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 Posted: Fri Jul 12th, 2013 09:08 pm
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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/12/sens-re-sign-condra-for-two-years/

Sens re-sign Condra for two years

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

Cross another name off the arbitration list — per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Ottawa Senators have come to terms with forward Erik Condra on a two-year, $2.5 million deal.

Condra played all 48 games for the Sens in 2013, scoring four times, adding eight assists and leading all Ottawa forwards in blocked shots, with 32. He had a fine playoffs as well, racking up seven points in 10 games.

The 26-year-old has been a nice find for Ottawa, which drafted him 211th overall in 2006.

Condra can become an unrestricted free agent when this contract expires.



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‘Hawks, Coach Q to work on contract extension

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

Whether Joel Quelleville was ever in real danger of losing his job last year was never quite clear to us. There were plenty of rumors that the Blackhawks would go in a different direction following back-to-back first-round exits, but in the end, it was still Quenneville behind the bench last month when Chicago won its second Stanley Cup in four years.

Unlike last offseason, the talk this time around involves a contract extension.

“We’re going to work on that,” said ‘Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, per CSN Chicago. “It’s always good to get those things done in the summertime and clear the deck and focus on hockey in the fall.”

Quenneville has one year left on his current deal.

“He’s done a tremendous job leading the team, and there’s no one else I’d rather have coaching this group,” said Bowman. “He’s demonstrated a great ability to understand what it takes to win. He’s got a proven track record, and players respond to him. We’re excited about that and hope to continue it.”



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Wild sign depth d-men Blum and Landry

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild have added a couple of depth defensemen, Jonathon Blum and Jon Landry, on one-year, two-way deals, the club announced today.

Of the two, Blum is the only one with NHL experience. The 24-year-old former WHL star with the Vancouver Giants has appeared in 91 games for the Predators, who drafted him 23rd overall in 2007. Last year, he played 35 games, scoring once and adding six assists.

That Blum only managed a two-way deal will be a disappointment for him, so he should enter next season with plenty to prove. The Wild defense is hardly uncrackable, which is part of the reason he chose Minnesota.

Landry, 30, spent last season in AHL Bridgeport, where he scored 33 points in 72 games for the Tigers.


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Kruger gets two-year deal with ‘Hawks

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

This morning, we passed along word that the Chicago Blackhawks were working diligently to get restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger under contract.

Well, mission accomplished — the club announced this afternoon it’s re-signed the 23-year-old to a two-year deal.

Financials have yet to be reported.

Kruger had four goals and 13 points in 47 games this past season and was one of the team’s main penalty killers.

“He’s gained some strength over the last couple of years, which has allowed him to play against better players and stronger players and his ability to help us in a lot of different ways,” said ‘Hawks general manager Stan Bowman, per the Chicago Tribune.

“He played some wing for us in the playoffs and a lot of center during the regular season. He’s a big part of the penalty killing and that’s sort of his profile going forward–a versatile defender … and he’s worked on his offensive game a little bit. Looking into next year, I think his role’s only going to get bigger.”



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Penguins re-sign depth tough guy Zolnierczyk

Cam Tucker

Jul 12, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired a little more grit with the acquisition of Harry Zolnierczyk this off-season, and now they’ve shown that with a new contract for the rugged forward.

The Penguins re-signed Zolnierczyk to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $550,000 at the NHL level, the club announced on Friday.

In 44 career NHL games, Zolnierczyk has three goals and seven points, to go along with 71 penalty minutes. In this lockout-shortened season, he appeared in seven games with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pennsylvania rival of the Penguins.

On March 2, against the Ottawa Senators, he was kicked out of the game after being given a major penalty for charging, with just 1:26 of ice time under his belt.

So, he’s not in the Penguins organization for his scoring abilities.

Zolnierczyk originally joined the Flyers as an undrafted free agent. Oddly enough, his last regular season game for Philadelphia in 2013 was against the Penguins.

The Penguins actually saw him twice this past season – both times in Pittsburgh.



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Penguins re-sign depth tough guy Zolnierczyk

Cam Tucker

Jul 12, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired a little more grit with the acquisition of Harry Zolnierczyk this off-season, and now they’ve shown that with a new contract for the rugged forward.

The Penguins re-signed Zolnierczyk to a one-year, two-way contract that is worth $550,000 at the NHL level, the club announced on Friday.

In 44 career NHL games, Zolnierczyk has three goals and seven points, to go along with 71 penalty minutes. In this lockout-shortened season, he appeared in seven games with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Pennsylvania rival of the Penguins.

On March 2, against the Ottawa Senators, he was kicked out of the game after being given a major penalty for charging, with just 1:26 of ice time under his belt.

So, he’s not in the Penguins organization for his scoring abilities.

Zolnierczyk originally joined the Flyers as an undrafted free agent. Oddly enough, his last regular season game for Philadelphia in 2013 was against the Penguins.

