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Canadiens wing Sekac determined to make it in NHL

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 6:30 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

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.

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Trotz believes Orpik fills a need for Capitals

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 5:55 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Washington Capitals' signing of defenseman Brooks Orpik on July 1 was arguably met with the most skepticism.

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."

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Boyle not worried about ice time with Rangers

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 5:14 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

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.

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Predators sign Volchenkov to one-year contract

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 5:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year contract worth $1 million, the team announced Monday.

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."

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Ducks' size up front on display at prospect camp

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

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).

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Blue Jackets sign Tropp to two-year contract

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 2:58 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday signed restricted free agent forward Corey Tropp to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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.

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Spezza 'just a piece' to Stars' championship puzzle

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 1:17 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jason Spezza has only been a member of the Dallas Stars organization for about a week, but the veteran center already feels he will be a great fit with his new employer.

"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."

Spezza, 31, was acquired last Tuesday in a trade with the Ottawa Senators that sent young forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill to Ottawa for Spezza and forward Ludwig Karlsson.

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As game evolves, Flames' Gaudreau seeking next step

Sunday, 07.06.2014 / 2:40 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

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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Jokinen likes what he sees in Laviolette, Predators

Sunday, 07.06.2014 / 12:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators' hiring of coach Peter Laviolette and the attraction of playing under his offensive system was enough to lure veteran center Olli Jokinen to the Music City.

Jokinen is familiar with Laviolette's up-tempo offense having frequently competed against his teams throughout his 17-year NHL career. Upon signing a one-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million, he views the new-look Predators as an opportunity to spark new life into his game and can't wait to get going.

"Obviously with the excitement and the passion about the game, and ideas of how he was going to coach this team, that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here," Jokinen, 35, told reporters Saturday. "Speaking with him, I got excited. I wanted to start playing tomorrow.

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Canucks re-sign defenseman Christopher Tanev

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 9:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

NHL.com

The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Christopher Tanev to a one-year contract, the team announced Saturday. Financial details were not disclosed.

Tanev, 24, has spent all four of his NHL seasons with the Canucks, who signed the Toronto native as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He set career highs last season with six goals, 11 assists, 17 points and a plus-12 rating in 64 games.

"He had a good season last year," general manager Jim Benning told the Vancouver Province. "He had a couple of injuries along the way, but he kind of took the next step. He's still a young player.

"We wanted to see another full season, another body of work this next season. ... If he has another good season, then we'll try to lock him up long-term."

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