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2010 Offseason News

Caps sign Neuvirth to 2-year extension

Wednesday, 09.22.2010 / 11:10 AM / 2010 Offseason News

The Washington Capitals have signed two-time Calder Cup-winning goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Neuvirth, 22, was 9-4-0 posting a 2.75 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage in 17 games with the Capitals last season. He went 7-1-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average and a.914 save percentage at Verizon Center last season.

The 6'1", 203-pound native of Usi Labem, Czech Republic, was 17-3-1 with a shutout, a 2.24 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage in 22 regular-season games with the Herhsey Bears in the American Hockey League (AHL). During the playoffs Neuvirth was 14-4 with a shutout, a 2.07 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 18 Calder Cup playoff games en route to his second Calder Cup championship. Neuvirth is the first No. 1 goalie to win back-to-back Calder Cups since former Capital Pete Peeters did so with the Maine Mariners in 1978 and '79.

Poti signs two-year extension with Capitals

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 3:01 PM / 2010 Offseason News

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Tom Poti to a two-year contract extension. According to TSN, the deal will play Poti $5.75 million -- $3 million this season, $2.75 million in 2011-12.

The extension starts next July, when the final season of his current deal expires.

Poti, 33, had 4 goals, 24 assists and a plus-26 rating in 70 games with the Capitals last season, and added 4 assists and a team-best plus-9 rating in seven playoff games against the Canadiens.

"I wanted to be here, and they showed they wanted me to be here," Poti said. "It's easy to play going into next year not worrying about a contract. I'm excited about the core group we have here, and I think we have the ability to win the Stanley Cup -- not just this year for but for years to come."

Niederreiter knows signing is first step in process

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 2:59 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Nino Niederreiter arrived at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday morning preparing for the fourth day of his first NHL training camp. He left with his first professional contract.
Niederreiter, who became the highest Swiss-born player ever taken when the Islanders chose him with the fifth pick of the 2010 Entry Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the club. The announcement was made just moments after owner Charles Wang, GM Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon took turns remarking on their team's chances in 2010-11.
"I'm happy to be a part of the Islanders," said Niederreiter, who turned 18 on Sept. 8. "It's just unbelievable."

Sharks sign trio after rookie tournament

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 12:20 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Three undrafted free agents who played for San Jose's team at last week's Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C., impressed the club enough to earn entry-level contracts.

The Sharks announced Tuesday that they've signed goaltender J.P. Anderson and forwards Curt Gogol and Michael Sgarbossa.  No terms were disclosed.

Anderson, 18, appeared in two of San Jose's three games during the tournament, going 2-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. The Toronto native spent the past two seasons with Mississauga of the Ontario Hockey League, and was 23-10-1 with a 2.60 GAA and two shutouts in 36 games last season.

Stars' Richards donates $500k to hospital

Tuesday, 09.21.2010 / 10:23 AM / 2010 Offseason News

"I chose the hospital because I knew it was the charity that would have the largest impact on the most Island children. I had a great childhood playing hockey in rinks throughout the Island, so this is a small 'thank you' to all Island families." -- Brad Richards

Dallas Stars forward Brad Richards recently stopped by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and did more than brighten the day for the hospital's patients. Richards also made a $500,000 donation.

During the event, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation formally announced the establishment of a Brad Richards Named Endowment to help purchase medical equipment to help children.

"It is an exciting announcement for our Island hospital and, most importantly, the children and families the hospital serves," said Allan Morse Chair, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation. This gift will be invested in perpetuity and the income earned each year will be directed toward medical equipment for children.

Jackets sign Mason to two-year extension

Monday, 09.20.2010 / 4:52 PM / 2010 Offseason News

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a two-year contract extension through the 2012-13 National Hockey League season, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced September 20. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Mason, 22, has posted a 53-46-16 record, 2.65 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and 15 shutouts in 119 games during his first two NHL seasons with the Blue Jackets. The Oakville, Ontario, who was originally selected by the club with its second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, is the franchise’s career leader in shutouts.

Flyers show off new road jerseys as camp opens

Friday, 09.17.2010 / 5:24 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Only the Philadelphia Flyers could kick off the season with a ceremonial slash.

But that's what Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, GM Paul Holmgren, President Peter Luukko and a few other dignitaries did to open training camp Friday at Flyers Skate Zone, using hockey sticks to cut a black and orange ribbon in front of a crowd of about 200.

The day also was designed to introduce the club's new road jersey, which is identical to the one the Flyers wore at last season's Winter Classic.

"The reason we made the move was the overwhelming response to it from the fans when we wore it for the Winter Classic," Flyers Senior Vice President of Business Operations Shawn Tilger told "Everyone loved it. It was more, 'Why not listen to the fans'"

Ducks' Lydman to miss start of training camp

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 10:16 PM / 2010 Offseason News

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman won't be taking the ice with his new teammates when training camp opens Saturday.

The Ducks on Thursday revealed that Lydman, signed July 1 to a three-year, $9 million contract, suffered an acute episode of double vision last week. The team said medical tests have ruled out most major medical concerns but have not identified the cause of the problem. Lydman still is experiencing symptoms, and as a result, he will not be to train or skate until the problem is diagnosed.

Spooner lifts Bruins rookies to OT win over Isles

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:39 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- After the Bruins and Islanders put on a solid offensive display Wednesday night, the men between the pipes controlled the game Thursday.

Boston ultimately squeaked out a 2-1 victory on Ryan Spooner's second goal of the night with 38.5 seconds remaining in overtime. Bruins goalie Michael Hutchinson fended off several high-quality rushes en route to a 33-save night, while the Islanders’ Kevin Poulin had a strong showing, stopping 31 shots.

Thursday’s rookie game, the second of two between these teams at TD Garden, drew another impressive crowd with 14,180 officially on hand.

Niederreiter getting comfortable in New York

Thursday, 09.16.2010 / 9:35 PM / 2010 Offseason News

David Kalan - Staff Writer

BOSTON -- North American hockey has a reputation for being a more physical brand than its European counterpart. Valid or not, the Islanders' Nino Niederreiter began to understand where the reputation comes from Wednesday night when he dropped the gloves with the Bruins' Tyler Randell in a rookie game between the clubs.

"I had no idea what to do," Niederreiter said Thursday. "I just tried to protect my face."

Nothing like learning on the job for the Isles' Swiss import.

Wednesday's scuffle was a career-first for Niederreiter, the No. 5 pick in this year's draft, and while it's his offensive abilities that set him apart from most prospects this June, the physical intensity of the North American game has taken some getting used to, though Randell noted Thursday morning that Niederreiter "held his own."
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