To expand upon what we posted earlier today about the NHL wanting to expand to Seattle, ProHockeyTalk is reporting that Chris McGowan, president/CEO of the NBA’s Trail Blazers, confirmed that Paul Allen is “intrigued” by the idea of owning an NHL club in Portland.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is reportedly pushing to put an expansion team in Seattle.
“I think both sides were happy that we didn’t end up going down that road and we were able to agree with something beforehand,” Fraser said, according to TSN. “I wanted to be back at a fair price, but so did they, so I actually look at that as sort of a compliment.”
Fraser, 26, had eight assists, 85 penalty minutes and a team-leading plus-18 rating and 102 blocked shots in 45 games during the 2012-13 season. He added one assist and seven penalty minutes in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Zuccarello, 25, returned to the Rangers late in the 2012-13 season after starting with Magnitogorsk Metallurg of the Kontinental Hockey League and had three goals and eight points in 15 regular-season games. He had a goal and seven assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Zuccarello has 11 goals and 34 points in 67 games with the Rangers over parts of three seasons.
Joe Pavelski signed a five-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. Counting the one season remaining on his current contract, the Sharks have Pavelski signed through the 2018-19 season. This extension doesn’t start until July 1, 2014.
“We haven’t turned that corner quite yet,” Pavelski said of the Sharks’ hunt for the Stanley Cup, which includes trips to the Western Conference Final in 2010 and 2011. “We’ve been right there every year, and we’ve had that belief. This past year, obviously it’s fresh off your mind, but it was one of the most believable teams I think we’ve had in the past. With an extra bounce or two here, we felt we could’ve been there right at the end.
“So to be a part of the core, to play those minutes, to be looked at like that, it’s one of the big reasons why I believe this team can win. It’s because we’ve been there, we’ve learned, we’ve grown up as a group in a lot of ways. To keep trying and be a part of it, it’s just pretty special.”
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson identified re-signing Pavelski as a priority because of how important he is to the core of the team now and in future seasons.v”He’s a hockey player,” Wilson said. “We use him on the point on the power play. We use him on the first line. We use him on key faceoffs, blocking shots. He won a national championship in college [University of Wisconsin] for a reason.”
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- Andrew Bodnarchuk has agreed to a two-year contract and Colin Miller to a three-year, entry-level deal with the Los Angeles Kings, per LAKingsInsider.com. Bodnarchuk had 20 points and 77 penalty minutes in 69 games with the AHL Manchester Monarchs. He’s expected to start the 2013-14 campaign in the minors. Miller had 55 points and 78 penalty minutes in 54 games with the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season. He was taken in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
- Bryan Rodney has inked a one-year, two-way deal with the Nashville Predators, according to the Predators official website. Rodney can make $550,000 in the NHL and $120,000 in the minors. He had four goals and 15 points in 44 AHL contests in 2012-13.
Steve Sullivan will almost certainly retire this summer, according to Timmins Daily Press. “I wouldn’t say 100%, but 99.9%,” Sullivan said. “I’ve had an unbelievable run.” Even still, he’s still training as if he’s going to play next season, so if a team makes him an offer, he will likely give it serious consideration. He had seven goals and 17 points in 42 games with the Phoenix Coyotes and New Jersey Devils last season. He surpassed the 1,000 game milestone in 2013 and has 747 career points.
Sullivan was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 9th round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. He played for 8 teams over his 16 season in the NHL.
“I’ve made it clear since my first time being in Winnipeg that it was obviously a place I wanted to be for a long time,” said Bogosian in a conference call Monday afternoon. “I’m just real happy that Winnipeg believed in me, gave me another chance to prove myself. I didn’t exactly have the best start to my career in Atlanta. Moving up to Winnipeg gave me a new chance to play in a hockey market, and play in a hockey town that I enjoyed playing in front of. That’s where the term came in, it was definitely a no-brainer.”
Bogosian, 23, played in 33 games with the Winnipeg Jets last season. In that time, the right-handed blueliner recorded 14 points (5G, 9A) and 29 penalty minutes. Along with his efforts on the ice, Bogosian was also awarded the Staffmax Staffing & Recruiting Community Service Award for his commitment to the Winnipeg community and his role with the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
The Massena, NY native has played in 297 career NHL games between Atlanta and Winnipeg for 103 career points (34G, 69A) and 237 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the first round, third overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft.
Wheeler, 26, had 41 points (19 goals) in 48 games last season. He led the team in goals and was second in points.
Wheeler has played 372 NHL games with the Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg, with 232 points (93 goals). He was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round (No. 5) in the 2004 NHL Draft.
Monday, the Jets and forward Bryan Little agreed to terms on a five-year, $23.5 million contract.