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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/02/report-blues-sign-extension-with-paajarvi/

Report: Blues sign extension with Paajarvi

Cam Tucker

Aug 2, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues have signed a contract extension with Magnus Paajarvi, according to Andy Strickland of CBS Sports Radio St. Louis.

As per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it is a two-year extension.

Paajarvi's AAV is $1.2 million for two years. #stlblues—
Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 02, 2013


Paajarvi was a restricted free agent, after his entry-level contract worth $900,000 per season at the NHL level – as per Capgeek.com – came to an end at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Five days after the start of free agency, the Blues traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Paajarvi.

Paajarvi, only 22 years of age, is a former first-round pick of the Oilers from 2009.

After a solid rookie season in 2010-11, in which Paajarvi scored 15 goals and 34 points in 80 games with an upstart Edmonton team, he spent part of his sophomore season in the American Hockey League after struggling to produce at the same level.

He regained a part of his scoring form during the 2013 lockout-shortened season, prior to the trade.

“Our team is built on balance, and we think he can come in here and provide an element we don’t have right now,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said following the July 10 trade that brought Paajarvi to St. Louis.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/02/sharks-officially-re-sign-kearns/

Sharks officially re-sign Kearns

Cam Tucker

Aug 2, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

It seems like old news by now.

But the San Jose Sharks have officially re-signed 32-year-old center Bracken Kearns to a one-year contract, the club announced Friday.

The Sharks have also re-signed Marek Viedensky to a one-year deal, as per CSN Bay Area.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the Sharks had agreed with Kearns to a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000 at the NHL level.

This past season with the Sharks, the journeyman forward played in one regular season game and seven games during the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Originally from Vancouver, Kearns’ atypical but remarkable journey to the NHL has been well-documented.

He was never drafted and never played a game of major junior hockey.

Instead, he played at the University of Calgary in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, before entering the world of pro hockey in 2005-06. He spent most of that season with the Toledo Storm in the ECHL.

He’s come a long way.

“I can honestly say (quitting) never really crossed my mind,” Kearns told George Johnson of the Calgary Herald and Postmedia News in May, during the Sharks playoff run.

“I’ve never gotten to that point. Some people might find that crazy . . . But I’ve honestly felt I’ve gotten better every year. And that’s been a sign that I should stick with it.

“People always ask me ‘Are you going to Europe to play?’ Well, I’ve never considered it. I’ve always dreamed of playing in the NHL. So I’ve always strived for that.”



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Report: Blues sign extension with Paajarvi

Cam Tucker

Aug 2, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues have signed a contract extension with Magnus Paajarvi, according to Andy Strickland of CBS Sports Radio St. Louis.

As per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it is a two-year extension.

Paajarvi's AAV is $1.2 million for two years. #stlblues—
Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 02, 2013


Paajarvi was a restricted free agent, after his entry-level contract worth $900,000 per season at the NHL level – as per Capgeek.com – came to an end at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Five days after the start of free agency, the Blues traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Paajarvi.

Paajarvi, only 22 years of age, is a former first-round pick of the Oilers from 2009.

After a solid rookie season in 2010-11, in which Paajarvi scored 15 goals and 34 points in 80 games with an upstart Edmonton team, he spent part of his sophomore season in the American Hockey League after struggling to produce at the same level.

He regained a part of his scoring form during the 2013 lockout-shortened season, prior to the trade.

“Our team is built on balance, and we think he can come in here and provide an element we don’t have right now,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said following the July 10 trade that brought Paajarvi to St. Louis.



The best thing for Paajarvi was to get out of Edmonton. Too much pressure was put on Him to perform like Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, RHN.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/03/oilers-unsure-if-nugent-hopkins-will-be-ready-for-opener/

Oilers unsure if Nugent-Hopkins will be ready for opener

Ryan Dadoun

Aug 3, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins underwent shoulder surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. The injury had plagued him for years, so there’s reason to be hopeful that he’ll be better than ever when he returns.

The question now is when that return will be.

Nugent-Hopkins initially expressed confidence that he would be “good to go” for the start of the season. The Edmonton Oilers remain upbeat about his recovery, but Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t about to make any promises.

“All things are very optimistic now … but the timeline before was that he’d be ready Nov. 1, in a very pessimistic timeline, and optimistically he’d be ready to start the year,” MacTavish told the Edmonton Journal. “We’re going to stay with that and let his progression dictate when he’s ready. We won’t be hurrying him, that’s for sure.”

