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Holtby, Capitals may be headed for arbitration: report

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 2:44 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Saturday he believes he's made a fair offer to restricted free agent goalie Braden Holtby and is prepared to go to arbitration if necessary, according to The Washington Post.

Holtby, who turns 26 on Sept. 16, was 41-20-10 with a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts last season. The Capitals reportedly offered a contract in the mid-$5 million range annually; the Post reported Holtby is seeking about $1 million more per season.

He made $2 million last season. An arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 23.

"I think we've made an aggressive offer with Holtby, hoping to get it done sooner than later," MacLellan said. "I like what we've offered. We've offered a term deal with a good salary. The total dollars is pretty significant. Unfortunately, I guess you play it out. If you've got to go to [arbitration], you've got to go to [arbitration]. It's part of the process."

Sharp prepares for next chapter with Stars

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 2:22 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp's list of accomplishments over 10 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks is impressive.

A key contributor on three Stanley Cup championship teams, including last season, a four-time 30-goal scorer, and 2011 NHL All-Star Game MVP are some of his more pertinent bullet points.

However, all good things must come to an end and on Friday, Sharp, 33, and defenseman Stephen Johns were traded to the Dallas Stars for defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

"I built a home in Chicago and built a family there. It's going to be an emotional time, but I think my wife and I are excited about the new chapter in our career and our life," Sharp said Saturday. "We consider ourselves very lucky to go into an organization like the Stars have."

Hayes brothers raise money for ALS research

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 1:03 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- Brothers Jimmy and Kevin Hayes got their first chance in a while to be teammates and used it to help raise money for a charity close to the heart of their alma mater Friday.

Jimmy Hayes, who was recently traded from the Florida Panthers to the Boston Bruins, and Kevin Hayes, who was a rookie with the New York Rangers last season, were part of a Boston College alumni team that played a group of Boston University alums in the Comm Ave. Classic at Walter Brown Arena.

The first edition of the game drew more than 5,000 people to the BU campus and raised more than $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS.

Waterboy, Phaneuf reunite with Maple Leafs: report

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 10:27 AM / Prospects

NHL.com

If defenseman Andrew Nielsen makes the Toronto Maple Leafs roster one day and gets to skate alongside Dion Phaneuf, it won't be the first time they'll be co-workers.

Nielsen, the Maple Leafs' third-round pick (No. 65) at the 2015 NHL Draft, was the waterboy for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League from 2003-05. Phaneuf was a top defenseman for Red Deer at the time.

"It was pretty cool to idolize him, watch what he did best and see him grow as a person," Nielsen told the Toronto Sun during Maple Leafs development camp this week. "I tried to take in as much as I could from him.

"He hasn't called me yet, but the trainer I work out with still keeps in contact with him and texted congratulations. I'd go to Flames games in Calgary when I was younger, where he'd give a puck or whatever. I've not talked to him for a long time, but I'm sure we'll hook up at training camp."

Flames' Bennett knows he has to prove himself

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Following a roller-coaster season that began with major surgery and ended with a high-pressure audition in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Sam Bennett maintains he took the entire process in stride.

The Calgary Flames' 19-year-old prospect is so insistent that the ride that saw him go from training-camp hopeful to sidelined for five months by shoulder surgery to junior standout to playoff hero -- all in the span of a single season -- hasn't elevated his expectations of what's to come in the least.

"It's been a crazy year," Bennett said during Flames development camp. "At some points it was really tough on me, and other points it was the best time of my life. It was a crazy year, but I was really happy with the way it turned out.

Adding size weighty issue for Jets' Ehlers, Morrissey

Saturday, 07.11.2015 / 3:00 AM / Prospects

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have never strayed from their emphasis on youth and player development since general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff's arrival in 2011.

The potential rewards of Cheveldayoff's patience, including recent NHL Draft first-round picks in left wing Nikolaj Ehlers and defenseman Joshua Morrissey, headlined the Jets' annual development camp this week.

The next stage of development for Ehlers and Morrissey will involve more time in the workout room this summer.

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."

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