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Devils goalie Schneider takes BP with Red Sox

Wednesday, 07.29.2015 / 9:51 PM / News

New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider took batting practice at Fenway Park on Wednesday prior to the Boston Red Sox game against the Chicago White Sox.

"I've always said that this is one of my dreams, taking batting practice with the Red Sox," Schneider said.

Crosby, MacKinnon work Tim Hortons drive-thru

Wednesday, 07.29.2015 / 4:52 PM / News

Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon may have found a summer job close to home: working a Tim Hortons drive-thru.

Crosby and MacKinnon -- Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia natives -- greeted customers at the doughnut shop in nearby Dartmouth as part of a commercial shoot.

"Look who served me coffee today at Tim Hortons … Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby!" customer Angie McLeod wrote on Facebook, according to The Chronicle Herald. "They were filming a national commercial today. Keep watching Tim's commercials to see if I make the cut!!"

Devils place forward Zubrus on unconditional waivers

Wednesday, 07.29.2015 / 3:16 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils placed forward Dainius Zubrus on unconditional waivers Wednesday for the purpose of terminating his contract.

Zubrus was due to make $3.1 million in the final year of his contract, according to

"It's always hard. He's been here a number of years and he's been a good contributor," Devils general manager Ray Shero told "He's a big boy. We had a good conversation and said he understands. It's not the easiest part of the business, but these are decisions you sometimes have to make."

Bernier, Maple Leafs $2.21M apart in arbitration: report

Wednesday, 07.29.2015 / 9:48 AM / News

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier, a restricted free agent who is scheduled for an arbitration hearing Friday, has submitted a request for $5.1 million for one year, with the Toronto Maple Leafs offering a one-year, $2.89 million contract, according to Sportsnet.

TSN reports the Maple Leafs' offer is the minimum allowed.

Bernier, 26, went 21-28-7 with a 2.87 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 58 games for the Maple Leafs last season, when he made $3.4 million, according to TSN.

Ryan Smyth considers housing McDavid: report

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 10:46 PM / News

Former NHL forward Ryan Smyth said he hasn't been asked but has considered letting Edmonton Oilers prospect Connor McDavid live with his family this season.

"Haven't been contacted at all (about McDavid) … it's all rumors," Smyth told the Edmonton Journal on Monday. "I haven't put my name forward. It's not that I haven't thought about it though."

Smyth, who played for the Oilers for 15 seasons and retired in 2014, lived with Kelly Buchberger and his wife Carla when he started his NHL career in 1995, the Journal said.

"Three or four months I lived with them," Smyth said. "I babysat for them and they fed me."

Flyers sign forward Couturier to multiyear contract

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 10:12 PM / News

Center Sean Couturier signed a multiyear contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday. Terms were not released, but Sportsnet reported it's for six years and $26 million, an average annual value of $4.33 million.

Couturier, the eighth pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, could have become a restricted free agent after this season.

"It's a great organization, they believe in me," Couturier told "I'm really happy to be there for the next six years. I love the organization, the city. I think the future is bright in Philly. Hopefully we can do some good things during those six years."

Penguins add to forward depth with Bonino, Fehr

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 8:42 PM / News

Wes Crosby - Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins bolstered their bottom-six forward group Tuesday by signing free agent Eric Fehr and acquiring Nick Bonino from the Vancouver Canucks along with defenseman Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft for center Brandon Sutter and a 2016 third-round pick.

Fehr received a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2 million.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said he had discussed a possible trade with Vancouver since about a month before the 2015 NHL Draft.

"The two deals went hand-in-hand so we can add more depth," Rutherford said. "We have enough good players now that guys are going to have to compete for those spots [in training camp] and compete for them all year. If a guy falls off, there's a guy waiting to jump right in there.

"I like the fact that we have enough guys that each guy can push each other."

Capitals defenseman Orpik has wrist surgery

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 8:28 PM / News

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik had surgery on his wrist Tuesday.

"Based on the nature of this procedure, we anticipate Brooks returning to full hockey activities in time for the Capitals' regular-season opener," the Capitals said in a statement. "Brooks will resume full workout activities in approximately two weeks."

Oilers' Talbot excited for chance to be No. 1 goalie

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot spent the past two seasons with the New York Rangers backing up Henrik Lundqvist, knowing full well starts would probably be few and far between.

But with the Rangers up against the NHL salary cap, Talbot was traded to the Oilers on June 27 for the 57th, 79th and 184th picks at the 2015 NHL Draft. Talbot played more last season after Lundqvist sustained a vascular injury.

"Getting to play behind a guy like [Henrik], you learn a lot and you get to see what it takes to be a No. 1 [goalie] in this League," Talbot said Tuesday at the Oilers Hockey School. "I took away a lot from watching him and being able to work with [Rangers goalie coach] Benoit Allaire in New York.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for me here, to be able to come in and work with a good young group of guys and obviously a group that's headed in the right direction. I'm happy to be a part of it."

United States to host '18 World Junior Championship

Tuesday, 07.28.2015 / 3:16 PM / News

The IIHF World Junior Championship will return to the United States for the first time in seven years in 2018.

USA Hockey revealed Tuesday the five cities being considered to host the event: Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Tampa Bay.

The annual tournament, which features 10 countries and many of the NHL's future stars, is traditionally held in late December and early January each year. This year's tournament will be held Dec. 26, 2015, through Jan. 5, 2016, in Helsinki, Finland. The 2017 WJC will be held in Montreal and Toronto.

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