The Penguins actually saw him twice this past season – both times in Pittsburgh.


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LOLz at anyone saying that Harry-Z is a tough guy.

The only tough thing here will be him playing any more games in the NHL.



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MOSCOW -- Russian team SKA St. Petersburg says it has signed forward Ilya Kovalchuk to a four-year contract.

Last week, Kovalchuk walked away from $77 million left on his 15-year contract with the New Jersey Devils.



SKA, a Kontinental Hockey League team, did not disclose the terms of the deal with Kovalchuk in its statement Monday. SKA president Gennady Timchenko described the 30-year-old Kovalchuk as a "real leader."

Kovalchuk scored 417 goals and added 399 assists in 816 NHL games. His best seasons were in 2005-06 and 2007-08 when he scored a career-high 52 goals. He had three other 40-goal seasons.

Kovalchuk has represented Russia at three Winter Olympics, nine world championships, one world junior championship and the 2004 World Cup. He played with SKA St. Petersburg during the recent lockout.

 

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Phoenix Coyotes have signed first-round pick Max Domi to a three-year, entry-level contract.

The deal with Domi, the No. 12 pick in this year's draft, was announced on Sunday. The Toronto-born forward had 39 goals and 87 points in 64 games last season for London of the OHL.

Domi, the son of former NHL player Tie Domi, led London in goals and points and tied for first on the team in assists and plus-minus.

He also had a team-high 32 points in 21 postseason games, leading the Knights to their second consecutive OHL championship.

"Max is a very talented young player with a bright future," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said in a statement. "He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his progress."

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa, who was injured during the Stanley Cup finals, will not require back surgery, general manager Stan Bowman said Friday.

"He didn't need surgery," Bowman said. "He's doing much better than he was. He was another player that played through an awful lot of pain in the final. I think at this point there's nothing to be alarmed about. I think it's like a lot of things when you go through a long season. If you remember, we had a lot of games in a short amount of time this year. You didn't have a lot of time spaced out during the regular season due to the late start, so there's a lot of games over a short period of time. I think some rest will do him well."
Hossa said after the season he would possibly require surgery after injuring his back at the end of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins. Hossa was a late scratch for Game 3 and returned for the final three games of the series.


Hossa said in late June he wasn't the same player after the injury. He had seven goals and nine assists in 22 playoff games last season.

"I don't know if I was too effective how I was playing," Hossa said. "I was limping on the ice. To tell you the truth, I didn't have much confidence because everybody was much faster. As soon as you get a puck, I wasn't too confident to do things I'm usually able to do. It kind of frustrated me in those games, but the coaches told me just to play your game defensively and that's going to help us. I just try to stick with it."

Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell recently said he required left thumb surgery to repair a torn tendon. Bowman said a few other players, including forward Michal Handzus, required surgeries after the season but none will delay their return to training camp.

Handzus was seen wearing a brace on his left knee and a cast on his right arm that stretched from above his elbow to past his wrist. It was revealed after the season that Handzus had played with a broken wrist and a torn MCL during the Stanley Cup finals.

"There were a few other minor ones, but nothing that's going to ... even Bickell's injury is not going to stretch into training camp," Bowman said. "I think there's a lot of guys who play through some tough injuries in the long playoff battles. It goes to show you how competitive these guys are. They're able to do things in the playoff series that most people wouldn't be able to play with. Hats off to them, but we expect a full training camp starting in September.

"[Handzus] did as well. Once again, they're more short-term things. He was a warrior in the playoffs. He never complained, and he played some big minutes for us. He had a big role, and he was one of the reasons we were able to do what we did. He's sort of a quiet guy that way. You never realize how much of a warrior he was."

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/14/kings-avoid-arbitration-with-martinez-thanks-to-two-year-deal/

Kings avoid arbitration with Martinez thanks to two-year deal

James O'Brien

Jul 14, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings crossed another arbitration worry off their list on Sunday, signing defenseman Alec Martinez to a two-year deal worth $2.2 million, according to TSN.

Martinez, 25, receives $100K more per year than fellow young blueliner Jake Muzzin, who received an arbitration-avoiding contract on Friday.

The Kings appear to have a crowded blueline going into 2013-14, even if Willie Mitchell stays on the long-term injured reserve.

Assuming Mitchell is out of the mix, the top four group is pretty much settled at Drew Doughty, Slava Voynov, Matt Greene and Robyn Regehr. Muzzin, Martinez, Keaton Ellerby and Jeff Schultz could very well battle for the bottom two spots many nights, although it wouldn’t be shocking if one or more of them end up on the trading block.

Martinez played in 27 regular season games and seven postseason contests for the Kings, going in and out of the lineup. He did average a career-high 16:01 minutes per night in the regular season, however.



