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Tollefsen Agrees To Deal With Flyers
The Flyers and 25-year-old defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen have agreed to a one-year deal, according to an Associated Press report on Thursday. Tollefsen played in 19 games last season with the Blue Jackets, but he missed 39 regular-season games and all four in the playoffs due to injury.
Lightning Name Rick Wilson Associate Coach
The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with Rick Wilson, naming him associate coach today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced. He will be looked upon to coach and groom the team?s defensive corps. ?With 20 years of NHL coaching experience, we believe Rick is exactly what this club needs as an associate coach and we are excited that he has elected to join our staff,? said Lawton upon making the announcement. ?As our team develops, we will look to control the game from the blue line; Rick shares that philosophy, understands that concept and will teach our young defensemen to do just that. Additionally, his past relationships ensure he will fit seamlessly with head coach Rick Tocchet, assistant Wes Walz and goaltending coach Cap Raeder to give us a very cohesive staff which can lead our team to long-term success.? Wilson, a native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, has spent the previous 16 seasons with the Dallas Stars, winning the Stanley Cup in 1999 working along side head coach Ken Hitchcock. During his tenure with the Stars, Wilson helped lead the team to seven division titles, two Western Conference championships and two President?s Trophies. He had most recently served as associate coach for the previous six seasons, focusing on the team?s defense and penalty kill. Under Wilson?s guidance the Stars finished in the top three for fewest goals against in the NHL during the 2007-08, 2006-07, 2003-04 and 2002-03 seasons. Before being named associate coach, Wilson held the position of assistant coach with the Stars for 10 seasons, joining the club for the 1992-93 campaign. He served as interim head coach for 32 games during the 2001-02 campaign, leading the Stars to a 13-11-7-1 record to close out the season. Prior to joining Dallas, Wilson worked as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings for three seasons from 1989-92. With the Kings Wilson worked with Raeder, serving as co-coaches for 15 games in 1990-91. Wilson joined the Kings from the New York Islanders, where he served as an assistant coach for the 1988-89 season. He also served as an assistant for Canada?s National Junior Team that year. Wilson spent eight seasons from 1980-88 with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL (SJHL from 1980-82) before joining the professional ranks. He served as an assistant coach for six seasons from 1980-86, winning the 1985 Memorial Cup Championship, before being named head coach and general manager prior to the 1986-87 season. In two seasons as the head coach with the Raiders, Wilson posted an 86-50-8 record. Wilson began his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of North Dakota, where the Fighting Sioux won the 1980 NCAA Division I Championship and two WCHA crowns during his two years there. While he was a student he played hockey and football, earning his degree in education. Drafted by Montreal in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft, Wilson spent four seasons (1973-77) in the NHL as a defenseman for Montreal, St. Louis and Detroit. During his NHL career he amassed six goals and 32 points in 239 games. Additional Quotes From Lightning Head Coach Rick Tocchet: ?I am very pleased that Brian and Rick were able to work out a deal to bring Rick to Tampa Bay. His resume as a defensive coach is impeccable; he has worked for many years and coached in big games and big situations, including the Stanley Cup Finals. He makes our staff better, he will make me a better head coach and I am very excited about having him lead a group of young defensemen that we want to see grow together for the next several years.? From New Lightning Associate Coach Rick Wilson: ?I am happy to be joining Rick Tocchet and the staff in Tampa because I see the makings of a pretty good team, with some good young players including Stamkos and Hedman combining with Stanley Cup champions like Lecavalier and St. Louis. After extensive talks with Brian (Lawton) and Rick (Tocchet), I feel we can do some good things with the defense there and I look forward to being part of building something special over time like we did in Dallas.?
Rangers Agree To Terms With Klassen
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Sam Klassen. Klassen, 20, skated in 72 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering two goals and 18 assists for 20 points, along with 92 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in games played, goals and plus-minus rating (plus-27). Klassen ranked fourth among team defensemen in assists and fifth in points. He also finished fourth on the club with 92 penalty minutes, while his plus-27 rating ranked seventh on the Blades. The Watrous, Saskatchewan native recorded a season-high, three-game assist streak from November 22 against Brandon to November 30 at Prince George, collecting six assists over the span. Klassen tied his career-high for most assists in a game with three assists in the final game of the streak. In addition, he recorded one assist and 10 penalty minutes in seven postseason contests with Saskatoon. The 6-2, 200-pounder has skated in 182 career WHL games with Saskatoon, registering four goals and 47 assists for 51 points, along with 247 penalty minutes. In 2007-08, Klassen established career-highs in assists (24), points (25) and penalty minutes (103). He also had a stretch of seven assists in eight games from November 13 against Brandon to November 30 at Lethbridge, and recorded a career-high, four-game assist streak (six assists) from February 20 vs. Prince Albert to February 26 against Lethbridge during the 2007-08 season. Klassen made his WHL debut with Saskatoon on December 16, 2006 against Swift Current, and collected his first WHL point with an assist on the game-winning goal in the final minutes of regulation on December 30, 2006 vs. Regina. Prior to joining Saskatoon during the 2006-07 season, Klassen recorded 11 points (two goals and nine assists) and 74 penalty minutes in 32 games with the Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL).
