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Sabres' big defensemen set to compete for jobs

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- If there's a position battle to keep an eye on in training camp for the Buffalo Sabres, it's defenseman.

Sabres development camp boasted a roster that featured four defensemen who played in the NHL last season, three first-round picks. Mark Pysyk, Buffalo's first-round pick in 2010, and 2013 first-round picks Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita Zadorov joined 2012 second-round selection Jake McCabe as the headline players.

The four will challenge for spots in the NHL this season, but at development camp they were there to measure up against each other, and it set the table for what's to come in September.

Experienced players Tyler Myers and newly acquired Josh Gorges are likely the two sure bets to have spots in the Sabres lineup this season. After that, competition figures to be intense between the four young players at development camp, as well as established Sabres Mike Weber, Chad Ruhwedel, and free-agent signings Andrej Meszaros and Tyson Strachan.

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Flames sign center Colborne to two-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:29 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Center Joe Colborne signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames, the team announced, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 1. Financial terms were not disclosed, but TSN reports it is worth $1.275 million annually.

"There's no real rush. We didn't need to force our way through it," Colborne told the Flames website. "We took our time and I think it ended up being a pretty fair deal for both sides."

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Zuccarello, Rangers agree on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 7:06 PM / News

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Forward Mats Zuccarello has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is worth $3.5 million according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Zuccarello, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing July 25.

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Dubas, 28, took fast track to Maple Leafs front office

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 6:43 PM / NHL Insider

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Kyle Dubas combined hard work and innovative ideas to become hockey's youngest agent and the Ontario Hockey League's second-youngest general manager. The Toronto Maple Leafs have reshaped their organization by making him the youngest member of their front office.

Hiring Dubas as assistant general manager is a bold decision by one of hockey's most storied franchises, especially considering Dubas' previous front-office experience was serving as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhound for the past three seasons.

The 28-year-old got the job Tuesday, the same day the Maple Leafs dropped vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle, who combined for 1,340 NHL games played and more than two decades of coaching and front-office experience. But the Maple Leafs believe they've hired one of hockey's brightest young minds.


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Roussel, Stars agree to four-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 5:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward Antoine Roussel and the Dallas Stars agreed to a four-year contract Tuesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing just before it was scheduled to start. The team said the deal is worth $8 million, an average annual value of $2 million.

Roussel, 24, had 14 goals and 29 points in 81 games last season and was third in the NHL with 209 penalty minutes. He had three assists and 27 penalty minutes in six Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Booth signs one-year contract with Maple Leafs

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 4:05 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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Forward David Booth signed a one-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed, but James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail reports Booth will earn $1.1 million.

Booth, 29, received a compliance buyout from the Vancouver Canucks in June. He had nine goals and 19 points in 66 games last season and had one year at $4.75 million remaining on a six-year contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 season while with the Florida Panthers.

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Canucks sign forwards Archibald, DeFazio

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:51 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Vancouver Canucks signed forwards Darren Archibald and Brandon DeFazio, the team announced Tuesday. Terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

Archibald, 24, had one goal and three points in 16 games last season in his NHL debut. He had 10 goals and 22 points in 59 games for the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League.

DeFazio, 25, had 17 goals, 34 points and 106 penalty minutes in 76 games with the Comets.

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Four new Oilers see great promise in Edmonton

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:31 PM / NHL Insider

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Four of the Edmonton Oilers' offseason acquisitions are getting familiar with their new playing environment.

Defensemen Keith Aulie and Mark Fayne, and forwards Benoit Pouliot and Teddy Purcell, are here this week doing some reconnaissance work.

While in town they plan on doing a little house hunting.

"We've been pretty busy. We're trying to get a feel for the city a little bit," Purcell said. "We've looked at some places, went over to the rink and got to meet some of the staff over there. We had dinner with the coaching staff [Monday] night too. It's been fun. It's been a hectic couple of days, but I think it's nice to get into the city and get a feel for it before coming in blind at training camp."

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Dubas joins Maple Leafs as assistant GM

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

Brendan Shanahan began putting his stamp on the Toronto Maple Leafs by hiring 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager Tuesday.

Dubas spent the past three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League; he used analytics and other advanced metrics to develop systems and construct a roster that helped the Greyhounds go from last place to first place in the Western Division in three years. He did so despite being the league's youngest general manager and the second-youngest in OHL history.

That was enough to attract the interest of Shanahan, who was hired as Maple Leafs president in April.

"I don't really care about someone's age," Shanahan said during a news conference at Air Canada Centre. "He has a work ethic. I'm just looking for talented people, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I realized that this was somebody that was an extreme talent."

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Tide of Pacific stays tilted toward California teams

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 2:52 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The new-look Pacific Division broke into two tiers for the 2013-14: The California teams were on one level and the other four clubs were far off the pace.

Depending on what happens with the curious case of the San Jose Sharks' rebuilding project, it looks like those tiers could be in place again in 2014-15. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks will expect to contend for the Stanley Cup, and the Sharks might be in the group of potential champions if their summer makeover doesn't reach extreme status.

Anaheim and San Jose were one victory away from knocking Los Angeles out of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings return nearly everyone and will be seeking a third NHL title in four seasons.

The other four teams are trying to return to the playoffs. Given the way teams in the Central Division have loaded up, it might be difficult for the Pacific to squeeze a fourth back into the postseason.

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