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Devils sign defenseman Larsson to six-year contract

Saturday, 07.25.2015 / 3:01 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015 Staff

Defenseman Adam Larsson, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, avoiding arbitration with a six-year, $25 million contract (an average annual value of $4,166,667).

Larsson was scheduled for arbitration on July 29. General manager Ray Shero said earlier this week he was confident a deal could be reached before the hearing.

"I think this is a good deal for both sides," Shero told "This is a young defenseman at 22 years old who is signed for a six-year term. Adam showed a commitment that he really wanted to be here, and we got him three years past the age of unrestricted free agency."

Tomas Jurco, Red Wings agree to two-year contract

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 9:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Forward Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings agreed Friday to a two-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the Red Wings, who announced the agreement on Twitter, but reported the contract is worth $1.8 million, an average annual value of $900,000.

Johansson, Capitals making no progress in talks

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 8:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals have not made any progress in contract negotiations in advance of a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 29.

"I think they're status quo from last time," Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday while discussing goalie Braden Holtby's new five-year, $30.5 million contract.

Holtby and the Capitals had an arbitration hearing Thursday in Toronto. MacLellan said he hopes to avoid one for Johansson, a 24-year-old center.

Capitals sign goaltender Holtby to five-year contract

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 7:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Katie Brown - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Goalie Braden Holtby re-signed with the Washington Capitals on Friday, getting a five-year, $30.5 million contract.

"Since Day One I've wanted to be the guy in the Washington Capitals net, since I got drafted by them," said Holtby, the 93rd pick in the 2008 NHL Draft. "It doesn't change. I'm just happy to have the opportunity, and like in the past I know I still have to prove it."

Holtby, 25, is the first Capitals goalie signed to a contract of more than three years since Olaf Kolzig's five-year, $31 million extension in August 2001.

Washington will pay Holtby $3.5 million in salary plus a $3 million bonus this season. He'll be paid $7 million each of the next two seasons and $5 million each of the final two seasons.

Signing Holtby to a long-term contract is a big part of the greater goal for the organization, Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said.

"You see what he accomplished last year and the effect he's had on our team," MacLellan said. "He's a perfect fit for what we think we have. He's a good teammate, a good person, and I think he's just touching the surface of what he could become. I think the certainty of having him in our lineup over the next -- whatever time we have, the window to win a championship -- is why we're excited about signing him today."

Top remaining players available via free agency

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 5:00 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

The first few head-spinning hours after the free agent market opened at noon ET on July 1 featured a plethora of players joining new teams and a trade that has the potential to shift the balance of power in the Metropolitan Division in favor of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who acquired forward Phil Kessel.

The market still has several unrestricted free agents who could make a difference with a new team.

Here is a list of some of the best available (by position and in alphabetical order):

Canadiens, Semin agree to terms on one-year contract

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 3:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens took a minimal risk to potentially reap a huge reward by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Alexander Semin on Friday.

Semin's contract with the Canadiens reportedly is worth $1.1 million. The Carolina Hurricanes bought out the final three years of his five-year, $35 million contract earlier this month.

The Canadiens finished last season 20th in the NHL in goals per game and 23rd in power-play efficiency, two areas the Canadiens hope Semin's arrival can address.

"Alex is a pure goal-scorer with a good shot," general manager Marc Bergevin said in a statement. "We believe his addition to our group of forwards will strengthen our offensive production and our power play. A veteran winger with size, Semin has reached the 20-goal plateau seven times since the beginning of his NHL career 12 years ago. His signing represents a great opportunity for the organization and for Alex's career."

Stars' Eaves wins Smashfest charity table tennis title

Friday, 07.24.2015 / 12:53 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

TORONTO -- When he was 7 years old, Dallas Stars forward Patrick Eaves broke his back playing in the yard.

Around that time, his father, former NHL forward Mike Eaves, bought a table tennis machine for the basement. It helped with Patrick's recovery.

"I just learned by myself in the basement with the machine," Patrick said. "It's kind of a weird story, a funky story."

Eaves' considerable table tennis skills were on display Thursday when he won the title at Smashfest IV, a charity event organized by New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore. The event featured about 30 NHL players who played in a pro-am format and then squared off against each other for the Smashfest championship.

Winning the event and the bragging rights that go with it is a big deal among the players. Table tennis has become a daily activity in dressing rooms around the League.

Rested Kings ready to resume quest for Cup

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 9:25 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A longer than usual offseason led to some significant changes for the Los Angeles Kings and players eager to get back to chasing the Stanley Cup.

"I think everyone's really excited to get the year going," defenseman Alec Martinez said at a community event Thursday. "This has obviously been a really long summer, way too long. This was actually the first time in my career that I've ever had this long of a summer. That's frustrating, but you can look at it as an opportunity for some of us to heal up a little bit."

The Kings played 64 playoff games the previous three seasons, winning the Stanley Cup twice. This season, their final game was April 11, missing a Western Conference playoff berth by two points.

"I think [captain Dustin Brown] touched on it, the past three or four years, basically when we're done in mid-June, you can't start training until maybe the beginning of July, mid-July," Martinez said. "You're just using those two months to just kind of catch up and get back to square one. This is … an opportunity to not just get back to square one but to build on some things. Get stronger, faster, healthier for some guys. I think it's been good so far."

Kings host Special Olympics World Games athletes

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 8:51 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Tyler Toffoli, Alec Martinez and Jeff Carter of the Los Angeles Kings spent Thursday afternoon welcoming athletes for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

The event had a loose, fun feel to it, much like the players' interactions with coach Darryl Sutter's son Chris, who has competed in the Special Olympics and is such a part of the Kings that he is in the team photo from their 2013-14 Stanley Cup season.

"We see Chris around all the time, and he's basically one of the guys on the team," Toffoli said. "He comes in here and makes us laugh. We know how Chris is. He's incredible, and for us to give back and help out here with the Special Olympics and show off our facility, it was a good experience."

The Special Olympics World Games, which begin Saturday, will feature 6,500 intellectually disabled athletes from 165 countries competing in 25 sports in venues across Los Angeles, which is hosting the international competition for the first time since 1972.

Analysis: Lamoriello must fit Maple Leafs' structure

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 5:42 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Two of the people who know Lou Lamoriello the best feel his move from the New Jersey Devils to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday makes sense and is the perfect fit.

Former Devils coach Larry Robinson said the Maple Leafs should feel excellent about bringing Lamoriello on board because a person with his experience is exactly what they needed.

"I think that Toronto hit the jackpot," Robinson said.

Former Devils defenseman Ken Daneyko mentioned how the Maple Leafs need structure, discipline and accountability, three things Lamoriello prided himself on for 28 years as New Jersey's general manager and president.

"It's probably the only team right now that I believe is the right fit for Lou if he wants to keep doing it, to still have a lot of input in hockey decisions," Daneyko said. "It's the right fit for the Leafs for what they're trying to accomplish in changing the whole culture there. Just thinking about it when I heard the news, it was like, 'That's the team that needs that kind of presence.'"

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Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.

— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier