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Posted On Monday, 07.23.2012 / 10:44 AM

NHL.com - Summer with Stanley blog

Dustin Brown to bring Cup to Ithaca on Saturday

Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, a native of Ithaca, N.Y., will bring the Stanley Cup to Ithaca High School on Saturday morning.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports that a limited number of photo opportunities with the Cup will be available for a $5 donation to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps provide support for injured or critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Fans will also be able to receive an autographed championship photo signed by Brown for a $5 donation, and raffle tickets will be sold for the chance to win mini replica Stanley Cups signed by Brown.

"Winning the Stanley Cup is a dream come true," Brown said. "I'm extremely excited to share this experience with the people and town of Ithaca, and raise money for a cause very close to me and my family."

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the Armed Forces and their families.

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Posted On Sunday, 07.22.2012 / 3:53 PM

NHL.com - NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

Fistric signs one-year deal with Stars

The Dallas Stars on Sunday signed defenseman Mark Fistric to a one-year, $1.475 million contract.

Fistric, 26, skated in 60 games for Dallas last season, posting two assists and 41 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the team in hits (235), third in blocked shots (105), earned an even or plus rating in 48 of 60 contests, and was one of only 17 NHL defensemen to win a faceoff in 2011-12.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Edmonton native is entering his sixth NHL season, all as a member of the Stars. He has played 257 games, scoring three goals and adding 20 assists for 23 points with a plus-16 rating and 220 penalty minutes.

Fistric was Dallas' first-round selection (No. 28) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.21.2012 / 5:21 PM

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

Reports: Doan visits with Flyers, Rangers

Free agent forward Shane Doan has visited with the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers, according to multiple reports.

Philly.com says Doan's latest visit was with the Flyers on Saturday. The website said the sides have mutual interest, but the meeting was described as Doan "just checking his options."

Doan has expressed his interest in remaining with the Coyotes, for whom he has played his entire career, but the team could leave Phoenix pending resolution of its ownership situation.

"I've made no bones about the fact that I want to go back to Phoenix if the situation works out," Doan said Thursday.

Arizonasports.com reported Friday that Doan met with the New York Rangers. The 35-year-old forward was in New York City to take part in collective bargaining negotiations between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association.

The New York Daily News said it was Doan's first official visit of free agency.

Doan said Thursday he is accepting contract offers but not actively seeking them.

"I don't want to put anybody in a situation where they feel like if they impress me I'll come," he said. "Until I make my decision, I don't want to force anybody's hand."

Doan's agent, Terry Bross, told Buffalo television station WKBW that Doan has no other visits scheduled and is heading home to Kamloops, B.C.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.21.2012 / 4:15 PM

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

Report: Fistric signs one-year deal with Stars

Defenseman Mark Fistric and the Dallas Stars reportedly have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

The Dallas Morning News reports the deal is worth $1.45 million.

Fistric had an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 1.

The 26-year-old played 60 games for the Stars last season. He has played parts of five seasons for Dallas after he was chosen in the first round (No. 28) in the 2004 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Saturday, 07.21.2012 / 2:25 PM

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

Cup spends week with two of hockey's most historic families

This weekend should prove to be a special one as the Stanley Cup serves as the guest of honor on the historic Sutter family farm in Viking, Alta. The prolific property raised six brothers who played in the NHL in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, combining for an astonishing 4,994 games and 2,934 points. When second-eldest brother Darryl Sutter earned his first Stanley Cup win as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, it meant hockey's most prolific family would be celebrating a championship for the first time since brothers Brent and Duane won one together playing for the New York Islanders in 1983.

But earlier this week, another of hockey's most famous families celebrated the end of an even longer drought.

Just four days before the Cup arrived in Viking, it spent an evening in Clear Lake, Manitoba with the family of Kings assistant general manager Ron Hextall, who is also part of one of the NHL's great dynasties.

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Posted On Friday, 07.20.2012 / 8:45 PM

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

Report: Fayne re-signs with Devils

Defenseman Mark Fayne reportedly has re-signed with the New Jersey Devils, avoiding arbitration.

ESPN.com says the contract is for two years, $2.6 million.

