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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:09 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Holmstrom says he'll play only for Wings

Forward Thomas Holmstrom said Thursday if he returns to the NHL it will be with the Detroit Red Wings.

Holmstrom, 39, is deciding whether to return for his 16th season or retire.

Reports out of his home country Sweden said Holmstrom would consider playing for someone other than the Red Wings. He told the Detroit News that is not the case.

"It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else," he said.

The newspaper said Holmstrom is training as if he is going to return, but he has not made a decision. He is expected to talk with general manager Ken Holland within the next two weeks.

"I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things," Holmstrom said. "I'm training, I'm working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees."

Holmstrom has 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 games, all with Detroit.

The Red Wings have acquired forward Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo this offseason.

UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reported on July 27 that the Red Wings and Holmstrom are expected to talk when Holland returns to Detroit next week.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 9:56 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Penguins sign Ferriero to two-way contract

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Benn Ferriero to a one-year contract, a two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level.

Ferriero, 25, has spent parts of the past three seasons playing for the San Jose Sharks, including 35 games in 2011-12, when he tallied seven goals and eight points. Ferriero also appeared in 20 games last year with Worcester, the Sharks' American Hockey League affiliate, amassing nine goals and 20 points.

A native of Boston, Ferriero played in 92 career NHL regular-season games with San Jose, totaling 14 goals and 22 points. Ferriero also played in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games, with his lone point the overtime goal in Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings.

Selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the seventh round (No. 196) of the 2006 NHL Draft, Ferriero has appeared in 121 career regular-season AHL contests, notching 44 goals and 103 points. He has added five goals and seven points in 19 postseason games.

Ferriero spent four years playing for Boston College of the Hockey East between 2005-09. Ferriero, who was a member of the Eagles’ 2008 NCAA national championship team, totaled 64 goals and 139 points in 165 career games. He made back-to-back Hockey East All-Tournament Teams in '06-07 and '07-08.

Ferriero has represented the United States several times internationally, including at the 2005 World Under-18 Championship, where he led the Americans to a gold medal. Ferriero's younger brother, Cody, was chosen by San Jose in the fifth round (No. 127) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 6:47 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Bonino gets two-year deal from Ducks

Center Nick Bonino and the Anaheim Ducks will avoid arbitration with the sides agreeing to a two-year contract worth $1.4 million.

Bonino, 24, played 50 games last season for the Ducks, getting five goals and 13 assists. He has 20 points in 85 career games, all with Anaheim.

His arbitration hearing was scheduled for Aug. 3.

Bonino was selected in the sixth round (No. 173) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 4:12 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Coyotes sign forward Nick Johnson

Right wing Nick Johnson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team announced Thursday.

Johnson played 77 games for the Minnesota Wild last season. He had career highs in goals (eight), assists (18), points (26) and penalty minutes (45).

In 87 career NHL games with Minnesota and the Pittsburgh Penguins, Johnson has 10 goals, 21 assists and 52 PIM.

Johnson, 26, was chosen by the Penguins in the third round (No. 67) of the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:58 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Bernier enjoys eventful day with Cup in Quebec

After a picturesque trip through Slovenia with Kings star Anze Kopitar and two days of travels through Massachusetts with head athletic trainer Chris Kingsley, pro scout Steve Greeley and co-director of amateur scouting Mark Yannetti, the Stanley Cup found itself in the province of Quebec on Thursday as it spent the day with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Bernier.

The morning after the Kings received an award for "best upset" at the annual ESPYs, Bernier received the Cup in the city of Laval, a large suburban area just north of the island of Montreal that is also the hometown of NHL greats like Martin Brodeur, Mike Bossy, and Maurice Richard.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:38 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Stars sign Bachman, Sceviour

The Dallas Stars announced Thursday they have signed goaltender Richard Bachman to a one-year, one-way contract worth $625,000. The club also signed forward Colton Sceviour to a one-year, two-way deal.

Bachman, 24, posted an 8-5-1 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 18 games with Dallas last season. Bachman earned a win in his NHL debut on Dec. 10, 2011 at Los Angeles, and recorded his first career NHL shutout on Dec. 12, 2011 against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder became the first rookie goaltender in Dallas Stars history to win his first three NHL starts, and the first to start seven consecutive games.

Bachman, who avoided an arbitration hearing by signing this deal, represented the United States for the first time in his career at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, stopping 17 of 19 shots en route to a win over Kazakhstan in his only appearance at the tournament.

