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Rangers name defenseman McDonagh captain

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 8:43 PM / News

New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh has been named the 27th captain in franchise history, the team announced Monday.

McDonagh, 25, becomes the fourth-youngest captain in Rangers history, and the 11th defenseman in team history to be named captain. The Rangers are now the second franchise in NHL history to have three consecutive American-born captains (along with the Dallas Stars).

"Ryan McDonagh exemplifies what we want a New York Ranger to be," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. "He has earned the respect of his teammates through his commitment to excellence, both on and off the ice, and the passion with which he plays on a consistent basis. He is the ideal choice to lead our team as its captain."


Flames sign defenseman Diaz to one-year contract

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 7:29 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Raphael Diaz to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Diaz had been with the Flames on a tryout basis. He played 63 games last season between the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and New York Rangers and had two goals and 13 assists.


Johansen, Blue Jackets agree on three-year contract

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 5:25 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen used the phrase "move forward" six times in 10 minutes Monday at a press conference to announce the signing of center Ryan Johansen to a three-year, $12 million contract after protracted negotiations caused the center to miss the Sept. 18 start of training camp.

It was Kekalainen's way of trying to dampen the embers of the sometimes fiery talks between the Blue Jackets and Johansen's agent, Kurt Overhardt.

"I talked to [Johansen] briefly already and basically told him, 'Get your butt over here and let's get to work,'" Kekalainen said. "I wish this all could have been avoided but it was something necessary for us to go through to get the deal done. Now it's done and let's move forward."


Hurricanes' Skinner diagnosed with concussion

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 5:02 PM / News

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner was diagnosed with a concussion Monday, one day after taking a hit from Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in Carolina's 5-2 loss at Verizon Center.

"[Skinner] will continue to be monitored by our team doctors and go through proper protocols in the coming days," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a statement.


Panthers sign O'Brien to one-year contract

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has signed D Shane O'Brien to a one-year, two way contract.

O'Brien, 31, has played in 528 career National Hockey League games for Calgary (2013-2014), Colorado (2011-2013), Nashville (2010-11), Vancouver (2008-2010), Tampa Bay (2007-08) and Anaheim (2006-2007) scoring 13 goals with 78 assists and 911 penalty minutes. He has played in 40 post-season games, registering 5 points (2-3-5).


NHL and Rogers announce media sales partnership

Canadian TV broadcast partner to lead ad sales for NHL digital media assets in Canada

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

TORONTO / NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) and Rogers Communications today announced their media sales venture in which Rogers will lead all Canadian national NHL® media sales across its owned and operated broadcast and digital platforms as well as ad sales for League-owned digital assets in Canada, including and

This joint venture includes display ads on, its French language counterpart and the 30 NHL member club websites, in addition to mobile platforms and video inventory across all digital subsidiaries.


NHL to adopt modification to faceoff circle hash marks

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:15 PM / Rules

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the modification to Rule 1.9 - Face-off Spots and Circles will be implemented for the commencement of the 2014-15 Season. The rule change, which moves the hash marks at the end zone circles from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart, had been tested during the 2014-15 preseason.


Rangers trade opens space for prospect Duclair

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:53 PM / News

The New York Rangers acquired forward Joey Crabb from the Florida Panthers on Monday for defenseman Steven Kampfer and forward Andrew Yogan.

What the Rangers also got in the move was an extra slot to add a contract, which will be 19-year-old left wing Anthony Duclair.

Duclair, a third-round pick (No. 80) at the 2013 NHL Draft, led the Rangers in scoring in the preseason with five points in five games. He could have been returned to his junior team but has forced the Rangers to change plans to keep him on the opening-night roster. The two-for-one trade gave the Rangers some room against the 50-contract limit and allowed them to keep Duclair.


Boychuk, Leddy heighten expectations for Islanders

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 2:11 PM / 2014-2015 Season Preview

Brian Compton - Deputy Managing Editor

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- There was a feeling of optimism on the ice at Nassau Coliseum on Monday, perhaps an ever greater feeling than when the New York Islanders opened training camp less than three weeks ago.

Already expected to vie for a spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, the Islanders bolstered their chances Saturday when they acquired defensemen Johnny Boychuk and Nick Leddy. The newest Islanders practiced for the first time Monday and afterward expressed their excitement of helping New York take that long awaited next step.

"Holy mackerel," Boychuk said as he entered the dressing room after practice to a horde of reporters eager to get his response to the trade that sent two second-round draft picks and a conditional third-round draft pick to the Boston Bruins.

"So far so good," Boychuk said. "It was a nice welcoming. Everybody came up and was friendly, and so far it's been a good transition.

"It was a quick pack, but it's an easy move because it's only a four-hour drive so it wasn't too bad. It'll be a good test for us come Friday [against the Carolina Hurricanes in the season opener]."


NHL unveils new mobile app and Gamecenter Live

Redesigned NHL App offers mobile users seamless navigation and premium content at no additional cost

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 1:00 PM / News

NEW YORK / TORONTO – As anticipation builds for the 2014-15 NHL® season, every aspect of the game will be at the fingertips of hockey fans around the world, courtesy of the newly redesigned, free NHL app available on mobile devices, and the NHL's live cross-platform streaming games service, NHL GameCenter LIVE™. Hockey fans can expect more rich video content, seamless navigation, enhanced social media integrations and improved notifications among the many features that will create a more personalized experience.

The redesigned NHL app also includes a convenient integration for NHL GameCenter LIVE subscribers, which for the first time ever, has multiple camera angles for an enhanced viewing experience.

"When it comes to digital content, we are committed to delivering innovation to our fans based on four key directives – more, better, faster and easier," said NHL Chief Operating Officer John Collins. "The redesign of the NHL app is a direct result of the increasing volume in which fans consume our game on mobile devices. NHL GameCenter LIVE continues to set the standard for live streaming games services. The new NHL app and NHL GameCenter LIVE offer the user experiences hockey fans enjoy most."

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