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Looks like Letang is pricing himself out of Pittsburgh.


from tsn.ca:


A source told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that Kris Letang's camp informed the Penguins on Thursday night that they were turning down an eight-year contract offer worth about $56 million.

LeBrun added that whether more contract talks are coming or whether the Penguins put Letang on the trade market remains to be seen.

LeBrun was also told by a source that Letang's camp counter-offered with a long-term deal which would pay less than $8 million - but more than $7.5 million - and the Penguins said it was too high.

Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Wednesday that Letang preferred the Toronto Maple Leafs atop a potential list of teams to go to should he be unable to sign an extension with the Penguins.

One year ago, the Penguins traded Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes after he also declined a long-term contract extension.

Where possible trades are concerned, Letang himself has no final say on who his next team would be.

Rossi told TSN Radio 1050 on Wednesday, "I've been told that if the Penguins couldn't reach some sort of understanding with Letang, and the belief was they wouldn't be able to sign him to some sort of deal, that Toronto has emerged as a preferred landing spot - perhaps by Letang. It would be a place that he would be willing, if dealt, to perhaps sign a long-term deal."

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Calgary and Colorado make a 4 player deal.


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The Calgary Flames have traded forward Alex Tanguay and defenceman Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward David Jones and defenceman Shane O'Brien.

"This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger." said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster in a statement. "We like the fact that Jones plays a north-south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right hand shot. O'Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization."

The deal sends the 33-year-old Tanguay back to the city where he started his career. Drafted by the Avalanche in first round (12th overall) in 1998, Tanguay played his first six seasons for Colorado before being traded to the Flames in June, 2006. Tanguay played two seasons in Calgary and had stops in Montreal and Tampa Bay before again signing as an unrestricted free agent with Calgary in July, 2010.

Tanguay had 11 goals and 16 assists in 40 games for the Flames last season.

Sarich, 34, had two assists in 28 games for the Flames this year. The veteran has also skated for Buffalo and Tampa Bay in his 14 NHL seasons.

In Jones, the Flames receive a 28-year-old who struggled with three goals and six assists in 33 games last season. But the Guelph, Ontario native had much better seasons in the previous two years, where he had 20 goals in 2011-12 and 27 goals in 2010-11. He has 70 goals and 126 points in 272 games, all with Colorado.

O'Brien, 29, is a physical blueliner who had four assists and 60 penalty minutes in 28 games last season. He has also played for Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, and Nashville over seven NHL campaigns.

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Alfredsson is returning to Ottawa for 1 more season.


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Ottawa Senators fans will be celebrating more than Canada Day this weekend, as team captain Daniel Alfredsson will be playing another season in the nation's capital.

Alfredsson's agent, J.P. Barry, confirmed the news to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on Friday morning.

"He brings to the table not only talent, but the intangibles are just as important for the most part: leadership, character, the willingness to work with young players," Senators general manager Bryan told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com. "It's nice to hear that he wants to play. Now it's just a matter of getting a contract done with him."

Murray also said he is ready to get to work on a new deal for his captain.

"We were informed late this morning by Daniel's agent, JP Barry, that Daniel has made a decision and is committed to play next year for the Senators," Murray said Friday in a statement. "We now will begin the process of negotiating a contract, which we hope to have completed in the near future."

Swedish television station SVT World spoke to Alfredsson this week.

"I've never been so tired after a season earlier, even though it was so short," Alfredsson told the station. "I needed some time to think about the future, but the important thing is that the urge is there."

Alfredsson returned to Sweden with his family following their postseason exit. He met with Murray prior to leaving and said he would likely give him a decision on his future by Draft Day.

"I came home to Sweden on Monday and felt I can do this one more summer," he said. "I feel a little excited to get going and start exercising.

"The body has felt good lately. I missed a game this season and that was because I had a cold. In this way it has been positive, I have been freshened and it has affected my decision."

The 40-year-old, who's an unrestricted free agent, must now negotiate a new contract with Murray. If the two sides do agree on a new deal, Murray can't officially re-sign him until the free agency window opens July 5.

Alfredsson led the Senators in scoring through the playoffs with four goals and 10 points and was third during the regular season with 10 goals and 16 assists.

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Some Compliance Buyout news:




- The Tampa Bay Lightning are parting ways with their longest-serving player, as the club will buy out the rest of Vincent Lecavalier's 11-year, $85 million contract.

A compliance buyout of the the deal - paying out a total of $32.67 million - rids the Lightning of a $7.727 million salary cap hit through the 2019-20 season.




- The New York Rangers have decided against using their final compliance buyout on forward Brad Richards this season.

The 33-year-old has seven years and $36 million left on his deal that has an annual cap hit of $6.667 million.




- The Montreal Canadiens have informed defenceman Tomas Kaberle that he will be the team's second and final compliance buyout.

The veteran defenceman has one-year and $4.5 million left on his current contract, which carries a $4.25 million cap hit.

The Rakovnik, Czech Republic native played in only 10 games with the Canadiens in 2012/13 and contributed three assists.

Kaberle signed a three-year, $12.75 million deal with the Hurricanes in 2011 after capturing the Stanley Cup as a mid-season pickup with the Boston Bruins.




- The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Thursday that they are buying out the final two years of Daniel Briere's contract.

The move will shave $6.5 million off the Flyers' salary cap. Philadelphia had one of the NHL's most expensive payrolls last season, and has been forced into a position to shed salary in order to get under next season's cap, which will drop from $70.2 million to $64.3 million.

Under NHL rules, teams have the option of two amnesty buyouts to terminate contracts before the start of the 2014-15 season.

The Flyers will now have to pay Briere 75 percent of his remaining money owed - $3.75 million – from his original eight-year, $52 million contract that he signed in free agency on July 1, 2007.




- Calling the decision to sign Ilya Bryzgalov two years ago a "costly mistake," the Philadelphia Flyers will buy out the remainder of the goalie's hefty contract.

The move made Tuesday saves the team nearly $6 million under the salary cap for each of the next seven years. Bryzgalov was two seasons into a $51 million, nine-year contract he signed in 2011. The Flyers will have to pay him two-thirds of the balance owed on his remaining term, or $23 million.

Last week, the Flyers exercised the first of their two compliance buyouts on forward Danny Briere.

Bryzgalov was 52-33-10 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage in the regular season for Philadelphia, which failed to make the playoffs this year.

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Classy move by the Blackhawks as they took out the following full page ad in today's Boston Globe:



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Awesome. I was hoping you would do this thread

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Fuckin' A on Richards. I don't see what he brings to the table at this point and they have enough young centers. I'd prefer JT Miller.

Edit-I'd rather have Lecavalier, who is still super-productive.

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Lots of rumours flying around about some possible big names changing teams. These are all from TSN and Sportsnet:



- Boston might be looking to move Tyler Seguin. I highly doubt this and it is even more unlikely since UFA Nathan Horton has informed the Bruins that he will be testing the Free Agent market.

- Nathan Horton apparently wants a 5 to 6 year deal worth $ 6 million a season which means he won't be back with Boston next season. Look for the Bruins to try to trade his UFA rights this weekend.

- Vancouver is apparently now trying to deal Cory Schneider. Edmonton is said to be very interested and the asking price is a top prospect and a 1st round pick.

- Dallas is the frontrunner to sign Vincent Lecavalier. Boston, Detroit, Toronto and Montreal are also interested in Lecavalier.

- Edmonton is looking at adding a top 4 blueliner and the 2 names that keep popping up are Braydon Cobourn ( Philadelphia ) and Johnny Boychuk ( Boston ).

- Boston is close to signing Patrice Bergeron to an 8 year extension worth about $ 6.5 million per season.

- Tuukka Rask is asking the Bruins for a multi-year deal worth $ 7 million a season.

- Minnesota is likely to trade Cal Clutterbuck this weekend.

- UFA Ryan Clowe wants to return to the NY Rangers but the Rangers have very little cap room.

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The NHL Entry Draft is tomorrow and all 7 Rounds are taking place on Sunday. Here are the Final Rankings from the Central Scouting Services:

http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=9483





Here are a few Mock Drafts:



Craig Button ( TSN ): http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=98084


Sam Cosentino ( Sportsnet ): http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/2013-nhl-mock-draft-sam-cosentinos-30-picks/


My NHL Draft: http://www.mynhldraft.com/NHL-Mock-Draft/


Adam Kimelman ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675313&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013


Mike Morreale ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675314&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013


Steven Hoffner ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675315&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013

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Quite a few teams looking to move up in this draft - I think we may have some deals tonight and tomorrow.

The Montreal Media is begging for a Lecavalier signing, which means it's not happening. Gotta envy the guy - gets bought out for 30 million plus and will get 4 million per year on his next deal.

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The Montreal Media is begging for a Lecavalier signing, which means it's not happening. Gotta envy the guy - gets bought out for 30 million plus and will get 4 million per year on his next deal.

If his last name was Smith or Jones the French Montreal media wouldn't say one word about Montreal signing the overpaid bugger.

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Fuckin' A on Richards. I don't see what he brings to the table at this point and they have enough young centers. I'd prefer JT Miller.

Edit-I'd rather have Lecavalier, who is still super-productive.


Vinny meet with the Flyers today.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
The NHL Entry Draft is tomorrow and all 7 Rounds are taking place on Sunday. Here are the Final Rankings from the Central Scouting Services:

http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=9483





Here are a few Mock Drafts:



Craig Button ( TSN ): http://www.tsn.ca/draftcentre/feature/?id=98084


Sam Cosentino ( Sportsnet ): http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/2013-nhl-mock-draft-sam-cosentinos-30-picks/


My NHL Draft: http://www.mynhldraft.com/NHL-Mock-Draft/


Adam Kimelman ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675313&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013


Mike Morreale ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675314&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013


Steven Hoffner ( nhl.com ): http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675315&navid=DL|NHL|Microsite-Draft2013


I really would like to see the Flyers get Fucale and Pulock or Nurse tomorrow.

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Trades Completed During First 2 Rounds of NHL Draft


- Minnesota trades D Justin Falk to the NYR for RW Benn Ferriero and a 2014 6th round pick

- Pittsburgh trades C Tyler Kennedy to San Jose for 2013 2nd round pick ( 50th overall )

- Minnesota trades RW/LW Cal Clutterbuck and 2013 3rd round pick ( 70th overall ) to the NYI for RW/LW Nino Niederreiter ( 5th overall pick in 2010 Draft )

- Vancouver trades G Cory Schneider to New Jersey for 2013 1st round pick ( 9th overall )

- Detroit trades 2013 1st round pick ( 18th overall ) to San Jose for 2013 1st round pick ( 20th overall ) and 2013 2nd round pick ( 58th overall )

- Buffalo trades D Andrej Sekera to Carolina for D Jamie McBain and a 2013 2nd round pick ( 35th overall )

- Edmonton trades 2013 2nd round pick ( 37th overall ) to Los Angeles for 2013 2nd round pick ( 57th overall ), 2013 3rd round pick ( 88th overall ) and 2013 4th round pick ( 96th overall )

- New Jersey trades 2013 2nd round pick ( 39th overall ) to Phoenix for 2013 ( 42nd overall ) and 2013 3rd round pick ( 73rd overall )

- Toronto trades 2013 2nd round pick ( 51st overall ), 2013 4th round pick ( 117th overall ) and a 2014 4th round pick to Chicago for C Dave Bolland

- Columbus trades 2013 2nd round pick ( 44th overall ) to Pittsburgh for 2013 2nd round pick ( 50th overall ) and 2013 3rd round pick ( 89th overall )

- Edmonton trades 2013 2nd round pick ( 57th overall ) to St. Louis for 2013 3rd round pick ( 83rd overall ) and 2 2013 4th round picks ( 93rd overall and 114th overall )

- Chicago trades RW Michael Frolik to Winnipeg for 2013 3rd round pick ( 74th overall ) and 2013 5th round pick ( 174th overall )

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- Pittsburgh re-signs D Kris Letang to an 8 year deal worth $ 58 million. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause.

- Phoenix re-signs G Mike Smith to a 6 year deal worth $ 34 million. The deal includes a no-trade and no-move clause.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
- Pittsburgh re-signs D Kris Letang to an 8 year deal worth $ 58 million. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause.

- Phoenix re-signs G Mike Smith to a 6 year deal worth $ 34 million. The deal includes a no-trade and no-move clause.


$58 Million for Letang, LOLz!!!!!

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Bolland and Frolik will be missed. But you have to reload and rebuild.

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Philadelphia signed C Vincent Lecavalier to a 5 year deal worth $ 22.5 million. The deal includes a full no-movement clause.

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made it clear he was going to get defenseman Nick Leddy re-signed. On Wednesday, the Blackhawks did.

Leddy was signed to a two-year deal, the Blackhawks officially announced on Wednesday afternoon. The 22-year-old, a restricted free agent, had wrapped up a three-year deal this past season.

Around 5 p.m. today Leddy’s agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeted the following:

“Nick Leddy loves playing for the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. Expect an announcement from the ‘Hawks on Nick's future with Club.”

At around 6 p.m., that announcement came.

“I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to remain in Chicago and be a part of this special group of young, experienced players on a team in a winning environment," Leddy said in a statement. “The organization is first class both on and off the ice, and I’m honored to be a member of the Chicago Blackhawks.”

Leddy, who was paired with Michal Rozsival or Sheldon Brookbank as part of the Blackhawks’ third defensive pair, had six goals and 12 assists during the regular season. He had a relatively quiet postseason, and his minutes diminished in the Stanley Cup Final. But Bowman was looking at the big picture with his young defenseman, and said last week the Blackhawks were determined to keep him.

“Nick had a tremendous season if you look back,” Bowman said. “We’re excited about his future. He’s taken steps every year, and I expect next year to be another one where he’ll raise his game. He has that experience now, and we look forward to next year for him.”


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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
- Pittsburgh re-signs D Kris Letang to an 8 year deal worth $ 58 million. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause.

- Phoenix re-signs G Mike Smith to a 6 year deal worth $ 34 million. The deal includes a no-trade and no-move clause.


$58 Million for Letang, LOLz!!!!!

Shit, its not like Shero gave 4.5 million to Vincent "Training during the off season is for suckers" Lecavlier.

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BREAKING NEWS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




TSN is reporting that Boston and Dallas are close to finalizing a huge deal that includes Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.

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The Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars have completed a blockbuster seven-player trade that will see two prominent players swap jerseys.

The Bruins traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Stars in exchange for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com says that Eriksson agreed to waive his no-trade clause earlier on Thursday.

Seguin has yet to begin a six-year, $34.5 million contract he signed just prior to the beginning of the lockout. The deal has an annual salary cap hit of $5.75 million and runs until the 2018-19 season.

The 21-year-old forward was selected second overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Bruins and spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the team.

Seguin was the first of three players selected by the Bruins with draft picks acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 2009 deal for forward Phil Kessel.

In his rookie season, Seguin had 22 points in 74 regular season games and then scored three goals and seven points in 13 playoff games as the Bruins captured the Stanley Cup in 2011.

Eriksson, 27, has three years remaining on his contract and has a cap hit of $4.25 million per year.

He played in all 48 games last season for Dallas, recording 12 goals and 17 assists. In the four seasons before the lockout, the winger recorded at least 26 goals in each campaign.

In 501 career regular season games, Eriksson has posted 150 goals and 207 assists.

Peverley, 30, had six goals and 12 assists in 47 games for the Bruins this season. The seven-year NHL veteran began his career with the Nashville Predators and played for the Atlanta Thrashers before being traded to Boston in February, 2011.

Morrow, 20, is an Edmonton native who played last season in the American Hockey League. In 66 games with Scranton Wilkes-Barre and Texas, the defenceman had five goals and 14 assists. He was Pittsburgh's first-round pick (23rd overall) in the 2011 draft, and was traded to Dallas as part of the Brenden Morrow deal on Mar. 24 this year.

Smith is a 22-year-old Toronto native who appeared in 37 games for the Stars last season. The forward had three goals and six assists and was the Stars' third-round draft choice in 2009.

Fraser, 23, hails from Red Deer, Alberta and had one goal and two assists in 12 games for Dallas last season. The forward signed as a free agent by the Stars in November, 2010.

Button, 22, is an Edmonton native who split his time last season between the ECHL and the AHL. The blueliner was Boston's third-round pick in 2009.



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Deal is now official.


Boston Gets:
RW/LW Loui Eriksson ( 27 years old ) had 29 points last year with Dallas in 48 games but averaged over 70 pts the 3 seasons before.

D Joe Morrow ( 20 years old ) drafted # 23 in 2011. He had 19 points in 66 AHL games last year.

RW/LW Reilly Smith ( 22 years old ) drafted # 69 in 2009. Had 9 points last year with Dallas in 27 games.

LW Matt Fraser ( 23 years old ) signed by Dallas a Free Agent in 2010. Had 3 points last year with Dallas in 12 games and had 46 points in 62 games in the AHL.



Dallas Gets:
RW Tyler Seguin ( 21 years old ) drafted # 2 in 2010. Scored 32 points in 48 games last year but had 67 points and a +34 the year before.

C Rich Peverley ( 30 years old ) scored 18 points in 47 games last year. One of the NHL's best Faceoff men and a very good penalty killer.

D Ryan Button ( 22 years old ) drafted # 86 in 2009. A defensive blueliner who had 0 points in 30 games last year in the AHL and ECHL.


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As much as I love getting Eriksson on Boston I just can't believe Boston has already given up on Seguin. This is the type of deal that I get a feeling a few years down the road I am really going to hate.


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The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Daniel Briere on a two-year, $8 million contract.

The 35-year-old spent the past six seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers. During the lockout shortened 2012-13 campaign, Briere posted six goals and 16 points in 34 games.

Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Briere spent time with the Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes. The 15-year veteran was originally drafted 24th overall by the Coyotes in the 1996 NHL Draft.

In 847 career games, Briere has 286 goals and 659 points.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Deal is now official.


Boston Gets:
RW/LW Loui Eriksson ( 27 years old ) had 29 points last year with Dallas in 48 games but averaged over 70 pts the 3 seasons before.

D Joe Morrow ( 20 years old ) drafted # 23 in 2011. He had 19 points in 66 AHL games last year.

RW/LW Reilly Smith ( 22 years old ) drafted # 69 in 2009. Had 9 points last year with Dallas in 27 games.

LW Matt Fraser ( 23 years old ) signed by Dallas a Free Agent in 2010. Had 3 points last year with Dallas in 12 games and had 46 points in 62 games in the AHL.



Dallas Gets:
RW Tyler Seguin ( 21 years old ) drafted # 2 in 2010. Scored 32 points in 48 games last year but had 67 points and a +34 the year before.

C Rich Peverley ( 30 years old ) scored 18 points in 47 games last year. One of the NHL's best Faceoff men and a very good penalty killer.

D Ryan Button ( 22 years old ) drafted # 86 in 2009. A defensive blueliner who had 0 points in 30 games last year in the AHL and ECHL.


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As much as I love getting Eriksson on Boston I just can't believe Boston has already given up on Seguin. This is the type of deal that I get a feeling a few years down the road I am really going to hate.



I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.

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Cory17 wrote:
I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.


I'm still in shock. One good thing that immediately comes to mind is that by losing Seguin ( $ 5.75 million ) and Peverley ( $ 3.25 million ) and adding Eriksson ( $ 4.25 million ) it gives Boston an extra $ 4.75 million to add another RW to take Horton's spot.

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I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.


I'm still in shock. One good thing that immediately comes to mind is that by losing Seguin ( $ 5.75 million ) and Peverley ( $ 3.25 million ) and adding Eriksson ( $ 4.25 million ) it gives Boston an extra $ 4.75 million to add another RW to take Horton's spot.


Iginla?

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Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman made it clear he was going to get defenseman Nick Leddy re-signed. On Wednesday, the Blackhawks did.

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$ 5.4 million for 2 years.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote:
Cory17 wrote:
I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.


I'm still in shock. One good thing that immediately comes to mind is that by losing Seguin ( $ 5.75 million ) and Peverley ( $ 3.25 million ) and adding Eriksson ( $ 4.25 million ) it gives Boston an extra $ 4.75 million to add another RW to take Horton's spot.


Iginla?



It's possible but I think Iginla might have ruffled a few feathers by picking Pittsburgh over Boston at the Trade Deadline. I'm not sure there is a FA out there that fits the bill of what Boston is looking for so that money might be used to pick up a higher salary in a trade.

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Seguin = scapegoat.

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Shawn Horcoff traded to Dallas for Phillipe Larson and a 7th rounder in 2016

Thoughts.  He was a good center man, caught too much shit because of his contract.  I'm happy we got another almost 5 million in cap space today.

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Rumor - Daniel Alfredsson has informed the Senators he will not be returning
to them & would prefer to sign with the Bruins or the Red Wings.

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lobo316 wrote: Rumor - Daniel Alfredsson has informed the Senators he will not be returning
to them & would prefer to sign with the Bruins or the Red Wings.

Rumor #2 - Allfredsson will sign a one year deal with the Red Wings.

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The Florida Panthers have locked up restricted free agent Shawn Matthias to new deal.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the 25-year-old forward signed a two-year, $3.5 million deal.

Last season, Matthias, who will have a cap hit of $1.75M in the next two seasons, played in all 48 games with Panthers posting 14 goals and seven assists.

In 253 career regular season games, Matthias has 39 goals and 42 assists.

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The Phoenix Coyotes have locked up winger Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year, $10 million deal.

The 26-year old restricted free agent had six goals and five assists in 36 games last season.

In 336 regular season games, Korpikoski has 53 goals and 60 assists.

The Turku, Finland native was the 19th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft.

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Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is staying with the New York Islanders, signing a one-year, $3.25M deal.

The Islanders claimed Nabokov off re-entry waivers after the Detroit Red Wings signed him from Europe two seasons ago. The 37-year-old didn't immediately report to the Islanders at the time.

The veteran goalie posted a .910 save percentage, 2.50 goals against average and 23-11-7 record in helping the Islanders reach the post-season for the first time since 2007.

For his career, the former ninth-rounder from Russia has a .912 save percentage and a 2.42 goals against average.

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Another rumor.

Flyers to sign goalie Ray Emery.

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WINNIPEG -- Al Montoya says he's happy to return as the backup goaltender for the Winnipeg Jets after agreeing to a new contract Thursday that keeps him from testing free agency.

"I really enjoyed my time last year," he said of his first, abbreviated season with the Jets.

"This is a good group, a good team. We came so close last year. For me I like the coaching staff, I love working with the goalie coach (Wade Flaherty) so it was pretty simple."

He credits Flaherty with helping him return to a more natural athletic style of play.

"Somewhere along the way I kind of lost my own game and with Flatts I kind of got it back . . . I didn't play much last year but the games I did play in I felt my career's going in the direction I want and I have a lot more to show."

With his signing, the Jets have locked up the only unrestricted free agents general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff seemed eager to retain this year. The other was defenceman Grant Clitsome, signed earlier this week to a three-year, $6.2-million deal.

The Jets didn't release details of Montoya's contract but it was reportedly a one-year deal for the same $601,000 he pulled in last season.

Montoya squeezed in a quick conference call from Miami where he's attending his brother's wedding.

The 28-year-old played in seven games for the Jets last season, starting five and ending the season with a record of 3-1-0, a 2.91 goals against average and 0.899 save percentage.

He has suited up for 63 career NHL games between the Phoenix Coyotes, New York Islanders and Jets for a 24-18-10 career record, 2.77 goals against average and 0.906 career save percentage.

The Chicago native was originally drafted sixth overall by the New York Rangers in 2004.

Montoya's time on the ice was limited due to injury last season but he says he's feeling great this summer and anxious to start playing hockey again.

"With the Olympic break coming up I don't expect the pace of this season to be much different."

He says he and the Jets starting netminder Ondrej Pavelec enjoy pushing each other in practice.

"We definitely push each other. . . it makes you a better player at the end of the day."

He also says he likes living in Winnipeg and the strong fan support.

"The city's great, my family liked it, and I think the team's moving in the right direction."

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Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux agreed to an eight-year extension Thursday, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com the deal is worth $66.2 million, which works out to an average annual value of $8.275 million per season and carries a full no movement clause.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the contract has not been signed and the extension not revealed by the Flyers.

The deal comes as Giroux was entering the final year of his contract and with the Flyers in the midst of reshaping a team that missed the playoffs last season.

A two-time 25-goal scorer, Giroux is the Flyers' top play-making offensive threat. He had 13 goals and 35 assists for 48 points in 48 games last season.

Overall, he has 291 points (91 goals, 200 assists) in 333 career games spread over six seasons in Philadelphia.

The Flyers have already made several splashes over the past two weeks. They landed this summer's most high-profile free agent by agreeing to terms with Vincent Lecavalier on a four-year contract Tuesday. Lecavalier was available after the Tampa Bay Lightning bought out the remaining years on their captain's contract.

Philadelphia was also aggressive in freeing up salary cap space. The team bought out the contracts of forward Danny Briere, who has agreed to a deal with Montreal, and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Flyers did announce on Thursday that they will re-sign journeyman centre Adam Hall to a one-year deal. The Flyers acquired Hall by claiming him off waivers in April.

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CALGARY -- Right-winger Brian McGrattan and the Calgary Flames have agreed to a new two-year deal worth $750,000 a season.

McGrattan played 19 games with the Flames last season, scoring three goals after joining Calgary on Feb. 28.

The 31-year-old from Hamilton has six goals, 13 assists and 505 penalty minutes in his eight NHL seasons with the Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and Calgary.

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clawmaster wrote: Another rumor.

Flyers to sign goalie Ray Emery.


 

There were rumors that a connection between the Flyers front office and Chicago backup goalie Ray Emery would bring the former Flyer back to Philadelphia for another stay with the Flyers. It looks like those rumors have come to fruition, as multiple reports (originating from TSN's Darren Dreger) are reporting that Emery has signed a one-year deal with the Flyers to be one of their two goalies for next season. We don't know the exact dollar amount yet, but Dreger is guessing it'll be somewhere in the $1.7 to $1.8 million range.

Emery, who turns 31 in September, is coming off a fine year where he and Chicago starter Corey Crawford combined to win the Jennings Trophy (for the goalie/tandem that allows the fewest goals during the season). He posted a .922 save percentage across 21 regular-season games for the Cup champions in the shortened season, and has put up a .911 save percentage in the 65 appearances he's made since leaving the Flyers in 2010 with his hip injury.

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lobo316 wrote: lobo316 wrote: Rumor - Daniel Alfredsson has informed the Senators he will not be returning
to them & would prefer to sign with the Bruins or the Red Wings.

Rumor #2 - Allfredsson will sign a one year deal with the Red Wings.


 

After 17 seasons and 1299 (regular season plus playoff) games, Daniel Alfredsson has left the Ottawa Senators, signing as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings.

Numbers Game looks at what Alfredsson brings to the Wings and what the Senators will need to replace in their lineup.

The Red Wings Get: RW Daniel Alfredsson.

Alfredsson, 40, suffered through the worst year of his career in 2010-2011, but has rebounded in the two years since to score 85 points in 122 games. That 0.70 points per game as a 39 and 40-year-old player ranks sixth since 1980 among players aged 39, 40 and 41. Alfredsson also put up better puck possession numbers in the last couple seasons too, an indication that his production rebound wasn't merely by luck.

A 13-time 20-goal scorer, Alfredsson has also been logging big minutes for the Senators, playing 19:21 per game last season, second-highest among Ottawa forwards.

In Detroit, Alfredsson will likely play a prominent role if not necessarily quite as many minutes, perhaps skating on the wing with fellow Swede Henrik Zetterberg, a position that should afford Alfredsson the opportunity to produce enough to justify his place on the depth chart, since Zetterberg consistently holds an edge in territorial play, regardless of who his linemates have been over the years.

At the same time, Alfresson did generate only 2.15 shots per game last season, the second-lowest rate of his career and his shooting percentage (9.9%) was the third-lowest of his career, so there are signs of declining production. Could he still score 50-plus points in a full season? Sure.

Ottawa will miss Alfredsson, who also led the team with 10 points in 10 playoff games last season, but the Senators have Jakob Silfverberg heading into his second season and Alfredsson's departure will likely make the Senators a more active suitor in free agency, where they could get highly-coveted David Clarkson, but may also want to consider Jarome Iginla, Michael Ryder or Clarke MacArthur to help replace the lost production.

Alfredsson's deal is reportedly for $3.5-million, with bonuses that could make it worth as much as $5.5-million.

It's rare for any player to last his entire career with one franchise, yet it always comes as a shock when one that has remained with a team for so long finally moves on. Alfredsson has given his all to the Senators and has every right to pick and choose where he will spend the last years of his career.

That he feels comfortable with Detroit, a team that still has a strong veteran Swedish contingent (including Johan Franzen, Niklas Kronwall, Jonathan Ericsson and Mikael Samuelsson in addition to Zetterberg) is understandable and, as strange as it might look initially, it's still easy to see Alfredsson as a solid complementary player for the Red Wings and, on a one-year deal, he's a low-risk investment for a team that expects to contend every year.

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The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a four-year, $13 million contract.

The average annual value of the deal is $3.25 million per season.

The former Boston Bruins blueliner is a 13-year NHL veteran.

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Komisarek agrees to a 1 year, $700,000 deal with Carolina.

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lobo316 wrote: Komisarek agrees to a 1 year, $700,000 deal with Carolina.

 


The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Mike Komisarek to a one-year, $700,000 contract.

The blueliner was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs this week.

After 10 NHL seasons, Komisarek will be playing for his first American club. He has split his career between the Montreal Canadiens and the Leafs.

In 519 NHL contests, the West Islip, New York native has 14 goals and 63 assists along with 665 penalty minutes.

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lobo316 wrote: The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a four-year, $13 million contract.

The average annual value of the deal is $3.25 million per season.

The former Boston Bruins blueliner is a 13-year NHL veteran.


 


The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Andrew Ference to a four-year, $13 million contract.

The Oilers also signed forward Boyd Gordon to a three-year deal, winger Jesse Joensuu to a two-year deal, and goalie Jason LaBarbera to a one-year contract.

The average annual value of Ference's deal is $3.25 million per season.

The former Boston Bruins blueliner is a 13-year NHL veteran.

Gordon, 29, had four goals and 10 assists while playing in all 48 games for the Phoenix Coyotes last season.

Joensuu, 25, missed most of last season with a sports hernia, but he played in seven games, recording two assists.

LaBarbera, 33, also played for the Coyotes last year and was 4-6-2 with a 2.64 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

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Ray Emery back to Philly $1.65M one year deal

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Ryane Clowe is moving across the Hudson River.

The 30-year-old signed a five-year, $24.25 million with the New Jersey Devils on Friday on his first day as an unrestricted free agent. Clowe finished last season with the New York Rangers.

Last season, Clowe scored three goals and 16 assists in 40 games split between the Rangers and the San Jose Sharks.
 
Clowe was traded New York at the trade deadline in exchange for three draft picks.

Originally selected in the sixth round by the Sharks at the 2001 Draft, the native of St. John's, Newfoundland has scored 104 goals and 175 assists in 435 career games.

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The latest big signing is forward Nathan Horton who is leaving the Boston Bruins to join the Columbus Blue Jackets on a seven-year deal.

Horton scored 13 goals and 22 points for the Bruins last season and won a Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011. In 591 career games for the Bruins and Panthers, Horton has scored 198 goals and 402 points. Horton will undergo shoulder surgery this summer ans is expected to be out until December.

The biggest news of the day however might be Daniel Alfredsson who is leaving the Ottawa Senators after 17 seasons in the nation's capital.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the long-time Ottawa captain made the Senators aware of his decision on Thursday night and will sign a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

Last season, Alfredsson scored 10 goals and 16 assists in 47 games. He also added 4 goals and 10 points in 10 playoff games.

The native of Gothenburg, Sweden has spent his entire career with Ottawa, scoring 426 goals and adding 682 assists in 1,178 games.

The 40-year-old veteran was originally selected in the sixth round by the Senators at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Heading to Ottawa meanwhile is left-winger Clarke MacArthur who signed a two-year $6.5 million dollar deal with the Senators. MacArthur, who was originally drafted 73rd overall by Buffalo in 2003, scored eight goals and 20 points for the Maple Leafs last season.

The Edmonton Oilers have also made a splash in free agency adding defenceman Andrew Ference on a four-year, $13 million deal. Ference, who was born in Edmonton, had four goals, 13 points and 35 penalty minutes while averaging nearly 20 minutes of ice time per game for the Boston Bruins last season.

In 760 career NHL games for the Bruins, Flames and Penguins, Ference has 37 goals, 193 points and 645 penalty minutes.

The Oilers also signed veteran forward Boyd Gordon to a three-year deal and goaltender Jason LaBarbera to a one-year deal.

Elsewhere, Ryan Clowe has joined the New Jersey Devils on a five-year deal worth $4.85 million per season. Clowe split time between the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers last season, scoring three goals and 19 points in 40 games. The Fermeuse, NL native has 105 career goals and 279 points in 435 NHL games.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed defenceman Rob Scuderi to a  four-year deal. The Penguins originally drafted Scuderi 134th overall in 1998. After five sesaons with the Penguins, Scuderi spent the last four years with the Los Angeles Kings.

Ray Emery meanwhile has agreed to a one-year, $1.65 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Emery had a record of 17-1-0 record as the No. 2 goalie for the Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks last season and posted a .922 save percentage and 1.94 goals against average. This contract appears to be a move by Emery to re-establish himself as a starting goaltender before signing a potentially more lucrative and longer term deal later on.

Defenceman Mike Komisarek meanwhile is set to join his third NHL team. The former Montreal Canadien and Toronto Maple Leaf has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 dollar deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The San Jose Sharks meanwhile re-signed defenceman Scott Hannan to one-year, $1 million deal and Tyler Kennedy to a  two-year deal worth $2.3 million per season. The Sharks acquired Kennedy from the Penguins in a trade on draft for a second round pick in this year's draft. The Sharks also made Logan Couture's five-year extension worth $6 million per season official on Friday.

