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2011 Offseason News

Hip surgery has Comrie's career on hold

Monday, 08.08.2011 / 12:51 PM / 2011 Offseason News

The career of veteran forward Mike Comrie is on hold indefinitely while he recovers from hip surgery following last season.

Comrie played in 21 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2010-11, missing four months of action due to surgery before returning to the lineup in late March. He finished with one goal and six points and did not see action in the Penguins' first-round playoff loss to the Lightning.

Sharks get Sheppard from Wild

Sunday, 08.07.2011 / 12:29 PM / 2011 Offseason News
The San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild have made their third deal in six weeks.

Late Saturday, the Sharks acquired James Sheppard, the ninth pick in the 2006 Entry Draft, from the Minnesota Wild on Saturday in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2013.

Sheppard, a restricted free agent, missed all of last season due to a knee injury suffered in the offseason. The 23-year-old has yet to make an impact at the NHL level; in three seasons with the Wild, Sheppard scored 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points in 224 games.

The third-round selection in 2013 will replace the pick the Wild gave up in its trade for Darroll Powe from Philadelphia. 

Recuperating Patrick Kane has high hopes for new season

Friday, 08.05.2011 / 8:20 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

HOWELL, N.J. -- It may be the middle of August, and he may be wearing a cast that runs from his left fingers up past his elbow, but there's always a competition going on between Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Kane spent Thursday at a youth hockey camp run by Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland at the Howell Ice World Family Ice Arena. He went on the ice with the youngsters, and also posed for pictures with the kids, who wore all manner of jerseys.

A number of them were sporting Blackhawks No. 88 jerseys, but there was one youngster decked out in a jersey that stuck out a bit -- a Blackhawks No. 10 with Toews' name on the back.

"I told him I'm not going to take a picture with him because he had a Toews jersey on him," Kane told "He looked at me like I was nuts."

Canucks sign Nolan, Fedoruk to tryout contracts

Thursday, 08.04.2011 / 1:38 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Vancouver General Manager Mike Gillis is prepared to give Owen Nolan a chance at a comeback in the NHL.

The Canucks announced Thursday that they've signed the 39-year-old Nolan and fellow NHL veteran Todd Fedoruk, 32, to professional tryout contracts. Both players will be given an opportunity to earn a contract and a spot on the Canucks' roster in training camp.

Vancouver expects center Ryan Kesler (hip labral surgery) and winger Mason Raymond (fractured vertebrae) to start the season on injured reserve.

Nolan, who played last season with Zurich in the Swiss League, has 885 points in 1,200 NHL games over 18 seasons. The former No. 1 draft pick for the Quebec Nordiques last played for the Minnesota Wild in 2009-10.

How 2010-11 West also-rans can right ship

Thursday, 08.04.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Summer may be the most enjoyable time of the year for many, but for NHL teams, vacation time is something they want to put off as long as possible.

For the seven Western Conference teams that missed the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff party, their goal since the second week of April has been figuring out how to extend their seasons into May -- or even June, like the conference champion Vancouver Canucks.

How 2010-11 East also-rans can right ship

Thursday, 08.04.2011 / 9:00 AM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Summer may be the most enjoyable time of the year for many, but when it comes to NHL teams, they want to put off the start to their vacations as long as possible.

But for the seven Eastern Conference teams that missed out on the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff party, their goal since the second week of April has been figuring out how to extend their seasons into May -- or even June, like the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

Blackhawks sign Sharp to five-year extension

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 7:34 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- It was a question that Chicago Blackhawks Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman had grown tired of answering.

It came from reporters. It came from other GMs. It even came from agent Rick Curran, who represents Hawks star forward Patrick Sharp -- the guy at the heart of the inquiries who's heading into the last year of his current contract.

The question: "Is Patrick Sharp available in a trade?"

Wednesday afternoon at the United Center, Bowman definitively put that question to rest by announcing that Chicago had reached an agreement with Sharp on a new five-year contract. So, did Bowman ever seriously discuss trading Sharp when other GMs asked?

Ex-Sens coach Clouston to coach Wheat Kings

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 4:53 PM / 2011 Offseason News

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Former Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston has been hired as coach of the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

He's replacing Kelly McCrimmon, who resigned after seven seasons to focus solely on his role as general manager.

Clouston had spent the previous three seasons coaching the Senators, but was fired at the end of the 2010-11 season.

"Cory is a tremendously proven, experienced head coach," McCrimmon said. "He's had great success in the WHL, in Kootenay as well as four years of professional experience since then. He will add value to our organization and contribute positively to the development of our coaching staff and players."

Blues' Perron won't be ready to start season

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 11:24 AM / 2011 Offseason News

The St. Louis Blues received some bad news this week as 23-year-old left wing David Perron will not be ready for the start of the season due to lingering symptoms from a concussion he suffered in a game Nov. 4 against San Jose.

Perron, who stayed in that game and even scored a goal after taking an elbow to the head from Sharks captain Joe Thornton, didn't play again for the rest of the season. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Perron and his agent, Allan Walsh, had a conference call with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and the club's medical personnel earlier in the week, where it was determined he wasn't going to be ready.

Penguins sign first-round draft pick Joseph Morrow

Wednesday, 08.03.2011 / 9:43 AM / 2011 Offseason News
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed their 2011 first-round draft pick, defenseman Joseph Morrow, to a three-year entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.
Morrow, 18, was selected 23rd overall by the Penguins at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in June and attended the Penguins' annual prospect development camp at CONSOL Energy Center in July.

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