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July 17, 2013

NHL Signing: Nashville Predators Sign Seth Jones And Rich Clune

  • 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.
  • Rich Clune has agreed to a two-year/$1.9 million contractv with the Nashville Predators.

    Clune had nine points and 113 penalty minutes in 47 games last season.
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July 17, 2013

NHL Signing: Anaheim Ducks, Dustin Penner Agree To One Year Deal

Dustin Penner has signed a one-year/$2 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.

Penner was an up-and-coming forward when he decided to sign a five-year/$21.25 million offer sheet with the Edmonton Oilers. The move angered then  Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, who ultimately let Penner walk. Penner never developed as the Oilers had hoped and although he has enjoyed some high points in his career, we’re not confident that he’ll end up getting regular minutes on either of Anaheim’s top two lines.
“It was one of those things I felt in my gut knowing that it was really tough for me to leave back then,” said Penner, who got his wish Tuesday when he signed a one-year, $2 million contract with Anaheim. “It took me almost two weeks to sign the offer sheet. I talked to a lot of people in my circle — that’s probably the best to do. They always said you can always come back. Now I got my chance.”
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July 16, 2013

NHL News: Jared Staal, Chris Tanev, Tim Leiweke

  • 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.

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July 16, 2013

Ilya Kovalchuk Signs With KHL St. Petersburg

Ilya Kovalchuk has officially agreed to terms with KHL St. Petersburg.

This move has been widely reported since Kovalchuk first “retired” from hockey last week. At the end of the day, what basically happened is that Kovalchuk got out of the final 12 years of his contract with the New Jersey Devils so that he could continue his career at home. Although Kovalchuk left $77 million on the table when he ended his agreement with the Devils, there have been reports to indicate that Kovalchuk will actually benefit financially from this move.
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July 8, 2013

NHL Signing: New York Rangers, Ryan McDonagh Agree To Contract

Ryan McDonagh has officially agreed to terms with the New York Rangers.

The details of the contract haven’t been released, but an earlier report indicated that he’ll earn $28.2 million over six years. With McDonagh signed, the Rangers have locked up a key piece of their defensive core. However, New York will still need to come to terms with Dan Girardi and Michael Del Zotto next summer.
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July 8, 2013

Boston Bruins, Patrice Bergeron Reportedly Close To Long Contract Extension

According to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.comBoston 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.”

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July 5, 2013

NHL Trade: Ottawa Senators Get Bobby Ryan From Anaheim Ducks

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.”

Anaheim will receive Jakob Silfverberg, prospect Stefan Noesen and a first-round pick, reported Darren Dreger of TSN.

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.

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July 5, 2013

NHL Signing: Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Nathan Horton To Seven Year Deal

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed Nathan Horton to a seven-year/$37.1 million contract.

Horton was rumored over the last couple of days to be headed to the Ohio capital and now will spend the next seven seasons there. Horton has a lot of talent and will be a top-line forward but has had some issues in the past with injuries, especially concussions. Nevertheless, Horton, if healthy, should get 25+ goals and 55+ points in 2013-14.
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July 5, 2013

NHL Signing: Phoenix Coyotes Sign Lauri Korpikoski To Four Year Contract

The Phoenix Coyotes have locked up winger Lauri Korpikoski to a four-year, $10 million deal. The 26-year old restricted free agent had six goals and five assists in 36 games last season.

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

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July 5, 2013

Daniel Alfredsson Expected To Sign With Detroit Red Wings

TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that Daniel Alfredsson won’t be re-signing with the Ottawa Senators.

The veteran winger apparently told the Senators that he wouldn’t be back Thursday night, so that they could better prepare for themselves for Friday’s free agency period. The Detroit Red Wings are believed to be where Alfredsson will end up. Stay tuned.
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