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  • Wild agree to terms with goalie Curry

    Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with goaltender John Curry on a one-year, two-way contract. Under the deal announced Thursday, Curry will be paid his NHL salary only if he is on the NHL roster. If he is sent to the AHL, he will get a minor-league salary. Curry was one of five goalies who played last season for the Wild. He had a 43-save win in April against St. Louis. The 30-year-old from Shorewood, Minnesota, was 7-9-2 with a 2.62 goals-against average, a .930 save percentage and one shutout in 19 games with the AHL's Iowa Wild last season. He appeared in two NHL games with Minnesota, going 1-0-0 with a 3.00 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. He played in four games

  • Rangers agree to terms with F Lombardi

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Matthew Lombardi, a veteran NHL player who spent last season in Switzerland. The 32-year-old Lombardi, who joined New York on Wednesday, had 20 goals and 30 assists in 46 games with Genève-Servette in Switzerland. He led the team in goals and assists, and tied for sixth in the league in goals. In 536 NHL games over nine seasons with Calgary, Phoenix, Nashville, Toronto, and Anaheim, Lombardi has 101 goals, 161 assists and 293 penalty minutes. He had four goals and four assists in 28 games with Phoenix and Anaheim during the 2012-13 season. He has reached 40 points three times and has tallied at least 14 goals in five of seven seasons in

  • Blackhawks celebrate extensions for Toews, Kane

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Stan Bowman sounded like a proud father as he told stories about Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. The general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks reminisced about Kane staying with his family during his rookie season, and described the scene when Toews became the youngest captain in team history. There were lots of smiles and some laughter Wednesday as Bowman joined Toews and Kane at a news conference to celebrate the twin contract extensions for the high-scoring forwards that run through the 2022-23 season. "You have become two of the symbols of the renaissance of the Chicago Blackhawks," said John McDonough, the team president and CEO. "We're very proud of that.

  • Sharks re-sign defensemen Demers, Doherty

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defensemen Jason Demers and Taylor Doherty. The Sharks announced the agreements with both restricted free agents Wednesday. The team says Demers' deal is for two years, while Doherty's deal is for one year. Demers set career highs with five goals, 29 assists and 34 points last season. He had one assist while playing in all seven games of San Jose's first-round loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Doherty had four goals and 11 assists with the AHL's Worcester Sharks last season. The 23-year-old is expected to push for a spot on San Jose's roster this fall.

  • Sabres re-sign D Ruhwedel to 2-year contract

    Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year contract. Ruhwedel was a restricted free agent after the Sabres retained his rights by making him a qualifying offer last month. The team announced the signing on Wednesday. Ruhwedel split last season playing for the Sabres and their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. Overall, he has one assist in 28 NHL games, and four goals and 24 assists in 47 AHL games. The Sabres signed the University of Massachusetts Lowell product in April 2013 after Ruhwedel completed his college career. He's shown signs of being a dependable two-way defenseman and has an opportunity to make the Sabres' lineup this season.

  • Kevin Dineen hired as Blackhawks assistant

    Updated: Mon, Jul 14, 2014

    CHICAGO (AP) — Joel Quenneville and Kevin Dineen are together again. Dineen was hired Monday as an assistant coach to Quenneville with the Chicago Blackhawks. They were teammates with the Hartford Whalers for six seasons from 1984 to 1990. "Kevin brings proven leadership qualities, having served as an alternate captain and captain for several of his teams during his 19-year NHL career," Chicago general manager Stan Bowman said in a release. "He will bring another well-respected voice to our coaching staff and we look forward to his contributions to our team." Dineen, 50, coached Canada's women's hockey team to a gold medal at the Sochi Olympics. He was the head coach for the Florida Panthers for two-plus seasons befor

  • Coyotes sign Moss to one-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward David Moss to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. A 32-year-old from Livonia, Michigan, Moss signed with the Coyotes in 2012 after six seasons with Calgary. Moss was one of Arizona's steadiest players up front last season, scoring eight goals with 14 assists in 79 games after playing 45 games in 2012-13. He has 74 goals and 92 assists in 441 career games.

