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Leafs Trade Phil Kessel To Penguins

Jul 1, 2015 1:37 PM

The Maple Leafs have traded forward Phil Kessel to the Penguins, a source confirmed to's Pierre LeBrun.

The Penguins are sending the Maple Leafs forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, defenseman Scott Harrington and a first-round draft pick in return, a source said. Additional players could be involved, as well.

Kessel, 27, collected 25 goals and 36 assists this past season for the Leafs, his sixth season for the team.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Agree To Terms With Raphael Diaz

Jul 1, 2015 1:53 PM

Rangers President and GM Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Raphael Diaz.

Diaz, 29, skated in 56 games with the Flames this past season, registering two goals and two assists for four points, along with 10 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the Flames, Diaz played part of the 2013-14 season with the Rangers after being acquired in a trade with Vancouver on March 5, 2014. He skated in 11 regular season games with the Blueshirts, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-five rating and four penalty minutes. Diaz also appeared in four playoff games with the Rangers and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Diaz was originally signed by Montreal as a free agent on May 13, 2011.

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Tags: New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Oilers Add Andrej Sekera, Mark Letstu

Jul 1, 2015 1:43 PM

The contract is worth $33 million, a source told's Pierre LeBrun.

The Oilers also agreed to a three-year deal with center Mark Letstu, who had 13 points in 54 games for the Blue Jackets last season.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Sharks Send 2016 First-Round Pick, Prospect To B's For Martin Jones

Jul 1, 2015 12:08 PM

The Sharks filled a major need Tuesday, acquiring goalie Martin Jones from the Bruins.

"We're not done," Sharks GN Doug Wilson said. "There's more to be done."

The Sharks paid a handsome price to pick up an important part of the puzzle, sending their first-round pick next season and forward prospect Sean Kuraly to the Bruins.


San Jose Mercury News

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Predators, Ribeiro Agree On Two-Year, $7M Deal

Jul 1, 2015 11:50 AM

Mike Ribeiro is staying in Nashvile, reaching agreement on a two-year, $7 million deal with the Predators on Wednesday, a source told's Pierre LeBrun.

Ribeiro, a veteran of five teams and 15 seasons, remained productive in his age-35 season, racking up 62 points, second best on the Predators.

Tags: Nashville Predators, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jayson Megna Agrees To Terms With Rangers

Jul 1, 2015 1:57 PM

Rangers President and GM Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jayson Megna.

Megna, 25, split this past season between the Penguins and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He tallied one assist and recorded 14 penalty minutes in 12 games with Pittsburgh. Megna registered 40 hits and was credited with eight blocked shots in 12 contests with the Penguins, and he notched an assist on the game-winning goal on December 2 vs. New Jersey.

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Tags: New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Report: Sharks Sign Paul Martin

Jul 1, 2015 1:06 PM

The Sharks made their first move at the start of the NHL's unrestricted free agency period, signing defenseman Paul Martin to a four-year contract on Wednesday, according to ESPN. 

Martin, 34, had three goals and 17 assists for the Penguins last season, and has 26 goals and 137 assists in 697 career NHL games.


San Jose Mercury News

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

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Jackets, Blackhawks In Seven-Player Deal

Jun 30, 2015 6:35 PM

The Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Brandon Saad, defenseman Michael Paliotta and center Alex Broadhurst from the Blackhawks in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  

Saad, 22, has registered 52 goals and 74 assists in 208 career NHL games, helping Chicago win a pair of Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015.

“We’re very excited to bring Brandon Saad, a 22-year old two-time Stanley Cup champion with great size, speed, power and the ability to score goals, to our organization,” said Kekalainen.  “He is a proven winner and exactly the kind of player we want as a Columbus Blue Jacket.”

Paliotta, 22, was Chicago’s fifth pick, 70th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.  He spent the past four years at the University of Vermont (Hockey East), where he registered 19-64-83 in 144 games. 

Broadhurst, 22, was Chicago’s 10th pick, 199th overall, in the 2011 NHL Draft.  He spent the past two seasons with the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs.
Anisimov tallied 40-44-84 in 168 career games with the Blue Jackets, including 7-20-27 in 52 games in 2014-15, since joining the club prior to the 2012-13 season as part of the trade that sent Rick Nash to the New York Rangers.  Dano was Columbus’ third pick, 27th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.  He tallied 8-13-21 in 35 games with the club as a rookie last season.  Tropp was claimed off waivers from Buffalo on Nov. 28, 2013 and picked up 3-15-18 in 105 games with Columbus over the past two seasons.  Morin was acquired by the Blue Jackets from Chicago in exchange for defenseman Tim Erixon last season.  


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Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Ducks Name Paul MacLean Assistant Coach

Jun 30, 2015 6:43 PM

The Ducks announced today that the club has named Paul MacLean assistant coach. Winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year with Ottawa, MacLean returns to Anaheim where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2002-04. MacLean will join Bruce Boudreau’s coaching staff with fellow assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty 

MacLean most recently served as head coach of the Senators from 2011-15, leading the club to a 114-90-35 record and a pair of Stanley Cup Playoff appearances in 2012 and 2013. MacLean helped the Senators to a 25-17-6 record in 2013-14 and the club’s second consecutive postseason appearance en route to his first career Jack Adams Award in his second straight year as a nominee.

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Canes Place Alexander Semin On Buyout Waivers

Jun 30, 2015 1:08 PM

The Hurricanes have placed winger Alexander Semin on buyout waivers, the team announced Tuesday.

It's an expensive decision for a small-budget team, but Semin wasn't living up to his $7 million salary, scoring only six goals in 57 games last season.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Source: Canadian Police Investigation Involves Richards
Mike Richards is part of an ongoing police investigation for an off-ice incident.

Chris Pronger, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov Voted Into HOF
Chris Pronger is still under contract as an NHL player.

Kings Terminate Contract Of Mike Richards
The Kings have exercised their right to terminate Mike Richafrds for a material breech of his contract.

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Lightning Re-Sign Mike Blunden
Mike Blunden scored 13 goals for the AHL Syracuse Crunch last season.

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Richards, Parenteau, Fistric Placed On Waivers
The deadline for the NHL offseason first buyout is on June 30.

Wild Re-Sign Devan Dubnyk To Six-Year Deal
Devan Dubnyk's new 6- year deal with the Wild is worth $26 million.

Coyotes Acquire Grossman, Pronger From Flyers For Gagner, Pick
Nicklas Grossman registered 5-9-14 in 68 games with the Flyers last season.

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Rangers Trade Ryan Haggerty To Hawks For Antti Raanta
Antti Raanta has posted a 20-9-5 record in 39 NHL appearances with the Blackhawks.

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Andong Song Becomes First Player From China Drafted
The NHL Islanders have selected Andong Song, 18, with the No. 172nd overall pick in the NHL Draft.

Ducks Send Kyle Palmieri To Devils For 2015, 2016 Draft Picks
Kyle Palmieri has appeared in 198 games for the Ducks, collecting 89 points.

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Ducks Acquire Anton Khudobin From Canes For James Wisniewski
Goaltender Anton Khudobin has appeared in 91 career NHL games.

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Rangers Trade Cam Talbot, Carl Hagelin
The Rangers sent Cam Talbot to the Oilers for three draft picks, and traded Carl Hagelin to the Ducks for Emerson Etem.

NHL Draft First-Round Selections
Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were almost overshadowed during the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday night with a number of team's making trades.

Oilers Take Connor McDavid As Top Overall Pick
As expected, the Oilers choose Connor McDavid as the top overall pick in tonight's NHL draft.

Sens Trade Lehner, Legwand To Sabres For Draft Pick
The Senators will receive the 21st overall pick in the NHL draft on Friday night.

Bruins Send Dougie Hamilton To Flames For Three Draft Picks
Dougie Hamilton is a restricted free agent and is expected to earn some $7M per season.

Kings Send Jones, Miller, Pick To Bruins For Lucic
Milan Lucic played in 81 games for the Bruins last season totaling 44 points.

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Avs Send 2016 Pick To Bruins For Carl Soderberg
Carl Soderberg appeared in all 82 games for the Bruins last season.

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Carey Price Wins Hart, Vezina, Lindsay Awards
Carey Price voted NHL's MVP, top goalie, and best player for the 2014-15 season.

NHL Opens Expansion Process
Las Vegas, Seattle, Quebec, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Portland, and a second team in Toronto have expressed interest in an expansion team in 2017-18.

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