Elsewhere, the Phoenix Coyotes have been very busy on Frenzy day. The Coyotes signed veteran free agent centre Mike Ribeiro to a four-year, $22 million deal and re-upped with forward Lauri Korpikoski on a four-year deal worth $10 million. The Coyotes also signed goalie Thomas Greiss to a one-year $750,000 deal and re-signed centre Kyle Chipchura.

Other big names still available include forwards David Clarkson, Jarome Iginla and Jaromir Jagr, centre Tyler Bozak as well as goaltenders Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov.

The Florida Panthers meanwhile have re-signed forward Shawn Matthias to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $1.75 million.

Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has also re-signed with the New York Islanders on a one-year $3.25 million contract. Peter Regin has also agreed to join the Islanders on a one-year $750,000 contract after spending the first five years of his NHL career with the Senators.

Several other free agents have already agreed to new deals which are expected to be made official on Friday.

Those names include Vincent Lecavalier who is expected to sign a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers and Daniel Briere who agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

In other news from the day, the trade sending Shawn Horcoff from the Edmonton Oilers to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Philip Larsen and a seventh-round draft pick in 2017 was finalized.

 

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The Calgary Flames acquired defenceman Kris Russell from the St. Louis Blues on Friday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 Draft.

Russell, a native of Red Deer, Alberta, played 33 games with St. Louis this season and had one goal and adding six assists.

The six-year NHL veteran has played in 364 career games with 23 goals and 72 assists and 145 penalty minutes. Russell was drafted in the third round of the 2005 Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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The latest news is coming out of Toronto, where the Maple Leafs have locked up both Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson to new contracts.

Clarkson has agreed to a seven-year deal, while Bozak agreed to a five-year, $21 million deal.

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CALGARY - The Calgary Flames crowded their crease with the signing of Finnish goaltender Karri Ramo on Friday.

Ramo joins goaltenders Miikka Kiprusoff, Reto Berra and Joey Macdonald under contract with the Flames, although Calgary awaits Kiprusoff's decision on whether the 36-year-old veteran will retire or return to the NHL for the final year of his contract.

But the Flames are already ushering in the post-Kiprusoff era by signing Ramo to a two-year contract worth $5.8 million.

Calgary also picked up defenceman Kris Russell from the St. Louis Blues, finalized contract terms with centre Corban Knight and re-signed centre Greg Nemiscz to a one-year extension worth $725,000.

Calgary acquired Ramo's rights from Montreal in 2012. He's spent the past four seasons with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, but has played 48 NHL games with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Ramo's record with Omsk this past season was 26-9-5 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .929.

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Chicago re-ups with Handzus, Rozsival

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Jul 5, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

After dealing away Dave Bolland and Michael Frolik at the NHL Entry Draft, Chicago set about retaining two key contributors to its Stanley Cup championship on Friday, agreeing to terms with veteran center Michal Handzus and defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Handzus, 36, was acquired at the trade deadline from San Jose and proved to be a stellar pickup, becoming the club’s second-line center with Bolland injured and posting 3G-8A-11PTS in the postseason.

Rozsival, 32, had a good regular season (highlighted by his plus-18 rating) and chipped in with four assists and a plus-9 rating in the playoffs, appearing in every game while averaging over 19 minutes per night.

Financial terms of the deals were not released immediately. Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports the Handzus deal is for one-year, $1 million (a notable pay drop from the $2.5 million he was making annually on his last deal.)

As for Rozsival, he signed with Chicago last summer on a one-year, $2 million deal.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms with free agent forward Valtteri Filppula on a five-year, $25 million contract.

The deal carries a salary cap hit of $5 million per season.

Last season, Filppula scored nine goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Detroit Red Wings.

Filppula has spent his eight-year career with the Red Wings, scoring 100 goals and adding 151 assists in 483 games.

The 29-year-old centre was originally selected in the third round by the Red Wings at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

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As per Dregers twitter.

Ducks Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for Jakob Silfverberb, Stefan Noessen, and a 1st Round pick.

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Some crazy money being thrown around today ( none by Boston just yet ) and now a big trade announced:

Anaheim trades LW Bobby Ryan to Ottawa for RW/LW Jakob Silfverberg, RW/LW Stefan Noesen ( # 21 pick in 2011 ) and a future 1st round pick.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Cory17 wrote:
I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.


I'm still in shock. One good thing that immediately comes to mind is that by losing Seguin ( $ 5.75 million ) and Peverley ( $ 3.25 million ) and adding Eriksson ( $ 4.25 million ) it gives Boston an extra $ 4.75 million to add another RW to take Horton's spot.


Rumor has it that He had " off-ice" issues.

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Thats no rumor. Bruins had to have a security guard in his room during the playoffs so he wouldn't leave it to go party at night.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote:
Cory17 wrote:
I agree, way to early to give up on Seguin.


I'm still in shock. One good thing that immediately comes to mind is that by losing Seguin ( $ 5.75 million ) and Peverley ( $ 3.25 million ) and adding Eriksson ( $ 4.25 million ) it gives Boston an extra $ 4.75 million to add another RW to take Horton's spot.


Rumor has it that He had " off-ice" issues.



The Boston media is throwing this story around:


from bostonherald.com/sports:

This trade might not be popular among all Bruins fans, who envisioned Seguin as a future superstar. But he might go down as a player who squandered his great gifts. Multiple sources said the 21-year-old Seguin crossed the line this season with reckless partying.

It apparently got so bad that during the playoffs, the Bruins ordered Seguin to live in a hotel, where a guard was hired to make sure he stayed in his room. But Chiarelli repeatedly defended Seguin, calling him “a good kid and a terrific player” and “a tremendous package of speed and skill.”




Another report out there states that Seguin partied pretty in Toronto when Boston played there for Games 3 and 4 during their first round matchup. Apparently it was noticed by a lot of media that Seguin wore the same clothes to the arena 3 days in a row.

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Preds keep spending: four years, $10 million for Nystrom

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Jul 5, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

When Preds head coach Barry Trotz said his team was going to have a very busy summer, he wasn’t kidding.

Nashville has made its fourth major signing of the free agency period, agreeing to terms with veteran forward Eric Nystrom on a four-year, $10 million deal.

The contract carries an average annual cap hit of $2.5 million and, combined with the new deals given to Viktor Stalberg, Mark Cullen and Matt Hendricks, the Preds have now spent over $36 million.

Nystrom, 30, has spent the last two years with the Dallas organization, scoring a career-high 16 goals in 2011-12 and chipping in with seven in 48 games last year.

The former No. 10 overall pick at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft spent time with Calgary and Minnesota prior to playing for the Stars, and has earned a reputation as a gritty, hard-working winger that plays a two-way game.

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Rangers sign Dominic Moore: one year, $1 million

Mike Halford

Jul 5, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with veteran forward Dominic Moore, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

The deal is believed to be a one-year, $1 million contract, and it’s a nice development given how difficult the last two years have been for the 32-year-old.

In January, Moore’s wife, Katie, passed away after a battle with liver cancer. News of the diagnosis broke a year earlier, when Moore was playing with the San Jose Sharks.

Moore stepped away from the NHL for the 2013 season, but recently told Damien Cox of the Toronto Star he was looking to get back into action.

A former Harvard University standout, Moore began his NHL career with the Rangers in 2003-04, and went on to play for Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, Tampa Bay and San Jose.

One of his best seasons came with the Bolts in 2010-11, when he posted a career-high 18 goals in 77 regular-season games, then post up 11 points in 18 playoff games as Tampa Bay advanced to the Eastern Conference finals.

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The Montreal Canadiens added some much need toughness to their roster on Friday.

The club acquired forward George Parros from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Philippe Lefebvre and a 7th-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The 33-year-old played 39 games with the Panthers last season, posting one goal and one assist with 57 penalty minutes.

Parros will provide the Canadiens with some much needed size up front, and will likely take the burden of fighting off of undersized forward Brandon Prust, who regularly had to fight against the other team's heavyweight's last season.

In eight seasons, Parros has 1007 penalty minutes in 452 games. 

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The Vancouver Canucks signed defenceman Yannick Weber and forward Brad Richardson on Friday.

Weber's deal is for one year and $650,000. Richardson's contract is also for one season.

Weber, 24, played the majority of last season in the Swiss League but did skate in six games for the Montreal Canadiens.

In 115 NHL contests - all with Montreal - Weber has five goals and 27 assists.

Richardson, 28, played in 16 games for the Los Angeles Kings last year, with one goal and five assists. The eight-year NHL veteran began his career with the Colorado Avalanche.

The Canucks also signed defencemen Jeremie Blain and Alex Biega on Friday.

The 21-year-old Blain split last season between the AHL's Chicago Wolves and ECHL's Idaho Steelheads.

The 25-year-old Biega spent played last season with the AHL's Rochester Americans, collecting 25 points in 72 regular season games and adding two assists in three playoff games.

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The Anaheim Ducks signed center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 NHL season on Friday.

Koivu recently completed in his fourth season with Anaheim in 2012-13, compiling 27 points with a +4 plus/minus rating and 18 penalty minutes in 47 contests.

The 38-year-old center ranked fourth on the club in points and tied for third in assists.

"We are happy to bring back a character player like Saku," said Ducks general manager Bob Murray. "At this stage in his career, his first priority is to win, and we are happy he's decided this is the place for him."

A native of Turku, Finland, Koivu is a veteran of 17 NHL seasons, 13 of which were played with the Montreal Canadiens. In 1,058 career NHL games with Anaheim and Montreal, he has scored 803 points with a +7 rating and 763 PIM.

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NASHVILLE -- The Nashville Predators wasted no time attacking the free-agent market in an attempt to boost their anemic offence.

As the NHL free agency period opened Friday, Nashville added forwards Viktor Stalberg, Matt Cullen, Matt Hendricks and Eric Nystrom. The Predators also signed goaltender Carter Hutton to a one-year, two-way contract worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

Nashville scored just 2.27 goals per game last year to match the Florida Panthers for the lowest average in the NHL. The Predators have invested heavily to avoid a repeat performance.

Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million deal, Nystrom earned a four-year, $10 million deal, Hendricks will receive $7.4 million over the next four years, and Cullen signed a two-year contract worth $7 million.

The 27-year-old Stalberg had nine goals and 14 assists in 47 games for the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks this season. He appeared in 19 playoff games and had three assists.

Stalberg, a four-year veteran, had 22 goals and 43 assists for the Blackhawks in 2011-12. His contract will pay him $2.5 million each in 2013-14 and 2014-15 and $3.5 million each in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Nystrom, 30, had seven goals and four assists for Dallas this season. He also had 61 penalty minutes in 48 games. Nystrom had 16 goals and five assists in 74 games in 2011-12. He will make $2 million each of the next two seasons and will receive $3 million each in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

The 36-year-old Cullen had seven goals and 20 assists in 42 games for Minnesota this season. He has totalled 202 career goals and 360 assists in 1,073 regular-season NHL games since 1997-98. His contract will pay him $3 million in 2013-14 and $4 million in 2014-15.

Hendricks, 32, had five goals and three assists in 48 games for Washington this season. He led the Capitals with 73 penalty minutes and ranked third on the team in face-off efficiency (56.8 per cent). Hendricks has 27 goals and 31 assists in 263 career games. He will receive $1.85 million annually over the next four years.

Hutton, 27, played one game for the Blackhawks this season and 51 games for Rockford of the AHL. He had a 2.72 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage with the IceHogs.

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I always like that Jarome Iginla. ;)



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Jarome Iginla has decided to continue his career with the Boston Bruins.

The Bruins have inked Iginla to a one-year deal worth approximately $6-million.

Iginla had 14 goals and 19 assists in 44 games split between the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season.

Over Iginla's 16 seasons, he has won two Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophies as the league's leading goal scorer as well as an Art Ross Trophy, the Lester B. Pearson Award, the Mark Messier Leader of the Year Award and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy.

In 1232 career games, Inginla has scored 530 goals and 1,106 points, while being named to play in seven NHL All-Star Games, three NHL First All-Star Teams, one NHL Second All-Star Team and earning two Olympic Gold Medals.

He was originally drafted in the first round (11th overall) by the Dallas Stars at the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Matt Cooke to a three-year, $7.5 million contract.

In 48 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins last season, Cooke picked up 21 points and 48 penalty minutes. He also played in 15 playoff games contributing four assists and 35 minutes in penalties.

He was originally drafted in the sixth-round, 144th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the Vancouver Canucks. During his career he has also played for Washington Capitals.

Cooke has also been suspended multiple times for illegal hits over the course of his career including being banned for the final 10 games of the 2010/11 regular season and the first round of the playoffs for elbowing Rangers defenceman Ryan McDonagh.

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets stayed quiet on the first day of free agency until they made a trade to pick up a right-winger.

The Jets acquired Devin Setoguchi from the Minnesota Wild for a second-round pick in the 2014 draft Friday, adding another player in the top-6 forward mix.

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said recently one of his top priorities was to improve at right wing, then traded for Michael Frolik from the Chicago Blackhawks at the draft. Frolik figured to compete for a second-line role, but Cheveldayoff didn't rule out making another move.

That came Friday evening when he got Setoguchi, who was reportedly being shopped by the Wild. The 26-year-old had 13 goals and 14 assists this past season.

Setoguchi had a career-high 65 points in 2008-09 while with the San Jose Sharks and hasn't come close to hitting that mark since.

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The Leafs re-signed on of their restricted free agents, fourth line tough guy Frazer McLaren. He helped Colton Orr put the Leafs atop the list of most fighting majors. McLaren signed for to years.

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Clowe was too expensive for the Rangers when they've got alot of younger talent as RFA's to re-sign. It'd have been nice to have him, but I'll let the Devils take him for that money. He's not worth it.

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Blackhawks bring back Nikolai Khabibulin

James O'Brien

Jul 5, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

With Ray Emery headed back to Philadelphia, the Chicago Blackhawks found their new backup via a retread as well. Nikolai Khabibulin signed a one-year deal with the team, according to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers.

The financial terms aren’t clear yet, but one can just about guarantee that “The Bulin Wall” took a massive cut from the $3.75 million he earned in 2013. Update: his agent Jay Grossman indicates it’s $2 million, although some of that is based on incentives.

While it’s reasonable to worry how well the 40-year-old can back Corey Crawford, Khabibulin seems to up his game when his contract is about to expire, last season included.

Obviously a lot of variables can influence these numbers, but it’s still amusing to compare and contrast his contract year work to the season he endured before. Here’s a chronology:

Winnipeg/Phoenix

1997-98: 70 games played, .900 save percentage
1998-99: 63 GP, .923 save percentage

Tampa Bay

2002-03: 65 GP, .911 save percentage
2003-04: 55 GP, .910 save percentage … however, he won the Stanley Cup and had a .933 save percentage in the playoffs

Chicago

2007-08: 50 GP, .909 save percentage
2008-09: 42 GP, .919 save percentage (stole fellow contract year beneficiary Cristobal Huet’s job)

Edmonton

2011-12: 40 GP, .910 save percentage
2013: 12 GP, .923 save percentage

Again, those numbers could be purely coincidental, and he’s had other strong seasons in his career.

Still, if Blackhawks fans want a reason to feel better about the team signing an aging goalie who experienced some recent personal issues, his work in contract years might help.

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More on the Iginla signing.


from tsn.ca:

Iginla’s contract is cap-friendly for the Bruins, counting just $1.8 million in 2013-14. If he achieves any or all of the $4.2 million in performance bonuses, that money counts in 2014-15.



So if my math is right the Bruins have just over $ 7.2 left to sign Rask which had better be enough. By the way - I'm realling liking Boston's top 6 for next season:

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla or Eriksson
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson or Iginla




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Didn't Horton sign with Columbus?

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Didn't Horton sign with Columbus?






I fixed it.

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Derek Roy inks one-year, $4 million deal with St. Louis

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 6, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

The St. Louis Blues have made a big splash at a discount price by signing forward Derek Roy to a one-year, $4 million contract, according to TSN’s Aaron Ward. The Blues noted that the move is still pending a physical.

Roy surpassed the 60-point milestone for four consecutive seasons with the Buffalo Sabres from 2006-07 to 2009-10, but he was limited to just 35 games in 2010-11 and struggled offensively the following season.

The 30-year-old attempted to bounce back in 2013 and ended up with seven goals and 28 points in 42 games between the Dallas Stars and Vancouver Canucks. That wasn’t enough to earn him a lucrative long-term contract, but he’ll get another shot next summer.

Roy gives the Blues another scoring center that should boost the team after they finished in the middle of the pack offensively last season. They still have a little under $8 million left in cap space, according to Cap Geek, but they still need to re-sign restricted free agents Alex Pietrangelo and Chris Stewart.

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Clowe was too expensive for the Rangers when they've got alot of younger talent as RFA's to re-sign. It'd have been nice to have him, but I'll let the Devils take him for that money. He's not worth it.

Clowe also has concussion issues while in NY.

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More on the Iginla signing.


from tsn.ca:

Iginla’s contract is cap-friendly for the Bruins, counting just $1.8 million in 2013-14. If he achieves any or all of the $4.2 million in performance bonuses, that money counts in 2014-15.



So if my math is right the Bruins have just over $ 7.2 left to sign Rask which had better be enough. By the way - I'm realling liking Boston's top 6 for next season:

Lucic - Krejci - Iginla or Eriksson
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson or Iginla






Iginla looked really slow and old in the playoffs last year.

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- Pittsburgh re-signs D Kris Letang to an 8 year deal worth $ 58 million. The deal includes a limited no-trade clause.

- Phoenix re-signs G Mike Smith to a 6 year deal worth $ 34 million. The deal includes a no-trade and no-move clause.


$58 Million for Letang, LOLz!!!!!

Shit, its not like Shero gave 4.5 million to Vincent "Training during the off season is for suckers" Lecavlier.


I'd rather have Vinny.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres continued to revamp their defense by reacquiring Henrik Tallinder from the New Jersey Devils for prospect Riley Boychuk.



Tallinder spent the last three years with the Devils after spending parts of eight seasons with the Sabres. He entered the NHL as a second-round draft pick of the Sabres in 1997.

Tallinder, 34, played in just 25 games last year, posting one goal and three assists. He was a stalwart on the back end during Buffalo's playoff runs in 2006 and 2007 and became an on-ice mentor to Tyler Myers in 2009. Myers, 23, has struggled without Tallinder as a defensive partner.

"We are excited to have Henrik back in the mix on our blue line," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said in a statement. "His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen."

Boychuk was a seventh-round pick of Buffalo in 2010.

The Sabres have focused on defense in recent days, re-signing Alexander Sulzer to a one-year contract and signing Drew Bagnall to a two-way contract Saturday. Buffalo also selected two defensemen in the first round of the draft, Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov, and acquired former Carolina defenseman Jamie McBain in a trade during the draft for defenseman Andrej Sekera.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Matt Beleskey to a two-year contract extension through 2014-15.

He had eight goals, five assists and 56 penalty minutes in 42 games with Anaheim last season. The 25-year-old winger led the club in hits with 103 and was tied for seventh in goals.

He was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL entry draft by the Ducks, and has 26 goals, 30 assists and 199 penalty minutes in 209 career games with them.

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The Detroit Red Wings went looking for a new second-line centre, and found one that has played as a number one quite a bit in recent seasons.

Numbers Game breaks down the Red Wings adding Stephen Weiss.

The Red Wings Get: C Stephen Weiss.

Weiss, 30, is a reliable two-way centre who is coming off a disastrous season in which he was minus-13 in 17 games, scoring only four points, but his season was shortened by wrist surgery. Considering Weiss' production in previous seasons -- between 49 and 61 points in each of the previous four seasons -- there is a temptation to write off 2013 as an anomalous lost season due to injury.

In Detroit, Weiss fits into the second-line centre spot, a role that seems more natural to his skill set. While he had some productive seasons (back-to-back seasons with at least 60 points in 2008-2009 and 2009-2010) as the number one centre in Florida, Weiss shouldn't be expected to be a top scorer on a playoff team.

Initial indications are that the Red Wings will be putting Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk on the Wings' number one line, perhaps with newly-signed Daniel Alfredsson, which would still leave some quality wing options for Weiss, including Johan Franzen, Gustav Nyquist or Todd Bertuzzi.

Even if he has strong linemates, it's going to be difficult for Weiss to produce like he did in his peak with Florida because there aren't a lot of second-line centres getting 20 minutes of ice time per game. A reasonable expectation might be somwhere around 45 points, lower than his best years in Florida, but Weiss is in his 30s, coming off injury and likely to play fewer minutes.

Florida could have really used Weiss, because they don't have much proven talent down the middle. 2013 first-round pick Aleksander Barkov, Shawn Matthias and Marcel Goc are at the top of the Panthers' centre depth chart, so Weiss' departure will mean more quality ice time available to them. At least Weiss' absence from the lineup last season helped the Panthers make some adjustments at the position, so this change isn't going to be abrupt.

Signed for five years and $24.5-million, Weiss will be well-compensated and it's possible that, by the end of it, he may not be providing ideal value, but so long as there aren't lingering effects from last year's wrist injury, Weiss should be a fine addition for the Red Wings. He's a year older than Valtteri Filppula, whom he effectively replaces in the Red Wings' lineup, but Weiss should be more consistently productive.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenceman Frederic St. Denis to a one-year, two-way contract on Sunday.

The 27-year-old blueliner spent the last four seasons in the Montreal Canadiens organization, playing primarily for the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He had seven goals and 11 assists in 63 games for Hamilton last season, and appeared in 17 games with one goal and two assists for the Canadiens.

St. Denis was an unrestricted free agent after completing a two-way contract with the Canadiens. He earned $575,000 at the NHL level and $90,000 at the AHL level.

He was signed as a free agent by the Canadiens in July, 2010.

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VANCOUVER -- The Vancouver Canucks have signed left wing Pascal Pelletier, the club announced Sunday.

The 30-year-old played in 46 games last season with Langnau of the Swiss League where he had 19 goals and 35 points with 76 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward has played in 13 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins.

He's played in 357 career AHL games, collected 283 points and 277 penalty minutes.

Pelletier was a member of Canada's 2012 Spengler Cup winning team.

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The Edmonton Oilers agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Ryan Jones on Saturday.

The unrestricted free agent will return to Edmonton for a fourth season.

Writing on his Twitter account, Jones said, "Excited to get to wear the Oil drop for another year. Hoping to prove the doubters wrong and help this team return to the "glory days!"

The 29-year-old was limited to 27 games with the Oilers last year after he missed 16 games with an eye injury. He has two goals and five assists.

Jones came to the Oilers off waivers from the Nashville Predators late in the 2009-10 season. In 282 NHL contests, Jones has 52 goals and 42 assists.

He had a breakout season in 2010-11 when he counted 17 goals and 16 assists in 79 games.

Jones was a fourth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2004.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed left-handed defenceman TJ Brennan to a 1-way, 1 year deal worth $600,000 dollars.

Brennan spent the majority of the 2012-13 season with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League, registering 35 points in 36 games.

The 24-year-old had one point in 10 games with the Buffalo Sabres before being traded to the Florida Panthers. With the Panthers, the Willingboro, N.J., native had nine points in 19 games.

Brennan was drafted by the Sabres in the second round (31st overall) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Bad news for the Jets.




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Scratch one restricted free agent off the Winnipeg Jets' negotiation list. Alexander Burmistrov has parted company with the NHL, at least for now.

Burmistrov, who fell out of favour with coach Claude Noel for a time last season, has signed a two-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League.

"Through our conversations and correspondence with Alex and his agent, it became apparent Alex had a desire to continue his development as a young player in the KHL," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a brief statement Monday.

"He remains a very talented player within the Jets organization and we will continue to monitor his progress and development going forward."

The Jets retain his NHL rights. He was earning $1.5 million a year and was one of 13 players on the list of restricted free agents the Jets have been negotiating with in recent weeks.

The 21-year-old centre had just four goals and six assists in 44 games last season, after spending the lockout with the Jets farm team in St. John's, N.L., where he had two goals and nine assists in 22 games.

He also spent time riding the Jets' bench last season, perhaps because Noel wasn't happy with his slow adoption of the more north-south style of play he was encouraging. The coach kept his reasons to himself.

Burmistrov is a native of Kazan, Russia, and played one game for Ak Bars in 2008-09, before leaving to join the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League.

He didn't get long in the OHL to develop his skills. The Atlanta Thrashers made Burmistrov the No. 8 pick in the 2010 NHL entry draft and inserted him into their lineup the next season.

More than a point-a-game player in the OHL, Burmistrov never had more than 28 points in an NHL season.

The way Burmistrov was handled is in sharp contrast to the way current Jets management have handled centre Mark Scheifele. He was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 draft, but after watching him in action the Jets opted to leave him with the Colts.

In 2011-12 he had 23 goals and 40 assists for Barrie plus another 12 points in the post season.

He upped than in 2012-13 when he had 39 goals and 40 assists in the regular season and another 41 points in the post season, as he led the Colts to within one game of qualifying for the Memorial Cup.

With Sheifele out with an injury for that final game, the Colts ended up losing Game 7 of the OHL final 3-2 to the London Knights. Scheifele, now 20, is expected to crack the Jets lineup this season.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.

Perron, a 25-year old left-winger, had 10 goals and 15 assists for St. Louis last season. In his NHL career, Perron has 84 goals and 114 assists in 340 games.

Perron has three more years left on his contract at a cap hit of just over US$3.8 million.

Paajarvi has 26 goals and 32 assists in 163 games with the Oilers. he was drafted 10th overall by Edmonton in 2009.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

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Calgary re-signs Backlund: two years, $3 million

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Jul 10, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

The Calgary Flames have agreed to terms with RFA center Mikael Backlund on a two-year, $3 million deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

The deal has an average annual cap hit of $1.5 million, up from the $725,000 he made on his last contract.

“Mikael really stepped-up last season and took advantage of the change in direction under a new coaching staff,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said in a statement. “He came into camp in very good shape and also had regained his confidence. He parlayed that into a strong season, and if it wasn’t for his injury we believe he would have progressed even further in his development.”

Backlund, Calgary’s first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, had 16 points in 32 games last year, missing time with an MCL sprain.

The Flames have a major lack of depth at center heading into 2013-14, and are hopeful Backlund can fill the gap — but they were also hopeful last year, when they pushed the Swedish forward to “believe in himself.”

Calgary has shown plenty of patience with Backlund through his first four years of professional hockey, but now sounds ready for him to take the next step.

“We need Mikael to be one of our go-to players this year,” Feaster said. “We are excited about watching him continue to evolve and take that step to the next level as a player.”

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Bruins sign Rask — eight years, $56 million

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Jul 10, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins have signed goalie Tuukka Rask to an eight-year, $56 million contract, the club announced today.

The contract — which should come as no shock, given it was reportedly in the works last week — features a cap hit of $7 million. Only one other goalie in the NHL has a cap hit that high: Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (also $7 million).

In 2013, Rask went 19-10-5 with a .929 save percentage during the regular season. Then, in the playoffs, his .940 save percentage in 22 games was tops among all starters as the B’s made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

Rask, 26, is coming off a one-year, $3.5 million deal that he signed last summer. The Bruins had wanted to lock up their young netminder for longer, but ultimately both sides kicked the can down the road a season.

For Rask, it turned out to be a good gamble to take the “prove it” contract.

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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:

EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.


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The New Jersey Devils announced on Twitter on Thursday that forward Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement.

"After many conversations with Ilya over the past year on his desire to retire from the National Hockey League, Ilya's decision became official today," said general manager Lou Lamoriello in a statement.

"On behalf of the entire organization, I wish Ilya and his family all the best in their future endeavors."

Kovalchuk played 11 seasons in the NHL, including the last four with New Jersey. He retires with career NHL totals of 417 goals and 399 assists for 816 points with 516 penalty minutes in 816 games.

He added 11 goals and 16 assists in 32 career playoff games. Kovalchuk scored 89 goals and 112 assists for 201 points in 222 games, while adding eight goals and 11 assists in 23 playoff games with the Devils. He was traded to New Jersey by Atlanta on February 4, 2010. He was Atlanta's first choice, and the first overall selection in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

He represented Russia at three Olympic Winter Games, nine World Championships, one World Junior Championship and the 2004 World Cup.

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The New Jersey Devils announced on Twitter on Thursday that forward Ilya Kovalchuk has announced his retirement.


I wonder if his salary ( which runs to 2025 ) will count against New Jersey's cap like Tim Thomas's did for Boston last year ????


EDIT - Apparently his salary will take up $ 3 million of salary cap space until the end of the 2024-25 season.




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EDMONTON - The Edmonton Oilers have acquired David Perron from St. Louis Blues for Magnus Paajarvi and a 2014 second-round draft pick.


If Perron can stay healthy then this is a very good deal for Edmonton. I'm guessing St. Louis did this for mostly salary cap reasons as they still need to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo to a new deal.

Very good deal.  I am pleased, as you can see by my new avatar.


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Shocked by Kovalchuk.

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The Kovalchuk situation warrants watching, as I've read it could send a precedent to the Russians currently on NHL rosters that "retirement" is the key to breaking their NHL contract to return to Russia.

I thought most Russians liked the tri-state area. There were a ton of early 90's immigrants who basically took over sections of Brooklyn so maybe I had a different view. Maybe I'm just a homer and think the USA rules.

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Two silver linings for Devils in Kovalchuk retirement

Jason Brough

Jul 11, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

It’s not going to be easy for the New Jersey Devils to replace Ilya Kovalchuk in the wake of his shocking retirement.

One of the game’s top snipers, Kovalchuk finished his NHL career with 417 goals in 816 games for New Jersey and Atlanta.

But if you’re a Devils fan, here are two potential silver linings:

1. Kovalchuk is 30 years old. Lately, injuries were starting to become an issue. In 2013, he only scored 11 goals in 37 games. Wear and tear is a real factor in the NHL; for the most part, it’s a young man’s league. (Not everyone is Teemu Selanne or Nicklas Lidstrom.) Kovalchuk still has a few good years left in him, for sure. But his days of scoring 50 goals were probably over.

2. The cap recapture penalty that’s estimated at $250,000 annually through 2024-25 would’ve been much harsher if Kovalchuk had waited a few more years to walk away. For example, if he’d have left after the 2017-18 season (when $79 million of the $100 million contract had been paid out, per CapGeek), the penalty would’ve been an annual charge of around $3.7 million for seven seasons.

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clawmaster wrote: Shocked by Kovalchuk.


 

He'll  likely will get a better contract from the KHL in Russia. He hasn't retired from hockey.

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The Boston Bruins announced Friday that the club has signed forward Patrice Bergeron to an eight-year contract extension through the 2021-22 campaign worth an annual cap figure of $6.5 million.

In 42 regular season games last season, Bergeron notched 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points with a team leading plus-24 rating.

He led the NHL in faceoff percentage in 2013, winning draws at a 62.1% rate (549-for-844), and was plus or even in 37 of his 42 games. Over the last two seasons, the centerman has combined for a 60.3% faceoff win percentage and plus-60 rating, which ranks first overall in the NHL during that span.

In the 2013 postseason, he scored nine goals and six assists for 15 points. He also earned two game-winning goals in the playoffs, including a series-clinching overtime goal against Toronto in Game 7 of the first round and a Game 3 overtime tally versus Pittsburgh in the conference final.

Bergeron won the 2011-12 Selke Trophy as the league's top defensive forward and was a finalist for the award this season. Also in 2013, he was named the recipient of the King Clancy Trophy, awarded annually to an NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities both on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

In 579 NHL games - all with the Bruins - Bergeron has amassed 153 goals and 280 assists for 433 points with 180 penalty minutes and a plus-70 rating.

The native of Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec was selected by the Boston Bruins in the second round (45th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

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Devils players didn’t see Kovalchuk retirement coming

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 12, 2013, 8:05 AM EDT

If you were blindsided by Ilya Kovalchuk‘s decision to announce his retirement for the purposes of heading to the KHL, you aren’t alone.

We previously reported that Zach Parise was “shocked” when he found out about the news and apparently that was the word of the day for the Devils.

“It’s definitely a little bit of a shocker,” Travis Zajac told the Bergen Record. “I didn’t really see that coming.”

Zajac was so surprised when he first heard the news that he reached out to Record writer Tom Gulitti to see if the reports were true. Martin Brodeur also used the word “shocker” to describe his reaction.

“I was like, ‘What? I’m the one who should be having that news. Not him,’” Brodeur, 41, added.

Devils captain Bryce Salvador also used the word of the day, but added that “you’ve got to respect” his desire to play at home.

Brodeur took things a bit further and suggested that the lockout might have played an important role in Kovalchuk’s decision.

“When you go through what he went through with his contract and the controversy and everything and to finally settle on a number and you turn around and that number is change dramatically because of the new CBA, that might have ticked him off a lot,” Brodeur said. “And for him, if there wasn’t a lockout, he would have never tasted the KHL.”

Brodeur added that as a player, he can understand Kovalchuk’s decision, but as a man that’s invested decades into the New Jersey Devils, he’s disappointed.

“He committed himself for a long time and when you turn around a few years after and you decide to just leave everything, it’s not like we’re getting anything for him,” Brodeur said. “If anything, it’s costing us money on the cap ($250,000 per season for 12 years as the cap recapture penalty for retiring before the end of the contract).”

One other sentiment that multiple Devils shared: Replacing Kovalchuk isn’t simple. But they’re going to try and win anyways.

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Kovalchuk’s mom: Time in KHL during lockout strongly influenced decision

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 12, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

When the lockout happened, Ilya Kovalchuk took the opportunity to play for SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League. He returned to the New Jersey Devils when the work stoppage happened, but it looks like his time there was a key factor in his decision to walk away from the NHL.

Kovalchuk’s mother opened up to the media about what transpired and one of the first questions she was asked was if he enjoyed his time with SKA.

“Of course,” Kovalchuk’s mother told SovSport’s in an interview translated by Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov. “Otherwise this question about leaving the NHL wouldn’t even be raised. And so it happened.”

Kovalchuk first began to talk about this matter with his family back in January, but he finished the season with the Devils so everything could be handled in a “civilized manner.”

Some will still be surprised that Kovalchuk would leave the NHL with $77 million over 12 years left on his contract, but his mother argued that number is misleading.

“After the lockout, there are a lot of restrictions at all teams,” she said. “They are also underpaid 20% [of their salary]. The League takes it as an escrow that may not be paid back if the NHL does not make profit. And then there’s government tax of 50%. That means on paper you are being paid $10 million a year, but in reality only 3. So the pendulum swung for Russia.”

How much Kovalchuk will make in the KHL is unclear, but there are reports indicating that he could end up making more annually at a taxation rate of 13%.

But for now, all that’s official is that he has retired from the NHL:

It appears SKA will not announce the Kovalchuk signing today. Monday is the most likely day.

— Dmitry Chesnokov (@dchesnokov) July 12, 2013

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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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Kings re-sign Muzzin for two years

Jason Brough

Jul 12, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings have avoided going to arbitration with promising young defenseman Jake Muzzin. The club announced today that a two-year deal has been reached with the 24-year-old.

Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the contract is worth $2 million ($1 million in each season). Muzzin will be a restricted free agent when the deal expires.

Muzzin had seven goals and nine assists in 45 games this past season. His 16 points were the third most among NHL rookie defensemen, behind only Justin Schultz (27) in Edmonton and Patrick Wiercioch (19) in Ottawa.

A bit of a late-bloomer, Muzzin was originally drafted by the Penguins, 141st overall in 2007. He was signed by the Kings as a free agent in 2010.

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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.


That Jon Blum, He's a good hand.

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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.


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

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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.

 

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9478535/ilya-kovalchuk-inks-deal-ska-st-petersburg-russian-khl









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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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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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Panthers sign Markstrom, might shop for another goalie

James O'Brien

Jul 15, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

The Florida Panthers came to an agreement on a two-year deal with an interesting structure for their potential goalie of the future Jacob Markstrom, the Miami Herald’s George Richards reports.

Financial terms are unclear at this moment.

Assistant GM Mike Santos confirms that the deal is two-way in the 2013-14 and then goes one-way in 2014-15. That would already be an interesting window into the Panthers’ goaltending plan, but Santos really spelled things out by telling Richards that they might look at another goalie if that netminder fits in their budget.

With Tim Thomas and Ilya Bryzgalov still on the market, it’s amusing to imagine them in John Vanbiesbrouck’s old Panthers mask, but it would be surprising if one of those two would come at the price they’re looking for.

(Not to mention play for a team that has only made the playoffs once in more than a decade.)

Santos said that the job won’t just be handed to Markstrom, 23, although it seems like the big Swede has the leg up on Scott Clemmensen.

His first extended bit of NHL play wasn’t exactly a smash success; Markstrom went 8-14-1 with a .901 save percentage and 3.22 GAA in 23 games in 2013.

Thanks to the structure of this new contract, the Panthers could opt to send him back to the AHL for more seasoning if he struggles again in 2013-14. They can also do so if they find that budget netminder Santos alluded to.

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Bruins fire scouting head Wayne Smith

James O'Brien

Jul 15, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins decided to fire director of amateur scouting Wayne Smith sometime following the 2013 NHL Draft, CSNNE.com reports.

GM Peter Chiarelli provided the Hockey News’ Ken Campbell with a vague explanation for why he was canned.

“We wanted to freshen up our amateur scouting and shift things a little bit and we felt this was the way to do it,” Chiarelli said. “Wayne has done a good job and I’ll give him a good reference, but we wanted to inject some new life.”

Campbell finds the change a little strange.

It seems rather odd, given that Chiarelli admits that Smith is his good friend and is a very good scout. Their prospect list was solid, ranking them 12th among NHL organizations in THN’s Future Watch edition in 2013.

Then again, when you look at the list of players the Bruins have drafted since Smith took over the scouting department in 2007, it’s clear that the Bruins’ impressive work has mainly come from trades and free agent moves.

As Hockey Prospectus’ Corey Pronman points out, Tyler Seguin is the only NHL regular the team drafted from 2007-2010. It’s possible that more recent drafts could produce better results with the likes of Dougie Hamilton and Malcolm Subban in the mix, but first-rounders like Jordan Caron and Zach Hamill haven’t exactly worked out.

Either way, parting with Smith is another example of a Bruins franchise that is adapting on the fly, even amid substantial bigger picture success.

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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).


Hexy will be the new GM within a year.

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clawmaster wrote:
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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).


Hexy will be the new GM within a year.


He may be their new goalie within a year.

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Blackhawks sign defenseman Stanton

By Chris Kuc Tribune reporter

3:56 p.m. CDT, July 16, 2013

The Chicago Blackhawks kept one of their own as they agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Stanton on a one-year contract Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Stanton appeared in the Hawks' regular-season finale and was a plus-1 with two penalty minutes in his NHL debut. He remained with the Hawks throughout their run to the Stanley Cup as one of the team's Black Aces.

Prior to joining the Hawks, Stanton had a career-high 22 assists and added three goals in 73 regular-season games with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs, He also posted a career-best plus-16 plus-minus rating.

Stanton was originally signed by the Hawks as a free agent on March 12, 2010. He will get a long look during training camp to win a roster spot for the 2013-14 season.

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Chicago now has zero chance of repeating next season.


from tsn.ca:

The Los Angeles Kings have acquired Dan Carcillo from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a draft pick.

The Blackhawks received a conditional pick in 2015.

Carcillo had two goals and an assist in 23 regular-season games for Chicago. The 28-year-old left-winger dressed for four playoff games during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run, picking up one assist.

In 333 NHL games, Carcillo has 40 goals, 47 assists and 1,079 penalty minutes.

In Los Angeles, Carcillo reunites with former Philadelphia Flyers teammates Mike Richards and Jeff Carter.

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That they got anything for Carcillo is a miracle. hasn't been the same after his knee injury last year.

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khawk wrote: That they got anything for Carcillo is a miracle. hasn't been the same after his knee injury last year.
This.

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Report: Blake to replace Hextall in Los Angeles

Jason Brough

Jul 17, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

Rob Blake is once again returning to the Los Angeles Kings. This time, it’s to replace Ron Hextall as assistant general manager, sources tell MayorsManor.

If true, Blake will make the move from the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, where he’s been since January of 2010 and where he worked with the league’s chief disciplinarian, Brendan Shanahan.

Blake, of course, spent the majority of his stellar hockey career playing defense for the Kings. In fact, he had two stints in Los Angeles; his first return to the club that drafted him came in 2006 when he signed as a free agent.

The Kings will apparently make the announcement later this week.

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Preds sign Clune to two-year, $1.7 million extension

Jason Brough

Jul 17, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

The Nashville Predators announced today that they’ve signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract extension that will pay him $850,000 in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Clune, 26, was a pending unrestricted free agent who last year scored four goals and five assists in 47 games while amassing team highs in penalty minutes (113) and hits (159).

The commitment from the Preds is especially encouraging given he’s faced substance-abuse problems in the past, as documented in March by ESPN’s Scott Burnside.

Clune was claimed on waivers by Nashville on Jan. 15.

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Blackhawks ink one-year deal with Beach

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12:33 p.m. CDT, July 17, 2013

The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with forward Kyle Beach on a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Beach, 23, earned 26 points in 66 regular-season games with the Rockford IceHogs in 2012-13 and led the team with a career-high 204 penalty minutes.

Beach was originally selected by Chicago in the first round, 11th overall, of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Horton surgery deemed successful

Jason Brough

Jul 17, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

Nathan Horton has undergone successful shoulder surgery, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced today.

“Nathan’s surgery went very well and he is expected to make a full recovery after completing his rehabilitation program,” said Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen in a release.

Horton had the operation done at the Boston Shoulder Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital.

His expected recovery period remains 4-6 months, meaning he’ll miss at least the first couple of months of the 2013-14 NHL season.

Columbus signed the 28-year-old forward to a seven-year, $37.1 million contract on July 5.

Horton reportedly had a chronic shoulder injury dating back to his time with Florida. He re-injured it during a fight against Jarome Iginla in April, then tweaked it again during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.

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Roundup: Avs re-sign Malone, Sens ink Hoffman

Mike Halford

Jul 17, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

Some minor signings to pass your way…

Colorado signs Malone

The Avs have brought back forward Brad Malone on a one-year, two-way deal worth $735,000 at the NHL level, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

Malone, 24, was taken by Colorado at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has appeared in 22 career NHL contests, all with the Avs.

The former North Dakota standout became a lineup regular late last season, appearing in most of Colorado’s April games.

Ottawa inks Hoffman

The Senators have agreed to terms with RFA forward Mike Hoffman on a one-year, two-way deal worth $660,00 at the NHL level.

Hoffman, 23, starred for AHL Binghamton before breaking his collarbone prior to the AHL All-Star Game. After recovering, he was called up to Ottawa — appearing in three games for the Sens — before re-injuring the collarbone and missing the remainder of the season.

Despite being limited to just 41 games due to injury, Hoffman still finished with 28 points for Binghamton in 2013.

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Dustin Jeffrey, Penguins agree to one-year deal

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 18, 2013, 9:59 AM EDT

The Pittsburgh Penguins have announced that 25-year-old forward Dustin Jeffrey has agreed to a one-year, $625,000 contract.

That gives the Penguins 12 forwards signed to one-way deals for the 2013-14 campaign.

Jeffrey was a dominant player offensively in the AHL, but the Penguins have used him primarily as a depth forward. He scored three goals and six points in 24 games while averaging 11:31 minutes per contest last season. The team didn’t use him during the 2013 playoff run.

Of the players that contributed to the Penguins last season, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is the only remaining restricted free agent. Unlike Jeffrey, Bortuzzo filed for arbitration and has a hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, the Penguins are interested in locking Bortuzzo up to a multi-year deal, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

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Grabovski not interested in KHL

Jason Brough

Jul 18, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

Bought out by the Maple Leafs earlier this month, Mikhail Grabovski has yet to land a new contract with an NHL team.

And make no mistake — the NHL is where the 29-year-old from Belarus wants to be.

Per Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov, Grabovski says he’s not interested in the one KHL offer (from Atlant, apparently) he’s received.

Grabovski, a center, had four years remaining on his five-year contract with Toronto (cap hit $5.5 million). The buyout will cost the Leafs $14.3 million over eight years.

While Grabovski suffered through a frustrating 2013 season offensively and didn’t exactly leave Toronto on the best terms, his services could certainly be used somewhere. In 2010-11, he had a career-high 29 goals. In 2011-12, he scored 23 times.

Just to throw one team out there: how about Winnipeg? The Jets are looking a bit thin down the middle after Alexander Burmistrov bolted for the KHL.

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Devils re-sign Josefson; still working on Henrique contract

Jason Brough

Jul 18, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent Jacob Josefson to a one-year, $725,000 contract, according to The Record.

It’s a one-way deal for Josefson, suggesting he’ll be a regular in the line-up next season. The 20th overall pick in the 2009 draft, the 22-year-old forward had one goal and two assists in 22 games last year.

Meanwhile, New Jersey’s most important RFA, center Adam Henrique, remains unsigned.

From The Record:


Restricted free agent center Adam Henrique’s agent, John Thornton, said via email today he had “a long discussion” with Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello last Friday in New Jersey and they’ve continued since then “trying to work out a fair deal for both sides.”

Although there was speculation that Henrique had agreed to terms already, Thornton said that is not true.

Lamoriello said Wednesday that it was his “target” to get the team’s restricted free agents re-signed by the end of this week.


Henrique, 23, had a tough sophomore season, registering just 16 points in 42 games, so it will be interesting to see what kind of deal the two sides hammer out.

Talked to Adam Henrique earlier today. Said he's "close" to re-signing, but it's not done yet. Sounds like length of deal is still TBD.—
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Brown, Kings agree to eight-year contract extension

Jason Brough

Jul 18, 2013, 1:43 PM EDT

Kings captain Dustin Brown has agreed to an eight-year contract extension, the club announced today.

According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, the deal — a front-loaded one that Brown apparently negotiated himself — is worth $47 million total, garnering a cap hit of $5.875 million.

Brown, 28, still has one year left on his current contract, at a bargain cap hit of $3.175 million. The eight-year extension runs through the 2021-22 season.

Drafted 13th overall by Los Angeles in 2003, Brown has 388 points in 641 career NHL games and was a major contributor to his team’s Stanley Cup championship in 2012, scoring 20 points in 20 playoff games.

Dustin Brown's #LAKings contract breakdown: $7.25M, $7.25M, $7M, $6.5M, $5.5M, $5.5M, $4M and $4M.—
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Avs re-sign Duchene: five years, $30 million

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche made a big splash on Thursday, signing Matt Duchene to a five-year contract extension.

According to Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press, the deal is worth $30 million overall, good for an average annual cap hit of $6 million.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” Avs vice president Joe Sakic said in a statement. “We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons.

“With his great skills, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be.”

Duchene, 22, has been arguably the face of the franchise since debuting as an 18-year-old in 2009-10.

As the Avs noted in their press release, he already ranks 30th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list with 193 points in 266 career games.

Last year, Duchene tied for the Avalanche scoring lead with 43 points, leading the club with 26 assists.

This new extension is likely a reward for the deal Duchene signed last June.

Eyebrows were raised when he inked a modest two-year, $7 million deal, but it now appears both club and player were on the same page, looking to ink a more lucrative extension down the road.

“In 2009, I was thrilled to have been selected by the Avalanche, my favorite team,” Duchene told the Avs website. “I have worn this uniform with pride in my first four professional seasons in Denver, and I appreciate the organization believing in me for the long-term future.”

With the signing, Duchene will become the club’s second-highest paid player — only Paul Stastny has a higher ($6.6 million) cap hit.

He’ll also be making slightly more than fellow 2009 draftee John Tavares (Tavares went first overall, Duchene third), as Tavares pulls an annual cap hit of $5.5 million on his six-year, $33 million deal.

Finally — it’ll be interesting to see how the Duchene deal affects Colorado’s future negotiations. Two big contracts are on the horizon, as both Ryan O’Reilly and Gabriel Landeskog are set to become RFAs in 2014-15.

O’Reilly made $10 million over two years on his last deal (thanks to Calgary’s offer sheet, which Colorado matched). Landeskog will be in the final year of his entry-level deal.

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Isles re-sign Hickey: two years, $1.35 million

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

The New York Islanders have locked up another of their young defensemen, signing Thomas Hickey to a two-year, one-way deal worth $1.35 million.

The contract carries an average annual cap hit of $675,000, and is a good deal for both parties.

The Isles retain a 24-year-old blueliner who, in 2013, posted career highs in games played (39) and points (four) while making both his NHL regular-season and playoff debuts.

For Hickey, the deal gives him a chance to stick with the club that revived his NHL career.

The captain of Canada’s gold medal-winning Junior team from 2009, Hickey — the Kings’ No. 4 overall pick at the ’07 NHL Entry Draft — failed to make good on the promise that made him the first defenseman selected in his draft class (ahead of Karl Alzner, Ryan McDonagh and Kevin Shattenkirk.)

He spent the first four-plus seasons of his pro career playing for L.A.’s AHL affiliate in Manchester, as injuries and a deep Kings blueline kept him from making the jump to the NHL.

The Islanders claimed Hickey off waivers prior to the start of the 2013 campaign, and he responded with a solid effort.

He’ll likely play a bigger role in 2013-14, as the Isles lost the services of veteran captain Mark Streit and only have seven defensemen on the current active roster.

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Oilers bring back Grebeshkov from KHL

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers made a curious move on Thursday, signing defenseman Denis Grebeshkov to a one-year deal.

Grebeshkov, 29, played for the Oilers from 2007-10, followed by a brief stint in Nashville and a couple of years in the KHL with SKA Saint Petersburg and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk, where he spent the 2012-13 campaign.

By all accounts, his time in Russia didn’t go well.

Grebeshkov, known as an offensive defenseman, didn’t score a goal in either of his last two seasons in the KHL, this despite appearing in 90 games.

So, why would Edmonton take a flier on someone that struggled playing overseas?

History, mostly.

Grebeshkov, the 18th overall pick at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, enjoyed his finest NHL seasons with the Oilers, including a 2008-09 campaign where he posted a career-best 39 points and finished with a team-high +12 rating.

His coach during that season? None other than the new Oilers GM, Craig MacTavish.

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Winnipeg, Postma avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.425 million deal

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets have avoided salary arbitration with another restricted free agent, agreeing to a new deal with defenseman Paul Postma.

According to the Winnipeg Sun, it’s a two-year deal worth $1.425 million — $650k next season, $775K in 2014-15.

Postma, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Jets in 2013, posting career highs in games (34), points (nine) and average time on ice (15:02).

The Jets were supposed to have an arbitration hearing with Postma on July 30th but, like with RFA forward Eric Tangradi, they avoided going that route by offering a new deal.

(Tangradi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $1.35 million extension.)

Postma, a former WHL Calgary standout, played last season on a one-year, $550,000 deal.

His signing still leaves Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff with three significant arbitration hearings looming — Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.

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Crosby: Jaw feels ‘good,’ requires more procedures

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby still needs more work done on his broken jaw, but remains happy with his recovery overall.

“Jaw’s good,” Crosby told CTV. “I think I have to do some things once I get back to Pittsburgh, but pretty minor procedures and stuff that, hopefully, I really won’t have to worry about once I get it done.”

Crosby, 25, missed the final month of the regular season after taking a slapshot to the face on March 30. He returned to action for Game 2 of Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against the Islanders, and wore a protective face shield for the opening two playoff rounds.

The Pens captain ditched the guard for the Eastern Conference finals against Boston — during which he was punched in the jaw by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara — but insisted his poor performance (zero points in four games) had nothing to do with the injury.

“It was pretty good,” he explained. “I got a couple of shots that didn’t feel great, but nothing that I felt hindered my play, anything less than anyone else was playing through at the time.

“So, I was really happy with the way it responded.”

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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.

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Crosby: Jaw feels ‘good,’ requires more procedures

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby still needs more work done on his broken jaw, but remains happy with his recovery overall.

“Jaw’s good,” Crosby told CTV. “I think I have to do some things once I get back to Pittsburgh, but pretty minor procedures and stuff that, hopefully, I really won’t have to worry about once I get it done.”

Crosby, 25, missed the final month of the regular season after taking a slapshot to the face on March 30. He returned to action for Game 2 of Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against the Islanders, and wore a protective face shield for the opening two playoff rounds.

The Pens captain ditched the guard for the Eastern Conference finals against Boston — during which he was punched in the jaw by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara — but insisted his poor performance (zero points in four games) had nothing to do with the injury.

“It was pretty good,” he explained. “I got a couple of shots that didn’t feel great, but nothing that I felt hindered my play, anything less than anyone else was playing through at the time.

“So, I was really happy with the way it responded.”


I could make a few smart-ass comments about Crosby's jaw, but I'll decline for now.

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Winnipeg, Postma avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.425 million deal

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets have avoided salary arbitration with another restricted free agent, agreeing to a new deal with defenseman Paul Postma.

According to the Winnipeg Sun, it’s a two-year deal worth $1.425 million — $650k next season, $775K in 2014-15.

Postma, 24, enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with the Jets in 2013, posting career highs in games (34), points (nine) and average time on ice (15:02).

The Jets were supposed to have an arbitration hearing with Postma on July 30th but, like with RFA forward Eric Tangradi, they avoided going that route by offering a new deal.

(Tangradi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $1.35 million extension.)

Postma, a former WHL Calgary standout, played last season on a one-year, $550,000 deal.

His signing still leaves Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff with three significant arbitration hearings looming — Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian.


Nice signing. I have Him in a keeper league that I'm in.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: clawmaster wrote:
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Crosby: Jaw feels ‘good,’ requires more procedures

Mike Halford

Jul 18, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

Sidney Crosby still needs more work done on his broken jaw, but remains happy with his recovery overall.

“Jaw’s good,” Crosby told CTV. “I think I have to do some things once I get back to Pittsburgh, but pretty minor procedures and stuff that, hopefully, I really won’t have to worry about once I get it done.”

Crosby, 25, missed the final month of the regular season after taking a slapshot to the face on March 30. He returned to action for Game 2 of Pittsburgh’s opening-round playoff series against the Islanders, and wore a protective face shield for the opening two playoff rounds.

The Pens captain ditched the guard for the Eastern Conference finals against Boston — during which he was punched in the jaw by Bruins captain Zdeno Chara — but insisted his poor performance (zero points in four games) had nothing to do with the injury.

“It was pretty good,” he explained. “I got a couple of shots that didn’t feel great, but nothing that I felt hindered my play, anything less than anyone else was playing through at the time.

“So, I was really happy with the way it responded.”


I could make a few smart-ass comments about Crosby's jaw, but I'll decline for now.

I can start with an oldie but a goodie. Cindy Crosby.

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The NHL is realigning for the 2013-14 season, and with a six-division league being trimmed down to four divisions, the league had to make changes to those division names. After much speculation, the four division names will keep a geographical bent ... sort of.

The Pacific, Central and Atlantic Divisions are all traditional and what we're used to, but Metropolitan Division is a bit of a curveball. Indeed, the three New York-area teams are in a metropolitan area ... and uh, I guess maybe you could lump Philadelphia in there too. Washington if you're pushing it. But Columbus, Pittsburgh and Carolina are in no way in the same metropolitan area, so it's a bit weird and a lot of people will make jokes about it.

The NHL had a tough problem to solve in naming the four divisions, especially since they've been set on using geographically-based names. Florida and Tampa Bay in a division with Boston and Montreal, for example, makes it hard to create a division name based on geography. This is apparently their solution.

 

http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2013/7/19/4538618/nhl-division-names-realignment-2013-2014

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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.

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The Winnipeg Jets have avoided salary arbitration with another restricted free agent, agreeing to a new deal with defenseman Paul Postma.


Nice signing. I have Him in a keeper league that I'm in.


Was every other NHL player already picked when you took him ????

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Kings, Nolan avoid arbitration with two-year, $1.4 million deal

Mike Halford

Jul 19, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

The Los Angeles Kings and Jordan Nolan won’t be going to arbitration after all.

On Friday, the club announced it had re-upped with Nolan on a two-year, $1.4 million deal, one that carries an average annual cap hit of $700,000.

The deal represents a slight pay bump for the 24-year-old, who was making $531,666 on his last deal and had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

Nolan, who broke onto the scene in L.A. during the 2011-12 season, appeared in a career-high 44 games last season while notching six points, averaging 8:28 TOI per game.

He was in and out of the Kings’ lineup during the postseason, playing in seven of 18 games (three vs. St. Louis, three vs. San Jose and one vs. Chicago.)

Nolan is one of Los Angeles’ most active tough guys — he fought a team-high six times in ’13 — and his re-signing, along with the midweek acquisition of Dan Carcillo, could prove interesting for Kyle Clifford.

Clifford, another rugged forward, is currently a RFA but doesn’t have arbitration rights.

The Kings are fairly tight up against the cap and may considering moving him, considering Clifford will probably be looking for a raise on the $870,000 he made last season.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blackhawks announce a trio of signings

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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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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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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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Jets re-sign Redmond — one year, $715,000

Joe Yerdon

Jul 20, 2013, 3:47 PM EDT

Winnipeg took care of yet another of their restricted free agents today.

The team announced they’ve re-signed defenseman Zach Redmond to a one-year deal worth $715,000.

Redmond played in just eight games last season due much in part to a freak skate blade accident that threatened his career. After missing over two months of action, he returned to the ice and received a standing ovation from the fans in Winnipeg.

In those eight games, he had a goal and three assists with 12 penalty minutes. On the upside, he averaged just over 19 minutes a game on the blue line. He’ll be in the mix to compete for the fifth or sixth defense spot with the Jets next season.

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Flames hand one-year deals to Bouma, Byron

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Jul 20, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

The Calgary Flames made some more small signings on Saturday, agreeing to one-year, two-way contracts with forwards Lance Bouma and Paul Byron.

Bouma, 23, would make $577,500 at the NHL level and $100K in the AHL while Byron, 24, gets $643,500 in the NHL and $125K in the AHL.

Each forward has a decent amount of NHL experience.

Bouma has played 43 games between 2010-11 (16 GP) and 2011-12 (27 GP), all with the Flames. He scored four points in those 43 contests.

Byron has 34 games on his NHL resume, with 26 coming for Calgary, including his one-assist, four-game stint in 2013.

The Flames have been taking care of business lately, as they also signed second-rounder Patrick Sieloff this weekend and inked a deal with defenseman Mark Cundari earlier this week.

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Report: Jagr ’99 percent’ to sign with Devils

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Jul 21, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

JagrWatch 2013 rolls on and the smoke surrounding the possibility of him signing with the New Jersey Devils grows ever stronger.

Czech broadcaster Roman Jedlicka tweeted saying it was “99 percent Jagr is gonna sign” with the Devils.

This follows on the heels of news reports of the 41 year-old future Hall of Famer being in New Jersey to “inspect” the Prudential Center and to see what’s going on there.

Of course, the Devils aren’t commenting on the situation and everything else coming out of the Czech Republic regarding Jagr is speculative, at best. The Devils make a lot of sense for Jagr as they need help now that Ilya Kovalchuk has fled to the KHL and they lost David Clarkson to free agency.

At this point the situation feels like episode of “Seinfeld” with Jerry negotiating to get Puddy and Elaine back together. “What’s it going to take to get you two in a relationship?”

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Nashville re-signs Spaling — one year, $1.5 million

Joe Yerdon

Jul 21, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

You can scratch another potential arbitration case off the docket.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports Nashville has re-signed forward Nick Spaling to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. The two sides were set to head to arbitration on Thursday, but get to avoid that potential unpleasantness now.

Last season, Spaling had nine goals and four assists in the lockout shortened season. His goal total was one shy of his career-high set the season previous.

As a third line type of player, he’s turned into a valuable performer for the Predators. If that offensive production can continue to improve, he can count on seeing another raise next summer.

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Isles’ Regin agreed to sign with team from a taxi cab

Joe Yerdon

Jul 21, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

Players can be excited by free agency. Sometimes they’re so excited to sign in a new place they’ll make sure to do it from anywhere.

Such is the case for one of the newest Islanders Peter Regin.

Regin hails from Denmark and fellow countryman and best friend Frans Nielsen provided all the motivation he needed to want to sign on Long Island as a story on a Danish website shares. The gang at Lighthouse Hockey were kind enough to point out how quickly he wanted to get it done.

In the article, Regin is quoted discussing how he long had the Isles in his sights, so the decision when free agency opened was a quick one that he made while in a taxi cab on the way back from the golf course.

“Taxi! I need to sign with the Islanders, pronto!”

It’s a great anecdote but the part of this that would make it more like something out of a storybook would be if Regin can stay healthy and teams up with Nielsen to prove Denmark isn’t just about Hamlet.

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Undrafted Russian invitee impresses at Carolina prospect camp

Joe Yerdon

Jul 21, 2013, 4:55 PM EDT

Carolina had a surprise standout at their prospect camp this week in the form of an undrafted Russian invitee from the OHL.

Forward Sergey Tolchinsky surprised many with his play and as Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports, Hurricanes management certainly took notice.

“He’s probably the biggest surprise or explosive guy this week who made people look at him,” Kirk Muller said. “He didn’t get drafted – let’s be honest, probably people said it was his size. There’s a good example of you look at him, you get to know him, he’s got a great attitude and is a fun-loving guy and he plays hard and he produces.

“He’s a guy that I would say that really made us turn our heads.”

As for his size, that could be an issue. At 5’8″ 164 pounds, he’s not at all big. Then again, sometimes you don’t need to be big to have success in the NHL. Just ask Tampa’s Martin St. Louis or Ottawa’s Cory Conacher about that.

Last year, his first season with the Soo Greyhounds, Tolchinsky showed he’s got game scoring 26 goals with 25 assists. He’ll have time to develop more and impress other teams should Carolina not move to sign him. At the very least, he’s left a great impression for an undrafted player.

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Oilers, Gagner avoid arbitration — agree to three-year, $14.4 million contract

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 22, 2013, 9:48 AM EDT

The Edmonton Oilers and 23-year-old forward Sam Gagner waited until the last minute to avoid arbitration. The two sides had a hearing scheduled for this morning, but the Oilers announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract.

The deal comes with a $4.8 million cap hit, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Gagner was asking for $5.5 million in arbitration while the Edmonton Oilers countered with $3.5 million.

Gagner has never recorded more than 49 points in a single season, but he did well during the shortened campaign with 14 goals and 38 points in 48 contests. He also showed a flash of brilliance on Feb. 2, 2012 when he scored four goals and eight points in a single game. That was part of a five-game hot streak where Gagner netted eight goals and registered seven assists.

With Gagner locked up, he’ll join Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, David Perron, and Boyd Gordon as the only forwards the Oilers have signed to one-way contracts through at least 2015-16.

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Report: Jagr agrees to join Devils (Updated)

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Jul 22, 2013, 11:37 AM EDT

Jaromir Jagr has agreed to join the New Jersey Devils on a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The deal isn’t expected to be officially announced until tomorrow; however, it should come as no surprise after it was reported this weekend that the 41-year-old forward was “99 percent” certain to sign with the Devils.

No financial details have been reported. Jagr’s made $4.5 million (prorated) in 2013.

If he does indeed sign, the Devils will be Jagr’s seventh NHL team. New Jersey will obviously be hoping he can help replace the departed Ilya Kovalchuk.

Update (12:07 p.m. ET):

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello on Jaromir Jagr report: "It's all rumors right now. If we have anything to report, we'll do that."—
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Ottawa signs Wiercioch — three years, $6 million

Jason Brough

Jul 22, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

The Ottawa Senators have re-signed defenceman Patrick Wiercioch to a three-year, $6 million contract, the club announced today.

Wiercioch was a restricted free agent coming off an impressive rookie season. With 19 points in 42 games, the 22-year-old finished second among NHL rookie defensemen in points, behind only Justin Schultz (27) in Edmonton.

While Wiercioch’s deal may seem a bit rich in relation to, say, Jake Muzzin, who just signed a two-year, $2 million extension with the Kings, it may still end up a bargain — especially in the latter part of the contract — if Wiercioch continues to improve and the salary cap rises.

Wiercioch was Ottawa’s second-round selection (42nd overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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Jets re-sign Little — five years, $23.5 million

Jason Brough

Jul 22, 2013, 4:46 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets have re-signed center Bryan Little to a five-year, $23.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration with the 25-year-old.

Little had seven goals and 25 assists for the Jets in 2013, appearing in all 48 regular-season games and winning a team-high 431 faceoffs. His $4.7 million cap hit is the second highest among forwards on the club, behind only Evander Kane ($5.25 million.)

The Jets still have two key restricted free agents headed toward arbitration — d-man Zach Bogosian and forward Blake Wheeler.

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Leafs lock up Gunnarsson for three years, avoid arbitration

Jason Brough

Jul 22, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year, $9.45 million deal.

A restricted free agent, Gunnarsson had filed for arbitration, but obviously a hearing won’t be required now. The 26-year-old played 37 games in 2013, scoring once and adding 14 assists while averaging 21:17 of ice time per game.

The Leafs still have three RFAs to sign: Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, and Mark Fraser, the latter of whom also filed for arbitration.

Gunnarsson figures to be a top-four defenseman again next season in Toronto, making his cap hit of $3.15 million seem quite reasonable.

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Flames sign first-rounder Sean Monahan

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Jul 22, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

The Calgary Flames signed the most prominent of their three 2013 first-rounders on Monday, handing Sean Monahan a three-year entry-level contract.

“Getting Sean signed prior to Rookie Camp and Main Camp has always been our priority and we are very pleased to have him in the fold,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said. “From our very first interaction with him, Sean has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and a steadfast resolve to be the very best player he can be, and his character and work ethic have continued to shine through in his preparation this summer. Not only is Sean a very good hockey player, but he is a great person as well. He had a solid showing at our recent development camp, and as we shared with him afterward, we look forward to watching him play at our rookie tournament in Penticton and then attempt to compete for a spot at main camp in Calgary.”

Calgary selected the center sixth overall. Click here to get to know the 18-year-old prospect a little better.

His contract carries a $1.775 million cap hit.

Going deeper on the details, the deal pays him $832,500 at the NHL level and $70K in the AHL. Each year includes a $92,500 signing bonus and performance bonuses up to $850K.

The Flames selected wingers Emile Poirier (22nd) and Morgan Klimchuk (28th) with their other two first-round picks, so the organization’s hope is that they took significant steps in a begrudging rebuild this summer.

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Coyotes re-sign Rundbald, four other players

James O'Brien

Jul 22, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

The Phoenix Coyotes re-signed five players on Monday, most notably inking defenseman David Runblad to a two-year, one-way contract.

Phoenix also handed defenseman Mark Louis a two-year, two-way contract while giving one-year, two-way deals to forwards Brett Hextall and Brandon McMillan and blueliner Mathieu Brodeur.

The financial details haven’t been shared, so the most interesting tidbit is that Rundblad, 22, receives a one-way pact. The offensive defenseman receives a nod as a full-time NHLer next season after playing 50 games in the AHL versus just eight with the Coyotes in 2013.

Rundblad struggled in his limited time with Phoenix (one assist and a -5 rating in eight contests) while he put up nice numbers for the Portland Pirates (39 points in 50 games).

At such a young age, the Coyotes are reasonable to believe that the Swede can get the hang of things at the NHL level, possibly starting in 2013-14.

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Jets ink Peluso for two years

James O'Brien

Jul 22, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets signed tough guy Anthony Peluso to a two-year deal worth $1.125 million on Monday.

The 24-year-old made his NHL debut in five games for Winnipeg and played 36 more with the Peoria Rivermen in the AHL in 2013.

He dropped the gloves twice in his five games at the NHL level.

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Devils officially ink Jagr to one-year deal (Updated with salary)

Mike Halford

Jul 23, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

The New Jersey Devils have officially announced the signing of veteran forward Jaromir Jagr — a one-year deal with a $2 million base salary.

According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, the remainder of the deal is more complex. Jagr gets a $250,000 bonus for every five games played from 10 to 45, meaning there’s potential for an additional $2 million in bonus money.

So all told, the contract could be worth around $4 million for 2013-14.

Rumors of a deal with the Devils have persisted for days. On Monday, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Jagr had agreed to join the club.