  • Ailing Odjick to have arena named after him

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    MANIWAKI, Quebec (AP) — Gino Odjick's hometown is naming an arena after the ailing former NHL player. The rink will be called the Gino Odjick Sports Centre in honor of the 43-year-old Odjick, who has been diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Doctors say he might have only weeks to live. Director general Daniel Mayrand says the arena will officially be renamed on July 19, and the town is working on getting Odjick to make an appearance by video conference. Odjick's family has been invited to attend the ceremony. Mayrand says Odjick was born on the nearby Algonquin reserve of Kitigan Zibi, and he played atom and peewee hockey at the arena.

  • Lightning sign Morrow to 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent forward Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract. The team announced the news on Friday. Morrow had 13 goals and 25 points in 71 games with St. Louis last season. In 921 NHL games with the Blues, Dallas and Pittsburgh, the 35-year old has 262 goals and 567 points. Tampa Bay also signed forwards Philippe Paradis and Richard Panik to one-year, two-way contracts. Panik had three goals and 13 points in 50 games with Tampa Bay last season, while Paradis played with Syracuse of the American Hockey League.

  • Jackets sign Dubinsky to $35M deal for 6 years

    Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brandon Dubinsky, the player seen as the face of the rising Columbus Blue Jackets, signed a six-year contract extension worth $35.1 million that will keep him with the club through the 2020-21 season. Dubinsky was entering the last year of a contract with a $4.2-million cap hit. The new deal pays him $5.85 million per season. He said it was a meeting of minds and not just on the contract terms. "It's the commitment to winning," the 28-year-old center said at a news conference on Friday after the deal was announced. "(Management) has said they want to win here. I want to win. Our interests were aligned.

  • Leafs sign Trevor Smith, 3rd-round pick Valiev

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Trevor Smith to a one-year contract and defenseman Rinat Valiev to a three-year entry-level deal. Smith played 28 games for the Maple Leafs last season, getting nine points (four goals, five assists) with four penalty minutes. He also had 10 goals, 16 assists and 10 penalty minutes while serving as captain of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies in 2013-14. Smith made his Maple Leafs debut Oct. 8 against Colorado, becoming the 900th player in franchise history. He missed 24 NHL games because of a broken hand. The Maple Leafs selected the 19-year-old Valiev in the third round, 68th overall in the 2014 draft.

  • Red Wings bring back Cleary on 1-year deal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed left wing Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract. The team announced the move Thursday. The 35-year-old Cleary finished last season with four goals, four assists and 53 penalty minutes in 52 games. Cleary has spent the last nine seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2008. Cleary was bothered by knee problems last season and did not play after January.

  • Blues re-sign Ott to 2-year contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Steve Ott to a two-year contract. The 31-year-old Ott, who was acquired in the Ryan Miller deal from Buffalo, had three assists and 37 penalty minutes in 23 regular-season games. In six playoff games, he added two assists and 14 penalty minutes. Ott had been the Sabres captain before the trade on Feb. 28. He's an 11-year veteran and former 2000 first-round pick of the Stars.

  • Sharks re-sign D Scott Hannan

    Updated: Thu, Jul 10, 2014

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract. General manager Doug Wilson announced the move Thursday, saying Hannan will be a good mentor for younger players. The Sharks also signed forwards Michael Haley and Bryan Lerg to one-year deals. The 35-year-old Hannan played 56 games last season with three goals and nine assists. Hannan might not get as much playing time next season as the Sharks want to give a bigger opportunity to younger players like Mirco Mueller, Matt Tennyson and Taylor Doherty. Haley has two goals and one assist in 53 career games with the New York Islanders and Rangers. He spent last season in the AHL. L

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

    Updated: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    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.