Jamie Benn LW DAL 4 weeks ago

Dallas Stars center Jamie Benn is considered questionable for the start of training camp in September as he continues to recover from a pair of hip injuries, according to the Dallas Morning News. Benn underwent surgery on both hips after the season and was given a recovery timetable of four-to-five months. The 26-year-old recently increased the amount of skating he is doing but has yet to progress to more strenuous activities. "I’m skating three times a week now — it’s just working on the edges really," Benn said. "Workouts are picking up, but it’s still controlled. I get pretty antsy at times, but the trainers remind me that I’ve got plenty of time and just take it slow. We need to get off on the right foot, we need to be prepared, and we need to build on the things we did at the end of last season. We learned a lot, so we need to remember those lessons."

Thomas Vanek LW MIN 4 weeks ago

Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek is expected to be ready for the start of training camp as he continues to recover from hernia surgery, according to the Star Tribune. Vanek, who underwent a procedure to repair multiple hernias in his left groin in June, has already resumed skating.

Brandon Sutter C VAN 1 month ago

Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Sutter signed a five-year, $21.875 million contract extension Tuesday, according to the team's official website. Sutter, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins last month, will make roughly $3.3 million this season in the final year of a two-year contract. The 26-year-old had 21 goals and 12 assists in 80 games for Pittsburgh last season and is expected to serve as the second-line center for Vancouver. Sutter's strong two-way play will be an asset to a Canucks team that finished 17th in the league in goals allowed last season, while playing with the likes of Alex Burrows and Sven Baertaschi could boost his offensive output after playing mostly in a bottom-six role previously. Sutter will now be with the team until the 2020-21 season and will help bridge the gap to the team's future forward corps, with the Sedin twins and Radim Vrbata now in their mid-30s.

Mike Hoffman LW OTT 1 month ago

Ottawa Senators left wing Mike Hoffman was awarded a one-year, $2 million contract in arbitration Monday, according to NHL.com. Hoffman had 27 goals and 21 assists in a breakout year after having just six career points in his previous 29 career games.

Brooks Orpik D WSH 1 month ago

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik is expected to be ready in time for the start of the season following last week's wrist surgery, according to NHL.com. Orpik, who recorded zero goals, 19 assists, 66 penalty minutes and a plus-5 rating over 78 games for Washington in 2014-15, underwent the procedure last Tuesday.

Nicklas Backstrom C WSH 1 month ago

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has resumed skating following offseason hip surgery, according to The Canadian Press. It remains uncertain whether the star center will be ready for the start of the season, as the team has yet to release an official timeline for his return.

Jonathan Bernier G TOR 1 month ago

The Toronto Maple Leafs avoided arbitration with goaltender Jonathan Bernier by agreeing to a two-year, $8.3 million contract Sunday, according to Sportsnet. Bernier was reportedly looking for at least $5.1 million per season, while the Maple Leafs originally countered with an offer worth $2.89 million, which prompted the arbitration hearing.

Marcus Johansson C WSH 1 month ago

The Washington Capitals signed forward Marcus Johansson to a one-year, $3.75 million contact Friday, according to TSN 1050 Radio. Johansson had 20 goals and 27 assists in 82 games last season.

Jakub Voracek RW PHI 1 month ago1 Comment

Philadelphia Flyers right wing Jakub Voracek signed an eight-year, $66 million contract extension Thursday, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Voracek set career-highs with 59 assists and a team-leading 81 points last season. He was due to make roughly $4.3 million in the final season of his contract, but will now become one of the highest-paid players in the league. The 25-year-old has played every game over the last two seasons and has become a fixture on the team's top line in addition to a key member of the power-play unit. Voracek forms a very productive tandem with linemate Claude Giroux, who totaled 73 points last season and signed an eight-year extension of his own in 2013. The Flyers are coming off a disappointing 2014-15 season in which they reached just 84 points and finished 12th in the Eastern Conference standings.

Dainius Zubrus C NJ 1 month ago

The New Jersey Devils released right wing Dainius Zuburs on Wednesday, according to TSN.ca. Zubrus totaled just 10 points in 74 games last season, his 18th in the NHL.