New Jersey is the seventh NHL team that Jagr, 41, has played for during his 23-year career after being drafted by Pittsburgh fifth overall at the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. He’s also spent time in Washington, New York (Rangers), Philadelphia, Dallas and Boston.

As mentioned, no financial details have been reported on the new deal with the Devils, though Jagr made $4.5 million (prorated) in 2013 and $3.3 million in 2011-12 with Philadelphia.

The move to New Jersey makes sense on a number of fronts.

One, the club needed a skill winger with some star power after Ilya Kovalchuk’s shock retirement.

Two, New Jersey has nearly $10 million in available cap space, more than enough to make Jagr a healthy offer.

Three, there’s a certain comfort level for Jagr in Jersey.

The Devils have fellow Czechs Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky on the active roster and recently signed another Czech, Rostislav Olesz, to a one-year deal.

New Jersey also signed Jagr’s former Stars teammate, Michael Ryder, earlier this summer.

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Canucks: Bure’s No. 10 will be retired in 2013-14

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 24, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

Less than a year ago Pavel Bure was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and he’ll receive another tremendous honor in the near future.

The Vancouver Canucks have confirmed that they will retire Bure’s No. 10 during the 2013-14 campaign.

“It will for sure be one of the moments of my life,” Bure said. “It’s a huge honor, it’s one of those things that I never even dreamed about when I started to play hockey.

“Even when I was playing hockey for the Canucks I remember Stan Smyl was getting the same ceremony and it still didn’t even cross my mind in those days that one-day I’d be there. Fortunately good things have happened and it’s a big thing.”

Bure spent the first 428 games of his career with the Vancouver Canucks and scored 254 goals and 478 points in that span. He’s the franchise leader in terms of career goals per game and points per contest.

His tenure with Vancouver ended with him demanding a trade, but Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini previously defended Bure over what happened.

“He never had problems with the fans,” Aquilini said in April. “He had problems with management, but never the fans.”

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Canucks sign Weise — one year, $750,000

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Jul 24, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks have avoided salary arbitration with physical forward Dale Weise by signing the 24-year-old to a one-year, $750,000 contract, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Weise played 40 games for the Canucks in 2013, mostly on the fourth line, scoring three goals with three assists and 43 penalty minutes.

New Canucks coach John Tortorella has said he wants Vancouver to play with more of an edge in 2013-14, which could mean an opportunity for Weise.

Of note, coach and player have been together before with the New York Rangers.

“He did a wonderful job when he came into New York,” said Weise in June, before Tortorella had been hired by the Canucks. “They had a good team, but they didn’t get the extra push from the coach for whatever reason. He came in and changed the culture there. He demands a lot from players. I think you can kind of look around and see that his style is kind of fading out of the coaching. There’s a way to be hard on guys and to push guys, but I think nowadays you’ve got to be a little more of a communicator. You can’t just put guys in the dirt and expect guys to get out of there themselves.”

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Chicago signs Winchester to one-year deal

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Jul 24, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

After a year out of the NHL, Brad Winchester is looking to get back in.

On Wednesday, the veteran forward agreed to terms with Chicago on a one-year deal, according to TSN. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

Winchester, 32, spent last year with AHL Milwaukee after failing to latch on with an NHL club following the lockout.

His last full season in the league came in 2011-12, when he appeared in 67 games with San Jose, recording 10 points. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder’s best season came in 2008-09, when he scored a career-high 13 goals and 21 points for St. Louis.

The Winchester signing is GM Stan Bowman’s latest in an offeseason filled with veteran acquisitions. Chicago brought back 39-year-old goalie Nikolai Khabibulin for another kick at the can, and also inked 27-year-old defenseman Mike Kostka, who spent last year in Toronto.

Earlier this summer, the ‘Hawks re-upped with 36-year-old Michal Handzus and 34-year-old Michal Rozsival.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Paul Ranger to a one-year contract worth around $1 million.

The 28-year-old spent last season with the AHL's Toronto Marlies, where he played 51 games and had eight goals and 17 assists.

Ranger is a veteran of five NHL seasons, all with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He was out of hockey between 2010-12 for personal reasons, and returned to the game after signing with the Marlies last August.

He was a sixth-round pick of the Lightning in 2002.

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The St. Louis Blues announced Thursday that the club has re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Allen receives a two-way contract in the first year that pays $750,000 in the NHL and $125,000 in the AHL. The second year is a one-way deal worth $850,000.

Allen, 22, led all rookie goaltenders this past season with nine wins (9-4) and a 2.46 goals-against average. He ranked second among rookies with a .905 save percentage.

He also dressed in 35 games with the American Hockey League's Peoria Rivermen, posting a 13-19-2 record along with a 2.89 goals against average and a .904 save percentage.

The Fredericton, New Brunswick native was drafted by the Blues in the second round, 34th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.

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GM Dave Nonis has signed a 5 year extension with the Leafs

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The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Thursday that the club has signed general manager Dave Nonis to a five-year contract extension.

"Ownership and management felt it was critical to extend David now for a lengthy period of time and to reward him for the progression of the Leafs and Marlies," said Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment President and Chief Executive Officer Tim Leiweke in a statement.

"This extension will allow David the time to build his kind of team to produce steady results, year after year. Everyone is excited about his ability and grasp of the NHL landscape and today's new contract agreement will offer the Leafs consistency and a long-term vision."

Nonis, 47, became the 15th general manager in Toronto franchise history when he was named to the post on January 9. The Leafs advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2004 by securing the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference by virtue of their 57 points earned in the 48-game regular season. He originally joined the Leafs in the role of senior vice president of hockey operations on December 6, 2008.

"I'm very grateful to Tim Leiweke and our ownership group for this contract extension," said Nonis. "Together with our hockey operations staff, we'll continue to patiently put the building blocks in place which will lead us to future success."

The Burnaby, British Columbia native began his hockey management career in 1990 with the Vancouver Canucks following a standout hockey career at the University of Maine that saw him captain the team to back-to-back NCAA championship tournaments. After his first stint with the Canucks, he joined the National Hockey League as the League's manager of hockey operations in 1994. He returned to Vancouver in 1998 as the team's senior vice president and director of hockey operations. On May 6th, 2004 he was named the youngest general manager in the history of the Canucks.

While general manager of the Canucks, Nonis' teams compiled a record of 130 wins, 91 losses, and 25 ties. He also served as the general manager of Canada's National Men's Team for the 2011 IIHF World Championship In Slovakia.



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Report: Grabovski narrows list to three teams that aren’t Winnipeg

Jason Brough

Jul 25, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

One painfully slow Thursday in hockey news equals another Mikhail Grabovski update.

According to TSN’s Aaron Ward, Grabovski — an unrestricted free agent after being bought out by Toronto — has narrowed his list of suitors to three teams.

While it wasn’t reported which three teams remain in the mix to sign the 29-year-0ld center — or if the three teams Grabovski is focused on are the same three teams that his agent said were “very interested” in his client — one team it’s not, says Ward, is Winnipeg.

So we suppose if you’re going to take one thing from this post, it’s that Mikhail Grabovski will not be playing for the Winnipeg Jets next season.

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Report: ‘Hawks to announce Quenneville extension Friday

Mike Halford

Jul 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

After leading Chicago to its second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons, Joel Quenneville is going to get rewarded.

According to multiple sources, the club is set to announce a contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, ensuring ‘Coach Q’ won’t go anywhere after his current three-year deal expires at the end of 2013-14.

The Blackhawks have already announced they’ll be holding a “major press conference” tomorrow, though the club didn’t specify what it’d be announcing.

The timing of the move is similar to Quenneville’s last extension, which came shortly after Chicago captured the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

Though he’s only been with the Blackhawks for five seasons, Quenneville, 54, has emerged as one of the franchise’s most successful bench bosses and one of the most decorated coaches in Chicago history.

He, along with Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls), George Halas (Chicago Bears) and Frank Chance (Chicago Cubs) are some of the few to win multiple titles with their respective teams.

In terms of Blackhawks success, Quenneville — currently second with 222 — still has a ways to go before catching franchise leader Billy Reay, who coached the ‘Hawks from 1963-76 and racked up 516 career wins.

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‘Canes sign ex-Sabres forward Gerbe: one year, $550,000

Mike Halford

Jul 26, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

The Carolina Hurricanes have made an interesting free agent pickup, signing former Buffalo forward Nathan Gerbe to a one-year, two-way deal worth $550,000.

“Nathan has had success on the NHL level and should compete for a job with the Hurricanes during training camp,” said ‘Canes VP of Hockey Operations Ron Francis.

Gerbe — who, at 5-foot-5, is the NHL’s shortest player — spent his entire five-year career in Buffalo before receiving a buyout (regular, not compliance) in early June.

The 25-year-old had struggled with health issues over the last few years. He began this season on injured reserve after undergoing back/neck surgery during the lockout and, when activated, failed to make much of an impact offensively, scoring just 5G-5A-10PTS in 42 games.

Gerbe’s best season came in 2010-11, when he scored a career-high 16 goals and 31 points, finishing fifth on the team in goals.

The former Boston College standout should have a decent shot of cracking the ‘Canes roster next season. Carolina currently has just 11 forwards under contract for next season though a 12th, first-round draft pick Elias Lindholm, has signed his entry-level deal and is expected to play at the NHL level right away.

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Sens sign NCAA standout Karlsson to two-year deal

Mike Halford

Jul 26, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT

The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms with former Northeastern University forward Ludwig Karlsson on a two-year, two-way deal, the club announced on Friday.

Financial terms of the contract are not yet clear. RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports the deal has an average annual value of $832,500, while Capgeek reports Karlsson’s cap hit could reach $1.475 million with various bonuses.

Karlsson, 22, is from Sweden but spent the last few years playing in North America — two seasons with USHL Green Bay, followed by two at Northeastern.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder burst onto the NCAA scene as a freshman in 2011-12, scoring a team-high 26 points in 32 games. Injuries derailed his sophomore campaign (Karlsson only played 17 games) but didn’t diminish interest from pro teams.

Prior to signing with Ottawa, Karlsson attended Nashville’s prospects camp in early July and took part in the Anaheim Ducks development camp in 2012.

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Ducks re-sign Palmieri: three years, $4.4 million

Mike Halford

Jul 26, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Kyle Palmieri — a three-year, $4.4 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $1.47 million.

Palmieri, 22, enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2013.

He scored a career-best 21 points in 42 games and finished sixth on the team in goals, with 10. He also tied for third on the Ducks in playoff scoring, with five points in seven games during an opening-round loss to Detroit.

Anaheim’s first-round pick (26th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Palmieri is part of a youth movement that should have fans in Orange Country excited for the future.

The club has nine top-45 draft picks since 2009 under contract — Palmieri, Peter Holland, Mat Clark, Cam Fowler, Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelley, Rickard Rakell, John Gibson and Hampus Lindholm — and just acquired two more prospects from Ottawa in the Bobby Ryan trade:  Jakob Silfverberg (19 points in 48 games last year) and Stefan Noesen (21st overall, 2011 NHL Entry Draft).

In May, the Ducks also signed reigning Swedish league rookie of the year William Karlsson, second-round pick (53rd overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

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Will Toronto be forced to trade Franson?

Mike Halford

Jul 26, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

On Friday, TSN’s Darren Dreger took time away from his summer vacation to suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs may be forced to deal defenseman Cody Franson.

Franson, 25, was one of the NHL’s better bargains last year. He led the Leafs in defenseman scoring (29 points) and tied for sixth-most in the league — only Keith Yandle, Andrei Markov, Ryan Suter, Kris Letang and Norris winner P.K. Subban scored more.

But Franson did it on a one-year, $1.2 million deal.

As such, he’s expected to get a significant raise — Dreger suggests Franson could net $4 million-plus annually — which could be problematic for Toronto.

Leafs GM Dave Nonis has spent aggressively this summer, shelling out $36.75 million to acquire David Clarkson and another $21 million to retain Tyler Bozak (also, nearly $10 million to keep Carl Gunnarson).

While he did get cap relief by buying out Mikhail Grabovski, Nonis doesn’t have much wiggle room for the immediate future.

Namely, the 2013-14 season.

At the time of writing, the Leafs have roughly $6 million in cap space with 20 players on the roster. The biggest x-factor is the new deal needed for Nazem Kadri, the restricted free agent forward that finished second on the team in scoring last season, with 44 points.

There’s also useful defenseman Mark Fraser, who played in 45 games last year and averaged close to 17 minutes a night. He played on a one-year, $600,000 deal last year, and will likely be in line for a small pay bump.

There’s also the question if Toronto can replace Franson internally.

Morgan Rielly, the fifth overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, could challenge for a roster spot. He’s too young to play for the AHL Marlies and probably won’t benefit from another year with WHL Moose Jaw, where he was nearly a point-a-game player last year.

Stuart Percy, the club’s first-round pick in 2011 (25th overall), might also push to be with the Leafs. He’s only had a brief taste of AHL experience, but looked solid with the Marlies last season, scoring three points in four games.

But all those decisions are in the future, and Nonis said he has plenty of time to make them.

“It’s July,” Nonis said on Sportsnet 590 on Thursday. “I’m not surprised that [Franson, Kadri and Fraser] are not signed, and we have a lot of time before we have to start worrying about it.”

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Report: ‘Hawks to announce Quenneville extension Friday

Mike Halford

Jul 25, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

After leading Chicago to its second Stanley Cup in the last four seasons, Joel Quenneville is going to get rewarded.

According to multiple sources, the club is set to announce a contract extension for Quenneville on Friday, ensuring ‘Coach Q’ won’t go anywhere after his current three-year deal expires at the end of 2013-14.

The Blackhawks have already announced they’ll be holding a “major press conference” tomorrow, though the club didn’t specify what it’d be announcing.

The timing of the move is similar to Quenneville’s last extension, which came shortly after Chicago captured the 2010 Stanley Cup championship.

Though he’s only been with the Blackhawks for five seasons, Quenneville, 54, has emerged as one of the franchise’s most successful bench bosses and one of the most decorated coaches in Chicago history.

He, along with Phil Jackson (Chicago Bulls), George Halas (Chicago Bears) and Frank Chance (Chicago Cubs) are some of the few to win multiple titles with their respective teams.

In terms of Blackhawks success, Quenneville — currently second with 222 — still has a ways to go before catching franchise leader Billy Reay, who coached the ‘Hawks from 1963-76 and racked up 516 career wins.

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Chicago makes Quenneville extension official, runs through 2017

Mike Halford

Jul 26, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks made the heavily-rumored Joel Quenneville contract extension official on Friday, inking their head coach to a three-year deal.

“I’m privileged to coach probably the best group in the league,” Quenneville said during today’s presser.

The new contract will kick in at the end of Quenneville’s current deal, set to expire after the 2013-14 season. That means Coach Q will — barring an early dismissal — be in Chicago until 2017.

This new pact has some familiarity to it as Quenneville, 54, also signed a three-year extension in 2010 after winning the Cup snapping the Blackhawks’ 49-year championship drought.

The former St. Louis and Colorado bench boss has achieved huge success in the Windy City since taking over the ‘Hawks head coaching gig from Denis Savard just four games into the 2008-09 season.

This past season, Quenneville earned his first Jack Adams nomination as Blackhawks head coach — he won one in 2000 with the Blues — after leading Chicago to just its second-ever Presidents’ Trophy.

Over the course of his five seasons with the ‘Hawks, Quenneville has racked up 222 wins — second most in franchise history.

That said, Coach Q still has a ways to go before catching franchise leader Billy Reay, who coached the ‘Hawks from 1963-76 and racked up 516 career wins.

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Blackhawks’ Handzus had two surgeries; expects to be ready for camp

Cam Tucker

Jul 26, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

Michal Handzus paid a heavy price to win a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, but he should be healthy for training camp.

According to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago, the 36-year-old Handzus required not one, but two surgeries following the Stanley Cup Final, after playing the championship series against the Boston Bruins with a broken wrist and a torn MCL.

“I had two surgeries, but I’m healing and it’s coming along,” Handzus told ESPN Chicago.

“Right now, wrist, I still can’t do anything. It’s in a cast for one more week. After four weeks, I’m going to start to do something. It’s a little bit slower. My knee, it’s pretty much I’m rehabbing right now.

“[The doctors] are saying [I’ll be ready for training camp.]”

The Blackhawks picked up the veteran center prior to the NHL trade deadline in a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

His contributions – at least what we saw in the stats column – to the Blackhawks championship playoff run includedthree goals and 11 points in 23 games.

He also stepped into a second-line center role, with Dave Bolland injured in the post-season.

The Blackhawks, based on his performance during the playoffs, re-signed Handzus earlier this month.

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Jets re-sign Wheeler to six-year, $33.6 million deal

Cam Tucker

Jul 26, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

The Winnipeg Jets and forward Blake Wheeler have agreed to terms on a new contract.

News of the deal broke Friday evening. The Jets have made it official, announcing the deal on Twitter and again in a press release.

It is a six-year contract for Wheeler, worth $33.6 million.

“Blake is very comfortable with the direction (general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff), ownership and his staff is taking the organization,” Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator told Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

“It’s a very good core that will keep growing together in the years to come.”

Wheeler, 26, is coming off a deal with Winnipeg that paid him a total of $5.1 million over two years, according to Capgeek.com.

This season with the Jets, Wheeler had 19 goals and 41 points in 48 games played.

His 19 goals led the Jets in that department, while he finished second overall on the team in points.

Wheeler is scheduled to speak to media on Saturday morning.

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Schroeder ahead of schedule after shoulder surgery

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Jul 27, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

The Vancouver Canucks were happy enough with forward Jordan Schroeder‘s performance during his 31 NHL games last season to hand him a one-year, one-way contract. If he wants a longer term deal though, he’ll have to prove his worth in 2013-14.

That task will be made all the more difficult after he underwent shoulder surgery in May, although the hope is that he’ll be ready for training camp.

“My physiotherapist says I’m way ahead of schedule,” Schroeder told the Vancouver Province. “I’m skating again, though I haven’t been doing any shooting yet.”

He’s probably going to serve as a bottom-six forward and under new coach John Tortorella, the 5-foot-9 skilled forward will be asked to add more of a physical element to his game.

“I’ve got to find a way to be scrappier,” Schroeder admitted. “That’s something I want to add.”

The 22-year-old was selected with the 22nd overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. In addition to recording nine points with Vancouver last season, he had 12 goals and 21 assists in 42 AHL contests.

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Armstrong signs with Swedish team

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 27, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

Colby Armstrong was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and after some seasoning in the minors, he broke out with 40 points in 47 games as a rookie.

He’s had some solid seasons in the NHL since then, but has never been able to relive that initial success. Now, after two rough seasons, he’s taking his services to the Vaxjo Lakers of the Swedish League.

The 30-year-old forward announced the move on Twitter and was extremely positive about the news and what he’s accomplished.

“Honestly gotta say it’s been a great ride over here,” Armstrong tweeted. “What a life. Thanks to all the fans in all the cities I’ve played in here.

“I grew up like any kid dreaming to play in the NHL I got to do it and also Montreal was my favorite team growing up and I got to wear the CH.

“Honestly though, this has been a great journey so far. My family and I are so thankful and now making this move to Sweden is so amazing.”

Armstrong signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer of 2010, but he was bought out after recording three points in 29 games in 2011-12. He then went to the Montreal Canadiens where he had five points in 37 contests.

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Kane’s summer plan: stay out of trouble

James O'Brien

Jul 27, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

At 24, Patrick Kane has already experienced some of the most dramatic highs and lows that a pro hockey player can go through.

He’s one of the faces of American hockey, a two-time champion and the reigning Conn Smythe winner, but there’s no doubt that he’s drawn some negative attention off the ice. With that in mind, he told the Chicago Tribune that he’s having fun this summer … but not too much of it.

“Just try to relax, try to enjoy it,” Kane said. “You know, try to keep myself out of trouble.”

He understands that his past experiences can make him an easy target for candid cell phone photos and tabloid-style headlines.

“It’s hard to the point where there’s so much social media and so much cameras and people who want to take pictures where anything you do is going to be under the microscope and people are going to record it,” Kane said. “Something even minor I do is going to be reported because of things that have happened in the past. You have to be aware of that.”

The young forward already sounds like he’s developing some veteran savvy, noting that he’s getting more adept at avoiding trouble.

“It seems to be easier these days as you get older,” Kane said. “You’re obviously going to have your fun. You still feel like a young kid, but with what has happened in the first six years of my career, I still can prove a lot more as a player and maybe accomplish some more things with this team.”

Kane notes that he’s skated about five times so far this summer, so it sounds like he’s starting to shift from play to work mode.

(Not that he can’t mix a little of both.)

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Recovering ‘Hawks Sharp, Bickell are healing up

James O'Brien

Jul 27, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

The Chicago Blackhawks must recover from the wounds of their 2013 Stanley Cup run in an unusually short offseason, but so far, it looks like the team should be pretty healthy at the beginning of next season.

On Friday, it was revealed that Michal Handzus‘ two surgeries went well. The Chicago Tribune reports that Patrick Sharp is recovering nicely from his shoulder injury while Bryan Bickell is healing up from thumb surgery.

Bickell, 27, said he played through the pain during the playoffs, but things didn’t get truly gruesome until after the season was over, as trainer Mike Gapski witnessed.

“I picked up my hockey bag and it just popped,” Bickell said. “Gapski was right there and he was like, ‘Uh oh, this is not good.’ I couldn’t move my thumb. They had to take a tendon out of my finger to put in my thumb. I’m just recovering now.”

Yeah, that’s pretty gross. Bickell said he should be ready for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

Sharp, 31, doesn’t expect to undergo surgery on his banged-up left shoulder. He’s getting it checked this weekend.

“No surgery,” Sharp said. “Just some rehab to strengthen it and fix it up. Everything is on schedule.”

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Report: Board of Governors may approve Coyotes sale this week

Joe Yerdon

Jul 28, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

There are just a couple of hurdles left to clear in the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, but a big one may be out of the way this week.

Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona reports NHL Deputy Commissioner will seek approval of the Board of Governors this week for the sale of the team.

As you know, the deal to sell the team to Renaissance Sports and Entertainment was approved by the Glendale City Council and now it’s just a matter of the final paperwork and procedure being completed. Getting approval of the Board of Governors is a big one as far as the league is concerned.

As for the completion of the sale, Daly says they’re still moving forward with that. There are only baby steps left in ending this saga.

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WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have signed defenceman Zach Bogosian to a seven-year, $36-million contract.

Bogosian was the Jets' final restricted free agent who needed a new deal. He'll count just over $5.14 million against the salary cap.

"I made it clear since obviously my first time being in Winnipeg it was obviously a place that I wanted to be for a long time," Bogosian said on a conference call Monday. "It was definitely a no-brainer for me to want to stay there for a long time."

The 23-year-old has 34 goals and 69 assists in 297 games, all with the same franchise, beginning with its days as the Atlanta Thrashers.

"I'm just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me and kind of gave me another chance to kind of prove myself, he said. "I didn't exactly have the best start of my career in Atlanta, and obviously moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market and play in a hockey town that really I enjoyed playing in front of."

Bogosian was invited to U.S. Olympic orientation camp that will take place next month.

Last week the Jets signed right-winger Blake Wheeler to a six-year, $33.6-million contract. They also gave restricted-free-agent centre Bryan Little a five-year, $23.5-million deal.

Bogosian wasn't sure why he was last in line for a new contract but didn't care about the timing as long as it got done.

"I guess it probably just worked out that way," he said. "I didn't really think too much into it. I think (general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff) and the whole group there did a great job signing all of us and doing other things, too, to make our team better."

At no point in the process did Bogosian worry that he wasn't going to get a long-term deal before an arbitration hearing.

"I was pretty confident it was going to get done," he said. "Obviously I don't know that much about arbitration. I've heard it's not the greatest thing to go to. I was just happy to get it done. It was very, I guess, humbling to know that Winnipeg wanted me to stay there for a long time as much as I did. It was mutual that both sides wanted to do a long-term deal from the get-go."



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Plenty of key RFAs left to sign

Jason Brough

Jul 29, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

As we noted in the post about Zach Bogosian signing with the Jets, only two restricted free agents that filed for arbitration remain headed for a hearing — Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (hearing Wednesday) and Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (hearing Tuesday).

However, there remains a lengthy list of noteworthy RFAs without arbitration rights that still don’t have a contract for 2013-14 — a list that includes Alex Pietrangelo, Derek Stepan, Adam Henrique, Marcus Johansson, Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Cody Hodgson, Jared Cowan, Magnus Paajarvi, and Chris Tanev.

It’s no huge surprise that any of the above players remain unsigned. There’s still plenty of time before training camp starts and the real poker game begins.

This past season, Montreal defenseman PK Subban didn’t agree to a new contract with the Canadiens until he’d missed four games of the regular season. Subban went on to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best blue-liner.

The year before, it was Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings that engaged in a prolonged negotiation. The Kings, of course, went on to win the Stanley Cup.

That’s not to say every negotiation will end up with the two sides coming to an agreement. The Leafs, for example, could reportedly be forced to trade Franson.

There also remains the possibility of an RFA signing an offer sheet, as Nashville defenseman Shea Weber did last year with the Flyers before the Predators matched.

Granted, offer sheets aren’t typically presented unless there’s a reasonable chance of actually landing the player. And with that in mind, there doesn’t seem to be a prime candidate for one this summer.

But if we had to pick a vulnerable team, it may be the Toronto Maple Leafs, with both Franson and Kadri still unsigned (plus Fraser) and not a ton of cap space with which to work.

The Rangers are another team that’s close to the cap; however, the chances of New York allowing Stepan to get signed away are practically nil.

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Fraser, Leafs agree to one-year, $1.28 million contract

Ryan Dadoun

Jul 30, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

The Toronto Maple Leafs won’t have to engage in an unpleasant arbitration battle with 26-year-old defenseman Mark Fraser. The two sides made the hearing scheduled for today moot by agreeing to a one-year, $1.28 million contract, according to CBC’s Tim Wharnsby.

Fraser was asking for $2 million in arbitration while Toronto had countered with $855,000.

The Ottawa, Ontario-native is a big, physical defenseman that doesn’t do a lot offensively. Toronto now has six blueliners signed to one-way contracts, not including Jake Gardiner or Cody Franson, who remains a restricted free agent.

It’s not clear where Fraser will fit with the 2013-14 Maple Leafs, but it’s doubtful that he’ll start the season as more than a third-pairing blueliner.

This deal also gives the Maple Leafs less than $5 million in projected cap space to re-sign restricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Franson. A recent report suggests that Toronto might trade Franson in light of their cap situation.

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Sharks sign Pavelski to five-year contract extension

Jason Brough

Jul 30, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

Big news out of San Jose this morning — the Sharks have signed center Joe Pavelski to a five-year contract extension.

Per ESPN’s Craig Custance, the deal is worth $30 million, garnering a cap hit of $6 million.

“Joe has been an important part of our success over the last several years and we are excited to have him with our club for the next six seasons,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson in a release.

Pavelski has one year remaining on his current deal. In 2013, the 29-year-old had 16 goals and 15 assists in 48 regular-season games followed by 12 points in 11 playoff contests (including eight points during the Sharks’ four-game sweep of the Canucks in the first round.)

With both Pavelski and 24-year-old center Logan Couture signed through 2018-19, expect plenty of speculation regarding the future of captain Joe Thornton.

Thornton, 34, has one year left on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. The same goes for two other key Shark veterans, Patrick Marleau, 33, and Dan Boyle, 37.

Will the Sharks be able to keep everyone together under the salary cap?

And even if they can, will they choose to?

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Plenty of key RFAs left to sign

Jason Brough

Jul 29, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

As we noted in the post about Zach Bogosian signing with the Jets, only two restricted free agents that filed for arbitration remain headed for a hearing — Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello (hearing Wednesday) and Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (hearing Tuesday).

However, there remains a lengthy list of noteworthy RFAs without arbitration rights that still don’t have a contract for 2013-14 — a list that includes Alex Pietrangelo, Derek Stepan, Adam Henrique, Marcus Johansson, Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson, Cody Hodgson, Jared Cowan, Magnus Paajarvi, and Chris Tanev.

It’s no huge surprise that any of the above players remain unsigned. There’s still plenty of time before training camp starts and the real poker game begins.

This past season, Montreal defenseman PK Subban didn’t agree to a new contract with the Canadiens until he’d missed four games of the regular season. Subban went on to win the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best blue-liner.

The year before, it was Drew Doughty and the Los Angeles Kings that engaged in a prolonged negotiation. The Kings, of course, went on to win the Stanley Cup.

That’s not to say every negotiation will end up with the two sides coming to an agreement. The Leafs, for example, could reportedly be forced to trade Franson.

There also remains the possibility of an RFA signing an offer sheet, as Nashville defenseman Shea Weber did last year with the Flyers before the Predators matched.

Granted, offer sheets aren’t typically presented unless there’s a reasonable chance of actually landing the player. And with that in mind, there doesn’t seem to be a prime candidate for one this summer.

But if we had to pick a vulnerable team, it may be the Toronto Maple Leafs, with both Franson and Kadri still unsigned (plus Fraser) and not a ton of cap space with which to work.

The Rangers are another team that’s close to the cap; however, the chances of New York allowing Stepan to get signed away are practically nil.


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I'm not going to do any research, but I bet Philly neither has the picks or cap space to offer sheet anybody. 

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Panthers sign Gomez: one year, $900,000

Mike Halford

Jul 31, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

The Florida Panthers have made their first significant free agent splash of the summer, signing veteran forward Scott Gomez to a one-year deal.

“Scott is a veteran center who adds further depth to the middle of our line-up,” GM Dale Tallon said in a release. “He is a quick and skilled forward, with a wealth of hockey experience including two Stanley Cup titles, who will be a leader for our younger players.”

The deal is reportedly worth $900,000, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

Gomez, 33, spent last season in San Jose on a one-year, $700,000 deal after being bought out by Montreal prior to the start of the season. He appeared in 39 games for the Sharks, scoring 15 points, and appeared in nine postseason contests, averaging over 15 minutes per night while notching two points.

San Jose head coach Todd McLellan raved about Gomez’s presence on the ice and in the dressing room.

“Gomer has been a very good player for us in a number of different ways,” McLellan told CSN Bay Area in March. “I don’t want to say it’s surprising, but he’s almost like a third or a fourth coach.”

The move makes sense for the Panthers, who are in need of veteran presences. Tallon is on record saying the club expects to “go young” next season and rely heavily on its prospects.

Florida has been stockpiling high draft picks ever since 2010 — the year Tallon joined the club — and now appears primed to show ‘em off.

In 2010, it was Erik Gudbranson (third overall), Nick Bjugstad (19th) and Quinton Howden (25th).

In 2011, it was this year’s Calder Trophy winner, Jonathan Huberdeau (third overall) and Rocco Grimaldi (33rd overall).

In 2012, it was Mike Matheson (23rd overall) and at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, it was Aleksander Barkov (second overall).

All told, that’s seven top-35 picks, and a few others selected just outside the top 35 (Alex Petrovic, Vincent Trochek) that are ready to challenge for spots as well.

Gomez will join a veteran leadership group that includes captain Ed Jovanovski (37 years old) and fellow blueliners Mike Mottau (35) Mike Weaver (34) and Brian Campbell (33).

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I'm not going to do any research, but I bet Philly neither has the picks or cap space to offer sheet anybody. 


They have the picks and cap space means nothing to Homer.

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I'm still convinced that Gary the Boob Bettman is an NBA stooge. The guy is fucking clueless. The NHL needs to contract some of the sunbelt teams and now he's proposing EXPANSION? What a fucking moron!

http://tracking.si.com/2013/07/31/nhl-pushing-for-seattle-franchise/?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp

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Flames re-sign Brodie — two years, $4.25 million

Joe Yerdon

Jul 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

Calgary GM Jay Feaster is taking care of one of their promising young defensemen.

The Flames announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent T.J. Brodie to a two-year, $4.25 million deal. That works out to a $2.125 million cap hit over that time.

Last season, Brodie emerged as one of Calgary’s more trusted blue liners playing an average of over 20 minutes per game. Eerily enough, he equaled his offensive output from the previous year last season in seven fewer games with two goals and 12 assists.

At age 23 he’s easily the Flames’ youngest defenseman and they’re more than happy to see him improve his game. That alone may not be enough to stop some from questioning why he got such a juicy raise ($1.2 to nearly $2 million) coming off his entry-level deal.

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Flames re-sign Brodie — two years, $4.25 million

Joe Yerdon

Jul 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

Calgary GM Jay Feaster is taking care of one of their promising young defensemen.

The Flames announced they’ve re-signed restricted free agent T.J. Brodie to a two-year, $4.25 million deal. That works out to a $2.125 million cap hit over that time.

Last season, Brodie emerged as one of Calgary’s more trusted blue liners playing an average of over 20 minutes per game. Eerily enough, he equaled his offensive output from the previous year last season in seven fewer games with two goals and 12 assists.

At age 23 he’s easily the Flames’ youngest defenseman and they’re more than happy to see him improve his game. That alone may not be enough to stop some from questioning why he got such a juicy raise ($1.2 to nearly $2 million) coming off his entry-level deal.



I'm a big Brodie fan. He should be in the top pairing in Calgary next year.

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I'm still convinced that Gary the Boob Bettman is an NBA stooge. The guy is fucking clueless. The NHL needs to contract some of the sunbelt teams and now he's proposing EXPANSION? What a fucking moron!

http://tracking.si.com/2013/07/31/nhl-pushing-for-seattle-franchise/?sct=hp_t2_a8&eref=sihp


Seattle is a big Hockey market. They have the Seatlle Thunderbirds & the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Here's the website for the history of Seattle Hockey.
http://www.seattlehockey.net/Seattle_Hockey_Homepage/Seattle_Hockey_Homepage.html

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That's fine if you want a Seattle team. Why are the Islanders still in LI with their attendance or Phoenix?

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I'm a big Brodie fan. He should be in the top pairing in Calgary next year.

He probably will be but I think that says more about Calgary's lack of blueline depth than it does about how good Brodie is.

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That's fine if you want a Seattle team. Why are the Islanders still in LI with their attendance or Phoenix?

The Islanders are moving to Brooklyn after next season.

