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Leafs Sign No. 1 Overall Pick Auston Matthews

Jul 22, 2016 1:55 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday with the maximum bonuses allowed.

Matthews had 24 goals and 22 assists in 36 games last season for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland and had nine points for the United States at the world hockey championship.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rangers, Chris Kreider Agree To Deal

Jul 22, 2016 11:17 AM

Forward Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed to a deal minutes before their scheduled arbitration hearing Friday morning.

Multiple reports say Kreider will receive a four-year contract with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.625 million.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Isles Reportedly Exploring New Arena Next To Citi Field

Jul 22, 2016 1:52 AM

After a rocky season at Barclays Center, the New York Islanders are exploring the possibility of a new arena next to Citi Field, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

There was no hint of that development in comments made by Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky on July 13, when he said he expects the team to remain in Brooklyn long term.

"Barclays is our home," he said at a media luncheon.

Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor

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Brad Richards Retires After 15 NHL Seasons

Jul 21, 2016 2:01 AM

Longtime NHL center Brad Richards has retired after 15 seasons in the league, the NHL Players' Association announced Wednesday.

Richards made stops with the Lightning, Stars, Rangers, Blackhawks and Red Wings. A 2011 All-Star, he collected 298 goals and 634 assists in his 15 seasons.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Avs, Mikhail Grigorenko Agree To One-Year Deal

Jul 21, 2016 2:05 AM

The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a one-year deal with forward Mikhail Grigorenko on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old Grigorenko had six goals and 21 assists in 74 games for Colorado last season.

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Capitals, Marcus Johansson Agree To Three-Year, $13.75M Deal

Jul 20, 2016 2:20 PM

Hours before Marcus Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on a $13.75 million, three-year deal. The 25-year-old Swedish forward will count $4.583 million against the salary cap, almost exactly between the two sides' arbitration asking prices but on a longer contract.

"I don't think anyone wants to go to arbitration. That's kind of a last resort,'' Johansson said on a conference call from Toronto on Wednesday. "It was a little tight schedule before the meeting, but I'm really happy that we worked it out.''

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Rangers Acquire Mika Zibanejad From Senators For Derick Brassard

Jul 18, 2016 2:01 PM

Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Senators in exchange for Derick Brassard and a seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa this past season, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and face-off win percentage (50.5; 659-for-1,306).

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Tags: New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Lightning Lock Up Alex Killorn

Jul 17, 2016 7:10 PM

Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he'd be part of its long-term future.

On Sunday, the Lightning signed Killorn to a $31.15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Blues, Jaden Schwartz Agree To Extension

Jul 16, 2016 1:09 AM

The Blues and restricted free agent forward Jaden Schwartz have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $26.75 million.

Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Jamie Benn Signs Eight-Year, $76M Extension With Stars

Jul 16, 2016 12:50 AM

Stars captain Jamie Benn signed an eight-year, $76 million contract extension Friday.

The team announced the deal a day after Benn had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.

Tags: Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Red Wings Sign Luke Glendening To Four-Year Extension
Luke Glendening's new four-year deal with the Red Wings is worth $7.2M.

New Las Vegas Team Having Trademark Issues
Las Vegas franchise owner Bill Foley has expressed an affinity for the name "Black Knights."

Oilers Sign Jesse Puljujarvi To Entry Level Deal
Forward Jesse Puljujarvi spent last season with the Finnish Elite League's Oulu Karpat, getting 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 50 games.

Shane Doan Re-Signs With Arizona Coyotes
Shane Doan re-signed with the Coyotes on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal of around $5M and some deferred incentives.

George McPhee To Be Named First GM For Las Vegas Franchise
The Las Vegas team was awarded the NHL's 31st franchise in June.

Hurricanes, Victor Rask Agree To Six-Year, $24M Deal
Victor Rask scored 21 goals and had 27 assists in 80 games for the Hurricanes last season.

Nathan MacKinnon Signs Seven-Year, $44.1M Deal With Avs
Nathan MacKinnon scored 21 goals and had 31 assists for the Avs last season.

Pavel Datsyuk Signs Two-Year Deal With SKA St. Petersburg
Pavel Datsyuk left the Red Wings with a year left on his contract.

Sabres Meet With Prospect Jimmy Vesey
Jimmy Vesey intends to become a free agent on August 15.

Leafs Trade Jonathan Bernier To Ducks For 2017 Draft Pick
Jonathan Bernier played in 38 games for the Maple Leafs during the 2015-16 season.

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Devils Re-Sign Kyle Palmieri To Five-Year Deal
Kyle Palmieri scored 30 goals in 82 games with the Devils last season.

Kings Agree To Terms With Teddy Purcell
Teddy Purcell appeared in 76 regular season games with the Panthers and Oilers last season.

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Barrie, Kreider Among 24 Players Filing For Salary Arbitration
The NHL players' teams must now decide Wednesday whether to go to arbitration.

P.A. Parenteau Returns To Islanders
The Islanders and P.A. Parenteau have agreed to a one-year deal.

Maple Leafs Sign Roman Polak To One-Year Deal
Roman Polak split last season between skating for the Maple Leafs and Sharks.

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Kyle Okposo Signs Seven-Year, $42M Contact With Sabres
Kyle Okposo had played nine seasons with the Islanders.

Milan Lucic Signs Seven-Year Deal With Oilers
Milan Lucic scored 20 goals in 81 games with the Kings last season.

Devils Trade Larsson To Oilers For Hall
The trade to the Devils caught Taylor Hall off guard.

Steven Stamkos Signs New Eight-Year Deal With Lightning
The Lightning were able to keep Steven Stamkos off the free agent market.

Predators Trade Weber To Habs For Subban
David Polle is thrilled to add P.K. Subban to the Predators roster.

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