Sean Monahan has signed his ELC with the Flames. That must be the easiest contract to give in hockey. A first round pick? Okay, here's the max. Done. Makes me wonder why it takes three weeks sometimes, as it did here. Anyway, I have Monahan in my Fantasy Guide playing nine games. But he has a very real chance of sticking beyond that. His fantasy value went up a lot just by being drafted by this team because there is so much opportunity.

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Antti Miettinen has signed to play next year in the Swiss League. Now 33, he's probably done with the NHL for good. His best season was 2008-09 when he had 44 points or perhaps it was 2009-10 when he scored 20 goals. But what he was best known for was his streaks. It was enough to tease us into thinking that 60 points was in the cards. But no.

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Colby Robak has signed a two-year deal with the Panthers. I have him finally sticking full-time this year and tallying 23 points in 73 games. He has some upside, as he posted 108 points in his final 136 games for Brandon of the WHL, which is one of the better two-year totals for defensemen in that league. He also had 39 points in 73 games for San Antonio in 2011-12. It's hard to believe he's only 23. It seems like I had him on the cusp for years.

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David Rundbladhas signed a two-year contract with the Coyotes. They say "per club policy terms of the deal were not disclosed". Then they went onto give the terms of the deal with other players. So unable to dig up if his contract is one-way or two-way. My guess? Two-way this year, one-way next year. Regardless, he won't be going to the KHL for two years, if ever. I have him playing half a season in the NHL this year.

 

 

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The Leafs signed Carl Gunnarsson. Three years. Avoids arbitration. He's a little fragile, but has 40-point potential. My projection for this year - 72 games, 28 points. #FantasyGuide

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And still with young, unproven defensemen with a little upside - Patrick Wiercioch has signed a three-year deal with the Sens. Granted, the Sens lost Gonchar. But they 'gained' Cowen and Corvo. So my projection for him is 23 points in 68 games.

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Bryan Little has signed a five-year deal worth an eye-popping $23.5 million. Coming off his most productive season - but his points pro-rate to 55 over an 82-game schedule. So six years in the NHL and his best year is the 55 points…and he gets nearly $25 million over five years? Yes he gives up several UFA seasons, but I'd sign him for two years at something more reasonable and see what happens.

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Luke Adam signed a two-way deal. He's not ready for the NHL. At all. But I have him playing half a season for Buffalo in the Guide…because the Sabres still haven't joined the free agency fray. They need wingers right now, so Adam gets on almost by default.

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Other contract signings:

Nicolas Deschamps signed with the Caps

Brandon McMillan, a two-way contract with Phoenix

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Still nothing official on the Jagr front, but the rumor out of Europe is that the deal with the Devils is done and it will be for one year.

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Here are the 47 players invited to Team Canada's camp. Notable omissions include Jason Spezza, Jamie Benn, Justin Schultz, Cam Ward and James Reimer. But I agree that it's time to move on from other omissions such as Jarome Iginla and Martin Brodeur.

Unexpected invites, the potential Rob Zamuners - Marc Methot and Chris Kunitz. The latter was obviously a Top 5 NHL scorer last year because of his own talent, without any help from anyone.

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Here are 35 players invited to Russia's pre-Olympic camp.

And the 48 invited to Team USA's…

And Sweden's list… and I'm assuming that Daniel Alfredsson is automatic? Because he's not on the list.

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Okay, back to work on the Fantasy Guide. It's out in nine days, you know

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Funny stuff from Jay and Dan:

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Sean Monahan highlights:


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Red John said:

Red John
Monahan Monahan's deal wasn't the rookie max. His AAV will end up being around $1.7M as opposed to a guy like MacKinnon whose cap hit will be closer to $3M.
July 23, 2013
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notch4077 said:

notch4077
Wiercioch So Wiercioch is going to regress so much that he is only going to get 23 points in 68 games???? Even though he got 19 points in 42 games last season; even though he will be playing on the left side of the PP beside Erik Karlsson; even though he has a full offseason to get stronger; even though this season he should be able to keep weight on during the season, unlike last.

Come on Dobber.

