December 2013 - Hockey Wiretap

Jackets Sign Kerby Rychel To Entry Deal

Dec 31, 2013 2:12 PM

The Blue Jackets have signed left wing Kerby Rychel of the OHL’s Guelph Storm to a three-year entry level contract, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Rychel was the club’s second of three first round picks in the 2013 NHL Draft, selected 19th overall.
 
“Kerby is a hard-nosed player who is very competitive and possesses a mixture of skill, the ability to score goals and grit,” said Kekalainen.  “We believe he will be an important part of our organization for years to come as he continues to grow and develop as a player.”
 
Rychel, 19, has tallied 17 goals and 28 assists for 45 points with 17 penalty minutes to go along with five power play and four game-winning goals in 30 games with Windsor and Guelph this season. 

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Leafs Sign Phaneuf To 7-Year Extension

Dec 31, 2013 2:07 PM

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the club has signed Captain Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract extension that will commence at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season.

“Dion is our team leader and has been a pillar in our building process,” said Nonis. “He has proven to be a very durable and reliable defenceman in all facets of the game. He plays big minutes in every situation for us and we’re pleased to have him under contract for the next seven seasons.”

“This is a very proud day for me and my family,” said Phaneuf. “I’m very honoured to be the captain of this historic franchise and to maintain the opportunity to play and represent the Toronto Maple Leafs for many years to come. We have passionate fans and a dedicated ownership group. I have great teammates and look forward to growing with them and achieving our goal of winning.”

Phaneuf, 28, has played 39 games for the Maple Leafs this season, registering 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) with 50 penalty minutes. 

In 639 career NHL games with Calgary (2005-06 to 2009-10) and Toronto (2009-10 to present), the native of Edmonton, Alberta, has amassed 110 goals, 245 assists, 355 points and 851 minutes in penalties. 

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Flames Trade Prospect To Canes For Westgarth

Dec 31, 2013 2:29 AM

The Flames acquired forward Kevin Westgarth from the Hurricanes on Monday for minor league forward Greg Nemisz, according to an ESPN.com report.

Westgarth, in his fifth NHL season, has no points this season in 12 games with the Hurricanes. Overall, he has played in 133 NHL games with Los Angeles and Carolina, posting three goals and six assists.

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Blues Place Steen On Injured List

Dec 29, 2013 2:39 PM

The Blues placed forward Alex Steen on the injured list Saturday because of a concussion and are cautiously optimistic, according to an ESPN.com report.

GM Doug Armstrong said the NHL's No. 2 goal scorer will be out indefinitely. 

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Bruins' Seidenberg Done For Season

Dec 29, 2013 2:16 PM

Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, the team announced on Saturday. 

Seidenberg's expected recovery time will be six to eight months, according to an ESPN.com report.

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Leafs, Phaneuf Close To New 7-Year Deal

Dec 29, 2013 2:43 AM

The Maple Leafs are close to signing Dion Phaneuf to a seven-year contract extension, a source confirmed to ESPN.com Saturday, although there remains details to iron out before the deal gets done.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported Saturday that the deal being negotiated is worth $49M in total.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Injury, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Dupuis' Season In Serious Jeopardy

Dec 28, 2013 1:49 AM

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma says forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, according to an ESPN.com report.

Bylsma said Friday after the team's game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery "in a couple of weeks" to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.

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Ericsson Out 3-5 Weeks With Broken Ribs

Dec 25, 2013 8:38 PM

The upper-body injury that Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson suffered Monday night against the Islanders turned out to be a couple of fractured ribs.

Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told the Detroit Free Press on Tuesday that if he had to guess, Ericsson will be sidelined three to five weeks.

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Bettman Upholds Shawn Thornton's Suspension

Dec 24, 2013 2:00 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday he has upheld the 15-game suspension for Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, according to an ESPN.com report.

Thornton now can appeal to an independent arbitrator.

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Sharks' Tomas Hertl To Have Knee Surgery

Dec 24, 2013 12:06 AM

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl will undergo right knee surgery next week, sidelining the rookie for more than a month, according to an ESPN.com report.

GM Doug Wilson said Monday that the team will know more about how much time Hertl will miss following the surgery.

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Predators Loan Filip Forsberg To Swedish National Team
The Predators have loaned Filip Forsberg to the Swedish National Tam for the 2014 World Junior Championships.

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Marian Gaborik Suffers Broken Collarbone
The Jackets have placed Marian Gaborik on the injured list after breaking his collarbone on Saturday night.

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Tomas Hertl Out At Least A Month
Sharks rookie Tomas Hertl will be out at least a month, with a right knee injury.

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Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Varlamov
Domestic violence charges against Semyon Varlamov have been dropped.

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Pavel Kubina Retires After 13 NHL Seasons
Pavel Kubina scored 110 goals in 13 seasons with the Lightning, Maple Leafs, Thrashers, and Flyers.

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Ovechkin Scores 400th Career Goal In Caps' Win
The Capitals scored three power-play goals in the second period to beat the Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night.

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Six NHL Players To Wear Futuristic Skates, Equipment
Six NHL players will be wearing Bauer Hockey's futuristic OD1N skates and protective equipment.

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Sabres Send Draft Pick To Oilers For Omark
Linus Omark has eight goals in 66 NHL games.

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Jagr Moves Past Howe With 122nd Game Winner
Jaromir Jagr's 693rd goal last night was the 122nd game winner of his NHL career.

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Josh Harding Placed On IR For Medication
Wild goalie Josh Harding has been placed on IR to give him time to adjust to MS medication.

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Morgan Klimchuk Signs Entry Deal With Flames
Morgan Klimchuk is in his fourth season with the Regina Pats of the WHL.

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Steen Signs Three-Year Extension With Blues
Alexander Steen has scored 22 goals and 36 points in 33 games for the Blues this season.

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Morgan Rielly Will Remain With Maple Leafs
Morgan Rielly will remain with the Leafs and not be loaned to Team Canada for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden.

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Lightning Sign Jean-Philippe Cote To Two-Year Deal
Jean-Philippe Cote has played in 19 games for the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL this season.

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Jared Boll To Miss 3-4 Months After Ankle Surgery
Jared Boll has appeared in 21 games for the Blue Jackets this season, scoring one goal.

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Shawn Thornton Appeals 15-Game Suspension
Bruins forward Shawn Thornton has appealed his 15-game suspension for injuring Pengunis defenseman Brooks Orpik.

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Ovechkin, Jones, Hutton Named NHLs 'Three Stars'
Alex Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals during the week ending December 15.

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Stamkos Skating Pain-Free Once Again
Cameras caught Lightning star Steven Stamkos skating on Saturday prior to their loss to the Devils.

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Evengi Malkin Injures Leg In Win
Evengi Malkin left Saturday's game with a left leg injury and will be further evaluated Sunday.

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Report: NHL Suspends Shawn Thornton 15-Games
Shawn Thornton's suspension for attacking Brooks Orpik is the first in his NHL career.

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