• Champion Blackhawks hurting after salary cap moves

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Barely a month after winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks hinted they're experiencing greater-than-expected pain inflicted by the NHL's salary cap. Even if the league's most resilient, successful team of the past decade has endured forced player turnover before, the Blackhawks are struggling to conceal the hurt. Six players who skated in Chicago's six-game Stanley Cup Final win over Tampa Bay in June have already moved on as general manager Stan Bowman tries to squeeze in under the NHL's $71.4 million cap for 2015-16 when contract extensions — with annual salary cap hits of $10.5 million — kick in for stars Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane.

  • Bruins hold developmental camp for draft picks

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    WIMINGTON, Mass. (AP) — Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has had a busy rookie offseason since taking over for the fired Peter Chiarelli in May. Sweeney traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic mostly for draft picks, selected 10 players at the NHL Draft last month and then signed one of the most coveted free agents, forward Matt Beleskey, on July 1. As he attempts to turn around the Bruins after they missed the playoffs in 2014-15 for the first time in eight years, Sweeney might not be done changing the roster before training camp in September.

  • Predators sign forward Calle Jarnkrok to 1-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a one-year contract worth $735,000. General manager David Poile announced the deal Friday. Jarnkrok has 27 points in 86 career NHL games since his debut with the Predators on March 21, 2014, and he scored five points in his first five NHL games after Nashville acquired him in a trade from Detroit on March 5, 2014. That is the second-longest point streak by a Nashville player to start his NHL career. Jarnkrok played in 74 games last season and all six playoff games. He also had an assist in each of his first two postseason games. He was the 51st draft pick by Detroit in 2010. He also has played five international competitions fo

  • Devils re-sign forward Matteau

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed forward Stefan Matteau to a two-year contract. Devils' General Manager Ray Shero on Friday announced the deal with the 21-year-old who is entering his third year with the team. The contract has an annual average value of $612,500. Matteau played last season with the American Hockey League's Albany Devils as well as the New Jersey Devils. He finished tied for sixth in scoring with the Albany Devils last season He was selected for the 2015 World Championships but did not play because of an injury. Matteau was New Jersey's first choice and the 29th overall pick in the 2012 NHL draft.

  • Rangers sign minor league defenseman Mat Bodie

    Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent defenseman Mat Bodie. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing on Friday without disclosing contract details. Bodie played in 75 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season, finishing with five goals and 27 assists. He led AHL rookie defensemen in assists and tied for first among AHL rookie defensemen in points. The 25-year-old former Union College player had three goals and four assists in 15 playoff games. The East St. Paul, Manitoba native was signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent last year.

  • LA Kings re-sign 5 restricted free agents, including Shore

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed five restricted free agents, including center Nick Shore. The Kings on Thursday also re-signed defenseman Vincent LoVerde and forwards Jordan Weal, Andrew Crescenzi and Nic Dowd. Shore got a two-year, $1.2 million deal after making his NHL debut last season. He appeared in 34 games for the Kings, making his NHL debut. Shore scored seven points and won a team-best 53.8 percent of his faceoffs for the Kings before winning the Calder Cup with the AHL's Manchester Monarchs. Weal, Crescenzi, Dowd and LoVerde also played extensively for the Kings' championship-winning AHL affiliate. Weal was the Calder Cup playoffs MVP. LoVerde got a two-year contrac

  • Anaheim Ducks sign C Chris Wagner, bring back Shane O'Brien

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed centers Chris Wagner and Michael Sgarbossa to one-year contracts. The Ducks on Thursday also signed free-agent defenseman Shane O'Brien and second-round draft pick Julius Nattinen. Wagner made his NHL debut last season, going scoreless in nine regular-season games and two playoff games. The former fifth-round pick was an AHL All-Star, and he is expected to contend for a regular role with the Ducks next season. O'Brien will turn 32 next month. He broke into the NHL with Anaheim in 2006, playing in 62 games before the Ducks traded him to Tampa Bay. He has suited up for seven teams in his career, scoring 92 points in 537 games. The Ducks acquired Sgarbossa fro

  • Ribeiro settles lawsuit accusing Predators center of assault

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators center Mike Ribeiro and his wife have settled a lawsuit in which their nanny accused the player of sexual assault. An arbitrator met July 6 for eight hours before settling the lawsuit. His report was entered Wednesday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas. The settlement came an amended complaint was filed June 18 providing more details to her lawsuit. The complaint detailed allegations of an assault in August 2012 when the then-18-year-old woman helped the Ribeiro family settle into their new home in McLean, Virginia, after working as their babysitter for six years while he played for the Dallas Stars. She cited other instances where Ribeiro made her feel "extremely u

  • Predators sign defenseman Taylor Aronson to 1-year contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Taylor Aronson to a one-year, two-way contract after he accepted his qualifying offer. The deal announced Monday will pay him $605,000 in the NHL or $65,000 in the minors. Aronson, 23, had 29 assists in his first full season at Milwaukee in the American Hockey League last season. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Aronson also led the Admirals' defensemen with 32 points. He had 38 points in the ECHL with Cincinnati in 2013-14. The native of Placentia, California, was the 78th pick overall in the third round in the 2010 draft. He also has played two seasons with Portland in the WHL.

  • Justin Schultz, Oilers agree to $3.9 million, 1-year deal

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Justin Schultz and the Edmonton Oilers avoided a salary arbitration hearing, agreeing to $3.9 million, one-year contract Wednesday. The 25-year-old defenseman made $3.675 million last season. He had six goals and 25 assists in 81 games last season and has 25 goals and 66 assists in 203 NHL games, all with the Oilers.

