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Mike Richards, Kings Reach Settlement

Oct 10, 2015 1:19 AM

Mike Richards and the Kings have reached a settlement, the NHL Players' Association announced Friday, officially severing ties between the player and team.

The amount of the settlement was not disclosed.

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Wisniewski Needs ACL Surgery, Out Six-Months

Oct 10, 2015 1:23 AM

Hurricanes defenseman James Wisniewski will need surgery for a knee injury.

The team said in a release Friday that Wisniewski will have surgery to repair a torn left ACL and will face an estimated six-month recovery time. He was injured during Thursday's game at Nashville after skating just 47 seconds in his debut with the Hurricanes.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Ducks Sign Simon Despres To Five-Year Extension

Oct 9, 2015 4:31 PM

The Ducks have signed defenseman Simon Despres to a five-year extension, the team announced Friday.

The deal is worth $18.5 million, an average of $3.7 million per season, a source told The contract runs through 2020-21.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Kings Sign Peter Budaj To One-Year Contract

Oct 9, 2015 5:27 PM

The Kings have signed goaltender Peter Budaj to a one-year contract, Kings President/GM Dean Lombardi announced today.

The 30-year-old Budaj is a native of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia who appeared in 19 regular-season games last season with St. John’s (AHL) where he compiled an 0-9-6 record with a .888 SV% and a 3.55 GAA.

Budaj has appeared in 296 regular-season games in nine seasons in the NHL with Colorado and Montreal registering a 124-107-36 record.

Press Release

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Torres Apologizes For Silfyerberg Hit, Won't Appeal Suspension

Oct 9, 2015 1:34 AM

Sharks left winger Raffi Torres apologized to the Ducks' Jakob Silfyerberg for the illegal hit that led to his suspension.

In a statement released Thursday, Torres said he was "disappointed I have put myself in a position to be suspended again." He won't appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Silfverberg during a preseason game. 

"I'm extremely thankful that he wasn't seriously injured as a result of the play," Torres added.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Raffi Torres Suspended 41 Games For Hit On Silfverberg

Oct 6, 2015 12:20 AM

Raffi Torres has received the NHL's longest ever suspension for a hit on another player.

The NHL banned Torres for the first 41 games of the season for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres' latest infraction resulted from a hit in a preseason game Saturday. He was ejected with 7:15 left in the first period. Silfverberg did not return to the game either.

Torres waived the right to an in-person hearing and has until Wednesday to decide if he wants to appeal the suspension.

The previous longest suspension for player-on-player violence was a 30-game suspension to Chris Simon of the New York Islanders in December 2007 for stomping on the skate of Pittsburgh forward Jarkko Ruutu.

Torres will forfeit $440,860 in salary for the suspension. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.


Tags: San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks

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Jaromir Jagr Bringing Back Trademark Mullet

Oct 5, 2015 4:00 PM

Jaromir Jagr is 43, still playing in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and is bringing back his trademark mullet.

"I have to," said Jagr.

Jagr was the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was traded to the Panthers in 2015.

Hemal Jhaveri/USA Today

Tags: Florida Panthers

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NHL Teams Waiving Players On Big Contracts

Oct 5, 2015 2:30 PM

NHL teams are waiving players with big contracts before opening night.

The Philadelphia Flyers waived defenseman Andrew MacDonald and the Calgary Flames waived Mason Raymond amid a flurry of transactions.

MacDonald has five years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $5 million. He'll still count $4.05 million against Philadelphia's cap even if he's sent to the American Hockey League. Raymond, caught in the Flames' logjam at forward, has two years left at a cap hit of $3.15 million.

The Boston Bruins waived forward Max Talbot, and the Winnipeg Jets waived defenseman Jay Harrison. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens, with Mike Condon winning the backup job behind Carey Price. Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Erixon was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Edmonton Oilers already made their money-saving moves, sending defenseman Nikita Nikitin and goalie Ben Scrivens to the minor leagues after they cleared. Nikitin has one year left at a cap hit of $4.5 million; Scrivens has a year left at $2.3 million.


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Mike Weaver Retires After 11 NHL Seasons

Oct 5, 2015 2:28 PM

Mike Weaver has retired at the age of 37 after 11 seasons in the NHL.

Weaver announced his retirement Monday in a statement by the NHL Players' Association, saying he ''never could have imagined'' such a career.

Weaver also played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers. Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver helped Montreal reach the Eastern Conference finals in the 2013-14 season.


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Tomas Fleischmann Signs One-Year Deal With Canadiens

Oct 5, 2015 2:27 PM

Tomas Fleischmann and the Canadiens agreed to a one-year contract reportedly worth $750,000 on Sunday.

Fleischmann, 31, played 66 games with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15, scoring eight times and adding 19 assists.

Fleischmann has 123 goals and 187 assists in 581 regular-season games with the Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, Panthers and Ducks. He added four goals and five assists in 35 playoff games.


Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Coyotes Assign Dylan Strome To OHL
Dylan Strome made an impressive case to begin the season with Arizona.


Hurricanes Sign Eddie Lack To Two-Year Extension
Carolina will pay Eddie Lack $2.5 million next season and $3 million in 2017-18.


Zdeno Chara Has No Timetable For Return
Zdeno Chara said he can't put a timetable on his return as he tries to recover from an undisclosed injury.

Jimmy Golen/AP

Wild Claim Chris Porter Off Waivers
Chris Porter is a close friend of Zach Parise.


Sharks Waiting To Name Team Captain
Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton previously have been Sharks captains.

Jordan Eberle Out 4-6 Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Jordan Eberle was the Oilers' top scorer last season with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 81 games.


Leafs Assign First Round Pick Mitch Marner To OHL
Mitch Marner was selected fourth overall in the June draft.


Las Vegas, Quebec City Moving Closer In Expansion Bids
Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving closer in their bids to land a NHL franchise.

Larry Lage/AP

Brent Seabrook Signs Eight-Year, $55M Extension With Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Scott Powers/ESPN

Leafs Sign Brad Boyes To One-Year Deal
Brad Boyes was originally invited to training camp with Toronto on a professional try-out.

Zdeno Chara Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury
Zdeno Chara played three shifts and logged 1:57 of ice time before he suffered the injury.

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Prosecutor: Mother Of Kane's Accuser Lied About Bag
Thomas Eoannou said he was still confident in the accuser's allegations against Patrick Kane.


Islanders Name George McPhee Special Adviser To Garth Snow
George McPhee served as the Capitals' general manager for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98.


Dennis Seidenberg Out Eight Weeks With Back Surgery
Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery Thursday to repair a lumbar spine disk herniation and will be sidelined approximately eight weeks.

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Kane's Accuser's Attorney: Rape Kit Left On Mother's Doorstep
Thomas Eoannou said the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted.


Seidenberg To Have Back Surgery, Will Miss Eight Weeks
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered the back injury during an offseason workout.

Avs, Erik Johnson Agree To Seven-Year Deal
Erik Johnson scored 12 goals last season for the Avs, despite missing the final 34 games with a knee injury.

John Tortorella To Coach U.S. At 2016 World Cup
John Tortorella has 446 victories as an NHL head coach.

Ducks Sign Goalie John Gibson To Three-Year Deal
John Gibson's deal is worth an average of $2.3M per season.

Oilers Sign Oscar Klefbom To Seven-Year Extension
Oscar Klefbom, 20, scored two goals in 60 games for the Oilers last season.

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