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Devils part with longtime scout David Conte

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 3:37 PM / News

Newark, NJNew Jersey Devils General Manager Ray Shero today issued the following statement on Executive Vice President, Hockey Operations/Director of Scouting David Conte: "David and I have had numerous discussions regarding his future. Based on our conversations, I believe it is in the best interests of our organization for David to pursue other opportunities and to not renew his contract," said Shero. "I would personally like to thank David Conte for his 31 years of service to the New Jersey Devils organization. His contributions to the success of the hockey operations department have been immense. The search for his successor will begin immediately."

Canadiens sign 2015 top pick Juulsen to contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 1:42 PM / News

Defenseman Noah Juulsen, selected in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2015 NHL Draft, on Thursday signed a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

"It's an amazing feeling," Juulsen said. "Everyone wants to have that opportunity but not everyone does. I'm just lucky enough to have that opportunity."

Stars sign defenseman Oleksiak to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 11:34 AM / News

The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jamie Oleksiak to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported its value at $875,000.

"Jamie is a young player with great potential who is evolving into a solid all-around defenseman," general manager Jim Nill said. "We look forward to him being an important member of our defense moving forward."

Blue Jackets sign Calvert to three-year contract

Thursday, 07.09.2015 / 10:33 AM / News

Forward Matt Calvert signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

The contract is worth $6.6 million with an average annual value of $2.2 million, according to

"We've been close to getting it done for a few weeks now," Calvert told The Columbus Dispatch. "I'm excited to know I'll be back in Columbus. This is where I want to be, and this is where I want to win, and I think we're going to have a great season."

Scoring champ Benn back on ice after hip surgeries

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 10:46 PM / News

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn said Wednesday he is ahead of schedule after having surgery on each hip and will be ready for the season opener.

"I think Oct. 8 is when I will be 100 percent ready to go," he said, referring to the first game of 2015-16 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Benn, last season's NHL scoring leader, had surgery on one hip in late April and on the other in early May. Recovery time was expected to be 4-5 months but perhaps as long as six.

"I think I am ahead of schedule," Benn told the Stars website.

Babcock calls Red Wings' Holland 'best GM in hockey'

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 10:09 PM / News

Mike Babcock on Wednesday called his former boss, Ken Holland of the Detroit Red Wings, "the best general manager in hockey."

Babcock, who left Detroit to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs this offseason, was speaking at their development camp, answering a question about how the Red Wings built their successful organization.

"They had real good scouts, they have the best general manager in hockey, a great owner [Mike Ilitch] who let the GM run a real good program, and they kept good people and they kept building," Babcock told the Maple Leafs website. "When they made mistakes they didn't dwell on it, they just went ahead and kept building. They hired good people and let them do their jobs.

"Everyone talks about [Nicklas] Lidstrom and [Steve] Yzerman and [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Henrik] Zetterberg, but the superstar there is Ken Holland."

Stamkos, Lightning have not begun contract talks

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 7:58 PM / News

The Tampa Bay Lightning and captain Steven Stamkos have not started negotiations on a contract extension, agent Don Meehan told TSN on Wednesday.

Stamkos has one year remaining on his contract and could become an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season.

"I don't think we have any criteria on timing, at this point in time," Meehan said. "I've mentioned to [Lightning general manager] Steve Yzerman that we're going to have a meeting with Steven, and then once we've had the meeting with Steven then I can go back to Steve.

"So he understands that and understands that Steven is just in the process of coming back home (to Toronto) and getting acclimatized here and getting into his training, and he understands the time frame in that respect."

Stamkos will make $5.5 million this season, with an NHL salary-cap value of $7.5 million, according to He has said he likes playing for Tampa Bay.

Bruins' Hayes honors Ice Bucket founder with No. 11

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 5:36 PM / News

Forward Jimmy Hayes will wear No. 11 with the Boston Bruins, who acquired him from the Florida Panthers on July 1. To Hayes, the choice represents a lot more than a number on the back of his jersey.

"I chose No. 11 to honor a good friend of mine, Corey Griffin, who passed away last summer," Hayes told the Bruins website Wednesday. "He had been a huge part of my family and his family. We go back to youth hockey days."

Griffin passed away last August at age 27. He was a co-founder of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised millions of dollars to combat the disease last summer.

Blues agree with Paajarvi on one-year contract

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 4:50 PM / News

ST. LOUIS - The Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way deal for forward Magnus Paajarvi.

In parts of two seasons with the Blues, Paajarvi played in 65 games, recording six goals and seven assists (13 points). He played in 36 games for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season, recording 11 goals and 18 assists (29 points).

Lightning's Condra thrilled for reunion with Cooper

Wednesday, 07.08.2015 / 4:18 PM / News

Erik Condra signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on July 1 and the forward will get to play for his former coach and his former hockey idol.

Condra, 28, played for Lightning coach Jon Cooper when he was with the Texarkana Bandits of the North American Hockey League in 2003-04 and grew up in Michigan as a Detroit Red Wings fan. His favorite player was Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

"I think [Cooper] gets his players to play and go through walls for him," Condra told the Lightning website on Wednesday after participating in the LightningMade youth hockey camp. "He's a players' coach and guys like to play for him.

"[Cooper and Yzerman] are professionals and I'm sure it'll be all business. We're in this business to win hockey games and whatever it takes to do that, we will do."

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