  • Coyotes sign Samuelsson, Shinnimin to 1-year contracts

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Brendan Shinnimin to one-year, two-way contracts, avoiding salary arbitration. The Coyotes announced the moves Wednesday. They did not reveal financial terms. The 23-year-old Samuelsson, the son of former NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson and older brother of Coyotes center Henrik Samuelsson, appeared in four games for Arizona last season. The Coyotes acquired the defenseman from Pittsburgh in December for Rob Klinkhammer and a conditional draft pick. Philip Samuelsson played 73 games last season in the American Hockey League, finishing with four assists in 22 games for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and adding five goals and 15 assists

  • Penguins sign forward Bennett, rookie Simon to deals

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Beau Bennett is sticking in Pittsburgh. The Penguins signed the restricted free-agent forward to a one-year, $800,000 deal Wednesday. Bennett had four goals and eight assists in 49 games last season for the Penguins, but the 23-year-old has struggled to stay healthy or play with any real consistency during his brief career. He played 26 games during his rookie season in 2012-13 and 21 in 2013-14. He has 10 goals and 23 assists in 96 career games while spending an extensive amount of time on injured reserve with various injuries. The Penguins also signed rookie forward Dominik Simon to a three-year entry deal. Pittsburgh took Simon in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Simon will move from the Czech Republi

  • LA Kings re-sign Andy Andreoff for 2 years, $1,175,000

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year deal worth $1,175,000. The Kings announced the deal Wednesday. Andreoff was a restricted free agent after getting two goals and one assist in 18 games last season for the Kings. He made his NHL debut last Oct. 14 and appeared intermittently in Los Angeles' lineup, scoring two points in the Kings' regular-season finale. Andreoff plays on the wing and at center, where the physical forward won more than half of his faceoffs. He will compete for a job in the Kings' lineup in training camp.

  • Stars sign veteran D-man Oduya, another pickup from Chicago

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars used a trade to pick up one Stanley Cup-winning piece from the Chicago Blackhawks. Now they've grabbed another in free agency. Dallas signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year, $7.5 million contract Wednesday, less than a week after trading for veteran forward Patrick Sharp, who won three championships in Chicago. "To win, you've got to know how to win and that's a process," said third-year Stars general manager Jim Nill, whose club has missed the playoffs six of the past seven seasons. "These guys have been doing it all the time. Our core is young. And I know they're going to be like sponges. They're going to feed off this." The 33-year-old Oduya gives Dallas a nine-year veteran to g

  • Ryan Kesler gets hefty 6-year contract extension from Ducks

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Center Ryan Kesler got comfortable quickly with the Anaheim Ducks, and the club let him know the feeling is definitely mutual. The veteran center agreed to a six-year, $41.25 million contract extension with the Ducks on Wednesday, cementing a long-term commitment after just one season together. "I definitely feel a part of the core group now," Kesler said. "They wanted me, and I wanted to stay." Kesler had 20 goals, 27 assists and 75 penalty minutes last year in Anaheim after spending his first nine NHL seasons with the Vancouver Canucks. The hard-nosed U.S. Olympian filled a key role as the Ducks' second-line center while matching up defensively against many teams' top scorers.

  • Rangers sign restricted free agents Fast and Miller

    Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent forwards Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings on Wednesday. Contract terms were not immediately available. The signings leave only Derek Stepan as the major unsigned restricted free agent with the Rangers, who posted the best regular-season NHL record before losing the Eastern Conference finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fast and Miller both played well in the postseason. Fast had three goals and three assists in 19 games and Miller had a goal and seven assists in the postseason. Miller had 10 goals and 13 assists in 58 games with the Rangers this past season.

  • Canadiens re-sign Bournival to 1-year, 2-way contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) — Forward Michael Bournival agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Bournival played 29 games with the Canadiens last season with three goals and two assists. Bournival had three goals and six assists in 12 games with the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs. He's played 89 regular-season games in the NHL, all with the Canadiens, scoring 10 goals and adding nine assists. He also played in 14 playoff games. Bournival was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round of the 2010 draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens on Nov. 11, 2010, in a trade for defenseman Ryan O'Byrne.

  • Devils re-sign defenseman Eric Gelinas to 2-year contract

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a two-year, $3.15 million contract. Devils general manager Ray Shero announced the signing on Tuesday. The team had maintained its rights to the restricted free agent by making a qualifying offer late last month. Gelinas led all New Jersey defensemen with six goals, playing in a career-high 61 games last season. He finished tied for third among all NHL rookie defensemen with seven goals and 22 assists in 60 appearances the previous season. The native of Vanier, Ontario made his NHL debut on Apr. 25, 2013 against Pittsburgh. He was New Jersey's second choice and the 54th overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft.

  • Czech defenseman Mozik has tough trip to Devils camp

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Defenseman Vojtech Mozik isn't likely to forget his first day as a New Jersey Devil. The 22-year-old Czech arrived a day late for a development camp because of a visa problem and a bag short because of an airline problem. The problem was compounded because the missing bag had Mozik's hockey equipment, forcing him to take the ice Tuesday with new skates, gloves and sticks. Not only were they not broken in, he used them after three hours of sleep. His plane didn't get in until the wee hours of the morning. While Mozik didn't feel he showed much in his session with fellow defenders, the Devils are hoping that the offensive-minded defenseman can make the jump to the NHL after three seasons in the

  • Rangers sign restricted free agents Etem and Lindberg

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent forwards Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the moves on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Etem was acquired after the season from Anaheim in a trade for Carl Hagelin and draft picks. Etem had five goals and five assists in 45 games for the Anaheim. He also had three goals in 12 postseason games. The California native has 15 career goals and 16 assists. Prior to beginning his professional career, Etem played three seasons with the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League, collecting 143 goals and 109 assists.




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