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NHL Free Agency 2013

Maple Leafs' Kadri says 'Deal is fair for both sides'

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 11:37 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri wanted to put an end to what often was contentious contract talk between himself and the team, and he got that wish late Tuesday when the sides agreed to a two-year contract for a reported $5.8 million. The deal allowed Kadri to be on-hand when the Maple Leafs opened training camp Wednesday.

The contract allows Kadri to show that his breakout 2012-13 season was just the start of him emerging as an NHL star. He was second on the Maple Leafs last season with 18 goals and 44 points. He'll have more time to negotiate a longer-term, bigger-money contract in the future, but knew now was time to get back to work.

"The deal is fair for both sides," Kadri told reporters. "It was more difficult than I thought. I'm very relieved I have a contract. It feels good. Just in time.

"I'm just glad to get the deal done and to be back with the guys and back with the organization. At the end of the day, this was the only place that I wanted to play. We made sure we made that happen."

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RFA stalemates impact start of training camp

Wednesday, 09.11.2013 / 9:00 AM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Restricted fre agents are making headlines in various markets across the NHL.

Important pieces to the puzzle for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers were not in attendance for physicals or the first official practices as training camps started opening Wednesday because of ongoing contract negotiations that could have been taken care of this summer.

The Maple Leafs and Nazem Kadri settled their negotiation late Tuesday night when the center signed a two-year contract worth a reported $5.8 million, but there are still four notable players who have been unable to come to terms on a new contract with their respective teams and remain restricted free agents.

Here's who they are (in alphabetical order) and some background on why they may not report to training camp on time:

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GM says Pietrangelo 'is going to be a St. Louis Blue'

Wednesday, 09.04.2013 / 5:26 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- St. Louis Blues president of hockey operations Doug Armstrong wants the NHL  to know that even though cornerstone defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is without a contract right now, he will have one here in the very near future.

How soon it happens it the only question remaining.

An even clearer message was given by Armstrong on the day the Blues announced his new job title.

"We've kept enough [salary] cap space to address any team that thinks that they can poach him from us; that won't happen," Armstrong said. "He'll be a St. Louis Blue whether it's this weekend, two weeks, two months, a year from now. Time will tell, but we hope to get him done as quick as possible."

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Maple Leafs' RFAs Kadri, Franson remain unsigned

Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 6:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Restricted free agents Nazem Kadri and Cody Franson showed up at the Toronto Maple Leafs' annual charity golf classic Tuesday despite not having a contract for the upcoming season.

They will not be participating in training camp next week if they remain unsigned, Maple Leafs vice president of hockey operations Dave Poulin told reporters at RattleSnake Point Golf Club in Milton, Ontario.

"They've been issued training-camp invitations," Poulin told reporters, according to the Toronto Star. "If they're not signed by the start of camp, obviously they won't be at camp. From that point on, we're not talking about it. We won't talk about players who aren't at camp, only players who are at camp."

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Penguins sign Kostopoulos to minor-league contract

Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 2:41 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Tom Kostopoulos has signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The deal, announced by the AHL team, marks Kostopoulos' third stint with the franchise. He was drafted by the Penguins in the seventh round (No. 204) in 1999 and made his NHL debut with Pittsburgh in 2001-02. He returned to the organization last season when he signed a one-year contract but never suited up for the Penguins after getting claimed by New Jersey Devils while on waivers.

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Latendresse to attend Coyotes training camp

Tuesday, 09.03.2013 / 2:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Free-agent forward Guillaume Latendresse, who spent last season with the Ottawa Senators, has been invited to Phoenix Coyotes training camp, according to assistant general manager Brad Treliving.

Latendresse, 26, had six goals and 10 points in 27 games with the Senators in 2012-13.

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Selanne returning to Ducks for 2013-14 season

Friday, 08.30.2013 / 6:20 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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After watching video of Teemu Selanne's golf game, it's easy to see why he is staying active in the NHL.

In a humorous clip posted on the Anaheim Ducks' website Friday, a frustrated Selanne is seen throwing his golf bag in the water, then swimming after it to retrieve a cell phone. He calls Ducks general manager Bob Murray to let him know he is returning to the team for the 2013-14 season, his 21st in the NHL.

In the video, Selanne said, "I'm coming back. This is it. This is my final one."

"I think it's good for people to know it will be the last one," Selanne said in a conference call Friday. "I haven't said that officially before, and it will be easier for me to take advantage of every day and enjoy. I think it's good for everybody, my family too. They've asked questions over the years, and now it's a very clear situation."

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Flames sign Begin to minor-league contract

Wednesday, 08.28.2013 / 2:30 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Steve Begin, who played 36 games with the Calgary Flames last season, signed a one-year contract  Wednesday with the Abbotsford Heat, the Flames' American Hockey League team. Financial terms were not released.

Begin, 35, earned a contract with the Flames as a non-roster invitee to training camp, then had four goals, four assists and a minus-2 rating in 36 games last season.

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Devils re-sign Henrique to multi-year contract

Monday, 08.26.2013 / 12:11 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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The New Jersey Devils have an important piece of their future back in the fold with the announcement Monday that restricted free agent Adam Henrique has signed a new multiyear contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team, but media reports indicate it's for six years and $24 million.

Henrique, 23, scored 11 goals in 42 games last season.

"It was an exciting day," Henrique told The (Bergen) Record's Tom Gulitti. "My family and I are excited about it. It's something you've been working for for a long time. I'm extremely happy with what the deal is and how things are looking going forward."

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Grabovski happy with marriage to Capitals

Friday, 08.23.2013 / 7:55 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

At the end of June, Mikhail Grabovski was one week away from his wedding and had four years remaining on the contract he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2012.

Mikhail Grabovski
Center - WSH
GOALS: 0 | ASST: 2 | PTS: 2
SOG: 16 | +/-: -10
What a difference a summer makes.

The Maple Leafs used a compliance buyout on Grabovski on July 4, abruptly ending his tenure with Toronto and making him a free agent one day before he was scheduled to walk down the aisle. It took seven weeks for the newlywed/scoring center to find a new team, but he expressed his excitement Friday at the one-year, $3 million contract he signed with the Washington Capitals.

"I like the system, it's an offensive team. I just wanted a team who really wants me," Grabovski said in a conference call. "The general manager and coach really wanted me. They like how I play, so I chose Washington. I think I can help them."

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