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Leafs Sign Daniel Winnik To One-Year Deal

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Monday the club has signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract.

Winnik, 29, played 76 games for the Ducks in 2013-14, registering career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while adding six goals, 23 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He also posted an assist and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games with the Ducks last season.

The centreman has accumulated 150 career NHL points (49 goals, 101 assists) and 226 penalty minutes in 490 games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Winnik was originally selected by Phoenix in the ninth round, 265th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Via Press Release


Red Wings, Tomas Tatar Agree On Deal

The Red Wings agreed to terms Monday on a new three-year deal with young star Tomas Tatar, who scored 19 goals last season, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Brassard Gets Five-Year Deal With Rangers

The Rangers avoided arbitration with Derick Brassard by agreeing to terms with the restricted free-agent center, the team announced Sunday.

Brassard will receive a five-year contract, his agent, Allan Walsh, said on Twitter.

Via ESPN.com



Leafs Agree To Terms with Reimer

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Friday the club has agreed to terms with goaltender James Reimer on a two-year contract.

Reimer, 26, appeared in 36 games for the Maple Leafs last season, compiling a record of 12-16-1 with a 3.29 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout. The goaltender also played four games for Canada at the 2014 World Championship in Belarus, posting a 2.20 goals against average and a .911 save percentage with a 3-0-1 record.

A native of Morweena, Manitoba, Reimer has appeared in 140 NHL games, registering a 65-48-15 record with a 2.85 goals against average, a .914 save percentage and 11 shutouts. He was originally selected by Toronto in the fourth round, 99th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Via Press Release


Rangers, Mats Zuccarello Agree To Terms

Rangers President and GM Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Mats Zuccarello.

Zuccarello, 26, registered 19 goals and 40 assists for 59 points, along with 32 penalty minutes in 77 games with the Rangers this past season. He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (four), power play assists (13), power play points (17), game-winning goals (four), average ice time (17:08), and shots on goal (170).

At the conclusion of the regular season, Zuccarello was named the recipient of the 2013-14 Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award. The award, which is voted on by the fans, has been given annually since the conclusion of the 1987-88 season to the player who “goes above and beyond the call of duty.” 

In the 2014 Playoffs, he registered five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 25 games. 

Zuccarello signed with the Rangers as a free agent on March 28, 2013. He originally signed with the team as an undrafted free agent on May 26, 2010.

Via Press Release


Leafs Sign David Booth To One-Year Deal

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday the club has signed forward David Booth to a one-year contract.

Booth, 29, played 66 games for the Canucks in 2013-14, collecting nine goals, 10 assists, 19 points and 18 penalty minutes. The winger has registered 218 career NHL points (113 goals, 105 assists) and 181 penalty minutes in 443 games with the Canucks and Panthers. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games.

Booth was selected by Florida in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.

Via Press Release


Thomas Vanek Cooperating In Federal Investigation

Thomas Vanek says he's cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester.

Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials. He signed a free-agent contract with the Wild this month.

Vanek says they have asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He says he's cooperating and isn't a target of the probe or prosecution.

Via ESPN.com


Stars Reward Roussel With Four-Year Deal

The Stars agreed to a four-year contract with forward Antoine Roussel on Tuesday, the team announced.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun the deal is worth $8M total.

Via ESPN.com


Maple Leafs Name Kyle Dubas Assistant GM

The Maple Leafs announced today the hiring of Kyle Dubas, who served the past three seasons as General Manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, as Assistant General Manager to David Nonis.

As part of a front office restructuring, the club also announced the departures of Vice President of Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Claude Loiselle.

“Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work ethic and maturation beyond his years,” said Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan. “He has a fresh approach that we feel will benefit our club for years to come.”

“At the same time, I would like to thank Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle for their tireless dedication during their time with the Maple Leafs. They are both very accomplished hockey executives who have helped put this team in a position to take the next step.”

“We’re excited about the addition of an up-and-coming hockey executive in Kyle,” said GM Dave Nonis. “He is an innovative thinker that will bring enthusiasm and impressive abilities to our club. His work ethic, character and demonstrated leadership in Sault Ste. Marie make for a valuable combination that will certainly have a positive impact on our organization in many ways.”

Via Press Release


Kirilenko Breaks Off Engagement To Ovechkin

Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals.

The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012.

Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision.

Via ESPN.com