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Rangers, Stepan agree to terms on six-year contract

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 5:09 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

NEW YORK -- Derek Stepan wanted to remain with the New York Rangers long-term. The Rangers felt the same way.

On the morning they were scheduled for an arbitration hearing, the Rangers and Stepan on Monday agreed to terms on a six-year contract. Financial terms were not released, but the Daily News reported it to be worth $39 million, an average annual value of $6.5 million.

"It's a great feeling," Stepan said. "I can't be more excited to be a part of a team that I absolutely love. I love the city of New York, I'm grateful for the fans, grateful for the management there. Me and my wife are extremely happy to be there for the next six years."

NBC Sports Group announces 2015-16 schedule

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 12:55 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Coming off the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final on record, and the third-most watched NHL postseason in the last 18 years, NBC Sports Group will deliver coverage of 105 NHL regular-season games during the 2015-16 season, featuring 12 games on NBC and 93 games on NBCSN. The 105 regular-season games are the most ever scheduled across NBC Sports Group heading into a season. All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Schedule highlights include:

Senators' Chiasson awarded $1.2M in arbitration

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 12:31 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Ottawa Senators forward Alex Chiasson was awarded a one-year contract worth $1.2 million following an arbitration hearing.

The hearing was held Thursday in Toronto. The Senators offered $1 million; Chiasson asked for $2.475 million.

"I'm excited with what happened with the team last year and I think I can be a better player next season," Chiasson said in comments tweeted by the Senators on Monday. "There are no more distractions for me and I'm happy that it's over. I'm looking forward to next season."

Johansson, Capitals working on contract: report

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 11:44 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Center Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals are attempting to work out a contract prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing on Wednesday in Toronto.

Johansson is seeking a $4.75 million, one-year contract; the Capitals have offered $3 million for one year, according to The Washington Post. The numbers were first reported by Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Four players headed for salary arbitration

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 11:42 AM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Four NHL players remain headed for salary arbitration.

Hearings will be held in Toronto through July 31.

Lidstrom says Lemieux was best he faced: report

Monday, 07.27.2015 / 11:26 AM / News

Retired Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said former Pittsburgh Penguins center Mario Lemieux was the best player he faced during his career, according to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen.

"It was all about Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman," said Lidstrom, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November. "Lemieux had an incredible reach and some really good skills with his stick. Gretzky had that too, but he made all the players around him better. Individually, I would say Lemieux was the better player."

Flames sign forward Byron to one-year contract

Sunday, 07.26.2015 / 5:48 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Paul Byron signed a one-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Sunday, avoiding arbitration. Byron's hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

Financial terms were not released, but Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported the contract is worth $900,000.

Byron (5-foot-7, 153 pounds) scored six goals and 19 points in 57 games with Calgary last season. He has 17 goals and 48 points in 138 NHL games.

“[Cocah Bob Hartley] gives me an opportunity to play," Byron told the Calgary Sun. "He knows my skill-set and the speed and energy I can create for the team and he has no hesitation putting me on different lines at different points of the game. I know that even if I'm not playing much in the first couple of periods, at any time in the third, I could be moved up.

"Just having a coach that has that confidence in you to play you in those situations, it feels good and gives you more confidence as a player. I know I can play my game and he relies on me."

Wilson, Predators $1.25M apart in arbitration: report

Sunday, 07.26.2015 / 1:02 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Restricted free agent forward Colin Wilson is asking for $4.25 million in arbitration with the Nashville Predators, who are offering $3 million, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Sunday.

Wilson's hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Toronto. He made $2.5 million last season, when he set NHL career highs with 20 goals, 42 points and 172 shots. He had five goals in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, which the Predators lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Conte has considered reunion with Lamoriello: report

Saturday, 07.25.2015 / 11:11 PM / News

If Lou Lamoriello wants David Conte to come work for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Conte said he would consider it.

"I'd be lying if I said it didn't cross my mind," Conte told the Toronto Sun in remarks published Saturday. "... I'm interested in working. I still have to take stock (of my life). I'm not used to having time off. I've done this a long time."

Conte worked for Lamoriello for all of Lamoriello's 28 years as general manager of the New Jersey Devils, the last 22 as director of scouting.

Soderberg excited by likely Avalanche linemates

Saturday, 07.25.2015 / 4:34 PM / NHL Insider

Carl Soderberg was already planning to join the Colorado Avalanche, but when he heard who his linemates might be, he became even more intrigued.

Soderberg, who was traded to Colorado by the Boston Bruins on June 25 and the next day signed a five-year contract, is expected to center Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.

"They told me they wanted me to play centerman and they like my game. I'm a two-way centerman," Soderberg told the Denver Post in remarks published Friday. "And they had a thought of playing me with those two guys. I'm excited."

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