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Rangers, Brandon Pirri Agree To One-Year, $1.1M Deal

Aug 26, 2016 11:40 AM

The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Pirri on a $1.1 million, one-year deal.

Pirri, 25, spent last season with the Panthers and Ducks, recording 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. His 29 points were a career high.

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Tags: New York Rangers, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Avs Name Jared Bednar Head Coach

Aug 25, 2016 3:55 PM

Colorado has hired Jared Bednar, former coach of the AHL champion Lake Erie Monsters, to replace Patrick Roy as coach of the Avalanche, the team announced Thursday.

Roy, the Hall of Fame goaltender, abruptly quit as Avalanche coach and vice president of hockey operations two weeks ago, sending the team on a late-summer quest to fill the vacancy.

Roy cited a disconnect between himself and management over his roles.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic called Bednar "one of the top up-and-coming coaches in our business" and said he fit the profile he wanted after going through the interview process.

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Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Panthers Trade Dave Bolland, Lawson Crouse To Coyotes For Draft Picks

Aug 25, 2016 11:41 AM

The Panthers have cleared up salary-cap space by sending injured center Dave Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to the Coyotes in exchange for a conditional second-round pick and a third-round pick, according to an NHL source.

Bolland has three years remaining on a contract that pays him $5.5 million per season and likely will be placed on long-term injured reserve by the Coyotes.

Crouse, one of the Panthers' top prospects, was the 11th overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

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Tags: Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Stars Sign Jiri Hudler To One-Year, $2M Deal

Aug 24, 2016 4:12 PM

The Dallas Stars have signed free-agent forward Jiri Hudler to a one-year deal that will pay him $2 million for the upcoming season.

Hudler, 32, had 16 goals last season with Calgary and Florida but is just two seasons removed from a 31-goal, 76-point campaign with Calgary.

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Tags: Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Calgary Flames, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Coyotes Add Three To Staff, Including First NHL Female Coach

Aug 24, 2016 4:51 PM

Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have added Mike Van Ryn, Steve Potvin and Dawn Braid to the team's coaching staff. Van Ryn will serve as the Coyotes' Development Coach while Potvin was named the team's Skills Coach. Braid is now the organization's full-time Skating Coach, and the first-ever NHL female coach..

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Streamlined Goalie Equipment Unlikely This Season

Aug 23, 2016 6:08 PM

The process of reducing the size of equipment worn by NHL goaltenders has once again been delayed. The question now is whether it will take another full calendar year to complete the downsizing.

At the annual meeting of NHL GM's in Florida last March there was optimism from both the league and the NHLPA that tapered or streamlined goaltending equipment would be ready for introduction this fall in an effort to level the playing field for goaltenders and by extension drive up scoring.

The plan was for the new equipment, contoured to more snugly fit goaltenders based on their individual body size, to be produced by four designated manufacturers and be ready for the start of the World Cup of Hockey training camps on Labor Day weekend and for the balance of NHL goaltenders when their respective team training camps begin the third week of September.

"It is a little frustrating because it's not like we started this six months ago," Devils goalie Cory Schneider said in an interview.

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Tags: Misc Rumor

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Couture To Replace Benn For Team Canada

Aug 23, 2016 6:11 PM

Canada will have to do without the second-leading NHL point producer from last season when the World Cup of Hockey tournament begins Sept. 17, as Stars captain Jamie Benn is out of the tournament recovering from offseason surgery.

But Canada's depth of talent is so great that it has replaced Benn with the leading point producer in the playoffs: Sharks winger Logan Couture.

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Tags: Injury, Misc Rumor

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Maple Leafs Sign Goaltender Jhonas Enroth To One-Year Deal

Aug 22, 2016 1:56 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the hockey club has signed free agent goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a one-year contract worth $750,000.

Enroth, 28, appeared in 16 regular season games with the Los Angeles Kings, posting a record of 7-5-1 with a .922 save percentage and a 2.17 goals against average.

