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PHT Morning Skate: Stamkos talks up Drouin, who’ll be ‘a stud in this league for a long time’

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Steve Stamkos balked on going to free agency to stick with Tampa Bay. Now he’s eagerly anticipating what the future has in store. (ESPN)

Detroit re-signed AHL netminder Jared Coreau to a two-year extension, with the second year a one-way deal. (MLive)

After scoring nine points in 30 games as a rookie, Ryan Dzingel scored a new contract from Ottawa. (Senators)

The Panthers are reportedly kicking the tires on KHL sniper Vadim Shipachev. (Florida Sun-Sentinel)

Longtime NHLer Ray Whitney will apparently be caddying for Canadian golfer (and big Calgary Flames fan) Graham DeLaet at the Rio Olympics this summer. (Yahoo)

Martin Brodeur’s son, Anthony, has scored a tryout from the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sportsnet)

Habs sign Danault, acquired in deadline deal with ‘Hawks — two years, $1.82M


Phillip Danault, the former first-round pick Montreal got from Chicago in exchange for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann, has agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual cap hit of $912,000, per TVA.

Danault, 23, was taken 26th overall by Chicago at the 2011 draft, and appeared in 32 games for the ‘Hawks prior to getting traded at last season’s deadline.

A Quebec native, Danault acquitted himself reasonably well upon joining Montreal. He had five points in 21 games, averaging 12:38 TOI per night, and did very well in the faceoff circle by winning 56 percent of his draws.

It’s believed Danault should be on the Habs’ opening night roster next season. The Lars Eller trade to Washington will open up some minutes, and Danault is regarded for his defensive work down the middle — meaning he should be in line for a steady bottom-six role.

Isles keep crease crowded, re-sign Berube

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year deal with goaltender Jean-Francois Berube.

Berube, 24, made his NHL debut with the Islanders last season, posting a 3-2-1 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in seven games.

The Islanders claimed Berube off waivers from the Kings on Oct. 6, 2015.

He led the American Hockey League with 37 wins in 2014-15 and backstopped the Manchester Monarchs to a Calder Cup championship.

The Kings selected Berube in the fourth round (95th overall) of the 2009 draft. He, along with Jaroslav Halak and Thomas Greiss, will make for a crowded crease in Brooklyn next season. At the Isles’ locker clear out day in May, Halak said the three-goalie setup was “not ideal,” adding that management will “have to decide which way they want to go for next season.”

Related: Isles’ goalie situation takes another twist with Halak’s sports hernia surgery

After signing Raymond, Ducks add veterans Boll and Schultz


Anaheim had a quiet start to free agency, but picked things up as of late.

Just one day after adding ex-Flames winger Mason Raymond, GM Bob Murray brought aboard a pair of veterans on Tuesday — blueliner Jeff Schultz, who spent the last few seasons in the Kings organization, and rugged forward Jared Boll, who spent his entire nine-year career in Columbus before getting bought out last week.

Schultz was purely a depth defenseman in L.A., appearing in just 10 games over the last two seasons. It’s presumed he’ll be mostly the same with the Ducks, but could be pressed into some action depending on what Murray does with Kevin Bieksa (Murray was rumored to be working on changing Bieksa’s no-movement clause) and Cam Fowler (a popular trade target this offseason).

As for Boll, he’ll likely fill the fourth-line tough guy role of Nate Thompson, who could be out until next year’s trade deadline after rupturing his Achilles tendon. Boll has fought 21 times over the last two years.

Barrie, Schwartz, Kreider among 24 players to elect arbitration


On Tuesday, the NHLPA announced that 24 players have elected salary arbitration, with their hearings to be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4.

Among the notables?

Well, Colorado’s prized offensive d-man Tyson Barrie is one. Avs GM Joe Sakic recently shot down trade rumors regarding the 24-year-old, who has been one of the league’s better offensive blueliners over the last two years, racking up 53 points last season and 49 this season.

Barrie just wrapped a two-year, $5.2 million deal — one that paid $2.6M annually — and figures to be in line for a hefty raise.

Another situation to monitor is Jaden Schwartz in St. Louis. Having hit the 25-goal mark in two of his last three seasons, Schwartz has never been through arbitration before but, in 2014, sat out the early part of the Blues’ training camp while hammering out a new deal.

The two sides eventually agreed to a two-year, $4.7 million extension.

In New York, power forward Chris Kreider has filed for arbitration for the second time in his career. The last time, back in ’14, the two sides avoided going to a hearing by agreeing to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.475M.

Kreider, 25, has notched back-to-back 21-goal campaigns, breaking the 40-point plateau in each.

Other cases worth watching include Alex Killorn in Tampa Bay, Mike Hoffman in Ottawa and Kyle Palmieri in New Jersey. Hoffman and Palmieri are two of the better young goalscorers going — Hoffman had 29 last season, Palmieri had 30 — and Killorn, a quality postseason performer, will need to fit under a pretty tight salary cap in Tampa Bay, given fellow forwards Nikita Kucherov and Vladislav Namestnikov also need new contracts.

Here’s the full list of arbitration filings:

Arizona Coyotes
Michael Stone

Colorado Avalanche
Tyson Barrie
Mikhail Grigorenko

Detroit Red Wings
Jared Coreau
Danny DeKeyser

Minnesota Wild
Jordan Schroeder

Nashville Predators
Calle Jarnkrok
Petter Granberg

New York Rangers
Kevin Hayes
Chris Kreider
Dylan McIlrath
Jonathan Miller

New Jersey Devils
Kyle Palmieri

Ottawa Senators
Mike Hoffman

Philadelphia Flyers
Brandon Manning
Brayden Schenn
Jordan Weal

St. Louis Blues
Jaden Schwartz

Tampa Bay Lightning
Alex Killorn
Vladislav Namestnikov

Toronto Maple Leafs
Frank Corrado
Peter Holland
Martin Marincin

Washington Capitals
Marcus Johansson