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GM Marc Bergevin Signs Long Term Deal With Canadiens

Nov 26, 2015 12:37 PM

General manager Marc Bergevin has signed an extension through the 2021-22 season, the Canadiens announced Wednesday.

"This new agreement brings added stability for our organization and particularly for our hockey operations. It enables us to continue our efforts in giving our fans a winning team," Montreal president Geoff Molson said in a statement.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Stars Place Kari Lehtonen On Injured List

Nov 26, 2015 6:15 PM

The Stars have placed goalie Kari Lehtonen on the injured list, clearing the way for prospect Jack Campbell to back up Anti Niemi.

Campbell was called up from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Thursday along with defenseman Patrik Nemeth. Lehtonen replaced Niemi in the second period of Tuesday's loss to Ottawa but left after just eight minutes with an upper-body injury.

Tags: Dallas Stars, Injury, Misc Rumor

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NHL Announces COO John Collins Stepping Down

Nov 26, 2015 2:17 AM

The NHL has lost its No. 3 in command, announcing Tuesday evening that chief operating officer John Collins was stepping down to "pursue a new business opportunity."

Collins joined the NHL in November 2006, and his marketing and business vision was instrumental in introducing new ideas to the league, including the advent of the Winter Classic outdoor game.

"John leaves a lasting mark," commissioner Gary Bettman said in a release.

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Dainius Zubrus Signs One-Year Deal With Sharks

Nov 26, 2015 2:21 AM

The Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two-way contract.

Zubrus had been on a professional tryout with the Sharks before signing the deal Tuesday. He is expected to make his debut for the team Wednesday night against the Blackhawks.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Forbes: Rangers Most Valuable NHL Franchise

Nov 24, 2015 4:49 PM

The New York Rangers are the most valuable NHL franchise at $1.2 billion, taking the top spot on the Forbes list for the first time since 2004.

The magazine said Tuesday that Montreal is second at $1.18 billion, followed by Toronto at $1.15 billion. The Maple Leafs had been the most valuable team since 2005, but they've reached the playoffs only once since 2006 and their 13-year home sellout streak ended in March.

Tags: New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Leafs Sign Andrew Nielsen, Dmytro Timashov To Entry Deals

Nov 24, 2015 3:16 AM

The Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed 2015 draft picks Andrew Nielsen and Dmytro Timashov to entry-level contracts.

Nielsen, 19, was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the third round (65th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Red Deer, Alberta native has collected 24 points in 23 regular season games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the WHL  this season. Nielsen is fourth in team scoring and tied for second among all WHL defencemen.

Timashov, 19, was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fifth round (125th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. The Kirovograd, Ukraine native currently leads the Quebec Remparts with 41 points in 23 regular season games, placing him tied for sixth in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) scoring. He was named QMJHL rookie of the year last season and finished 12th overall in scoring while also picking up four points in five games in the 2015 Memorial Cup.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Paul Stastny Returns To Blues' Lineup

Nov 23, 2015 2:38 PM

Blues center Paul Stastny will return to the lineup for St. Louis' game at Buffalo on Monday night after missing 16 games with a broken right foot.

In confirming Stastny will return, coach Ken Hitchcock said veteran forward Scott Gomez will be a healthy scratch.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Buffalo Sabres, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Predators Claim Petter Granberg Off Waivers From Leafs

Nov 22, 2015 4:27 PM

Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has claimed defenseman Petter Granberg on waivers from the Maple Leafs.

Granberg, 23, has yet to suit up in 2015-16 due to offseason surgery, but has eight NHL games to his credit with Maple Leafs and 126 AHL games with the Toronto Marlies since his first North American professional season in 2013-14. 

Toronto’s fourth selection, 116th overall (fourth round), in the 2010 Entry Draft, Granberg helped team Sweden win the 2013 World Championship (along with Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok) and the 2012 World Junior Championship (along with Predators forward Filip Forsberg), as well as earning a silver medal at the 2010 World Under-18 Championship.

Press Release

Tags: Nashville Predators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Sources: NHL To Implement 'Bye Weeks' Next Season

Nov 21, 2015 2:02 AM

The NHL will work in a five-day "bye week" next season as part of the negotiation with the NHLPA to sign off on the All-Star format changes announced this week, according to sources.

In an important gain for the players, which they got in return for accepting the three-on-three All-Star Game format, the league will build in a five-day bye week for each team into their schedule between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 next season, sources told

Players will be completely off with no practice during this break.

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Olli Maatta Likely To Miss Three To Four Weeks

Nov 19, 2015 5:07 PM

Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was released from a hospital Wednesday night but is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Maatta was hit from behind by the Wild's Nino Niederrelter midway through the second period Tuesday.

There was initial concern that Maatta might have suffered damage to his internal organs, but a source told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the injury was mostly muscular.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Kings Suspend Patrik Bartosak
The Kings have suspended goaltender Patrik Bartosak for his actions resulting in his arrest on November 16.

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Sources: NHL To Use 3-On-3 Format At All-Star Game
This year's All-Star Game in Nashville will feature three separate 20-minute, 3-on-3 games.

NHL Names Duchene, Zuccarello, Reimer 'Three Stars'
Avs center Matt Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points for the week ending November 15.

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Avs Claim Chris Wagner Off Waivers From Ducks
The Avs have also placed Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Red Wings Sign Justin Abdelkader To Seven-Year Deal
Justin Abdelkader's new deal is worth an average of $4.25M per season.

Carey Price To Miss Another Week
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is still recovering from a lower-body injury.

NHL GMs Want To Generate More Scoring
The causes of a lack of scoring was the hot topic at Tuesday's NHL general managers meeting.

Bettman: 'No Timeline' For NHL Expansion Announcement
The NHL is in the middle of an expansion process involving both Quebec City and Las Vegas.

Patrick Kane Relieved For Family, Friends
Prosecutors have closed a rape investigation against Hawks star Patrick Kane.

Pascal Dupuis Tests Negative For Blood Clot Issues
Pascal Dupuis was a late scratch on Friday after he experienced possible blood clot related symptoms.

Patrick Kane Won't Face Rape Charges
Prosecutors have announced that they will not bring rape charges against Patrick Kane due to a lack of credible evidence.

Connor McDavid Out 'Months' With Broken Clavicle
Connor McDavid will require surgery after breaking his collarbone on Tuesday night.

Connor McDavid Injures Shoulder In Oilers' Win
Connor McDavid injured his left shoulder after a collision into the boards on Tuesday night.

Kane's Accuser No Longer Cooperating With Investigation
The woman who accused Patrick Kane of raping her does not want to cooperate with the investigation.

Mike Babcock To Coach Team Canada At World Cup
TSN was the first to report that Team Canada will name Mike Babcock to coach at next year's World Cup of Hockey.

NHL Suspends Mark Stone Two-Games For 'Reckless' Hit
Mark Stone leads the Senators with 13 points.

Maple Leafs Sign Forward Rich Clune
Rich Clune has scored two goals for the Toronto Marlies so far this season.

Press Release

Slava Voynov To Resume Career After Serving Jail Time
Slava Voynov has signed a three-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg.

Canucks End Canadiens Win Streak
Montreal had set an NHL record with nine straight regulation wins to begin the season.

Blues Invite Havlat, Zubrus To Try Out
Both Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus played for the Devils last season.

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