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Senators' Hoffman says no negativity from arbitration

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 10:38 PM / News

Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman was awarded a one-year, $2 million contract by an arbitrator in Toronto on Monday.

Hoffman submitted a request for a one-year, $3.4 million contract; the Senators offered a one-year, $1.75 million contract. The hearing was held Friday.

"It is a little bit [difficult], but you know yourself as a player you can evaluate yourself," Hoffman told the Ottawa Sun. "At the same time, I didn't take it too bad. We still have a good relationship with management and everything. I don't think any negativity came from arbitration."

Avalanche, Red Wings alumni to face off outdoors

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings of the late 1990s and early 2000s will reignite their rivalry in an alumni game Feb. 26 at Coors Field in Denver, one day before the 2015-16 Avalanche and Red Wings play outdoors in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.

The alumni game will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

Former Colorado captain Joe Sakic will be joined by fellow Hockey Hall of Fame members Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake and Patrick Roy in the alumni game, according to the Avalanche website.

Playing for the Red Wings alumni will be Brendan Shanahan, forward Igor Larionov and defensemen Chris Chelios and Nicklas Lidstrom.

NHL, Major League Baseball Advanced Media form transformative digital-rights partnership

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- Sitting side-by-side in the NHL's midtown office, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and his counterpart from Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, served perfectly as a symbol of the groundbreaking partnership between two of the most successful sports leagues in the world.

Commissioner Bettman and Commissioner Manfred on Tuesday announced a six-year digital media rights partnership between the NHL and Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the technical arm of Major League Baseball, that is expected to enhance the user experience across the League's digital platforms, including GameCenter Live, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network and

The deal also provides for an equity share for the NHL in a new tech company to be launched by MLBAM.

The launch of the NHL's digital products through the partnership with MLBAM is expected to take place in January. NeuLion, the NHL's current digital partner, will help facilitate the transition to MLBAM.

"It's really all about the fans and giving them the ability to not only continue to connect with the game, in what up until this point had been unprecedented ways, but to look to the future and our ability to create even richer content with even better access," Commissioner Bettman said. "It's transformational, to say the least. We think it's the type of deal that the ever-evolving technology age requires."

Commissioners Bettman, Manfred announce historic media rights partnership between NHL, MLBAM

First-of-Its-kind media partnership will transform the fan experience; NHL & MLBAM to team up to create new digital products & platforms; MLB Network to operate NHL Network in U.S. in state-of-the-art production facility

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 2:45 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League and Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball, today announced a groundbreaking digital media rights partnership. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred jointly announced the six-year agreement at NHL headquarters.

The partnership will transform the fan experience by creating a fully integrated global hub of digital content that encompasses video, live game streaming, social media, fantasy, apps, along with statistical and analytical content. With an emphasis on deeper access into the game and telling the stories of NHL players, MLBAM and the NHL will collaborate on developing new digital products and platforms while enhancing current offerings.

Devils add Noel, Savard to scouting department

Tuesday, 08.04.2015 / 11:10 AM / News

Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today expanded its scouting department by naming Andre Savard and Claude Noel as professional scouts. They join Bob Hoffmeyer on the team's pro scouting staff. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Savard, 61, joins the Devils' organization with more than 27 years of experience in coaching, scouting and management at the National Hockey League level. After a distinguished 12-year playing career, Savard retired following the 1984-85 season as a member of the Quebec Nordiques and joined their front office. Savard worked with the Nordiques for 10 seasons as an assistant coach, a head coach both in the AHL and NHL, a scout and the director of player development.

Bernier 'won't be sour' after arbitration with Leafs

Monday, 08.03.2015 / 7:53 PM / News

Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier was offered a pay cut in arbitration and heard some things he would rather not in the hearing.

On Sunday, he wound up signing a two-year contract reportedly worth $8.3 million.

"There's obviously things they say that you don't want to hear, but at the same time I think you grow from those experiences," Bernier told the Maple Leafs website. "I won't be sour about it. I know it's part of the business."

Capitals' Backstrom expected back for training camp

Monday, 08.03.2015 / 10:52 AM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is progressing well after having arthroscopic hip surgery in late May, general manager Brian MacLellan said Monday.

Backstrom had the surgery May 28 and is expected to be back in time for training camp next month.

"I heard he started skating just recently, so that's a good sign," MacLellan said.

Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik is expected to be ready for opening night after having surgery on his wrist last Tuesday, MacLellan confirmed.

Voracek agrees to multiyear extension with Flyers

Thursday, 07.30.2015 / 8:58 PM / News

Sean McCullen - Staff Writer

Jakub Voracek and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to a multiyear contract extension Thursday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but TSN reports it is for eight years and $66 million, an average annual value of $8.25 million.

"Once the season ends, you start looking at your priorities, and clearly [signing Voracek to an extension] was our No. 1 priority," Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said. "The Jake Voraceks of the world are few and far between, and he’s certainly not a player that we were willing to take the risk of losing."

Voracek, 25, is entering the final year of the contract he signed with the Flyers in July 2012.

"It’s a pleasure to be a part of the organization for hopefully, minimum, nine years, and hopefully we can get that silver Stanley Cup to Philly one day," Voracek said.

Blackhawks to build community training center

Thursday, 07.30.2015 / 3:04 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday they will build a 125,000-square-foot community training center for youth hockey development programs, recreational leagues and other events.

The training center, which will also serve as the practice facility for the Blackhawks and visiting NHL teams, will be located two blocks south of United Center. It is being designed to contain two NHL regulation-size ice rinks, spectator seating and a dedicated oasis parking lot to serve facility guests and buses.

Approximately 94 percent of the proposed facility's utilization will serve the surrounding community, including young adult, youth and community programs that may not have the means to play otherwise.

"Hockey's future is dictated by the ability of kids to get on the ice," Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz said. "For those in urban areas like Chicago, that's an incredible challenge. We want to provide our community the opportunity to learn how to skate and help them develop a love and passion for the sport that has brought so much joy to Chicago and the region these past few years."

Sutter, Canucks close to multiyear contract: report

Thursday, 07.30.2015 / 12:52 PM / News

Center Brandon Sutter is close to agreeing to a multiyear contract with the Vancouver Canucks, according to Sportsnet.

Sutter, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday, could sign for as long as five years with an average annual value of roughly $4.4 million, Elliotte Friedman reported via Twitter. Sutter has one year remaining on his current contract, which has an AAV of $3.3 million, according to

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