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Departure News

There hasn't been much in the way of signings in the past few weeks, but there has been some news.

Wisconsin defenseman Jamie McBain will be staying in Madison for one more year. That's pretty big news for Wisconsin, since McBain will be the only upperclassmen on the blueline for the Badgers next season. It's also probably a smart move on Carolina's part, because McBain should get a ton of ice time all situations for the Badgers.

Denver sophomore-to-be Tyler Bozak also confirmed that he will be staying in school next year. Normally, I wouldn't think it's a great idea for an undrafted free agent to turn down a contract offer after a great season like Bozak had, but in this case, it might not be a terrible idea. If Tyler Ruegsegger and Rhett Rakhshani return for Denver, the Pioneers should have the league's best scoring trio and Bozak could have a great year.

North Dakota's T.J. Oshie hasn't signed yet, but the Blues want him to sign. It seems pretty likely that Oshie will sign in the next week or two.

Minnesota's Blake Wheeler is negotiating with Phoenix, and it seems pretty likely that he'll also sign.