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Posted On Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 5:08 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

'Canes agree to terms with Tim Wallace

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with forward Tim Wallace on a one-year, two-way contract. The deal will pay Wallace $700,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the minor-league level.

"Tim is a versatile forward and played well with Tampa Bay to finish the year," Ron Francis, Carolina's vice president of hockey operations, said in a statement Thursday. "He has a good amount of pro experience and should challenge for a spot with the Hurricanes in training camp."

Wallace, 27, split the 2011-12 season between the New York Islanders and the Tampa Bay Lightning, scoring three goals and adding six assists for nine points in 49 games. All three goals and five of the six assists came in 16 games with the Lightning after Tampa Bay claimed him on waivers from the Islanders on Feb. 23.

After playing four years of college hockey at Notre Dame, Wallace signed with Pittsburgh in the fall of 2006 and played five seasons in the Penguins' system before signing with the Islanders as a free agent last summer. Wallace has scored three goals and earned eight assists for 11 points in 79 career NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh, the Islanders and Tampa Bay. He has 84 goals and 157 points along with 307 penalty minutes in 328 AHL regular-season games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Bridgeport.

Posted On Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 4:56 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Summer with Stanley blog

Sutter family ready for weekend with Cup

Hockey's first family of central Alberta is about to have a great weekend.

The Sutters have already enjoyed a summer to remember in 2012. It started with Brody Sutter signing an entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on June 1, followed shortly by his uncle Darryl capturing his first Stanley Cup as coach of the Los Angeles Kings. Then, on a draft day to remember, Brandon Sutter was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins shortly before the Winnipeg Jets selected his cousin, Lukas, in the second round.

Following all these incredible milestones, the Sutter family will have one final memory this weekend when the Stanley Cup arrives in Red Deer for Darryl's day with the most iconic trophy in sports.

Posted On Thursday, 07.19.2012 / 8:38 AM - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Weber agrees to 14-year deal with Flyers

Nashville Predators All-Star defenseman Shea Weber has agreed to an offer sheet with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers announced the signing in a release Thursday morning.

TSN's Darren Dreger, who first reported the story, says the deal is for 14 years and more than $100 million. Those terms were not confirmed in the club's press release.

Nashville has a week to decide whether to match the offer. If they Predators opt not to do so, it is believed they will receive a package of four first-round draft picks from the Flyers, although compensation depends on the annual average value of the contract. The Flyers' first-round pick has been no higher than No. 20 in each of the past four drafts.

Dreger reported Nashville was working on a trade and it's believed several deadlines passed before the Flyers grew tired of waiting and Weber -- a restricted free agent -- signed the offer sheet.

Weber, the runner-up for the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, has one year remaining before he's eligible for unrestricted free agency. He turns 27 on Aug. 14 and is coming off a season in which he scored 19 goals and added 30 assists for 49 points. He was a First-Team All-Star for the second straight season and barely lost the Norris to Ottawa's Erik Karlsson.

Weber has played his entire NHL career with Nashville, which picked him in the second round (No. 49) in the 2003 NHL Draft.

The signing comes just two weeks after the Predators lost their other All-Star defenseman, Ryan Suter. He signed a 13-year, $98 million contract with the Minnesota Wild on July 4.
Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 8:01 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Islanders sign defenseman Wishart

Defenseman Ty Wishart has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders, the team announced Wednesday.

Wishart, 24, had five goals and 14 assists with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last season. He appeared in one game with the Islanders.

A first-round pick (No. 16) of the San Jose Sharks in the 2006 NHL Draft, Wishart was acquired in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 2, 2011 in exchange for Dwayne Roloson.

In 26 NHL games with the Lighting and Islanders, he has one goal and five assists with a plus-5 rating and 10 penalty minutes.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 7:05 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Coyotes re-sign defenseman Summers

The Phoenix Coyotes announced Wednesday that defenseman Chris Summers has accepted his qualifying offer and agreed to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Summers played 21 games for the Coyotes last season, recording three assists. He also played 28 games with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Summers, 24, was chosen by the Coyotes in the first round (No. 29) of the 2006 NHL Draft.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 3:32 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Wings ink Quincey to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

The Detroit Red Wings and defenseman Kyle Quincey have agreed on a two-year contract that will keep the sides from taking part in a scheduled arbitration hearing. Financial terms of the deal were not revealed, but TSN is reporting Quincey will be paid $3.55 million in 2012-13 and $4 million in 2013-14.

