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Kane recalls Taylor Swift nearly costing Blackhawks

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 5:20 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Taylor Swift once caused Patrick Kane to almost give up a goal -- and got him in hot water -- when the Chicago Blackhawks played the Nashville Predators during Kane's rookie season.

Former Blackhawks coach Denis Savard relayed what happened on Feb. 14, 2008 at Bridgestone Arena at last weekend's fan convention.

"I've got a story for you guys about backchecking and not covering your man in your own zone," Savard started off in a video posted by CSN Chicago. "You ready for this one. ...

Flames sign Lance Bouma to three-year contract

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 3:55 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Lance Bouma to a three-year contract.

Bouma, a native of Provost, Alberta, played 78 games with the Flames last season netting 16 goals and adding 18 assists for 34 points along with 54 penalty minutes. After being drafted in the third round of the 2008 NHL Draft, Bouma has played 199 career NHL games with Calgary scoring 22 goals and adding 31 assists for 53 points.

Unmasked: Jones excited for bigger role with Sharks

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 12:22 PM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER – Martin Jones isn't going to do anything different this summer to get ready for the season just because he recently went from being a seldom-used backup goalie with the Los Angeles Kings to a likely No.1 for the San Jose Sharks.

Jones, 25, plans to stick with the same offseason routine that made him one of the more sought-after goalies on a busy trade market and helped to earn the Vancouver native a three-year contract reportedly worth $9 million from the Sharks despite having 34 games of NHL experience.

But Jones' normal summer routine is already notably different than most of his puck-stopping peers in the NHL.

Where many focus on technical tweaks with private goalie coaches and steer clear of the endless breakaways and backdoor tap-ins of shinny in the summer, Jones goes the other way, eschewing goalie-specific ice sessions in favor of more wide-open scrimmages.

"As I've gotten older and my game has evolved, I have gone more away from the technical side, which I guess is a little bit strange to say but it's added a little more depth to my game, for sure," Jones told NHL.com.

Lamoriello timeline highlighted by three Cup wins

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 10:24 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The banners that hang from the ceiling of Prudential Center are there in part because of how Lou Lamoriello ran the New Jersey Devils for 28 years as general manager.

Lamoriello, the longest-serving GM in the NHL, relinquished that position May 4 and hired Ray Shero to replace him. Lamoriello, 72, remained as president of the Devils, but he resigned that position as well Thursday and was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Under Lamoriello's leadership the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 21 times, won nine division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final five times and won the Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Here are some highlights from Lamoriello's tenure with the Devils:

With contract resolved, Predators' Smith raring to go

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 11:15 AM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

Craig Smith is armed with a long-term contract and a desire to build off one of the best seasons in Nashville Predators history.

The 25-year-old center followed up career highs of 24 goals and 52 points two seasons ago with 23 goals and 44 points in 2014-15, and Nashville rewarded him Monday with a five-year, $21.25 million contract shortly after a salary arbitration hearing.

"The Preds wanting to do a five-year [contract] is a testament to their confidence in my ability," Smith told the Predators website Tuesday. "Once you have that as a player, and you know you're wanted, it feels good to hear they think you can produce, but it's also a lot of responsibility. I believe I'm ready to take that on, and I'm excited to go into next year and score goals and win a lot."

Cody Franson speaking with Bruins, other teams

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 3:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Unrestricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson said Tuesday he is in discussions with five or six teams, including the Boston Bruins, but he's not sure when he will sign a contract.

"There are some very interested [teams], but some teams are in cap situations and all the rest that comes with it," Franson during a radio interview with TSN 1040 in Vancouver. "So everything is just kind of slowly rolling, but definitely [we] have some action."

Franson played the past three seasons each on a one-year contract. He said he is looking for a multiyear contract this summer. Last season carried a $3.3 million NHL salary-cap charge.

"Obviously, I'd like to get something a little more than one year," he said. "I'm sick of doing one-year deals. But we're open to all suggestions, really."

Sabres sign Larsson to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:34 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract.

In 2014-15, Larsson (5'11", 206 lbs., 7/25/1992) appeared in a career-high 39 NHL games and recorded 16 points (6+10) as a member of the Sabres. The Lau, Sweden native also played 44 games for the Rochester Americans (AHL), where he led all skaters in points per game by totaling 40 points (15+25) to go along with a team-best plus-12 rating.

Since being acquired by the Sabres in April 2013 from the Minnesota Wild, Larsson has totaled 20 points (6+14) and 31 penalty minutes in 67 NHL games. Since his selection by the Wild in the second round of the 2010 NHL Draft, he also has registered 122 points (46+76) in 164 career AHL games.

Lightning sign forward McGinn to one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 2:21 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

TampaBayLightning.com

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

McGinn, 24, skated in 51 games in the NHL last season, splitting time between the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes, posting two goals and seven points. The Fergus, Ontario native began the 2014-15 season with the Sharks, appearing in 33 games and recorded a goal and five points. After being traded to the Coyotes, McGinn recorded one goal and two points in 18 games.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound forward has played in 87 career NHL games over three seasons, recording nine goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes. McGinn played his first two NHL seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers and set career highs for goals with four during the 2013-14 season. He made his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils on January 22, 2013.

New Maple Leafs goalie coach latest Korn disciple

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 12:00 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Steve Briere knew when he was named the Toronto Maple Leafs new goaltending coach Monday that a lot of people would wonder who he was, and why incoming coach Mike Babcock thought he was ready to make the jump from tier-2 junior to the NHL.

The answers can't be found by looking up Briere's career and noting where or how well he played during eight professional seasons as a goalie. Nor can it be found by scanning the teams Briere has worked for since trading his goalie pads for a coach's whistle.

To better gauge Briere's work the past eight years, you need to scan his rosters in the NCAA, United States Hockey League and North American Hockey League and a list of pupils that includes new Edmonton Oilers No. 1 Cam Talbot and NHL prospects like Zane MacIntyre (Boston Bruins), Rasmus Tirronen (Carolina Hurricanes) and Matej Tomek (Philadelphia Flyers).

Predators sign forward Smith to five-year contract

Monday, 07.20.2015 / 4:22 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

NHL.com

Forward Craig Smith signed a five-year, $21.25 million contract with the Nashville Predators on Monday.

Smith and the Predators had a salary arbitration hearing Monday, then agreed to a contract, according to Sportsnet.

"As evidenced by his back-to-back 20-goal seasons and performance in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs,Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,” Predators president and general manager David Poile said in a statement. "With Craig's durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing the build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons."

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