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  • Schneider gets 7-year, $42 million deal with NJ

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils signed goaltender Cory Schneider to a seven year, $42 million contract extension. "The first word that comes to mind is excitement," Schneider said on Wednesday. "I always wanted to be a New Jersey Devils goaltender for a long time. I think it's something we both wanted to get done. "We were both on the same page. They showed a tremendous commitment to me and I'm glad to see that we got it done. I didn't need to hear about free agency. I knew how the Devils felt about me. They believed in me and had faith in me. I just wanted to be here." The 28-year-old Schneider would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, but this contract keeps him with New

  • Wild sign Cody Almond to 1-year contract

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed forward Cody Almond to a one-year contract. Almond scored 18 goals and had 16 assists in 44 games with Geneve-Servette in the Swiss League in 2013-14. Almond also scored eight goals and had 22 assists in 39 games with Geneve-Servette in 2012-13. The 24-year-old native of Calgary, Alberta, was originally selected by the Wild in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. He played 25 games with Minnesota in parts of three seasons and scored two goals. Almond also scored 29 goals and had 38 assists in 159 games with the AHL's Houston Aeros from 2009 to 2012.

  • Ducks sign LW Dany Heatley to 1-year deal

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed left wing Dany Heatley to a one-year deal, returning the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to the Pacific Division. Heatley spent last season with Minnesota. He played for San Jose from 2009-11, compiling 65 goals and 81 assists in 162 games for the Sharks. Heatley also has played for Atlanta and Ottawa in his career, notching 372 goals and 419 assists in 863 career games. He is a four-time All Star and a two-time 50-goal scorer. Heatley ranks second among NHL players with 143 power-play goals.

  • Blackhawks, Toews, Kane reach 8-year extensions

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known. All that was left was crunching the numbers on two of the biggest contracts in franchise history. The Blackhawks announced Wednesday they had reached eight-year extensions with two of their top performers in a long run of success that includes Stanley Cup titles in 2010 and 2013. Toews and Kane led Chicago back to the Western Conference final this year, where it lost to the eventual NHL champion Los Angeles Kings.

  • Blue Jackets sign former 2nd-rounder Will Weber

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Will Weber to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract. The 25-year-old Weber was selected by Columbus in the second round, 53rd overall, in the 2007 draft. He has three goals, seven assists, 182 penalty minutes and a +1 plus/minus rating in 123 American Hockey League games, all with the Springfield (Mass.) Falcons. The 6-foot-4, 231-pounder is a native of Gaylord, Michigan, and spent four seasons at Miami University (2008-12), where he was named the best defenseman in the CCHA in 2010.

  • Predators sign Ekholm to two-year contract

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed restricted free-agent defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a two-year, $2.075 million contract. The Predators announced the signing Wednesday. The contract will pay Ekholm $1.0375 million each of the next two seasons. Ekholm, 24, had one goal and eight assists in 62 games as a rookie last season. He was one of only six NHL defensemen to play at least 50 games and to be assessed 10 or fewer penalty minutes. He also played one game for the Predators in 2012-13 and appeared in two games with the team in 2011-12.

  • Wingels commits to Sharks 'rebuilding' plan

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Wingels didn't hesitate in committing the next three years to the San Jose Sharks even as general manager Doug Wilson says the team is entering a rebuilding period. Wingels signed a $7.4 million, three-year contract this week. "Doug is the architect of this team. Whatever direction he feels is best for it, as a player you buy into that," Wingels said Tuesday. "As a player, you're committed to your team and whatever decision the general manager makes. I'm fully on board with whatever he decides to do." Along with locking up Wingels, the Sharks also signed another of their restricted free agent forwards to a contract, finalizing a one-year, $1.3 million deal with James Sheppard on Tuesday.

  • Predators sign Bitetto to one-year contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Anthony Bitetto to a one-year contract. The Predators announced Tuesday that Bitetto, a restricted free agent, had accepted his qualifying offer and had signed a contract. The 23-year-old Bitetto spent last season with the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, a Predators affiliate. He had 36 points for Milwaukee and tied for sixth among AHL defensemen with 11 goals. Under the terms of his two-way contract, Bitetto will be making a $605,000 salary when he's in the NHL and a $60,000 salary when he's in the AHL. Bitetto, who is 6 feet tall and 215 pounds, played collegiately at Northeastern.

  • Jackets re-sign Sean Collins to 1-year, 2-way deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Sean Collins to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2014-15 season. The 25-year-old Collins appeared in six games with the Blue Jackets last season, with one assist. In 67 games with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons, he added 16 goals and 25 assists. Collins, a native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, was Columbus' ninth pick, 187th overall, at the 2008 NHL draft.

  • Boston Bruins plan new practice facility in city

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed a deal with a developer for a new team practice facility within city limits. Team President Cam Neely announced Tuesday that the Bruins have signed a letter of intent for a longterm lease with Boston Landing, a mixed-used development planned for the city's Allston-Brighton neighborhood. Construction on the facility, which also includes locker room, training and office space, is scheduled to begin next spring and be completed in the fall of 2016. The 14-acre Boston Landing project includes new corporate headquarters for the New Balance shoe company, a commuter rail station, as well as office, retail, restaurant and hotel space.

