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July 26, 2013

Chicago Blackhawks Extend Head Coach Joel Quenneville Through 2017

Head coach Joel Quenneville has inked a contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks, according to the teams official site.

The team will retain Quenneville services through the 2016-17 campaign. The decision to re-sign Quenneville was a no-brainer for Chicago. He’s led them to the Stanley Cup twice in the span of just four years, including their recent six-game victory over the Boston Bruins. He’s coached in 1,211 regular season games with St. Louis, Colorado, and Chicago and has a 660-389-77-85 record.
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July 26, 2013

NHL News: Dave Nonis, Kyle Palmieri, Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf

  • 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 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.”
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July 25, 2013

NHL News: New York City Council Gives Madison Square Garden 10 Years To Move

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.

MSG is owned by James Dolan, who also owns the building’s main tenants in the NBA’s Knicks and the NHL’s Rangers. Dolan and MSG recently requested its special operating permit be renewed in perpetuity, but the city council instead decided on 10 years. The city plans to renovate Penn Station, a mass transit hub that sits under the Garden. The news also comes only months before MSG’s three-year, $1 billion renovation is scheduled to be completed.
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July 22, 2013

NHL Signing: Edmonton Oilers, Sam Gagner Agree To Three-Year Contract

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.”

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July 22, 2013

NHL Signing: New Jersey Devils Reportedly Sign Jaromir Jagr To One-Year Deal

Jaromir Jagr has reportedly signed a one-year contract with the New Jersey Devils, according to Pierre LeBrun on Twitter.

The agreement might not be officially announced until Tuesday. At the age of 41, Jagr is still a valuable top-six forward. The New Jersey Devils definitely need the help after Ilya Kovalchuk decided to leave to play in the KHL.
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July 19, 2013

NHL, IIHF, IOC Come To An Olympic Agreement

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.

This announcement has been expected for a while now, but we can finally say with certainty that the best players in the world will be allowed to represents their countries in the upcoming Olympics. That means Sidney Crosby and Canada will be able to defend their Gold Medal, two-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane will join a US team looking for revenge after just barely losing in the 2010 Gold Medal Game, and both teams will meet Ilya Kovalchuk, Alex Ovechkin and Team Russia on their home turf.
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July 18, 2013

Adam Henrique Confirms He Is Close To Re-Signing With New Jersey Devils

Adam Henrique confirmed he is close to re-signing with the New Jersey Devils.

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday he hoped to have all of the the team’s restricted free agents signed by the end of the week. Henrique said he’s hopeful that timeline will hold up. The 23-year-old center said his reps and the Devils have discussed both short-term and long-term deals but wasn’t sure what the end result would be. Henrique had 11 goals and 16 points in 42 games last season after a strong rookie campaign.
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July 18, 2013

NHL Signing: Los Angeles Kings Sign Dustin Brown To Eight Year Contract Extension

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.

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July 18, 2013

NHL Signing: Colorado Avalanche, Matt Duchene Agree To Five Year Contract Extension

The Colorado Avalanche on Thursday signed center Matt Duchene to a five-year contract extension. The deal is said to be worth $30 million over the five years.

“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.

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July 17, 2013

NHL Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Kings Looking To Trade Kyle Clifford

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.

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