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Detroit will be retiring Nicklas Lidstrom's # 5 this season.



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The Detroit Red Wings announced on Thursday that they will retire Nicklas Lidstrom's No. 5 jersey in a ceremony on March 6.

The banner will be raised to the roof of Joe Louis Arena before a game against the Colorado Avalanche.

Lidstrom retired following the 2011-12 campaign after 20 seasons, all with the Red Wings.

"For a long time, there was no doubt in ownership's and management's mind that Nicklas Lidstrom would play his entire career with the Detroit Red Wings and that his sweater would fittingly go up into the rafters along with the other all-time greatest Red Wing players – Abel, Delvecchio, Howe, Lindsay, Sawchuk and Yzerman," said Red Wings vice president Jim Devellano in a statement.

A member of the exclusive "Triple-Gold" club, Lidstrom won both an Olympic gold medal (2006) and an IIHF World Championship (1991) with Sweden in addition to the four Stanley Cups he won with the Red Wings.

Lidstrom won seven Norris Trophies in ten seasons starting in 2001. He played in 12 NHL All-Star Games and was named to the league's First All-Star Team 10 times.

Taking over the Red Wings captaincy when long-time teammate Steve Yzerman retired in 2006, he would lead the team to back-to-back Cup Finals appearances in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first European player to captain a Cup champion in 2008.

Originally selected in the third round (53rd overall) by the Red Wings in 1989, Lidstrom racked up 264 goals and 878 assists in 1,564 career NHL games.

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Classy move by Detroit.

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Classy move by Detroit.

I like the fact that they are doing when Colorado is in town since those 2 teams had a great rivalry a few years ago.

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St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - The St. Louis Blues and defenceman Jay Bouwmeester agreed to a five-year contract extension on Thursday.

The deal is worth $27 million, an average annual value of $5.4 million.

Bouwmeester, who had one year left on his current deal, came over in a late- season trade with Calgary last April. He posted a goal and seven points in 14 games for the Blues before adding an assist in the first playoff action of his career.

Selected third overall by Florida in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 29-year-old Bouwmeester has registered 72 goals and 235 assists in 764 career games.

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Report: Kings agree to two-year deal with Clifford

Joe Yerdon

Aug 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

The Kings are making sure to keep their forward group as loaded up as their defensive corps.

John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor reports the Kings have reached an agreement with left wing Kyle Clifford on a two-year contract. Clifford was a restricted free agent this summer.

After breaking out last season as more of an offensive threat, Clifford’s game rounded out. Adding seven goals and seven assists to his 51 penalty minutes made him one of the more difficult players to go up against. Offense with tough, physical play is hard to find.

Clifford will compete for a spot potentially in the Kings’ top-six forward group of the left wing now that Dustin Penner signed in Anaheim. He’ll go up against the likes of Daniel Carcillo and possibly Tyler Toffoli to do that.

This signing gives Los Angeles 25 NHL contracts on their roster. Any given night means having as many as 23 players up with the big club. GM Dean Lombardi will have some decisions to make on who gets to stay.

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Report: Senators re-sign Da Costa to one-year deal

Cam Tucker

Aug 2, 2013, 5:06 PM EDT

The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms with 24-year-old center Stephane Da Costa, according to James Gordon, sports editor of the Ottawa Citizen.

Gordon reported online in the Ottawa Senators Extra, Da Costa’s agent, Wade Arnott, confirmed the deal – one year – had been completed between the two sides.

Born in the hockey hotbed of Paris, France, Da Costa has spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Senators.

In 35 NHL regular season games combined since the 2010-11 season, Da Costa has scored four goals and seven points.

As reported by Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen, Da Costa is listed among a group of forwards that will be in a battle for the final two forward positions on the Senators for next season.

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Report: Blues sign extension with Paajarvi

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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—
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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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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

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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—
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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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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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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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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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Report: Blues sign extension with Paajarvi

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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—
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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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Report: Purchase price agreed on for Devils

Jason Brough

Aug 9, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

If a report from FOX 29′s Howard Eskin (Philadelphia) is accurate, the New Jersey Devils could have themselves a new owner very soon.

Eskin tweets that billionaire Joshua Harris, the managing owner of the NBA’s 76ers, has agreed on a purchase price to buy the Devils from current owner Jeff Vanderbeek. That purchase price would apparently cover Vanderbeek’s debt, which has been reported in the neighborhood of $230 million.

If Harris (and his investment group) do end up buying the Devils, it has to be considered good news for fans of the financially-troubled franchise. According to Forbes, Harris — the co-founder of private equity firm Apollo Global Management — is worth $2.1 billion.

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Blue Jackets: Fan favorite Jody Shelley joins front office in multipurpose role

By Shawn Mitchell

The Columbus Dispatch Saturday August 10, 2013 6:25 AM

The Blue Jackets officially announced the hiring of former enforcer and fan favorite Jody Shelley yesterday morning, appointing him to the new position of broadcast associate and team ambassador.

Shelley, 37, will be a jack-of-all-trades for the Jackets, occasionally contributing to team radio and television broadcasts as an analyst. He also will have a hand in the production of video for the team website and will work in business and community relations.

Shelley, his wife, Mandy, and their two children moved back to Columbus this summer after he ended his playing career with the Philadelphia Flyers last season.

“Jody was highly thought of as a player because of his work ethic, toughness and leadership, both on and off the ice, and you can’t have enough of those types of people in your organization,” said John Davidson, the Blue Jackets’ president of hockey operations.

Shelley made his Blue Jackets debut on Feb. 17, 2001.

He went on to appear in 380 games with the club, racking up a franchise-record 1,025 penalty minutes while registering 11 goals and 18 assists. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 29, 2008, and later played for the New York Rangers and Philadelphia.

Overall, Shelley had 18 goals, 36 assists and 1,538 penalty minutes in 627 NHL games.

Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has 963 penalty minutes in 388 games and likely will surpass Shelley’s team record this season.

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Preds getting creative to Keep the Red Out (sorry Chicago fans)

By Jeremy K. Gover

When the Chicago Blackhawks come to town, there’s typically a sea of red inside Bridgestone Arena. Chicago, Illinois is a huge market (the third largest in the United States) so it stands to reason that they would have fans everywhere and, in addition, their fans would travel well.

Of course, winning Stanley Cups helps too.

“Remember that game we had against them where there were probably 100 Blackhawks fans here, give or take?” Nashville President and Chief Operating Officer Sean Henry asked sarcastically. “All in really new jerseys with crisp name plates? Some of them live here obviously but others came down. And why did they come down? Their team was on fire, they couldn’t get a ticket back home and it was a lot cheaper to come down and have a great weekend here.”

Sorry Chicago fans but it’s about to get a lot tougher for you to repeat that.

The Predators unveiled the Keep the Red Out campaign when they were set to play their arch rival, the Detroit Red Wings, in the opening round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They furthered the effort by offering a Predators Pro Shop deal to the numerous Detroit transplants that live in Middle Tennessee. If you traded in your Detroit jersey, you could get 50% off a new Preds gold jersey. The promotion was met around the league with both heavy skepticism and respectful applause but, regardless of the perception, it had success. According to the Predators, roughly 300 Red Wings jerseys were exchanged. After many years of seeing less and less winged wheel in the stands, now Nashville had tangible evidence that there was a transition happening.

Fast forward a year and a half and the Predators are continuing the effort. This time, however, due of the sudden explosion of Blackhawks fans that seem to have come out of the woodwork.

“If I said we were doing this plan five years ago, you would’ve said ‘Oh, for the Red Wings!’ of course,” Henry said. “When we played them in the playoffs, we kept the red out there. Why? A lot of their fans that live here really converted over.”

So Nashville is getting creative. This season, for the first time, you will not be allowed to buy single game tickets for the November 16, December 17 and April 12 home dates against the Blackhawks. In order to get tickets to those games, you’ll be required to purchase a second game as well.

“For Blackhawks games, we want to make sure that we preserve this building as much as we can for those who live in Smashville,” Henry said.

That’s a great thought and all but how do they intend to do that?

“The best way to buy a Blackhawk ticket is to have a season ticket, a half season ticket or a 15-game plan,” Henry said. “But we also realize that we’re still going to have to sell 3,000-4,000 single tickets for that game. What it’s going to do by forcing another game is we’ll almost direct it toward people that live in the general area, for the most part. And (for the pre-sale) only those in the zip codes that we unlock can buy the Blackhawk game and a second game. So we’re breaking down every barrier we can to Keep the Red Out.”

That helps keep Chicago fans at bay, for sure. But what if Blackhawks fans really want to jump through hoops to see their team play in Music City?

“They’re going to have to earn it,” Henry said. “And they’re going to help us continue to grow our roster by building our (revenue at the) gate. It’s that simple. In the end, we’re building something pretty special. If we have to do it off the backs of their fans a little bit, I’m not apologizing for it.

“We don’t want to build those ticket grosses off of our core — our lifeblood — the season ticket holders. We want to build it off the single game buyers who only want to buy those games.”

Not able to go to that second game you’re forced to buy but still really want to see the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions? The Preds have that covered as well.

“We’ve built in a plan where they can donate the ticket back to members of the military,” Henry said.

Whether you like the idea or not, you have to applaud the organization for the attempt. When it’s all said and done, however, it’ll be interesting to see how this goes over. Nashville sold out 25 of its 41 home games in 2011-12. Then, coming off of a lockout that should have driven fans away, they sold out 20 of 24. Can they keep that momentum up while making it harder to get the most sought-after ticket? Or is it just good business, like how airlines charge more for more popular destinations? And, if it is just good business, is the Nashville market ready to accept that in order to go to a hockey game? We see both arguments and are very curious as to how it’ll turn out.

One thing is for certain: we’re very excited to see more gold and less red at 501 Broadway, regardless of how it happens.

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Colorado Avalanche Extend Gabriel Landeskog For 7 Years
Aug 15th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Andrew Slawson

The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a 7 year extension with 20 year old, Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog was drafted 2nd overall in 2011 by the Aves, and was named captain of the team in 2012, becoming the NHL’s youngest captain at age 19.

This season would have been the last on Landeskog’s current entry level contract. Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012 for the league’s best rookie. He played in all 82 games that season, scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists for 50 points.

Landeskog returned to Sweden during the lockout to play with Djurgården. He played 17 games with the team putting up 8 goals and 6 assists in the short time. He returned to the U.S. after the lockout, and played in 36 games for the Avalanche. He totaled 17 points this season, putting up 9 goals and 8 assists.

Joe Sakic and company in Colorado are clearly putting the faith of the future in Landeskog. He’ll be a great player and a great leader for the Aves for years to come. The Avalanche may not be contenders just yet, but with the youth the organization has, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the races

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Colorado Avalanche Extend Gabriel Landeskog For 7 Years
Aug 15th, 2013 at 3:41 pm by Andrew Slawson

The Colorado Avalanche have agreed to a 7 year extension with 20 year old, Swedish captain Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog was drafted 2nd overall in 2011 by the Aves, and was named captain of the team in 2012, becoming the NHL’s youngest captain at age 19.

This season would have been the last on Landeskog’s current entry level contract. Landeskog won the Calder Trophy in 2012 for the league’s best rookie. He played in all 82 games that season, scoring 22 goals and posting 30 assists for 50 points.

Landeskog returned to Sweden during the lockout to play with Djurgården. He played 17 games with the team putting up 8 goals and 6 assists in the short time. He returned to the U.S. after the lockout, and played in 36 games for the Avalanche. He totaled 17 points this season, putting up 9 goals and 8 assists.

Joe Sakic and company in Colorado are clearly putting the faith of the future in Landeskog. He’ll be a great player and a great leader for the Aves for years to come. The Avalanche may not be contenders just yet, but with the youth the organization has, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before they’re back in the races



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Lamoriello has faith in new Devils owners

Jason Brough

Aug 15, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

As expected, the New Jersey Devils, in addition to the rights to operate the Prudential Center arena where they play, have been sold to a group headed by billionaire Josh Harris, who’s also the principal owner of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers.

“It is with great pride that I stand here today …and share with you the sense of excitement we have as the new owners of the New Jersey Devils,” Harris said Thursday at a press conference in Newark, per NHL.com. “I can assure everyone here that David [Blitzer, co-owner] and I take the responsibility for being stewards of this great franchise seriously and we look forward to building excitement on and off the ice.”

Also present today was Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello, who said he’s been impressed by the new owners and feels they’re committed to winning.

“Everyone wants to win but not everyone knows how,” he said. “They’re creative, they’re intuitive and they want to get an edge in every way they can. I’m comfortable with that and I’m honored to be here and stay here in New Jersey with the New Jersey Devils.”

Former owner Jeff Vanderbeek will remain with the Devils as a senior adviser and will reportedly retain a partial ownership share in the team.

Scott O’Neil, the former president of Madison Square Garden Sports, has been tapped to run business operations.

All in all, the change in ownership has to be seen as good news for Devils fans who’ve had to hear about the club’s financial struggles for some time now.

Lamoriello said he is comfortable knowing the new owners are committed to giving him the tools to put a winning team on the ice.—
Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) August 15, 2013


Blitzer on keeping Lamoriello in role: " This team has stood for excellence and we don't want to fiddle with excellence."—
Tom Gulitti (@TGfireandice) August 15, 2013

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Flyers captain Giroux to miss 5-6 weeks after finger surgery

Joe Yerdon

Aug 15, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

After an initial report from CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio saying Flyers captain Claude Giroux pulled out of a charity golf tournament in Ottawa due to an injury to one of his surgically repaired wrists, it turns out he had a freak accident to contend with instead.

The Flyers updated the situation saying Giroux had surgery to repair his right index finger on Thursday after hurting it during a round of golf. The team says Giroux’s club shattered sending splinters of the shaft into his finger.

While he didn’t break any bones, there was severe damage to the tendons in his finger. The team says it’ll take 5-6 weeks for a full recovery.

This is an unlucky blow to the team just a month before training camp was set to open. If there’s an upside here, it’s that Giroux likely won’t miss any time in the regular season and will still have a couple weeks in the preseason to get up to speed.

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Blue Jackets’ Prout to miss six weeks after abdominal surgery

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Aug 16, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

After an impressive rookie season, Columbus’ Dalton Prout is going to have to wait to show what he’s made of this season.

The Blue Jackets announced Prout would miss the start of preseason after undergoing abdominal surgery. GM Jarmo Kekalainen cleared up what was going on with the 23-year-old defenseman.

“Dalton has been experiencing some soreness for a number of weeks and after initial tests indicated a muscle strain, we discovered this week that there was actually a small tear and that surgery would be his best option,” said Kekalainen.  ”They typical recovery time for an injury like this is six weeks, so our hope is he will be ready by the start of the regular season.”

That six week timeline times out to put him back in action in late September, just in time for the start of the regular season.

The question for Prout is how this affects his ability to compete for a starting job. With four spots likely spoken for (Jack Johnson, James Wisniewski, Fedor Tyutin, and Nikita Nikitin) he’ll be up against 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray and Tim Erixon for the final two spots.

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Second-line center spot up for grabs in Chicago

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

There wasn’t a lot to dislike about the Chicago Blackhawks when they entered the 2013 playoffs. This was, after all, a team that had gone 36-7-5 in the regular season, easily winning the Presidents’ Trophy.

But if one had to nitpick, it might’ve been about the team’s second-line center, which at the time appeared to be veteran Michal Handzus.

The ‘Hawks had recently given up a fourth-round draft pick to get Handzus from San Jose, where the 36-year-old had scored just two points in 28 games. He was a bit more productive in 11 games with the Blackhawks, but productive enough to be a second-line center on a Stanley Cup contender? There were doubters.

Handzus ended up proving those doubters wrong, finishing with 11 points in 23 playoff games as the ‘Hawks went on to win their second championship in four years. He then re-signed for one more season in Chicago, at a modest salary of $1 million. Plus, he had a couple of surgeries.

Despite his surprisingly strong playoff performance, Handzus isn’t really the player the Blackhawks want playing second-line center next season. Nor will it be Dave Bolland, who was traded to Toronto.

Ahead of training camp, it’s young Brandon Saad who seems to have the inside edge.

“Saader is probably the guy we’re thinking maybe grab that spot, would be an option,” head coach Joel Quenneville said in late July. “It’s something we talked about as a staff late in the year. It’s something going into the season we could be exploring.”

Saad, 20, is coming off an outstanding rookie season, but that was playing on the wing. At center, there are additional responsibilities, particularly in the defensive end.

“Defensively, I think we can get him up to speed,” said Quenneville.

“At the end of the day, I mean I don’t really care who’s going to grab it, but it’s a nice spot for somebody.”

Other options include Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Handzus, Brandon Pirri and Drew LeBlanc.

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Pirri leads list of ‘Hawks prospects to watch

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

Since 2008, when the Chicago Blackhawks took Kyle Beach with the 11th overall pick, the highest they’ve drafted is 18th. Which is to say, they’d be excused if their system wasn’t chock-full of top prospects.

But after a championship season in which home-grown youngsters like Brandon Saad (43rd overall in 2011) and Andrew Shaw (139th in 2011) played key roles, there could be even more of those stories in 2013-14.

Brandon Pirri is one name ‘Hawks fans can expect to hear often during training camp. Drafted 59th overall in 2009, the 22-year-old center is coming off an AHL-high 75-point season with Rockford.

“Brandon has done everything we’ve asked him to do,” ‘Hawks GM Stan Bowman said in July, per the Chicago Tribune. “He’s slowly grown his game each year. He’s not just an offensive guy, he played in all situations. To lead the whole league in scoring as a 21-year-old — it’s pretty impressive. (It) showed he’s got a lot of talent. We’ve brought him along slowly and we’re excited about what he brings.”

Pirri is one of the candidates to grab the open second-line center job. However, that’s traditionally a role that demands responsibility at both ends of the ice, not just a points producer.

“One of the things we really worked on in Rockford the last three years is his defensive responsibilities in his own end and when he doesn’t have the puck, just trying to make him into a well-rounded two-way player,” said IceHogs coach Ted Dent, per ESPN Chicago.

Besides Pirri, there are others that ‘Hawks management is hoping are ready to take the step to become full-timers in the NHL, like forwards Jimmy Hayes, Jeremy Morin and Ben Smith.

“We’ve built this team for the most part from the ground up, adding a few pieces from the outside,” Bowman said in June, per the Sun-Times. “Really, the core from this group came from drafting. We’d like to continue this process.”

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Even after Cup win, Crawford’s future in Chicago is cloudy

Jason Brough

Aug 16, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

Corey Crawford finished the 2013 playoffs with a record of 16-7-2, a goals-against average of 1.84, and a save percentage of .932.

Oh, and 1.0 Stanley Cups hoisted over his head.

To say the 28-year-old proved his detractors wrong this past spring would be an understatement. Crawford only had one really poor outing, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final when the Boston Bruins put five behind him. Fortunately for the Blackhawks, they got six behind Tuukka Rask that night.

After the Cup was won, the ‘Hawks were all but lining up to lavish praise on their goalie.

“He obviously took a lot of heat over the last couple of years. And all he’s done is just played unreal from start to finish this year,” defenseman Duncan Keith said. “I can’t say enough about him. The pressure on him, to do what he did was unbelievable.”

Of course, Antti Niemi was pretty good for the Blackhawks in 2010, and he ended up signing with the San Jose Sharks that summer. A salary cap can lead to tough choices for teams that spend to the max.

Which brings us back to Crawford, who has one year remaining on his contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent. Currently, his cap hit is around $2.7 million; barring injury or total meltdown next season, it will be going up with his new deal. The questions are: how much will it be going up? And, will the Blackhawks be the ones responsible for it?

Per CapGeek, Chicago already has over $56 million allocated to just 12 players in 2014-15. On top of that, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are pending UFAs in 2015-16. And with all due respect to Crawford, those two take priority.

On the other hand, there isn’t a sure-fire successor to Crawford in the system. The ‘Hawks recently signed veteran Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year deal to replace backup Ray Emery, who went to Philadelphia in free agency.

Could Finnish free-agent signing Antti Raanta be the goalie of the future?

Raanta, 24, was named SM-liiga playoff MVP this season, capturing the Jari Kurri Trophy (Finland’s equivalent to the Conn Smythe) and while posting a 1.33 GAA and .955 save percentage for Assat, backstopping the club to the league championship.

“He had a great season,” said general manager Stan Bowman. “Hats off to him. I think we were very fortunate to get him. Our staff worked hard and had discussions with him and his agent. We tried to explain where we see him. We think he has a bright future, and now it’s just a matter of getting him acclimated to the North American style. We think he’ll do very well.”

It figures that Raanta is headed for the AHL to start the season, and he’s comfortable with that.

It also figures that how he performs with Rockford could have an impact on Crawford’s future with the club.

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I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.
LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:

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CanadianHorseman wrote: I'm pretty sure that's enough Chicago Blackhawks news for today.
LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:


You know that I'm still a bit bitter.......well maybe more than just a bit. :X

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LOL it was Black Hawks day on Pro Hockey Talk:shock:


The Blackhawks are part of the NBC Sports family. That's one of the reasons on why They get a lot of coverage.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Adam Henrique staying with Devils.


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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.



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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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If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.

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If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.

It's gonna be hard for Selanne to score 25 goals and get 70 points with Saku Koivu as his Center.

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This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

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This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????

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This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????

I wouldn't go that far.  I can actually enjoy watching Selanne play, Favre was annoying as fuck.  Plus Teemu has never come out of retirement, like Favre has.

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If he can say healthy, He should get to 700 goals and 1500 pts.

It's gonna be hard for Selanne to score 25 goals and get 70 points with Saku Koivu as his Center.


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This is like his fourth final season.  I could see him playing again next year.

So you think he might " Favre " it ????


Unlike Favre, people like Selanne. The Guy is in great shape for someone that's 43 years old.

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Chicago signs Crawford to six-year, $36 million extension

Ryan Dadoun

Sep 2, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

After winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, goaltender Antti Niemi promptly left Chicago due to the Blackhawks’ cap restraints. He was replaced by Corey Crawford and who just helped Chicago reclaim the Cup and this time, the team will be keeping its victorious goaltender for a very long time.

The Blackhawks announced that they have signed Crawford to a six-year contract extension. The financial terms of the deal were not released, but along with the season left in his previous contract, the 28-year-old netminder is now under Chicago’s control through the 2019-20 campaign.

Update: Crawford’s new six-year deal is worth $36 million, according to Renaud Lavoie. Compared to other goaltenders who are early on or just entering the first season of their long-term contracts, Crawford’s $6 million cap hit ranks below Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask, who will both earn $7 million this season, and above Mike Smith‘s roughly $5.7 million as well as Jimmy Howard‘s cap hit of about $5.3 million.

This is an obvious risk for the Blackhawks, given that just a year ago, Crawford was seen as Chicago’s biggest X-factor after his rough sophomore campaign. Even after posting a 1.94 GAA and .926 save percentage in 30 regular season games in 2013 and putting up similar numbers in the playoffs, Crawford wasn’t able to fully shake off his critics.

If Crawford regresses or simply doesn’t age well, this contract could severely limit Chicago’s chances of winning another Cup with its current core. On the other hand, if Crawford’s success in the shortened campaign was any indication of what to come, then he could be a key member of the next NHL dynasty.

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Hjalmarsson agrees to five-year, $20.5 million extension with Chicago

Ryan Dadoun

Sep 4, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Niklas Hjalmarsson has already won the Stanley Cup twice with the Chicago Blackhawks and the team wants to keep him around as they try to become a modern dynasty. That’s the backdrop as the Blackhawks announced that Hjalmarsson has agreed to a five-year extension.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the deal is for $20.5 million with a $4.1 million average annual value.

Hjalmarsson still has one season at $3.5 million left on his old deal, so he’s now locked up through the 2018-19 campaign. Although he’s never recorded more than 17 points in a single season, Hjalmarsson is a solid defender who’s willing to sacrifice his body by blocking shots. He averaged over 20 minutes per game in each of his last two campaigns.

The 26-year-old defenseman becomes the sixth Chicago Blackhawks player signed through at least 2016-17. Forwards Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, and Bryan Bickell as well as fellow blueliner Duncan Keith are also on that list. Recently goaltender Corey Crawford joined them with a six-year, $36 million extension.

Chicago is in a potentially tricky spot from a cap perspective. With Hjalmarsson signed, they now have about $36.6 million in cap space dedicated to just seven players in 2015-16 and that doesn’t include Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane as both are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015.

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Former NHL pest Sean Avery has lived what one can conservatively call an examined life. From his antics on the ice, his politics off the ice and his non-hockey pastimes like fashion design and modeling, Avery has been equal parts lightning rod and gossip magnet. This latest rumor about Avery … well, admittedly, we didn’t see this coming.

On Tuesday, gossip site The Fame Driven reported that the ex-New York Rangers forward Vogue intern is engaged to Andy Cohen, mastermind of Bravo TV’s addictive programming and a star in his own right as host of “Watch What Happens Live!”
Yes, engaged. From Fame Driven's source :
“I’m not sure if you are aware or not but Andy Cohen has been dating former NHL star Sean Avery for almost a year and a half now, it will be two years in March. And get this, they are secretly ENGAGED! There have been rumors for years in the NHL league about Sean Avery’s sexuality, but he has always vehemently denied it, Sean even went as far as to “date” a beard girlfriend (Elisha Cuthbert), who he was never even remotely into, to cover up him receiving backlash from his NHL teammates and internally in the NHL for being gay.

“… Sean thinks that by having an openly gay relationship with another pubic figure such as Andy will give him the title of “NHL’s first openly gay athlete dating a BRAVO Executive” following him and people not notice him for anything else. Sean is openly gay/bisexual around close friends, but not to the public.”
Cohen is known as the first openly gay host of an American late-night talk show.
Avery was the first NHL player to speak out in favor of marriage equality in New York and was the catalyst for discussions about gay athletes that have continued with campaigns like “You Can Play.” He was on the board of Athlete Ally, “a group of straight athletes devoted to eradicating homophobia in sports.” Avery has also been the target of gay slurs during games, including an infamous one from Wayne Simmonds of the Flyers.

Avery has appeared on Bravo’s programming for years, and even made a de facto retirement declaration on Cohen’s show. The two have had a “bromance” since 2011, joking with NY Magazine about their dating life.

They continued to have fun with their "relationship" after the “engagement” rumors started this week.

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is in discussions to join the Calgary Flames in an executive position but no deal is in place.

"Could very well get done. Enough moving parts/complexities that there could be issues," said TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie on Twitter.

Burke was with the Leafs for four seasons until his firing in January of this year. He then accepted a part-time scouting position with the Anaheim Ducks.

During his tenure in Toronto, the Maple Leafs compiled a record of 129-135-42 and missed the playoffs in each of his four seasons.

Burke's NHL career began in Vancouver in 1987 when he was hired by Pat Quinn to be the director of hockey operations for the Canucks. In 1993, he left the job to become GM of the Hartford Whalers before stepping down after one just one season to join the NHL front office as executive vice president and director of hockey operations.

In 1998, he returned to Vancouver to become GM of the Canucks. Following the 2003-04 season, ownership chose not to renew his contract and named current Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis his replacement.

Burke then became general manager of the Ducks, where he won the Stanley Cup in the 2006-07 season. He was reunited with Nonis the following season after Nonis was relieved of his duties with the Canucks.

On November 29, 2008, Burke was introduced as president and general manager of the Maple Leafs, replacing interim general manager Cliff Fletcher, and just six days later, Nonis accepted the position of senior vice president and director of hockey operations of the Maple Leafs. It marked the third time he had served under Burke.

As GM of the Maple Leafs, Burke swung a major deal with the Flames in 2010 that included defenceman Dion Phaneuf being traded to Toronto.

Earlier this summer, the Flames had discussions with the NHL's director of player safety Brendan Shanahan about a possible front office position with the team.

When approached by members of the media on Wednesday night at Calgary International Airport, Burke would not speak to the discussions.

"I'm not going to talk about it tonight," said Burke to reporters. "Sorry you had to camp out here."

Upon being pressed on whether or not there was interest on his part in a role with the Flames, Burke reiterated his position of silence.

"I'm not going to talk about it tonight," said the 58-year-old native of Providence, RI. "I appreciate you have to ask and I think you should appreciate I don't have much to say tonight."

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke is in discussions to join the Calgary Flames in an executive position but no deal is in place.



I guess the Flames will now have higher levels of pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.




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The Calgary Flames are looking to Brian Burke to help with their rebuilding effort.

The longtime hockey executive has been named the team's president of hockey operations, a new position that puts Burke in charge of what president Ken King termed the "sports side of the Calgary Flames."

Burke will report directly to King, while general manager Jay Feaster will now report to Burke.

It's not a normal arrangement in the NHL, but is common in other sports, Burke pointed out during a news conference Thursday morning.

"This is a relatively new structure in professional hockey," he said. "There are two teams in the NHL that have this type of management structure. There are a number of teams in the National Football League that do, a number of teams in Major League Baseball that do and a number of teams in the NBA that do. And it works effectively. And it's going to work here."

He stressed that he will not be taking on the role of general manager.

"I'm not the general manager of the Calgary Flames, Jay Feaster is," Burke said. "Jay and I have been friends a long time, we met this morning, we talked about how to make this work, we're both committed to winning."

The Flames are in rebuilding mode after missing the playoffs for the last four years.

"I think I can provide some help but I think Jay's got great ability," Burke said. "He's already made some important steps towards fixing things here and it's my pleasure and honour to be able to work with him."

King said the hiring of Burke was a plan that was in the works for many months, as the team started with some 60 potential candidates for the job.

"Both Jay and I feel very strongly that Brian will bring an added dimension of experience, guidance and mentorship that will add greatly to the progress that Jay has already made to improve our team," King said, adding that Feaster has been involved in the process from the beginning.

Burke's contract with the Flames doesn't have a set term, but is instead an open-ended work agreement.

The 58-year-old was fired as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in January. He had been working as a part-time scout with the Anaheim Ducks since February.

Burke has had a lengthy career behind the scenes in the NHL.

After graduating Harvard Law School in 1981, he became a player agent until 1987 when Vancouver Canucks general manager Pat Quinn asked him to become the director of hockey operations for the franchise.

Burke held that post for five years, until the 1992-93 season when he became the GM of the Hartford Whalers. He stayed in Connecticut for a year before moving to the NHL's head office, becoming commissioner Gary Bettman's executive vice-president and director of hockey operations.

In 1998, Burke returned to Vancouver to become the GM of the Canucks. He drafted several key players, including superstar twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, as well as centre Ryan Kesler. Team management elected to not renew Burke's contract after the 2003-04 season.

After spending time as a TV analyst, Burke returned to management, becoming the GM of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 2005-06. He won his first Stanley Cup the next season.

He stepped down from the Ducks in November 2008 and two weeks later was hired by the Maple Leafs.

But the Leafs never made the post-season during Burke's tenure as Toronto remained the team with the longest playoff drought in the league. The Maple Leafs finally returned to the playoffs this year under new GM Dave Nonis, who replaced Burke.

"There was a lot that needed to be done in Toronto that took longer than I thought," Burke said Thursday.

But he believes the Flames are on the right path.

"I think Jay has already taken many steps to rebuild," said Burke, adding that he thought Flames had the best draft of any team in June.

A dual citizen of the United States and Canada, Burke's on the board of directors for Rugby Canada and is the director of player personnel for the American men's hockey team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Also Thursday, the Flames promoted John Bean from CFO and senior vice-president, finance and administration to chief operating officer.

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Feaster will be gone by the new year.

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It's a good day to be an Oiler fan.  It's too bad Burke and Lowe buried the hatchet (although it was requested by Burke's son who passed away) or there would be some good barn dueling up and down the QEII.

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Cory17 wrote:
It's a good day to be an Oiler fan.  It's too bad Burke and Lowe buried the hatchet (although it was requested by Burke's son who passed away) or there would be some good barn dueling up and down the QEII.


As long the Oilers can play some D and the Goalies play well, I see no reason on why They can't finally make a playoff spot. I might go see Them when They come to Philly.

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Burke is the perfect hire for Calgary, his antics will distract evryone from the fact that Calgary is poised to be really, really bad for a couple of years.

....and Burke or not, Feaster should be gone anyway. He's awful.

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Burke has even less in Calgary to work with than he did in Toronto.  Like Khawk said, he should at least be a decent enough at distracting from how terrible this team is going to be.

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/flyers-gm-holmgren-cleary-has-no-promises-for-contract/

Flyers GM Holmgren: Cleary has ‘no promises’ for contract

Mike Halford

Sep 10, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

Despite reports to the contrary, the Flyers say Dan Cleary has no guaranteed deal in place.

That’s what GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, saying “there are no promises” for a Cleary contract — this despite Monday’s report claiming the Flyers will sign the 34-year-old to a three-year, $8.25 million deal.

Holmgren said Cleary is only in Philadelphia on a professional try out (PTO) for training camp, which will begin on Sept. 12 at Wells Fargo Center.

It’s possible Holmgren is toeing the line with regards to tampering/cap circumvention.

The Flyers are currently over the cap and won’t be able to officially sign Cleary until Chris Pronger goes on long-term injured reserve — so while there might be a “handshake deal” in place, Holmgren isn’t going to go public with such details.

Cleary, who has spent the last eight years in Detroit, turned down an offer from the Wings to head to their training camp on a PTO.

He cited the need for stability (and the fact he’d already been offered guaranteed deals), adding the only reason he waited so long to join another club was because he wanted to remain in Detroit.

UPDATE: Here’s the official word on Cleary’s status, from the Flyers website…

Cleary signed a PTO with the Flyers Tuesday and will be in camp with the team Thursday. This likely means the Flyers will not bring Simon Gagne to camp on a tryout.

If the Flyers want to sign Cleary – or Gill for that matter – they’ll have to clear some cap space first, which could be on Sept. 30, when Chris Pronger is oficially moved to the long-term injury list and his money comes off the salary cap.

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/09/10/chicago-has-six-guys-going-for-a-couple-spots-says-gm-bowman/

Chicago has ‘six guys going for a couple spots,’ says GM Bowman

Mike Halford

Sep 10, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

The reigning Stanley Cup champions are returning a majority of the team that won it all in June.