  • Wild to begin digital ticketing for season tickets

    Updated: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild say digital ticketing will replace paper tickets for season ticket holder starting in the upcoming season. Wild chief operating officer Matt Majka says the time is right to make the move. Majka says fans have become accustomed to using online and mobile technology. Season ticket holders will receive a smart card, the size of a credit card, that contains all of their account information. The card will be scanned when the fan enters Xcel Energy Center. The team says digital ticketing includes fast, convenient online forwarding, with no forwarding fees. Fans can't grab the wrong game tickets by mistake, or hand over the wrong tickets to friends and family.

  • Predators' Fisher has ruptured Achilles tendon

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher has a ruptured Achilles tendon that likely will cause him to miss at least the start of the upcoming season. In a statement released by the team Monday, Predators general manager David Poile said Fisher underwent surgery Thursday after rupturing the tendon during a training session. "We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four to six months, and look forward to his return to the ice," Poile said. The Predators open the season Oct. 9 against Ottawa. Fisher, 34, served as Nashville's alternate captain last season and had 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 games. He has 226 goals and 255 assists in 887 career regular-season games.

  • Boyle happy with move East to join Rangers

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — If Dan Boyle's time on ice goes as smoothly as his introductory conference call with the New York media, he and the Rangers will be quite happy with this free-agent signing. Less than a week after the veteran defenseman officially parted ways with the rebuilding San Jose Sharks and agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal with a full no-movement clause with the Rangers, he discussed his decision to come to New York. After the 15-minute chat ended, the soon-to-be, 38-year-old Boyle, seemed quite pleased with the session. "That's easy. Perfect," he said Monday. Boyle knew after the Sharks were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Los Angeles — the team that beat the Rangers in the Stanle

  • Blackhawks hire Jimmy Waite as goaltending coach

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Jimmy Waite to coach their goaltenders. The hiring was announced on Monday. Waite replaces the fired Steve Weeks. A former goalie, Waite appeared in 106 games with the Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes from 1988 to 1999 and played professionally until 2010. He appeared in 58 games for Chicago over parts of eight seasons from 1988 to 1997. Waite spent the past three seasons as the goaltending coach for the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He is the younger brother of former Blackhawks goaltending coach Stephane Waite.

  • Predators sign veteran defenseman Volchenkov

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year contract worth $1 million. In a team release Monday announcing the move, Predators general manager David Poile said that Volchenkov "is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties." The 32-year-old Volchenkov had eight assists in 56 games last season for the New Jersey Devils. Volchenkov had played for the Devils since 2010. Before coming to New Jersey, Volchenkov played in Ottawa from 2002-10. Volchenkov has 19 goals and 107 assists in 650 career regular-season games. Volchenkov has reached the playoffs seven times in 11 NHL seasons.

  • Ottawa Senators GM Murray diagnosed with cancer

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — Ottawa Senators general manager and president of hockey operations Bryan Murray has been diagnosed with cancer. The team confirmed the diagnosis Monday in a statement on its website. The Senators say he'll begin treatment immediately. Assistant general managers Pierre Dorion and Randy Lee will manage the hockey operations department in his absence. The 71-year-old Murray has been with the Senators since June 2004. He spent two full seasons as head coach before replacing the fired John Muckler as GM after guiding Ottawa to the Stanley Cup final in 2007. He's also served as coach or general manager at Washington, Detroit, Florida and Anaheim.

  • Blue Jackets re-sign Corey Tropp, Cody Goloubef

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed forward Corey Tropp and defenseman Corey Goloubef. Tropp, who played in 44 games last season for the Blue Jackets, signed a two-year extension through the 2015-16 season. He had two goals and eight assists and a team-high plus-11 rating last year after he was acquired off waivers from Buffalo. A former third-round pick by the Sabres in 2007, he has five goals and 14 assists in 87 career NHL games with Buffalo and Columbus. The Blue Jackets' second pick, 37th overall, in the 2008 draft, Goloubef signed a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) deal for next season. He has appeared in 17 career games with Columbus, scoring one goal.

  • Sharks agree to 3-year deal with Wingels

    Updated: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a three-year contract with restricted free agent forward Tommy Wingels. Agent Dan Plante on Monday confirmed the move that will keep Wingels in San Jose. first reported the signing and said the contract is worth $7.4 million. Wingels was a key component for the Sharks last season when he ranked fifth on the team with 16 goals to go along with 22 assists in 77 games. He also led the Sharks with 218 hits and was used as a penalty killer and on the second power-play unit. Restricted free agent defenseman Jason Demers has also filed for salary arbitration for next season.

  • Jokinen eager to play for Laviolette, Predators

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Olli Jokinen says the chance to play for new Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was one of the reasons why the free-agent center chose to sign with the Predators. The 35-year-old Jokinen met the Nashville media on Saturday, three days after the Predators signed him to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Jokinen said Laviolette's teams "create a lot of chances, a lot of offense." Jokinen also said he was eager for the opportunity to get to the postseason, something that has eluded him and the Predators lately. After making the postseason in seven of eight seasons, the Predators have failed to reach the playoffs the last two years. The lone playoff appearance of Jokinen's career came in 2009 when he

  • Jackets retain Savard, sign Penguins' Gibbons

    Updated: Sat, Jul 5, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman David Savard to a two-year contract a day after adding free-agent center Brian Gibbons. The 23-year-old Savard scored five goals and had 10 assists in 70 games last season. The third rounder in the 2009 draft ranked fourth on the club in blocked shots with 81. He had four assists in six Stanley Cup playoff games against the Penguins. The 26-year-old Gibbons, signed on Friday to a one-year, two-way NHL-AHL contract, had five goals and seven assists last season in 41 games for Pittsburgh. He had two goals and an assist in eight playoff games last season.