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Sabres scrimmage draws 17,000 to see Eichel

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 11:53 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The building blocks of the Buffalo Sabres future were on display at the annual Blue & Gold scrimmage Friday.

The Blue team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, Sam Reinhart, defeated the Gold team, led by the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, Jack Eichel, 5-2 in front of 17,115 fans at First Niagara Center.

Eichel's first appearance for the Sabres in front of the fans in Buffalo came with a lot of attention. Eichel was drafted behind Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid after a season when they were the top two prospects. Eichel didn't score and did not have an assist Friday, but from the moment he took the ice, and throughout the game, he was the center of attention.

"It was good to get out there and play a game," said Eichel, whose Boston University season ended April 11 when it lost to Providence College in the NCAA championship. "It's a tough game to play. I feel like I've been bouncing around everywhere lately. I haven't been able to settle into a groove of training and skating. I haven't been on the ice as much as I wanted.

"There were good things; there were things I want to get better. Overall it was a great experience to play in front of the fans and wear that jersey for the first time in a game. It was a great experience."

Toews on Blackhakws' run: 'We're not done yet'

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 9:23 PM / News

NHL.com

Jonathan Toews helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons last month, and despite more roster changes, he's not worried about the Blackhawks continuing their recent success.

"Honestly, I think a lot of people are doubting us now, because we're going to lose some key players, but we keep finding ways to rebound," Toews told the Winnipeg Sun on Thursday.

"Whether it's this year or down the road, we have that culture and we have that identity, that belief in our room. There's no doubt and we're not done yet."

Coyotes sign Scott to one-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 5:55 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 32-year-old Scott recorded 3-1-4 and 87 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the San Jose Sharks last season.

Canadiens' Pacioretty injured, recovery til October

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 5:07 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty injured his knee during an off-ice workout Thursday and his recovery is expected to take 12 weeks, the team announced Friday.

The Canadiens open their season at the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 7, a few days past that 12-week timetable.

Pacioretty led Montreal with 37 goals and a career-high 67 points last season. He has scored at least 30 goals in each of the past three full NHL seasons.

NHL training camps open in mid-September, and the 12-week recovery timeline would suggest Pacioretty won't be ready in time for the start of Canadiens camp. That may impact how prepared he will be for the regular season. The exact injury, which occurred in Florida, was not revealed, nor if he required surgery.

Pacioretty, 26, has an established history of recovering more quickly than originally estimated.

AHL announces rule changes for 2015-16 season

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 4:13 PM / News

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

The American Hockey League on Friday announced rule changes approved by the league's Board of Governors for the 2015-16 season.

Among them, each team will play 76 games, except the five California teams in the new Pacific Division (Bakersfield Condors, Ontario Reign, San Diego Gulls, San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat), who will play 68 games. The Texas Stars and San Antonio Rampage, the other teams in the Pacific Division, will play 76 games.

Because of the unbalanced schedule, teams will qualify for the Calder Cup Playoffs based on points percentage, with the top four teams in each of the four divisions qualifying for the postseason. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss.

The AHL will also change its playoff format this season.

Ducks sign McGrattan to one-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 3:38 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

AnaheimDucks.com

The Ducks announced have signed right wing Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

McGrattan, 33 (9/2/81), has appeared in 317 career NHL games with Ottawa, Phoenix, Calgary and Nashville, collecting 10-17=27 points with 609 penalty minutes (PIM). A native of Hamilton, Ontario, McGrattan set numerous career highs with Calgary in 2013-14, including goals (4), assists (4), points (8), shots on net (79) and games played (76). He was originally acquired by Anaheim on Feb. 27, 2011 with defenseman Sean Zimmerman from Boston in exchange for center Stefan Chaput and right wing David Laliberte. McGrattan played 20 games with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) that season, recording 6-4=10 points with an even plus/minus rating and 56 PIM with Syracuse.

Red Wings, Nyquist agree to four-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 2:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with right wing Gustav Nyquist on a four-year contract, the team announced Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported the contract to be worth $19 million.

"We're very happy to have Gustav locked up for four more years," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. "He's quickly become an important part of our team, and is a critical piece to the Red Wings' future. He is just now entering the prime of his career."

Kruger expects to re-sign with Blackhawks: report

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 2:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger said he expects to return to the Chicago Blackhawks this season and is waiting for them to clear salary-cap space before signing a contract, ESPN Chicago reported.

Kruger was given a qualifying offer but has been negotiating with the Blackhawks for a few weeks. Chicago would like to free up cap space to sign Kruger to a long-term contract, it was reported Friday.

Williams eager to play with 'pit bull' Oshie on Capitals

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 1:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals forwards Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie have seen a lot of each other over the years.

Oshie and Williams met often as Western Conference opponents with their former teams, the St. Louis Blues and the Los Angeles Kings. When they meet for the first time as teammates, Williams will have a little something to say to Oshie.

"I've played a lot against him," Williams said Friday. "We've played a couple playoff series together, that I'll remind him I ended up on top."

Jets agree to terms with Postma on two-year contract

Friday, 07.10.2015 / 1:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets announced today they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenceman Paul Postma on a new two-year contract worth an AAV of $887,500.

Postma, 26, appeared in 42 games this past season with the Jets, recording two goals, four assists and 16 penalty minutes. Postma has played in 100 NHL games over five seasons, all for the Winnipeg Jets franchise. In total, he has recorded 18 total points (7G, 11A) and 30 PIM.

The Red Deer, AB native was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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