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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


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


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


Leafs Agree To Terms With Franson

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Monday the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Cody Franson on a one-year contract.

Franson, 26, played 79 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, collecting 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) with 30 penalty minutes. The defenceman ranked second in NHL hits (282) and was third on the Leafs in blocked shots (111). He established single-season career highs in assists and points last season.

The native of Sicamous, British Columbia has played 322 career NHL games with Toronto and the Predators, posting 28 goals, 105 assists, 133 points, 106 minutes in penalties. 

Via Press Release


Stempniak Agrees To Terms With Rangers

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

Stempniak, 31, skated in 73 games with the Flames and Penguins this past season, registering 12 goals and 22 assists for 34 points, along with 32 penalty minutes. 

In the 2014 Playoffs, he established playoff career-highs in games played (13), goals (two), points (three), shots on goal (22), and hits (19). 

Stempniak has skated in 637 career NHL games with St. Louis, Toronto, Phoenix, Calgary, and Pittsburgh, registering 150 goals and 191 assists for 341 points, along with 233 penalty minutes. 

Stempniak was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round, 148th overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Via Press Release


Kane: 'Not A Thought' To Leave Blackhawks

Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, both top-five draft picks, began their NHL careers together for the Blackhawks in 2007 and have been behind the franchise's resurgence the last seven seasons. Chicago has won two Stanley Cup titles, reached four Western Conference finals and made six consecutive playoff appearances since their arrival. 

Kane said they never considered exploring what their other options could be outside the Blackhawks, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Leafs Sign Peter Holland To Two-Year Deal

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and GM of the Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that the club has signed forward Peter Holland to a two-year contract.

Holland, 23, played 39 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 collecting 10 points (five goals, five assists) and 16 penalty minutes.  He recorded a career best two goals and three points December 14 against Chicago. The forward also played 14 regular season games for the AHL's Marlies this past season during which he registered five goals and five assists with 10 penalty minutes. In 11 Calder Cup playoff games he led the Marlies in both goals (7) and points (15).

The Maple Leafs acquired Holland on November 16, 2013 from the Ducks along with Brad Staubitz in exchange for Jesse Blacker, Toronto’s second round pick and Anaheim’s seventh round pick (previously acquired) in the 2014 Entry Draft.

Holland has played 68 career NHL games for Toronto and Anaheim and has registered 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) and 24 penalty minutes. He was originally Anaheim’s first choice, selected 15th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Via Press Release