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Lightning trade three forwards, get draft picks

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:08 AM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday traded three forwards from their roster and acquired three later-round picks in the 2015 NHL Draft.

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Wild contact Iginla, meet with Vanek: report

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 7:55 PM / News

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The Minnesota Wild have been in contact with pending free-agent forward Jarome Iginla and will meet with forward Thomas Vanek, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

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Capitals will keep Ovechkin at right wing: report

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 5:09 PM / News

NHL.com

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will start training camp as a right wing, but coach Barry Trotz said he could switch sides again while trying to get the NHL's leading goal-scorer to improve.

"Alex has got a little too much glide maybe in his game," Trotz told CSN Washington on Saturday at the 2014 NHL Draft. "He's trying to score too much, so he's getting not as much space actually. You remember Alex when he would get that speed and he's moving and he can do things with the puck. He can beat you with his skill, he can beat you with his size and speed and hold you off. When you're standing still, you're really easy to cover."

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Sabres use compliance buyout on Christian Ehrhoff

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 11:53 AM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres have used their second compliance buyout on defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, the team confirmed via its Twitter account Sunday.

Ehrhoff, who turns 32 on July 6, had seven years left on a 10-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2011 with an average NHL salary-cap charge of $4 million. That summer the Sabres also signed forward Ville Leino for six years and $27 million; Buffalo used its first compliance buyout on Leino on June 18.

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Islanders' Martin energized by Rangers' success

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders were supposed to build off their run to the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when they gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a scare in a six-game first-round series.

Instead, the Islanders took a step back; they went 34-37 11 and finished fifth from the bottom of the NHL standings. To make matters even more painful, the Islanders were forced to sit and watch their archrivals, the New York Rangers, go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final before losing to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

Islanders left wing Matt Martin admits the Rangers' run lit a fire under him. He wishes training camp started tomorrow.

"It's always hard to watch the playoffs. It's a little harder when you see them go as far as they did," Martin said Friday during the Islanders' draft party at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. "They earned it though. They played hard, they played like a team and ran into a powerful L.A. team. [It was] definitely hard to watch for a very long time, but I'm looking forward to getting back at it."

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Alfredsson, Grabovski among UFA forwards

Sunday, 06.29.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The group of forwards eligible to become unrestricted free agents on July 1 is littered with potential difference makers, but only a select few merit star status.

Here are the top nine UFA forwards:

Note: The terms listed in their last contract are from CapGeek.com.

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Countdown to talent-filled 2015 NHL Draft begins

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 8:55 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The conclusion of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center signals the official opening of the Connor McDavid-Jack Eichel sweepstakes for the 2015 event at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

In a draft that looks to be loaded with talent across the board, McDavid of the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League and Eichel, who will be a freshman at Boston University in Hockey East, will be the headliners.

Each is a center who possesses two qualities that are tough to teach: work ethic and big-game ability. Each represented his country at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden; McDavid played for Canada and Eichel for the United States. They'll likely be going head-to-head at the 2015 World Juniors in Montreal and Toronto beginning Dec. 26.

"To get on the team again would be so exciting in Montreal and Toronto around Christmastime," Eichel told NHL.com Saturday. "There are a great group of guys who could potentially make the team, and there's a great coaching staff, so it should be another great tournament."

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Analysis: Neal trade shows Predators change course

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 5:26 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- Get ready to see a different brand of hockey in Nashville. Some may say it's about time.

The Nashville Predators' acquisition of 40-goal scorer James Neal from the Pittsburgh Penguins for forwards Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling on Friday was the most recent sign of a metamorphosis into an up-tempo, offensive team, a necessary change after two disappointing seasons.

The Predators also selected high-end offensive players with their first two draft picks: Swiss center Kevin Fiala with the No. 11 pick and Russian left wing Vladislav Kamenev at No. 42.

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Senators still seeking a new home for Jason Spezza

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 5:20 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

PHILADELPHIA – Jason Spezza may be forced to decide how desperately he wants to be traded away from the Ottawa Senators.

General manager Bryan Murray left the 2014 NHL Draft on Saturday with his captain and star center still on the roster, unable to complete a trade that would accommodate Spezza’s request to leave his only NHL team.

Murray revealed Saturday he was close to an agreement with Nashville Predators general manager David Poile the night before; however, the Predators are one of the 10 teams to which Spezza has said he will not accept a trade and the proposed deal fell through as a result.

"“David talked to me and we couldn’t go there," Murray said after the draft was completed. “I told [Spezza’s agent] Rick Curran that today, I had a deal sitting there if I wanted to do it, but [Nashville] was on the list of no-gos.”

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13 Russians selected in 2014 NHL Draft

Saturday, 06.28.2014 / 5:00 PM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA -- The "Russian factor" wasn't much of a distraction for a dozen teams this weekend at the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center.

It refers to the consideration made by teams, when drafting a player of Russian decent, of the risk associated with that player deciding to sign and play in the Kontinental Hockey League instead of North America. A team drafting a Russian player who then decides to stay in the KHL effectively has wasted a pick.

But 12 NHL teams drafted a total of 13 Russian-born players in 2014, the most in eight years. The Montreal Canadiens kicked off the Russian resurgence with the selection of right wing Nikita Scherbak of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League at No. 26 on Friday.

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