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Ovechkin, Kopitar, Oshie featured on SI covers

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 2:25 PM / News


Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar and St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie appear on covers of Sports Illustrated this week in conjunction with baseball standouts from the same regions, as the magazine notes the beginning of the 2014-15 NHL season with the start of the 2014 postseason in Major League Baseball.

With the headline "IT'S ON" across the cover, Ovechkin pairs with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, Kopitar teams with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Oshie is alongside St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright.


Oilers sign forward Tkachev to three-year contract

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 1:41 PM / News


The Edmonton Oilers announced today, they have signed winger Vladimir Tkachev to a three-year entry level contract.

Tkachev, 18, has appeared in three preseason games with the Oilers, posting three assists and a plus three rating.

In 2013-14, Tkachev played two games with Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and spent the remainder of the season with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 20 games with Moncton he registered 30 points (10G, 20A) and 16 penalty minutes. He also appeared in six playoff games, recording nine points (7G, 2A) and 12 penalty minutes.


Preseason Roundup: Kids help Rangers rout Flyers

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 12:04 AM / News


The New York Rangers' kids had their way with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Rookies Jesper Fast and Ryan Haggerty each scored twice to lead the Rangers to a 6-3 victory against the Flyers at Madison Square Garden in the opener of a home-and-home series. Anthony Duclair, a 19-year-old forward, had his second goal in as many games and added an assist, and rookie forward Kevin Hayes had two assists.

The only goal scored by a player older than 22 was 28-year-old Chris Mueller's power-play goal in the second period.

Duclair, Haggerty and Fast scored in a span of less than four minutes to put the Rangers up 3-0 before the game was 10 minutes old, and the Flyers never got closer than two goals the rest of the way.


Coyotes add pair to executive management team

Monday, 09.29.2014 / 7:49 PM / News


Arizona Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes have hired Gregg Olson as the team’s Chief Financial Officer and John Pierce as the club’s Chief Marketing Officer.

“We are very pleased to add Gregg and John to our executive management team,” said LeBlanc. “Both individuals bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization that will help drive our future success.” 

Olson joins the Coyotes from SMG, the worldwide leader in venue management where he served as one of the organization’s Regional Vice Presidents to its Stadium and Arena Division for the past year. Prior to that, Olson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) organization.


Dal Colle agrees to entry-level contract with Islanders

Monday, 09.29.2014 / 4:01 PM / News


Michael Dal Colle, chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 5 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract Monday.

Dal Colle had 39 goals and 95 points in 67 games with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League last season. The 6-foot-1, 182-pound forward, who can play center or wing, had eight goals and 20 points in 12 OHL playoff games and was named an OHL Second-Team All-Star.

He is No. 28 on the NHL.com Top 60 prospect ranking.


Stuart, McLeod sign extensions with Avalanche

Monday, 09.29.2014 / 11:59 AM / News

NHL.com Staff

The Colorado Avalanche signed defensemen Brad Stuart to a two-year contract extension and forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract extension Monday.

Financial terms were not released for the contracts but TSN reported Stuart's extension is worth $7.2 million, for a $3.6 million salary-cap charge. ESPN.com reported the total value of McLeod's is $4 million, for a $1.33 million annual cap charge.

Stuart and McLeod are entering the final season of their current contracts and would have been unrestricted free agents after the 2014-15 season. Their new contracts begin next season. Stuart's current contract also carries a $3.6 million cap charge. McLeod's current contract carries a $1.15 million cap charge.


Preseason Roundup: Blackhawks rout Oilers

Sunday, 09.28.2014 / 11:12 PM / News


The Chicago Blackhawks put on a show in Saskatoon on Sunday.

The Blackhawks got goals from five players and a 22-save shutout by goaltender Scott Darling in a 5-0 victory against the Edmonton Oilers at Credit Union Centre.

Bryan Bickell scored 5:54 into the game to put Chicago ahead to stay. Garret Ross and Teuvo Teravainen scored 54 seconds apart in the second period, and goals by Andrew Shaw and Kris Versteeg in the third period completed the rout.

Edmonton also lost its captain, defenseman Andrew Ference, with a right arm injury and did not return. Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said after the game that Ference's X-ray was negative and "he'll be fine."

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Blues sign Sergeev to entry-level contract

Sunday, 09.28.2014 / 12:50 PM / News


The St. Louis Blues on Sunday signed defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sergeev, 18, had two goals and nine points in 49 games last season for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League. After going undrafted, Sergeev joined the Blues for the Traverse City Prospect Tournament and earned an invitation to training camp on a tryout basis.

Sergeev has since been assigned back to Kitchener.


Preseason Roundup: Crosby-less Penguins win

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 11:58 PM / News


Kasperi Kapanen and Andrew Ebbett had first-period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on Saturday.

Kapanen, the Penguins' first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, scored a power-play goal 5:52 into the game by roofing a shot past Sergei Bobrovsky. Ebbett, who dressed because Sidney Crosby missed the game because of the death of his grandmother, doubled the lead at 11:44.

Crosby had been expected to make his preseason debut.

Brian Gibbons, who played for the Penguins last season before signing with the Blue Jackets as a free agent this summer, scored a power-play goal early in the third period. It was the only one of Columbus' 19 shots to beat Marc-Andre Fleury.


Penguins captain Crosby misses game Saturday

Saturday, 09.27.2014 / 6:52 PM / News


Sidney Crosby did not play in the Pittsburgh Penguins' preseason game Saturday against the Columbus Blue Jackets after his grandmother passed away, the team announced.

Crosby traveled to Nova Scotia to be with his family, according to the team. Coach Mike Johnston told the Penguins website Saturday he expects Crosby to return Sunday and play Monday against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center.

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