Hockey Wiretap

Andrei Markov Not Returning To Canadiens

Jul 27, 2017 1:50 PM

Andrei Markov will not return next season to the Montreal Canadiens, the only team he has played for in his 16 seasons in the league.

He is scheduled to speak on a conference call Thursday afternoon.

Markov, 38, was the longest-tenured player on the team and an alternate captain last season. The two-time All-Star had six goals and 36 points and was plus-18.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Coyotes Sign Jordan Martinook To Two-Year, $3.6M Deal

Jul 23, 2017 1:12 AM

The Arizona Coyotes have signed restricted free-agent forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year, $3.6 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

The contract, announced Saturday, will pay Martinook $1.75 million this season and $1.85 million next year.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

McDavid Frustrated Over Missing Olympics

Jul 26, 2017 3:19 PM

The Stanley Cup isn't the only thing Connor McDavid wants. He also wants a shot at Olympic gold, and he's frustrated that NHL players likely won't get a chance to play in the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

In April, the NHL announced that it will not stop its season to allow players to compete at the Feb. 9-25 Olympics for the first time in 20 years.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor

Coyotes Add John McLean, Scott Allen To Coaching Staff

Jul 27, 2017 1:55 AM

The Coyotes hired John MacLean and Scott Allen on Wednesday as assistant coaches on Rick Tocchet's staff.

MacLean played 18 NHL seasons with four teams before becoming an assistant coach in the Devils organization for seven seasons. He was an assistant with the Hurricanes from 2011 to 2014 and served as an analyst for the NHL Network from 2015 to 2017.

A former minor league player, Allen served as an assistant coach with the Rangers from 2009 to 2012 and has held numerous coaching jobs in the minors, most recently with the San Antonio Rampage.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Signing

Sabres Re-Sign Robin Lehner

Jul 26, 2017 1:29 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. Lehner was a restricted free agent.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Misc Rumor, Signing

Mark Streit Agrees To Join Canadiens

Jul 26, 2017 1:25 AM

The Canadiens have agreed to terms with veteran defenseman Mark Streit, who is returning to the team that launched his NHL career.

According to multiple reports, Streit gets a $700,000 base salary but can earn $300,000 more in bonuses.

"If someone told me 10 years ago that I'd be back playing with the Canadiens ... It's a dream," Streit said, according to the Canadiens' Twitter feed.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Bruins, Ryan Spooner Agree To One-Year, $2.825M Deal

Jul 27, 2017 1:59 AM

The Bruins and center Ryan Spooner avoided arbitration on the day of their hearing, agreeing to a one-year, $2,825,000 deal on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Spooner became a restricted free agent on July 1, after finishing a two-year contract that was worth $950,000 per season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Rangers Sign Mika Zibanejad To Five-Year, $26.75M Deal

Jul 25, 2017 1:11 PM

The Rangers have signed center Mika Zibanejad to a five-year, $26.75 million deal.

The Rangers are counting on him to take on a bigger role following the trade of Derek Stepan to the Coyotes.

GM Jeff Gorton announced the contract Tuesday morning, before the team and Zibanejad were set to go to arbitration.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Johnny Oduya Signs One-Year, $1M Deals with Senators

Jul 25, 2017 2:04 AM

Defenseman Johnny Oduya has signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Senators that includes bonus provisions that could add up to another $1.25 million.

He can achieve bonuses for games played, time on the ice and various playoff incentives.

Oduya, 35, had two goals and nine points in 52 games last season between the Stars and Blackhawks.

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

Penguins, Brian Dumoulin Agree To Six-Year, $24.6M Deal

Jul 25, 2017 2:00 AM

The Penguins have locked up one of their young defensemen, agreeing to a deal with Brian Dumoulin on a six-year, $24.6 million contract to avoid arbitration.

Dumoulin, 25, has played in all 49 of the Penguins' playoff games the past two seasons, helping Pittsburgh win back-to-back Stanley Cups.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Predators Re-Sign Viktor Arvidsson To Seven-Year, $29.75M Deal
Predators GM David Polle announced the deal on Saturday night.

Blues, Colton Parayko Agree To Five-Year, $27.5M Deal
Colton Parayko scored four goals and had 31 assists in his rookie year.

Rangers, Goalie Alexander Georgiev Agree To Terms
Alexander Georgiev appeared in 27 games with TPS Turku of Liiga in Finland last season.

Press Release

Kyle Okposo To Play Summer League Game
Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is recovering from an undisclosed illness that has placed his hockey future in question.

Senators, Jean-Gabriel Pageau Agree To Three-Year, $9.3M Deal
Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored 12 goals in 82 regular-season games last season.

Hawks' Brian Campbell Retires After 17 NHL Seasons
Brian Campbell will join the Blackhawks front office, assisting with marketing, community and youth hockey activities.

Flyers Sign Nolan Patrick To Three-Year, Entry-Level Deal
Nolan Patrick was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Peter Karmanos Jr. Considering Selling Canes
Peter Karmanos Jr. is deciding to accept an offer or remain the owner of the Hurricanes.

Golden Knights Sign Reinhart, Leipsic To Two-Year Deals
Griffin Reinhart has 37 games of NHL experience with the Oilers and Islanders.

Devils Sign No. 1 Overall Pick Nico Hischier
Nico Hischier's three-year, entry-level deal will have an average salary of $925,000.

Flames' Mark Giordano Wins Humanitarian Award
Flames captain Mark Giordano is the winner of the Muhammad Ali Award, which was presented on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Canes Sign Jaccob Slavin To Seven-Year, $37.1 Extension
Jaccob Slavin had a career-high 34 points in his second year in the NHL.

Coyotes Hire Steve Patterson As President, CEO; Promote John Chayka
The Coyotes hope that Steve Patterson can help solve their ongoing arena issue.

Leafs Sign Timothy Liljegren To Entry-Level Deal
The Maple Leafs selected Timothy Liljegren with the 17th overall pick in last month's NHL Draft.

Press Release

Rick Tocchet Named Coyotes' Head Coach
Rick Tocchet played three seasons with the Coyotes during his 18-year NHL career.

Penguins Name Mark Recchi Assistant Coach
Mark Recchi replaces Rick Tocchet, who took the head coaching job in Arizona.

Lightning Re-Sign Tyler Johnson
Tyler Johnson has signed a seven-year, $35M deal with Tampa Bay.

Kings Name Pierre Turgeon Assistant Coach
Pierre Turgeon has been hired to focus on improving the Kings' offense.

Stars Re-Sign Radek Faksa To Three-Year, $6.5M Deal
Stars center Radek Faksa scored 12 goals and had 21 assists in 80 games last season.

Rangers Hire Lindy Ruff As Assistant Coach
Lindy Ruff was an NHL head coach for almost 19 seasons.