The hearing had been scheduled for July 25.

Quincey was acquired by the Red Wings on Feb. 21 as part of a three-team trade that saw Quincey go from Colorado to Detroit, Steve Downie go from Tampa Bay to Colorado, and a prospect and a 2012 first-round pick go from Detroit to Tampa Bay.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 2:49 PM - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Senators re-sign Jim O'Brien

The Ottawa Senators on Wednesday re-signed restricted free-agent forward Jim O'Brien to a two-year contract that the team says is worth $1.275 million, an average annual value of $637,500.

"It’s nice to have a contract, but I’m looking at it like any other year," O'Brien told the Ottawa Citizen. "I have a lot to prove to myself and my teammates."

O'Brien split the 2011-12 season between Ottawa and the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. After scoring seven goals and adding seven assists for 14 points in 27 games at Binghamton, he was called up by the Senators on Feb. 3. O'Brien scored three times and added three assists for six points in 28 games. He scored his first NHL goal in Ottawa's 6-2 win against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 15.

The 23-year-old also played in each of the seven playoff games of Ottawa's Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series against the New York Rangers. His lone point was an assist on Kyle Turris' game-winning goal in overtime of Game 4 on April 18.

"He showed the rest of our young guys in the organization that if you work had and you’re a good citizen and do what we ask you to do in Binghamton, we will certainly call you up and give you a chance," assistant general manager Tim Murray told the newspaper.

The native of Maplewood, Minn., was Ottawa's first-round pick (No. 29) in the 2007 NHL Draft, He has six points in 34 NHL games and 78 points in 183 games at the AHL level, where he helped Binghamton win the 2011 Calder Cup.

The Senators also announced they have signed defenseman Eric Gryba to a two-year, two-way contract.

Gryba, 24, spent last season with the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. He established career highs in goals (five), assists (15) and games (73), and recorded 98 penalty minutes.

"He made big strides last year ... so we just expect him to get better and better,"  Murray told the newspaper. "I believe he can come to training camp and compete for a job at the (NHL)."

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 2:03 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - Summer with Stanley blog

Fraser enjoys day-long festivities with the Cup

The weekly farmer's market in Sylvan Lake, Alberta, was forced to move this week from Friday to Wednesday, but area vendors shouldn't be too inconvenienced by the switch. It's all part of the day-long festivities welcoming Los Angeles Kings forward Colin Fraser and his special guest, the Stanley Cup.

It's not Fraser's first day with the Cup. After winning it for the first time with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, he brought the iconic trophy to his parents' home in Surrey, B.C. It was there he enjoyed a game of ball hockey with some old friends before being escorted by Royal Canadian Mounted Police to an official reception at Central City Plaza.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 1:48 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Bruins sign Aaron Johnson

The Boston Bruins signed defenseman Aaron Johnson to a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Wednesday. Johnson's contract is worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.

Johnson (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) skated in 56 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2011-12, tallying three goals and setting NHL career highs with 13 assists and 16 points, and collecting 16 penalty minutes.

In 2010-11, the 29-year-old played in 72 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League after signing as an unrestricted free agent with the Nashville Predators. He recorded AHL career highs in goals with nine, assists with 26 and points with 35, recording a plus-10 rating and adding 70 penalty minutes.

The 2009-10 season saw Johnson split time between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers, when he recorded a combined four goals, six assists and 35 penalty minutes in 41 games.

Johnson has played in 281 NHL games with the Blue Jackets, Oilers, Flames, Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders, tallying 17 goals and 45 assists for 62 total points, with 217 penalty minutes.

The Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia native was selected by Columbus in the third round (No. 85) of the 2001 NHL Draft.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.18.2012 / 12:59 PM

By Staff -  / - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Maloney willing to wait on Doan

Shane Doan could be the most desirable free agent left on the market, but he appears to be in no rush to make a decision.

Teams now appear willing to wait -- among them the Phoenix Coyotes, the franchise for which Doan has played every game of his NHL career.

Doan has expressed a desire to re-sign with the Coyotes, but is hesitant to do so while ownership questions remain.

Coyotes GM Don Maloney told the Arizona Republic that he doesn't mind waiting on Doan, believing it still "may be weeks" until Doan picks a team.

However, he remains confident that when Doan does make a decision, it will be to stay in Phoenix.

"I still remain confident that we will be able to sign Shane," Maloney said. "Nothing has changed in that respect. We still have regular communication despite everything you see and read."

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