News and notes from around the NHL:
- NHL Player Agent Steve Bartlett spoke to WGR 550 in Buffalo today on how the NHL is now a buyer’s market when it comes to free agents. Bartlett points out that the GMs hold all the cards and predicts that more players will be forced to sign professional tryouts instead of deals between now and the start of training camp. Bartlett has represented Ryan Callahan and Thomas Vanek, and nearly became the NHLPA head in the 1990s.
- The Toronto Marlies, AHL affiliate for the Toronto Maple Leafs, bolstered its defensive corps by signing NCAA grad Jonathan Jutzi. The Tavistock, ON native put up 5G and 10A in 41 games with the Minnesota State University—Mantako last year. The Maple Leafs’ defense is anybody’s game this year, and Jutzi has a chance to log key minutes in the AHL as players get called up.
- Kings goaltending development coach Dusty Imoo spoke to Sheng Peng of Today’s Slapshot on recent Kings’ goalie acquisitions Jack Campbell and Tom McCollum. Both goalies were highly-touted prospects who failed to live up to expectation, but Imoo is confident that he can work with the goalies to rediscover their talent. Imoo is credited with turning aroud Peter Budaj’s season last year in the AHL. The veteran Slovak goalie struggled early before winning the AHL’s top goaltender award.