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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/20/ducks-lose-souray-4-6-months-torn-wrist-ligament-ink-fistric-to-one-year-deal/

Ducks lose Souray 4-6 months (torn wrist ligament); ink Fistric to one-year deal

Joe Yerdon

Aug 20, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks will be without hard-shooting defenseman Sheldon Souray for a while thanks to an off-ice injury.

The team announced Souray will miss the next 4-to-6 months after suffering a torn ligament in his right wrist while working out off the ice on July 17. He had it operated on back on July 25 and now they’ve got a big hole in their defensive corps. He could be back as early as late-November.

To that end, the team also announced the signing of physical defenseman Mark Fistric, formerly of the Oilers, to a one-year deal.

Souray’s absence on the blue line delivers a harsh blow to a team that was already thin at that position.

His play since arriving in Anaheim has been steady and his well-known slap shot has been productive for the Ducks scoring seven goals with 10 assists last season. He was an obvious top-four guy for them and now they’ll start the season looking a bit rough on the back end.

Fistric will give them a veteran body to help fill Souray’s absence, but he was unspectacular for the Oilers last season.

The Ducks will rely even more on Francois Bueachemin to carry them and hope guys like Cam Fowler, Bryan Allen, and Luca Sbisa can step up their game. Sami Vatanen and Ben Lovejoy will also need to bring their A-game so the Ducks don’t take a beating defensively.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/20/ducks-lose-souray-4-6-months-torn-wrist-ligament-ink-fistric-to-one-year-deal/

Ducks lose Souray 4-6 months (torn wrist ligament); ink Fistric to one-year deal

Joe Yerdon

Aug 20, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks will be without hard-shooting defenseman Sheldon Souray for a while thanks to an off-ice injury.

The team announced Souray will miss the next 4-to-6 months after suffering a torn ligament in his right wrist while working out off the ice on July 17. He had it operated on back on July 25 and now they’ve got a big hole in their defensive corps. He could be back as early as late-November.

To that end, the team also announced the signing of physical defenseman Mark Fistric, formerly of the Oilers, to a one-year deal.

Souray’s absence on the blue line delivers a harsh blow to a team that was already thin at that position.

His play since arriving in Anaheim has been steady and his well-known slap shot has been productive for the Ducks scoring seven goals with 10 assists last season. He was an obvious top-four guy for them and now they’ll start the season looking a bit rough on the back end.

Fistric will give them a veteran body to help fill Souray’s absence, but he was unspectacular for the Oilers last season.

The Ducks will rely even more on Francois Bueachemin to carry them and hope guys like Cam Fowler, Bryan Allen, and Luca Sbisa can step up their game. Sami Vatanen and Ben Lovejoy will also need to bring their A-game so the Ducks don’t take a beating defensively.



Very surprised that Edmonton didn't re-sign Fristic. He's a very good checking Defenseman and can hit.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/20/jagr-hints-that-this-will-be-his-last-nhl-season/

Jagr hints that this will be his last NHL season

James O'Brien

Aug 20, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr‘s Facebook page is becoming quite the source for hockey news and distractions this week.

On Monday, he posted amusing photos from his Reebok photo shoot. Tuesday brought a more noteworthy bit, as he put up an update admitting that the 2013-14 campaign will probably be his last season.

At least, that’s what translations from Bing and Lenka Hosek via Puck Daddy state.

“It looks like this will be my last season,” Jagr wrote.

While it’s logical to state that the 41-year-old is nearing the end of the line, it’s also possible that he could have a change of heart. After all, his commitment to fitness and joy for the game have seemingly only gotten stronger with time.

If this is his last season, the future Hall of Famer has some big milestones in sight.

    He’s 19 goals away from hitting the 700-goal mark in his career.
    He’s very close to leapfrogging some huge names on the all-time goal-scoring list and also has some incentive in holding off Teemu Selanne.