MacTavish conceded that being without Nugent-Hopkins would create a big hole in their lineup, but it would also be an opportunity for some of the Oilers’ young forwards.

“[Mark] Arcobello will get a good look, Andrew Miller, Will Acton, Anton Lander. I’m sure we’ll be able to offset Nuge’s absence in the short term.”

Nugent-Hopkins had 52 points in 62 games as a rookie and then 24 points in 40 contests last season.



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Oilers unsure if Nugent-Hopkins will be ready for opener

Ryan Dadoun

Aug 3, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins underwent shoulder surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. The injury had plagued him for years, so there’s reason to be hopeful that he’ll be better than ever when he returns.

The question now is when that return will be.

Nugent-Hopkins initially expressed confidence that he would be “good to go” for the start of the season. The Edmonton Oilers remain upbeat about his recovery, but Oilers GM Craig MacTavish isn’t about to make any promises.

“All things are very optimistic now … but the timeline before was that he’d be ready Nov. 1, in a very pessimistic timeline, and optimistically he’d be ready to start the year,” MacTavish told the Edmonton Journal. “We’re going to stay with that and let his progression dictate when he’s ready. We won’t be hurrying him, that’s for sure.”

MacTavish conceded that being without Nugent-Hopkins would create a big hole in their lineup, but it would also be an opportunity for some of the Oilers’ young forwards.

“[Mark] Arcobello will get a good look, Andrew Miller, Will Acton, Anton Lander. I’m sure we’ll be able to offset Nuge’s absence in the short term.”

Nugent-Hopkins had 52 points in 62 games as a rookie and then 24 points in 40 contests last season.


Starting to think that the kid is injury prone. He needs to put some muscle on that skinny frame of His.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/05/its-official-board-of-governors-approves-coyotes-sale/

It’s official: Board of Governors approves Coyotes sale

Joe Yerdon

Aug 5, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

Finally, it’s over.

After four years of up-in-the-air status, bankruptcy court, and numerous failed bids — the Phoenix Coyotes have been sold.

The NHL announced the Board of Governors approval of the sale of the team to the IceArizona group (aka: Renaissance Sports & Entertainment). Commissioner Gary Bettman released this statement about the sale.

“The National Hockey League believes in Arizona as an NHL market and that these new owners can provide the Coyotes the opportunity to secure a stable, long-term future in Glendale,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank Mike Nealy, Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, team captain Shane Doan and all the players and staff for consistently going ‘above and beyond’ on behalf of the franchise during this long and complex process. We thank the Coyotes’ devoted fans for their patient, perseverant support. We are extremely pleased that a positive resolution has been achieved for the fans, the city, the Coyotes and the League.”

With the Board of Governors approval, the deal the City of Glendale made with IceArizona goes into effect to help manage Jobing.com Arena and ease the financial stress of purchasing the team.

Of course, that city-approved deal also has a five-year out-clause that allows IceArizona to sell the team if they lose $50 million over that time.

While that might be a story further down the road, for now the Coyotes saga is at an end and for the first time since Jerry Moyes declared bankruptcy and attempted to sell the team to Jim Balsillie, they have a real ownership group in place.



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Coyotes chairman Gosbee ‘extremely pleased’ to buy the team

Joe Yerdon

Aug 5, 2013, 3:35 PM EDT

Now that the Phoenix Coyotes are no longer wards of the NHL, it’s time to get to know the group of businessmen who jumped in to save hockey in the desert.

The 10-man group called IceArizona is headed up by team Chairman and Team Governor George Gosbee. He was the guy who helped spearhead the group in rallying together to buy the franchise. Gosbee was thrilled about seeing the purchase finalized.

“We are extremely pleased to have finalized the transaction with the NHL and to take ownership of the Coyotes franchise,” he said.

Joining him are Anthony LeBlanc and Daryl Jones, former members of the Ice Edge Holdings group who attempted to purchase the team two years ago. LeBlanc as well is ecstatic to finally own the Coyotes.

“Our ultimate goal is to bring a Stanley Cup championship to our tremendously resilient, passionate and dedicated fan base here in the Valley. We have a lot of work to do and we can’t wait to get started,” LeBlanc said.

