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2011 Offseason News

Bruins sign McQuaid to three-year contract extension

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 5:19 PM / 2011 Offseason News


The Boston Bruins on Thursday signed defenseman Adam McQuaid to a three-year contract extension through the 2014-15 campaign. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but CSN New England reports the total value of the contract at $4.7 million.

The 2011-12 season will be the final one of McQuaid's current contract, and he would have become a restricted free agent on July 1, 2012.

"(Boston) is where I want to be," McQuaid told reporters during a conference call announcing the deal. "It's where I want to be for a long time. Being able to get it done, to know that you are going to be where you want to be … I'm obviously very excited."

The departure of Tomas Kaberle to Carolina opens the door for McQuaid to possibly earn an even greater role along the blue line for the Bruins in 2011-12. He entered his first full season with the club in 2010-11 as the club's seventh defenseman.

Dineen has some decorating to do with Cats

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 4:15 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer

"For me, I don't think of myself as a long-range planner like that. I'm looking more to starting training camp and building up to our first game in Long Island. You take it a step at a time, and it's really important this franchise gets off to a good start." -- Kevin Dineen

As the general manager of the Florida Panthers, Dale Tallon has spent the offseason doing the type of shopping reserved for someone who received an unlimited gift card at a home design store. With about a dozen new players added to the roster in the span of a month, Tallon has purchased all the supplies necessary for the Panthers to create a comfortable living space.

That makes first-year coach Kevin Dineen the interior decorator, the one with the challenge of getting all of Tallon's new pieces to work together before the Panthers play their first regular-season game, Oct. 8 at the New York Islanders.

Dineen spent the past six seasons coaching the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League before being hired by the Panthers on June 1. About six weeks into the new job, the hardest part has been getting in touch with so many new players and running up his cell phone bill.

Flames acquire Letourneau-Leblond from NJD

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 1:20 PM / 2011 Offseason News


The Calgary Flames on Thursday acquired forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick in the 2012 Entry Draft.

Letourneau-Leblond is entering the final year of a one-way contract worth $525,000.

Lack of coach doesn't faze Devils

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 12:57 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"The coach has the final say and it's up to the players to follow his system and you have to be able to trust your coach that he's going to put a system in place that will benefit the team. I think regardless of who they hire, it won't change my focus coming into camp or the way I'll play." -- Nick Palmieri

NEWARK, N.J. -- The fact the New Jersey Devils are the only team without a coach hasn't really fazed those handful of players with NHL experience who are attending this week's rookie camp.

Nick Palmieri, who appeared in 43 games with the Devils last season and notched 9 goals and 17 points, admits his mindset heading into training camp won't change no matter who winds up getting the job.

"To be honest, it doesn't really change one way or another," Palmieri told NHL.com. "Whoever is the coach, you have to do what he wants you to do regardless of whether or not you agree with it. That's the way it is in all sports. The coach has the final say and it's up to the players to follow his system and you have to be able to trust your coach that he's going to put a system in place that will benefit the team. I think regardless of who they hire, it won't change my focus coming into camp or the way I'll play."

St. Louis mum on Stamkos, reflects on 2010-11

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 12:27 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Like everybody else, Martin St. Louis is waiting.

The Tampa Bay forward has no idea what's going on with teammate Steven Stamkos, who is a restricted free agent but still hasn't come to terms with the Lightning. St. Louis said he and the rest of his Tampa Bay teammates are waiting for the situation to play out.

"No, I really don't know what's going on," St. Louis said Wednesday night at a charity hockey game, the Big Assist, at the Terry Conners Rink. "But honestly, I'm not worried about it."

St. Louis declined to go into any further details about what he knew of the negotiations between Stamkos, the No. 1 pick of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and the team.

McPhee, Boudreau expect more from 'Young Guns'

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 12:17 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"It is Nicky's fifth year. It is Alex's sixth year. It is Mike's fifth year, Semin's sixth year. For those big four, it is time for them to become ... if it is not already, it is their team. It is time for them to take charge and not be classified as 'Young Guns' anymore. We're expecting big things them from all of them." -- Bruce Boudreau

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Two seasons ago the Washington Capitals sliced through the NHL, piling up goals and points en route to the Presidents' Trophy.