6. Mike Gartner (708)
7. Mark Messier (694)
8. Steve Yzerman (692)
9. Mario Lemieux (690)
10. Jagr (681)
11. Selanne (675)

    Another big milestone of 1,700 career points is within reach. He’s breathing down his buddy’s neck in that regard, too.

5. Marcel Dionne (1771)
6. Yzerman (1755)
7. Lemieux (1723)
8. Jagr (1688)

    Assists probably won’t be followed with the same fervor, but it’s still an interesting finish to watch, especially since he only collected helpers in his playoff run with Boston.

7. Yzerman (1,063)
8. Gordie Howe (1,049)
9. Dionne (1,040)
10. Lemieux (1,033)
11. Joe Sakic (1,016)
12. Jagr (1,007)

    He has some reason to invest in the New Jersey Devils’ success, too, as he’s just one goal or assist away from 200 career postseason points.

As usual, Jagr should be fun to watch in 2013-14.

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/20/hal-gill-isnt-ready-to-retire/

Hal Gill isn’t ready to retire

James O'Brien

Aug 20, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

Big defenseman Hal Gill rolled out his vision to Globe & Mail – help Seth Jones adjust to the NHL game – but the Nashville Predators didn’t share his vision. So, instead, he finds himself in a holding pattern like many other free agents.

At 38, there’s the legitimate threat of being forced into retirement, but that’s not something Gill is ready for.

“I want to play,” Gill said. “I’m here and I’m still have the desire, ultimately, to win but to just play and to be a part of it.”

While his size is obvious, the downside is his lack of mobility.

Gill admits it’s a skill game and a fast game, yet he also notes that hockey is a “thinking man’s game” and that he’s becoming more intelligent as time goes on.

On the bright side, teams still have more than a month to decide that they need to add his hockey IQ to the mix.



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from tsn.ca:

The Washington Capitals have signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal.

The 29-year-old Belarussian spent the past five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he posted nine goals and seven assists last year in a lockout-shortened season.

A six-year veteran of the NHL, Grabovski had signed a five-year, $27.5 million extension with the Leafs in March 2012, but was then bought out by the club in July of this year after a post-season campaign where he was playoff-worst minus-10.

In 48 games with the Leafs last season, Grabovski scored nine goals and added seven assists.

Originally drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Grabovski has scored 94 goals and 123 assists in 367 career NHL games with Toronto and Montreal.
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No official word yet but it's rumoured to be a 1 year deal for $ 3 million.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/22/report-caps-sign-13-first-rounder-burakovsky/

Report: Caps sign ’13 first-rounder Burakovsky

Mike Halford

Aug 22, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

Sounds like the Washington Capitals got what they wanted from Andre Burakovsky.

Burakovsky, the club’s first-round selection (23rd overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has reportedly signed his entry-level contract with the Caps, meaning he’ll leave Sweden to play in North America next season.

News of the signing comes from MrMadhawk.se — a Swedish site dedicated to SEL club Malmo, where Burakovsky has played since 2009-10 — in which the 18-year-old confirms he signed a three-year tender with Washington.

Here’s the translation of the interview, from Caps site Russian Machine Never Breaks:

What happens now?

Burakovsky: I’ll come to camp in September and try to break through as quickly as possible. I can play in the AHL and I can go to Erie. It’s up to Washington now, they’ll decide what’s best for me.

When did this come up?

Burakovsky: It was a while ago. My agent Patrik Aronsson has worked hard to solve it and they were eager to bring me over. It shows they believe in me and it will be great to move over there.

Do you expect to play in the NHL as soon as this year?

Burakovsky: I don’t know. We’ll see. Maybe I can do something like what [former Caps draftee] Filip Forsberg did at the end of last season [with Nashville, playing in five games].

I’m going over in September, then we’ll take it from there.


Burakovsky is eligible to play at the OHL, AHL or NHL level next season because he spent last year in the Allsvenskan, the second tier of the Swedish hockey ladder.

The Caps are high on Burakovsky — his father, Robert, played 23 games for the Ottawa Senators in 1993-94 — and were keen to get him to North America this season, with either Erie (who hold his OHL draft rights) or Hershey, the club’s American League affiliate.

