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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/done-deal-nhl-to-participate-in-2014-winter-olympics/

Done deal: NHL to participate in 2014 Winter Olympics

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

After a lengthy negotiation, the NHL, NHLPA, IIOC and IIHF have reached an agreement for NHL participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

“The National Hockey League features the most international player population in professional sports, and our outstanding athletes take tremendous pride in representing their homelands on the global stage,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “The decision to participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was in many ways a difficult one, but one that we know will be well received by our Players and, most importantly, by the vast majority of our fans and sports fans everywhere.”

Highlights of the agreement include a 16-day Olympic break (from Feb. 9-26) in the NHL schedule. The league will also be represented by seven referees and six linesmen working in Sochi, while the games will be played on international-sized rinks (60 x 30 meters).

This will mark the fifth consecutive winter games the NHL has participated in. Involvement dates back to the 1998 Olympics in Nagano, the first in which professional players were allowed to take part.

“The players are very pleased that an agreement has been reached that will allow the world’s best hockey players to compete at the Winter Games in February,” said Don Fehr, NHLPA Executive Director. “Having the opportunity to wear their nation’s sweater in Sochi is something the players look forward to.”



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/olympic-roster-deadline-set-for-dec-31/

Olympic roster deadline set for Dec. 31

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

On Friday, NHL players learned they’ll be eligible for selection for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

They also learned how long they’ll have to impress their respective selection committees.

According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, roster submissions are to be submitted by Dec. 31, 2013 — a provisional list of 22 skaters and three goalies.

Prior to that, countries are required to submit “long lists” of candidates by Oct. 1, though the names on the long lists will not be made public.

While the NHL has yet to release it’s 2013-14 schedule, play usually begins in the opening week of October (during the last Olympic year, games began on Oct. 1, 2009.)

This would give players nearly three full months of play — approximately 40 games — to audition for spots.

Here’s more, from the IIHF:

All participating national associations will submit their “long lists” of rosters on October 1, 2013 (both men’s and women’s) while on the men’s side there will be an additional no-later-than December 31, 2013 deadline of submission of provisional 22 skaters and 3 goaltenders playing rosters. The October 1 “long lists” will not be made public.

The final and official playing rosters will be registered at the Olympic tournament directorate meetings, one day before the start of the respective events. On the women’s side the final roster registration will be on February 7, 2014, the men’s registration on February 11, 2014.


The February roster date is likely for last-second changes.

At the Vancouver games in 2010, there was a clause in place stating that if a player from the 23-man roster got injured between Jan. 1 and the start of the Olympic tournament, he could be replaced up until the eve of the first game (on Feb. 16.)

In 2010, American defensemen Paul Martin and Mike Komisarek were both named to the provisional roster, but later forced to miss the tournament due to injury. They were replaced by Ryan Whitney and Tim Gleason.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/bruins-re-sign-caron-one-year-640000/

Bruins re-sign Caron: one year, $640,000

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins have re-upped with restricted free agent Jordan Caron on a one-year, $640,000 deal, according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.

Caron, 22, was Boston’s first-round pick (25th overall) at the 2009 Entry Draft, but has yet to emerge as a full-time contributor at the NHL level.

His best season came in 2011-12, when he posted career highs across the board — games (48), goals (seven), points (15) — making his postseason debut in the process.

This year, though, Caron appeared to take a step back.

He dressed for just 17 regular-season contests, scoring once, and didn’t play a single game for the Bruins in the playoffs.

As such, Caron took a sizable pay cut — he was making $1.1 million annually on his entry-level contract — and it looks as though GM Peter Chiarelli engineer a “prove-it” deal with Caron, much like he did with Tuukka Rask.

Rask, you’ll recall, was signed last summer to a one-year, $3.5 million extension, designed for him to show the Bruins he was capable of being the club’s full-time No. 1 netminder.

The Finn did that and more, backstopping the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final. His reward? An eight-year, $56 million contract signed last week.



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A few days late but the NHL finally released their 2013-14 schedule. Here it is and you can narrow down your search either by your favourite team or TV Network:



http://www.nhl.com/ice/schedulebyseason.htm?season=20132014&gameType=2&team=&network=&venue=



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Boy - the Playoff format this year is pretty damn confusing.

- 8 teams from each Conference will make the Playoffs so that hasn't changed but everything else certainly has.