Rounding out the group of 10 are: Avik Dey, Gary J. Drummond, W. David Duckett, W. R. Dutton, Robert Gwin, Scott Saxberg, Craig Stewart, and Richard Walter. You search engine wizards can have fun looking up who they are.



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Detroit, Andersson agree on two-year, $1.465M extension

Mike Halford

Aug 6, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with one of their two remaining restricted free agents, inking forward Joakim Andersson to a two-year deal.

According to Helen St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the deal is for $1.465 million with an average annual cap hit of $732,500.

Andersson, 24, debuted with Detroit in 2011-12 but made his mark last season, posting career-highs in games (38) and points (eight).

The Swede then proved to be a key figure in the playoffs, appearing in all 14 of Detroit’s contests while finishing with five points, averaging 13:20 per game (up from the 12:05 he averaged during the regular season).

“He competes hard, he understands the game and he’s a big body,” Wings head coach Mike Babcock said of Andersson this season. “He knows how to play. You can put him on the ice, and you’re not scared. He seems to get points.

“He’s just a hockey player.”

As mentioned earlier, Andersson was one of two RFAs left unsigned — the remaining one is fellow forward Gustav Nyquist.

Nyquist, 23, is coming off a two-year entry-level deal that paid him $837,500 at the NHL level this season

The 2013 campaign was Nyquist’s second in the league and with the Wings. He had three goals and six points in 22 regular season games for Detroit, but had a stronger offensive impact in the playoffs, scoring two goals and five points in 14 games.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/07/ludzik-believes-hockey-career-led-to-parkinsons/

Ludzik believes hockey career led to Parkinson’s

Jason Brough

Aug 7, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT

Former NHL player Steve Ludzik remains convinced that he developed Parkinson’s disease as a result of his hockey career.

On Tuesday, the 52-year-old reiterated his claim to the National Post, and said his doctors generally agree with his conclusion.

“They say they can’t prove it, and they can’t not prove it,” Ludzik said. “But it’s likely this is from damage to the head.”

Ludzik played 424 games in the NHL, most of them for the Chicago Blackhawks. During his playing career, he took countless hits.

“I remember going to the bench and I couldn’t remember which town I was in,” Ludzik told QMI Agency last year. “You never said anything (about concussions) because you wanted to keep your job.”

He added: “I know in my heart of hearts (the disease) was caused by taking shots to the head.

“It’s not the fights. It’s the constant pounding.”

According to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the causes of the disease remain unknown. However, according to Caroline M. Tanner (M.D., Ph.D.), “Traumatic brain injury — injury that results in amnesia or loss of consciousness — has been associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson’s years after the injury.”



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Report: 76ers ownership group interested in buying Devils

Mike Halford

Aug 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

The ownership group of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers – led by investment banker and majority partner Joshua Harris — is reportedly interested in buying the New Jersey Devils.

CSN Philly has confirmed the report, originally from Fox 29’s Howard Eskin, with “sources with knowledge of the situation.”

Tom Gulitti of NorthJersey.com also received confirmation from “two sources with knowledge of the Devils ownership process.”

The Devils have been searching for a new owner for quite some time, and have reportedly been in negotiations with Philadelphia-based attorney Andrew Barroway — but, according to Gulitti, Barroway’s sale agreement expired at the end of July without a deal being completed.

New Jersey’s current financial situation is cloudy at best. Owner Jeff Vanderbeek has spent much of the last two years feuding with Newark mayor Cory Booker, dealing with reports of unpaid loans and facing rumors of potentially defaulting on said loans.

In June, Forbes’ Mike Ozanian reported that Vanderbeek was $230 million in debt and suggested the Devils could be sold through a prepackaged bankruptcy sale, like the Dallas Stars were in 2011.

As for the Philly group? Here’s more, from CSN’s John Gonzalez:

According to Forbes, Harris is worth $2.1 billion. In 2011, he and the current Sixers ownership group bought the team for a reported $287 million. As of January 2013, Forbes valued the Sixers at $418 million.

Along with Harris, the new investment group is led primarily by David Blitzer. Blitzer, one of the Sixers’ owners, graduated magna cum laude from the Wharton School of Business. Blitzer is a senior managing director and head of tactical opportunities for Blackstone, the world’s biggest private equity firm by assets.

According to Bloomberg, Blackstone reported $3.3 billion in revenue last year. Blitzer, who joined the firm in 1991 and started its European private-equity business in 2002, reportedly manages a $1.5 billion fund on behalf of Blackstone.


