• Futures Mailbag: Michael Dal Colle, the realness of Auston Matthews and more

    Michael Dal Colle (blue sweater) of the Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    Welcome back to the Futures Mailbag, where I will answer any prospect and draft-related questions you the readers may have. If you have a query, hit me up on Twitter (@THNRyanKennedy) and use the hashtag #thnfutures to make sure I scoop it up. If you don’t see your question this week, stay tuned – there’s always some overflow. Let’s get to it:

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  • Flyers cap situation could make for tough choices in 2016-17

    Jared Clinton
    Vincent Lecavalier

    Whether you’re a fan of Jakub Voracek’s new contract or not, there’s one thing everyone can agree on: the Philadelphia Flyers are going to be in some serious cap trouble.

    While this season’s cap situation looks like it could cause some difficulties, what with the Flyers having less than $600,000 in available cap space, it has nothing on what the outlook for the 2016-17 campaign will be if Flyers GM Ron Hextall is unable to make some savvy moves to free up room.

    The biggest concern for the Flyers isn’t necessarily the money they’ve spent or the contracts for their top players — Voracek and Claude Giroux would be worth $8-plus million on the open market. What is worrisome, however, is that when 2016-17 begins, unless Hextall makes some moves before then, the Flyers will have only 15 players under contract. That could make the 2016-17 season an incredibly trying one in the City of Brotherly Love. Read more

  • Canadiens re-sign Alex Galchenyuk to two-year, $5.6 million deal

    Jared Clinton
    Alex Galchenyuk (Francois Lacasse/Getty Images)

    There won’t be any contract drama between Alex Galchenyuk and the Montreal Canadiens when the 2015-16 season begins.

    Montreal announced Thursday evening that the club has re-signed Galchenyuk, 21, to a two-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the club, but TVA’s Renaud Lavoie reported Galchenyuk will make $5.6 million over the course of the deal — $2.5 million in 2015-16 and $3.1 million in 2016-17.

    Heading into this off-season, Galchenyuk was one of the Canadiens players who most needed to be taken care of in terms of signing a new deal. The contract, which is a great bridge deal for the Canadiens, gives Montreal some flexibility heading into the 2015-16 season as they’ll have roughly $2.9 million in cap space to work with. Read more

  • Shane Bowers was never going to play for Cape Breton

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    Shane Bowers (photo courtesy Vincent Ethier/QMJHL Media)

    There was a great deal of drama at this year’s QMJHL draft and the fall-out is still making headlines. Officially, the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles just announced on Wednesday that fourth overall pick Shane Bowers would not be attending training camp. But as I first reported minutes after the selection was made, Bowers was never going to be a Screaming Eagle.

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  • Flyers lock up Voracek long-term with eight-year, $66 million deal

    Jared Clinton
    Jakub Voracek

    Jakub Voracek won’t be hitting the free agent market next off-season.

    The Philadelphia Flyers announced Thursday evening they have re-signed Voracek to an eight-year deal. While the Flyers did non initially release the terms of the deal, TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported the deal is worth $66 million, carries an annual cap hit of $8.25, and keep Voracek locked up until the 2023-24 season.

    This past season, the 25-year-old winger had a career year. He started off with a bang and was the early scoring leader in the league, finishing the year with a career-high 81 points, which was good for fifth in the league. His 22 goals were also the second-highest mark of his career and the third consecutive 20-plus goal season. Read more

  • Zetterberg to Zuccarello: The Top 10 Z’s of all-time

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    Henrik Zetterberg (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

    At noon Thursday, Dainius Zubrus cleared waivers and was bought out by the New Jersey Devils, making the 37-year-old winger an unrestricted free agent.

    It doesn’t seem likely that the Lithuanian native will ink another NHL deal, especially not after recording the worst season of his pro career in 2014-15. If he does come back, he’ll have the chance to improve on his 225-goal, 584-point NHL career. However, if this is it, Zubrus will go down as one of the greatest ‘Z’s in the history of the league.

    While there are some players who stand a chance at jumping up this list – think players such as Ottawa’s Mika Zibanejad and Colorado’s Nikita Zadorov — these are the best of the best when it comes to players with a ‘Z’ surname who have laced up in the NHL. There have only been 51 skaters and four goaltenders to actually suit up, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some greats among the list. Read more

  • St. John’s IceCaps unveil new jerseys, mirror affiliate Canadiens

    Jared Clinton
    IceCaps jersey featured

    The St. John’s IceCaps will hit the ice in new threads for the 2015-16 season. Like past seasons in which they adopted the look of their big club, the IceCaps will hit the ice looking like their affiliate in Montreal.

    In a jersey-unveiling event in St. John’s, the IceCaps showed off the new duds, modeled by coach Sylvain Lefebvre and team CEO Danny Williams. Several Canadiens alumni, including player turned broadcaster Sergio Momesso, were also in attendance as the IceCaps premiered the new uniforms.

    “With the unveiling of these sharp, clean, classic-looking jerseys today, the IceCaps have taken another tangible step in cementing our bond with the Montreal Canadiens,” said Williams. “There was never really a doubt in our minds that we would incorporate our revised logo into the elegant and world-renowned jerseys the Canadiens have proudly worn for almost a hundred years. It was a no-brainer. We’re excited about our bright, new look and I’m sure our fans will be as well.” Read more

  • Slava Voynov has begun serving sentence at $100 per night detention center

    Jared Clinton
    Slava Voynov (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has begun to serve his 90-day sentence, but he’s not in any old prison.

    According to the Los Angeles Times’ Nathan Fenno, Voynov, who was handed down a 90-day after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse, has spent the past 23 days in the Seal Beach Police Detention Center in Seal Beach, Calif. The detention center, which has 30 beds, costs Voynov $100 per day, and allowed him to bring in personal items including, “an inexpensive watch, five photographs and up to $100 in cash for purchases from the commissary.”

    As part of Voynov’s plea deal, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Eric C. Taylor allowed the Kings blueliner to choose which prison he would serve his sentence at. He chose Seal Beach and entered the facility on July 7. Read more