete his rehabilitation, reports Dmitry Chesnokov.
The Canes had hoped Semin would be ready for camp, but it's not clear if this slow recovery will keep him out when camp opens in mid-September. He's entering year two of a five-year, $35 million deal with the Canes, who are counting on him to be a key cog in their machine this season.
Marc Methot D OTT 11 Days
The Senators want to sign Methot to a long-term deal before his contract ends next summer, but talks between the two sides have stalled, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Methot has served as Erik Karlsson's defense partner over the last two seasons when the latter has been healthy.
He's earning $3.75 million, but it appears he's asking for Brooks Orpik or Matt Carle kind of money. Orpik inked a five-year, $27.5 million contract with Washington this summer and Carle is going into year two of his six-year, $33 million deal with Tampa Bay. That's steep money for a team that currently sits 28th in payroll and is always rumored to be in money problems. Methot may get traded if the team cannot come to terms with him soon. The Sens are all about leveraging assets right now and he'd be attractive to most other teams as a defensive rudder.
Ryan Bourque C NYR 11 Days
Bourque re-signed with the Rangers on Friday. Terms of the deal have not been released.
The 23-year-old center spent last season with AHL Hartford where he posted 21 goals, 16 assists and a plus-16 rating in 74 games. The season was tremendously successful for the 2009 draft pick -- he established new career marks in games played, goals, assists and plus-minus, as well as shots (158), game-winning goals (three) and power-play goals (seven). He has increased his output in each of his three seasons in the A, and is steadily demonstrating that his dream of a bottom-six gig on Broadway is not unrealistic (some day).
Julien Brouillette D WPG 12 Days
The Jets have signed Brouillette to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
The 27-year-old Brouillette -- who spent most of the 2013-14 season with AHL Hershey, recording 20 points in 51 games -- also suited up for 10 games with the Capitals last season, notching two points. He'll bolster the Jets' organizational blue line depth.
Ryan White C PHI 13 Days
White signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Flyers on Friday.
White played 52 games with the Canadiens last season, posting two goals and four assists with the club along with 50 penalty minutes. He will likely slide in at center and battle for a spot on one of the bottom two lines for the Flyers.
Sergei Gonchar D DAL 13 Days
The Stars spent part of the summer trying to find a trade partner for Gonchar, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The 40-year-old defenseman averaged just 17:37 of ice time last season and a paltry 13:24 during the playoffs. His production dropped off steeply as he posted 22 points in 76 games last season after scoring 27 in 45 games the year before. Despite the team's willingness to reportedly eat half of his $5 million salary, they couldn't find a home for Gonchar. He should still have some upside, but it sounds as though Dallas may not give him many minutes and his leash may be short, especially with a glut of young d-men looking to crack the roster this season.
Alex Ovechkin W WAS 14 Days
Ovechkin was involved in a minor car accident in Russia on Monday, Russian Machine Never Breaks reports.
It was a minor incident, so no worries -- Ovi didn't aggravate his knee injury or suffer any new ones. The NHL's reigning goal-scoring king is healthy and seems ready to defend his title under new head coach Barry Trotz.
Brooks Laich C WAS 15 Days
Laich added skating to his offseason training regimen on Monday, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Laich has been hobbled by a reoccurring groin injury sustained during the 2012-2013 NHL lockout. Since, he has tallied only 19 points in 60 games and looked like a shadow of his former self. The 31-year-old had surged in mid-March to fix the issue, and insists the worst is behind him and that he is "completely healthy" and had an "unbelievable summer of training". Given the tendency of groin issues not to get better as players age, fantasy owners would be wise to disbelieve his claims unless or until he can show he has regained his old form. Even so, Laich faces a stern challenge for a scoring line role and power-play time, but the news of ratcheting up the skating portion of his offseason training is a good sign, so monitor his progress as the season unfolds.
Michael Del Zotto D PHI 15 Days
Del Zotto signed a one-year deal with the Flyers on Tuesday.
Del Zotto played in 67 games last season with the Rangers and Predators, scoring a total of three goals on the year. He'll provide the Flyers with defensive depth, but it's currently unclear if the 24-year-old will serve in a top-four role.