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August 8, 2013

NHL News: Jujhar Khaira, Anaheim Ducks, Sam Reinhart, Stephane Da Costa, Calgary Flames

  • The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jujhar Khaira to a three-year, entry-level deal, per NHL.com. He registered six goals and 25 points in 37 games with Michigan Tech last season. The Oilers selected Khaira in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2012 draft.
  • The Anaheim Ducks have signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL, according to the Ducks official site. Anaheim’s previous ECHL affiliations have been in Fort Wayne (2012-13), Elmira (2010-12), Bakersfield (2008-10) and Augusta (2006-08). The Grizzlies posted a 29-30-4-9 record last season.
  • Sam Reinhart, who is currently projected to go first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, got off to a strong start with Canada at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. He scored a goal in Canada’s 5-3 victory against Finland. The two countries are playing exhibition games versus the United States and Sweden in order to gain recognition for possible roster spots for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
  • The Ottawa Senators have s re-signed forward Stephane Da Costa to a one-year, two-way contract. Da Costa, 24, spend the majority of the 2012-13 season with the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators, sharing the team lead with 38 points (including 13 goals). He also appeared in nine games with Ottawa, scoring once and adding one assist.
  • The Calgary Flames announced that they have hired Robbie Ftorek as the Assistant Coach with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League and Todd Woodcroft as Scouting Director.
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August 8, 2013

NHL News: Jujhar Khaira, Anaheim Ducks, Sam Reinhart

  • The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jujhar Khaira to a three-year, entry-level deal, per NHL.com. He registered six goals and 25 points in 37 games with Michigan Tech last season. The Oilers selected Khaira in the third round, 63rd overall, of the 2012 draft.
  • The Anaheim Ducks have signed a multi-year affiliation agreement with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Anaheim’s previous ECHL affiliations have been in Fort Wayne (2012-13), Elmira (2010-12), Bakersfield (2008-10) and Augusta (2006-08). The Grizzlies posted a 29-30-4-9 record last season.
  • Sam Reinhart, who is currently projected to go first overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, got off to a strong start with Canada at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp. He scored a goal in Canada’s 5-3 victory against Finland. The two countries are playing exhibition games versus the United States and Sweden in order to gain recognition for possible roster spots for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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August 7, 2013

Teemu Selanne Considering Three Options For Next Season

Teemu Selanne told to Finnish newspaper Iltalehti that he is still considering his options.

He has to decide if he wants to return to the Anaheim Ducks, play for another NHL club or retire. Selanne looks like he will play for another year because he’s in good shape and he would like to represent Finland in the Winter Olympics. It is interesting that he is thinking about leaving the Ducks and he shouldn’t have a problem signing elsewhere if he decides to test the open market.
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August 7, 2013

NHL Signing: Detroit Red Wings, Joakim Andersson Agree To Two-Year Contract

Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced yesterday that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Joakim Andersson to a two-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Andersson, 24, was selected by Detroit in the third round (88th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 6-2, 198-lb. center skated in 38 games for the Red Wings in 2012-13, collecting eight points (3-5-8) and eight PIM. He recorded his first career NHL goal and assist in the same game, a 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 15 at Joe Louis Arena. Just nine days later on Feb. 24, Andersson notched his first career multi-goal game in an 8-3 rout of the Vancouver Canucks at The Joe. The Munkedal, Sweden, native also appeared in all 14 postseason contests for Detroit this year, registering five points (1-4-5) and 10 PIM.

Andersson spent parts of four seasons with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, including 36 games in 2012-13, before being recalled to Detroit for the final 38 games of the regular season. In 153 career games with Grand Rapids, he posted 74 points (28-46-74) and 66 PIM.

