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Jets agree to terms with forward Halischuk

Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 10:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms with forward Matt Halischuk on a one-year, two-way contract worth $725,000, the team announced Wednesday.

Halischuk, 26, played 46 games with the Jets last season and had five goals, five assists and six penalty minutes. He was out from Dec. 14 until March 4 after sustaining a broken arm.

"... It was nice to get back and get healthy and get some games in before the end of the season to start the summer off on a good note," Halischuk told the Winnipeg Sun. "It's been great to be healthy this summer and I'm looking forward to coming into camp and having a good camp."

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Gardiner happy to stay with Carlyle, Maple Leafs

Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 7:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Defenseman Jake Gardiner understands what coach Randy Carlyle was trying to do, so much so he signed a five-year contract to stay with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"He is a coach that likes to push his players and get the most out of them," Gardiner told the Toronto Star on Wednesday. "I think that was what he was doing with me.

"I have a lot more potential than what I've been doing. I think [his approach was] good for me. It will help me down the road."

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Rangers' Talbot aims to show rookie season no fluke

Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 3:30 PM / NHL Insider

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Cam Talbot came to New York Rangers training camp last September trying to prove he was an NHL-caliber goaltender. He'll be back this September trying to show his performance as Henrik Lundqvist's backup in 2013-14 was no fluke.

Talbot got his first chance to play in the NHL last October as a 26-year-old rookie after Martin Biron retired, and he made the most of it. The former Alabama-Huntsville goaltender went 12-6-1 with a 1.64 goals-against average, a save percentage of .941 and three shutouts.

He told BlueshirtsUnited.com his goal for this season is to show he's not a one-hit wonder.

"I think the last few years I've come into camp in good shape and I've been fairly ready, but they've had two pretty good goalies ahead of me and it wasn't my time," Talbot said. "This year coming up, I have to prove that last year wasn't a fluke. I think a lot of people are going to think I came in and played a little bit beyond my range last year, and it's my goal to go out and prove them wrong."

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Dwight King agrees to contract with Kings

Wednesday, 07.30.2014 / 2:03 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Dwight King and the Los Angeles Kings avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reported the deal is worth $5.85 million, with an average annual value of $1.95 million. An arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday.

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Elliott 'ready to work' as Blues No. 1 goalie

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 6:51 PM / NHL Insider

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Brian Elliott
Goalie - STL
RECORD: 18-6-2
GAA: 1.96 | SVP: 0.922
The St. Louis Blues have said Brian Elliott is heading into this season as their No. 1 goaltender.

It seems no one has told Brian Elliott.

"I really haven't heard it from the horse's mouth, so to speak, but obviously my parents and friends and family have read stuff on the Internet," Elliott told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in an interview published Tuesday. "It's obviously good to hear those words, that they have confidence in you, but it is all up to you and how you play. There's always somebody knocking on the door."

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Vrana, Pastrnak lead Czech team at WJC camp

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 3:25 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two players picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be part of the Czech Republic team that will take part in the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp to be held Aug. 3-8 in Montreal.

The camp, which also will feature Canada and Russia, is one of the first steps in the construction of teams that will play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

Jakub Vrana (No. 13, Washington Capitals) and David Pastrnak (No. 25, Boston Bruins) are two of six players that will take part in the camp who helped the Czechs finish sixth at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. Vrana had one goal and one assist in five games; Pastrnak had one goal and two assists in five games.

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Oilers' Yakupov putting rough season behind him

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:58 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

Nail Yakupov
Right Wing - EDM
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 24
SOG: 122 | +/-: -33
EDMONTON -- Nail Yakupov has moved on.

After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers right wing has returned to prepare for the NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.

"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."

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Jets, Frolik agree to terms on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:46 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Michael Frolik
Right Wing - WPG
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 27 | PTS: 42
SOG: 189 | +/-: 8
The Winnipeg Jets and forward Michael Frolik avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday, and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said the possibility of a long-term contract remains.

Frolik, who had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games last season, will make $3.3 million in 2014-15. He and the Jets were scheduled to go to arbitration Thursday.

"Early in the process, we essentially discussed that this was not going to get to an arbitration," Cheveldayoff said. "It was more the fact that we wanted to make sure that Michael was under contract for us this coming year, and that's the benefit of the arbitration process"

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Hartnell excited to get started with Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

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Shortly after being traded for the second time, forward Scott Hartnell asked some of his friends what he could expect as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 52
SOG: 207 | +/-: 11
He likes what he's heard so far.

After seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Hartnell was traded to Columbus on June 23 for forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick. A fan favorite in Philadelphia, Hartnell admitted to fighting back tears when he returned to the Flyers training facility two days later to clean out his locker.

After the initial shock subsided, Hartnell approached former Flyers teammates Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek, who each started his career in Columbus. Their feedback is one reason Hartnell has a good feeling about joining an up-and-coming Blue Jackets team. He also sought advice from Jody Shelley, a former Philadelphia teammate who played for Columbus and serves as a television analyst and team ambassador.

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D'Amigo signs two-way contract with Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 9:41 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Jerry D'Amigo signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 23-year-old was acquired by the Blue Jackets on July 1 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade for forward Matt Frattin.

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I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.

— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie