Stefan Matteau C NJ 2 Days
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 2 Days
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 2 Days
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 3 Days
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.
John Albert C WPG 3 Days
John Albert has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with Winnipeg.
Albert can earn $585,000 at the NHL level in 2014-15. He had 28 goals and 45 points in 63 AHL games last season. He also played in nine contests with the Jets and found the back of the net once.
Vladimir Sobotka C STL 3 Days
Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.
Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Cody Franson D TOR 3 Days
Cody Franson has inked a one-year, $3.3 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Franson had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, so the two sides agreed to terms just under the wire. The deal represents a substantial raise over his previous one-year, $2 million deal. He had five goals and 33 points in 79 games in 2013-14.
Vladimir Sobotka C STL 3 Days
Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for Monday.
Sobotka has already signed a contract to play with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, so he won't be with St. Louis in 2014-15 regardless of what the ruling is. However, the Blues are going forward with arbitration anyways because they want to retain his NHL rights. If Sobotka decides to return to North America later, then he must honor his arbitrated awarded contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Seth Jones D NAS 3 Days
Seth Jones has been working with Predators strength and conditioning coach David Good to bulk up over the summer.
Jones has already added five pounds, which brings him up to 210. "Physically he needs to mature more," assistant coach Phil Housley said. "He has to get stronger on his feet. He has to get more leverage, starting with the basic foundation of his legs up. That's just going to come with maturity and having seasons of working out as he grows. Mentally, I think he's mature." Jones had 25 points in his rookie season, but he was also minus-23.
Leon Draisaitl F EDM 3 Days
Leon Draisaitl has decided to spend the summer in Edmonton so that he can better prepare for training camp.
Draisaitl isn't a lock to make the Oilers' opening game roster, but he's working hard to avoid getting cut. He's worth keeping an eye on because there's a chance that he'll serve as a top-six forward if he makes the squad. He has a ton of offensive upside and has been compared favorably to Anze Kopitar.