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Undersized St. Louis always made big impression

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Nearly two decades later, Craig Ramsay still remembers the smallest player on the ice at the start of Ottawa Senators training camp in 1997.

Ramsay was an assistant coach, and there among Alexei Yashin, Daniel Alfredsson, Vinny Prospal and Alexandre Daigle, was this pint-sized, undrafted training-camp invitee speeding all over the ice. Before Ramsay could figure out who he was, however, he wasn't there anymore.

"I never had a chance to work with him other than to notice him because he was pretty noticeable," Ramsay told "He was a nifty, small guy. And then he was gone."

Martin St. Louis was gone from that Ottawa camp, but after a 16-season career that is likely to include induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, he won't soon be forgotten.

Defenseman Souray acknowledges last day in NHL

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:01 PM / News

Defenseman Sheldon Souray acknowledged the end of his NHL career on Twitter on Tuesday.

Souray, who had not played since the 2012-13 season with the Anaheim Ducks, tweeted, "I'm going to enjoy my last day today on an @NHL roster!!" in response to a mention of the 21st anniversary of his being drafted.

The 38-year-old did not play the past two seasons because of a wrist injury. In 13 seasons with five teams, he had 109 goals and 300 points in 758 regular-season games.

Kings release statement on Slava Voynov

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 5:27 PM / News

LOS ANGELES - Earlier today, Slava Voynov entered a no-contest plea to a single misdemeanor, domestic violence charge. The Los Angeles Kings have issued the following statement relating to this development:

"We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just. Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment."

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly also commented on the Voynov situation.

"We are aware of the latest developments in court today related to Slava Voynov. His immediate status vis-a-vis the NHL remains unchanged. At an appropriate time, I am sure we will be in touch with Mr. Voynov and the NHLPA with respect to next steps regarding the League's review and further handling of the events at issue."

Kessel excited by 'fresh start' with Penguins

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 5:27 PM / NHL Insider

Phil Kessel hasn't missed a game five seasons, but he always felt like they ended too early. He expects that is about to change.

The nine-year veteran spent the past six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

"Being in Toronto, I got to play in one playoffs in all my years there," Kessel told reporter Dejan Kovacevic on Thursday. "But that's the best time of the year, right? Playoff hockey. Hopefully, I'll get to play in many in Pittsburgh."

Capitals GM turns attention to re-signing their RFAs

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 4:55 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan felt he improved his team Wednesday by signing right wing Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

On Thursday, MacLellan's focus turned back to getting Washington's three restricted free agents -- goalie Braden Holtby and forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov and Marcus Johansson -- under contract to ensure that the Capitals have a chance to be a Stanley Cup contender next season.

They have approximately $14.4 million in NHL salary-cap space to re-sign the three restricted free agents.

"Holtby, Kuznetsov and Johansson are priorities," MacLellan said.

T.J. Oshie traded to Capitals; Blues get Brouwer

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 4:50 PM / News

Forward T.J. Oshie was traded to the Washington Capitals by the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

The Blues received forward Troy Brouwer, goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Oshie had 19 goals and 36 assists (55 points) last season, one season after setting NHL career highs with 21 goals, 39 assists and 60 points.

"T.J. is an outstanding skater with a tremendous skill set," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said in a statement. "He is a powerful player and has consistent track record of production throughout his career in the NHL. We feel that he complements our core group nicely and can help us get to the next level in achieving our ultimate goal. We also want to thank Troy for his contributions to our organization on and off the ice and wish him well in St. Louis."

Oilers' offseason moves caught Sekera's attention

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 3:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- A few months ago, Andrej Sekera may not have considered the Edmonton Oilers as a possible free-agent destination. But the bounce of a lottery ball, a change in management and a new coach suddenly made Edmonton appealing to the veteran defenseman.

Sekera, 29, signed a six-year, $33 million contract with the Oilers on the first day of NHL free agency Wednesday.

"I looked at the roster and I saw the team they had, the coach and the management," Sekera said. "When I saw what kind of players they had there, it made my choice very easy. They have a lot of skill, a lot of speed and a lot of smart players. They have a good coach, a good GM and a good goalie. It was a good place for me to play with my style of hockey, so that's why I chose Edmonton."

Blues agree to terms with defenseman Bortuzzo

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 3:24 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have agreed to terms on a new contract with defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.

Contract terms were not yet available.

Bortuzzo was traded to the Blues in a deadline day trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 2. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman played in 13 games with the Blues last season, scoring one goal and one assist.

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Martin St. Louis announces retirement from NHL

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 3:11 PM / News

Martin St. Louis on Thursday announced his retirement from the NHL after 16 seasons.

St. Louis, who turned 40 on June 18, had 21 goals and 54 points in 74 games with the New York Rangers last season.

"I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride," St. Louis said in a statement released by the Rangers. "I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years.

"I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents."

St. Louis had 391 goals and 1,033 points in 1,134 regular-season games. Prior to spending the past season-plus with the Rangers, St. Louis played parts of 13 seasons with the Lightning (2000-2014) and 69 games with the Calgary Flames (1998-2000).

Williams wants to help Capitals get over playoff hump

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 2:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

It was a month ago when Justin Williams' 6-year-old son Jaxon told him if he wasn't going to play for the Los Angeles Kings anymore he should go play with Alex Ovechkin.

Daddy listened, and granted Jaxon's wish Thursday by signing a two-year, $6.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals.

"I know my son's happy," Williams said Friday. "He woke up this morning and said, 'Daddy, where are we playing?' I told him Washington and he was all smiles. That passed the test. I'm happy about that."

Williams passed the test for the Capitals too.

Washington general manager Brian MacLellan said he thinks Williams, a three-time Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 2014, should be a perfect fit for the Capitals on the ice and in the dressing room.

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