Originally selected in the fourth round (No. 120) by Dallas in the 2006 NHL Draft, Bachman spent two seasons at Colorado College before making his professional debut with ECHL Idaho during the 2009-10 season. Bachman was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2009-10 and finished as runner-up for the ECHL Goaltender of the Year award.

Bachman spent two partial seasons and one full season (2010-11) with the Texas Stars, Dallas' affiliate in the American Hockey League. In 78 career games with Texas, Bachman posted a 39-29-6 record with a 2.37 GAA and nine shutouts.

Sceviour, 23, has spent the past three seasons with Texas and appeared in one NHL game with Dallas during the 2010-11 season. Last season with Texas, Sceviour finished third on the team with 53 points (21 goals, 32 assists) in 75 games played.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 3:18 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Kings Insider provides map tracking the Cup

In just one month since the Los Angeles Kings captured the franchise's first championship, the Stanley Cup has already traveled hundreds of miles through four different countries. The grand trophy even graced the red carpet, alongside Kings captain Dustin Brown, at the Hollywood premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man."

But perhaps nothing captures the incredible travels of the Cup quite like the map created by Kings Insider Rich Hammond.

A beat reporter for the Kings' website, Hammond has created a Cup tracker on Google Maps, which he has updated regularly since the Kings captured the Cup at Staples Center on June 11. In the month he's been tracking the comings and goings of the most legendary trophy in sports, Hammond has marked spots on the customized map for events like Brown's appearance on "The Tonight Show," the team's visit to Dodger Stadium, a stop at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, and days with Slava Voynov and Andrei Loktionov in Russia.

Links to the tracker are available at LAKingsInsider.com and the map is updated regularly by Hammond.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 10:47 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Arbitration hearings to begin next week

Fourteen restricted free agents were set to have salary arbitration hearings in Toronto from July 20-Aug. 4.

Here are the players still set to go to arbitration as of July 20, as released by the NHL Players Association:

Dallas: Mark Fistric -- Aug. 1

Florida: Kris Versteeg -- July 23

Nashville: Sergei Kostitsyn -- Aug. 2

New Jersey: Mark Fayne -- Aug. 2

N.Y. Rangers: Anton Stralman -- July 31

Ottawa: Kaspars Daugavins -- July 24

Toronto: Nikolai Kulemin -- July 26

Vancouver: Dale Weise -- July 27

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 10:34 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Canadiens sign Palushaj

The Montreal Canadiens on Thursday signed restricted free-agent forward Aaron Palushaj to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Palushaj, 22, had a goal and four assists in 38 games with the Canadiens last season, and 15 goals and 20 assists in 35 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' American Hockey League affiliate.

The offensive production was his first in the NHL after going without a point in three games in 2010-11.

A 2007 second-round pick of the St. Louis Blues, he was acquired on March 2, 2010, in exchange for forward Matt D'Agostini.

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Posted On Thursday, 07.12.2012 / 10:05 AM

By NHL.com Staff -  /NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Mueller signs one-year deal with Panthers

The Florida Panthers on Thursday signed 24-year-old free-agent center Peter Mueller, who was not given a qualifying offer by the Colorado Avalanche, to a one-year contract. RDS reports the deal is worth $1.725 million.

Mueller had seven goals and 16 points in 32 games with the Avs last season, missing 50 games due to a groin problem as well as post-concussion issues. He sat out all of the 2010-11 season due to a concussion. In 254 regular-season games for Phoenix and Colorado, he has 55 goals and 88 assists for 133 points.

Florida general manager Dale Tallon hopes Mueller, a right-handed shot, can stay healthy and provide offensive depth -- the Panthers struggled to score beyond the big first line that usually featured Tomas Fleischmann, Kris Versteeg and Stephen Weiss.

“Peter is a young and talented forward who is a former first-round draft choice,” Tallon said in a statement. “He is a skilled player with an offensive upside who will help our power play.”  

The Phoenix Coyotes chose Mueller with the eighth pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, and he scored 22 goals and 54 points as a rookie in 2007-08. He dropped to 13 goals and 36 points in 2008-09 and managed only four goals and 17 points in 54 games the following season before being dealt to the Avs at the trade deadline.

Mueller was an immediate hit with his new team, scoring nine goals and 20 points in 15 games, before missing the rest of the season with a concussion. Despite the injury, he was given a two-year contract by Colorado -- only to suffer another concussion during training camp that forced him to sit out the entire 2010-11 season.
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