Coyotes Award Winnik One-Year Deal
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that Coyotes left wing Daniel Winnik has been awarded a one-year contract as a result of an arbitration hearing. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Winnik, 24, recorded 3-4-7 and 63 penalty minutes (PIM) in 49 games for the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Winnik also established career-highs in plus/minus (+1) and PIM (63). He finished plus or even in 39 of his 49 games last season. Winnik also played five games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) last year. During the 2007-08 season, Winnik collected 11-15-26 and 25 PIM in 79 games as a rookie for the Coyotes. Among all NHL rookies, he ranked T-1st in shorthanded assists (2), T-2nd in shorthanded points (2), 9th in shots (122) and T-17th in points (26). In 128 career NHL games, Winnik has recorded 14-19-33 and 88 PIM. A native of Toronto, Ont., Winnik played three years of collegiate hockey at the University of New Hampshire from 2003-2006, recording 37-58-95 in 119 games. Winnik was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the ninth round (265th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Canes Sign T. Ruutu To 3-Year, $11.4M Deal
The Hurricanes and forward Tuomo Ruutu have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a three-year deal. The deal is worth $11.4 million, according to the Associated Press. Carolina general manager Jim Rutherford called Ruutu "one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward."
Islanders Add Goalie Biron To Lineup
The Islanders have agreed to terms with goalie Martin Biron on a one-year deal, according to an Associated Press report on Wednesday. Biron was 29-19-5 for the Flyers last season, and led Philadelphia to the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. ?Adding Marty gives us three bona fide No. 1 goalies,? GM Garth Snow said in a statement. ?We learned about the importance of stability in our lineup from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.?
Jackets, Methot Agree On Two-Year Deal
The Columbus Blue Jackets and defenseman Marc Methot have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a two-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Methot, 24, has collected four goals and 17 assists for 21 points to go along with 75 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +11 in 95 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09, he recorded 4-13-17, 55 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in 66 games. He scored the first goal of his NHL career at Nashville on October 18, while setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played. The Ottawa, Ontario native spent the majority of three seasons from 2005-08 with the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus? American Hockey League affiliate. In 195 career AHL games, he registered 10-32-42, 263 penalty minutes and is +27. Prior to turning professional, he notched 8-34-42, 200 penalty minutes and was +91 in 198 games with the Ontario Hockey League?s London Knights from 2002-05.
Kings Sign Free-Agent Center Juraj Mikus
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with unrestricted free agent center Juraj Mikus, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Mikus, 22, recently participated in the Kings annual Development Camp. The 6-1, 200-pound native of Skalica, Slovakia, recorded 90 points (31-59=90), 52 penalty minutes and a plus-58 rating while appearing in all 56 regular season games with Skalica HK 36 of the Slovak Extraliga this past season.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Enver Lisin
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Enver Lisin. Lisin, 23, was acquired by the Rangers from the Phoenix Coyotes, in exchange for Lauri Korpikoski on Monday. He skated in 48 games with Phoenix last season, registering 13 goals and eight assists for 21 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.
Kings Re-Sign Defenseman Bagnall
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with restricted free agent defenseman Drew Bagnall, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Bagnall, 25, recorded six points (0-6=6) and 150 penalty minutes in 79 regular season games with the Kings? American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, this past season.
Prospect Azevedo Agrees To Terms With Los Angeles
The Kings on Monday agreed to terms with C Justin Azevedo on a multi-year entry-level deal.
Kings Re-Sign Purcell To One-Year Deal
The Kings on Monday agreed to terms with RW Teddy Purcell to a one-year deal.
Armstrong Agrees To New Deal With Thrashers
The Thrashers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Colby Armstrong.
Sharks Sign Defensive-Minded Ortmeyer
The Sharks on Thursday agreed to terms on one-year deals with five players, including LW Jed Ortmeyer.
Coyotes Sign Lauri Korpikoski
The Coyotes have signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a two-year contract.
Kings Agree To Terms With Piskula
The Kings on Wednesday agreed to terms on a on-year deal with restricted free agent D Joe Piskula.
Kostopoulos Agrees To Three-Year Deal With Carolina
The Hurricanes and RW Tom Kostopoulos on Tuesday agreed to a three-year deal worth more than $2.7M.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Potter
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Corey Potter.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Callahan
The Rangers announced on Monday that the club has agreed to terms with F Ryan Callahan.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Dane Byers
The Rangers on Friday announced that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Dane Byers.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Kotalik
The Rangers on Thursday agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent F Ales Kotalik.
Kings, Parse Agree To One-Year Deal
The Kings on Thursday agreed to terms on a one-year contract with F Scott Parse.
'Hawks Lock Up Versteeg
The Blackhawks and LW Kris Versteeg have agreed to terms on a three-year deal.
Rangers, Boyle Agree To Terms
The Rangers on Wednesday announced that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent F Brian Boyle.
Maple Leafs Agree To Terms With Five Players
The Maple Leafs on Monday re-signed Ben Ondrus and Ryan Hamlton to one-year deals and also signed Jay Rosehill, Tim Brent, and Richard Greenop to contracts.
Rangers Agree To Terms With F Christopher Higgins
The Rangers on Monday agreed to terms with restricted free agent F Christopher Higgins.
Avs Agree To Terms With Six Players
The Avalanche on Monday announced that the club has signed forwards David Jones, Chris Durno, Darren Haydar, Matt Hendricks and Brian Willsie, along with goaltender Tyler Weiman.
Locke Agrees To Deal With Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Corey Locke.
Rangers Agree To Terms With Arnason
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a two-way contract with free agent forward Tyler Arnason.
Scuderi Agrees To Sign With Kings
The Kings on Thursday agreed to terms on a four-year deal with free agent D Rob Scuderi.