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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 2:10 PM

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

Gagne enjoys day of golf with Cup in Quebec

Eleven months after Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron brought the Stanley Cup to Quebec City, enjoying a nice breakfast with the trophy at the city's historic Chateau Frontenac hotel, another native son brought the Cup to town.

With a golf tournament followed by a public event at the Le Relais ski resort just a few miles north of the city, Los Angeles Kings forward Simon Gagne made it a Friday the 13th to remember in La Belle Province's capital city.

After receiving the Cup in the morning and enjoying a family brunch, the Gagne was escorted by local police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to the Golf de la Faune resort, where he kicked off his annual golf tournament with the Cup serving as the guest of honor. This year marked the 11th edition of the annual tournament, which has contributed $600,000 over the years to children's cancer charities.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 1:54 PM

NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Canadiens re-sign Diaz to two-year contract

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Swiss defenseman Raphael Diaz to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diaz, 26, completed his first season with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2011-12, scoring three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 59 games, along with 30 penalty minutes, averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game. Diaz blocked 102 shots, ranking third among rookie defensemen in the NHL. He missed the team’s last 16 games of the season due to a season-ending groin injury.

A native of Baar, Switzerland, Diaz was part of the All-Rookie Team at NHL All-Star Weekend.

He first signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on May 13, 2011.

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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 / 6:41 PM

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

Cup takes break from Kings to appear in 3D film

As on most film sets, the crew setting up at the hockey arena in Penticton, British Columbia, was forced to work around the schedule of its star.

That can be difficult when the shoot is in early July and the star is the Stanley Cup.

Fortunately for the producers of "Stanley Cup Odyssey," a short 3D film about the Cup set to premiere this fall at the Hockey Hall of Fame, it all worked out.

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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 / 3:39 PM

NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Sharks re-sign Galiardi, McLaren, McCarthy

The San Jose Sharks on Thursday re-signed forwards TJ Galiardi and Frazer McLaren to one-year contracts and John McCarthy to a two-year deal. They also signed free-agent forward Jonathan Matsumoto to a one-year deal. No financial terms were disclosed.

Galiardi played 69 games for Colorado and San Jose in 2011-12, scoring nine goals and adding six assists for 15 points along with 53 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Calgary was originally selected by Colorado in the second round (No. 55) of the 2007 NHL Draft.

McLaren played seven games for San Jose last season, going scoreless with nine penalty minutes. In 20 games with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League, he had one assist and 73 penalty minutes. He is the all-time leader in Worcester Sharks history with 490 penalty minutes.

In 39 career NHL games, McLaren has six points (one goal, five assists), a plus-5 rating, and 85 penalty minutes. He was taken by the Sharks in the seventh round (No. 203) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

McCarthy, a seventh-round choice (No. 202) by the Sharks in 2006, appeared in 10 games for San Jose last season. He led the Worcester Sharks in goals (20) and points (47) while playing in 65 games. The 25-year-old has appeared in 51 career NHL games with San Jose over three seasons, scoring two goals and adding two assists with 18 penalty minutes.

Matsumoto, 25, appeared in one game for the Florida Panthers last season after being acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 18 for A.J. Jenks. At the AHL level, he combined to produce 60 points, including 23 goals, in 76 games with Charlotte and San Antonio.

In 2010-11, Matsumoto had two goals in 13 games with Carolina. He made his NHL debut on Nov. 1 at Philadelphia and scored his goals two nights later against the New York Islanders.

Matsumoto has 124 goals and 281 points in 392 regular-season games at the AHL level. He has 10 goals and 28 points in 41 AHL Calder Cup Playoff games. The Ottawa native was selected by the Flyers in the third round (No. 79) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

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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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