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Dennis Cholowski has a long ways to go before he'll be in the NHL, but he's committed to getting stronger and will be taking cues from offseason acquisition Trevor Daley in training camp, The Detroit News reports.

Impact

Detroit's first-round (20th overall) draft pick from 2016, Cholowski is said to have a determined mindset; the young defenseman wants to know what he can do to improve his game, and that's impressed Red Wings' director of player development Shawn Horcoff, who suggested the prospect takes note of Daley and how he "uses his speed and poise with the puck." Cholowski added one goal and 11 assists with St. Cloud State of the NCHC last season and also made a cameo appearance with AHL Grand Rapids. At this point, his destination for the upcoming season is still unknown.

Libor Sulak will participate in the Red Wings' training camp this fall, though he's likely to play for Lahti of the Finnish hockey league in the coming season, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Impact

European prospects often put themselves in complicated situations by agreeing to contracts both in their home land and the NHL – Sulak is no exception, as he's promised a higher salary in Finland, but signed a two-year, entry-level deal with Detroit this past May. Still, the 23-year-old rearguard is held in high regard by former Red Wing and current director of player evaluation Jiri Fischer, who said, "We have been watching him for the last several years and he has improved every year."

Al Montoya could see an increase in his workload in the 2017-18 season, Steven Nechay of Canadiens.com reports.

Impact

Canadiens goaltending coach Steven Waite has expressed his trust in Montoya, saying, "We're not afraid to put Al in goal against any team in the league." This implies Montreal can use Montoya whenever starting goalie Carey Price needs rest, not just against weaker opponents. Montoya's increase in playing time will be limited however, as he will remain in a backup role to Price.

Andreas Athanasiou is expected to get a new contract from the Red Wings well ahead of training camp in September, The Detroit News reports.

Impact

Double A is a restricted free agent, but he's still in the infancy of his career and therefore ineligible for arbitration. The priority signing for the Wings was veteran scoring machine Tomas Tatar, who ended up re-signing before an arbitrator could rule on his case and settled on a four-year, $21.2 million extension. As noted in the report, the Original Six franchise currently has less than $1 million in available cap space, meaning the team will have to explore the option of placing an injured player like Ryan Sproul (knee) on long-term injured reserve in order to give Athanasiou – who tacked on 18 goals and 11 assists over 64 games last season – a fair deal.

Viktor Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Predators on Saturday, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

Arvidsson led the Predators in both goals and points last season, with 31 tallies and 30 assists. The 24-year-old was able to cash in on his breakout season, as he landed a long-term deal. He'll continue to operate as the team's top right wing, and power-play ice time is a given as well.

David Rittich signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Saturday.

Impact

Rittich appeared in 31 regular-season games with AHL Stockton last season, compiling a 15-11-1 record while registering a 2.27 GAA and .924 save percentage over that span. The 24-year-old will return to his role as AHL Stockton's starting netminder in 2017-18.

Jon Gillies signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Flames on Saturday. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.

Impact

Gillies, a top prospect, is likely to be the first goalie called up from AHL Stockton in the event of an injury to newcomers Mike Smith or Eddie Lack. The 23-year-old did experience a number of performance-induced road bumps on the way to a 2.93 GAA and .910 save percentage for the minor-league Heat last season, but this contract proves the Flames want to give him a closer look. He could give Lack – a guy who had frustrated coach Bill Peters as a tender for the Hurricanes – a run for his money by showing well in training camp.

Tyler Gaudet signed a one-year, two-way contract extension with the Coyotes on Saturday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports. The 24-year-old center will make $650,000 in the NHL or $85,000 at the minor-league level.

Impact

Gaudet's contract also includes $110,000 in guaranteed salary. With a new deal in place, the Ontario native can challenge for a bottom-six role in training camp this fall. Last season, he generated six goals and 16 assists in 62 games with AHL Tucson, and also picked up a helper over four games at the highest level.

Brian Dumoulin (hand) is seeking a $4.35 million contract extension, which happens to be $2.4 million more than Pittsburgh's current offer, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Impact

Dumoulin proved last season that he can handle more than 20 minutes per contest, and his agent will likely embellish a bit in an attempt to procure a lucrative salary for his client – after all, NHL defensemen are generally paid out at a premium rate. One thing is for sure: it's not worth breaking the bank on the brawny reaguard in fantasy leagues given his shutdown role and scant offensive output of 33 points in 163 career contests. Once Dumoulin formally enters an arbitration hearing, it could take up to 48 hours for a fair salary cap figure to be assessed.

Austin Watson – who ended up filling for salary arbitration – is seeking $1.4 million, whereas the Predators have proposed an offer of $700,000, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

Impact

We suspect an arbitrator will ultimately grant Watson a salary that comes in less than his $1.4 million ask, but higher than the $700,000 the Preds wish to provide. The Michigan native largely avoided the AHL this past season and proceeded to put up five goals, 12 assists and 99 PIM in 77 games for the parent club during the regular season. Watson also held his own during the postseason, as he averaged 13:40 of ice time and skated to a plus-3 rating with nine points over 22 grueling contests.

