Hockey Wiretap

Coyotes Trade McGinn To Panthers For Demers

Sep 18, 2017 5:44 PM

The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers on Sunday for forward Jamie McGinn.

Demers, 29, had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 regular-season games for the Panthers last season. He has 37 goals and 134 assists in 504 career games with San Jose, Dallas and Florida.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Ducks Hope To Have Ryan Kesler Back By Christmas

Sep 16, 2017 7:20 PM

Ryan Kesler remains out indefinitely after undergoing offseason hip surgery.

"As of right now, there is no timeline whatsoever," general manager Bob Murray told the Ducks website Friday. "He couldn't skate [during the second half of the season]. No push-off on his right leg. He has to rebuild his glutes and quads. That's what we're in the process of doing right now. I'm hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that's all I'm going to say right now."

Kesler had 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games last season, and had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Injury

Joe Thornton Fully Healthy After MCL, ACL Surgery In April

Sep 16, 2017 7:18 PM

Joe Thornton said his surgically repaired left knee is 100 percent healthy after suffering a tear of the MCL and ACL on April 2nd.

Thornton missed the San Jose Sharks' final three regular-season games and their first two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Two weeks after being injured, he played Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers. Thornton played the final four games of the series, which the Sharks lost in six games.

Thornton returned to the ice by early August, then, after a break, he "started ramping it up" two weeks ago.

"Jumbo is one of the most unique athletes, forget about hockey players, that I have ever seen," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "Nobody loves the game more than Joe Thornton. The amount of work he's put in rehab wise and fitness wise is such an inspiration to everybody in this organization. If we were starting [the season] tomorrow, he'd be ready to go."

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Tags: San Jose Sharks, Injury

Kris Letang Cleared For Contact

Sep 14, 2017 11:00 AM

Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has been cleared for contact before training camp opens Friday.

Letang, who underwent season-ending neck surgery on April 13 to repair a herniated disk, said he felt healthy Tuesday but continues to take his recovery one day at a time. He hopes to play when the defending Stanley Cup champions open their regular season against the Blues on Oct. 4.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Injury, Misc Rumor

Vernon Fiddler Retires After 14 NHL Seasons

Sep 14, 2017 10:57 AM

Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams.

Fiddler announced his decision Wednesday in a story for The Players Tribune.

Tags: Nashville Predators, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Bruins, David Pastrnak Agree To Six-Year, $40M Deal

Sep 14, 2017 10:54 AM

The Bruins ended the standoff and locked up one of their building blocks on Thursday, reportedly agreeing to a six-year, $40 million deal with forward David Pastrnak.

Multiple outlets reported that the 21-year-old native of the Czech Republic gets some form of a no-movement clause as well.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Oilers Sign Chris Kelly To Tryout Contract

Sep 11, 2017 3:57 PM

The Edmonton Oilers signed center Chris Kelly to a professional tryout contract Sunday.

The 36-year-old Kelly had five goals and seven assists in 82 regular-seasons games for Ottawa last season,

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Damon Severson Signs Six-Year, $25M Deal With Devils

Sep 11, 2017 3:54 PM

Being an unrestricted free agent without arbitration rights, defenseman Damon Severson was hoping to get contract from the New Jersey Devils that would carry him over for a couple of years.

The Devils instead gave Severson, 23, a vote of confidence, signing him to a six-year, $25 million contract that will keep him with the team through the 2022-23 season.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Rangers Hire Leetch, Richards As Advisers

Sep 5, 2017 2:52 PM

The Rangers have hired former players Brian Leetch and Brad Richards as advisers.

GM Jeff Gorton announced the hires Tuesday. Leetch and Richards will work on prospect development and assist with on-ice development for the Rangers and their top affiliate, the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jackets Sign Alexander Wennberg To Six-Year, $29.4M Deal

Sep 2, 2017 2:35 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed free-agent center Alexander Wennberg to a six-year, $29.4 million contract.

The Blue Jackets announced the deal Friday, locking up their top-line center through the 2022-23 season, with a cap hit of $4.9 million a year. The 22-year-old Swede was a key part of a young team that set franchise records for wins and points and advanced to the playoffs last season.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Canucks, Vanek Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal
Forward Thomas Vanek scored 17 goals in 68 games with the Panthers and Red Wings last season.

Shane Doan Retires After 21 NHL Seasons
Shane Doan has only played for the Coyotes, dating back to before the franchise moved from Winnipeg.

Danis Zaripov Looking To Sign NHL Deal
The NHL has approved Danis Zaripov's eligibility following a doping ban in the KHL.

Rangers To Retire Ratelle's No. 19; Flyers To Retire Lindros' No. 88
Eric Lindros will take another step toward rebuilding his relationship with the Flyers when he's honored before their January 18 game against the Maple Leafs.

Devils, Will Butcher Agree To Two-Year, $1.85M Deal
The New Jersey Devils sign college hockey's top player, Will Butcher, to a two-year contract.

Jets Sign Matt Hendricks To One-Year Deal
Matt Hendricks scored four goals and had three assists in 42 games with the Oilers last season.

Leafs Sign Conner Brown To Three-Year Extension
Connor Brown's deal has an average salary of $2.1M per season.

Avs, Alexander Kerfoot Agree To Two-Year Deal
Forward Alexander Kerfoot became a college free agent earlier this month.

Devils Sign Drew Stafford To One-Year Deal
Drew Stafford had eight goals and 13 assists last season with Winnipeg and Boston.

Ducks Sign Francois Beauchemin
Francois Beauchemin was a member of their Stanley Cup championship team in 2007.

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Jack Eichel, Sabres Discussing Contract Extension
Jack Eichel is in the final season of his three-year, entry-level contract, which has an NHL salary cap charge of $925,000.

Matt Cullen Likely To Retire After 17-18 Season With Wild
Matt Cullen's contract is worth $1 million, and he can earn up to $700,000 in bonuses.

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John Tavares Pleased With Extension Talks With Islanders
John Tavares signed a six-year contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million in 2011.

Avalanche Sign Dominic Toninato
Dominic Toninato wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17.

RealGM Staff Report

Tuukka Rask Expects To Be Ready For Start Of Game
Tuukka Rask underwent groin surgery on May 9.

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Red Wings Denounce Use Of Logo By White Nationalists
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly decried the "irresponsible and improper use" of the logo.


Brian Murray Passes Away At 74
Brian Murray was general manager of five separate teams.

Matt Murray Feels 'Responsible' For Fleury Leaving Penguins
Matt Murray inherited the role of the Penguins' No. 1 goaltender after Marc-Andre Fleury went to the Vegas Golden Knights in the June expansion draft.

Jaromir Jagr Receiving Interest From Several Teams
Jaromir Jagr had 46 points in 82 games last season with the Panthers, who said they wouldn't re-sign him this offseason.

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Sidney Crosby Believes Pens Can 'Three-Peat'
The defending champion Penguins open camp in September.