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August 6, 2013

Vancouver Canucks News: Hunter Shinkaruk, Bo Horvat, Darren Archibald

  • Vancouver  Canucks have signed prospect Hunter Shinkaruk to an entry-level contract, according to The Vancouver Sun. He was chosen with the 24th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Shinkaruk is currently skating at Team Canada’s world junior hockey summer camp. He probably won’t be playing in the NHL next season, but the Canucks will likely give him a look at training camp.
  • Bo Horvat has agreed to an entry-level deal with the Vancouver Canucks, according to The Vancouver Sun. The Canucks chose Horvat with the ninth overall pick in the 2013 draft. They acquired that selection from New Jersey in exchange for goaltender Cory Schneider. He will get an opportunity to stick with Vancouver in 2013-14 and could be an interesting player to watch at training camp.
  • There haven’t been any talks recently between restricted free agent Chris Tanev and the Vancouver Canucksaccording to News1130 Sports on Twitter. Tanev’s agent Ross Gurney said there’s no update in the situation, so this could be a situation that progresses slowly. It was reported last month that neither side was in a rush to get a new deal done and that still appears to be the case.
  • Darren Archibald has re-signed with Vancouver Canucks, according to  Darren Archibald on Twitter. Terms were not announced, but it looks like a one year deal. He announced via Twitter that he was; “Proud to be apart of the @VanCanucks organization for another year. Excited for the upcoming season.” He had 22 point and 47 penalty minutes in 55 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves last year. Archibald, 23, hasn’t played in an NHL contest yet.
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August 6, 2013

NHL’s Anti-Doping Policy

In the light of the recent suspensions in the Major League Baseball. I thought I would outline the current anti-doping policy that was created by the NHL and the NHLPA created in the Collective Bargaining Agreement of September 2005. The policy provides for a 20 game suspension for a first positive test, a 60 game suspension for a second positive test, and a lifetime suspension for a third positive test.

Per the agreement, every NHL player will be subject to up to two “no-notice” tests every year, with at least one such test to be conducted on a team-wide basis. Players will be subject to “no-notice” testing at any time.

Positive tests for performance-enhancing substances will result in mandatory discipline as follows:

  • For the first positive test, a 20-game suspension without pay and mandatory referral to the League’s Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program for evaluation, education and possible treatment.
  • For the second positive test, a 60-game suspension without pay.
  • For the third positive test, a permanent suspension. A player receiving a third positive test and a permanent suspension from play in the League will, however, be eligible to apply for reinstatement after two years. The application would be considered by an NHLPA/NHL Committee on Performance Enhancing Substances, comprised of an equal number of League and Player representatives as well as one consulting expert physician nominated by each party.

A Prohibited Substances List includes performance-enhancing substances on the list maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for both in-competition and out-of-competition testing. Changes to the items included on the Prohibited List can only be as negotiated by the NHL and NHLPA.

Other responsibilities of the anti-doping policy Program Committee will include:

  • The establishment of a comprehensive educational program on the dangers of performance-enhancing substances and the nature of the NHL/NHLPA Program
  • Selection of an appropriate sample-collecting authority and an appropriate testing laboratory
  • Development of Player and Club notification procedures for positive test results
  • The administration of the mandatory discipline and appeal processes
  • Oversight of the administration of Player evaluation and treatment following positive tests
  • Establishment of standards for the administration of “probable cause” testing.
  • Develop an “approved list” of nutritional supplements, which will have been tested and certified as being free of prohibited substances.

The scope of the new Performance-Enhancing Substances Program will be limited to performance-enhancing substances. All other forms of “substance abuse” and behavioral and domestic issues involving players requiring employee assistance will continue to be handled through the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health that was established in 1996.

The Program will employ a strict liability standard for test positives, at the levels established by the Program Committee. A Player will, however, have the right to appeal a positive test result to the Impartial Arbitrator, with such appeal to be heard on an expedited basis.

Test results will be kept confidential to the extent practicable. There will be no public announcement of any kind until the appeal process has been exhausted and the final disciplinary determination has been imposed. Once a positive test has been confirmed after appeal, the Player suspended will be identified, and it will be announced that the Player “has been suspended for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Program for Performance Enhancing Substances.”

All Salary which is forfeited by a Player by reason of a suspension arising from the Player’s violation of the PES Program will be utilized to help defer the costs of both the SABH Program and the PES Program.

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August 6, 2013

2013-2014 NHL Calendar

NHL Trade Report

September 11, 2013
Training camp begins

September 13, 2013
Preseason games begin

October 1, 2013
Season opens

November 8, 2013
Hall of Fame Game

December 24-December 26, 2013
Christmas break

December 26, 2013 to January 5, 2014
World Junior Championship, Malmo, Sweden

January 1, 2014
Winter Classic, Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings, Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.

January 25, 2014
Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

January 26, 2014
New York Rangers vs. New Jersey Devils, Yankee Stadium, New York, 12:30 p.m. ET

January 29, 2014
New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders, Yankee Stadium, New York, 7 p.m. ET

February 9-25, 2014
Olympic break

March 1, 2014
Pittsburgh Penguins at Chicago Blackhawks, Soldier Field, Chicago

March 2, 2014
Heritage Classic, Ottawa Senators at Vancouver Canucks, B.C. Place, Vancouver

April 13, 2014
Last day of the regular season

April 15, 2014
Draft lottery

April 16, 2014
Stanley Cup playoffs begin

May 9-25, 2014
World Championship, Belarus

June 25-30, 2014
Free-agent interviews window

June 27-28, 2014
NHL Entry Draft, Philadelphia

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August 6, 2013

NHL News: Jamie Tardif, Steve Pinizzotto, Jarome Iginla, John-Michael Liles

  • Jamie Tardif has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres, according to their official site. He registered 30 goals and 45 points in 62 games with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence last year. He also suited up in the first two NHL games of his pro career, but he didn’t get a point.
  • Steve Pinizzotto has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Florida Panthers, according to their official site. He split time between the AHL’s Chicago Wolves and the Vancouver Canucks last season. In 12 games with the Canucks, he generated 29 penalty minutes and no points.
  • Jarome Iginla is open to re-signing with Boston Bruins after the 2013-14 campaign, according to BostonBruins.com. ”I know that’s getting ahead, but it’s something [where] you want to find a home, too,” said Iginla, who hasn’t even made his Bruins debut yet. “I’m excited. [You can] call it a cap friendly [deal], but hopefully it’s one that works out and the team’s happy and my family and I love playing there and, hopefully, it can go longer.”
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are rumored to be looking to deal defenseman John-Michael Liles. The Leafs chose not to buy out the remainder of Liles’ contract this past weekend despite having a window to do so after settling an arbitration case with Mark Fraser. It would be hard to move Liles, who has a $3,875,000 cap hit for the next three years, but it wouldn’t be impossible. Toronto would likely have to eat some salary in the deal though. The Leafs could use the cap space to sign key restricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson.
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August 5, 2013

NHL Finalizes Sale Of The Phoenix Coyotes

The NHL announced Monday afternoon the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a group headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc. The transaction, which closed Monday, was approved by the League’s Board of Governors – terminating League ownership of the club.

“The National Hockey League believes in Arizona as an NHL market and that these new owners can provide the Coyotes the opportunity to secure a stable, long-term future in Glendale,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said of IceArizona AcquisitionCo., LLC. “We thank Mike Nealy, Don Maloney, Dave Tippett, team captain Shane Doan and all the players and staff for consistently going ‘above and beyond’ on behalf of the franchise during this long and complex process. We thank the Coyotes’ devoted fans for their patient, perseverant support. We are extremely pleased that a positive resolution has been achieved for the fans, the city, the Coyotes and the League.”

IceArizona is a group composed of several business leaders from across North America. Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, LLC will act as the managing partner of IceArizona.

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August 1, 2013

St Louis Blues And Jay Bouwmeester Agree To Five-Year Contract Extension

The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to a new five-year contract extension, according to the Blues official site.

Bouwmeester had one year left on his current deal, making him a Blue through the 2018-19 season.

The Edmonton, Alberta native was acquired by the Blues in a trade with the Calgary Flames on April 1, 2013. He played for Team Canada in the 2006 Winter Olympics and is a two-time NHL All-Star (2007 and 2009).

Bouwmeester had seven points (one goal, six assists) in 14 regular season appearances with the Blues following the trade. Last season overall, he played in 47 games, tallying seven goals and 15 assists (22 points).

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