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2011 Offseason News

Report: Caps place '08 first-rounder on waivers

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 3:02 PM / 2011 Offseason News

The Washington Post is reporting the Washington Capitals placed 2008 first-round pick Anton Gustafsson on unconditional waivers Wednesday.

Any team can claim his contract for $125; if Gustafsson goes unclaimed by noon ET on Thursday, the Post is reporting the Caps will terminate his contract.

Gustafsson, 21, was taken with the 21st pick of the 2008 Entry Draft. He's played just one game in North America, with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, in 2009-10. He failed to make the Capitals' roster to start the 2010-11 season and was assigned to Hershey, which then re-assigned him to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. After one preseason game with South Carolina, he returned home to Sweden, and the Capitals suspended his contract.

Carter, Wisniewski see Jackets as playoff team

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 1:13 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

"You look at the roster, you have a goalie like Steve Mason and he's shown what he can do in this League. Guys like Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger -- there are some real good hockey players on this team. I don't see any reason why we can't be in the playoffs." -- Jeff Carter

The shock of being traded from Philadelphia almost a month ago has worn off, and Wednesday new Columbus center Jeff Carter said he sees no reason why he can't return to the playoffs with the Blue Jackets this season.

By trading for Carter and signing James Wisniewski, Columbus now may have a bona fide No. 1 center and a do-it-all defenseman for the first time since its debut season of 2000-01.

"I believe it," Carter, who will wear No. 7, said during a press conference at Nationwide Arena to introduce himself and Wisniewski to the local media. "You look at the roster, you have a goalie like Steve Mason and he's shown what he can do in this League. Guys like Rick Nash and R.J. Umberger -- there are some real good hockey players on this team. I don't see any reason why we can't be in the playoffs."

Lalime retires, joins RDS broadcast crew

Wednesday, 07.20.2011 / 12:37 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Goaltender Patrick Lalime announced his retirement Wednesday after 12 NHL seasons and will join the broadcasting staff of French-language sports network RDS.

Lalime, 37, spent the last three seasons with the Buffalo Sabres serving as Ryan Miller's backup. He played in just seven games last season, in part due to a knee injury, going 0-5-0 with a 2.96 goals-against average and .890 save percentage.

DeBoer introduced as new coach of Devils

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 7:55 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- The best-kept secret in the NHL was finally revealed Tuesday afternoon at Prudential Center when New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello introduced Peter DeBoer as the 21st coach in franchise history.

DeBoer, who did not earn a playoff berth in his three seasons as coach of the Florida Panthers, is certainly looking forward to a fresh start in the Garden State.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to have a chance to work in an organization with such a great tradition … a tradition of winning Stanley Cups," DeBoer said during a press conference at Prudential Center. "My first conversation with Lou was shortly after the season ended and cumulated, literally, (Tuesday) morning (when he was offered the job). It was great to sit down with Lou and have him give me the keys to coach this team. It's something I take great pride and responsibility in and am looking forward to it.

"Now it's time to roll up the sleeves and start calling players."

DeBoer must work well with Devils stars to succeed

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 6:27 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dave Lozo - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- It's a rare thing for a coach to receive the opportunity to work with a talented superstar, never mind three of them. That's exactly what Peter DeBoer is getting as the new coach of the New Jersey Devils.

The 43-year-old DeBoer boasts three years of NHL coaching experience, all with the Florida Panthers from 2008-11. As good as the Panthers' Stephen Weiss and Tomas Vokoun are at their positions, they're not in the same class as the Devils' Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise and Martin Brodeur.

DeBoer was announced as the Devils' new coach Tuesday afternoon, about six hours after accepting the job in the morning. He hasn't had a chance to have discussions with Kovalchuk and Brodeur, but his relationship with the future Hall-of-Fame players who are coming off uneven seasons will go a long way toward determining the success the Devils will have after missing the playoffs for the first time since 1996.

Osgood retires, stays with Wings as consultant

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 2:14 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

While acknowledging how difficult a decision it was and how it weighed on him, three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Chris Osgood announced Tuesday on a conference call that he is retiring.

Osgood, 38, leaves the NHL with 401 career victories, including 317 as a Detroit Red Wing. Only Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk won more games with the Red Wings (352) than Osgood, who won the Stanley Cup twice as a starter (1998, 2008) and once as a backup (1997). He played 14 of his 17 seasons with the Red Wings, splitting three others between the New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues.

Detroit General Manager Ken Holland announced on the same conference call that Osgood is staying with the organization as a goalie consultant and will help mentor the Wings' goaltending prospects, including 2008 first-round pick Thomas McCollum. Holland also said he will be signing another goalie to back up Jimmy Howard by the end of the week.

Wheeler using Bruins' Cup win as motivation

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 1:03 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Blake Wheeler admits watching former teammates raise the Stanley Cup a month ago has given him a new perspective on his outlook as a member of the Winnipeg Jets.

Wheeler, who was traded by the Boston Bruins to the Atlanta Thrashers last February, avoided an arbitration hearing by signing a two-year contract by the Jets on Monday, reportedly worth $5.1 million.

"It was definitely a mixed bag, for sure (watching the Bruins win the Cup)," Wheeler said on a conference call Tuesday. "I wasn't necessarily cheering for them, but I wasn't cheering against them. I've played with all those guys so I was definitely happy to see them succeed and come through and win -- I knew they were definitely capable of it. But it definitely hurt to not be a part of it."

Osgood proved key component of Wings' dynasty

Tuesday, 07.19.2011 / 12:00 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Tim Cheveldae was looking like a reliable, 20-something No. 1 goalie for the up-and-coming Detroit Red Wings in the early 1990s until an even younger Chris Osgood came along.

Soon after, Cheveldae was traded and a dynasty was born.

Osgood, 38, announced his retirement Tuesday after 17 seasons in the NHL. He leaves the ice a three-time Stanley Cup champion with 401 career victories, which ranks 10th all-time in the NHL and second in Red Wings' history behind Terry Sawchuk.

Cup stars at premiere of Bruins championship DVD

Monday, 07.18.2011 / 10:57 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

BOSTON – Hollywood stars usually pull up to a big movie premiere in a limo, or at least in a Lincoln Town Car.

Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference and teammate Brad Marchand made their way to the Boston Common AMC Theatre Monday night via pedicab. Only they made their way to the VIP premier of the NHL Stanley Cup Champions 2011: Boston Bruins DVD with an unusual passenger that’s been making the rounds in the Hub and beyond lately: the Stanley Cup.

"I don’t think anyone recognized us," said Ference prior to the movie showing. "They were probably wondering what we were doing with the Cup."

The Cup took in the DVD along with Ference, Marchand, Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, team president Cam Neely and a theater-full of lucky Bruins fans. After the showing, fans were invited to stick around and have their picture taken with the greatest trophy in sports.

Report: Chris Osgood to retire

Monday, 07.18.2011 / 9:30 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Detroit's Chris Osgood is ready to call an end to his 16-year career.

The Detroit Red Wings have announced general manager Ken Holland and free-agent goaltender Chris Osgood will take part in a conference call Tuesday. According to reports, the veteran Osgood will announce his retirement from playing and take a position with the club as a goalie consultant.

The Detroit Free Press had reported Monday night that Osgood was returning as the backup to Jimmy Howard, but amended that report Tuesday morning.
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