It should be noted that, according to Gulitti’s sources, the Barroway group is still working on trying to buy the Devils and that, according to Gonzalez, the Harris group is considering a purchasing of “one of at least three different sports-related entities.”



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Bettman denies NHL taking over Devils — sale imminent?

Jason Brough

Aug 8, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

Today in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman denied a report that the league is preparing to take over the financially troubled New Jersey Devils.

“If the suggestion is we’re going to take over the Devils, it’s not accurate,” said Bettman, per Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger.

Not accurate, perhaps, because a Devils sale could be imminent, according to The Record’s Tom Gulitti.

Groups headed by Andrew Barroway and Josh Harris (76ers) are both involved/bidding on team.—
Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) August 08, 2013


While it’s tempting to compare the Devils’ ownership situation to that of another problem NHL franchise, the Phoenix Coyotes, it’s not really appropriate to do so.

The big difference between the two situations is that relocation was only an option for the Coyotes. The Devils, by all indications, are staying put in Newark. What’s really needed in New Jersey is a deep-pocketed ownership group that can haul the club out of debt.

As I've reported many time, Devils are staying in NJ at Pru Center. New owners will not move team. NHL wants it where it is as do buyers.—
Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) August 08, 2013



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Sabres play-by-play man Jeanneret to retire after 2015-16 season

Jason Brough

Aug 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

One of the most recognizable voices in hockey, Buffalo Sabres play-by-play man Rick Jeanneret, has signed a three-year contract, the club announced today.

When the contract is up, 71-year-old Jeanneret says he’ll retire.

“This decision was obviously very difficult for me to make,” Jeanneret said in a release. “It has become a yearly deliberation, deciding if the coming year would be my last or what season I would finally step away. I initially thought doing a full year of games this coming season and then retiring was the way to go. After discussing it with my family and with the Sabres, we all thought signing this new deal was the right choice. I get to continue to do what I love while slowly reducing my workload and eventually turning the reins over to Dan, who I greatly respect and believe Sabres fans will grow to love.”

From the release, here’s the succession plan:

The Sabres Hall-of-Famer will call an increasingly reduced number of games during the next three seasons before stepping away from the microphone for good. Veteran broadcaster Dan Dunleavy has been added to the Sabres broadcast team and will serve as Jeanneret’s substitute before assuming the primary play-by-play duties for the 2016-17 season.

Jeanneret and Dunleavy will be joined by Rob Ray, who will return to serve as color commentator for all Sabres broadcasts. Brian Duff will also return for his third season with the Sabres broadcast team, maintaining his role as the in-game host for pre- and post-game coverage, as well as intermission reports.


Per the Buffalo News, Jeanneret will work 57 games this season, 47 games the next, and half the games in his final season.



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It's time for the Devils to move out of NJ. Either Quebec City, Seattle or Kansas City



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I freaking love Rick jenneret. Some classic calls.

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Report: Blues sign extension with Paajarvi

Cam Tucker

Aug 2, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues have signed a contract extension with Magnus Paajarvi, according to Andy Strickland of CBS Sports Radio St. Louis.

As per Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it is a two-year extension.

Paajarvi's AAV is $1.2 million for two years. #stlblues—
Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 02, 2013


Paajarvi was a restricted free agent, after his entry-level contract worth $900,000 per season at the NHL level – as per Capgeek.com – came to an end at the conclusion of the 2013 season.

Five days after the start of free agency, the Blues traded David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Paajarvi.

Paajarvi, only 22 years of age, is a former first-round pick of the Oilers from 2009.

After a solid rookie season in 2010-11, in which Paajarvi scored 15 goals and 34 points in 80 games with an upstart Edmonton team, he spent part of his sophomore season in the American Hockey League after struggling to produce at the same level.

He regained a part of his scoring form during the 2013 lockout-shortened season, prior to the trade.

“Our team is built on balance, and we think he can come in here and provide an element we don’t have right now,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said following the July 10 trade that brought Paajarvi to St. Louis.



The best thing for Paajarvi was to get out of Edmonton. Too much pressure was put on Him to perform like Hall, Eberle, Yakupov, RHN.

There was zero pressure on him to perform like the big 4.  He was turning into a great 3rd line player, but the Oilers were able to get a 2nd line guy for him.  Good deal for both sides.



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