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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.