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Isles Sign Top-Prospect Okposo To 3-Year Deal
The New York Islanders signed top-prospect Kyle Okposo to a three-year, entry-level contract on Friday. Okposo, currently playing for the United States at the world junior tournament in the Czech Republic, reached a deal with the Islanders just more than a week after he left the University of Minnesota. He will join the Islanders' organization, which selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2006 NHL draft, after the junior tournament is over. The 19-year-old right winger from St. Paul, Minn., already has a goal and two assists in two games with the American team. Okposo earned an assist Friday in the United States' 4-2 victory over Switzerland. He will earn $850,000 each year of the deal and is eligible for bonuses that could reach a maximum of another $850,000 per season.
Stars Extend Coach Tippett's Contract
The Dallas Stars signed coach Dave Tippett on Friday to a one-year contract extension, through the end of the 2008-09 season. Tippett is 212-109-45 in five seasons, the best record among active coaches. The 46-year-old has led the Stars to two 50-win seasons. "Dave has done an outstanding job since the day he started here in Dallas and we expect that to continue," co-general manager Les Jackson said in a statement. Tippett's deal was set to expire in June. "Our goal of winning the Stanley Cup has not changed over the years and we'll continue to pursue that goal together," Tippett said in a statement.
Caps Remove Interim Tag From Boudreau's Resume
The Capitals removed the interim tag from Head Coach Bruce Boudreau's job title. The Capitals named Boudreau their full-time head coach Wednesday. Boudreau assumed the coaching duties Nov. 22 after Glen Hanlon was fired. The Capitals have posted a 7-5-3 record under the 52-year-old Boudreau. Boudreau had been coaching the Capitals' AHL affiliate in Hershey, Pa., at the time of Hanlon's departure. Washington's seven wins and 17 points under Boudreau exceed the team's total from prior to his appointment (6-14-1, 13 points).
Red Wings Extend Lidstrom Through 2009-'10 Season
The Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract extension with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday. Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season. The extension means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-'10 season.
Flyers Give Coach Stevens One-Year Extension
The Philadelphia Flyers reached agreement with Coach John Stevens on a one-year contract extension on Friday. Stevens, 41, is in his first full season as coach after being promoted from assistant in October 2006. The Flyers are 16-13-3 (35 points) entering Friday night's game at Buffalo, four points behind Atlantic Division-leading New Jersey. "John has built strong relationships with many of our young players as well as with the players that joined us over the summer," Flyers' General Manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. "We believe that he is the right coach to lead our team in a positive direction."
Scott Niedermayer Returns To Ducks
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that defenseman Scott Niedermayer will return to the team for the remainder of the season. ?We are obviously very pleased that Scotty has chosen to come back and play,? said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. ?He earned the right to take time in making a decision, one that was clearly difficult for him.? Niedermayer, 34 (8/31/73), helped lead the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship last season, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2007 playoffs. With 15-54=69 points in 79 regular season games last year, Niedermayer became the first Duck to lead NHL defensemen in scoring, a career first. A finalist for the James Norris Memorial Trophy (top NHL defenseman) and 2007 Western Conference All-Star, he set career highs in goals, assists and points, breaking his own club single-season records in assists and points from the previous campaign. ?I?m excited to be rejoining my teammates and getting back on the ice,? said Niedermayer. ?I would like to thank the Samuelis, Brian Burke and especially my teammates for their patience while I wrestled with this very difficult decision.? Signed as a free agent on Aug. 4, 2005, Niedermayer has won four Stanley Cup championships since making his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils during the 1991-92 season. He is the only player in hockey history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title. Niedermayer has been named a Norris Trophy finalist each of the last three seasons, winning the award in 2004. He has been named to four NHL All-Star teams during his career and has produced 10 overtime goals, the most all-time by an NHL defenseman. Originally selected by New Jersey in the first round (third overall) of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Niedermayer has split his 15-season NHL career between the Devils (1991-2004) and Ducks (2005-07). In 1,053 career games, Niedermayer has recorded 140-468=608 points with a +186 rating and 660 penalty minutes (PIM). His Anaheim totals include 28-104=132 points with a +14 rating and 86 PIM in 161 regular season games.