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Blackhawks, Leighton agree on one-year contract

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 5:29 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Michael Leighton had to clear his name before he could begin to embark on what he hopes is a journey back to the NHL in his second stint with the Chicago Blackhawks.

He does not know who picked up the puck that Patrick Kane used to beat him for the Stanley Cup-clinching overtime goal in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final; he does not know who has the puck now, or where it might be; and he never wants to see the puck again.

"I've heard there's a lot of controversy about it," Leighton said. "I don't know where the puck is. I've been asked many times. The last I saw it was under the net. I lifted the net up and kicked it. I know the referee or linesman was beside me and that was it. That was really the last thing on my mind, finding where that puck was."

Leighton expects to hear more about the missing puck and Kane's Cup-winning goal next month, when he arrives for training camp with the Blackhawks.


Buffalo to host 2015, 2016 NHL Combine

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 4:51 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- Colin Campbell, NHL senior executive vice president of hockey operations, announced Monday the annual NHL Combine will take place in Buffalo in 2015 and 2016 at First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres, and the soon-to-be completed HarborCenter.

"We've been working on this announcement for a couple of years," Campbell said. "[Sabres President] Ted Black and myself had a conversation at least two years ago now regarding bringing our combine to Buffalo. I had a discussion with our director of scouting, Danny Marr, and it just seemed like a natural fit with what Terry and Kim Pegula are doing now with this location. It's certainly opening up the eyes of the people in the National Hockey League, and I think it's a natural fit to bring our National Hockey League Combine here."

The annual event, held in Toronto since 1999, is overseen by NHL Central Scouting. It brings approximately 100 top prospects for the NHL draft into one place for interviews with NHL teams, and medical and physical testing. The 2014 combine featured 119 prospects taking part in five days of interviews and medical exams held at the Westin Bristol Place hotel, followed by fitness testing nearby at The International Centre.

Campbell said the bidding process to host the event was opened to all NHL teams, and the finalists were the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sabres. HarborCenter, which will open in the fall adjacent to First Niagara Center, gave Buffalo the edge.


Nylander signs entry-level contract with Maple Leafs

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 4:08 PM / News


William Nylander, the eighth pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, signed an entry-level contract Monday with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team announced. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis said. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

Nylander, 18, was named the Maple Leafs' top prospect by NHL.com.

"He's a dynamic player with a high-end skill set," Maple Leafs director of player development Jim Hughes said. "His edges, his explosion, his acceleration, along with his hand speed. He's a really talented kid. During the prospect camp week we got the opportunity to know him as a person. He's very detailed, he's very motivated. And he's a wonderful kid that's been parented correctly. He's an impressive hockey player, but he's an impressive person as well."


Blue Jackets prospect Milano to play in OHL

Monday, 08.18.2014 / 12:07 PM / News


Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick (No. 16) at the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, backing out of a commitment to Boston College.

Milano released a statement to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday through his agent that said it was a decision he had been going over since being drafted.

"After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with [Boston College] Coach [Jerry] York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers this season," Milano wrote. "I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player's path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision."


Blackhawks let draft pick Hayes become free agent

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 11:59 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks and prospect Kevin Hayes did not come to a contract agreement by the NHL deadline Friday and the 22-year-old forward is now an unrestricted free agent.

"We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month."

Under rules in the collective bargaining agreement, Chicago will receive the 54th pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.


Penguins' Crosby pleased with how wrist has healed

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 6:59 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby said Friday he is pleased with the way his injured right wrist has responded to treatment.

"It's good," Crosby told The Associated Press in Estero, Fla., where he has been working out. "You want to see how things progress throughout the summer once you start skating and get back to that regular routine. You want to see how it reacts, so I'm happy with the way it's gone."


Harding, Backstrom will be ready for Wild: report

Friday, 08.15.2014 / 8:50 AM / News


Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are healthy and will be ready for training camp and the start of the regular season, general manager Chuck Fletcher told the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune on Thursday.

"Everything's a go with both goalies," Fletcher told reporter Michael Russo. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season is feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training-camp medicals."

Harding played his final game of last season Dec. 31 and then was sidelined by complications related to multiple sclerosis. Backstrom last played Jan. 30 and had surgery to repair an abdominal injury March 25.


Flames' Hiller '100 percent' after appendicitis: report

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 10:03 PM / News


Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller is fully recovered after having an appendicitis attack in July.

"I talked to him the other day and he's back, 100 percent, skating, working out," Flames general manager Brad Treliving told the Calgary Herald on Thursday. "He's been back in his routine, fully functional, and no issues."

Hiller, who had the attack while training in his native Switzerland, had an arthroscopic procedure in mid-July.


Red Wings GM Holland signs four-year contract

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 11:48 AM / News


General manager Ken Holland has signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday.

"I've been here a long time and very proud, very happy to be a Red Wing," Holland told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. "I work for, I believe, the best owners in the NHL; passionate, committed. It's nice to know that ownership has confidence in me to continue to lead going forward."

Holland, 58, has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons. He's been at the helm for three Stanley Cup championships (1998, 2002 and 2008) and the team has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season.


Maple Leafs name Kennedy first to Legends Row

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 10:00 AM / News


The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted Kennedy will be the first of three players to be honored with a statue in Legends Row.

Legends Row will be in Maple Leaf Square, outside Gate 5 at Air Canada Centre. Two other initial honorees will be named during the Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Fest, which starts Sept. 6.

"In addition to our focus on building a winning team for today and the future, there is an important responsibility to celebrate our team's history and to create opportunities for a strong connection between our fans and that tradition," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "Legends Row will be a fitting tribute that honors many of the greatest players to ever wear the Maple Leaf while giving our fans the chance to feel a part of that history. We are thrilled to include Ted Kennedy, a player who always gave everything he had to his team, and two other Leaf greats, as the first three players to be recognized."

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