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KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg announces signing of Kovalchuk

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 15, 2013, 8:57 AM EDT

What has been assumed and reported for days has been officially announced. Ilya Kovalchuk has inked a four-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Last week, Kovalchuk sent shock waves through the hockey world when he decided to retire from the NHL despite having $77 million left on his 15-year, $100 million contract. Kovalchuk’s decision left the New Jersey Devils with a massive hole in their lineup, not to mention a $250,000 annual cap recapture penalty through 2024-25.

On top of that, the Devils don’t have a first round draft pick in 2014 as punishment for their first attempt to sign Kovalchuk.

Following his retirement, it quickly became apparent that Kovalchuk would head to the KHL to extend his career. His mother suggested that this had been on the 30-year-old forward’s mind since January and he was influenced by his time with SKA during the lockout.

Taxation in the United States as well as the NHL’s escrow rules were also apparently factors as it’s believed that Kovalchuk stands to benefit financially from this maneuver. SKA hasn’t released the financial terms of their agreement with Kovalchuk.

The next time a wide North American audience sees him on the ice might be during the 2014 Winter Olympics. Team Russia and the United States will be in the same division.

    Unconfirmed word out of Europe this am is that Kovalchuk might be earning $15 million per season in his 4-year #KHL deal w/ @hcSKA

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Geoffrion announces retirement

Jason Brough

Jul 15, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Back in March, it was reported that 25-year-old Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion had retired after suffering a serious head injury while playing for AHL Hamilton in November.

That report was quickly refuted, with Geoffrion’s dad saying his son was only considering retiring.

But today, Geoffion made it official.

“After suffering an injury in November and taking time to recover and reflect, I have decided to step away from the game of hockey for the time being,” he said in a release. “I would like to thank Geoff Molson, Marc Bergevin, the entire Montreal Canadiens organization as well as the Hamilton Bulldogs organization for everything they have done for me. They have been unwavering in their support, professionalism and kindness. I cannot thank them enough.”

Geoffrion required immediate surgery for a depressed skull fracture that he sustained on a hit (video) from Jean-Philippe Cote of the Syracuse Crunch.

Drafted 56th overall by Nashville in 2006, Geoffrion was a star with the University of Wisconsin and was the Hobey Baker winner in 2010.

He was also a fourth-generation Hab, as the son of former Canadien Danny Geoffrion, the grandson of Hall of Famer Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and the great-grandson of another Hall of Famer, Howie Morenz.

The fact Geoffrion said he was stepping away from hockey “for the time being” seems to leave the door open for a return down the line. Hopefully he gets to the point, health-wise, where he can consider it.

“I love the game of hockey more than anything and this decision tears me up inside,” Geoffrion said in March, “but we are talking about my brain. Not a knee or a shoulder. I want to have a family, have kids, play with them and [have] a strong quality of life for another 60 or 70 years.”



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Wings sign Smith to two-year, $2.525 million deal

Jason Brough

Jul 15, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

The Detroit Red Wings have avoided arbitration with defenseman Brendan Smith. As first reported by the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman, club and player have agreed on a two-year deal worth $2.525 million.

Wings general manager Ken Holland has confirmed the news.

Smith, 24, had zero goals and eight assists in 34 regular-season games this past season. He then added a pair of goals and three assists in 14 playoff contests while averaging 19:08 of ice time.

The Wings drafted Smith 27th overall in 2007 and have slowly brought him along, as they tend to do with their prospects.

He’ll be expected to take another step in his development next year after the Wings bid adieu to veteran d-men Ian White and Carlo Colaiacovo.

Smith was the only Wings player to file for arbitration; however, the club still has restricted free agents Joakim Andersson and Gustav Nyquist to sign.



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Flyers bring in Ron Hextall as assistant GM

James O'Brien

Jul 15, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

Philadelphia Flyers fans finally got their wish on Monday: Ron Hextall is back.

OK, he won’t be making slick passes, nasty slashes, dramatic saves and naked interviews as the team’s goalie, but savvy fans should still be intrigued that he’s accepted an assistant GM gig. The team notes that he’ll begin on August 1.

Without context, the decision might seem like a lateral move in Hextall’s career as an executive. He’s been an assistant GM for the Los Angeles Kings since 2005-06, helping them build one of the best team structures in the NHL. (The Kings wished Hextall good luck, for what it’s worth.)

While the Flyers haven’t said as much, there’s reason to believe that Hextall, 49, could be groomed to eventually take over the GM role for current general manager Paul Holmgren.

Few would deny that Holmgren’s had some struggles, as two expensive buyouts and various dramatic organizational 180′s can attest. Holmgren’s been in the GM role since 2006-07, so one must wonder if the franchise is looking toward the future with this move.

Even in a vacuum, it’s a nice move for the Flyers, especially if Hextall can help them improve a farm system that’s ranked second-worst in the league (according to Hockey Prospectus).



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