“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north/south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right-hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”
The Avalanche traded him to Calgary in 2006 after he had a career-high 29 goals and 78 points. He scored 22 goals and had a career-best 81 points in 2006-07, his first season with the Flames. But after one more year in Calgary, he spent a season with the Montreal Canadiens and another with the Tampa Bay Lightning before returning to the Flames in 2010-11, putting up 22 goals and 69 points in his return. He declined to 13 goals and 49 points in 2011-12 and finished with 11 goals and 27 points this past season.
- Recently-dismissed New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is on the radar as the Dallas Stars conduct their search for a new head coach, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. The Stars have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with Tortorella, however. Tortorella was fired less than two weeks ago after the Rangers disappointing second-round exit from the playoffs.
- The New York Rangers have sought and received permission from Buffalo to speak with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, a source confirmed Monday. The news was earlier reported by Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday’s broadcast. Ruff was fired by the Sabres in February after 16 seasons. Before his ouster, he was the longest-serving active NHL head coach.
“I think last year we saw the growth in Roman almost like no other younger player we’ve had, probably the best comparison I could come up with is Shea Weber and Ryan Suter,” general manager David Poile said. “The irony of that of course is Roman fit in very nice into Ryan’s position last year.”
Josi replaced Suter and was teamed with Weber, whose 14-year, $110 million offer sheet was matched by Nashville last July. Poile said signing Josi was a top priority for a player who was a restricted free agent.
“Just turning 23 last week, I think the potential is certainly there for Roman to be one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League,” Poile said. “Obviously, signing him to seven years ensures that we will have our top defense pairing intact for any number of years with he and our captain Shea Weber. I think the foundation continues to get stronger here with in the last year.”
Josis was Nashville’s third draft selection in 2008 at 38th overall in the second round. He had 18 points in 48 games for the Predators this season, topping what he did as a rookie in 2011-12. He ranked 19th in the NHL in total minutes played and wound up playing 23½ minutes a game, a jump of more than 5 minutes. He has 34 points in 100 regular-season games.
The defenseman also led Switzerland to a silver medal at the world championships — that nation’s first medal in 60 years. Josi also was the first Swiss named Most Valuable Player, best defenseman and a tournament All-Star.
“His growth was tremendous, and that carried over to the international stage,” Poile said.
The Edmonton Oilers will introduce Dallas Eakins as their new coach Monday, two days after firing Ralph Krueger, according to TSN.
Eakins is the coach of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
Krueger led the Oilers to a 12th-place finish in the Western Conference in his lone season.
The Oilers have missed the playoffs seven straight years. They were 19-22-7 in the lockout-shortened season.
Today the Stars and Gonchar have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract with defenceman Sergei Gonchar, TSN reports. The deal is pending the completion of signed paperwork. Gonchar’s agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenseman. The 39-year-old played the past three seasons for Ottawa, recording 15 goals and 76 assists. He has played 1,177 games in 18 NHL seasons.
The 27-year-old enforcer led the team in hits (116) and finished second in penalty minutes (70). He also scored two goals and had three assists in 46 games.
Executive vice-president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said Bordeleau brings “toughness” to the lineup. Bordeleau made his NHL debut on January 19 in Minnesota and scored his first goal in Los Angeles on April 11 against the Kings.
Bordeleau played the first half of 2012-13 with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. He had seven points and 91 penalty minutes in 29 games while skating for the Monsters.
Patrice Bergeron tipped home the double-overtime game-winner for the Boston Bruins in their 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 on Wednesday night.
NHL Playoffs Update: Los Angeles Kings Finally Down Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins Look To Take 3-0 Series Lead
The Los Angeles Kings cut the Chicago Blackhawks lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1, with a 3-1 win last night and improved to 8-0 in the postseason at Staples Center. Dating back into the regular season, Los Angeles has won 15 games in a row in its own building. Game 4 will be at Staples Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
The Boston Bruins have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Tonight is Game 3 at TD Garden in Boston and the Bruins look to take a commanding 3-0 lead. (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
- The Dallas Stars are going green something closer to the Minnesota green they wore before the NHL team moved to Texas 20 years ago. The Stars unveiled a new logo on Tuesday with a redesigned jersey heavy on the green that retired franchise icon Mike Modano donned after the Minnesota North Stars made him the top overall draft pick in 1988. Modano, who spent 20 of his 21 seasons with the franchise that drafted him, was wearing No. 9 again when the team celebrated the new look by announcing that his number will be retired in Dallas on March 8.
- Also mentioned in the Mike Modano retirement article is that the Stars new general manager in Jim Nill, said Tuesday he is “very close” to naming a new coach after he fired Glen Gulutzan.
- The league’s competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Under the proposal, someone who has played in the NHL will have the option of not wearing a visor, but all players entering the NHL beginning next season could be required to wear a visor.
- A frontrunner to fill the coaching vacancy in Vancouver may be emerging. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman suggests the head coach of Toronto’s AHL club may soon sit down for a second chat with Vancouver Canucks management. “Glen Gulutzan‘s interview with the Vancouver Canucks will be some time this week. I still think there will be more candidates (Kings assistant John Stevens, for example). But there is a growing sense they really like Dallas Eakins, who coaches the AHL Toronto Marlies. Word is Eakins will do a second interview with Vancouver.”