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  • 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. CSNBayArea.com 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.

  • Predators sign defenseman Joe Piskula

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year, two-way contract Friday. Piskula will be paid $550,000 in the NHL and $150,000 in the American Hockey League. The 29-year-old Piskula played two games for Nashville last season and has appeared in 12 career NHL games with Calgary, Los Angeles and Nashville. The former University of Wisconsin player had three goals and 20 assists in 73 games last season for Nashville's Milwaukee affiliate in the AHL.

  • Canucks re-sign Zack Kassian, Yannick Weber

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed forward Zack Kassian and defenseman Yannick Weber on Friday. Kassian had 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) and 124 penalty minutes in 73 games for the Canucks last season. He signed a $3.5 million, two-year deal "Zack is a skilled, young player and an important member of this team," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a statement. "He has the ability to impact a game both with his talent and size. We look forward to seeing him continue to develop as a Canuck." Weber, who split last season between Vancouver and the Utica Comets of the AHL, had 10 points in 49 games for Vancouver. His one-year contract is worth $850,000. Also Friday, th

  • Senators agree to 2-year deal with Legwand

    Updated: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    OTTAWA (AP) — The Ottawa Senators signed veteran center David Legwand to a $6 million, two-year contract on Friday. Legwand split last season between the Nashville Predators and the Detroit Red Wings. He had 51 points in 83 games. The Detroit native played the first 15 seasons of his NHL career with Nashville before a March 5 trade sent him to the Red Wings. He has 577 points in 977 games. "David is a good, veteran center, a guy that skates pretty well, gets up and down the ice," Senators general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement. "We just think the way things shook out for us that having an experienced center that can be a decent faceoff man, be a good defensive player, get points, was very important at

  • Rangers agree to terms with center Tarnasky

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free-agent forward Nick Tarnasky. The 29-year-old center had 13 goals, nine assists and 144 penalty minutes in a career-high 76 games last season for Montreal's Hamilton affiliate in the American Hockey League. The deal with the Rangers was announced Thursday. Tarnasky also led Hamilton in penalty minutes and tied for fifth on the team in goals and power-play tallies (four). In 245 career NHL games during five seasons with Tampa Bay, Nashville, and Florida, Tarnasky has 13 goals, 17 assists and 297 penalty minutes. His last NHL appearance was with Florida during the 2009-10 season.

  • Sabres sign free-agent defenseman Strachan

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent defenseman Tyson Strachan to a one-year contract. The 29-year-old Strachan had two assists in 18 games with the Washington Capitals last season. Selected by Carolina in the fifth round in 2003, he also played for St. Louis and Florida, while spending most of his eight-year professional career in the minors Strachan has a goal and 14 assists in 138 career NHL games, and 16 goals and 71 assists in 276 American Hockey League games. Strachan is expected to spend next season with Buffalo's AHL affiliate in Rochester.

  • Canes bringing back D Tim Gleason

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back Tim Gleason. General manager Ron Francis said Thursday that the team and Gleason have agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. Carolina traded the 31-year-old defenseman to Toronto on Jan. 1 for John-Michael Liles and a prospect. The Maple Leafs placed Gleason on unconditional waivers this week for the purpose of buying out his contract. Gleason — who was originally acquired by Carolina in a trade with Los Angeles in September 2006 — had signed a four-year extension with the Hurricanes in July 2012. Francis says the Hurricanes "obviously know well what Tim brings to our team on and off the ice.

  • Coyotes tab Regier as assistant GM

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have named former Buffalo Sabres general manager Darcy Regier as senior vice president and assistant general manager. He replaces Brad Treliving, who became the Calgary Flames' general manager in April, and will work under Coyotes GM Don Maloney. Regier spent 17 years as Buffalo's general manager, the longest tenure in the franchise's 44-year history. He helped lead the Sabres to the 1999 Stanley Cup final and the Eastern Conference final four times. The 58-year-old oversaw all aspects of Buffalo's hockey operations and for the franchise's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

  • Leafs sign Kontiola, Santorelli to 1-year deals

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forwards Mike Santorelli and Petri Kontiola to one-year contracts on Thursday. Santorelli spent last season with the Vancouver Canucks. Kontiola will reportedly make $1.1 million. Coupled with Tuesday's signing of Leo Komarov, the Leafs retooled at forward after letting Mason Raymond, Dave Bolland and Jay McClement leave in free agency. Komarov returned to Toronto after a year in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League. Kontiola could be the Leafs' No. 3 center. Santorelli could also fill that role or replace McClement on the fourth line. Santorell had 10 goals and 18 assists in 49 games for Vancouver before a shoulder injury derailed his season. Kontiola

  • Dallas Stars hire Laxdal as coach of AHL affiliate

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have hired Derek Laxdal as coach of the American Hockey League's Texas Stars after Willie Desjardins was selected to lead the Vancouver Canucks. Laxdal just led the Edmonton Oil Kings to their second Western Hockey League title in his four seasons as coach. The 48-year-old had a record of 182-83-23 with the Oil Kings. The Texas Stars won this year's AHL title under Desjardins. Before coaching Edmonton's WHL team, Laxdal spent five seasons at the helm of Dallas' ECHL affiliate, the Idaho Steelheads. He won the ECHL title in 2007. Laxdal's minor league teams have made the playoffs in 11 of his 12 seasons as a head coach.

  • Sabres broadcaster fighting throat cancer

    Updated: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo broadcaster Rick Jeanneret, who's been calling Sabres games for more than 40 years, has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The 71-year-old Jeanneret is expected to have radiation treatment and hopes to call games next season. Doctors have told him he has a good chance of recovery. Jeanneret says he'll provide updates on his treatment through the team, which has set up a dedicated email address — GetWellRJ@sabres.com — for fans to send well-wishes. "RJ has been a vital part of the Sabres family and the Buffalo community for 43 years and this news undoubtedly weighs heavily on everyone who has had the privilege of listening to his broadcasts through the years," the Sabres said.

  • Hurricanes sign free-agent center McClement

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes signed free-agent center Jay McClement to a one-year, $1 million deal Wednesday. The 31-year-old McClement had four goals and six assists in 81 games for Toronto last season and led the Maple Leafs in faceoff percentage at 53.6. He has 75 goals and 129 assists in 682 games in nine seasons with St. Louis, Colorado and Toronto. Carolina also agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with former first-round pick Zach Boychuk. The 14th overall pick by the Hurricanes in 2008 will make $600,000 at the NHL level or $200,000 in the minors with a guarantee of $275,000. Boychuk has nine goals and 15 assists in 96 career games with Carolina, Pittsburgh and Nashville.

  • Stars re-sign C Fiddler for 2 years, $2.5 million

    Updated: Wed, Jul 2, 2014

    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars re-signed center Vernon Fiddler to a two-year, $2.5 million contract Wednesday. The 34-year-old Fiddler will provide depth behind Tyler Seguin and Jason Spezza, who was picked up in a trade with Ottawa on Tuesday. Fiddler had six goals and 17 assists in 76 games last season, when the Stars ended a five-year playoff drought and lost to Anaheim in six games in the first round. He has 77 goals and 129 assists in 656 games in 11 seasons with Nashville, Phoenix and Dallas. The Stars also signed 22-year-old Brendan Ranford to a three-year entry-level contract. He spent his first pro season with the American Hockey League champion Texas Stars.