That season unraveled after three straight losses to the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens completed one of the most stunning first-round upsets in League history. Since then, Washington General Manager George McPhee has made plenty of changes to the roster, which it is likely deeper and more talented as the 2011-12 season beckons than the one that collected 121 points in 2009-10 and scored more goals than any team in the past 15 years.

The defense corps and the goaltending is better than it has been in years, and McPhee has added several forwards during the past 15 months to increase the grit quotient to go along with all of the club's skilled scorers.

Capitals summer moves have injected grit, determination and veteran goaltending

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 12:03 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

"It was more about opportunity this summer to make the team better. We didn’t see many opportunities last summer, but they were there this summer. We had a plan and we executed it pretty well. We wanted to bring a certain type of player and we got everyone that we wanted." -- George McPhee

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Last summer was a relatively quiet one for Washington Capitals General Manager George McPhee.

Despite overtures for change from the team's fan base and media after losing in the first round of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, McPhee waited for his opportunities. Eventually, he did shake up the roster by adding defensemen Scott Hannan and Dennis Wideman along with forwards Jason Arnott and Marco Sturm, but that was all during the season.

The past few weeks have been a bit busier for McPhee and his staff. He has added goaltender Tomas Vokoun, defenseman Roman Hamrlik and forwards Troy Brouwer, Jeff Halpern and Joel Ward. McPhee also traded talented but oft-injured players like Semyon Varlamov and Eric Fehr, while forwards Arnott, Boyd Gordon and Matt Bradley were allowed to sign elsewhere as free agents; Hannan likely will join them in playing elsewhere this season.

Pronger says he's doubtful for training camp

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 11:03 AM / 2011 Offseason News


"Whether I'm at camp or not, I don't know that yet, it's still early to tell. I would guess I would not be starting camp just from the mere fact that I haven't been able to work out at all yet. I'm skinny to begin with, and now I'm looking really skinny." -- Chris Pronger

There's a good possibility Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will miss training camp for the second straight season.

In an interview Wednesday with TSN Radio 1050 AM, the veteran blueliner admitted being at least three weeks from being able to train at 100 percent.

"I'm still walking on the treadmill, light bike riding," the 36-year-old defenseman said. "The back doctor wanted 12 weeks for me not doing a whole lot to allow that back area to scar up and then fully heal up before I start torqueing and pushing on it hard."

Pacioretty makes 'weird' successful step in recovery

Thursday, 07.14.2011 / 10:08 AM / 2011 Offseason News

Emily Kaplan - NHL.com Staff Writer

STAMFORD, Conn. -- It felt "weird." That was the only way Max Pacioretty could describe it.

It's been more than four months since Pacioretty suffered a season-ending fractured vertebra on a hit by Boston's Zdeno Chara. Pacioretty hasn't played competitive hockey since then.

On Wednesday, the 22-year-old Montreal Canadiens left wing made a giant step in his recovery. Pacioretty suited up for a full 60-minute contest at Terry Conners Rink for the Big Assist annual charity hockey game. It benefits the Obie Harrington-Howes Foundation, which works to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries and diseases.

Avs' Hishon tries to beat the odds again

Wednesday, 07.13.2011 / 8:46 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- Joey Hishon knows all too well what it's like to be an underdog -- not that he doesn't relish the role.

The 5-foot-10 center was rated only the 55th-best North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau in the 2010 Entry Draft before the Colorado Avalanche selected him with its first pick (No. 17), one that was labeled "off the board" by a number of hockey pundits.

Considered a top 10 prospect before the 2009-10 season, the Stratford, Ont., native's stock fell on most team's lists after he missed all but 36 games because of injuries with the Owen Sound Attack in the Ontario Hockey League.

But the highly skilled if undersized forward helped to pull off an even bigger surprise this past season when the Attack captured the franchise's first OHL championship and advanced to the Memorial Cup.
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