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Predators sign Volchenkov to one-year contract

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 5:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Anton Volchenkov to a one-year contract worth $1 million, the team announced Monday.

The New Jersey Devils placed Volchenkov on unconditional waivers on June 30 for the purpose of using a compliance buyout on his contract, which had two years left at $4.25 million per season.

"Anton provides a strong veteran presence that will complement our young, talented defensive corps nicely," Predators general manager David Poile said in a statement. "He is a physical, left-handed shooting defenseman who can match up with top-line forwards and effectively kill penalties."

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Ducks' size up front on display at prospect camp

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Anaheim Ducks have left little doubt the type of player they covet at the NHL Draft each year.

Battling for top honors against the likes of the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks in the Pacific Division each season, Ducks general manager Bob Murray has made a habit of choosing big, strong forwards capable of driving the net and giving and taking more than their share of hits over the course of 60 minutes.

Many of those physically fit power forwards were on display at the team's recently completed prospect development camp at The Rinks - Anaheim ICE.

All five picks from the 2014 draft were on display, including Nicolas Ritchie (first round, No. 10), Marcus Pettersson (second round, No. 38), Brandon Montour (second round, No. 55) Matt Berkovitz (fifth round, No. 123) and Ondrej Kase (seventh round, No. 205).

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Blue Jackets sign Tropp to two-year contract

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 2:58 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday signed restricted free agent forward Corey Tropp to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Tropp, 24, had two goals and 11 points in 53 games last season. The Blue Jackets claimed him off waivers from the Buffalo Sabres on Nov. 28. Tropp led Columbus with a plus-11 rating in 44 games after he was acquired.

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Major changes for Penguins, Capitals shake Metro

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 2:56 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The NHL's two biggest superstars play in the Metropolitan Division, and each has witnessed change all around them this offseason.

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has a new coach, a new general manager and six new teammates so far. That's not even mentioning the eight players who left Pittsburgh via a trade or through free agency.

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin also has a new coach, a new general manager and four new teammates so far, including three of Crosby's former teammates and two defensemen he used to battle against.

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Spezza 'just a piece' to Stars' championship puzzle

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 1:17 PM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Jason Spezza has only been a member of the Dallas Stars organization for about a week, but the veteran center already feels he will be a great fit with his new employer.

"I'm just a piece to the puzzle," Spezza said Monday morning during his introductory press conference at American Airlines Center. "You have to be willing to be that in order to win in this League. I think it's a great fit, and to have the young group and some of the young stars they have, you don't see that very often and you hope to kind of grow with the group."

Spezza, 31, was acquired last Tuesday in a trade with the Ottawa Senators that sent young forwards Alex Chiasson, Nicholas Paul and Alexander Guptill to Ottawa for Spezza and forward Ludwig Karlsson.

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As game evolves, Flames' Gaudreau seeking next step

Sunday, 07.06.2014 / 2:40 PM / Prospects

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Johnny Gaudreau's home in Carneys Point, N.J., is littered with hardware.

The 20-year-old Calgary Flames prospect is looking to add one more to the mantle, an ESPY. But as the award nominations and accolades continue to pile up, so too does the expectation that Gaudreau can take the next step and jump into the NHL.

Gaudreau, the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, is among the finalists for the ESPN honor of top male college athlete.

"It's exciting," he said Saturday following the Flames' first on-ice session at their annual development camp. "I'm up there against four pretty talented athletes. It's great to be recognized, and I'm going to be excited to get out there and meet the other guys."

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Jokinen likes what he sees in Laviolette, Predators

Sunday, 07.06.2014 / 12:23 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Nashville Predators' hiring of coach Peter Laviolette and the attraction of playing under his offensive system was enough to lure veteran center Olli Jokinen to the Music City.

Jokinen is familiar with Laviolette's up-tempo offense having frequently competed against his teams throughout his 17-year NHL career. Upon signing a one-year contract worth a reported $2.5 million, he views the new-look Predators as an opportunity to spark new life into his game and can't wait to get going.

"Obviously with the excitement and the passion about the game, and ideas of how he was going to coach this team, that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to come here," Jokinen, 35, told reporters Saturday. "Speaking with him, I got excited. I wanted to start playing tomorrow.

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Canucks re-sign defenseman Christopher Tanev

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 9:42 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

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The Vancouver Canucks have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Christopher Tanev to a one-year contract, the team announced Saturday. Financial details were not disclosed.

Tanev, 24, has spent all four of his NHL seasons with the Canucks, who signed the Toronto native as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He set career highs last season with six goals, 11 assists, 17 points and a plus-12 rating in 64 games.

"He had a good season last year," general manager Jim Benning told the Vancouver Province. "He had a couple of injuries along the way, but he kind of took the next step. He's still a young player.

"We wanted to see another full season, another body of work this next season. ... If he has another good season, then we'll try to lock him up long-term."

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Oilers' pick Draisaitl sizes up his NHL chances

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 9:05 PM / NHL Insider

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On a team with a recent history of No. 1 draft picks, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl said he doesn't feel any less pressure being a No. 3 selection.

"Obviously there is a little bit of pressure as people expect quite a bit from a third overall pick or any first-round pick," Draisaitl told the Oilers website Saturday at development camp. "I think there is a little bit of pressure, but I think for me personally the most important thing is that I just do what I am doing best and just doing what I can control. That is basically just going out there and working as hard as I can and being the best player I can be."

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Analysis: Which goalies signed with right teams

Saturday, 07.05.2014 / 8:37 PM / NHL Free Agency 2014

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- There are comparisons to be made between golfers and goalies because, like a golf swing, the finest details of movement and technique on the ice are broken down and analyzed. Like grooving a golf swing, repetition can be key to consistency for a goaltender searching for his most efficient, effective style.

Are there any comparisons to be made between signing an NHL goaltender and picking a winner on the PGA Tour? In golf, we often hear about "horses for courses," or choosing a player based on how a specific course fits his strengths and weaknesses. The same can apply to picking a goalie.

Not every team leans as heavily on its goaltending coach to help choose its personnel; many that do will get an opinion that factors in the system a team plays and how it defends. Finding a good fit between a goaltender and his team's style is important.

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Just the feel for the direction they were headed and what they're trying to do, it just felt that this is a really good thing for this organization. They've got the pieces. We can put something together and go on a run or two and be together for a while, and I'm really excited about that opportunity. The team we have here has an opportunity to win, and that's the most attractive thing.

— Washington defenseman Matt Niskanen on why he decided to sign with the Capitals