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Oshie 'excited for my new start' with Capitals

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 9:17 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- When the NHL free agency period started, the Washington Capitals were looking to add a top-six forward. They wound up adding two.

Hours after signing Justin Williams late Wednesday night to a two-year contract, the Capitals on Thursday acquired T.J. Oshie in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

"I'm looking to fit in wherever they think is the best fit for me," Oshie said. "I'm coming in as the new guy and willing to go in there and earn my time and show them what I can do."

Oshie could play alongside two of the NHL's best players, forwards Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

"It would be something I've never experienced before," Oshie said. "I've always played with very good players but never players that have put up numbers like those two guys have. To get out there with them would be amazing. I'd feel like a kid in a candy store playing with that caliber of player."

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Blues alter core group by trading Oshie for Brouwer

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 8:45 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- After a third straight elimination in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the St. Louis Blues understood that despite multiple winning regular seasons, change was on the horizon.

One came Thursday when they traded forward T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

"Hockey trades are hard to make in this League. You don't see many of them," general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday. "This is a team that we have some younger players (Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ty Rattie and Robby Fabbri) that I would like to see take a bigger role moving forward. I think that opens up a little bit of space for that. It brings in a different style of player.

"Obviously we haven't had the success that we've wanted to have, and this isn't a reflection of one player, but you have to make adjustments."

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Canadiens confident Kassian can help offense

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 8:20 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens are willing to give Zack Kassian another chance, and the forward is fully aware it might be is last one.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin acquired the hulking right wing from the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, Montreal's only move on the opening day of free agency in an attempt to address its dire need of scoring up front.

Kassian has always had the potential to provide that kind of offensive punch, which is what led the Buffalo Sabres to take him with the 13th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. But he has yet to prove he can do it in the NHL.

After having been traded for the second time in his career at the age of 24, Kassian said he is grateful for the opportunity the Canadiens are giving him.

"Vancouver was great to me, great organization, great people," Kassian said Thursday. "It's just one of those things, when you're young and you come into the League, you have to find your role and find what you can do. There's a lot of bumps in the road, but I think over the years I've gained a lot of maturity. I'm more than excited to be part of the Canadiens and to have a fresh start and be the player I can be."

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St. Louis' career filled with milestones, awards

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:59 PM / NHL Insider

Kristen Nelson - NHL.com Staff Writer

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

The undrafted forward struggled at the beginning of his career with the Calgary Flames before establishing himself with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis had 391 goals and 642 assists (1,033 points) in 1,134 regular season games in the NHL, and won the Stanley Cup, two Art Ross trophies and three Lady Byng trophies.

Here are some highlights from St. Louis' NHL career:

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Undersized St. Louis always made big impression

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:55 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com 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 NHL.com. "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.

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Defenseman Souray acknowledges last day in NHL

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:01 PM / News

NHL.com

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.

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Kings release statement on Slava Voynov

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 5:27 PM / News

NHL.com

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."

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Kessel excited by 'fresh start' with Penguins

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 5:27 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

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."

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Capitals GM turns attention to re-signing their RFAs

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

Dan Rosen - NHL.com 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.

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

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 4:50 PM / News

NHL.com

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."

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