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Walker, first Australian drafted, signs with Capitals

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 11:00 AM / News

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Nathan Walker, the first Australian player drafted by an NHL team, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, the team said Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.

Walker, 20, became the first Australian selected in the NHL draft on June 28 when Washington selected him in the third round (No. 89). He had five goals, 11 points and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in 2013-14. He had seven goals, 27 points and 63 penalty minutes with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League in 2012-13.

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Ferraro signs one-year contract with Red Wings

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 10:39 AM / News

Forward Landon Ferraro signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not released, but Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported it is a two-way contract.

Ferraro, a 2009 second-round pick (No. 32) of the Red Wings made his NHL debut last season. He had two shots on goal and two penalty minutes while averaging 8:58 of ice time in four regular-season games. Ferraro scored 15 goals and had 31 points in 70 games with the Grand Rapid Griffins of the American Hockey League.

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Flames expect Hiller to recover quickly: report

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 11:09 PM / News

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The Calgary Flames expect goaltender Jonas Hiller to be recovered quickly after an appendicitis attack last week.

Hiller reportedly had minor surgery after experiencing the attack working out in Switzerland.

"The procedure nowadays ... they can do it arthroscopically," Flames general manager Brad Treliving told the Calgary Herald on Thursday. "They’re saying within nine to 12 days you're up and back to normal.

"[Hiller’s agent] felt by next week that he's right back in the swing of things. The hope and the plan and the expectation right now is that there's no long recovery period."

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Ortio signs two-year contract with Flames

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 11:01 PM / News

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Goaltender Joni Ortio has signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames, the team announced Thursday.

Ortio played 10 games with the Flames last season, making his NHL debut Feb. 27. He was 4-5-0 with a 2.84 goals-against average.

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Stamkos eyes 60 goals, Stanley Cup with Lightning

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 8:32 PM / News

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Steven Stamkos
Center - TBL
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 40
SOG: 124 | +/-: 9

Steven Stamkos would like to score 60 goals again and win the Stanley Cup. He believes both are possible with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I hope so," Stamkos said to TSN of another 60-goal season. "I'm definitely not going to tell myself it's not [possible]. That's something that was a very special time in my career; hopefully I get a chance to do it again.

"I have done that before; I haven't won a Stanley Cup before. So that's the main priority."

Stamkos, who scored 60 goals in 2011-12, his last full season, this week has been telling the media how confident he is the Lightning can build off their first-round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season.

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Keaton Ellerby agrees to terms with Jets

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 6:44 PM / News

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Defenseman Keaton Ellerby has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with the Winnipeg Jets worth $700,000, the team announced Thursday.

Ellerby, 25, was a first-round pick (No. 10) of the Florida Panthers in the 2007 NHL Draft and had two goals and six points last season in 51 games with the Jets, who claimed him off waivers from the Los Angeles Kings on Nov. 2.

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Sacco hired by Bruins as assistant coach

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 6:28 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Boston Bruins hired Joe Sacco as an assistant coach, the team announced Thursday.

He joins Claude Julien's staff as the replacement for Geoff Ward, who was released from his contract after last season to become coach of the Mannheim Eagles in Germany.

Sacco is familiar with Boston as a native of Medford, Mass., and a former player at Boston University.
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Canucks sign first-round pick Jared McCann

Thursday, 07.24.2014 / 2:35 PM / News

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The Vancouver Canucks signed center Jared McCann, the second of their first-round picks in the 2014 NHL Draft, the team announced Thursday.

McCann, 18, finished second on Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in goals (27) and points (62) in 64 games last season. He was an OHL All-Rookie Second Team selection in 2012-13 after scoring 21 goals and finishing with 44 points in 64 games for the Greyhounds.

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Defenseman Sarich stable after cycling accident

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 7:47 PM / News

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Veteran defenseman Cory Sarich is hospitalized in stable condition after being injured in a cycling accident July 21, his agent said Wednesday.

Sarich, 35, was struck by a motor vehicle while training in Invermere, British Columbia, agent Tim Hodgson said in a statement released by the Colorado Avalanche, for whom Sarich played last season.

His injuries are not considered life-threatening. The timeline for his recovery and return to the NHL is uncertain.

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O'Reilly signs two-year contract with Avalanche

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 5:49 PM / News

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Center Ryan O'Reilly signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Darren Dreger of TSN reports the contract is for $12 million, with O'Reilly being paid $5.8 million in 2014-15 and $6.2 million in 2015-16.

"I'm very happy with the deal, can't wait to get back to Colorado and get ready for the season," O'Reilly told Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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