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Vrana, Pastrnak lead Czech team at WJC camp

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 3:25 PM / Prospects

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Two players picked in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft will be part of the Czech Republic team that will take part in the Hockey Canada National Junior Team Summer Development Camp to be held Aug. 3-8 in Montreal.

The camp, which also will feature Canada and Russia, is one of the first steps in the construction of teams that will play in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Toronto and Montreal.

Jakub Vrana (No. 13, Washington Capitals) and David Pastrnak (No. 25, Boston Bruins) are two of six players that will take part in the camp who helped the Czechs finish sixth at the 2014 WJC in Malmo, Sweden. Vrana had one goal and one assist in five games; Pastrnak had one goal and two assists in five games.

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Oilers' Yakupov putting rough season behind him

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:58 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

Nail Yakupov
Right Wing - EDM
GOALS: 11 | ASST: 13 | PTS: 24
SOG: 122 | +/-: -33
EDMONTON -- Nail Yakupov has moved on.

After spending the majority of the offseason in Russia, the Edmonton Oilers right wing has returned to prepare for the NHL season, having put a disappointing second season behind him.

"It might be a huge year for me and that's why I'm here, to work on some things and to be here and train," Yakupov said Tuesday during a visit to the Oilers summer hockey school. "I just want to be ready for the season. I'm going to be doing some different things this year. I feel more comfortable here than training at home. That's why I'm here and I will train with the Oilers prospects and the other NHL players that will come."

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Jets, Frolik agree to terms on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:46 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Michael Frolik
Right Wing - WPG
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 27 | PTS: 42
SOG: 189 | +/-: 8
The Winnipeg Jets and forward Michael Frolik avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday, and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said the possibility of a long-term contract remains.

Frolik, who had 15 goals and 42 points in 81 games last season, will make $3.3 million in 2014-15. He and the Jets were scheduled to go to arbitration Thursday.

"Early in the process, we essentially discussed that this was not going to get to an arbitration," Cheveldayoff said. "It was more the fact that we wanted to make sure that Michael was under contract for us this coming year, and that's the benefit of the arbitration process"

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Hartnell excited to get started with Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:30 PM / NHL Insider

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Shortly after being traded for the second time, forward Scott Hartnell asked some of his friends what he could expect as a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 52
SOG: 207 | +/-: 11
He likes what he's heard so far.

After seven seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers, Hartnell was traded to Columbus on June 23 for forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round draft pick. A fan favorite in Philadelphia, Hartnell admitted to fighting back tears when he returned to the Flyers training facility two days later to clean out his locker.

After the initial shock subsided, Hartnell approached former Flyers teammates Steve Mason and Jakub Voracek, who each started his career in Columbus. Their feedback is one reason Hartnell has a good feeling about joining an up-and-coming Blue Jackets team. He also sought advice from Jody Shelley, a former Philadelphia teammate who played for Columbus and serves as a television analyst and team ambassador.

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Mueller, Blues agree to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 2:15 PM / News

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Forward Peter Mueller and the St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mueller, 26, played for Kloten in the Swiss-A league last season. He had 24 goals and 46 points in 49 games.

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Fontaine, Wild agree on two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 12:46 PM / News

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Forward Justin Fontaine and the Minnesota Wild agreed on a two-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Fontaine's agent, Neil Sheehy, tweeted the contract is worth $2 million.

Fontaine, a restricted free agent, was scheduled for salary arbitration Friday.

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Hayes signs one-year contract with Panthers

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 11:56 AM / News

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The Florida Panthers have signed forward Jimmy Hayes to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration, the team announced Tuesday.

Hayes, who was a restricted free agent, had 11 goals and 18 points in 53 games for the Panthers in 2013-14 after arriving from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade on Nov. 14.

Hayes, 24, has 17 goals and 31 points in 96 career NHL games.

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Red Wings' Abdelkader suspended 3 games by IIHF

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 11:30 AM / News

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The International Ice Hockey Federation on Tuesday suspended Detroit Red Wings forward Justin Abdelkader for the first three games of the 2015 World Championship as the result of an illegal check to the head during a 2014 World Championship game.

Justin Abdelkader
Left Wing - DET
GOALS: 10 | ASST: 18 | PTS: 28
SOG: 147 | +/-: 2
Abdelkader was playing for the United States when he committed the infraction against Czech Republic forward Vladimir Sobotka at 6:41 of the second period in a May 22 game.

Abdelkader received a major penalty for charging and a game misconduct. Sobotka left the game and did not return, but played in the ensuing two games for the Czech Republic.


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Hurricanes' Eric Staal has surgery for muscle injury

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 9:56 AM / News

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Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal recently had surgery to repair a core muscle injury sustained during offseason training, but the team expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season.

"Eric notified us of the injury late last week and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "By having this procedure now, Dr. [William] Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season."

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D'Amigo signs two-way contract with Blue Jackets

Tuesday, 07.29.2014 / 9:41 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Jerry D'Amigo signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 23-year-old was acquired by the Blue Jackets on July 1 from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade for forward Matt Frattin.

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