Update: Burakovsky has committed to playing with OHL Erie next season, the team has announced.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/22/montreal-signs-veteran-d-murray-to-one-year-deal/

Montreal signs veteran D Murray: one year, $1.5 million

Mike Halford

Aug 22, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

The Montreal Canadiens have made an interesting move, signing defenseman Douglas Murray to a one-year deal.

The contract is worth $1.5 million, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Murray, 33, split last season between San Jose and Pittsburgh, scoring six points in 43 games (and three in 15 playoff games). He was acquired by the Penguins at the trade deadline and saw an uptick in minutes (17:09 average TOI in San Jose; 18:30 in Pittsburgh) before falling back to around 15 minutes per night in the postseason.

Vancouver was reportedly interested in the hard-hitting blueliner, but Montreal seemed a more natural fit for Murray given the uncertainty surrounding Alexei Emelin.

Emelin, 27, tore up his knee in April after colliding with Boston’s Milan Lucic and underwent surgery in May. With his recovery projected to go into the start of the 2013-14 season — NHL.com’s Arpon Basu reports the Habs “have no definitive idea” of when Emelin will return — Montreal was in need of another physical presence (Emelin led the team in hits last year, with 110, despite missing the final 10 games of the regular season.)

At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Murray is capable of filling the void, but there will be questions about his foot speed and skating ability, neither of which looked good during Pittsburgh’s playoff ouster to Boston.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/22/vancouver-re-signs-tanev-one-year-1-5-million/

Vancouver re-signs Tanev: one year, $1.5 million

Mike Halford

Aug 22, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

The Canucks have reached an agreement with RFA defenseman Chris Tanev on a one-year, $1.5 million deal, the club announced on Thursday.

Tanev, 23, had spent much of the summer in a contract impasse with Vancouver after posting career highs in games (38), goals (two), assists (five) and points (seven) in 2013.

There were reports that he’d been contacted by KHL clubs about playing next season in Russia, but the former RIT standout opted to sign a short-term, “prove-it” with the Canucks deal instead.

(Next offseason will also be interested because Tanev will have arbitration rights, something he didn’t have this summer.)

Tanev figures to be a regular fixture in Vancouver’s six-man defensive rotation next year, along with Kevin Bieksa, Alex Edler, Jason Garrison, Dan Hamhuis and rookie Frank Corrado.

Former Montreal blueliner Yannick Weber should also be in the mix.



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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/08/22/chicago-signs-12-first-rounder-teravainen/

Chicago signs ’12 first-rounder Teravainen

Mike Halford

Aug 22, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

The Blackhawks have agreed to a three-year, entry-level deal with Teuvo Teravainen, the club announced on Thursday.

Teravainen, 18, was Chicago’s first-round pick (18th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and spent last season with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-liiga.

It was with Jokerit where Teravainen’s stock skyrocketed. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, he finished fifth on the team in scoring (31 points in 44 games) and finished fourth on the team in goals, with 13.

In August, ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman raved about Teravainen’s potential.

“We’re really looking forward to having him in a Blackhawks uniform at some point because he’s a special player,” Bowman said, as per ESPN Chicago. “I think he’s going to electrify fans for a long time.

“Teuvo, I think is going to be a superb talent when he gets here.”

Teravainen was expected to return to Jokerit for the 2013-14 season, then make his way over to North America the following year. It remains to be see if today’s signing changes that plan any.



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from tsn.ca:

The Washington Capitals have signed Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year deal.

The 29-year-old Belarussian spent the past five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he posted nine goals and seven assists last year in a lockout-shortened season.

A six-year veteran of the NHL, Grabovski had signed a five-year, $27.5 million extension with the Leafs in March 2012, but was then bought out by the club in July of this year after a post-season campaign where he was playoff-worst minus-10.

In 48 games with the Leafs last season, Grabovski scored nine goals and added seven assists.

