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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 7:34 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Brown ends trip to Ithaca with rink visit

Dustin Brown's time as a member of the Ithaca High School ice hockey team was brief, yet illustrious. He went to the state championship game twice, losing in the final as a ninth grader in 1999 before winning it all the following season before leaving to play for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League.

Despite the short stint in Ithaca, located in central New York, Brown played his hockey in two rinks and took the Stanley Cup to both Saturday.

The Los Angeles Kings captain stopped first at the rink he played at as a ninth grader, at Cass Park. It is an outdoor rink shielded from the sun but lacking in ice for Brown's visit. He said the reason Ithaca was able to do so well that season before losing in the state final was the benefit of playing outside. A sign hung congratulating Brown on his Stanley Cup win.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 6:11 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Brown brings Cup to honor fallen Marine

Dustin Brown's day with the Stanley Cup was filled with plenty of fun stops. The Los Angeles Kings captain spent three hours at Ithaca (N.Y.) High School allowing fans to get a picture with the Cup while signing everything from jerseys to hats to posters. He took the Cup to a waterfall and to the two rinks he called home during his two years at Ithaca High.

Brown allowed the media to tag along just about everywhere for his day with the Cup, but he asked for privacy at one very important stop late Saturday afternoon.

Brown and his family brought the Cup to the gravestone of Christopher Bordoni, his wife Nicole's cousin, a Marine who died in January as a result of injuries suffered in Afghanistan. Bordoni was serving his second tour of duty when he was critically wounded during a suicide attack. He was scheduled to return home in February.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 1:36 PM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Brown's whirlwind day with Cup continues

While visiting his old high school during his day with the Cup, Kings captain Dustin Brown was faced with a daunting task -- making enough time for the nearly 1,000 people who lined up for a picture with the Cup.

Thanks to Brown's wife, Nicole, running a tight ship, everyone came away with a picture. A few lucky fans who bought raffle tickets even won an autographed miniature Cup. All the money collected this morning will go to the Semper Fi Fund, which does charity work for marines injured in the line of duty.

Brown got involved with the organization after his wife's cousin died due to injuries sustained while serving in Afghanistan.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 10:51 AM

By Dave Lozo -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Cup arrives at home of Kings' captain Brown

Dustin Brown's day with the Cup in his hometown of Ithaca, NY got off to an early --and wet -- start.

Phil Pritchard, the keeper of the Cup, started his drive from the home of Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in Stamford, CT at about 12:30 a.m., made a stop in a hotel for a couple hours of sleep before arriving at Brown's place.

Not long after the Cup arrived, so did the rain, which forced Brown and his three children to move the Cup into the garage. His oldest son, Jake, who is 3, had to be told he couldn't climb into the Cup like he had in the past.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 07.28.2012 / 10:01 AM

By Tal Pinchevsky -  NHL.com Staff Writer /NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Quick's special week ends with Cup celebration

For the past few summers, Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has hosted his annual goaltending camp at the Stamford Twin Rinks in Stamford, CT. But this year in particular has seen the camp's popularity take off. That tends to happen when the local rink rat suddenly wins the Conn Smythe trophy in leading the Los Angeles Kings to their first Stanley Cup win.

"People were coming out of the woodwork. The day after [Quick won] the Cup we received 20 calls for applications for the camp," said Marvin Minkler, the assistant hockey director at Twin Rinks. "It was kind of neat seeing the little kids on the ice. They had a little twinkle in their eye when Jonathan would come and speak to them."

The week-long camp just recently wrapped up and featured roughly 46 attendees, including a father-and-son team that participated together in what has become an annual event for the Kings' star goaltender. But this year's edition of Quick's goaltending camp took on a whole new meaning when the Stanley Cup arrived in Stamford around 9 a.m. on Friday. With good reason, Quick got that day off from working at the rink.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.27.2012 / 5:32 PM

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

Flames sign goaltender Irving

The Calgary Flames announced Friday they have signed goaltender Leland Irving to a one-year, two-way contract.

It is worth $687,500 at the NHL level or $207,500 at the AHL level.

Irving played seven NHL games last season and registered his first career win on Dec. 23 in a 3-1 victory at Vancouver. He had a .912 save percentage and a 3.20 goals against average with a 1-3-3 record.

