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Kreider, Rangers agree to two-year contract

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 10:50 AM / News


Forward Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers avoided a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing Wednesday to a two-year contract.

The contract reportedly is worth $2.35 million for the 2014-15 season and $2.6 million in 2015-16.

Kreider had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

The 23-year-old had career highs of 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games last season, and five goals and 13 points in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


O'Reilly, Avalanche agree to two-year contract: report

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 10:08 AM / News


Center Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Darren Dreger of TSN reports the contract is for $12 million, with O'Reilly being paid $5.8 million 2014-15 and $6.2 million in 2015-16.

The sides had an arbitration hearing scheduled for later Wednesday.

O'Reilly, 23, had a team-best 28 goals last season and set career-highs in goals and points (64). He also was a finalist for the Lady Byng Trophy after being assessed two penalty minutes while playing 80 games.


Paek to coach South Korea national team

Wednesday, 07.23.2014 / 9:33 AM / News


Former NHL defenseman Jim Paek on Wednesday was named coach of the South Korea men's national team in its quest to play in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.

Paek, 47, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and became the first Korean player to make the NHL and win the Stanley Cup.

"The idea of coaching the national team in the Olympics is one of my dreams. I've always wanted to help develop Korean hockey," Paek said via the International Ice Hockey Federation website. "I've returned to Korea many times to run hockey schools and coached Korean teams travelling to Canada. What a great opportunity I have now."


Zuccarello, Rangers agree on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 7:06 PM / News


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.


Dubas joins Maple Leafs as assistant GM

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:14 PM / News


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."


Gibbons says Blue Jackets were 'a good fit'

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:53 AM / News


Brian Gibbons must have left quite an impression on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The speedy forward scored a pair of first-period goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against Columbus. When Gibbons became a free agent on July 1, the Blue Jackets wasted little time in signing him.

Gibbons, 26, made his NHL debut with the Penguins last season, finishing with five goals, 17 points and a plus-5 rating in 41 games, during which he averaged 11:56 of ice time. He also had two goals and an assist in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Blues' Gunnarsson on track to return after hip surgery

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:06 AM / News


Carl Gunnarsson
Defense - STL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 17
SOG: 48 | +/-: 12
Carl Gunnarsson, the St. Louis Blues' newest defenseman, is dealing with the aftermath of offseason hip surgery but said he plans to be back on the ice next month.

"I'm on schedule," he told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week during an interview from Sweden. "I'm just going to be patient with skating and wait a couple of extra weeks. We'll have the best setup for me over there, with the trainer and the strength coach there to assist me."

Gunnarsson was acquired by the Blues from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 28, the second day of the NHL Draft, in a trade for defenseman Roman Polak. It came about two months after Gunnarsson had surgery on his left hip to repair a labrum tear and help fix a condition he's had since birth.


Prosser, Welsh agree to contracts with Blues

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 5:56 PM / News


Defenseman Nate Prosser and the St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday via Twitter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Prosser, 28, had two goals and eight points in 53 games for the Minnesota Wild last season. He was scoreless in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Canadiens sign first-round pick Nikita Scherbak

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 2:43 PM / News


The Montreal Canadiens on Monday signed 2014 first-round pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year, entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Scherbak had team-high totals of 28 goals, 50 assists and 78 points in 65 regular-season games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14. He led all WHL rookies in scoring by a margin of 19 points.

Scherbak played for Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, his first time on the international stage while representing his country. He also participated in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.


Slovakia exhibition games to honor Demitra's legacy

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 2:43 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pavol Demitra will be honored in a series of charity exhibition games in Slovakia next month, almost three years after he and 43 other passengers died in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.

A group of Slovakian All-Stars and alumni from the St. Louis Blues will participate in three games to raise money for grass-roots hockey in Slovakia. The first game will take place Aug. 20 in Poprad, to be followed on Aug. 22 in Trencin and Aug. 23 in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Slovakian legend Anton Stastny is one of the players participating in the game, as are former Blues players Kelly Chase, Lubos Bartecko, Scott Young, Jamal Mayers, Marc Bergevin, Bernie Federko and Tyson Nash. Almost all the Blues players participating played at some point with Demitra, who played eight seasons in St. Louis from 1996 to 2004.

"[Demitra] just got along with everyone. He came in a room and he didn't have to say much, but people liked him and he always took time for everyone in his own way," Chase said. "You go to talk to these guys and everyone says the same thing. This guy was just solid. We just had a real liking for him because he had a great personality. You want to be around a guy like that because he was good to everyone."

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Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp