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Santini one year closer to joining Devils defense

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Kristen Nelson - Correspondent

NEWARK, N.J. -- Steve Santini is relatively comfortable sitting in the New Jersey Devils dressing room.

After the first day of Devils development camp Monday, the second-round pick (No. 42) of the 2013 NHL Draft and Boston College defenseman could look around at the hubbub on the bright red carpet, of course with the New Jersey logo carefully avoided by foot traffic, and see a scene similar to his first two camps.

Even with a new coach (John Hynes) to learn from and a new general manager (Ray Shero) to impress, Santini has emerged as a veteran of sorts for the young and eager players around him.

"It's a little different this year because of the new coaching staff, new management," Santini said, "but I definitely feel a lot more confident than my first two years, for sure."

Healthy at last, center Faksa eager to impress Stars

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Radek Faksa is healthy, and that's a welcome change for the Dallas Stars prospect.

After battling injuries his first four seasons in the Dallas organization, Faksa, the 13th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, has recovered from shoulder surgery in January and was on the ice with fellow Stars prospects for development camp in early July.

"It feels great (to be back on the ice)," Faksa, 21, said. "After almost a half year, I've been on the ice three times now. There's no problems so far. Even in the gym, I didn't have problems. I'm happy about that."

Last season, the Czech-born center had four goals and 10 points in 10 games for Texas of the American Hockey League before sustaining the season-ending shoulder injury on a hit in mid-January.

Capitals plan to be patient with their young goalies

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 12:00 AM / Prospects

Katie Brown - Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Six years ago, the Washington Capitals sent goaltending prospect Braden Holtby to the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

With Holtby entrenched as the Capitals' No. 1 goalie and Philipp Grubauer expected to be his backup, the Capitals' goaltending prospect wheel keeps churning.

Washington will send Vitek Vanecek, who participated in Capitals development camp July 7-11, to the ECHL as its only goalie prospect in North America.

"Lots of things can happen, injuries and such, but I think that's the best place for him to start as a 19-year-old," Capitals goaltending coach Mitch Korn said. "We want guys to have success at every level that they play at. We don't want them treading water; we want them swimming ahead."

That patient approach worked well for Holtby, who had career highs of 41 wins and nine shutouts last season when he was 25.

3-on-3 great for fans, hard for goalies, Schneider says

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 8:20 PM / News

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider thinks he would rather watch the NHL's new overtime format than play in it.

Schneider took part in the Competition Committee talks that led to the approval of 3-on-3 overtime for this season.

"It's going to be interesting for the goalies," Schneider told in remarks published Thursday. "I was a passenger during that discussion. I suggested a side category where a goalie's 3-on-3 stats could be hidden away and not put into your main stats, because it's going to be tough.

"There's so much talent in the NHL and sometimes 5-on-5 opens up, but 3-on-3 is going to open up and fans are really going to love it. It's going to be up and down the ice. It's going to be hard for us goalies, so we're going to have to be really sharp and ready to go."

Flyers sign Del Zotto to multiyear contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 7:12 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Michael Del Zotto signed a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday.

Terms were not disclosed by the Flyers, but reported it's a two-year, $7.75 million contract.

"I loved Philadelphia, didn't want to be stuck on a one-year deal and run the risk of being [an unrestricted free agent] next year," Del Zotto told CSN Philly's Tim Panaccio.

The 25-year-old defenseman, who became a restricted free agent July 1, was scheduled for salary arbitration July 21 after he rejected the Flyers' qualifying offer.

"It was getting closer and closer, obviously with the date being set for Tuesday morning," Del Zotto said. "Talks all along were going well, and we weren't far off. It was just a matter of getting a number that was fair for both sides."

Oshie sends upset young fan Capitals jersey

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:52 PM / News

Looks like T.J. Oshie has convinced one young fan to root for the Washington Capitals.

When Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on July 2, 5-year old Libby Lu was not happy. A video of her crying, saying "T.J. Oshie left the team!" went viral, with more than 300,000 views on YouTube. (WATCH) Libby told her mother she couldn't root for Oshie anymore because he was on another team.

Oshie on Wednesday sent Libby a signed No. 77 Capitals jersey along with a Slapshot figurine, mini sticks and a helmet, the Washington Post said.

Ducks sign O'Brien to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:48 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

O'Brien, 31 (8/9/83), has recorded 13-79=92 points with a +6 rating and 916 penalty minutes (PIM) in 537 career NHL games. O'Brien began his NHL career with the Ducks, making his debut in 2006-07 (2-12=14 points with a +5 rating in 62 games). He went on to play for Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, Calgary and Florida, compiling career highs in goals (4) and points (21) in 2007-08 with the Lightning. The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman has also appeared in 40 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Nashville, scoring 2-3=5 points with 79 PIM.

Pitlick agrees to one-year contract with Oilers

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:39 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Edmonton Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, the club has agreed to terms with winger Tyler Pitlick on a one-year contract.

Pitlick, 23, split the 2014-15 season with the Edmonton Oilers and the American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons. He appeared in 17 games with the Oilers, recording two goals and four penalty minutes. Pitlick also registered nine points (3G, 6A) and eight penalty minutes in 14 games with Oklahoma City.

To read more from the Oilers website, CLICK HERE.

Capitals sign forward Sill to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 2:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Zach Sill to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.

Sill, 27, registered four points (one goal, three assists) and 84 penalty minutes in 63 games with Pittsburgh and Toronto last season. The 6'0", 202-pound center earned his first NHL point with an assist on Jan. 13 against Minnesota and scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 21 against Chicago. Sill made his NHL debut on Nov. 16, 2013, at New Jersey. He has recorded four points (one goal, three assists) and 96 penalty minutes in 83 career NHL games.

Penguins' Maatta expects to be ready for camp

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 12:01 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, who played 20 games last season after having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his neck before sustaining a season-ending shoulder injury, said Thursday he expects to be ready for training camp in September.

"We're on the schedule," Maatta told the Penguins website. "Obviously the goal is to be ready for training camp. Everything is going as we planned, so that's the goal."

Maatta, 20, had one goal and nine points last season. He didn't play after Dec. 6 and had shoulder surgery for a second time in less than a year.

"Just leave [last season] all behind me," Maatta said. "I don't even think of it. That's not on my mind. All I'm thinking of is the next season. Just being ready to go in training camp and the beginning of the season."

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