Originally drafted in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Grabovski has scored 94 goals and 123 assists in 367 career NHL games with Toronto and Montreal.
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No official word yet but it's rumoured to be a 1 year deal for $ 3 million.


I guess that He will replace Riberio in the line-up.



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Jagr hints that this will be his last NHL season

James O'Brien

Aug 20, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

Jaromir Jagr‘s Facebook page is becoming quite the source for hockey news and distractions this week.

On Monday, he posted amusing photos from his Reebok photo shoot. Tuesday brought a more noteworthy bit, as he put up an update admitting that the 2013-14 campaign will probably be his last season.

At least, that’s what translations from Bing and Lenka Hosek via Puck Daddy state.

“It looks like this will be my last season,” Jagr wrote.

While it’s logical to state that the 41-year-old is nearing the end of the line, it’s also possible that he could have a change of heart. After all, his commitment to fitness and joy for the game have seemingly only gotten stronger with time.

If this is his last season, the future Hall of Famer has some big milestones in sight.

    He’s 19 goals away from hitting the 700-goal mark in his career.
    He’s very close to leapfrogging some huge names on the all-time goal-scoring list and also has some incentive in holding off Teemu Selanne.

6. Mike Gartner (708)
7. Mark Messier (694)
8. Steve Yzerman (692)
9. Mario Lemieux (690)
10. Jagr (681)
11. Selanne (675)

    Another big milestone of 1,700 career points is within reach. He’s breathing down his buddy’s neck in that regard, too.

5. Marcel Dionne (1771)
6. Yzerman (1755)
7. Lemieux (1723)
8. Jagr (1688)

    Assists probably won’t be followed with the same fervor, but it’s still an interesting finish to watch, especially since he only collected helpers in his playoff run with Boston.

7. Yzerman (1,063)
8. Gordie Howe (1,049)
9. Dionne (1,040)
10. Lemieux (1,033)
11. Joe Sakic (1,016)
12. Jagr (1,007)

    He has some reason to invest in the New Jersey Devils’ success, too, as he’s just one goal or assist away from 200 career postseason points.

As usual, Jagr should be fun to watch in 2013-14.

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It depends if Jagr still needs money or not.



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Adam Henrique staying with Devils.


from tsn.ca:

The New Jersey Devils re-signed centre Adam Henrique to a six-year, $24 million contract on Monday.

Henrique will enter his third NHL season after scoring 11 goals and adding five assists for 16 points in 42 games with the Devils last season. The 23-year-old started the year with the AHL's Albany River Rats but played in 16 games before suffering a thumb injury.

Henrique was named to the 2011-12 NHL All-Rookie Team, while finishing third in the voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie. His 51 points that season marked the fourth-highest rookie total in team history, while his 13 post-season points were a franchise record among first-year players.

Henrique was selected by the Devils in the third round (82nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.



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Good signing by the Devils.



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Chiarelli signs 4 year extension.



from espn.go.com:

The Bruins have signed general manager Peter Chiarelli to a four-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

Chiarelli had one year remaining on his current deal. The Bruins will hold a 10 a.m. ET news conference Friday to discuss the extension.

The Bruins have become a perennial winner since Chiarelli was named GM before the 2006-07 season. They have earned a postseason berth in each of the last six seasons, including two trips to the finals and a Stanley Cup championship in 2011.

After Boston lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the finals in June, Bruins president Cam Neely said one of his offseason priorities would be to extend Chiarelli's contract.

"He's done a fantastic job since he's been here," Neely said during the team's exit meetings in June. "From when he came until now, there's been a lot of player/personnel turnover, but we've kept the right guys and built from that."

Even though there was one season remaining on Chiarelli's contract, the Bruins felt it was important to lock him up for the long term.

"Ideally, yeah," Neely said. "He deserves it. He's done a really good job here. He's a good GM."



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How Teemu Selanne announced that he is coming back for 1 more season.








TSN is reporting that the 1 year deal is worth $ 2 million.



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