Thursday's Daily Dosage - Tavares, B.Kessel, Johansen...

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With training camps just a few days away, things get a little more urgent for most of the unsigned RFAs and we had Zach Bogosian and Brad Marchand both come to agreements yesterday.  It wouldn't surprise me if we see a few more today.

John Tavares is getting his business done a year early as with a year to go on his ELC he's signed a six-year extension that will keep him on Long Island (or wherever they move) for a good chunk of time.  Even more reason to love this guy this year, I think he really could explode... scary to think what he could do with better linemates.

The Flyers have signed college FA dman Blake Kessel to an ELC.  He was a 6th round pick of the Islanders in 2007 and after leaving UNH following his Junior season he became a UFA when the Islanders didn't sign him.  I like this kid, he's had some nice numbers in the USHL & college and joins an organization that doesn't have a lot of prospect depth... worth keeping an eye on long-term.

Luke Adam and Zack Kassian both had 1+1=2 as the Sabres won the Traverse City Rookie Tournament with a 5-2 victory over the Rangers [boxscore].  I'm liking their chances at making the big club a lot less after Leino & Kotalik were added in the offseason but one of them could make the team with an outstanding training camp.

Wee Ryan Murphy with a goal & Gustav Nyquist had 1+1=2 as Detroit beat Carolina [boxscore].

The best goalie in the CHL last year, Darcy Kuemper, stopped 32 of 33 while the most overhyped goalie in the CHL, Jack Campbell, gave up four on 41 shots as the Wild beat the Stars [boxscore].

Ryan Johansen had two goals yesterday [boxscore] and finished the rookie tournament with 3+3=6 in three games... proving that he's ready to step up to exhibition games with real NHL players.

Sven Baertschi with two PPGs to lead the Flames to a 4-3 win over the Oilers [boxscore]... he'll give Flames fans something to look forward to a few years down the road.

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