Jordan Martinook reached a contract settlement with the Coyotes on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. The winger, who narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing, will earn $3.6 million over the next two years.

Impact

The 24-year-old pivot was selected by the 'Yotes in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he fashioned 11 goals and 14 helpers over 77 games, and received 2:14 of ice time in shorthanded situations. Arizona's qualifying offer of one year and $687,500 was a bit of a head scratcher given Martinook's scoring acumen and middle-six role, but there should be no hard feelings since the two sides ended up reaching a settlement on their own.

Nolan Patrick's infection – which kept him off the ice this week – specifically concerned an abscess on his face, though that's been treated, and the second overall pick from this year's draft is said to be "doing well," The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Impact

Sports hernia surgery had kept the highly touted prospect from participating in the Flyers' rookie development camp in early July, and this latest issue set Patrick back even more. The 18-year-old hasn't even stepped foot on NHL ice and we're already seeing how well he responds to adversity. Keep in mind that Patrick recorded 148 points (61 goals, 87 assists) between his last two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL, and he received MVP honors for the 2016 Championship Series. Fantasy owners may give Patrick the benefit of the doubt when it comes to the recent maladies while hedging on his immense offensive potential.

Tom Gilbert reached a deal with the Nuremberg Ice Tigers of Germany's DEL on Friday, theScore reports.

Impact

Gilbert's racked up the frequent flyer miles over the years, as he's been associated with seven different NHL organizations. His final appearance at hockey's highest level came with the Kings last season, and he made a brief run with AHL Ontario before skipping over to Washington's minor-league affiliate in Hershey. A mobile minute-munching defenseman in his heyday, Gilbert's NHL career included 198 points (45 goals, 178 assists) in 655 games.

Juuso Valimaki agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal with Calgary on Friday.

Impact

Valimaki was selected 16th overall in the 2017 NHL Draft following two seasons in the WHL. A native of Finland, the blueliner racked up an impressive 61 points in 60 outings last year. Where the 18-year-old suits up in 2017-18 will be a matter of speculation throughout training camp, as he is still eligible to return to juniors but could compete in the AHL or even the NHL.

Tomas Tatar (shoulder) signed a four-year contract with Detroit on Friday worth an average annual value of $5.3 million, Craig Custance of The Athletic reports.

Impact

With the clock ticking on the arbitrator's decision, Tatar and the Red Wings were able to reach an agreement that worked for both sides. The 26-year-old has led the team in scoring over the past three seasons – having reached the 45-point threshold each time. The one knock on the winger is his relative lack of special teams production. Despite logging 2:22 of ice time per game with the man advantage last season, the Czech tallied a mere eight points in that situation, plus, he's not utilized on the penalty kill. Tatar underwent offseason shoulder surgery following the 2016-17 campaign, but he's expected to be 100 percent in time for training camp.

Tommy Wingels suffered a left foot fracture during offseason training Friday, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports.

Impact

Wingels is expected to make a full recovery in 6-to-8 weeks, so he should be a full participant in September's training camp. The 29-year-old winger, who notched 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 73 games last season, won't produce enough offensively in 2017-18 to warrant consideration in most season-long fantasy leagues, but he'll be a key component of the Blackhawks' bottom-six forward group and penalty-killing unit.

Ryan Dzingel (wrist) and the Senators avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.8 million, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.

Impact

Dzingel had a breakout season in 2016-17, garnering 14 goals, 18 helpers and 123 shots on goal – all career highs. The 25-year-old saw 1:20 of ice time per game on the power play, but he was only able to notch three points in those situations. If the natural center can get more comfortable playing on the wing – and improve his man-advantage productivity – he could exceed the 40-point mark this upcoming year. Although a wrist injury may have impacted his performance during this spring's playoffs, Dzingel should be ready to go for training camp.

Garnet Hathaway inked a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Thursday.

Impact

Hathaway appeared in 26 games with Calgary last season, notching five points (one goal, four assists) while averaging just 9:08 of ice time over that span. The 25-year-old winger will spend the majority of the 2017-18 campaign in the minors, but he'll likely also log some time with the big club when the Flames are in need of reinforcements up front due to injury.

Marek Mazanec and the Predators settled on a one-year, two-way deal for the 2017-18 campaign Thursday, Craig Morgan of Arizona Sports reports.

Impact

Mazanec filed for salary arbitration on July 6, but he and the Predators were able to come to terms on a one-year deal for next season prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing. The 26-year-old netminder will compete for AHL Milwaukee's starting gig in 2017-18.

Yannick Veilleux agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (AHL/ECHL) with the Canadiens on Thursday.

Impact

Veilleux spent the majority of the 2016-17 campaign with AHL St. John's, notching 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 53 games with the IceCaps. The 24-year-old winger will spend the majority of next season in the AHL, and he could even be sent to the ECHL if he struggles early on. This is purely an organizational depth signing by the Canadiens.