• Sutter signs 5-year extension with Canucks

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have signed recently acquired center Brandon Sutter to a five-year contract extension at an average annual value of $4.375 million (US) per season. The Canucks acquired the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter and a third-round draft pick in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Sutter, who has a cap hit of $3.3 million (US) in 2015-16, was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but is now under contract through the 2020-21 season. The 26-year-old had 21 goals, 12 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 80 games in mostly a third-line role with Pittsburgh last season behind Sidney Crosby

  • Senators' Mike Hoffman awarded $2 million in arbitration

    Yesterday

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman has been awarded a $2 million, one-year contract by an arbitrator. Hoffman asked for $3.4 million and the Senators sought $1.75 million. Hoffman's hearing was Thursday but the ruling was delayed until Monday because of the extended weekend in Ontario. Hoffman is set to be a restricted free agent again next summer. The 25-year-old player finished sixth in Calder Trophy voting for NHL rookie of the year with 27 goals and 21 assists.

  • AP sources: Battista stepping down as Sabres executive

    Yesterday

    Two people familiar with the decision say Buffalo Sabres vice president of hockey-related business Joe Battista is leaving the team. They tell The Associated Press he wants to spend more time with his family in Pennsylvania. They spoke on condition Monday because the Sabres are not confirming the move. The people say the decision was in the works for several months and is not related to team president Ted Black's departure last week. Black was replaced by Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon. The Bills and Sabres are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula. Battista is the former Penn State hockey coach and athletic department executive with long ties to the Pegulas He left Penn State to join the Sabres in 2013. His family still

  • Minnesota, center Erik Haula agree on 2-year contract

    Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild and center Erik Haula have agreed on a two-year contract. The Wild announced the deal Sunday with the restricted free agent. Haula had seven goals and seven assists in 72 games last season while playing mostly on the fourth line. He added one goal while appearing in two playoff games. The 24-year-old Finn was a seventh-round draft pick in 2009 out of the University of Minnesota. He was more productive in his rookie season with six goals and nine assists in 46 games. The speedy center had a breakout performance in the 2014 playoffs with four goals and three assists in 13 games.

  • Maple Leafs, Bernier agree to 2-year, $8.3 million deal

    Updated: Sun, Aug 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth $8.3 million. The 26-year-old will count $4.15 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons. The agreement Sunday came after Bernier and the Leafs went to team-elected salary arbitration but before the arbitrator could hand down a ruling. Bernier, a native of Laval, Quebec, had a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage this past season for the Leafs. In 175 NHL games with the Los Angeles Kings and Leafs, Bernier is 76-67-20 with a 2.63 GAA and .916 save percentage.

  • Capitals' Marcus Johansson gets $3.75M, 1-year contract

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Forward Marcus Johansson has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a $3.75 million, one-year contract based on an arbitrator's decision Friday. The 24-year-old Swede had a career-high 20 goals and 27 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season with Washington. A first-round draft pick of the Capitals in 2009, Johansson has 61 goals and 125 assists in 345 regular-season NHL games.

  • Coyotes add Loiselle as hockey operations consultant

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes added Claude Loiselle on Friday as a hockey operations consultant. The 52-year-old Loiselle was the Toronto Maple Leafs' vice president and assistant general manager from 2010-14. He also served seven years as associate director of hockey operations for the NHL Loiselle had 92 goals and 117 assists in 616 career NHL games in 13 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, Quebec Nordiques, Maple Leafs and New York Islanders.

  • New Jersey Devils name Castron director of amateur scouting

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have hired Paul Castron as their director of amateur scouting. General manager Ray Shero announced the move on Friday, just weeks after saying that long-time scouting director David Conte would not be offered a new contract. Castron will oversee all aspects of the club's amateur scouting operations. He spent the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.

  • Canadiens sign restricted free-agent Galchenyuk

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk have agreed to terms on a two-year contract. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday. Galchenyuk had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season. The 21-year-old Wisconsin native has 42 goals and 62 assists in 193 regular-season games and four goals and six assists in 22 playoff games.

  • Flyers, Voracek agree to a multiyear contract extension

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers and right wing Jakub Voracek have agreed to a multiyear contract extension. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday. The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season. The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Czech right wing joined Philadelphia in June 2011 in a trade that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus. Voracek has 124 goals and 248 assists in 531 career games in seven seasons with Columbus and Philadelphia. He has four goals and 11 assists in 22 playoff games.

