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Top restricted free agents present unique challenges

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

While very few restricted free agents have changed teams in the NHL's salary-cap era, how teams negotiate contracts for their young talent is a huge part of constructing a roster in the long term.

Whether the player is negotiating his second or third contract can have an effect on the money involved. The tweaks to the Collective Bargaining Agreement before the 2012-13 season could also have an impact on negotiations.

There are a lot of talented players who could command significant money this summer. Here's a look at some of the most interesting RFAs who need a new contract this offseason.

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No consensus on No. 1 pick as NHL Draft approaches

Thursday, 06.26.2014 / 12:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Scouts who have spent the last year evaluating the prospects for the 2014 NHL Draft can agree on one thing: This year's class is one of the most difficult in recent memory to evaluate.

That difficulty starts at the top, where with less than 48 hours to go before the start of the draft Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS), there's no consensus as to who will be the first player picked.

Unlike previous years, where Sidney Crosby (2005), Steven Stamkos (2008), John Tavares (2009) and Taylor Hall (2010) were clear-cut top choices, this year's No. 1 selection won't be known until Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon steps to the podium at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia -- assuming he hasn't traded the pick.

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Lightning re-sign forward J.T. Brown

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 8:38 PM / News

NHL.com

The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday re-signed forward J.T. Brown to a two-year, one-way contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Brown, signed by the Lightning as an undrafted free agent on March 28, 2012, played 63 games with Tampa Bay this season, scoring four goals and finishing with 19 points in 13:02 in ice time per game. He ranked fourth among Tampa Bay rookies in assists (15) and points. Brown also played in all four of the Lightning's Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2014, contributing two assists and averaging 14:59 of ice time.

The 23-year-old Rosemount, Minn., native has played in 68 NHL games, all with Tampa Bay, with four goals and 20 points. He joined the Lightning after scoring 40 goals and 84 points in 81 games during two seasons at Minnesota-Duluth; he was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2011 NCAA Frozen Four after leading the Bulldogs to the national championship.

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Capitals hire Todd Reirden as assistant coach

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:28 PM / News

NHL.com

The Washington Capitals on Wednesday hired Todd Reirden as an assistant to new coach Barry Trotz.

Rierden, 43, joins Washington after spending the past four seasons working as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins under Dan Bylsma, who was fired earlier this month. Reirden and fellow Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato were let go when the Penguins hired Mike Johnston as Byslma's replacement earlier Wednesday.

During his time with Pittsburgh, Reirden primarily worked with the Penguins' defensemen and power play.


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Kings sign forward Gaborik to seven-year contract

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:43 PM / News

NHL.com

The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday signed forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the average annual value is $4.875 million, according to multiple sources.

The contract brings to a close a remarkable stretch in Gaborik's career that began when he was acquired by the Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. Coming off his second deadline-day trade in the past year, Gaborik found his stride in Los Angeles, scoring a League-high 14 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and leading the Kings to their second Stanley Cup championship in the past three seasons.

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Penguins name Mike Johnston new coach

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 2:24 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their nearly three weeks without a coach by appointing former Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston to the position Wednesday.

Johnston, whose NHL experience comes from his time as assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08, had been coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Winterhawks for the past six seasons.

Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired June 6.

"As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions," Johnston said. "And certainly I've been in the National Hockey League before as an associate coach, but to coach at this level is something I've aspired to do. It's been my goal, it's been my dream and I'm really thrilled to be standing here today.

"When I first started coaching, I coached in a small college in Alberta and four years into my job, I sent a letter to several NHL general managers and I said, 'I've been coaching for four years now … and I'm ready to coach in the NHL.' Just keep it in mind."

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Lightning use compliance buyout on forward Malone

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:43 AM / News

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday used the second of their two compliance buyouts on forward Ryan Malone.

Malone, 34, had one year at $2.5 million remaining on a seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2008-09 season.

Malone scored 20 or more goals in three of his first four seasons with the Lightning, but was limited to 11 goals in 81 games over the past two seasons.

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Oilers acquire Nikitin from Blue Jackets for draft pick

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:30 AM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday traded defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Nikitin, 28, then agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers; media reports indicate the deal is worth $9 million, with an average annual value of $4.5 million.

He had two goals and 15 points in 66 regular-season games for the Blue Jackets and was scoreless in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Lightning sign Callahan to six-year contract

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:26 AM / News

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday signed forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple media reports it's for $34.8 million, or an average annual value of $5.8 million. Callahan also reportedly receives a no-trade clause for the first four years of the contract.

"I couldn't be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career," Callahan said. "Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be."

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Team-by-team draft needs: Pacific Division

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Pacific Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia.

The first round of the draft commences Friday at 7 p.m. ET (NBCSN, TSN). Rounds 2-7 will be held Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. ET (NHLN-US, NHLN-CA).

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