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Posted On Sunday, 07.15.2012 / 7:07 PM

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

Report: Green rejects Caps' qualifying offer

CSNWashington.com is reporting defenseman Mike Green has rejected the Washington Capitals' one-year, $5 million qualifying offer, but is expected to continue negotiating with the team. Green had until 5 p.m. ET on Sunday to either accept or reject the offer.

By rejecting the offer Green becomes a restricted free agent.

Green, 26, had three goals and four assists in just 32 regular-season games due to a nagging groin injury. He had two goals and two assists in 14 playoff games.

He's been plagued by injuries the last two seasons, playing a total of just 81 games.

Capitals GM George McPhee said Saturday that the qualifying offer deadlines didn't faze him, and believes he will be able to negotiate new deals for Green and fellow restricted free-agent defenseman John Carlson.

"I think we've had healthy discussions with both players and there are deals to be made there," McPhee told CSNWashington.com. "I think that's something we'll get done sooner than later and they will be deals we can live with and they can live with."

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Posted On Saturday, 07.14.2012 / 5:03 PM

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

Cup makes second trip to Massachusetts this week

After spending Tuesday and Wednesday in Massachusetts with members of the Los Angeles' Kings training and scouting staff, the Stanley Cup spent two days in Quebec with Jonathan Bernier and Simon Gagne before boarding an Air Canada flight for a return trip to the Boston area.

This time to spend its second day in the last four years with Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi.

A Boston College product who makes his off-season home in the Boston area, Scuderi enjoyed his first Cup win in 2009 with the Penguins by bringing the Cup to his childhood home on Long Island.

In his first day with the Cup, the veteran defenseman visited the local Nassau County police station, where his father Bob served on the force for 31 years, before arriving at Bethpage High School, where his mother Leslie works as a chemistry teacher. It all culminated in a memorable event at Newbridge Park, as locals honored the first Long Island native to have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 6:04 PM

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

Hurricanes sign Terry to two-year deal

Forward Chris Terry has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, the team announced Friday.

Terry will receive $525,000 at the NHL level or $90,000 at the AHL level, with a guarantee of $105,000, in the first year. In the second year, he will receive $525,000 in the NHL or $105,000 in the AHL.

Terry, 23, led the Charlotte Checkers with 59 points (16 goals, 43 assists) in 2011-12. In three American Hockey League seasons, he has 67 goals and 103 assists in 235 games.

He was selected by Carolina in the fifth round (No. 132) in the 2007 NHL Draft.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 5:30 PM

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

Wellwood returning to Jets

The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms Friday with forward Kyle Wellwood on a new contract. The Winnipeg Free Press reports it is a one-year deal worth $1.6 million.

"Originally I was searching for more years (on his deal) and the Jets offered me a two-year deal, but after thinking about it I just felt most comfortable with a one-year deal," Wellwood said in a conference call, according to the newspaper. "To have this out of the way and be able to come into an environment I already know and have some familiarity, I’m really excited."

Wellwood, 29, played in 77 games with the Jets last season, recording a career-high 47 points (18 goals, 29 assists), good for fifth on the team, and four penalty minutes.

The Windsor, Ontario, native has played in 450 career NHL games between Toronto, Vancouver, San Jose and Winnipeg, posting 86 goals, 220 points and 34 career penalty minutes.

Wellwood was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the fifth round (No. 134) of the 2001 NHL Draft.

The Jets also announced Friday they have signed defenseman Paul Postma. The Free Press reports it is a one-year, one-way contract worth $550,000.

Postma, 23, played in 56 games with the St. John’s IceCaps last season. His 44 points (13 goals, 31 assists) led the team's defensemen. He had 10 points (one goal, nine assists) in 15 Calder Cup playoff games.

The team also signed forward Ben Maxwell and goaltender Mark Dekanich. Maxwell played six games for the Jets last season. Dekanich played five games for the Springfield Falcons.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:25 PM

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

Stars give Larsen two-year deal, sign Fortunus

The Dallas Stars announced Friday they have agreed to terms on new contracts with defensemen Philip Larsen and Maxime Fortunus.

Larsen, 22, receives a two-year contract through 2013-14 worth $2.05 million ($900,000 first year; $1.15 million second year). Fortunus, 28, was signed to a one-year, two-way contract.

Larsen skated in 55 games for the Stars last season, posting three goals and 11 points. His plus-11 rating was tied for the lead among Dallas defensemen. The Esbjerg, Denmark native scored his first career NHL goal against Minnesota on Jan. 21, becoming the first Danish-born blueliner to accomplish that feat since Vancouver's Poul Poupiel in 1971-72.

Larsen has played 63 NHL contests over parts of three seasons. Of players who have skated with the Stars in each of the past three seasons, he is one of four who has earned a cumulative plus-10 rating or better (plus-13).

The 6-foot-0, 183-pound defenseman competed in this year’s IIHF World Championship where he had two assists in seven games for Denmark. He also posted a team-leading 23 shots in the tournament, and had the highest time-on-ice per game of anyone on Denmark's National Team (25:05).

Fortunus, 28, has spent the past three seasons with the AHL's Texas Stars and appeared in eight NHL games with Dallas during the 2009-10 season. Last season with Texas, Fortunus appeared in 60 games and collected six goals and 20 points.

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Posted On Friday, 07.13.2012 / 4:09 PM

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

Holmstrom says he'll play only for Wings

Forward Thomas Holmstrom said Thursday if he returns to the NHL it will be with the Detroit Red Wings.

Holmstrom, 39, is deciding whether to return for his 16th season or retire.

Reports out of his home country Sweden said Holmstrom would consider playing for someone other than the Red Wings. He told the Detroit News that is not the case.

"It's playing in Detroit, or nowhere else," he said.

The newspaper said Holmstrom is training as if he is going to return, but he has not made a decision. He is expected to talk with general manager Ken Holland within the next two weeks.

"I appreciate Kenny giving me this time to think about things," Holmstrom said. "I'm training, I'm working out. But a lot of it depends on my health, my knees."

Holmstrom has 243 goals and 287 assists in 1,026 games, all with Detroit.

The Red Wings have acquired forward Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo this offseason.

UPDATE: The Detroit Free Press reported on July 27 that the Red Wings and Holmstrom are expected to talk when Holland returns to Detroit next week.

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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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