  • Former Red Wings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. dies at age 93

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Wing Rings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. has died. He was 93. The Reds Wings said Thursday that Reise died Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario. Reise had 21 goals and 61 assists in 340 games for Detroit from 1946-52. He was a four-time All-Star with the Red Wings and played on Detroit's 1950 and 1952 Stanley Cup champion teams. The Stoney Creek, Ontario, native also played for Chicago and New York in his nine-season NHL career that ended in 1953. He had 28 goals and 51 in 494 career regular-season games, and added eight goals and five assists in 52 playoff games. His father also played in the NHL.

  • Sabres owner says 2 lost seasons were successful for future

    Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula says the last two losing seasons were big successes for the team. Pegula said Thursday that the success didn't show up in wins and losses but will show up in the future. Pegula made the comments during a panel discussion with his wife, Kim, as well as Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday. When asked whether success is measured differently for his sports business than his corporate enterprises, Pegula offered the example of the Sabres' recent struggles, which were celebrated by fans who wanted the team to "tank" for the first overall pick. He says the seasons were "two of the most successful seasons we've ever had.

  • Blackhawks getting new practice facility

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are getting a new practice facility. The team says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a deal Thursday to build a 125,000-square foot facility on the site occupied by Malcolm X College just south of the United Center on the city's West Side. It will include two rinks and also serve as a community ice center. Construction is expected to begin next year and be completed within two years. Malcolm X is moving to a new campus next year. The Blackhawks have practiced the past few years at Johnny's IceHouse West in Chicago.

  • Coyotes sign German goalie Niklas Treutle

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes signed German goalie Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The 24-year-old Treutle was 20-10-0 with a .923 save percentage and 2.06 goals-against average last season in 30 games for Munich in the German league.

  • Devils F Dainius Zubrus placed on unconditional waivers

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers by the team Wednesday with the intention of ending his contract. The 37-year-old Zubrus played for the Devils the last eight seasons and was slated to earn $3.1 million this season in the final year of a three-year, $9.3 million deal. The Lithuanian had 10 points in 74 games last season. He was drafted by Philadelphia in 1996 in the first round, 15th overall. He played three seasons for the Flyers and competed for Montreal, Washington and Buffalo before joining the Devils in 2007. Zubrus played in 554 games for New Jersey, scoring 87 goals with 137 assists. He played in 1,243 NHL games, scoring 225 goals and adding 3

  • Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park. Patriots owner Robert Kraft also spoke at the ceremony, just hours after his impassioned "Deflategate" defense. Bettman notes that the three organizations are among the most successful in their sports, with 34 championships. The Canadiens have won 24 of those, but the Patriots are the defending Super Bowl champs.

  • Flyers sign center Sean Couturier to long-term contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension. The 22-year-old Couturier had a career-high 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games last season. He has played in 198 consecutive games and has only missed seven games in his four-year career. Couturier has 45 goals and 73 assists for 118 points in 287 regular-season games and three goals and one assist in 18 career playoff games.

  • Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has wrist surgery

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery Tuesday, according to a statement from the team. The Capitals said he will resume full workout activities in two weeks. They anticipate Orpik returning to full hockey activities in time for the season opener. The 34-year-old was signed by the Capitals as a free agent last year and totaled 19 assists and 66 penalty minutes last season.

  • Marner signs 3-year entry-level contract with Leafs

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year-old Marner was selected fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in the draft. Marner finished second in Ontario Hockey League scoring last season with 126 points (44 goals, 82 assists) in 63 regular-season games with the London Knights. He added 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in seven playoff games. In two seasons with the Knights, Marner had 185 points (57 goals, 128 assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 127 games. Marner helped Canada win the 2014 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, getting a team-leading seven points (two goals, five assists) in five games.

  • Penguins send forward Sutter to Canucks for 2 players

    Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford ranks versatile center Brandon Sutter among of his favorite players. One Rutherford has now traded twice. The Penguins sent the 26-year-old Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Alex Clendening. The teams also swapped 2016 draft picks, with Pittsburgh getting Vancouver's second-round selection and the Canucks receiving a third-round choice from the Penguins. Pittsburgh also signed veteran forward Eric Fehr to a three-year deal in a pair of moves that give the Penguins needed forward depth, particularly along the bottom two lines. Rutherford said the two moves "went hand in hand" as Pittsburgh retools




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