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Capitals, Holtby expect to reach agreement: report

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 5:35 PM / News

The agent for Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby told The Washington Post on Sunday that he expects the sides to agree on a multiyear extension at some point this summer.

Holtby, 25, finished fourth in the Vezina Trophy voting after going 41-20-10 with a 2.22 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and nine shutouts.

The Post reported the Capitals have already offered Holtby more than $5 million for at least five years. Holtby filed for salary arbitration Sunday, which could speed up the negotiation process.

Forward Burmistrov excited about return to Jets, NHL

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 3:25 PM / NHL Insider

After two seasons playing for his hometown Ak-Bars Kazan in the Kontinental Hockey League, Alexander Burmistrov returned to the Winnipeg Jets after agreeing to terms on a two-year contract July 1.

Burmistrov made a surprise appearance Sunday at Jets development camp at MTS Iceplex and explained how much he missed competing in the NHL.

"I wanted to come meet everybody," Burmistrov said in video posted on the Jets website. "I'm really excited. I missed this kind of game … smaller ice and more aggressive hockey. I'm two years older. I don't know if I'm a different player or not, maybe a little bit, maybe not. We'll see.

"I'm happy to be here. I want to help the team win games."

Draisaitl says return to juniors helped his game

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Being sent back to junior last season was not easy for Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl.

Draisaitl made the Oilers out of training camp and played 37 games with Edmonton, but finished the season in the Western Hockey League with the Kelowna Rockets.

It took some time for Draisaitl to get over the disappointment of returning to juniors, but he went on to have an excellent second half with the Rockets, leading them to the WHL championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup final.

Nurse, Draisaitl aim to be full-time Oilers this season

Sunday, 07.05.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Defenseman Darnell Nurse and center Leon Draisaitl were on the Edmonton Oilers' roster at the start of the 2014-15 NHL season. However, each finished the season with his respective junior team.

Heading into 2015-16, Nurse and Draisaitl are looking to build on their brief NHL stints and parlay their experience into extended stays with the Oilers.

Wild sign goaltender Dubnyk to six-year contract

Saturday, 07.04.2015 / 4:56 PM / News

Goaltender Devan Dubnyk signed a six-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Agreement on the contract was announced June 27, when the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported the deal is worth $26 million, an average annual value of $4.33 million, with the highest salaries in the first four years and a limited no-trade clause for part of the contract.

Undrafted Ohio brothers attend Blue Jackets camp

Saturday, 07.04.2015 / 11:06 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS-- The Columbus Blue Jackets development camp June 29 to July 2 featured many top prospects from recent NHL drafts.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, a third-round pick in 2013 NHL Draft and the Western Hockey League's player of the year in 2015, was at the practice facility at Nationwide Arena. So were 2015 first-round selection defenseman Zach Werenski from the University of Michigan and 2014 first-rounder forward Sonny Milano.

But two undrafted invitees attracted the most media attention.

Milano excited for chance with Blue Jackets

Saturday, 07.04.2015 / 10:39 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- There are many changes between the Sonny Milano who attended his first Columbus Blue Jackets development camp a year ago after being selected 16th in the 2014 NHL Draft to the Milano who showed for his second go-around June 29 to July 2.

There weren't the persistent questions about his immediate future; whether he would fulfill his commitment to attend Boston College or play in the Ontario Hockey League.

Milano gave his answer several weeks later when he opted to play in the OHL for the Plymouth Whalers. Milano led Plymouth in scoring with 68 points, including 22 goals, in 50 games despite missing more than a month at the start of the season because of facial fractures sustained at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Mich., in September.

Flyers sign first-round pick Provorov

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 8:24 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 2015 First-Round draft pick, defenseman Ivan Provorov, to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

The 6’0”, 201’lb defenseman was selected seventh overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft on June 26 in Sunrise, Florida. He will join six other members of the Flyers 2015 Draft Class at next week's Development Camp in Voorhees, NJ. The camp is free and open to the public.\

Prust was 'in shock' after trade to Canucks: report

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 8:23 PM / News

Forward Brandon Prust was vacationing with his fiancée in Rome this week when he got the news he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks by the Montreal Canadiens.

"Funny, I saw the headline [July 1 on Twitter], 'Zack Kassian traded to the Canadiens from the Canucks,' but I didn't see at first who he was traded for," Prust told the Montreal Gazette on Friday from his offseason home in London, Ontario.

Shortly after, Prust received a call from Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin, telling him he'd been traded to Vancouver for Kassian and a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

"[My fiancée] had been putting her makeup on for dinner and now she's bawling her eyes out, and I'm lying there in shock," Prust said. "I had 100 text messages on my phone within 10 minutes. It was very overwhelming."

Ducks sign Horcoff to one-year contract

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 7:55 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have signed center Shawn Horcoff to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Horcoff, 36 (9/17/78), collected 11-18=29 points with a +9 rating and 27 PIM in 76 games for Dallas last season. The 6-1, 205-pound center ranked second on the team in plus/minus and tied for fifth in power-play goals (4) and shooting percentage (13.4). He won 237-of-472 faceoff attempts, good for a 50.2 win percentage.

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