That means roster spots for the 2013-14 season are sparse — just ask GM Stan Bowman.

“We’ve got probably six guys going for a couple spots, and may the best men get it,” Bowman told the Chicago Daily Herald. “We have a pretty consistent roster from last year, although there are some spots at forward that are open.”

A quick recap of who came and left Chicago this offseason…

INS: Nikolai Khabibulin, Mike Kostka, Theo Peckham, Brad Winchester

OUTS: Ray Emery, David Bolland, Michael Frolik, Viktor Stalberg, Dan Carcillo

The ‘Hawks also re-upped with Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford, Marcus Kruger, Michal Rozsival, Michal Handzus and Nick Leddy, ensuring a large core of role players from last year’s squad remained in place.

So…who’s in line for a job at forward?

Kyle Beach, the 11th overall pick in 2008, could finally be ready to make the leap. The 23-year-old power forward scored 16 goals with AHL Rockford last year (leading the team with 204 PIM) and could replace some of the sandpaper lost in the Bolland/Carcillo departures.

Another leading candidate for a job is 21-year-old Brandon Pirri, the club’s second-round pick at the ’09 Draft. Pirri led AHL Rockford in scoring last season (75 points in 76 games) and has seven games of NHL experience under his belt.

Speaking of NHL experience, the likes of Jimmy Hayes (41 gmaes), Ben Smith (20) and Jeremy Morin (15) should also make a push for a job.

On defense, there are fewer opportunities available. Hjalmarsson, Leddy, Rozsival, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya are entrenched as the top six.

Kostka, Peckham and Sheldon Brookbank have the most NHL experience in terms of depth guys, but one to keep an eye on is 20-year-old Adam Clendening, the club’s second-round pick from 2011.

He led all Rockford d-men in scoring last year, with 46 points.

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Gaborik (abdominal surgery) healthy, ready for Columbus camp

Mike Halford

Sep 10, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Marian Gaborik is good to go.

That was the word out of Columbus on Tuesday, as GM Jarmo Kekalainen and president John Davidson said their big trade deadline acquisition was fully recovered from offseason abdominal surgery.

Gaborik, 31, underwent the procedure in early May and had an estimated recovery period of one month.

“Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery,” Davidson said at the time.

The procedure forced Gaborik to skip playing for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championships.

The decision to undergo surgery immediately following the ’13 campaign was an important one for both sides.

For Columbus, it meant Gaborik would be fully ready to start the year and embrace a full season in Ohio. Last year, he sparked the team upon his arrival, scoring eight points in 12 games as the Jackets went 9-3-0 with him in the lineup.

For Gaborik, this is a contract year. His five-year, $37.5 million deal expires at season’s end and he’ll need a stellar campaign to net anything close to the $7.5 million he’s earning annually right now.

UPDATE

The Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports Columbus and Gaborik have had no discussions about a contract extension yet, but Kekalainen did say talks will likely commence at some point this season.

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Report: Panthers offer Thomas tryout

Jason Brough

Sep 10, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

Following up on the earlier report that Tim Thomas is close to picking a team with which to sign, TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets that the Florida Panthers have offered the 39-year-old goalie a tryout.

Goaltending was a major problem last year for the Panthers, who finished with the worst record in the NHL.

As it stands, Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen (who just had knee surgery, by the way) are slated to share duties in Florida. The former, just 23 years old, is supposed to be the future in Florida; however, he still has much to prove after a so-so 2013 season in which his save percentage finished at .901.

Thomas, according to his agent, wants to be a starter on the team he joins. Would he get that opportunity with the Panthers, or are they committed to Markstrom as their number one for 2013-14?

At the very least, we know that Florida is intrigued at the possibility of adding the two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

Projected starter G Marktrom told me today that he's going into TC same as always to earn a roster spot. Good attitude. #FlaPanthers—
Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) September 10, 2013


Also, this:

With Clemmensen out for 3 weeks, Panthers offered a PTO to Jose Théodore today. Théodore rejected the offer. He's waiting for a contract.—
Renaud Lavoie (@LavoieRenaud) September 10, 2013

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Carolina Blue: Pitkanen (heel) to miss entire season

Mike Halford

Sep 11, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

The Carolina Hurricanes were dealt a major blow on Tuesday as GM Jim Rutherford announced defenseman Joni Pitkanen would miss the 2013-14 season with a broken left calcaneus (heel) bone suffered last season on an icing crash against Washington.

Pitkanen, 29, recently underwent a CT scan on the heel to see how he was recovering. The injury was extremely severe — Pitkanen reportedly broke his heel in eight different places — and was similar to the one ex-Washington forward Pat Peake suffered in 1996, one that all but ended his career.

Here’s more, from the Washington Times:

Peake played just five more games after his heel bone broke in 14 places and twisted. Pitkanen’s broke in eight places but didn’t move, Peake said. That’s considered a positive.

“Your heel bone, the best way to describe it is like an egg. So if you give it a good flick or a thump, it just kind of splinters and cracks like that,” Peake said. “And it just goes right around the whole way. That’s exactly what happened to his. It’s such an odd injury.”

Peake said it’s an injury common to construction workers who fall from two or three stories and people in car accidents who slam on the brakes. In hockey, Peake was the prime example before Pitkanen.


Pitkanen was a valuable member of the ‘Canes blueline. Prior to injury-plagued 2012-13 and 2011-12 seasons, he put up 81 points in 143 games between 2009-11, averaging close to 26 minutes per night.

What’s more, the Finnish rearguard is in the final year of his three-year, $13.5 million deal. He’s set to become a UFA at season’s end and will be facing an uphill struggle to find work, considering he’s only played sporadically over the last three seasons.

And, just to add further insult to injury, the heel break will keep Pitkanen from representing Finland at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He was one of the 16 defensemen named to the evaluation camp roster in July.

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TORONTO -- Nazem Kadri signed a two-year, $5.8 million deal, ending contract talks between the restricted free-agent center and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kadri had 18 goals and 26 assists in 48 games during the lockout-shortened 2013 season.

The 22-year-old wanted a long-term contract from the Maple Leafs. Instead, Kadri and Toronto agreed to a so-called "bridge" deal that gives him another two years to prove his value.

The Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban missed the start of last season while trying to get a longer deal, but eventually settled for two years and $5.75 million. Subban won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

Kadri's cap hit of $2.9 million will be higher than Subban's $2.875 million.

The Kadri signing leaves one major question for the Maple Leafs: the status of restricted free-agent defenseman Cody Franson, who remained unsigned as of Tuesday night. The 26-year-old Franson had four goals and 25 assists last season.

Training camp for the Leafs begins Wednesday.

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Alex Ovechkin's balancing act between the Washington Capitals and the Olympics in Russia could get a whirlwind test in a few weeks.

Russia would like to have Ovechkin carry the torch after it is lit in Greece on Sept. 29. That would be a tight fit -- because it's only two days before the Capitals open the regular season at Chicago.

"We just have to find a plane," Ovechkin said Tuesday.

Ovechkin said his agent is working with the organizers of the Sochi Games to figure out the logistics. He joked he could "take some medicine" to sleep while he flies back and forth across the Atlantic. It helps that the Capitals aren't scheduled to practice on Sept. 29, but he'll want to be back in time join his teammates on the ice the next day for their final skate before traveling to Chicago.

"It's a huge honor for me," Ovechkin said. "I'm very proud the Russian federation asked me to do that. ... It's only a once in your life opportunity to carry the torch and represent your country."

The Sochi Olympics have stoked a passion in Ovechkin -- he has said he would have played in them even if the NHL hadn't worked out a deal to interrupt the season -- but he was diplomatic about his dual goals as he reunited with his Capitals teammates ahead of Thursday's opening of training camp. He wants to win the first Olympic title for Russian players since a "Unified Team" of former Soviet republics took gold in Albertville in 1992, and he wants to win a Stanley Cup with Washington after several seasons of early-round flameouts in the playoffs.

Ovechkin said the Olympics are "huge," but he stressed that the Capitals are important as well. As far as trying to peak for both events -- Olympics in February and NHL playoffs starting in April -- he said he'll have to be smart and listen to his coaches and trainer.

There's been speculation whether Ovechkin would return to Russia for good to play for Dynamo Moscow in the Kontinental Hockey League. Countryman Ilya Kovalchuk stunned the NHL in July when he left $77 million on his New Jersey Devils contract to go to the KHL. Ovechkin would make a similar financial hit: His 13-year, $124 million contract with the Capitals runs through 2021.

"The answer is, like, I'm here, I have a contract," Ovechkin said. "It was very enjoyable to hear president of Dynamo and GM wants me to sign, and be honest with you, I love Dynamo, it's my first team and I play (there) when it was (NHL) lockout. But I have a contract. So I have to play here and I respect my teammates, I respect my fans, and all that kind of stuff. That's about it."

Ovechkin said he's recovered from the hairline fracture in his left foot, suffered when he blocked a shot in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the New York Rangers. He played in Game 7 the next night and represented Russia for one game at the world championship before the injury was diagnosed.

He's also looking forward to a full season under Capitals coach Adam Oates, who rallied the club to a playoff berth after a horrific start in a lockout-shortened campaign.

"Last year we have only like a half-season," Ovechkin said. "And you could see the success we have at the end."

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced a two-year contract extension for general manager Stan Bowman on Wednesday.

Bowman's contract will run through the 2017-18 season. The 40-year-old Bowman, who is the NHL's youngest general manager, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks and was promoted to GM on July 14, 2009. The Blackhawks have won two Stanley Cups under his direction.


"Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension," Blackhawks president and CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "From the amateur levels to our team in Chicago, Stan has a great system in place as we all strive for consistent excellence throughout the organization."

The Blackhawks won the 2009-10 Stanley Cup in Bowman's first season as general manager. Because of salary cap restraints, Bowman had to dismantle a bulk of the team the following season. After back-to-back first-round playoff exits and a number of roster moves, the Blackhawks won the 2013 Presidents' Trophy and defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to clinch their second Stanley Cup in four years.

"Hockey-wise, this is a very exciting time to be part of the Blackhawks organization," Bowman said at the University of Notre Dame on the first day of training camp on Wednesday. "We had a tremendous season last year culminating with the ultimate victory. We had a lot of time this summer to enjoy that. As John [McDonough] and I have talked and we've talked to the coaching staff, that was a great moment for our organization, but it's time to close that book and start a new one. That's sort of why we're here. This is the first chapter of the new book for the Blackhawks, and we're excited for what's to come.

"I'm not going really good at defining what dynasty is; I guess I'll leave that for you guys to do. But I think we're striving to be a team that is competing for the Cup every year. We want to sustain this level of success not just for this year or next season, but for a number of seasons. Ultimately, time will tell. Like John [McDonough] said, we're just getting started here. I don't feel any sense of contentment of where we're at. Complacency is not a word that's going to be associated with the Blackhawks."

Bowman has been responsible for drafting current Blackhawks forwards Andrew Shaw and Brandon Saad and re-signing Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Corey Crawford, Bryan Bickell, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Bowman previously announced this summer multiyear extensions for coach Joel Quenneville, Bickell, Crawford and Hjalmarsson. He also recently said he planned on Kane and Toews being Blackhawks forever.

Bowman is the son of former NHL coach Scotty Bowman, who had 1,244 career wins and has been part of 13 Stanley Cup championships. Scotty is a Blackhawks hockey operations senior adviser.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks[size= forward]David Booth[size= isn't ready to hit the ice at training camp.]

The 28-year-old veteran is still sidelined by an ankle injury he sustained last season, and general manager Mike Gillis said Wednesday that Booth hasn't been cleared to play.

Booth is one of the Canucks' highest-paid players at $4.2 million per season. He was limited to 12 games last season because of injuries after the NHL lockout ended.

The Detroit native scored just one goal -- into an empty net -- and had two assists.









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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Rangers center Derek Stepan, an unsigned restricted free agent, missed his second straight day of training camp Thursday, and a resolution to his contract situation does not appear imminent.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he has been in constant communication with Stepan's camp but that there is nothing to report.

Sather said Stepan has to understand the parameters and limitations that come with the salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement.  As of now, Sather said Stepan seems open to the team's standard two-year "bridge deal" but that the sides remain "too far apart" on dollars to make a deal.

Is Sather confident the dispute will be resolved quickly?

"I hope so," he told ESPNNewYork.com. "[He's] a good player, but you've got to be careful. You don't want to miss too much time here."
Thursday was the first day of on-ice sessions for the Rangers in training camp, providing new coach Alain Vigneault the first real glimpse of the team.

Asked about the impact of Stepan missing ice time on the Rangers' preparations, Vigneault said: "I work with the guys that are here. He's not here. That's it."

The Rangers' first preseason game is Monday against the New Jersey Devils
Good friend and teammate Ryan McDonagh said he has been speaking with Stepan (who led the Rangers in scoring with 44 points last season) and has told him to stay positive. McDonagh said he's confident the situation will be resolved and the team will embrace the 23-year-old center with "open arms."

Stepan's absence will create an opportunity for other players down the middle. Vigneault said that 21-year-old center Oscar Lindberg caught management's eye with a strong performance in the recent Traverse City prospects tournament.

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The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Cody Hodgson to a long-term multi-year contract extension, the club announced Wednesday.

The 23-year-old restricted free agent appeared in all 48 games last season, finishing second among all Sabres skaters with 15 goals and 34 points.

"We are extremely excited to have signed Cody to a long-term deal," Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. "We feel he is going to be an important piece of our organization's success in the future and look forward to watching him develop as a player."

In parts of four NHL seasons, the Toronto, Ontario native appeared in 139 games between the Sabres and Vancouver Canucks, tallying 35 goals and 42 assists.

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed veteran defenceman Ron Hainsey to a one-year, $2 million contract.

The unrestricted free agent blueliner played last season for the Winnipeg Jets.

The move came one day after the Hurricanes learned that defenceman Joni Pitkanen will be out for the season with a broken heel.

Hainsey, 32, is a veteran of 10 NHL seasons. He was a first-round pick (12th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in 2000 and appeared in 32 games for the Habs. He went on to play three seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets and five for the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets franchise.

The native of Bolton, Connecticut had 13 assists in 47 games for the Jets last season. In 591 NHL contests Hainsey has 34 goals and 192 points.

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I need Jared Cowen to be re-signed by Ottawa. He's on one of My fantasy salary cap keeper league teams.

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The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo have agreed to terms on a new seven-year, $45.5 million contract.

The deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million.

"We're excited to have Alex in the fold for the next seven years as he will continue be a key component of our franchise," said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in a statement. "He is an elite defenceman in this league and will be for years to come."

The 23-year-old played in 47 games for the Blues last season with five goals and 19 assists.

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The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent defenceman Alex Pietrangelo have agreed to terms on a new seven-year, $45.5 million contract.

The deal has an average annual value of $6.5 million.

"We're excited to have Alex in the fold for the next seven years as he will continue be a key component of our franchise," said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in a statement. "He is an elite defenceman in this league and will be for years to come."

The 23-year-old played in 47 games for the Blues last season with five goals and 19 assists.


Very good cap hit for the Blues.

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I need Jared Cowen to be re-signed by Ottawa. He's on one of My fantasy salary cap keeper league teams.


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The Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms with defenceman Jared Cowen on a four-year contract.

Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie the deal is worth $12.4 million for an average annual value of $3.1 million.

Cowen began the 2012-13 season with the Binghamton Senators, recording three assists in three games. He underwent surgery in November to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, sidelining him until April when he made his NHL season debut against the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 22-year-old Cowen played seven regular-season NHL games last season, scoring one goal. He also played in each of Ottawa's 10 playoff games against the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins, recording three assists and 21 penalty minutes.

Cowen was the Senators' first-round pick (ninth overall) in the 2009 NHL draft.

He played in all 82 games of his rookie season with the Senators in 2011-12, scoring five goals and adding 12 assists.

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Some news today:

- Edmonton signed C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a 7 year extension worth $ 42 million.

- Chicago RW Marion Hossa will miss at least the next 4 pre-season games due to reaggravating an " upper body " injury.

- Dallas announced that LW Jamie Benn is their new Captain.

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There is still time to signup for the 2013 S&W Fantasy Hockey League. Live Draft is next Sunday.

http://sportsandwrestling.mywowbb.com/forum3/31948.html

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Beautiful brawl last night at the ACC

lots of controversy as Scott jumped Phil Kessel.

Clarkson leaves bench to join - auto 10 game suspension

http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/story/?id=432562

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Beautiful brawl last night at the ACC

lots of controversy as Scott jumped Phil Kessel.

Clarkson leaves bench to join - auto 10 game suspension


Kessel has to get at least 5 games for those 2 slashes. That 2nd one was pretty bad since Scott was tied up with a couple of Leaf players.

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I actually watched some exhibition Hockey on the NHL Network yesterday. The Hawks beat Detroit 4-3. Hawks still don't have a 2nd line center.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: the squared circle wrote:
Beautiful brawl last night at the ACC

lots of controversy as Scott jumped Phil Kessel.

Clarkson leaves bench to join - auto 10 game suspension


Kessel has to get at least 5 games for those 2 slashes. That 2nd one was pretty bad since Scott was tied up with a couple of Leaf players.


Best part is Kessel fought, and BLOODIED, a Sabre player. HAHAHAHA I love it.

I don't think Kessel will be suspended, but I assume he would be fined. But what do I know?

Bernier beating up Miller was almost as good as Potvin bloodying Hextall.

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Best part is Kessel fought, and BLOODIED, a Sabre player. HAHAHAHA I love it.

The real best part was Kessel fleeing in fear from Scott. I've never seen him skate backwards that fast before. :D




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I don't think Kessel will be suspended, but I assume he would be fined. But what do I know?

If Kessel has stopped after the 1st slash he might have escaped suspension but that 2nd one is going to make him miss some games. Scott is a big POS but that 2nd slash was pretty bad - can you imagine TSN imploding right now if Scott was the one that slashed Kessel ????

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Yup I can agree on both.

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Heck of a fight between Lucic ( Bruins ) and Rechlicz ( Capitals ) last night.



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Heck of a fight between Lucic ( Bruins ) and Rechlicz ( Capitals ) last night.





I give the decision to Rechlicz.

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I give the decision to Rechlicz.

I guess that makes you our version of C.J. Ross. :D

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That was a great fight! I would say draw. They both connected with more than a couple beauties.

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the squared circle wrote: Beautiful brawl last night at the ACC

lots of controversy as Scott jumped Phil Kessel.

Clarkson leaves bench to join - auto 10 game suspension

http://www.tsn.ca/toronto/story/?id=432562


 

 


The NHL has fined Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston an undisclosed amount of money for player selection and team conduct during Sunday's game between the Sabres and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Midway through the third period, Rolston sent enforcer John Scott out for a shift immediately after a contentious fight between the Sabres' Corey Tropp and Jamie Devane of the Leafs.

Scott immediately attempted to engage Leafs' sniper Phil Kessel in a fight, which resulted in a line brawl and the Leafs' David Clarkson leaving the bench to enter the fracas.

In total, 211 penalty minutes were handed out for the various altercations.

Clarkson received a 10-game suspension for his involvement, while Kessel will have a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

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the squared circle wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: the squared circle wrote:
Beautiful brawl last night at the ACC

lots of controversy as Scott jumped Phil Kessel.

Clarkson leaves bench to join - auto 10 game suspension


Kessel has to get at least 5 games for those 2 slashes. That 2nd one was pretty bad since Scott was tied up with a couple of Leaf players.


Best part is Kessel fought, and BLOODIED, a Sabre player. HAHAHAHA I love it.

I don't think Kessel will be suspended, but I assume he would be fined. But what do I know?

Bernier beating up Miller was almost as good as Potvin bloodying Hextall.

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The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel for the rest of the pre-season (three games) following a stick-swinging incident Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Kessel was at the centre of a melee in the third period when Sabres enforcer John Scott attempted to engage the Leafs sniper in a fight.

As Kessel's teammates came to the 25-year-old's aid, the Leaf player slashed Scott and took a second swing towards the forward's shin. For his part, Kessel received both fighting and slashing penalties.

The Madison, Wisconsin native also received a match penalty for his actions, a ruling imposed for a deliberate attempt to injure a player.

Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 games on Monday for his part in the brawl for leaving the bench to participate in the altercation.

The bad blood between the two teams began just before the Kessel incident when Corey Tropp of the Sabres fought against the Leafs' much larger Jamie Devane. Sabres players were upset with what they perceived to be a late punch thrown by the Leafs forward.

It was after the ensuing face-off that Scott went after Kessel.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson is considering appealing his 10-game suspension.
Clarkson was automatically assessed the ban when he left the bench on Sunday night to participate in a brawl with the Buffalo Sabres.
Because Clarkson's suspension is more than five games, the appeal process could include an independent arbitrator.
Any appeal would first be heard by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, but if he were to uphold the suspension, Clarkson could bring the appeal to an arbitrator.
Since the ban begins in the regular season, Clarkson will play on Tuesday night when the Leafs host the Ottawa Senators at the Air Canada Centre. He is also eligible to play in the Leafs' remaining two preseason games this weekend against Detroit.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said that Clarkson will travel with the team to Montreal and Philadelphia for the Leafs' first two regular season games and will continue to practice with the club to stay “as game-ready as possible.”
Clarkson's teammate Phil Kessel will have a disciplinary hearing via telephone on Tuesday at 4:45 pm ET for his role in the brawl.
Kessel's status for Tuesday's game with the Senators will be decided following the call.

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Kessel got off pretty easy for his Paul Bunyan imitation.



from tsn.ca:

The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel for the rest of the pre-season (three games) following a slashing incident Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres.

Kessel was at the centre of a melee in the third period when Sabres enforcer John Scott attempted to engage the Leafs sniper in a fight.

As Kessel's teammates came to the 25-year-old's aid, the Leaf player slashed Scott and took a second swing towards the forward's shin. For his part, Kessel received both fighting and slashing penalties.

The Madison, Wisconsin native also received a match penalty for his actions, a ruling imposed for a deliberate attempt to injure a player.

Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended 10 games on Monday for his part in the brawl for leaving the bench to participate in the altercation.

The bad blood between the two teams began just before the Kessel incident when Corey Tropp of the Sabres fought against the Leafs' much larger Jamie Devane. Sabres players were upset with what they perceived to be a late punch thrown by the Leafs forward.

It was after the ensuing face-off that Scott went after Kessel.

Kessel is eligible to return to the lineup on October 1 when the Leafs visit the Montreal Canadiens.

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I give the decision to Rechlicz.

I guess that makes you our version of C.J. Ross. :D


I don't know who that is.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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I give the decision to Rechlicz.

I guess that makes you our version of C.J. Ross. :D


I don't know who that is.


Well that joke sure fell flat. C.J. Ross is the controversial boxing judge from the last Mayweather fight.

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Some signings today:


- the New York Rangers signed restricted Free Agent C Derek Stepan to a 2 year deal worth $ 6.15 million.


- the Toronto Maple Leafs signed restricted Free Agent D Cody Franson to a 1 year deal worth $ 2 million.

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Some signings today:


- the New York Rangers signed restricted Free Agent C Derek Stepan to a 2 year deal worth $ 6.15 million.


- the Toronto Maple Leafs signed restricted Free Agent D Cody Franson to a 1 year deal worth $ 2 million.


I see Franson leaving Toronto after this season. The Rangers need to sign Stepan to a long term deal.

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TIMMAYS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!



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Tim Thomas is officially back in the NHL.

The Stanley Cup-winning goalie signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers and will play against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the contract has a base salary of $2.5 million but an average annual value of $3.75 million because of potential bonuses for performance and games played.

The 39-year-old Thomas took last season off, then decided he was ready to return to hockey.

His signing is part of a busy week for the Panthers. The team will introduce Vincent Viola as its new owner on Friday, a person familiar withi the situation told The Associated Press.

Thomas has played in 378 NHL games, all with Boston. He's stopped 92 per cent of the shots he has faced, with a 2.48 goals-against average. He led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup.

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SUNRISE, Fla. - Vincent Viola has been introduced as the new principal owner, chairman and governor of the Florida Panthers.

Viola paid $250 million for the team and the operating rights to the BB&T Center, the team's home arena. Viola also gets the team's development partnership with Boyd Gaming, an effort to put a casino adjacent to that arena.

The team also says that Douglas Cifu has taken over as vice chairman, partner and alternate governor. Team president Michael Yormark was promoted, now getting chief executive officer as part of his title.

Viola says he and his family are honoured to take over the Panthers, and have a goal of "bringing a Stanley Cup to our incredible fans here in South Florida."



 

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The Rangers look like dog shit so far.

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The Rangers look like dog shit so far.

They will look a lot better when Stepan gets into shape.

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A couple of small moves tonight none of which will have any effect on our upcoming Draft.



- Calgary picked up C Joe Colborne from Toronto in exchange for Calgary's 2014 4th round pick. The pick could be upgraded to a 2014 3rd round pick if " certain conditions are met in the upcoming season ".


- Vancouver acquired RW Zac Delpe and C Jeremy Walsh from Carolina for RW Kellan Tochkin and Vancouver's 2014 4th round pick.

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Florida is already using Timmah to sell tickets:



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Phil Kessel's future in Toronto was secured on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old winger officially signed an eight-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The deal is believed to be worth an average annual value of $8 million and is believed to include a limited no-trade clause.

Talks are believed to have intensified this weekend between the two sides in hopes of getting an extension done before the puck drops on the 2013-14 season in Montreal Tuesday night.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie the deal is believed to include a signing bonus in its first year as well as another in a later year in the term.

The Leafs did not start intense negotiations with Kessel until they heard from the winger that he was committed to staying in Toronto long term, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Leafs general manager Dave Nonis put great importance on Kessel's commitment to the team and waited to hear that from the 25-year-old before working on the extension. The two had a one-on-one meeting last week where Kessel gave Nonis the assurances he sought.

As a result of the Kessel talks being complete, Dreger reports that negotiations to extend the contract of captain Dion Phaneuf will soon become the top priority for the Maple Leafs.

Kessel is entering the final year of a five-year deal he signed with the Maple Leafs prior to the 2009-10 worth an average annual value of $5.4 million.

He was acquired from the Boston Bruins via trade on 2009 in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks and a second-round draft pick.

In 504 career games with the Bruins and Maple Leafs, Kessel has scored 185 goals and added 194 assists. He has been the Maple Leafs' leading point-getter in every season since his arrival in Toronto and has finished in the top 10 in NHL scoring in each of the past two seasons. He was originally selected by the Bruins with the fifth overall selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

In 22 career playoff games, Kessel has scored 13 goals and eight assists.

Kessel has not missed a regular season game since the 2009-10 season, playing 48 games in the shortened 2012-13 season and a full 82 in the previous two.

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Phil Kessel's future in Toronto was secured on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old winger officially signed an eight-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The deal is believed to be worth an average annual value of $8 million and is believed to include a limited no-trade clause.


$ 8 million a year is way too much coin for a guy that has never once scored 40 goals.

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He would have easily, EASILY, gotten that if he went on the market. I'm not his biggest fan, but he is an incredibly skilled player and his passing is just as strong as his shot. He is a great playmaker.

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Exactly. Claude Giroux will start making 8.275 million next season and he's never even scored 30 goals. Plus with guys like Joe Pavelski making 6 million a year, you knew Kessel would supercede that total.

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Exactly. Claude Giroux will start making 8.275 million next season and he's never even scored 30 goals. Plus with guys like Joe Pavelski making 6 million a year, you knew Kessel would supercede that total.


Giroux is a 2 way forward while Kessel isn't.

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Principal_Raditch wrote:
Exactly. Claude Giroux will start making 8.275 million next season and he's never even scored 30 goals. Plus with guys like Joe Pavelski making 6 million a year, you knew Kessel would supercede that total.


Giroux is a 2 way forward while Kessel isn't.


I'll use an old joke here that was used in the past about Paul Coffey: He spends so little time in his own end that at the team wrap party he has to introduce himself to all the Goalies.

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It's too much money for Kessel but the way salaries are trending it's the right number.

Sad to say that in 4 years if he's still scoring at a decent clip 8 mil will seem like a bargain.

I'll probably have a stroke when Toews' and Kane's numbers come up for extensions in Chicago in a couple of years.

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Leafs 2-0 to start the season with back to back wins on the road in Mtl and Philly. Definitely playing a tougher style of hockey than I'm used to seeing from them going back a few years. Finally got to take a look at the Parros faceplant from last night on the DVR this evening....Ouch....looked worse than Austin taking Owen's piledriver.

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Principal_Raditch wrote:
Leafs 2-0 to start the season with back to back wins on the road in Mtl and Philly. Definitely playing a tougher style of hockey than I'm used to seeing from them going back a few years. Finally got to take a look at the Parros faceplant from last night on the DVR this evening....Ouch....looked worse than Austin taking Owen's piledriver.


At least George is out of the hospital and " only" has a concussion.

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Boston signed Dennis Seidenberg to a 4 year extension for $ 16 million. The deal includes a full no-trade clause. Solid signing for Boston as now they only have 3 players scheduled to be UFA's after this season - Jarome Iginla, Shawn Thornton and Chad Johnson.

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The Philadelphia Flyers have called a news conference for 11am et/8am pt amid multiple reports that the team has fired head coach Peter Laviolette and replaced him with Craig Berube.

The Flyers are off to a 0-3 start this season.

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When is Holmgren going to be fired? THATS the question. He blows up that team every two years. Made horrible decisions. Got rid of Richards and Carter and they are catalysts to win a Cup in LA. Good luck with Ray Emery and Mason as the goalies.

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When is Holmgren going to be fired? THATS the question. He blows up that team every two years. Made horrible decisions. Got rid of Richards and Carter and they are catalysts to win a Cup in LA. Good luck with Ray Emery and Mason as the goalies.

You actually need the real story on why Carter & Richards were traded. Richards & Carter has " issues" away from the rink. It was Ed Snider's decision to trade those 2, not Homers. It was also Snider who was responsible for the Bryzgalov signing, not Homer. Homer did what He was told to do from Snider. After saying all of that, Homer does need to go and Hextall will be the new GM when that finally takes place.

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F'n John Scott struck again last night delivering a hard ( and very late ) elbow to the head of Boston's Loui Eriksson. He should get at least 10 games for this head shot but who the f*ck knows what Shanahan will give him ???? I'm guessing Eriksson will miss more games than Scott does. :X









EDIT - I found the video so judge for yourself.




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It's been quite a year for suspensions thus far, and you know whatever he gets for a suspension, will be appealed.  Of course Loui is on my fantasy team.  :X

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Cory17 wrote:
It's been quite a year for suspensions thus far, and you know whatever he gets for a suspension, will be appealed.  Of course Loui is on my fantasy team.  :X


He's on 2 of my 4 Fantasy teams too but more importantly he's on my real team.

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It's been quite a year for suspensions thus far, and you know whatever he gets for a suspension, will be appealed.  Of course Loui is on my fantasy team.  :X


He's on 2 of my 4 Fantasy teams too but more importantly he's on my real team.


I say that He'll get 8 games. Bob, have U been watching on the NHL Network the " Behind the B's" show? After watching the video, Scott doesn't go after His head, but He will still get at least 5 games.

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I say that He'll get 8 games. Bob, have U been watching on the NHL Network the " Behind the B's" show?


I'm not sure if the Canadian version of the NHL Network is carrying that show. Even if it is airing I don't get that channel since they only have a SD version and I will not watch anything on TV these days unless it's HD. I do have the first 2 shows bookmarked via YouTube and I plan to watch them ASAP. I hear the one where the Seguin trade goes down is very interesting since it shows the entire Bruin management team discussing the pros and cons of the deal before it goes through.

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F'n John Scott struck again last night delivering a hard ( and very late ) elbow to the head of Boston's Loui Eriksson. He should get at least 10 games for this head shot but who the f*ck knows what Shanahan will give him ???? I'm guessing Eriksson will miss more games than Scott does. :X





Maybe retribution for Lucic on miller.



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I say that He'll get 8 games. Bob, have U been watching on the NHL Network the " Behind the B's" show?


I'm not sure if the Canadian version of the NHL Network is carrying that show. Even if it is airing I don't get that channel since they only have a SD version and I will not watch anything on TV these days unless it's HD. I do have the first 2 shows bookmarked via YouTube and I plan to watch them ASAP. I hear the one where the Seguin trade goes down is very interesting since it shows the entire Bruin management team discussing the pros and cons of the deal before it goes through.


They rip Seguin apart. They basically say that he has no work ethic and doesn't play the Bruins style of Hockey. They were also pissed when Horton's agent told Them that He wouldn't be back.

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http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/27/isles-grab-vanek-sabres-get-moulson-in-blockbuster-trade/

Isles grab Vanek, Sabres get Moulson in blockbuster trade

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Oct 27, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

The NHL has its first blockbuster trade of the 2013-14 season, as the New York Islanders sent winger Matt Moulson and two high draft picks (a 2014 first-rounder and a second-round pick in 2015) to the Buffalo Sabres for sniper Thomas Vanek.

Both forwards are on expiring contracts, so any number of possibilities bubble up – from contract extensions to each team losing them after the remainder of this campaign.

Each player is 29 years old and both have registered nine points so far in 2013-14 (Moulson’s done it in 11 while Vanek’s collected those in 13).

The two forwards specialize in scoring, particularly finding the net.

Vanek has 254 in his career, including two 40+ goal seasons and two other 30+ goal campaigns. Moulson went from an AHL/NHL tweener to John Tavares‘ partner-in-crime, tallying three 30+ goal seasons in Long Island.

It’s hard to deny that this might be something of a statement move by Islanders GM Garth Snow, as few would doubt that Moulson’s one of the league’s most unappreciated snipers. Vanek, on the other hand, was well-known for being one of the few remaining bright spots in Buffalo.

Say what you will about Sabres GM Darcy Regier’s work, but he’s now traded Vanek and Jason Pominville for huge returns the last two seasons. Those are two quality draft picks in an exchange for strong players with expiring contracts.

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Good trade for Buffalo as Vanek was certainly going to walk after this season. Now the Sabres will look to move Ryan Miller for more picks / prospects and then the tank for this season will be officially complete.

