July 5, 2014

Michael Amato

2014-07-05

The Canucks re-signed RFA Chris Tanev to a one-year deal today.


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After a nightmare season last year for Alex Burrows, his time playing with the Sedins looks to be over. With the signing of Radim Vrbata, I expect him to be slotted next to Daniel and Henrik in 2014-15 and he's got a real shot at 30-35 goals.

Burrows, on the other hand, looks to need a miracle to regain some serious fantasy value. It's been two seasons since he's done anything of consequence and now four seasons since he scored 35 goals. Vrbata's skill set is greater than Burrows', so if he plays his cards right he's got a chance to be the recipient of a lot of Sedin passes.

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The New Jersey Devils appear to be on the verge of signing goaltender Cory Schneider to a contract extension. That's not surprising as he's clearly the future of the Devils between the pipes, but they also inked Scott Clemmensen, Keith Kincaid, and Maxime Clermont to deals, which pretty much means Martin Brodeur's time with the team is done. It is expected that Kincaid and Clemmensen will fight it out for the backup role next season behind Schneider. It's still going to be hard to fathom seeing Brodeur in a different uniform.

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Interesting piece of information here from St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong on the line combinations for next season. Some felt after Paul Stastny was signed he would end up centering Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, but that doesn't seem to be the case at this point.