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Ho-Sang aims to make Islanders roster this season

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 4:17 PM / Prospects

Kristen Nelson - Correspondent

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Midway through the second period of the New York Islanders' annual Blue & White scrimmage at Barclays Center on Wednesday, Joshua Ho-Sang came off the ice and sat directly on forward Connor Graham's lap.

Seemingly a little confused, Graham smiled and allowed his lifelong friend to rest for a few seconds before the two burst into laughter and Ho-Sang found a vacant spot on the bench.

"I don't think you should do anything without having fun, it's kind of pointless," Ho-Sang said. "I've known Connor for almost my whole life. Being able to make jokes like that kind of lightens the mood."

That lighthearted approach is how Ho-Sang, a first-round pick (No. 28) at the 2014 NHL Draft, is carrying himself through the duration of Islanders development camp.

Maple Leafs sign Marincin to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract.

Marincin, 23, was acquired by the Maple Leafs in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers on June 27 in exchange for forward Brad Ross and a fourth-round pick in this year's NHL Entry Draft. In 85 NHL games over two seasons (2013-14, 2014-15) with the Oilers, the Kosice, Slovakia native registered one goal, 10 assists and 32 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the 2014 Slovakian Olympic team that competed in Sochi, Russia. Marincin was originally selected by Edmonton in the second round (46th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Unmasked: Canucks prospect Demko nears return

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:43 PM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

SHAWNIGAN LAKE, British Columbia -- Vancouver Canucks goaltending prospect Thatcher Demko said his recent hip surgery is not a setback. He is more excited to see what he can do with two healthy hips.

When you hear how limited Demko's mobility was before having his hips repaired after his second season at Boston College ended in April, and consider what the 19-year-old has accomplished playing through the injuries for almost four years, it's hard to blame him.

"This will be the healthiest I have been. Ever," said Demko, who was Vancouver's second-round pick (No. 36) at the 2014 NHL Draft. "I have just been looking forward to the day I can play pain free for about four years. I'm excited to get some gear on and see what that's like."

Devils part with longtime scout David Conte

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:37 PM / News

Newark, NJNew Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero today issued the following statement on Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations/Director of Scouting David Conte: "David and I have had numerous discussions regarding his future. Based on our conversations, I believe it is in the best interests of our organization for David to pursue other opportunities and to not renew his contract," said Shero. "I would personally like to thank David Conte for his 31 years of service to the New Jersey Devils organization. His contributions to the success of the hockey operations department have been immense. The search for his successor will begin immediately."

Stalberg eager for opportunity to win with Rangers

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:32 PM / NHL Insider

Viktor Stalberg won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013 and is hoping to experience that feeling again with the New York Rangers this season.

"Winning Stanley Cup is surreal. It's a great moment in your life and you always want to get back there because it was so amazing," the 29-year old forward told on Thursday. "I want to do it again. That's why I'm here."

Stalberg spent the past two seasons with the Nashville Predators, who bought out the final two years of his contract in June. The Rangers signed him to a one-year, $1.1 million contract on July 1.

Canadiens sign 2015 top pick Juulsen to contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 1:42 PM / News

Defenseman Noah Juulsen, selected in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft, on Thursday signed a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"It's an amazing feeling," Juulsen said. "Everyone wants to have that opportunity but not everyone does. I'm just lucky enough to have that opportunity."

Larkin got attention of Red Wings coach in AHL

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 12:56 PM / Prospects

Detroit Red Wings prospect Dylan Larkin has met his share of challenges on his road to trying to earn an NHL roster spot.

In his first season at the University of Michigan in 2014-15, he was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year. He was arguably the best player for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and he surprised Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill with his play in Grand Rapids during the American Hockey League playoffs late last season.

Blashill, who coached Larkin with the Grand Rapids Griffins before replacing Mike Babcock as Detroit coach, is anxious to see what more Larkin can muster in his first NHL training camp in September.

Stars sign defenseman Oleksiak to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported its value at $875,000.

"Jamie is a young player with great potential who is evolving into a solid all-around defenseman," general manager Jim Nill said. "We look forward to him being an important member of our defense moving forward."

Blue Jackets sign Calvert to three-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 10:33 AM / News

Forward Matt Calvert signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The contract is worth $6.6 million with an average annual value of $2.2 million, according to

"We've been close to getting it done for a few weeks now," Calvert told The Columbus Dispatch. "I'm excited to know I'll be back in Columbus. This is where I want to be, and this is where I want to win, and I think we're going to have a great season."

Predators prospect Vesey opts to stay at Harvard

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Robby Stanley - Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Forward Jimmy Vesey feels that earning a degree from Harvard University will provide him with plenty of future opportunities outside of hockey, even though it pushed back his chance to make the Nashville Predators.

When the Predators selected Vesey in the third round (No. 66) in the 2012 NHL Draft, they knew he had the potential to be a dynamic offensive player. Vesey showed off that potential at Harvard during the 2014-15 season, leading the nation with 32 goals. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college player in the country.

Vesey, a junior, could have turned pro and signed with the Predators in March, after the Crimson's season ended. Instead, he chose to return for his senior season.

Earning his degree from Harvard is important to Vesey.

"It was a really tough decision for me," Vesey said this week at Nashville's development camp.

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