The Stockholm, Sweden native was originally drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round (46th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Signing

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Leafs Name Mark Hunter Assistant GM

Aug 22, 2016 1:51 PM

The Maple Leafs announced today the club has named Mark Hunter as Assistant General Manager. Hunter, who first joined the Leafs as Director of Player Personnel in October 2014, will share the role along with current Assistant General Manager Kyle Dubas.

“Mark's new title is essentially a formality as these are duties he’s already been performing,” said Maple Leafs General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “Brendan and I have been discussing this change of title since last season – as it’s a more appropriate recognition of Mark's role with the organization since joining the Maple Leafs. There are no changes to Mark or Kyle’s duties, or to that of Brandon Pridham, Assistant to the General Manager.”

Hunter will continue to oversee the Maple Leafs’ pro scouting, amateur scouting and player evaluation departments while Dubas will continue as General Manager of the Toronto Marlies, overseeing all prospects within the club’s system, while also leading the Maple Leafs’ player development and hockey research & development departments.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Flames Sign Sean Monahan To Seven-Year Extension

Aug 20, 2016 1:12 AM

Flames forward Sean Monahan signed a seven-year contract extension worth a reported $44.6 million Friday.

The move leaves Johnny Gaudreau as the last remaining move in a busy Flames offseason. The 23-year-old is still without a new contract for next season.

"Today's about Sean," Brad Treliving, the club's general manager, said at a news conference in Calgary. "This is his day."

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Tags: Calgary Flames, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Rangers, Jimmy Vesey Agree On Two-Year Deal
Jimmy Vesey said the history of the Rangers had a lot to do with his decision.

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Agent: Jimmy Vesey Meets With Seven Teams
NHL prospect Jimmy Vesey is the reigning winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top men's college hockey player.

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Pens Re-Sign Matt Cullen To One-Year, $1M Deal
Matt Cullen scored 16 goals and had16 assists in 82 games with the Penguins last season.

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Sens To Retire Daniel Alfredsson's No. 11
Daniel Alfredsson will become just the second player in Senators' club history to receive the honor.

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Coyotes Sign Radim Vrbata To One-Year Contract
Radim Vrbata scored 13 goals and had 14 assists in 63 games last season for the Canucks.

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Antoine Vermette Signs Two-Year Deal With Ducks
Antoine Vermette was bought out by the Coyotes on August 1.

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Katie Ledecky Counts Caps Owner Fan, Friend
Capitals owner Ted Leonis has known Olympic champion Katie Ledecky since she was a child.

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Jimmy Vesey To Become Unrestricted Free Agent Monday
Jimmy Vesey reportedly was "finalizing a list of no more than a half-dozen teams" he planned to speak with.

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Sweden Names Wings' Zetterberg World Cup Captain
This is Henrik Zetterberg's 13th international appearance for Sweden.

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Patrick Roy Resigns As Coach Of Avs
Patrick Roy said that he was not on the same page with the organization.

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Ryan O'Bryne Is Going Back To College
Ryan O'Bryne, 32, played in more than 300 games in the NHL, the last eight with the Maple Leafs.

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ESPN Host John Saunders Dies At 61
John Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal.

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Canucks Sign Teams Top Pick Juolevi To Entry Deal
The Canucks selected defenseman Olli Juolevi with the fifth overall pick in the June draft.

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Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells For $465K
A Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for a hockey card record of $465,000 on Thursday night in Atlantic City.

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Woman Sues Evander Kane For Aledged Injuries
Evander Kane's actions are described as "unwanted, unconsented to, violent and offensive in nature physical battery," according to court papers.

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Oilers Name Keith Gretzky Assistant GM
Keith Gretzky has spend the past five years with the Boston Bruins.

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Coyotes Buyout Antoine Vermette's Contract
Center Antoine Vermette is now an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any NHL team.

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Avs Sign Tyson Barrie To Four-Year Deal
Tyson Barrie led all Colorado defenseman with 49 points in 78 games last season.

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Leafs Sign Martin Marincin To Two-Year Deal
Martin Marincin scored one goal and had six assists in 65 games with the Maple Leafs last season.

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Wild, Matt Dumba Agree On Two-Year, $5.1M Deal
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba scored 10 goals and had 16 assists in 81 games in 2015-16.

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