After Wiercioch has played 68 games this season (which should come at the 68 game mark), if he only has 23 points, I will buy you a case of your beloved suds.
July 23, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... Talent wise I loved what the Sabres did at the draft, but they desperately need a #1 center with some size and more leadership. Moving Miller for another goalie of similar talent should benefit the team greatly. Buffalo has a lot of good pieces, just not sure if they all fit. Im not sold on Hackett or Enroth as starters,but both should be very good backups.

Not sure why Team Canada invited Lucic and Phaneuf when Yzerman himself said skating would be a priority due to the larger ice. Even Thornton,Getzlaf arent exactly swift, and seeing as theyre playing at best on the 3rd but more likely 4th line and on the wing, I wouldve looked for more speed.
July 23, 2013
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
... Because Nichushkin has shown so much on North American ice? smilies/wink.gif

They drafted defensemen because they expect to be terrible this year no matter what, trade Vanek and Miller at the deadline and get some extra rebuild pieces on the way to a top 5 or hopefully top 2 pick next year and Dog willing the year after that (McDavid!) Defensemen take longer to develop and there were no sure-thing forwards left at #8...the only way there would have been is if someone fell and no one did this year, the draft played out like it was supposed to. If Monahan or Lindholm were available at #8, Buffalo would have taken them...but it wasn't in the cards.

Ristolainen was the BPA at #8 and Zadorov had been the BPA for a couple picks when the Sabres got them both, couple that with a really good second round (Justin Bailey will be a stud, mark my words now) and you have the A+ draft that everyone hoped for and every writer wrote about.
July 23, 2013
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bullwinkle said:

bullwinkle
Sabres are a mess period. I still have no idea why they drafted defensemen when they can't score. Outside of Vanek (as long as he hangs around), they have no one who can put the puck in the net with any consistency.

To let Nichushkin go in the draft was sheer idiocy.

Their only forward hope is Armia and he is unproven on North American ice.

Meanwhile they have ten...count them...TEN defensemen who are NHL ready or close to it.

One goalie who is NHL quality (Miller - who won't be around long) and one who MIGHT be (Enroth).

Darcy said we as fans, would suffer...I think we've only touched the tip of the iceberg.
July 23, 2013
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... Team USA links to team Russia roster
July 23, 2013
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angelofharlem said:

angelofharlem
Benn Somehow overlooked the fact that Benn got snubbed from the Team Canada camp. That sucks. Would've thought they would want him there if for no other reason that he 's likely to be in the mix in 4 years, if not this year.
July 23, 2013
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
... It will help if Grigorenko pulls it together and has a better season...that gives the Sabres two decent scoring lines with Vanek-Hodgson-Ennis and Foligno-Grigorenko-Leino, and then a couple of grind lines with Stafford-Ott-Flynn and Scott-Porter-Kaleta

Ennis will almost certainly be back at wing next season, that experiment was a failure and everyone knows it. He belongs on the wing on the top line and I'd wager with Pominville gone that's where he'll see most of his time.
July 23, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... Buffalo's forwards are such a mess. Ott is the only decent center in terms of two-way play, and he's better on the wing. Hodgson is a nightmare defensively, and Ennis is also better as a winger.

July 23, 2013
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
Luke Adam There is literally a zero percent chance that Luke Adam will see Buffalo ice barring something horrifically catastrophic happening to the forward base. He's just not in their plans anymore and is hanging onto an AHL spot by a thread at this point.

He's behind Vanek, Leino, Stafford, Ott, Ennis, Kaleta, Foligno, Flynn, Porter, Hodgson, Scott and Grigorenko for the guys with basically guaranteed forward positions to start the season with the Sabres, that's 12 of 12 forward positions with no free agents signed.

Luke Adam is behind Armia, Catenacci, Matt Ellis, Girgensons, Larsson, Sundher, Tropp, and you could make a case for Cody McCormick being called back up before Luke Adam would be. The *only* reason he would see NHL ice in this program is if they were trying to showcase him for a trade, and even that is a major stretch since no NHL team will be trading for him in an NHL capacity.
July 22, 2013
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