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Islanders' top 10 prospects led by Reinhart, defense

Friday, 08.01.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 30 package: 2014-15

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Islanders have quietly assembled one of the finer pipeline pools of defensive prospects in the NHL, and there's a good chance one of them will help fortify the back end this season.

Griffin Reinhart, a 2012 first-round selection (No. 4), provides the organization with a 6-foot-4, 205-pound shutdown defenseman mature beyond his years. But Reinhart is one of several top defenders in the system, leaving general manager Garth Snow and his staff with some tough decisions to make in September.

The Islanders already have Calvin de Haan, 23; Travis Hamonic, 23; Thomas Hickey, 25; Kevin Czuczman, 23; and TJ Brennan, 25; also in the hunt for positions along the blue line this season. Lubomir Visnovsky is expected to serve as the veteran presence on defense.

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Lehner, Senators agree to terms on three-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 10:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Goaltender Robin Lehner and the Ottawa Senators have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2.225 million, the team announced Thursday.

Lehner, 23, went 12-15-6 with a 3.06 goals-against average and .913 save percentage in 36 games (30 starts) last season. He will be paid $1.5 million this season, $2.025 million next season and $3.15 million in 2016-17.

"We quite honestly spent a long time this summer trying to get a long-term deal done," Lehner told the Senators website. "It turned into a three-year deal which I'm very happy with too.

"I think it's just, from both sides, they wanted me in Ottawa and I've tried to make my point that Ottawa is the place I want to be but, of course, I've got to deserve to be there a long time and that's what my goal is. You never know what the future holds."

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Thornton eager to bring his experience to Panthers

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 6:25 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

Shawn Thornton first got to know Dale Tallon more than a decade ago. Now that the two have been reunited with the Florida Panthers, the veteran forward knows exactly what his new general manager expects from him.

"At this point, I know my role and the job fairly well," Thornton told South Florida media members Thursday. "Dale didn't need to stress it too much to me. We've known each other for a long time and I think he knows how self-aware I am, if I'm self-aware at all, and what he needs to tell me. So there wasn't too much being said, except that he was excited that I was excited to come there. I was very pleased that they were as interested."

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Stars re-sign forward Glennie to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 5:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Scott Glennie was re-signed to a one-year, two-way contract by the Dallas Stars, the team announced Thursday. No other terms were disclosed.

Glennie, 23, was the Stars' first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Draft but has played only one NHL game with Dallas, on April 7, 2012. He has spent the past three seasons with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, and had a career-high 15 goals and 28 points in 2013-14. He also scored six goals and had 10 points in 20 games to help Texas win the Calder Cup.

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Top '14 picks among WJC summer camp participants

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 3:47 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two players taken in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be among the European players taking part in the USA Hockey national junior evaluation camp being held Aug. 2-9 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The camp is one of the first steps toward building the teams that will play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Among the players taking part for defending gold medalist Finland is forward Kasperi Kapanen, who plays for KalPa in Liiga, Finland's top professional league. He was picked by the Pittsburgh Penguins with the 22nd pick in the first round.

Kapanen likely would have been on the team that won the tournament last year were it not for a shoulder injury that sidelined him for a month.

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Spaling, Penguins agree to terms on two-year contract

Thursday, 07.31.2014 / 10:12 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Nick Spaling and the Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.4 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

The sides were scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto later Thursday.

The 25-year-old was acquired by the Penguins from the Nashville Predators on June 28, along with forward Patric Hornqvist, in a trade for forward James Neal.

Spaling had career-bests of 13 goals and 32 points in 71 games with the Predators last season.

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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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