Head coach Joel Quenneville has inked a contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to the teams official site.
- Toronto Maple Leafs sign GM Dave Nonis to five-year contract extension. Nonis replaced Brian Burke as the Leafs GM prior to the start of the 2013 season. His offseason included an amnesty buyout for Mikhail Grabovski, a trade for former first-round pick and top goalie prospect Jonathan Bernier and long-term contracts for David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak. While he’s definitely helped boost Toronto’s talent level, it seems like a strange time to extend Nonis contract considering the MLSE brass hasn’t seen anything close to results for any of these moves.
- Kyle Palmieri has agreed to a three-year/$4.4 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks, per TSN.ca. Palmieri was a restricted free agent after the completion of his entry-level contract. He scored 10 goals and registered 11 assists in 42 games last season.
- According to Stephen Whyno on Twitter the Toronto Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis says contract extensions for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf are “not on the front burner right now.”
The New York City Council notified Madison Square Garden on Wednesday that it has 10 years to leave its current location and find a new home, reported by The New York Times.
The Edmonton Oilers announced Monday the club has agreed to terms on a new three-year contract with restricted free agent center Sam Gagner. Financial details of the deal were not released, but TSN is reporting the total value at $14.4 million for an average annual value of $4.8 million. The contract also reportedly includes a no-movement clause in the second season.
The deal avoids a salary-arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.
“It’s nice to get something done,” Gagner told Sportsnet. “I wanted to be an Oiler and to get something done. I’m pretty happy we were able to avoid going in there [arbitration hearing room] and getting a deal done. It’s a good feeling.”
The NHL and players union have reached an agreement with the International Olympic Committee and the International Ice Hockey Federation to allow for NHL players to participate in the 2014 Winter Games.
The Los Angeles Kings on Thursday announced team captain Dustin Brown has signed an eight-year contract extension with the team. Combined with the final year on his current deal, Brown will be with the Kings through the 2021-22 season. Financial terms of the deal were not released.
Brown, 28, was the 13th pick of the 2003 NHL Draft, and in nine seasons has 181 goals and 388 points in 641 games.
He also has 31 points in 50 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including 20 in 20 games in 2012 when he helped the Kings win the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. “We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons. With his great skills, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be.”
Duchene, 22, was second on the Avalanche with 17 goals and 43 points last season. In four seasons since being selected with the third pick of the 2009 NHL Draft, Duchene has 82 goals and 193 points in 266 games.
The Los Angeles Kings are apparently looking to trade young forward Kyle Clifford. According to Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period, the Kings and Clifford’s reps remain far apart on negotiating a new contract for the restricted free agent. So GM Dean Lombardi may feel it’s time to try and get something in return for the rights to the 22-year-old winger.
“Reliable league source now says Kings actively shopping Kyle Clifford.”
Bernstein insists there’s “no chance” a deal happens with the Montreal Canadiens. With minimal salary cap space available, the Kings are likely to want a draft pick and/or prospect in return. Clifford collected seven goals and seven assists in 48 games during the 2012-13 regular season. He wasn’t very productive (two assists) in the postseason.