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Virtanen, No. 6 pick, signs with Canucks

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 7:32 PM / News

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Jake Virtanen, the sixth player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, has signed with the Vancouver Canucks, the team announced Friday. Terms were not disclosed.

"Such an honour to sign with the Vancouver Canucks!," Virtanen wrote on his official Twitter account. "I'd like to thank everybody who's helped me get to this point especially my family!!"

Virtanen, a 17-year-old right wing, had 45 goals and 71 points in 71 games last season with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He had three goals and three assists in seven games to help Canada win the bronze medal at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

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Reimer, Maple Leafs agree on two-year contract

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 7:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Goaltender James Reimer and the Toronto Maple Leafs agreed to a two-year contract, the team said Friday. No financial terms were disclosed, but Elliotte Friedman of "Hockey Night in Canada" reported the contract has an average annual value of $2.3 million.

Reimer and the Maple Leafs had a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for July 28.

"He never said, 'Get me out of here,'" general manager Dave Nonis told the Toronto Star. "What he did ask was for us to explore opportunities that would make sense for both sides. We did. I went back to him and said, 'I don't have something that I would feel comfortable doing and we prefer to sign you.'

"We both felt him coming back was good for us and for him. He wouldn't have signed a two-year deal if he didn't feel comfortable coming back to Toronto."

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Defenseman Sarich improving after cycling accident

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 5:54 PM / News

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Veteran defenseman Cory Sarich is improving after being injured in a cycling accident July 21, he said Friday on Twitter.

"I am up and moving and may get to go home today," Sarich wrote. "I am extremely blessed to be sitting here sending everyone an update."

Sarich, 35, was struck by a motor vehicle while training in Invermere, British Columbia, agent Tim Hodgson said in a statement released by the Colorado Avalanche, for whom Sarich played last season.

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Smashfest raises $140,000 for charities

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 4:13 PM / News

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With New York Rangers forward Dominic Moore serving as host, the annual Smashfest charity pingpong challenge in Toronto raised $140,000 Thursday night, according to the National Hockey League Players' Association.

Those funds will be contributed to charities assisting in the research of concussions and rare cancers. One of those charities is the Katie Moore Foundation, which was founded by Moore in memory of his late wife, who died Jan. 7, 2013 from a rare liver disease.

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Flames sign Sam Bennett, fourth pick in draft

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 2:49 PM / News

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Sam Bennett, the fourth player taken in the 2014 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Calgary Flames, the team said Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.

"It really is just a dream come true," Bennett told the Flames website. "It feels unbelievable. It's something I've dreamed of my whole life and now that I've finally done it, it really is amazing.

"It really is surreal. When I did finally put the pen to the paper it was an amazing feeling. You know, it really is. It feels unbelievable."

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Sharks' Couture still recovering from loss to Kings

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 2:17 PM / NHL Insider

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Logan Couture
Center - SJS
GOALS: 23 | ASST: 31 | PTS: 54
SOG: 233 | +/-: 21

Logan Couture's right hand and psyche still bear the scars of the San Jose Sharks' loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

His hand was injured during the series in a fight with Kings center Mike Richards. He's recovered slowly but expects to be OK by training camp. Recovering emotionally from surrendering a 3-0 series lead against the Kings could take a bit longer.

"I just think about how much it hurts," he said Thursday at the Smashfest charity pingpong event in Toronto, according to The Canadian Press. "The feelings aren't going to go away, probably never. It's just something that sticks with you for a long time."

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Tippett eager to get Coyotes' newcomers on ice

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 1:50 PM / NHL Insider

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Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has no intention of seeing his club miss the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a third straight season. He's optimistic the four veterans acquired by general manager Don Maloney will help.

The Coyotes added veteran forwards Sam Gagner and B.J. Crombeen in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 29, then signed goaltender Devan Dubnyk and forward Joe Vitale as free agents. Gagner is expected to center one of the top two lines, and Vitale and Crombeen will battle for bottom-six roles. Dubnyk is expected to back up starter Mike Smith.

Arizona is trying to end a two-year absence from the playoffs after finishing two points behind the Dallas Stars for the final wild card in the Western Conference last season.

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Expect 2014 draft class to make fantasy impact

Matt Sitkoff - NHL.com Contributor

Rookies can make a huge impact on fantasy teams and can lead to long-term success in dynasty/keeper leagues. Nine players from the 2013 NHL Draft class saw action in at least one regular-season game in 2013-14. That group was made up of Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche), Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers), Seth Jones (Nashville Predators), Elias Lindholm (Carolina Hurricanes), Sean Monahan (Calgary Flames), Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo Sabres), Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas Stars), Nikita Zadorov (Sabres) and Kristers Gudlevskis (Tampa Bay Lightning).

MacKinnon became the youngest Calder Trophy winner in NHL history; however, he was joined by Lightning teammates Tyler Johnson (undrafted) and Ondrej Palat (2011 seventh-round pick) as finalists for the award, showing rookie production doesn't just come from freshly drafted players. But if previous seasons are any indication, some members of the 2014 draft class should play a big role in fantasy.

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Walker, first Australian drafted, signs with Capitals

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 11:00 AM / News

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Nathan Walker, the first Australian player drafted by an NHL team, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals, the team said Friday. No financial terms were disclosed.

Walker, 20, was selected in the third round (No. 89) on June 28. He had five goals, 11 points and 40 penalty minutes in 43 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League in 2013-14. He had seven goals, 27 points and 63 penalty minutes with the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League in 2012-13.

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Rangers' St. Louis moving forward after tough spring

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 9:22 AM / NHL Insider

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Dan Boyle signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, which means not only does Martin St. Louis get to reunite with a former teammate who can fill a void on defense, it gives his dad, Normand, a needed bit of friendship too.

"[Dan's] parents are really close to my parents," Martin St. Louis told Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com in a lengthy interview published Thursday. "I think my dad was really excited to have some close friends come on the team, I guess. Obviously with what he's gone through, I think that's going to help him tremendously this next year to have these close friends to him close.

"All in all, I think it's a really exciting time."

Martin's mom and Normand's wife, France, died at age 63 on May 8, during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Her funeral was held May 18, the day between Games 1 and 2 of the Eastern Conference Final.

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