August 2017 - Hockey Wiretap

Shane Doan Retires After 21 NHL Seasons

Aug 30, 2017 2:30 PM

Former Coyotes captain Shane Doan is retiring from the NHL after 21 seasons, he announced in a letter to fans Wednesday.

Doan, 40, has played only for the Coyotes, dating back to before the franchise moved from Winnipeg. He was the seventh overall pick by the Jets in 1995.

"I'm so grateful and thankful to the Winnipeg Jets for drafting me and giving me a chance to play my rookie season and when the team moved to the Valley in 1996, all I wanted to know was if the Coyotes would keep giving me a chance to play," Doan said in a first-person letter published in the Arizona Republic.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Winnipeg Jets, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Danis Zaripov Looking To Sign NHL Deal

Aug 29, 2017 1:58 AM

Danis Zaripov will get the chance to take his talents to North America after the NHL approved the Russian winger's eligibility following a doping ban in the Kontinental Hockey League and international play.

The 36-year-old Zaripov is free to sign with any team and could be the latest established Russian player to make an immediate impact in the NHL. Agent Dan Milstein said Zaripov is looking for a one-year contract so he can prove himself.

Tags: Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rangers To Retire Ratelle's No. 19; Flyers To Retire Lindros' No. 88

Aug 29, 2017 1:55 AM

New York Rangers Hall of Famer Jean Ratelle will finally get his No. 19 raised to the rafters at Madison Square Garden, the same season Eric Lindros will have his No. 88 retired by the Philadelphia Flyers.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Devils, Will Butcher Agree To Two-Year, $1.85M Deal

Aug 28, 2017 1:49 AM

The New Jersey Devils continued stockpiling young talent this offseason by landing college hockey's top player, Will Butcher.

The University of Denver defenseman agreed to a two-year, $1.85 million contract with New Jersey on Sunday after spending much of the past two weeks meeting with nearly a dozen NHL teams.

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

Jets Sign Matt Hendricks To One-Year Deal

Aug 27, 2017 1:45 AM

The Winnipeg Jets signed center Matt Hendricks to a one-year, $700,000 contract Saturday.

The 36-year-old former St. Cloud State player spent the last four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, finishing with four goals and three assists in 42 games last season with a 56.9 percent faceoff winning percentage.

He has 49 goals and 51 assists in 521 career games with Colorado, Washington, Nashville and Edmonton.

Tags: Winnipeg Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Leafs Sign Conner Brown To Three-Year Extension

Aug 27, 2017 1:42 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed restricted free-agent forward Connor Brown to a three-year contract extension Saturday.

The deal has an average annual value of $2.1 million per season.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Avs, Alexander Kerfoot Agree To Two-Year Deal

Aug 26, 2017 2:17 AM

The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year, entry-level deal with Alexander Kerfoot after the forward became a college free agent earlier this month.

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Devils Sign Drew Stafford To One-Year Deal

Aug 26, 2017 2:14 AM

The Devils have signed veteran winger Drew Stafford to a one-year deal worth $800,000.

General manager Ray Shero announced the contract Friday, less than a month before the start of training camp.

Stafford, 31, had eight goals and 13 assists last season with Winnipeg and Boston. The Jets traded him to the Bruins at the deadline and had two goals in six playoff games.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor, Signing

Ducks Sign Francois Beauchemin

Aug 22, 2017 1:34 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have signed Francois Beauchemin.

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

RDS reported the contract is worth $1 million with up to $500,000 in performance bonuses.

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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
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.

Former NHL Player Eddie Olczyk Diagnosed With Colon Cancer
Eddie Olczyk has been the in-game analyst for Blackhawk games since the 2006-07 season.

Only Players With Minor League Deals Can Play In Olympics
Players with any sort of NHL contracts will not be playing in the Winter Olympics.

Golden Knights Sign Nate Schmidt To Two-Year, $4.45M Deal
The Golden Knights had claimed Nate Schmidt from the Capitals in the NHL expansion draft.

U.S. Men's Hockey Names Tony Granato Coach
Chris Chelios, Scott Young, and Keith Allain have been hired as assistant coaches.

Mike Fisher Retires After 17 NHL Seasons
Mike Fisher skated in 1,088 career NHL games with the Predators and Senators.

Sabres, Jack Eichel Discussing Eight-Year Deal
Jack Eichel is coming off a season in which he had a team-leading 57 points and finished second with 24 goals in 61 games.

Canes, Brett Pesce Agree To Six-Year Extension
Brett Pesce's extension will pay him $4.025M per season.

Wild Give Mikael Granlund New Three-Year Deal
Mikael Granlund scored 26 goals and had 43 assists for the Wild last season.

Peter Karmanos Jr. Wants To Sell Canes For $500M
Peter Karmanos Jr. and an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg have agreed to a term sheet but do not have a purchase agreement in place.

Sabres Sign Nathan Beaulieu To Two-Year, $4.8M Deal
Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu was a restricted free agent.