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Posted On Monday, 07.30.2012 / 8:43 PM

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

Kompon will celebrate with Cup in St. Louis

Jamie Kompon hasn't worked for the St. Louis Blues for six years.

Yet the assistant coach will take the Stanley Cup to that city after winning it with the Los Angeles Kings.

Hired in July as an assistant for the Chicahgo Blackhawks, Kompon told the team's website his plans for his day with the Cup

"Yes, I was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, but my parents no longer live there," Kompon said. "When I arrived in St. Louis (1997), I didn’t know a soul. When I left in 2006 for Los Angeles, there was a goodbye party for me and 200 people showed up.

"I didn’t think I had that many friends, but everybody who walked through the door, I knew. So, yes, I have a warm spot for St. Louis and that will be where I have my Stanley Cup day on Aug. 6."

Kompon will be working in Chicago for coach Joel Quenneville, his former boss with the Blues. Mike Kitchen, another former St. Louis coach, is on the Blackhawks staff.

Kompon also has a warm spot for his former California home, though the team did not renew his contract.

"I had a wonderful time in Los Angeles, and what we did this spring really did wonders for the sport out there," Kompon said. " ... My wife, Tina, and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary the day we won it all, June 11. I came home that night and there were purple, black and white streamers on our house. I didn’t even realize our neighbors knew what I did for a living, but it was a terrific run."

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Posted On Monday, 07.30.2012 / 5:25 PM

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

Canucks sign forward Desbiens

The Vancouver Canucks announced Monday they have signed right wing Guillaume Desbiens.

The Vancouver Province reports it is a two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the minor-league level.

Desbiens, 27, has played 23 NHL games with the Canucks and Calgary Flames, collecting 37 penalty minutes.

"I know what I can do and they know what to expect from me," Desbiens told the Vancouver Province. "If I have a good enough camp and I mix things up, you never know what can happen. I’m looking to make everybody change their mind and keep me on the team.”

In 2011-12 he split the season with the Flames and the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League. He registered 14 points and 114 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Heat, and 25 penalty minutes in 10 games with the Flames.

He was chosen by the Atlanta Thrashers at No. 116 in the 2003 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Monday, 07.30.2012 / 3:04 PM

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

Leafs sign Mark Fraser to one-year deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that they've re-signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year contract.

Fraser, 25, split the 2011-12 American Hockey League season between the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, tallying seven assists, a plus-15 rating and 67 penalty minutes in 45 games. The 6-4, 220-pound player helped lead the Marlies to the 2012 Calder Cup finals, posting three assists and 31 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

Fraser was acquired by the Maple Leafs from the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 27, 2012 in exchange for Dale Mitchell.

The native of Ottawa, Ontario, appeared in four games with the New Jersey Devils in 2011-12, collecting 14 penalty minutes. Fraser has played 98 career NHL games, all with the Devils, posting eight points (three goals, five assists) and 86 penalty minutes.

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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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