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Jones ready for bigger role after trade to Sharks

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 10:43 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks added a potential No. 1 goaltender Tuesday by acquiring Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins, who traded for him on Friday.

"Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted," general manager Doug Wilson told the Sharks website. "We're extremely excited to have him on board."

San Jose traded a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and forward prospect Sean Kuraly to get Jones, who was traded by the Los Angeles Kings to Boston at the 2015 draft as part of the package for forward Milan Lucic.

"I've never been traded before, so this is all new to me," Jones said Tuesday, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "It's exciting. It's pretty sad when you're leaving a place like L.A. where I formed a lot of good relationships, but I'm looking forward to taking on a bigger responsibility and playing in San Jose."

Blackhawks expect big things from Anisimov, Dano

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 9:51 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has won the Stanley Cup twice after retooling his roster, and that was on his mind again Tuesday when he traded Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Bowman wasn't confident with the direction of contract negotiations with Saad, who can become a restricted free agent Wednesday, and he didn't want to find out what kind of offer the 22-year-old forward might receive from another team.

So he switched gears and made the trade, acquiring four players and a fourth-round pick at the 2016 NHL Draft for Saad and two prospects.

The Blackhawks' haul is headlined by 6-foot-4 center Artem Anisimov and 20-year-old forward Marko Dano.

"My job is to prepare our team for next season to remain competitive and to have a chance to win the [Stanley Cup] again next season," Bowman said. "Sometimes that involves difficult decisions. It's a challenge to try and negotiate a contract. We gave it our best shot. We worked hard at it with Brandon and his agent, and weren't able to reach an agreement. And when that became apparent, then we turned our focus to trying to improve our team for next season."

Wisniewski has something to prove with Hurricanes

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 9:47 PM / News

Carolina Hurricanes defenseman James Wisniewski said he and his new team each has something to prove.

Wisniewski was acquired by the Hurricanes on Saturday in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, who scratched him from each of their 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games this postseason.

"It lit a fire in me to have a great season next year," Wisniewski told the Hurricanes website Tuesday. "It was a humbling experience. I knew right from the get-go that this was going to be an important offseason. I was looking forward to working really hard to get in the best shape possible and come out with a bang with whoever I was going to be playing with."

Depth allowed Blue Jackets to pull off trade for Saad

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 8:30 PM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have been stockpiling draft choices and prospects for years now to allow them to pull off a trade like they did Tuesday, when they sent four players and a future pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for left wing Brandon Saad.

"If we get good depth, some quality depth, then maybe we can put together a package and try to get an elite player like Brandon Saad on our team," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said.

Columbus traded forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp, and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft to Chicago.

In addition to Saad, the Blue Jackets received two prospects: center Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta.

Saad can become a restricted free agent at noon ET on Wednesday, but Kekalainen said he is confident the 22-year-old forward will sign a long-term contract with Columbus, possibly even Tuesday night. The Blue Jackets have scheduled a teleconference with Saad for Wednesday morning.

Saad's eight goals were third on the Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs. In 67 NHL playoff games, Saad has 34 points, including 15 goals.

"He's a winner," Kekalainen said. "We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength.

"He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come."

Ducks acquire Bieksa from Canucks for draft pick

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 8:18 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks acquired defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in a trade for a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Bieksa, 34, who played 10 seasons with Vancouver, reportedly had a no-trade clause he needed to waive.

"It's obviously been a difficult process the last few weeks with my family, going through this and trying to decide where we're going to be heading," Bieksa told the Ducks website. "San Jose was one of my choices, but Anaheim was always at the top of my list and one of my main choices. We tried to make the best decision for my family and for my hockey career. At the end of the day, Anaheim was the best fit for us."

Coyotes acquire Gordon from Oilers for Korpikoski

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 7:38 PM / News

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Boyd Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Lauri Korpikoski.

"We are very pleased to re-acquire Boyd Gordon," said Maloney. "Boyd is an excellent defensive center who is one of the league's best in the face-off circle. He has a great work ethic and will add experience and leadership to our dressing room. We are excited to have him back."

Ribeiro likely to re-sign with Predators: report

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 7:38 PM / News

Center Mike Ribeiro is expected to re-sign with the Nashville Predators, TSN reported Tuesday.

General manager David Poile said the Predators gave Ribeiro a deadline of Tuesday to sign. He can become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

The 35-year-old center was second on the Predators with 62 points this season (rookie linemate Filip Forsberg had 63).

"We have offered Mike a contract," Poile told The Tennessean on Tuesday. "We've had some negotiations in the last couple of days but have not been able to come to an agreement. I really think it's going to happen or not happen [Tuesday]. I'm hopeful that it does. We want him back, but we'll have to see how negotiations go in that area."

Ducks name Paul MacLean assistant coach

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 6:43 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have named Paul MacLean assistant coach. Winner of the 2013 Jack Adams Award as the NHL Coach of the Year with Ottawa, MacLean returns to Anaheim where he served as an assistant coach for two seasons from 2002-04. MacLean will join Bruce Boudreau's coaching staff with fellow assistant coaches Trent Yawney and Scott Niedermayer, goaltending consultant Dwayne Roloson and video coordinator Joe Piscotty.

Hamilton signs, says he'll 'fit in well' with Flames

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

Aaron Vickers - Correspondent

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames wasted little time signing defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

After acquiring Hamilton from the Boston Bruins at the 2015 NHL Draft on Friday, the Flames announced a multiyear extension for the pending restricted free agent Tuesday.

"I didn’t know I was going to be a Flame until, I guess, today, or when I was traded to them," Hamilton said. "It’s something that your life can change pretty quick and it’s part of the business and everything. For me, I’m looking forward to it. I’ve heard a lot of good things and some text messages from players around the League and stuff like that, that have told me how nice it is there. I’m going to fit in well.

"There’s a lot of things that continue to excite me about the organization, the team and the city. It’s all just building for me. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of time left in the summer and I can’t go there and start playing right now."

Stafford says signing with Jets was 'an easy choice'

Tuesday, 06.30.2015 / 6:14 PM / News

Patrick Williams - Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets took the first step toward reinforcing their lineup by signing forward Drew Stafford on Tuesday.

Stafford, 29, avoided free agency and signed a two-year contract with an average annual salary of $4.35 million.

After the Jets acquired Stafford in a multiplayer trade with the Buffalo Sabres on Feb. 11, he had nine goals and 10 assists in 26 games. Stafford, who led Winnipeg with a nine-game point streak this season, played left wing and right wing, strengthened the second line and helped the Jets qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007 with a franchise-record 99 points.

"It was an extremely easy choice," Stafford said Tuesday. "It was the offer I wanted. I'm extremely happy to be coming back. The bottom line is I'm coming back to an organization where I'm extremely comfortable. I love the city. The fans were unbelievable to me."

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