Noreau, 27, has spent the past three seasons playing for Ambri-Piotta in the Swiss-A league. He had eight goals and 24 points in 35 games last season and has 25 goals and 64 points in 124 games with the team.
Noreau, a Montreal native who was never drafted in the NHL, played six games over parts of two seasons with the Minnesota Wild before heading overseas. He scored 18 goals and 52 points for the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League during the 2009-10 season.
Jiri Sekac did everything he could to get the attention of the NHL.
From the time he left his home in Kladno, Czech Republic in 2009, just after his 17th birthday, to come to North America, Sekac began his courtship of NHL teams, one that remained strictly one-sided as not a single scout from a single team ever expressed the least bit of interest in the left wing.
His attempt at playing the highest level of hockey in North America was short-lived, lasting eight games with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League before he spent two seasons with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League and was passed over in both the 2010 and 2011 NHL Drafts.
As he was halfway through his third season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in December, Sekac was offered a contract extension by his club, HC Lev Prague in his native Czech Republic. The offer would have given him financial security after years of uncertainty surrounding his hockey career.
The Capitals gave Orpik, who turns 34 on Sept. 26, a five-year contract worth $27.5 million. It was a significant raise from the $3.75 million he earned annually throughout the duration of his latest contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"Why am I worth that? That's probably a better question for the people who give out the contracts," Orpik said during his introductory teleconference. "I think my body of work speaks for itself."
Dan Boyle has led his team in ice time per game for 11 straight seasons. Those days should be over for the soon-to-be 38-year-old, which might be why ice time was low on Boyle's list of reasons for signing a two-year, $9 million contract with the New York Rangers on July 1.
Playing for the Eastern Conference champions, with former and now again current teammate Martin St. Louis, for an Original Six team, in New York, and at Madison Square Garden all came ahead of ice time for Boyle.
They all apparently came ahead of money too.
Boyle indicated Monday that he could have made more than $4.5 million per season if he signed elsewhere, most notably with the New York Islanders, who acquired his negotiating rights in a trade with from the San Jose Sharks on June 5. Had he signed with the Islanders, he instantly would have become the favorite to challenge Travis Hamonic as the team's ice-time leader.
The New Jersey Devils placed Volchenkov on unconditional waivers on June 30 for the purpose of using a compliance buyout on his contract, which had two years left at $4.25 million per season.
"Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely," Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. "He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties."
The Anaheim Ducks have left little doubt the type of player they covet at the NHL Draft each year.
Battling for top honors against the likes of the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division each season, Ducks general manager Bob Murray has made a habit of choosing big, strong forwards capable of driving the net and giving and taking more than their share of hits over the course of 60 minutes.
Many of those physically fit power forwards were on display at the team's recently completed prospect development camp at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE.
All five picks from the 2014 draft were on display, including Nicolas Ritchie (first round, No. 10), Marcus Pettersson (second round, No. 38), Brandon Montour (second round, No. 55) Matt Berkovitz (fifth round, No. 123) and Ondrej Kase (seventh round, No. 205).
Tropp, 24, had two goals and 11 points in 53 games last season. The Blue Jackets claimed him off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 28. Tropp led Columbus with a plus-11 rating in 44 games after he was acquired.
"I'm just a piece to the puzzle," Spezza said Monday morning during his introductory press conference at American Airlines Center. "You have to be willing to be that in order to win in this League. I think it's a great fit, and to have the young group and some of the young stars they have, you don't see that very often and you hope to kind of grow with the group."
CALGARY -- Johnny Gaudreau's home in Carneys Point, N.J., is littered with hardware.
The 20-year-old Calgary Flames prospect is looking to add one more to the mantle, an ESPY. But as the award nominations and accolades continue to pile up, so too does the expectation that Gaudreau can take the next step and jump into the NHL.
Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, is among the finalists for the ESPN honor of top male college athlete.
"It's exciting," he said Saturday following the Flames' first on-ice session at their annual development camp. "I'm up there against four pretty talented athletes. It's great to be recognized, and I'm going to be excited to get out there and meet the other guys."
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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.