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A few more details on this trade have just come out. Buffalo will retain about 20 % of Vanek's remaining salary ( about $ 6.4 million ) for this season and the Islanders can either send their 2014 or 2015 1st round pick to Buffalo. If the Islanders get a top 10 pick in 2014 then Buffalo will automatically get the Islanders 2015 1st round pick.

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The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday traded forward Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Maxime Talbot.

Downie, 26, was selected by the Flyers in the first round (No. 29) of the 2005 NHL Draft and spent parts of two seasons with the team before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning traded him to the Avalanche during the 2011-12 season.

In 11 games this season Downie has one goal and six points. He had spent most of the season playing right wing on the Avs' most productive line, alongside center Matt Duchene and left wing Ryan O'Reilly.

He's in the final season of a two-year, $5.3 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

In seven seasons, Downie has 56 goals and 145 points in 285 games with the Flyers, Lightning and Avalanche.

Talbot, 29, has one goal and one assist in 11 games this season, and had the highest average shorthanded ice time per game among the club's forwards at 3:35.

"Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience," Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic said. "We look forward to him bringing that experience to our club."

He has two more seasons remaining on the five-year, $8.75 million contract he signed in July 2011.

A nine-year veteran, Talbot has 77 goals and 154 points in 515 games with the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday traded forward Steve Downie to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Maxime Talbot.

Downie, 26, was selected by the Flyers in the first round (No. 29) of the 2005 NHL Draft and spent parts of two seasons with the team before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning traded him to the Avalanche during the 2011-12 season.

In 11 games this season Downie has one goal and six points. He had spent most of the season playing right wing on the Avs' most productive line, alongside center Matt Duchene and left wing Ryan O'Reilly.

He's in the final season of a two-year, $5.3 million contract and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

In seven seasons, Downie has 56 goals and 145 points in 285 games with the Flyers, Lightning and Avalanche.

Talbot, 29, has one goal and one assist in 11 games this season, and had the highest average shorthanded ice time per game among the club's forwards at 3:35.

"Maxime is a veteran forward who has won a Stanley Cup and has a lot of NHL experience," Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic said. "We look forward to him bringing that experience to our club."

He has two more seasons remaining on the five-year, $8.75 million contract he signed in July 2011.

A nine-year veteran, Talbot has 77 goals and 154 points in 515 games with the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.


Awesome move. I love Downie.

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John Scott gets 7 games.


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Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott was suspended seven games by the NHL on Thursday for his hit to the head of Boston Bruins forward Loui Eriksson.

Scott was assessed a match penalty for an illegal check to the head and ejected from the game.

He was suspended indefinitely the following day and had already served three games while awaiting Thursday's in-person hearing. Eriksson was wobbly as he was helped off the ice and spent the night in hospital as a precaution.

The Bruins later announced Eriksson was diagnosed with a concussion and remains out indefinitely.

"I kind of feel really upset," said Scott the following day. "I was sick to my stomach last night knowing what happened. And watching the video, I kind of regret the whole situation."

Scott will also forfeit $26,923.05 in salary. The money will go to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Those darn sneaky Americans.


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Semyon Varlamov isn't just the starting goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche, he's also arguably the favorite to be the starting goaltender for the Russian Olympic team when the Games get under way in Sochi, Russia this February.

After developments on Wednesday night led to the arrest of Varlamov on domestic violence-related charges in Denver, it, among other things, put his and Russia's Olympic plans in some peril. It didn't take long for some in Russia to already shout sabotage.

Indeed, a lawmaker in Russia thinks this is all just a big ploy to hurt the Russians' chance at gold as RSport reports.

"I'm confident of Semyon's innocence," State Duma deputy Igor Ananskikh said. "I think it is sports and political move, as Varlamov is a candidate for the Russian national team. The main goal is to suspend him from training and games so that he loses practice and misses the Olympics," said Ananskikh, a member of Russia's most outspoken nationalist party, LDPR.

Ananskikh said the parliament's physical training and sports committee that he heads would do everything possible to follow and influence the situation, without going into any detail.


Well let's see here; USA Hockey IS based out of Colorado Springs, not all that far from Denver. Perhaps they could have put Varlamov's girlfriend up to reporting a fictitous crime to the police for the sake of the Olympic Games. Sounds reasonable enough ...

OK no, no it doesn't at all. You knew that something like this was going to come out of Russia before anything even happens beyond an arrest. I'm wondering how somebody half the world away can be sure of Varlamov's innoncence in this case.

Especially intriguing is the part where the lawmaker claims they will do what they can to influence the decision because, you know, the Olympics are more important than the legal system doing its job and determining the facts. It's a rather ridiculous reaction, yet one that's not surprising in the least.

But if Ananskikh really has figured out USA Hockey's dastardly plan and is still unable to do anything about it and influence the decision, they always have Sergei Bobrovsky.

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Daniel and Henrik Sedin avoided free agency at season's end with each signing a four-year, $28 million contract extension with the Vancouver Canucks. The brothers will each earn an average of $7 million per season.

The deal will see the 33-year-old Swedish twins remain in a Canucks uniform through the 2017-18 season and likely finish their NHL careers in Vancouver.

"Daniel and Henrik are exemplary leaders, teammates and humanitarians and we're very pleased to have them as part of our team for the long-term," said general manager Mike Gillis. "Few players in the history of this club have had more significant roles in contributing to the success of this team and to our community and we look forward to many more years with their positive influence leading the way."

The Sedins are in the final year of a five-year, $30.5 million deal they signed ahead of the 2009-10 season.

Henrik holds franchise records for most points (792), assists (610), plus/minus (+200) and consecutive games played (629). The Ornskoldsvik, SWE, native ranks second in franchise history in games played (940) and third in game-winning goals (33).

Daniel ranks second in franchise history in scoring, passing Naslund with a two-point effort April 22/13 versus the Chicago Blackhawks.

The brothers were drafted by the Canucks in the first round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Daniel getting selected second overall and Henrik going third. They spent their entire NHL careers with the Canucks, registering a combined 473 goals and 1,550 points over 12 seasons.

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Philly gets smacked around badly, 7-0.

Line brawl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0mZAk6wMSM

Ray Emery is a fucking joke. Always has been always will be.
Nice to see Philly's season already over.
You Philly backers still believe in Holmgren?? What a mess.

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Philly gets smacked around badly, 7-0.

Line brawl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0mZAk6wMSM

Ray Emery is a fucking joke. Always has been always will be.
Nice to see Philly's season already over.
You Philly backers still believe in Holmgren?? What a mess.


No one in Philly has believed in Homer. Ed Snider calls the shots still. Also, watching Emery beat the hell out of Holtby was a beautiful thing. Maybe next time Holtby or one of His teammates should fight back next time.

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As a lifelong Bruin fan I can certainly appreciate the physical part of the game but what happened tonight in Philly should be embarrassing to all of their fans. I'm not talking about the fight but rather what happened after the game was over. In a game where the home team lost 7-0 somebody was stupid enough to name Ray Emery the 3rd star. Pretty sad seeing how he allowed 4 goals on only 15 shots ( an abysmal .733 save percentage ) but I guess he got credit for winning a fight and picking up 29 penalty minutes. I can guarantee you that Holmgren won't make it to Christmas as the Flyers GM but this is still going to be a long year for Flyer fans.

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Philly gets smacked around badly, 7-0.

Line brawl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0mZAk6wMSM

Ray Emery is a fucking joke. Always has been always will be.
Nice to see Philly's season already over.
You Philly backers still believe in Holmgren?? What a mess.


No one in Philly has believed in Homer. Ed Snider calls the shots still. Also, watching Emery beat the hell out of Holtby was a beautiful thing. Maybe next time Holtby or one of His teammates should fight back next time.


I love love love fighting and old time hockey, but holtby wanted nothing to do with it and was an innocent bystander. I do agree with you though that a teammate should have jumped in, no questions asked.
That's exactly what clarkson did on the leafs when John Scott jumped kessel. It cost clarkson ten games but I am sure gained him enormous respect from his teammates

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I love physical hockey but the Flyers were a fucking embarrassment to the game last night.

Nice to see at least Vinny L may pay for trying to be a tough guy with a broken face. Stick to scoring, Vincent.

EDIT: That is the sort of incident that will add another ton of "fighting needs to be taken out of the game!" BS to every broadcast. Shit had just calmed down after the John Scott thing.

Idiots. Try winning a game or two sometime, or at least being competitive at home.

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Homer's gotta go. The flyers were an embarassment last night.

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Homer's gotta go. The flyers were an embarassment last night.

Even if he does, there's still the matter of a roster full of untalented and/or underachieving players.

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Looks like the Sabres finally got tired of Kaleta's act.



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The Buffalo Sabres say they made a "necessary" move by placing Patrick Kaleta on waivers on Saturday.

"This was a move we thought was necessary to help Pat change his game and preserve his career in this league," said Sabres general manager Darcy Regier. "We believe in Pat as a person and we hope he will continue his career in our organization and, if the circumstances are right, with the Buffalo Sabres."

The NHL handed Kaleta a 10-game suspension after his illegal check to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets' defenceman Jack Johnson in a game in Buffalo on Oct. 10. Kaleta chose not to appeal the suspension.

Kaleta has been suspended four times during his NHL career, including four games for head-butting Philadelphia Flyers' forward Jakub Voracek in 2011. He has also been fined three times.

The 27-year-old Buffalo native was drafted by the Sabres in the sixth round of the 2004 NHL Draft. He has 27 goals, 24 assists, and 506 penalty minutes through 306 NHL games with Buffalo.

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Some great news for Bruin fans today as Loui Eriksson participated in his first practice since suffering a concussion coutesy of John Scott. He wasn't wearing a yellow jersey ( non-contact jersey ) which means he might be ready to go in another week or so.

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LOL that's hilarious. Man, she was a cutie.

CH, you think Giroux has played himself off Team Canada? Or too early? As of now he has to be off, but I guess there are still around 7 weeks for him to step up.
Guess he ain't 'the greatest player in the world' anymore.

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If Giroux is on Team Canada, then its time to find a new executive team.

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CH, you think Giroux has played himself off Team Canada? Or too early? As of now he has to be off, but I guess there are still around 7 weeks for him to step up.
Guess he ain't 'the greatest player in the world' anymore.


I don't think he's played his way off the team but he sure as hell hasn't played himself on the team. Even though I don't put too much stock in what has happened so far in the NHL I do hope that Lucic has at least earned an invite to camp with his good start.

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If Giroux is on Team Canada, then its time to find a new executive team.

How many teams can Kevin Lowe f*ck up in one year ????

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If Giroux is on Team Canada, then its time to find a new executive team.

How many teams can Kevin Lowe f*ck up in one year ????

I'd like to direct you to his 6 Stanley Cups, and 2 Gold Medals.  :cool:

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If Giroux is on Team Canada, then its time to find a new executive team.

How many teams can Kevin Lowe f*ck up in one year ???


I'd like to direct you to his 6 Stanley Cups, and 2 Gold Medals.  :cool:



Ancient history my good man......ancient history. :tongue:

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If Giroux is on Team Canada, then its time to find a new executive team.

How many teams can Kevin Lowe f*ck up in one year ???


I'd like to direct you to his 6 Stanley Cups, and 2 Gold Medals.  :cool:



Ancient history my good man......ancient history. :tongue:

You better hope Peter Chiarelli doesn't hang around with Lowe leading up to the Olympics, it might cause him to turn goofy!

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You better hope Peter Chiarelli doesn't hang around with Lowe leading up to the Olympics, it might cause him to turn goofy!


I'm already blaming Lowe for the Seguin deal.

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You better hope Peter Chiarelli doesn't hang around with Lowe leading up to the Olympics, it might cause him to turn goofy!


I'm already blaming Lowe for the Seguin deal.

I've got to tell you, I am so happy the Oilers drafted Hall over Seguin.

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You better hope Peter Chiarelli doesn't hang around with Lowe leading up to the Olympics, it might cause him to turn goofy!


I'm already blaming Lowe for the Seguin deal.

I've got to tell you, I am so happy the Oilers drafted Hall over Seguin.


I still think they're pretty equal talent-wise. Hall is miles ahead when it comes to being an adult off the ice but unfortunately will probably play a lot less games then Seguin due to his style of play.

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Interesting " highlight " from Chicago last night - some fan grabs Adam Pardy's helmet right off his head and then another fan dumps her beer on Pardy.


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Falling Panthers fire head coach Kevin Dineen

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Nov 8, 2013, 10:02 AM EST

Just a couple of days ago, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon held a late-night meeting following Florida’s 4-3 overtime loss to Edmonton and decided that head coach Kevin Dineen wouldn’t be fired — yet.

One bad loss later and Dineen has been shown the door along with assistants Craig Ramsay and Gord Murphy, according to the Miami Herald and NHL.com.

“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said Tallon.

“We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential.”

Peter Horachek is coming up from the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage to serve as the interim head coach. He previously worked with the Nashville Predators as an assistant and then associate head coach. It’s worth adding that the Rampage are currently the second-worst team in the AHL Western Conference with a 4-6-1 record.

Dineen spent parts of three seasons with Florida and had a 56-62-28 record. The Panthers finished 30th in the NHL last season, but added some veterans to the mix for the 2013-14 campaign, including forwards Scott Gomez and Brad Boyes and goaltender Tim Thomas. At the same time, they have a young and still-developing core.

Following the Panthers’ 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins last night, there was a players only meeting that involved a lot of “yelling and cursing.” That underscores the frustration this team is experiencing after going seven straight games without a win.

The 3-9-4 Panthers will attempt to end that streak on Saturday against Ottawa.

    Not suggesting anything is imminent, but saying Tallon has tried mighty hard to find a trade fit over last couple of weeks

    — Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 8, 2013

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Interesting " highlight " from Chicago last night - some fan grabs Adam Pardy's helmet right off his head and then another fan dumps her beer on Pardy.




Good thing that didn't happen in Philly. It would've been national news.

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If it happened in Philly, the team would have climbed the glass and pounded the fans around that guy.

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Edmonton and Calgary just completed a 4 player trade. The interesting part is what Edmonton might be doing with the extra cap space.




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The Edmonton Oilers traded defenceman Ladislav Smid and goaltender Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames on Friday in exchange for forward Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

While the Oilers acquired a goaltender in the deal, talks between the Oilers and free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov are heating up and trading Smid has opened up some cap space.

In 17 games with the Oilers this season, Smid has one goal and one assist with a minus 6 rating.

Smid was originally drafted in the first round, ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 27-year-old Smid has three seasons remaining on his contract at $3.5 million per season.

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Edmonton and Calgary just completed a 4 player trade. The interesting part is what Edmonton might be doing with the extra cap space.




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The Edmonton Oilers traded defenceman Ladislav Smid and goaltender Olivier Roy to the Calgary Flames on Friday in exchange for forward Roman Horak and goaltender Laurent Brossoit.

While the Oilers acquired a goaltender in the deal, talks between the Oilers and free agent goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov are heating up and trading Smid has opened up some cap space.

In 17 games with the Oilers this season, Smid has one goal and one assist with a minus 6 rating.

Smid was originally drafted in the first round, ninth overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The 27-year-old Smid has three seasons remaining on his contract at $3.5 million per season.


Eberle for Simmonds & Meszaros should happen within the next week or so.

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Sorry Cory, Oilers just signed Bryzgalov!

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Sorry Cory, Oilers just signed Bryzgalov!

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Sorry Cory, Oilers just signed Bryzgalov!

He won't be any worse than Dubnyk. That kid has worn teh suck had all year so far.

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Eberle for Simmonds & Meszaros should happen within the next week or so.


If Edmonton and Philly make a trade I'm guessing it would be more like Eberle and Hemsky for Simmonds, one of the Schenn brothers ( likely Luke ) and a pick or prospect.

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Sorry Cory, Oilers just signed Bryzgalov!

At least it's only a 1 year deal. Hello there # 1 draft pick......again.



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The Edmonton Oilers have a verbal agreement in place to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov to a one-year contract, the team announced.

Bryzgalov's deal was contingent upon the completion of the Oilers' trade with the Calgary Flames that cleared defenceman Ladislav Smid's US$3.5-million cap hit off the books. It was not immediately clear what Bryzgalov's contract was worth, but a source said recent negotiations involved talks about a pro-rated US$3-million salary.

The Philadelphia Flyers bought out of the final seven years of Bryzgalov's US$51-million, nine-year contract last off-season. The 33-year-old goaltender went to training camp with the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers on a tryout but never signed a deal with that club.

Bryzgalov went 19-17-3 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .900 save percentage last season for the Flyers. The Oilers are in Philadelphia to play the Flyers on Saturday, and while Bryzgalov still lives in the area it was not clear if he would start or be in uniform.

To set up the signing, the Oilers began their shake-up by sending Smid and goaltending prospect Olivier Roy to Calgary in exchange for centre Roman Horak and goaltending prospect Laurent Brossoit.

At 4-11-2, the Oilers are in last place in the NHL's Pacific Division, so the deal does not come as a surprise.

Going into Friday's games, Edmonton was ranked last in the league with 3.82 goals-against. Goaltenders Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Richard Bachman were part of that, but there was also a belief the Oilers wanted to shore up their defence.

Instead, they traded from their blue-line by dealing Smid to the Flames. The 27-year-old had one goal and one assist in 17 games and averaged more than two minutes a night on the penalty kill.

The Oilers were not up against the cap ceiling, though it's uncertain what other moves general manager Craig MacTavish has in store. He and president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe have seen scouted the New York Rangers and Flyers recently.

Signing Bryzgalov marks a major move for the Oilers, who have a team save percentage of .879 this season. In his NHL career Bryzgalov has a .913 save percentage.

His history with the city of Edmonton dates to 2006 when he defended then-Anaheim Ducks teammate Chris Pronger for requesting to be traded from the Oilers. Bryzgalov compared it to the "North Pole."

"He may be tried to leave here because here in November months is a minus-32," Bryzgalov said in an interview with The Score. "Could you imagine? It's eight months in a year of snow."

When playing for the Phoenix Coyotes amid rumours of the team moving to Winnipeg, Bryzgalov said he wouldn't like to live there because of a lack of parks and fellow Russians.

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Don't mind the trade at all, Laurent Brossoit is a beast of a goalie prospect.  As for Bryz, who cares all 3 Oiler goalies have been the shits this year.  I'll be shocked if Eberle is dealt, but something needs to be done.  I'd rather have Eberle over Simmonds though.

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Steven Stamkos suffered what is believed to be a serious leg injury today in Boston. Aaron Ward ( TSN ) is reporting that Stamkos broke his tibia and will require surgery. Definitely bad news not only for the Lightning but also for Team Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics.



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CanadianHorseman wrote: Steven Stamkos suffered what is believed to be a serious leg injury today in Boston. Aaron Ward ( TSN ) is reporting that Stamkos broke his tibia and will require surgery. Definitely bad news not only for the Lightning but also for Team Canada in the upcoming Winter Olympics.







 

 


Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos is out indefinitely suffering a broken right leg during Monday’s game against Boston.

Lightning GM Steve Yzerman says his star centre will undergo surgery Tuesday morning to repair the injury.

“The biggest concern for me, and the rest of the Lightning, is that decisions are made in Steven’s best long-term interest, and we feel this is the appropriate course of action,” Yzerman said in a release.

 

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/steven-stamkos-taken-off-ice-on-stretcher-with-right-leg-injury/article15375807/

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The Buffalo Sabres have called a news conference for 10:30am et where the club is expected to introduce Pat LaFontaine as their new President of Hockey Operations.

The Hall of Famer played six seasons with the Sabres between 1991 and 1997 and was most recently a consultant with the New York Islanders.

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The Buffalo Sabres have called a news conference for 10:30am et where the club is expected to introduce Pat LaFontaine as their new President of Hockey Operations.

The Hall of Famer played six seasons with the Sabres between 1991 and 1997 and was most recently a consultant with the New York Islanders.


I hear Ted Nolan might be brought back as Coach.

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Big rumor coming out of Buffalo - Ron Rolston is out, to be replaced by.............
Ted Nolan !!! It's only a rumor so far, but if it's true, holy fuck.

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the rumors are true

The Buffalo Sabres have fired general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston and have hired Pat LaFontaine as their new President of Hockey Operations and Ted Nolan as their new head coach.

LaFontaine played six seasons with the Sabres between 1991 and 1997 and was most recently a consultant with the NHL and with the New York Islanders.

Nolan returns to the Sabres organization for the first time since his stint as head coach from 1995 to 1997. During the 1996-97 campaign, he led the Sabres to the Northeast Division title with a 40-30-12 record and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year.

Regier, who received a contract extension prior to last season, was in his 17th season as Sabres general manager. Under his watch, the Sabres reached the Eastern Conference final four times, most recently in 2007.

The Sabres hired Ron Rolston as their permanent head coach last spring after he served the interim position following the firing of Lindy Ruff in February.

He led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record after Ruff was fired Feb. 20 following a 6-10-1 performance. Before being selected interim coach, Rolston had coached the Rochester Americans, Buffalo's AHL affiliate, since 2011.

The Sabres finished 21-21-6 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year and fourth time in six seasons. They have a 4-15-1 record this season.

 

 

 

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How long is it before they hire Dominic Hasek to come back so he can fuck Nolan's wife again?

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have placed Patrick Eaves on waivers.

The move was made Thursday, giving other teams a day to claim the 29-year-old forward.

Detroit coach Mike Babcock says the Red Wings hope Eaves gets a chance to play regularly for another team. Babcock says there's nothing wrong with Eaves on or off the ice, adding that he does everything right.

Eaves played in just three of the Red Wings' 19 games this season. Detroit signed him to $3.6 million, three-year contract in 2011 after giving him one-year deals in 2009 and 2010.

The Red Wings also assigned forward Jordin Tootoo and defenseman Xavier Ouellet to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended three games for interference with Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday.

Kadri ran over Backstrom seven minutes into the game, and his elbow appeared to hit Backstrom in the head. Backstrom lay on the ice for about 30 seconds before sitting up. He eventually left the game with what Minnesota called an upper-body injury.

Kadri explained what happened during the first intermission of Wednesday's NHL on TSN broadcast.

"I think I just got a little too in tight," said Kadri. "I saw Lupes turn around and I actually tipped the puck and I think it hit the post and just as I was trying to get the rebound I just ran out of real estate."

Kadri also received a match penalty in the third period for hitting forward Mikael Granlund in the head.

The suspension is the first of Kadri's career.

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Chicago picks up former Blackhawk from Florida.


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Kris Versteeg is returning to the team he won a Stanley Cup with.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday night that they had acquired Versteeg and forward Philippe Lefebrvre from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes and defenceman Dylan Olsen.

"We are excited to bring Kris back to Chicago and are pleased to add a player with his experience and versatility to our lineup" said vice president and general manager Stan Bowman. "Kris is well respected within our organization and will be able to make a seamless transition to our team because of his familiarity with many of our players and with Coach Quenneville. This move strengthens our team depth and Kris' skill is a great complement to our current roster."

The Panthers will retain half of Versteeg's salary as part of the trade; about $2.2 million for the next three seasons.

Versteeg had seven points in 18 games with the Panthers this season.

Versteeg won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010 before signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs the following season.

Lefebrvre currently plays for the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.

For the Panthers, Hayes has 13 points in 43 career NHL games. Olsen has one point in 28 NHL games but has not played an NHL game since the 2011-12 season.

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This took place in Sweden but I love the ref giving it to the player:


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This took place in Sweden but I love the ref giving it to the player:




That looked staged.

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Current NHL Power Rankings




TSN ( as of November 12th )
1 - Colorado
2 - St. Louis
3 - Anaheim
4 - San Jose
5 - Chicago

Full Rankings: http://www.tsn.ca/fantasy_news/rankings/nhl/





Sportsnet ( as of November 14th )
1 - Anaheim
2 - Colorado
3 - Chicago
4 - St. Louis
5 - Boston

Full Rankings: http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/nhl-power-rankings-winnipeg-jets-up-san-jose-sharks-down/





NHL.com ( as of November 15th )
1 - Chicago
2 - St. Louis
3 - San Jose
4 - Anaheim
5 - Colrado

Full Rankings: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=691490&navid=nhl:topheads

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Holy crap - the Oilers just scored a goal on home ice. They had been shut out at home for the last 3 games and have now scored 3 goals in the last 16 periods of hockey played in Edmonton.

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Toronto and Anaheim just completed a trade. Toronto picked up C Peter Holland ( Anaheim's 1st round pick in 2009 ) and RW Brad Staubitz from the Ducks in exchange for D Jesse Blacker ( Toronto's 2nd round pick in 2009 ) and a 2014 3rd round pick ( this could become a 2014 2nd round pick if certain conditions are met ) and the return of Anaheim's 2014 7th round pick which Toronto had acquired in an earlier trade.


EDIT - Found out the conditions on the 2014 pick going to Anaheim. If Holland plays at least 25 NHL games this season Anaheim will receive Toronto's 2014 2nd round pick but if Holland plays less than 25 NHL games this season then Anaheim will receive Toronto's 2014 3rd round pick.

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Bobby Orr at last night's game versus St. Louis.


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Penguins D Martin out 4-6 weeks with broken leg
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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Paul Martin will miss 4-6 weeks after breaking his leg in an overtime loss to Boston on Monday.

The 32-year-old Martin has two goals and nine assists in 23 games and leads the Penguins in ice time, averaging more than 25 minutes. He was injured in the third period against the Bruins but remained in the game until Boston closed out a 3-2 overtime victory.

Martin's injury could affect his chances of making Team USA ahead of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Martin made the team in 2010 but did not play because of a broken arm.

Martin joins an injured list that includes forwards Beau Bennett, Tanner Glass and Chuck Kobasew and defenseman Rob Scuderi. The Penguins host Toronto on Wednesday night.

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The Detroit Red Wings signed defenceman Jonathan Ericsson to a six-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.





The Detroit Red Wings signed defenceman Jonathan Ericsson to a $25.5 million, six-year contract Wednesday to keep him off the market in July.

"He would’ve been tough to lose in free agency," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "This was a big priority because in a two-year period, we lost Nick Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski and Brad Stuart. We couldn’t afford to lose Big E, too."

Detroit drafted Ericsson with the last pick in the 2002 NHL draft, 291st overall, and he has played in 292 games since making his debut in the league during the 2007-08 season. He averaged 20-plus minutes a game last season for the first time in his career, which previously included sitting and watching defencemen such as Lidstrom, Rafalski and Stuart play a lot more.

"He had a tremendous opportunity last year as one of our top defencemen for the first time and he took full advantage of it," Holland said. "When we played Chicago and Anaheim in the playoffs, he played against their best offensive players. Big E is a big guy who is really mobile and has developed into a player we count on in a lot of situations."

The 29-year-old Ericsson has 14 goals, 62 points and a plus-14 rating entering Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Bruins over at least parts of seven NHL seasons. The Swede has five goals and 16 points in 64 post-season games. He had 13 points — two shy of his career high — in 45 games last season during the lockout-shortened slate. Ericsson is in the third and final season of a three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2011.

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PITTSBURGH -- The injured list keeps growing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Forward Beau Bennett will miss 8-to-10 weeks after undergoing wrist surgery on Monday. Bennett was hurt during Friday's victory over the New York Islanders. This is Bennett's second trip to the injured list this season. He previously missed 11 games because of a lower body injury.

The Penguins will also be without forward Tanner Glass for 3-to-4 weeks after Glass broke his hand in a loss to Montreal on Saturday.

Defenceman Paul Martin will sit out Wednesday's game against Toronto due to a lower-body injury.

The Penguins called up Andrew Ebbett from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL on Tuesday. Ebbett had six goals and nine assists in 18 games there.



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Carolina forward Kevin Westgarth has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Ottawa defenceman Mark Borowiecki in the first period on Sunday's game between the Hurricanes and Senators.

Westgarth received a minor penalty for boarding.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Westgarth will forfeit $7,435.90. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is expected to miss 2-3 weeks with a foot contusion.

Parise suffered the injury blocking a shot from Alex Steen in the first period of Monday's loss to the St. Louis Blues.

Wednesday's matchup against the Phoenix Coyotes will be the first game Parise will miss since signing with the Wild before last season.

Parise leads the Wild in scoring this season with 22 points in 25 games.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have claimed forward Matt D'Agostini a day after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

D'Agostini is on his fourth NHL team since 2010. He had an assist and four penalty minutes in eight games with Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the Penguins in July.

He was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 draft by Montreal, and spent two seasons with the Canadiens. D'Agostini has also played with the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils.

The Sabres acquired D'Agostini on a day they're set to host the Canadiens. Buffalo (5-19-1) has lost four straight and has the NHL's worst record.

To make room on their roster, the Sabres placed right wing Corey Tropp on waivers for assignment to AHL Rochester. Tropp had an assist in nine games with Buffalo.

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Has Rick DiPietro reached the end of the line with his NHL career?

DiPietro's attempt at making a comeback did not last long, as the beleaguered goaltender was released from his professional tryout contract with the Carolina Hurricanes' minor league team Tuesday.

According to the Charlotte Checkers' website, it was DiPietro who asked to be released from the contract, not the other way around. DiPietro reportedly called Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford to thank him for the opportunity but that did not feel he was in position to make his way up the depth chart.

DiPietro was waived last season by the New York Islanders, who subsequently bought out the remaining eight years on his 15-year, $67.5 million contract. DiPietro joined the Hurricanes organization last month after Cam Ward and Anton Khudobin went down with injuries.

The 32-year-old DiPietro, the top pick in the 2000 draft whose career has been hampered by injuries including multiple hip and knee surgeries, did not play well in his short time with the Checkers. DiPietro went 0-4-0 with a 5.18 goals-against average and .846 save percentage.

It was not immediately clear what DiPietro planned to do next or whether he has opportunities available to him elsewhere.

Both DiPietro and his agent, Ian Pulver, did not immediately return messages.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without the services of forward Joffrey Lupul for about two weeks.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle confirmed on Wednesday that the forward's grade-two groin strain will sideline the former All-Star for a fortnight.

Lupul was injured during Monday's 6-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. He appeared to hurt himself in the second period, jostling for position in the corner with Jackets defenceman Ryan Murray.

He left the game and did not return.

In 22 games this season, the 30-year-old has eight goals and seven assists.

He had previously missed two games in late October with a bruised foot.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Derek MacKenzie on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 22 because of a strained back.

The club also announced on Thursday it had claimed forward Corey Tropp off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres.

MacKenzie is eligible to return Saturday. He has two goals and an assist in 22 games this season, giving him 24 goals and 32 assists in 258 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers and Blue Jackets.

The 24-year-old Tropp has three goals and six assists in 43 career NHL games, including one assist in nine games this season, with the Sabres.

A third-round pick by Buffalo in the 2007 draft, he missed most of the 2012-13 campaign due to a knee injury.







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CALGARY, Alberta -- Flames rookie forward Sean Monahan will miss at least the next two games with a hairline fracture in his foot, and defenseman Dennis Wideman is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks with a broken hand.

Both players were placed on injured reserve.

The Flames said Monahan's status is week to week. The team also announced Thursday that Wideman broke his left hand in Wednesday night's 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. He will undergo surgery to have a pin placed in the hand, according to general manager Jay Feaster.

Calgary (8-12-4) plays at Anaheim on Friday and Los Angeles on Sunday.

With nine goals and six assists, the 19-year-old Monahan ranks second in scoring among NHL rookies behind Tomas Hertl of the San Jose Sharks. Monahan also is second on the Flames in points.

He took a shot off his foot in practice Nov. 21 but played in Calgary's next two games. Monahan scored his ninth goal of the season against the Blackhawks, but his foot continued to be painful. A scan Thursday confirmed the fracture.

"He will be re-evaluated at the beginning of next week, and we'll have a better idea exactly what the time frame will be," Feaster told reporters Thursday.

"It's certainly not good news when these things happen. To lose a guy like Wideman, that's a tough blow for the team. Obviously with Monny, the way Monny's been playing, it's a tough guy to take out of your lineup."

The Flames have been hit hard by injuries this season. Top defenseman Mark Giordano hasn't played since he broke his ankle during a game Oct. 21. He has started skating again, and Feaster is hopeful the captain will be ready to play next week.

Curtis Glencross is out two to three weeks with a knee injury, and fellow forward T.J. Galiardi is day to day with back spasms.

"We've lost some significant players for a significant period of time," Feaster said. "It's important they don't become an excuse. They're not a crutch, no pun intended, to lean on.

"You try and find a way to soldier on. We have to find ways to win games with the guys we do have."

The Flames have called up forward Max Reinhart and center Paul Byron from Abbotsford of the American Hockey League.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have claimed forward Matt D'Agostini a day after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

D'Agostini is on his fourth NHL team since 2010. He had an assist and four penalty minutes in eight games with Pittsburgh after signing a one-year deal with the Penguins in July.

He was selected in the sixth round of the 2005 draft by Montreal, and spent two seasons with the Canadiens. D'Agostini has also played with the St. Louis Blues and New Jersey Devils.

The Sabres acquired D'Agostini on a day they're set to host the Canadiens. Buffalo (5-19-1) has lost four straight and has the NHL's worst record.

To make room on their roster, the Sabres placed right wing Corey Tropp on waivers for assignment to AHL Rochester. Tropp had an assist in nine games with Buffalo.



He was the most unremarkable player I've seen in a long time. It says something when a team wracked with injury lets someone go on waivers,

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have claimed forward Matt D'Agostini a day after he was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.


He was the most unremarkable player I've seen in a long time. It says something when a team wracked with injury lets someone go on waivers,


He had one fairly good season in St. Louis ( 21 goals and 46 points in 2010-11 ) but those numbers represent almost 50 % of his career totals.

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DALLAS -- The Dallas Stars have placed defenseman Stephane Robidas on injured reserve with a broken right leg and recalled Jamie Oleksiak from their AHL affiliate.

The team said Saturday that the 36-year-old Robidas is expected to miss four to six months, jeopardizing his return this season. He was injured when he slid hard into the boards in the second period of a 2-1 shootout loss to Chicago on Friday.

Robidas ranks fourth among Dallas defensemen in games (704), assists (165) and points (211). The Stars signed him as a free agent in 2005. He has five points in 24 games this season.

Oleksiak leads all Texas Stars defensemen with three goals in 22 games. The 20-year-old made his debut for Dallas last season.

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DETROIT -- Doug Weight recalled his father putting him on skates at the age of 2 because he could barely walk due to a childhood condition that relegated him to wearing braces on his legs.

"He started putting me on the ice to strengthen them at the suggestion from a doctor," he said.

Weight said it wasn't a pretty sight at the rink in St. Clair Shores, Mich.

"I looked like Forrest Gump," he joked.

Four decades later, Weight was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Stanley Cup champion, three-time Olympian and four-time NHL All-Star was inducted Monday night at the Motor City Casino -- in the city where he grew up.

"It's ironic," the Detroiter said. "Pretty special."

Weight was honored along with former teammate Bill Guerin, a two-time Stanley Cup champion, three-time Olympian and four-time All-Star.

"It's very special, three different NHL teams and nine teams in all," Weight said about the number of times he teamed up with Guerin. "It's a pretty incredible run together.

"It's icing on the cake to go in with Billy."

Weight's and Guerin's wives and children have become friends over the years, going on vacations together and sharing holidays as families.

"It couldn't have worked out any better," Guerin said.

Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, former college coach Ron Mason and Cindy Curley, one of the pioneers in women's hockey, also were inducted.

USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen was given the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S. at the event.

Weight and Guerin began their friendship before they were in the NHL and grew closer while playing together for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders. They also teamed up to play for their country on more than once occasion, including the 2002 Winter Olympics, in which they helped the Americans take the silver medal.

Weight, who won a Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes, had 278 career goals and 1,033 points from the 1991-92 season through the 2010-11 season. He is an assistant coach for the New York Islanders.

Guerin hoisted Cups in 1995 with the New Jersey Devils and in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The native of Massachusetts had 429 goals and 856 points in his career, which started the same season as Weight's and ended one year earlier. Guerin is a player development coach for the Penguins.

Karmanos fell in love with hockey when his children began playing the sport but laments that a lot of kids can't afford to play the game. He said ice time cost about $40 an hour when his children were growing up and now costs $300 for the same period of time. Sticks and skates, he said, also are much more expensive.

"One of the things that holds us back as a sport is it costs too much," Karmanos said. "We're pricing a lot of people out of the game."

Mason led Michigan State and Lake Superior State to national titles in addition to coaching at Bowling Green. He also was an athletic director for the Spartans.

"This isn't something you dream about," he said. "If you've put a lot of years in, like I did, as a player and a coach and of course AD, it's nice to be rewarded at the end of it."

Curley had a record 23 points in the International Ice Hockey Federation's first world championship for women in 1990.

"The women's game is way behind the men's game, and it hasn't been around as long," she said. "We are all, as women, patient for the opportunities that the guys have had. The fact that the Hall is considering women is exciting to me. I know there's so many great players that deserve to be in here that will be. I'm just honored that they considered me."

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The Vancouver Canucks will be without Alex Burrows for the long term, as the forward suffered a broken jaw during the team's 3-2 win over Carolina on Sunday.

Burrows suffered the injury after getting hit in the jaw with a puck on a clearing attempt by teammate Chris Tanev.

Burrows played out the rest of the game and even did post-game interviews in the dressing room after the final horn.

According to Bob Marjanovich of Vancouver's TEAM 1040, Burrows requires surgery and is out of the lineup indefinitely. In 17 games this season, Burrows - who has also missed 12 games this season with a bruised foot - has three assists.



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The New York Rangers have called a news conference for Wednesday to announce that the club has signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a contract extension.

Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger that it's a seven-year deal worth $8.5 million a season.

Lundqvist, 31, is 8-11 this season with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

The Swedish netminder in the final season of his six-year, $41.25 million contract and was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

In 531 career NHL games - all with the Rangers - he has a 284-182-57 record with a 2.26 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. His best campaign to date was during the 2011-12 season, when he posted a 39-18-5 record with a 1.97 goals-against average and .930 save percentage and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender.

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DETROIT -- Henrik Zetterberg will miss at least two weeks with a back injury, leaving the Detroit Red Wings without their top two scorers for the time being.

Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion.

Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. The Red Wings hope to know more about Datsyuk's status Wednesday. He was to be reevaluated Tuesday, but there's no timetable for his return.

The Red Wings host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

Detroit recalled centre Cory Emmerton from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday.



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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve with a groin strain that will sideline him for four to five weeks.

The Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie last season was injured during the third period of Tuesday night's 1-0 home victory over Tampa Bay. He was hurt while making a spectacular glove save on a breakaway by J.T. Brown. After making the catch, Bobrovsky fell to the ice with his legs spread, his left leg jammed into the goal post. He had to be helped off the ice.

Curtis McElhinney will take over in net for the Blue Jackets. The club called up Mike McKenna from their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse, Mass., earlier Wednesday. To make room for McKenna, the Blue Jackets sent down forward Michael Chaput, who had an assist and two penalty minutes in 17 games this season for the team.

The 25-year-old Bobrovsky is 10-11-2 with a 2.72 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and one shutout in 23 games this season.

In 2012-13, he became the first Blue Jacket to win the Vezina after posting a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 games. He has appeared in 144 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers and is 73-45-18 with a 2.53 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

McKenna has appeared in 17 career NHL games with Tampa Bay and New Jersey, with a record of 4-9-1 to go along with a 3.49 goals against average and .887 save-percentage.

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TORONTO -- Given the injuries that have plagued the Toronto Maple Leafs, Nazem Kadri is just glad it's not a lockout-shortened season.

Kadri's back from a one-game absence to attend his grandfather's funeral, but when the Leafs take the ice Thursday night against the Dallas Stars, they will be without centre Tyler Bozak and enforcer Colton Orr.

Bozak will be out "an extended period of time" with an oblique strain, coach Randy Carlyle said. Bozak, who was placed on injured reserve, suffered the injury in Tuesday night's loss to the San Jose Sharks.

Orr had a "procedure" on a bursa sac in his elbow, according to Carlyle.

Star winger Phil Kessel will play despite leaving practice Wednesday with an undisclosed injury, Carlyle said. Kessel hasn't missed a game the past three-plus seasons, and Kadri called him the team's "iron man."

"That's a tribute to the player," Carlyle added. "He finds ways to get through the game and get through practice and get himself ready for the rigours of playing an NHL season. Those are things that we'd like (from) every player on our team."

But the Leafs don't have that. With Bozak and Orr out, the Leafs recalled [url=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/teams/players/?name=jerry+d'amigo]Jerry D'Amigo[/url] from the Toronto Marlies of the AHL, and Carlyle called the winger an "option" to play against Dallas.

"They need a spark, and hopefully I can be that spark," D'Amigo said.

Whether Amigo plays or not, Leafs will again have several holes in their lineup. Winger Joffrey Lupul is out with a groin injury, while centre Dave Bolland still hasn't resumed skating after suffering a severed tendon in his ankle in late October.

"One of the adjustments to make when guys go down, you kind of change your game plan up a little bit," Kadri said.

Carlyle chafed Thursday morning at continued discussion of injured players. His focus is on the players available to him.

"The way we have to shift it is, the focus has to go on the players that are playing, not the players that aren't playing," Carlyle said. "We can't change that. That's our job and that's our mandate for our coaching staff is to focus on the things that we have control over, and that's what we have control over."

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VANCOUVER - Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury.

Assistant coach Glen Gulutzan said Thursday that Edler, who played Tuesday in Nashville, is out indefinitely.

Andrew Alberts, who has been used sparingly this season, will replace Edler on Friday night at home against Nashville.

Edler has produced three goals and six assists this season while averaging 23:26 of ice time in 27 games. Coach John Tortorella has criticized him for inconsistent play recently.



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DALLAS -- Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford is out for three weeks, coach Joel Quenneville said after Tuesday's morning skate as the team prepared for its game against the Dallas Stars.

Antti Raanta is expected to start Tuesday night for Crawford, who is out with a groin injury suffered in a 6-2 victory against Florida on Sunday.

Quenneville downplayed the seriousness of the injury to Crawford, who didn't make the trip to Dallas.

"After three weeks, it's serious," Quenneville said.

Still, it's a big blow to the Blackhawks, who have 21 wins and are again playing the best hockey in the league. Raanta, who made 29 saves in relief of Crawford on Sunday, is 3-0-1 with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

The Blackhawks are also without backup goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, who has been sidelined since Nov. 17 with a leg injury.

That puts Chicago down to their No. 3 and 4 goaltenders as the Blackhawks start a tough stretch of five games in in eight days, including two back-to-back situations that could call upon Quenneville to go to Kent Simpson, who has been recalled from Rockford.

The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks, who lead the NHL with 47 points, won't change the way they play with their new goaltending tandem, Quenneville said.

"No, we don't want to change how we're playing," Quenneville said. "We want to make sure we're consistent in how we play in front of them. Certainly we would love to play in the other team's end as much as possible but going into the game we want to make sure it's how we play that's important regardless of what they're doing. We don't want to change."

Raanta is trying to get used to his teammates, including his defensemen and now he has to carry the load as the man for the Blackhawks.

"Now it's up to me with what is happening," Raanta said. "I'm just going to try to do my best. It's pretty weird to think one month ago I was in Rockford and I'm here everybody is putting in the net and that's pretty nice to think."

Simpson put in extra work during the Blackhawks' morning skate on Tuesday morning. He is 6-7 with a 3.38 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage with Rockford this season.

Simpson had a strong training camp, and he said it's something he will rely on.

"This is what you work all summer and your whole life to get this opportunity," Simpson said. "I get to show I can play at this level and show this is where you want to be and where you belong."

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NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf has been suspended two games for his hit from behind on Kevan Miller of the Boston Bruins.

Phaneuf will not play against Los Angeles on Wednesday and at St. Louis on Thursday. He loses more than $66,000 in salary.

Phanuef hit Miller during Toronto's loss to Boston on Sunday night at Air Canada Centre when Miller's back was turned. No boarding penalty was called. Miller left the game, but Bruins coach Claude Julien said he wasn't worried about the defenseman's condition.

Phaneuf had a phone hearing Tuesday with NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan.

The suspension is the Leafs' fourth this season. The others were to David Clarkson, Nazem Kadri and Carter Ashton.

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NEW YORK – New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault confirmed what many feared when Marc Staal left Saturday night's game against the New Jersey Devils after a hard hit in the third period.

Staal has been diagnosed with a concussion and will miss his second straight game when the Rangers host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Vigneault did say, however, that Staal's most recent head injury is not believed to be nearly as severe as the one he sustained at the end of the 2010-11 season, the lingering effects of which caused Staal to miss the team's first 36 games in the 2011-12 season.

"They don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past," Vigneault said. "He's feeling better and we'll take it day by day."

Vigneault added that Staal is unlikely to visit the team's preferred Michigan-based specialist, Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, at this time.

"He doesn't feel the need to see him at this point," Vigneault said.

Staal sustained the concussion during the third period of the team's 4-3 overtime loss to the Devils after a crushing hit to the jaw from New Jersey's Reid Boucher.

He left the game and spiked his helmet in frustration as he headed down the tunnel toward the trainer's room. The initial prognosis does not sound dire, and it will be a relief for both Staal and the 15-15-1 Rangers if he can avoid missing extended time.

In addition to the 36 games he missed in 2011-12, Staal was out for more than half of the lockout-shortened 2013 season with an eye injury sustained after taking a puck to the face in March.

Michael Del Zotto will remain in the lineup to round out the defensive corps in Staal's absence, though Vigneault indicated he may shake up the pairings to spark his middling club.

In a blatant indictment of his team's lackluster competition level, Vigneault lauded the Detroit Red Wings as a team with collective toughness despite a lack of signature physicality.

"They play hard," he said. "They have the puck and they say, 'Try and get it from me,' or they don't have it and they battle like hell to get it back. They compete. That's the team toughness that I am hoping we will get here. Maybe we get there by changing the personnel, adding a little bit more toughness."

"We're .500," Vigneault said during Tuesday's pregame briefing. "I'm trying."

The Rangers recalled rugged veteran Arron Asham on Monday and will also return winger Derek Dorsett (wrist) to the lineup Tuesday.

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal has been suspended five games for kneeing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand in the head during the Bruins' 3-2 win Saturday at TD Garden.

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's senior vice president of player safety, announced the suspension Monday afternoon.

At 11:06 of the first period, Marchand lay on the ice in front of the Bruins' bench when Neal skated by and his knee made contact with Marchand's head. Marchand was shaken up on the play and tended to by a team trainer before going to the locker room.

Neal was given a two-minute minor for kneeing. Marchand returned to the bench a few minutes later and remained in the game.

"With a clear view of Marchand, and plenty of time to avoid him, Neal skated directly through Marchand's head with his left knee," Shanahan said in his video discussing the suspension.

"While looking down directly at Marchand, Neal turns his skates and extends his left leg, ensuring contact is made with Marchand's head," Shanahan said. "While Neal does not kick or violently thrust his leg toward Marchand, it's our belief after reviewing this incident that this is more serious than simply not avoiding contact with the fallen player."

Boston coach Claude Julien said the Bruins, who play the Flames in Calgary on Tuesday, are moving ahead.

"No comments, really," Julien told reporters in Calgary. "The league took care of it and that's where it ends. We've got to move on here. I know [Shawn] Thornton will be next on the list for our team for what happened on Saturday night, so we'll wait and see what happens there.

"You've got to move on from those things. Move on doesn't mean you forget what happened. We all have to get better about it and try to minimize those situations." Thornton will have an in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL for punching Brooks Orpik, who was put on injured reserve Monday with a concussion.

Shanahan also said the league could not ignore the fact Neal has been fined once and suspended twice in the past, even though he's not considered a repeat offender under the CBA. Neal will forfeit $128,205.15 in salary. The money goes to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

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Losing Crawford for 3 weeks or more is a tough one for the Hawks. Raanta scares me with his net wandering.

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clawmaster wrote: Losing Crawford for 3 weeks or more is a tough one for the Hawks. Raanta scares me with his net wandering.

6-1 Hawks after 2. Defense has stepped up big time to protect Raanta.

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Hawks beat Dallas 6-2.

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NEW YORK -- New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan will be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a sprained left knee sustained Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Callahan, tied for second on the Rangers with seven goals, was injured midway through the first period and didn't return to the game.

He was checked by Predators defenceman Victor Bartley, who swung around and kicked Callahan's left leg into the boards.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after the game that the injury was a second-degree sprain and provided the estimated recovery time.

Callahan was in pain on the bench and then went toward the dressing room 10:54 into the period. He played four shifts and totalled just 3:28 of ice time. He wasn't on the ice for either of Nashville's two first-period goals.

In 24 games, Callahan also has 13 points for the offensively challenged Rangers. He sat out the season opener following shoulder surgery and missed seven games between Oct. 19 and Nov. 2 because of a broken thumb.

Callahan, signed through this season, can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer.

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The Winnipeg Jets didn't get any good news on the injury front on Wednesday.

Evander Kane, who has missed four games with an lower body injury, will not be back for at least the next few games.

Defenceman Zach Bogosian remains on injured reserve with a groin strain and is likely out for the next two weeks.

Fellow blueliner Paul Postma has begun to do some light skating but remains out with a blood clot in his leg. He will be reassessed in a month.

Forward Jim Slater, who underwent sports hernia surgery, is expected to be out longer than Postma.

The Jets return to action on Thursday at home against the Colorado Avalanche. (TSN Jets, 6:30pm ct/7:30pm et)

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NEW YORK -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen was suspended for two games by the NHL on Wednesday for a hit to the head against Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons.

Cowen struck Girgensons late in the third period of Ottawa's shootout loss game in Buffalo on Tuesday night. No penalty was called on the play.

Girgensons scored the shootout winner.

The suspension will cost Cowen $31,795.

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was injured a knee in practice Wednesday.

That led to the Red Wings recalling Petr Mrazek from the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins and putting forward Henrik Zetterberg on long-term injured reserve.

The Red Wings have ruled Howard out for Thursday night's game at Tampa Bay and plan to reevaluate him Friday in Detroit.

Zetterberg hasn't played since Dec. 1 because of a back injury and is eligible to return Dec. 28 against Florida.

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Feaster will be gone by the new year.

You sir - are correct.


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The Calgary Flames shook up their front office Thursday after a disappointing start to the season, firing general manager Jay Feaster and assistant general manager John Weisbrod.

The Flames have just 26 points this season, good for 13th place in the 14-team Western Conference.

Brian Burke, the team's president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager. He said the search for Feaster's replacement is underway.

Sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger the Dallas Stars have granted Calgary permission to speak with former Flames player and Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk.

Burke felt the moves needed to be made to get the franchise back on track as it tries to pursue a championship.

"I wouldn't have come here if that wasn't the ultimate goal," he said. "I have to look at the steps that have been taken and figure out what's the best way for us to get on that path.

"And I reached the conclusion that we needed to make this change."

Burke added that one of the priorities for the Flames is to get tougher and more "truculent."

"We want black-and-blue hockey here, that's what we do in Alberta," Burke said. "We've got to be big and more truculent -- I know you're all waiting for the word, there it is. I want a little more hostility out there than what I'm seeing right now."

Burke said it was tough to fire Feaster, who he called a friend. But he said potentially unpopular decisions come with the job.

"I'm not kissing babies up here," he said. "I'm not running for office. This is about winning hockey games. And I have to take the steps that I think are going to lead us to win the most hockey games we can win."

Calgary took an 11-15-4 record into Thursday night's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Burke, who was hired by the Flames in early September, said one of the reasons for the shakeup is because he believes the Flames are giving up points in games they should win.

"I'm frustrated like all of our fans are with our inability to hold leads," Burke said. "I love how this team works, I love how the coaches are playing the kids ... I'm just frustrated that we seem to routinely turn third-period leads into losses."

Calgary did not make the playoffs in the two full seasons Feaster served as GM. He took over in an acting role midway through the 2010-11 season, and Calgary did not qualify that year either.

Previously, Feaster served as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, who he guided to a Stanley Cup win in 2004.

Burke has had a long career as a hockey executive. He has previously served as GM of the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hartford Whalers and Anaheim Ducks, who won the Stanley Cup under his watch in 2007.

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Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was given a 15-game suspension by the NHL for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a Dec. 7 game at TD Garden, TSN reported Saturday.Because Thornton was assessed a match penalty for the incident, he by rule has missed the Bruins' past three games while he awaited Friday's in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL in New York. The suspension is the first of Thornton's career.
Thornton had originally attempted to get Orpik to drop the gloves after his hit on Loui Eriksson resulted in a concussion, but Orpik would not oblige. During a stoppage in play at 11:06 of the first period, Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice in the head. Orpik suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital. Orpik was released shortly after and cleared to return with the team to Pittsburgh, but he says he does not remember anything from the game.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Orpik was on the ice Friday for light exercise but is still suffering from concussion symptoms. He is currently on injured reserve.
In his postgame comments following the incident, Thornton expressed regret for his actions and said he "felt sick" about what he did.
"It's hard for me to talk about right now. I can't say I'm sorry enough," Thornton said. "I'm sure I'll be criticized, but it's true. I felt awful. It wasn't my intention. I know Brooksie. I've gotten to know him the last seven years here. I skated with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. It's not what I wanted to see or anyone to see."

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EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers traded goalie Jason LaBarbera to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday for future considerations.
LaBarbera will be assigned to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.
The 33-year-old veteran has appeared in seven games this season with Edmonton, posting a 1-3-0 record with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .870 save percentage.
He has also earned a 0-1-1 record with a 1.93 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in two appearances with the Oklahoma City Barons of the AHL.
LaBarbera has played in 182 NHL games with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton. He has a career 60-73-19 record with six shutouts, a 2.86 GAA and a .907 save percentage.
The Burnaby, B.C., native was originally selected by the Rangers in the third round, 66th overall, of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have added goaltender Jeremy Smith to the roster on emergency recall from their Springfield, Mass., affiliate in the American Hockey League.
The club also announced that goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who left Thursday's 4-2 win at the New York Rangers after the first period, is day-to-day due to a lower body injury and defenceman James Wisniewski has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Dec. 6. Wisniewski sustained an upper body injury on that date during a 4-0 home win over Minnesota.
Smith will serve as a backup to Mike McKenna, filling in for McElhinney, who was subbing for last year's Vezina Trophy-winning goalie, Sergei Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky will be out another month with a groin injury.

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TORONTO -- Veteran forward Jamal Mayers announced his retirement from the National Hockey League on Friday, ending a career that spanned 14 seasons.
The 39-year-old Toronto native played for five different NHL teams and had 90 goals, 119 assists and 1,200 penalty minutes in 915 career regular-season games.
"It really has been an amazing experience to have had the chance to play 14 seasons in the NHL and finish it all off last season as a part of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup," Mayers said in a release issued by the NHL Players' Association.
Mayers broke into the NHL in the 1996-97 season with St. Louis and played parts of 10 seasons with the Blues. He also played for Toronto, Calgary and San Jose before capping his career with two seasons in Chicago.
The six-foot-one, 222-pound right-winger had 13 points (5-8) and 32 penalty minutes in 63 career playoff games. He played at the IIHF world hockey championship on three occasions and helped Canada win gold in 2007 and silver in 2008.

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Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton was given a 15-game suspension by the NHL for attacking Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik during a Dec. 7 game at TD Garden, TSN reported Saturday.Because Thornton was assessed a match penalty for the incident, he by rule has missed the Bruins' past three games while he awaited Friday's in-person disciplinary hearing with the NHL in New York. The suspension is the first of Thornton's career.
Thornton had originally attempted to get Orpik to drop the gloves after his hit on Loui Eriksson resulted in a concussion, but Orpik would not oblige. During a stoppage in play at 11:06 of the first period, Thornton grabbed Orpik from behind, slew-footing him to the ice and punching him twice in the head. Orpik suffered a concussion and was taken off the ice on a stretcher and transported to the hospital. Orpik was released shortly after and cleared to return with the team to Pittsburgh, but he says he does not remember anything from the game.
Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said Orpik was on the ice Friday for light exercise but is still suffering from concussion symptoms. He is currently on injured reserve.
In his postgame comments following the incident, Thornton expressed regret for his actions and said he "felt sick" about what he did.
"It's hard for me to talk about right now. I can't say I'm sorry enough," Thornton said. "I'm sure I'll be criticized, but it's true. I felt awful. It wasn't my intention. I know Brooksie. I've gotten to know him the last seven years here. I skated with him during the lockout. I texted him a couple of times. It's not what I wanted to see or anyone to see."


He shouldn't have received more then 12 games.

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NEW YORK -- Toronto Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Saturday for an illegal check to St. Louis forward Vladimir Sobotka's head.
Clarkson was assessed a minor penalty Thursday night in Toronto's' loss in St. Louis.
Clarkson, a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, will forfeit $128,049.


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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Jets forward Anthony Peluso has been suspended for three games for boarding Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski in Winnipeg's 6-4 loss to Dallas on Saturday night.
Peluso was assessed a major penalty for boarding and a game misconduct on the play in the second period.
Peluso will forfeit $8,653.86 during the ban, which was announced Sunday.

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*Waits for the obligatory "suspend Tom Wilson forever!" fro FF2001*

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins placed defenseman Kris Letang on injured reserve Monday with an upper-body injury. Coach Dan Bylsma said Letang could return after Christmas.

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin is day to day with a left leg injury. The NHL's third-leading scorer left Saturday's game after sliding hard into the end boards while trying to thwart a Detroit rush. Malkin did not play Monday night as the Penguins hosted Toronto and won 3-1.

Letang joins a crowded injured list that includes defenseman Brooks Orpik (concussion), Rob Scuderi (ankle) and Paul Martin (lower body).

The Penguins recalled defenseman Philip Samuelsson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League on Monday. Samuelsson is the son of longtime NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson. Pittsburgh also recalled forward Harry Zolnierczyk from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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*Waits for the obligatory "suspend Tom Wilson forever!" fro FF2001*

I don't think that there should be a suspension. I believe in tough, clean hockey, not the hockey that's currently being played by most of the Penguins.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Cory17 wrote:

*Waits for the obligatory "suspend Tom Wilson forever!" fro FF2001*

I don't think that there should be a suspension. I believe in tough, clean hockey, not the hockey that's currently being played by most of the Penguins.

Looks like there will be a suspension.


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Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will have a phone hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Thursday for his actions in Tuesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Wilson received a five-minute major for charging and was ejected from the game at 15:17 of the second period after sending Flyers forward Brayden Schenn crashing head-first into the boards with a hit from behind.

The fact that it is a phone hearing ensures that Wilson may be suspended for no more than five games, under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. 

Schenn did not return to the game and the team ruled him out with an "upper-body injury."

The Flyers beat the Capitals 5-2 for their seventh consecutive win at home.

On Wednesday, Schenn told reporters he does not have a concussion but is questionable for the Flyers' game Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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TORONTO - The Maple Leafs have announced that Morgan Rielly will not be playing in the world junior championship for Canada.

It was considered unlikely that Rielly would be loaned to Canada for the tournament, which begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden, though a stretch of three straight games in the press box made it something of a debate.

The defenceman has appeared in five straight games since then, and Toronto ended the speculation by confirming the 19-year-old will be sticking around.

Rielly has a goal and nine assists in 27 games this season. He was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft and made the team out of training camp.

Had he been loaned to Team Canada, Rielly was considered a candidate to be team captain.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Cory17 wrote:

*Waits for the obligatory "suspend Tom Wilson forever!" fro FF2001*

I don't think that there should be a suspension. I believe in tough, clean hockey, not the hockey that's currently being played by most of the Penguins.

I'm just busting your balls.  Everybody's a homer, including myself.  I can only imagine how terrible I would be if I was alive for Gretzky in the 80's.  I would be crying over every hit he took.

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL has suspended Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Deryk Engelland for five games for an illegal check to the head of Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader.

Engelland landed his right shoulder high on Abdelkader late in the first period of Pittsburgh's 4-1 win in Detroit on Saturday.

After Abdelkader struggled to get up and had to be helped off the ice, Engelland was called for a match penalty.

It's Engelland's second suspension for an illegal check to the head in his career. The suspension will cost him US$14,529.90 in salary.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen has agreed to terms on a three-year, $17.4 million contract extension.

The 29-year-old Steen is having the best season of his career with 22 goals and 36 points in 33 games. He was the first player in the NHL to score in each of the team's first 10 wins since Eric Lindros in 1993-93 and scored 20 goals in 24 games, a franchise best since Brett Hull in 1990-91.

Steen became the first Blues player to get a point in 13 straight games since Pierre Turgeon in 1999-2000. He's among the league leaders in most major categories and he and the Kings' Anze Kopitar are the only forwards in the NHL averaging over 15 minutes of even-strength time, two minutes of short-handed time and three minutes on the power play.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defenceman Dalton Prout on injured reserve Wednesday retroactive to Dec. 16 because of an upper-body injury that will likely sideline to miss two to three weeks.

The 23-year-old Prout has two assists, 29 penalty minutes and 41 blocked shots in 24 games with Columbus this season. He had a goal, six assists, 25 penalty minutes and a plus-15 rating in 28 games with the Blue Jackets last season, leading the club in plus/minus while ranking second among rookie NHL defencemen in that category.

The 6-foot-3, 222-pounder was Columbus' seventh pick, 154th overall, in the 2010 draft.

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TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs placed forward Trevor Smith on injured reserve Wednesday with a broken hand.

Smith suffered the injury in the third period of Toronto's 3-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

Toronto also recalled forward Jerred Smithson from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Smithson previously played 13 games for the Leafs this season, registering nine penalty minutes.

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Cory17 wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Cory17 wrote:

*Waits for the obligatory "suspend Tom Wilson forever!" fro FF2001*

I don't think that there should be a suspension. I believe in tough, clean hockey, not the hockey that's currently being played by most of the Penguins.

I'm just busting your balls.  Everybody's a homer, including myself.  I can only imagine how terrible I would be if I was alive for Gretzky in the 80's.  I would be crying over every hit he took.

I was and if the internet was around back then, it would've been 100 X worse then it was back then.

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In news everybody already knew, the Rangers still blow.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Josh Harding has been perhaps the feel-good story of the NHL season, putting up numbers unmatched for a goalie, after revealing he has multiple sclerosis.

The Minnesota Wild goalie was placed on injured reserve Wednesday night to give him time to make adjustments to medication, and the team is confident he will return in top form.

"Over the next week, Josh will make a minor adjustment to his treatment protocol," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said in a statement issued by the team. "Josh feels great and he looks forward to rejoining our team for our game in Winnipeg on Dec. 27."

That Fletcher put an exact timeline on Harding's return is encouraging for a team that has leaned heavily on him to keep it in the playoff picture in the demanding Western Conference. Harding revealed this summer that he had been diagnosed with MS but planned to continue playing while taking medication.

There were plenty of skeptics. However, after starting the season as the backup to Niklas Backstrom, Harding asserted himself as the Wild's unquestioned No. 1 goalie. He has gone 18-5-3 and leads the NHL with a 1.51 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. He is fresh off making 29 saves and stopping all three shootout attempts by Vancouver in Minnesota's 3-2 victory over the Canucks on Tuesday night.

Harding will have to miss at least a week while on injured reserve. That means he will be out at least three games. Backstrom, who is 2-5-2 with a 2.93 goals-against average, will carry the load while Harding is away.

Johan Gustafsson has been recalled from Iowa of the AHL to take Harding's spot and could see some action if Harding winds up missing more time than initially expected.

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No suspension for Tom Wilson.



from tsn.ca:

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson will not been suspended for his hit on Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn. 

Wilson hit Schenn from behind during Tuesday night's game in Philadelphia, earning a five-minute major for charging and a game misconduct. He had a phone hearing with league officials earlier on Thursday.

Schenn slammed into the boards and fell three times when trying to get back to the Flyers' bench. He did not return to the game but reported feeling fine on Wednesday.



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Buffalo grabbed F Linus Omark from the Oilers before the trade freeze, I think for a later-round conditional pick. I don't think anything else happened trade-wise before the Christmas freeze kicked in.

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khawk wrote: Buffalo grabbed F Linus Omark from the Oilers before the trade freeze, I think for a later-round conditional pick. I don't think anything else happened trade-wise before the Christmas freeze kicked in.
Hope Buffalo goes to a lot of shoot outs, because that is all Omark has ever excelled at.

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TORONTO -- Pavel Kubina, the Czech defenseman who helped the Tampa Bay Lightning win the 2004 Stanley Cup, retired from the NHL on Friday.

The 35-year-old Kubina had 110 goals and 276 assists in 13 seasons with Tampa Bay, Toronto, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He last played in the NHL in 2011-12 with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.

Kubina represented the Czech Republic in the Olympics in 2002, '06 and '10.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets activated forward Marian Gaborik and defenseman James Wisniewski off injured reserve Friday.

Gaborik has missed the past 17 games with a sprained knee. He has five goals and six assists in 17 games this season. In 786 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild, he has 341 goals, 344 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-91. He has scored 40 or more goals in a season three times.

Wisniewski has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury. He leads all Columbus defensemen in scoring with two goals and 16 assists. In 435 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Montreal, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks, he has 40 goals and 167 assists.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan has what the team believes is a form of Rocky Mountain Fever and is responding to medication.

Doan has missed the past six games after becoming ill with what had been an unknown illness. Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said on Friday that it looked like some form of Rocky Mountain Fever, a bacterial disease that affects the lining of blood cells.

Doan rejoined the Coyotes in time to watch their game against Carolina on Saturday and skated lightly Thursday.

There is no timetable for his return, but he isn't likely to play until after the Coyotes' current four-game road trip that ends in Buffalo on Monday.





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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Predators goalie Pekka Rinne's recovery from a hip infection will be at least two weeks slower with doctors recommending he continue limiting his activity.

The Predators had hoped Rinne could pick up his rehabilitation Friday. In a statement posted on the team's website, the Predators said Rinne has not had a setback.

"However, as we have realized and learned throughout this process, the recovery and rehabilitation from a bacterial infection does not involve a specific timetable," according to the team's statement. "It does come with a degree of uncertainty."

The Predators say every precaution is being taken to manage the bacterial infection with the goal of getting Rinne back to full strength. Rinne is being monitored daily by the team's medical staff.

The two-time Vezina Trophy finalist has been sidelined since he had arthroscopic surgery on his left hip Oct. 24 as a result of a bacterial infection. The infection developed in the same hip that was surgically repaired May 9 following the conclusion of last season.

Since the surgery, Rinne has been taking antibiotics through intravenous fluids. The line was set to be removed Dec. 5, though Rinne was due to continue antibiotics as a precaution.

In nine games this season, Rinne is 4-4-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage.

The Predators have been using Marek Mazanec, who was the NHL's rookie of the month in November, and Carter Hutton, who was the league's third star for last week.







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RALEIGH, N.C. -- With his latest milestone within reach, Alex Ovechkin caught himself pressing and overthinking his play.

All of a sudden, his path to history was clear.

Ovechkin scored his 400th career goal into an empty net after the Washington Capitals had three power-play goals in the second period of a 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.

"I had a couple of chances to score, and they were good ones, but maybe I tried to make more moves than I usually do," Ovechkin said. "(An) empty-netter is (an) empty-netter. Of course I (thought) about it, but it's over and it's time to move on."

Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson and John Carlson scored with the man advantage and Nicklas Backstrom assisted on all four goals to help the second-place Capitals win for the fifth time in their last seven games.

Ovechkin's empty-netter with 24.5 seconds left in his 634th career game made him the sixth-fastest player in NHL history to reach No. 400 and the seventh active player with that many.

"As we all know, he's a pretty good goal-scorer," Backstrom said. "It's always fun to see a player accomplish something big and I think 400 goals in however many games he has, it's great. We all know he's a great player."

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We all knew the day was coming eventually, but it seems the end is nigh for Teemu Selanne's storied NHL career.

The 43-year old announced late in the summer that he'd be returning for at least one more season, and has struggled to the tune of four goals and five assists in 28 games for the Ducks. His ice time has also been limited and he has not played in back-to-back situations. 

The Ducks, however, sit first in the Pacific Division with 53 points, which may allow the Finnish Flash the opportunity to go out on top.