"At last year’s training camp, I was ready to compete for a job, but I had no idea whether I was able to compete at that level. Just because you have success in the American League, it’s a whole other league when you get to the NHL," Irving said, according to the Calgary Sun. "It was only seven games, but that’s a huge stepping stone in my career and for my confidence, in general."

Miikka Kiprusoff is the Flames starting goaltender.

Irving, 24, was a first-round pick (No. 26) by Calgary in the 2006 NHL Draft. He was 30-24-2 for the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League in 2010-11.

"Leland made some great strides last season in attempting to establish himself as being ready to carry the load as the backup goaltender in Calgary," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "At the same time, in order for us to have the success we want as a team, it will be necessary for our backup goalie not merely to start 20-plus games but also to win more than half those starts. We are pleased to have Leland under contract for the upcoming season and look forward to what should be a hard-fought and spirited battle in training camp between Leland and Henrik Karlsson."

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.27.2012 / 1:34 PM

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

Jets sign Enstrom to multiyear extension

The Winnipeg Jets announced on Friday the signing of defenseman and alternate captain Tobias Enstrom to a multi-year contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

Enstrom, 28, was second in scoring last season among Jets defensemen, posting six goals and 33 points in 62 games.

The native of Nordingra, Sweden is the Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise leader among defensemen in games played (380, sixth most overall), points (204, fourth overall), and assists (172, third overall).

Enstrom’s 32 career goals are one shy of Yannick Tremblay for most goals by a defenseman in franchise history. He still holds the franchise single-season record for most assists by a defenseman with 44 in 2009-10.

He has represented his country in international competition six times, including four games and two assists at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

Enstrom was originally drafted by Atlanta in the eighth round (No. 239) in the 2003 NHL Draft.

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.27.2012 / 12:50 PM

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

Butler's contract bought out by Senators

The Ottawa Senators announced Friday that the club has bought out the remainder of the contract of forward Bobby Butler, which was valid through the end of the 2012-13 season.

A native of Marlborough, Mass., Butler appeared in 94 games over the past three NHL campaigns with Ottawa, tallying 37 points (16 goals, 21 assists) and 22 penalty minutes. He was held scoreless in three postseason contests during Ottawa's first-round loss to the New York Rangers.

Butler, 25, was signed by the Senators on March 29, 2010, after completing his collegiate career with the University of New Hampshire.

The Ottawa Citizen reports the cost of the buyout is $400,000, paid to Butler in $200,000 installments over the next two years. Citing CapGeek.com, it says Butler's salary-cap charge will be $50,000 next season and $200,000 in 2013-14.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 7:18 PM

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

Devils sign defenseman Corrente

The New Jersey Devils reportedly have signed defenseman Matt Corrente and forwards Alexandre Carrier and Phil DeSimone.

General manager Lou Lamoriello confirmed the signings to The Record on Thursday.

Corrente's deal is said to be a one-year, two-way contract worth $525,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the AHL level.

The 24-year-old played 39 games last season for Albany of the American Hockey League. He had two goals, six assists and 73 penalty minutes.

A first-round pick (No. 30) by the Devils in 2006, Corrente has 34 games of NHL experience.

Carrier and DeSimone were signed to AHL contracts, the report says.

Carrier, 21, played last season in Austria.

DeSimone, 25, had 14 goals and 19 assists with Hamilton, Montreal’s AHL affiliate, last season.

Lamoriello also confirmed the Devils earlier re-signed defenseman Mark Fayne.

Fayne, who is recovering from offseason wrist surgery, said he will be ready for the season opener in October.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 07.26.2012 / 5:20 PM

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

Rangers re-sign defenseman Stralman

The New York Rangers agreed Thursday to a new contract with defenseman Anton Stralman, the team announced. Several reports say it is a two-year deal worth $3.4 million.

The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 31.

Stralman, who was a restricted free agent, finished with two goals and 18 points in 53 regular-season games and added three goals and six points in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

A seventh-round draft pick by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2005, Stralman, who turns 26 on Aug. 1, has career totals of 13 goals and 92 points in 265 games with the Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Rangers.

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— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game