- the top 3 teams from each Division will be seeded 1 to 3 based on their point totals

- the next 2 teams will be Wild Card teams and can come from either Division. The Wild Card team with the fewest points will automatically play the team with the highest points regardless of Division. Lets use the Eastern Conference as an example and I will just assign a point total to each team:

Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins - 100 points
Buffalo Sabres - 95 points
Detroit Red Wings - 90 points
Florida Panthers - 85 points
Montreal Canadiens - 80 points
Ottawa Senators - 75 points
Tampa Bay Lightning - 70 points
Toronto Maple Leafs



Metropolitan Division
Carolina Hurricanes - 99 points
Columbus Blue Jackets - 94 points
New Jersey Devils - 89 points
New York Islanders - 84 points
New York Rangers - 79 points
Philadelphia Flyers - 74 points
Pittsburgh Penguins - 69 points
Washington Capitals - 64 points





So based on those point totals the 1st round in the Eastern Conference will look like this:


Atlantic Division
(1 ) Boston vs ( 8 ) NY Islanders ( lower ranked Wild Card team )
( 2 ) Buffalo vs ( 3 ) Detroit


Metropolitan Division
( 1 ) Carolina ) vs ( 7 ) Florida ( higher ranked Wild Card team )
( 2 ) Columbus vs ( 3 ) New Jersey


Eventually the team that comes out of the Atlantic Division will play the team that comes out of the Metropolitan Division. The winner of this series will be the Eastern Conference Champion and play in the Stanley Cup Final.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/blues-re-sign-stewart-two-years-8-3-million/

Blues re-sign Stewart: two years, $8.3 million

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues locked up another key restricted free agent on Friday, agreeing to terms with forward Chris Stewart on a two-year, $8.3 million deal.

The deal will carry an average annual cap hit of $4.15 million. According to CBC’s Tim Wharnsby, Stewart will be paid $4.1 million next year and $4.2 million in 2014-15.

The 25-year-old power forward led St. Louis in scoring last year with 36 points in 48 games, and was slated to kick off the arbitration period with a hearing on July 22.

His last contract, a one-year deal, paid him $3 million.

As mentioned above, Stewart is the latest in a series of St. Louis RFAs to ink this summer.

The procession began with Patrik Berglund, who agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal in late June, then continued with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed a four-year, $17 million extension shortly thereafter.

The Blues’ other key RFA is, of course, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Unlike Stewart, the 23-year-old blueliner does not have arbitration rights, so that deal could take a bit longer.

Last week, St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong made a move to clear up some cap space by dealing winger David Perron to Edmonton for Magnus Paajarvi.

Perron was set to make $3.8 million next season while Paajarvi is still a RFA, and has yet to reach a new deal with the Blues — and, after the Stewart signing, the Blues now have roughly $8 million in available cap space for 2013-14.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/devils-name-foligno-assistant-coach/

Devils name Foligno assistant coach

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

New Jersey ended its lengthy search for a new assistant coach on Friday, announcing the hiring of former NHLer Mike Foligno.

Foligno, 54, spent 15 years in the NHL with Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto and Florida before transitioning to coaching.

He’s been an assistant at both the NHL (with Anaheim, Colorado and Toronto) and AHL (with Chicago, St. John’s and Hershey) levels, and a head coach for seven years with OHL Sudbury.

In Sudbury, Foligno coached both his sons, Nick and Marcus, who now play for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres, respectively.

Earlier this week, Devils head coach Peter DeBoer said the club was looking for an ex-player with coaching experience to take the assistant’s gig and in Foligno, he’s found exactly that.

Foligno will now work alongside Dave Barr, Scott Stevens and Chris Terreri on DeBoer’s staff, replacing former assistant Matt Shaw, who left the Devils to take a head coach/GM gig with USHL Dubuque.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/phoenix-signs-yip-to-one-year-deal/

Phoenix signs Yip to one-year deal

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

The Phoenix Coyotes have added depth to their forward group, signing Brandon Yip to a one-year, two-way contract.

Financial terms weren’t released.

Yip, 28, has spent the last two seasons in the Nashville organization, appearing in 34 games last year while recording eight points.

A former Boston University standout, Yip broke onto the scene with Colorado in 2009 and proceeded to score 23 goals over his first two seasons with the Avalanche, earning himself a two-year, $1.45 million deal in 2010.

In Phoenix, he’ll battle for bottom-six forward minutes, though should have an upper hand given his NHL experience (172 career games).

The Coyotes currently have just 11 forwards under contract for next season, but still need to reach a new deal with RFA Mikkel Boedker.