Fayne's arbitration hearing was scheduled for Aug. 2. He had surgery to repair a ligament in his left wrist in June and could be out of action until November.

The 25-year-old played all 82 regular-season games, totaling 17 points. He played in all of the Devils' 24 Stanley Cup Playoff games and had three points with a plus-5 rating.

Fayne, selected in the fifth round (No. 155) of the 2005 NHL Draft, played 57 games in his rookie season of 2010-11.

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Posted On Friday, 07.20.2012 / 4:07 PM

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

Hurricanes sign forward Samson

Forward Jerome Samson has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Friday.

The deal will pay Samson $600,000 at the NHL level or $105,000 at the AHL level, with a guarantee of at least $175,000.

Samson, 24, split the 2011-12 season between the Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.

He had two goals and three assists in 16 NHL games. He was second on the Checkers with 20 goals.

Samson was signed by Carolina as an undrafted free agent in July 2007.

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Posted On Friday, 07.20.2012 / 12:08 PM

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

Ducks sign Winnik to two-year deal

The Anaheim Ducks announced Friday that they have signed center Daniel Winnik to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 NHL season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed, but Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register is reporting it is worth $3.6 million.

Winnik, 27, has appeared in 366 career NHL games with the Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, tallying 37 goals and 64 assists with 187 penalty minutes.

"I was hoping to stay out West, just with the familiarity of playing all the teams. More so, the Pacific Division, having been there for three years and ending it with San Jose (last season)," Winnik said on a conference call. "I have always loved the West Coast and have been out there for so long now. ...

"There is really no adjusting time to people you are playing in your division. If I was to switch over to an Eastern Conference team, I’d have to get used to the playing style and the team systems."

Winnik appeared in a League-leading 84 games with Colorado and San Jose last season, scoring eight goals and 15 assists. Winnik's 84 games played were the most in the NHL since Sean Avery played 84 in 2006-07 with the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.

Winnik was acquired by San Jose as part a five-player trade on Feb. 27, 2012 and went on to record three goals and two assists in 21 regular-season games with the Sharks. The 6-2, 210-pound center made his second career appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2012 with San Jose, earning an assist in five games.

Selected by Phoenix in the ninth round (No. 265) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Winnik has played 12 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Phoenix (2010) and San Jose, earning one assist.

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Posted On Friday, 07.20.2012 / 11:26 AM

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

Oilers, Gagner settle on one-year deal

The Edmonton Oilers and center Sam Gagner have agreed on a one-year, $3.2 million contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for Friday.

"It's obviously a long process but … I'm really excited it's over with," Gagner told the Oilers' website. "Arbitration is something you want to avoid if you can. I'm just happy something got done and I'm signed up for next year."

Gagner, 22, set a career-high last season in goals (18) and was a plus-5, the first time in his five seasons he had a positive plus/minus.

The highlight of his season came Feb. 2, when he had four goals and four assists in the Oilers' 8-4 win against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was the first eight-point NHL game since Mario Lemieux on Dec. 31, 1988, and Gagner joined Lemieux as the only players to score eight points in a game with one on each of his team's goals.

Gagner said there had been talks for a longer-term contract, but for now, he said he and the club are happy with this deal.

"I think at the end of the day this kind of worked out for the best," he said. "I think there's still an opportunity to stay in Edmonton long term. I need to have another good year this year and continue to solidify myself as a good NHL player and reach new levels. I'm excited about that opportunity and excited to get going next year."

Taken by the Oilers with the sixth pick of the 2007 NHL Draft, Gagner has 77 goals and 143 assists in 366 NHL games.

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Posted On Friday, 07.20.2012 / 10:50 AM

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

Leafs, Kulemin avoid arbitration

The Toronto Maple Leafs and left wing Nikolai Kulemin have agreed to a two-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 26.

Financial terms of the deal were not released, but CBC and TSN reported Kulemin's contract will pay him $2.8 million per season.

Kulemin had seven goals and 21 assists in 70 games last season, a drop-off from the career-best 30 goals he had in 2010-11.

A 2006 second-round pick of the Leafs, Kulemin has 68 goals and 84 assists in 308 games over four NHL seasons, all with Toronto.

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