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Blackhawks Unable To Sign 2010 Pick Kevin Hayes

Kevin Hayes, the Chicago' first-round draft pick in 2010, became an unrestricted free agent after he and the team were unable to agree on a contract prior to the league's 5 p.m. ET deadline Friday.

Hayes, a 22-year-old forward, was selected by the Blackhawks as the No. 24 pick of the 2010 draft, and the team held his exclusive rights until Friday. 

The Blackhawks will be compensated with the No. 24 overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NHL draft because they did extend an entry-level contract to Hayes.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement Friday. "Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month."

Via Scott Power/ESPN


Islanders To Be Sold To Jon Ledecky

Charles Wang has an agreement to eventually transfer ownership of the New York Islanders to a group led by Jon Ledecky.

Ledecky is a former co-owner of the Washington Capitals.

Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin reached a deal to purchase a "substantial minority interest" in the team, pending league approval by the NHL board of governors, with the stipulation that the group would take over majority ownership in two years.

Wang would continue as the majority shareholder during that time.

A source told ESPN.com that the vote by the board of governors would likely happen in December.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in a statement.

Via Katie Strang/ESPN


Leafs Sign William Nylander To Rookie Contract

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed 2014 first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract. Nylander was selected by Toronto eighth overall at the NHL Entry Draft in June.

“Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice,” said David Nonis. “We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract.”

Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden’s second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

Via RealGM Staff Report



Sidney Crosby Progressing In Recovery From Injured Wrist

Sidney Crosby is making progress in recovering from his right wrist injury.

"It's good," Crosby said. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts so I'm happy with the way it's gone."

Crosby led the NHL with 104 points on his way to a second Hart Trophy as the league's top player, but scored just one goal in 13 playoff games.

Crosby is working out under the direction of trainer Matt Belfry.

Via AP


Ducks Re-Sign Jakob Silfverberg

The Ducks announced today that the club has signed right wing Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year contract through the 2014-15 NHL season. 
 
Silfverberg, 23, has scored 42 points and 24 penalty minutes (PIM) in 100 career NHL games. Silfverberg set career highs in points (23), assists and games played (52), and matched his career best in goals last season with Anaheim. 
 
Selected by Ottawa in the second round (39th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Silfverberg won silver at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with Team Sweden, earning one assist in six games. 

Via Press Release


Leafs Name Ted Kennedy First To 'Legends Row'

The Maple Leafs announced Thursday that Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted Kennedy will be the first of three players to be honored with a statue in "Legends Row."

Legends Row will be in Maple Leaf Square, just outside Gate 5 at Air Canada Centre. Two other initial honorees will be named during the Fan Fest, which starts Sept. 6.

Via NHL.com


Wings Sign GM Holland To Extension

The Red Wings have signed executive vice president and GM Ken Holland to a four-year contract through the 2017-18 season.

Holland has been Detroit's GM for the last 17 seasons, and since he took over in July 1997, his teams have won more regular-season games (746) and postseason games (115) than any other organization. 

"Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement. 

Via ESPN.com


Coyotes, Gila River Casinos Agree On Naming-Rights Deal

The Coyotes and Gila River Casinos have agreed on a nine-year partnership that will include the first naming-rights deal by a federally recognized tribe with a venue for one of the four major professional sports leagues.

The agreement must be approved by the Glendale City Council during its meeting Sept. 9. The venue, which had been called Jobing.com Arena, will be known as Gila River Arena if the deal is approved.

Via ESPN.com


Oilers Sign Leon Draisaitl To Deal

The Oilers have signed forward Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, to a three-year entry level contract, according to an ESPN.com report.

Draisaitl had 105 points (38 goals, 67 assists) in 64 regular-season games for the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders last season. 

Via ESPN.com


Barroway Sues Isles' Wang For $10M

In talks to purchase the Islanders just a few months ago, hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway is now suing team owner Charles Wang for $10M amid allegations that Wang backed out of a deal to sell the team despite a handshake agreement between the two men.

The New York Daily News first reported the lawsuit Monday, less than a week after reports surfaced that talks between the two parties had ceased.

Via ESPN.com