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Blues GM vows to do ‘what is necessary’ to re-sign Pietrangelo

Cam Tucker

Jul 19, 2013, 9:04 PM EDT

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong remains confident he will be able to sign defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

The 23-year-old Pietrangelo, fresh off his third full season with the Blues, is a restricted free agent.

His previous contract, a three-year entry-level deal, came with an NHL salary of $787,500 in the final two years, according to Capgeek.com.

It also paid him $2.35 million per season in bonus.

In 47 regular season games in 2013, Pietrangelo scored five goals and had 24 points. He’s been a consistent point-producer on the Blues’ blue line since he became a full-time member of the St. Louis lineup.

“We are going to do what is necessary to get him signed,” said Armstrong, as per a tweet from Lou Korac, who covers the Blues for NHL.com.

Earlier on Friday, the Blues agreed to terms with another of their restricted free agents – forward Chris Stewart to a two-year, $8.3 million deal.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/blackhawks-announce-a-trio-of-signings/

Blackhawks announce a trio of signings

Cam Tucker

Jul 19, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks added depth on their blue line and up front with a trio of signings that were announced Friday evening.

The Blackhawks agreed to terms on a two-year deal with forward Drew LeBlanc, who made his National Hockey League debut late in the 2013 season, and one-year deals with defensemen Theo Peckham  and Michael Kostka.

LeBlanc concluded a five-year career with St. Cloud State, before joining the Blackhawks towards the end of the lockout-shortened season. He played his first NHL game with the Blackhawks on April 24. In two games with Chicago, he was a minus-three.

The Blackhawks also added two players with NHL experience to their organization, in Peckham and Kostka.

Peckham comes to Chicago with 160 games of NHL experience from his time with the Edmonton Oilers, from 2007 to 2013.

Kostka was previously in the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. He played in 35 games with the Maple Leafs this past season, but finished with a point-per-game clip in the American Hockey League with the Toronto Marlies.



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CanadianHorseman wrote:
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http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2013/07/16/ranking-the-desirability-of-all-30-nhl-destinations-to-unrestricted-free-agents/

Interesting article.


It's funny because Boston would be near the bottom if this was about NBA Free Agents.


That's because Boston don't like the Colored folk.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/20/flames-sign-2012-second-rounder-sieloff/

Flames sign 2012 second-rounder Sieloff

Joe Yerdon

Jul 20, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

Calgary ensured themselves of having some brand of defensive toughness in the future.

The Flames inked 2012 second-round pick, defenseman Patrick Sieloff, to his three-year entry-level deal. At 6’1″ 200 pounds, he’s already a strong, physical player for the Windsor Spitfires in the OHL and that’s something that appeals to GM Jay Feaster.

“Sieloff is an ‘old school’ style player and we welcome the edge he brings to his game,” he said. “We are very pleased to have him signed and look forward to seeing him in Penticton and at training camp.”

If his name sounds a little familiar to you perhaps it’s from his play for Team USA during their gold medal run at the 2013 World Junior Championships. In 45 games for Windsor, he had three goals and eight assists with 85 penalty minutes. A player with his kind of edge on the blue line might be useful in Calgary one day.



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Flyers sign Couturier to two-year, $3.5 million extension

Joe Yerdon

Jul 20, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

The Flyers announced they’ve signed forward Sean Couturier to a two-year extension worth $3.5 million with a very reasonable $1.75 million cap hit.

Couturier, 20, had one more year left on his entry-level deal with the team and rather than deal with possibly cranky negotiations next summer, the two sides came together now to get things done.

After a largely successful rookie season, Couturier came back to earth a bit last year with just four goals and 11 assists. As Philly’s third line center he’s found a niche as a defensive match-up player but while with Adirondack of the AHL during the lockout, he averaged nearly a point a game (28 points in 31 games). The Flyers would like to see the offense and defense balance out moving ahead.

Getting a deal done like this now helps sort of split the difference and gives him two more years to show he’s ready to cash in big.



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Penguins re-sign Hobey Baker finalist Hartzell

Joe Yerdon

Jul 20, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

Pittsburgh is hanging on to one of college hockey’s biggest stars from last season.

The team announced they’ve re-signed goalie Eric Hartzell to a two-year contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level, should he make it there. He signed with the Penguins following his tremendous senior season at Quinnipiac.

Hartzell made a name for himself leading the Bobcats to their first ever national championship game and winding up a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award for college hockey’s best player. He was also a first-team All-American last year as well and was the ECAC’s Player of the Year.

Expect to see Hartzell compete for the starting job at Wilkes Barre-Scranton in the AHL next season with last season’s No. 1 there, Jeff Zatkoff.



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