CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have released their national television schedule for the 2014-2015 season. The Blackhawks announced Tuesday the team will appear on NBC exclusively 11 times, along with nine non-exclusive nationally televised games. The first game on NBC will be against Philadelphia on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Details on the local television schedule, with preseason games, will come later. The first preseason game is against the Red Wings at the United Center on Sept. 23.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers are avoiding salary arbitration with forward Mats Zuccarello, agreeing to terms with the restricted free agent on a one-year, $3.5 million contract. The deal was announced Tuesday night, three days before the sides were scheduled to go to arbitration. The 26-year-old Zuccarello had career highs of 19 goals and 40 assists in 77 games last season to lead the team in points. In the playoffs, Zuccarello had five goals and eight assists in 25 games for the Rangers, who reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1994. In 144 NHL games, all with the Rangers, Zuccarello has 30 goals and 63 assists.
TORONTO (AP) — Veteran forward David Booth has signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs after spending last season with Vancouver. The 29-year-old winger had nine goals and 10 assists in 66 games with the Canucks. He has 218 career points in 443 games with Vancouver and Florida. In 2008-09 with the Panthers, Booth set career highs in goals (31), assists (29) and points (60) in 72 games. A native of Detroit, Booth was selected 53rd overall by Florida in the 2004 draft.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Ducks have signed defenseman Sami Vatanen to a two-year contract coming off his rookie season. He had six goals, 15 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 48 games last season, when he won a bronze medal playing for Finland in the Sochi Olympics. The 23-year-old Vatanen had one assist in five playoff games with the Ducks. He was drafted in the fourth round in 2009 by Anaheim.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Versatile forward Antoine Roussel and the Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a four-year contract. Roussel played in 81 games last season, when he had 29 points (14 goals and 15 assists) and 209 penalty minutes, making him the only player in the NHL with more than 25 points and 150 penalty minutes. Roussel had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in the Stars' six-game playoff series against Anaheim. General manager Jim Nill said the 24-year-old Roussel has been a "very effective and hard player" whose skill and competitive grit create energy that impacts the whole Stars lineup. A native of Roubaix, France, Roussel went undrafted and was initially signed by Dallas as a free agent on July 2, 2012
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek says he's cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in Rochester. Local media report that Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester to speak with officials. He signed a free-agent contract with Minnesota this month. In statement released by his agent, Vanek says they have asked for his cooperation in an investigation. He says he's cooperating and isn't a target of the probe or prosecution. Details of the investigation haven't been released. Messages left with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Buffalo and Vanek's attorney weren't initially returned. The 30-year-old Austrian played nine seasons for the Buffalo Sabres before bein
MOSCOW (AP) — Another sports power couple's engagement is off. Two months after golfer Rory McIlroy broke off his engagement to Danish tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, Russian tennis player Maria Kirilenko says she has called off her planned wedding to three-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals. The two had been together since 2011 and became engaged in December 2012. Kirilenko says in comments distributed by the Russian Tennis Federation that there were "a lot of reasons" behind her decision. She says "our relationship is over, but I respect Sasha (Ovechkin) as a person and as an athlete and I respectfully wish him further sporting success.
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs and Cody Franson have avoided arbitration, with the defenseman signing a $3.3 million, one-year contract. This is the third straight one-year deal for Franson, who missed most of training camp last season after a contract dispute. The 26-year-old player is getting a raise from his $2 million contract in 2013-14, when he led all Toronto defensemen with 33 points. Franson has 28 goals and 105 assists in 333 career NHL games. He was a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005.