Hockey Wiretap

Jack Eichel, Sabres Discussing Contract Extension

Aug 19, 2017 6:38 PM

Jack Eichel continues to negotiate what he hopes will be a long-term contract with the Buffalo Sabres, he told the Lowell Sun.

"We're in the midst of it. It's between my agent and [general manager Jason] Botterill," the 20-year-old said. "I'm just going to work hard this summer. All of that tends to take care of itself. Obviously the contract is important. But for me it's all about the play."

Eichel and the Sabres reportedly are negotiating an eight-year extension that would begin next season. This will be the final season of his three-year, entry-level contract, which has an NHL salary cap charge of $925,000.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Misc Rumor

Matt Cullen Likely To Retire After 17-18 Season With Wild

Aug 17, 2017 1:52 PM

Matt Cullen signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild that will likely be his final season in the NHL.

"Probably," Cullen said when asked if he will retire after the 17-18 season.

The contract is worth $1 million, and Cullen can earn up to $700,000 in bonuses.

"I think I've probably said the same thing the last two years and I would probably say the same thing now, that I'm going into it expecting it will be my last [season]," Cullen said. "I'll try to figure out what's right at the end of the season, but until then I guess I don't know. But I fully expect this will be the last one."

Tom Gulitti/

Tags: Minnesota Wild, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

John Tavares Pleased With Extension Talks With Islanders

Aug 17, 2017 11:32 AM

John Tavares is pleased with the state of negotiations with the New York Islanders as he enters the final season of his contract.

Tavares wasn't willing to discuss the talks he's had with Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight, but it appears the dialogue has been positive.

Tavares was the No. 1 pick in 2009.

Tavares signed a six-year contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million in 2011.

"For me there's really no rush," Tavares told the newspaper. "I'm trying to determine things, let the process run its course, keep the lines of communication open, keep it all internal and it's been good so far. … In terms of signing a new contract, there's a lot that goes into it. To really dive into all the details, get into all the conversations I've had with Garth, the team and Doug, I don't think it's productive to the situation and the negotiating. I prefer to keep it all internal. That's the best way to keep it all open, honest and healthy."

Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor

Avalanche Sign Dominic Toninato

Aug 16, 2017 4:26 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15.

Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and finished with a team-high +25 plus/minus rating, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league’s best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

In 151 career games with Minnesota Duluth, Toninato accumulated 91 points (54g/37a) and finished with a +43 plus/minus rating.

“We are excited to announce that Dominic has decided to sign with our organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is a big, responsible two-way center and represents a solid prospect for the future of our team.”

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Signing

Tuukka Rask Expects To Be Ready For Start Of Game

Aug 14, 2017 5:54 PM

Tuukka Rask said Monday he'll be ready for training camp after having groin surgery on May 9.

"I'm 100 percent [certain]," Rask said before teeing off at the Seventh Annual Putts and Punches Golf Tournament to benefit the Shawn Thornton Foundation at Ferncroft Country Club.

Rask, 30, said the rehabilitation process was relatively easy and that he feels "normal" three months after the surgery.

Matt Kalman/

Tags: Boston Bruins, Injury

Red Wings Denounce Use Of Logo By White Nationalists

Aug 12, 2017 5:44 PM

The Detroit Red Wings released a statement denouncing the use of their logo by white nationalists at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.," the team said in a statement. "The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for Everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration."

There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses a logo nearly identical to that of the Red Wings.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly decried the "irresponsible and improper use" of the logo.

"This specific use is particularly offensive because it runs counter to the inclusiveness that our league values and champions," Daly said in an email to The Associated Press. "We will take immediate and all necessary steps to [ensure] the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate."


Tags: Detroit Red Wings

Brian Murray Passes Away At 74

Aug 12, 2017 3:31 PM

Brian Murray has passed away of colon cancer at the age of 74.

Murray was GM of the Detroit Red Wings (1990-94), Florida Panthers (1994-98), Anaheim Ducks (2001-04), and Ottawa Senators (2007-16), and coached the Washington Capitals (1981-90), Red Wings (1990-93), Panthers (1997-98), Ducks (2001-02) and Senators (2005-08).

"Bryan Murray's strength and character were reflected in the teams he coached and the teams he built over decades of front office excellence," Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "While his warmth and dry sense of humor were always evident, they were accompanied by the fiery competitiveness and determination that were his trademarks. As we mourn Bryan's passing, we celebrate his many contributions to the game -- as well as his courage. The National Hockey League family sends our deepest condolences, comfort and support to Bryan's family, his many friends and all whose lives he influenced."

Matt Murray Feels 'Responsible' For Fleury Leaving Penguins

Aug 12, 2017 8:09 AM

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

"Marc had been such a fixture in Pittsburgh," Murray told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in an article published Thursday. "To an extent, I feel like I was responsible for him leaving that. I know he probably would rather stay in Pittsburgh his entire career, for sure. I definitely feel bad in that regard.

"I want to have a career like [Fleury] did -- the guy who has been so successful for so long. ... At the end of the day, I'm not going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury's shoes. Nobody's going to fill Marc-Andre Fleury's shoes. It's about being myself, doing the best that I can each and every day, and it's about being better than I was yesterday."

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins

Jaromir Jagr Receiving Interest From Several Teams

Aug 10, 2017 10:11 AM

Jaromir Jagr is receiving interest from a number of teams.

"The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in Czech Republic's second-tier professional league. "No, really, I don't have a clue. I leave it all on my agent [Petr Svoboda]. There is a couple of [NHL] teams that showed interest, but nothing specific yet."

Jagr, 45, had 46 points in 82 games last season with the Panthers, who said they wouldn't re-sign him this offseason.

Jagr's 1,914 points are second in League history behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857), and at 1,711 NHL games, he trails Gordie Howe by 56 for most all-time.

"I'm not thinking about the total number of NHL games," Jagr said after an exhibition game to commemorate fellow Czech forward Martin Havlat's retirement. "It's true that when I got back to the NHL (in 2011), I told myself I would very much want to get to 2,000 [NHL] points. But it's still far away. I didn't expect it would be so hard to get a job in the NHL this year."

Michael Langr/

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sidney Crosby Believes Pens Can 'Three-Peat'

Aug 9, 2017 1:24 AM

He was "Sid the Kid." Now he's "Sidney the Mature Adult."

"I don't know if it has the same ring," Penguins captain Sidney Crosby said, laughing.

He's right. It doesn't.

Crosby turned 30 years old Monday, and he needs a new nickname.

How about "Three-peat Champion?"

"We're going to training camp with that in mind," he said. "It'll be a big challenge, but why not?"

Thirty teams will try to come up with an argument for Crosby starting in September, when he and the Penguins, winners of back-to-back Stanley Cup titles, open camp.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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