- Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Seth Jones, the fourth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. The base salary of the contract is $925,000, with maximum rookie contract signing bonuses giving him a salary cap number of $3.225 million.
Clune had nine points and 113 penalty minutes in 47 games last season.
- Jared Staal has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal had four goals and seven points in 53 AHL games last season. He also got his first taste of NHL action and was scoreless in two contests. He can earn $550,000 annually at the NHL level or $60,000 in the minors.
- The Vancouver Canucks negotiations with restricted free agent Chris Tanev are moving slowly. “Restricted free agents without arbitration rights are in a classification all their own. There doesn’t seem to be any urgency right now but, eventually, we’ll make progress,” Tanev’s agent Ross Gurney said. The only negotiating weapon Tanev has is the possibility of an offer sheet from another team. The Canucks don’t have a ton of cap room, so an opposing squad might be able to out-muscle Vancouver with a sizable contract if they’re so inclined.
Tim Leiweke, who is taking over as Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment’s president, has high hopes for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact, Leiweke already has the Stanley Cup parade route planned out. “If you can all dream about that and get that in your mind, we’ll have something we’re all driven toward,” he explained. The Maple Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1966-67. It would be a shock if they won it all next season, but they do seem to be moving in the right direction.
According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com, Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said they are “very close” to hammering out a contract extension for forward Patrice Bergeron. McDonald suggests the long-term deal will keep the 27-year-old in Boston for the rest of his hockey-playing career.
“It would mean a lot,” Bergeron said. “That’s the goal. Since the beginning, it’s been a team that’s believed in me when I was 18 and coming up. Now, like I’ve said before, it’s my home and I feel like it is. I love the city. I love the people and definitely love the organization. It would mean a lot to me and hopefully we can work something out.”
The Ottawa Senators have landed forward Bobby Ryan in a trade from the Anaheim Ducks, according to a report by Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.
Ryan appeared to confirm the trade when he tweeted Friday afternoon: “Ottawa …. I’m coming in hot.”
Ryan scored 30-plus goals in each of the previous four seasons before 2012-13, when he had 11 goals and 30 points in 46 games for the Ducks. Silfverberg had 10 goals and 19 points in 48 games for the Senators this past season. Noesen was a first-round pick by Ottawa in the 2011 NHL Draft.
In 336 regular season games, Korpikoski has 53 goals and 60 assists. The Turku, Finland native was the 19th overall pick in the 2004 Entry Draft