July 2017 - Hockey Wiretap

Andrei Markov Signs With Ak Bars Kazan

Jul 31, 2017 3:51 PM

Longtime Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan on Monday.

The team said the 38-year-old Markov signed a two-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it would not keep the defenseman for a 17th NHL season. 

Markov will be reunited with Ak Bars coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who coached Markov on Russia's Olympic team in 2014.

"I'm fired up to work and hope we'll be successful," Markov said.


Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jackets Give Coach John Tortorella One-Year Extension

Jul 31, 2017 1:06 PM

The Blue Jackets have signed Head Coach John Tortorella to a one-year contract extension through the 2018-19 NHL season, club GM Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Since joining the club on Oct. 21, 2015, Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and .586 points percentage.

“John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago,” said Kekalainen. “He is one of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club with John as our head coach.”

Tortorella won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year after leading the Blue Jackets to the best season in the club’s 17-year history last season.

“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity I have to coach this team and be part of a wonderful community that has been very welcoming to my family, so I thank the McConnell family, Mike Priest, John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen, our staff and the entire organization,” said Tortorella. “I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken as a team and I look forward to continuing to work with a very good group of coaches and players.”

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Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor, Signing

Wild, Nino Nederreiter Agree To Terms

Jul 30, 2017 10:19 PM

The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with right wing Nino Niederreiter on a five-year, $26.25 million contract.

The Wild announced Sunday their deal with the restricted free agent, who established career highs last season with 25 goals, 32 assists and a plus-17 rating among several other categories. The 24-year-old Swiss star was one of four players to appear in every game for the Wild last season.


Tags: Minnesota Wild, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Penguins, Conor Sheary Agree To Three-Year Deal

Jul 30, 2017 6:55 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins agreed to a three-year contract with forward Conor Sheary on Sunday to avoid arbitration.

The contract has an average annual value of $3 million, the team announced.

In two seasons with the Penguins, Sheary has 63 points in the regular season (30 goals, 33 assists). Last season in 61 games he had 23 goals and 30 assists in 61 games.


Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Stars To Host 2018 NHL Draft

Jul 30, 2017 12:19 AM

The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL draft at American Airlines Center.

The NHL and the Stars announced Saturday night that the draft will be Friday-Saturday, June 22-23. The first round will be June 22, and the final six rounds will be June 23.

Dallas will host the draft for the first time. The franchise is celebrating its 25th season in Texas after leaving Minnesota.


Tags: Dallas Stars, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Predators Sign Ryan Johansen To Eight-Year, $64M Deal

Jul 29, 2017 2:37 AM

GM David Poile has made it clear he's been looking for a top center since first hired to build the Nashville Predators 20 years ago.

He believes he has just that in Ryan Johansen, and that's why the Predators rewarded the 24-year-old center Friday with an eight-year, $64 million contract. It's the biggest deal the franchise has ever handed out.


Tags: Nashville Predators, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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

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

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

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

Sabres Re-Sign Robin Lehner
The Sabres have signed Robin Lehner to a one-year, $4M deal.


Mark Streit Agrees To Join Canadiens
Defenseman Mark Streit is returning to the team that launched his NHL career.


Rangers Sign Mika Zibanejad To Five-Year, $26.75M Deal
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton announced the contract signing on Tuesday.


Johnny Oduya Signs One-Year, $1M Deals with Senators
Johnny Oduya scored two goals in 52 games last season between the Stars and Blackhawks.


Penguins, Brian Dumoulin Agree To Six-Year, $24.6M Deal
Defenseman Brian Dumoulin has helped the Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups.


Coyotes Sign Jordan Martinook To Two-Year, $3.6M Deal
The Coyotes signed Jordan Martinook on Saturday, avoiding arbitration with the free-agent forward.


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.

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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.

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