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Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke Stepping Down Next Year

Tim Leiweke, the CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, will step down next year, according to an ESPN.com report.

The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or until a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Toronto FC.

Via ESPN.com


Oilers, Justin Schultz Agree On One-Year Deal

The Oilers agreed to terms with defenseman Justin Schultz on a one-year deal, the team announced Friday.

The contract is worth $3.675 million, a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Schultz scored 11 goals and 33 points, both career highs last sseason.

Via ESPN.com


Craig Anderson Signs New Deal With Senators

Goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a $12.6 million, three-year contract extension with the Senators, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com



No Current Plan For NHL Expansion

The NHL insists expansion is not imminent.

"Nothing has happened to change the status quo," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. "There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing the possibilities, but there is no plan moving forward in terms of expansion."

Via ESPN.com


Sharks To Begin Camp Without Captains

The San Jose Sharks will begin camp without captains after stripping Joe Thornton of the post, while Patrick Marleau will not wear the "A" either.

Management isn't satisfied with the leadership group of the club.

According to a report from Comcast Sportsnet, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and coach Todd McLellan said on Wednesday that they will begin training camp without any captain or alternate captains.

"We're starting this year with a clean slate," Wilson said. "Coming into training camp, everyone is starting with no equity -- from rookies through all of the veterans."

Via Katie Strang/ESPN


Raffi Torres To Miss Beginning Of Season

Raffi Torres will miss the beginning of the 14-15 season after undergoing surgery for an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee.

General manager Doug Wilson announced the news Wednesday, about one month before the start of training camp.

Via AP


Linda Cohn Sues Suburban New York Hockey Rink

ESPN's Linda Cohn says a heavy change-making machine fell on her arm at Hudson Valley's Brewster Ice Arena and sliced her so badly she needed 25 stitches.

The 54-year-old Southbury, Connecticut, resident raised the allegations in a lawsuit recently served on the rink's owners. She's demanding unspecified damages plus costs and expenses.

Cohn's lawyer Jonathan Silver says it happened in March in an arcade area of the rink as she was getting ready to practice for a promotion with a New York Rangers minor league team.

Cohn posted a picture on Twitter showing her stitched-up arm looking like a baseball.

Via AP


Jean-Sebastien Giguere Retires At 37

Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially announced his retirement Thursday after 16 seasons in the NHL.

The 37-year-old earned 262 victories in 597 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Giguere also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2003, when the Ducks lost the Cup Final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games.

Giguere, a first-round pick (No. 13) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Draft, finished with a record of 262-216-50 with 25 ties, a 2.53 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche. He went 33-17 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage in 52 playoff games.

Via RealGM Staff Report


Rangers Sign Kevin Hayes

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes.

Hayes, 22, skated in 40 games with the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East (NCAA) this past season, registering 27 goals and 38 assists for 65 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating. Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey, and he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East’s First All-Star Team. He established collegiate career-highs in goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (six), and game-winning goals (six). Hayes ranked second in the nation in points, third in plus/minus rating, fourth in assists, and fifth in goals. He finished second on Boston College in goals, points, game-winning goals, and shots on goal (140), tied for second in power play goals, and ranked third in assists and plus/minus rating. 

Via RealGM Staff Report


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