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Blackhawks, Baun agree to terms on contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:36 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent forward Kyle Baun on a two-year contract. Baun will report to the Blackhawks.

Baun, 22, recorded a collegiate career-high 29 points (14G, 15A) in 38 games this season as a junior at Colgate University. He ranked second on the team in points, shared the lead in goals and ranked third with a +13 plus/minus rating. The Toronto native, who was named Third-Team All-League by the ECAC, tallied five multi-point outings, including a season-high three points on two occasions. Baun has registered 79 points (39G, 40A) in 113 contests with Colgate across three seasons.

Prior to his collegiate career, Baun earned 103 points (48G, 55A) in 98 career games with the Central Canadian Hockey League’s Cornwall Colts.

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Samuelsson, member of Triple Gold Club, retires

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 2:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Mikael Samuelsson, a member of the Triple Gold Club, announced his retirement Thursday.

Samuelsson, 38, played 699 games and for six teams in 13 NHL seasons. He won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings after earning a gold medal with Sweden at the 2006 Turin Olympics and the 2006 IIHF World Championship.

"It isn't really something you choose to do, it's just something you feel," Samuelsson said of retiring to the Swedish club Djurgården's website. "Towards the end, I couldn't practice properly, I could only do rehab training, and you can only do that so long. I wanted to retire when I still could do something on the ice."

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Flames sign forward Carroll to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:58 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Austin Carroll from the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League.

Carroll, a native of Scottsdale, Arizona, played four seasons with the Royals in the WHL and was drafted by the Flames in the seventh round (184th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. In 69 games during the 2014-15 season the 6'4", 224 lb. winger led Victoria in points (77), goals (38), penalty minutes (124), and plus/minus (+23). Over his 268 game WHL career he recorded 196 points (95G, 101A) and 470 PIMs. The 20-year-old added another 12 points (8G, 4A) in 17 career WHL playoff games and he will have a chance to add to those totals in the 2014-15 WHL playoffs.

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Sharks sign goalie Rumpel to entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 12:23 PM / News

SanJoseSharks.com

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed goaltender Joel Rumpel to a one-year standard entry-level contract. He will report to the Worcester Sharks (AHL).

Rumpel recently completed his senior season at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA), where he posted a 53-50-11 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage over four seasons. He helped guide the team to a pair of NCAA tournament appearance (2013, 2014), a WCHA Final Five Tournament championship in 2013, and a Big Ten Tournament championship in 2014.

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Jets, Copp agree to terms on entry-level contract

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 10:23 AM / News

WinnipegJets.com

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Copp on a three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $958,300. Copp will now report directly to the Winnipeg Jets.

Copp, 20, recently completed his junior season with the University of Michigan Wolverines. The Ann Arbor, MI native has ended his college career with 81 points (40G, 41A) in 107 games over three seasons with the Wolverines. Copp was named Michigan's team captain for the 2014-15 season. For his performance leading the Wolverines this season, he was recognized by the NCAA and earned All-Big Ten second team honours. He previously led the University of Michigan in goals (15) during his sophomore year in 2013-14. That same season, he represented the USA at the 2014 World Junior Chamipionships where he recorded five assists in five games.

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Around the League notebook: Wednesday, March 25

Thursday, 03.26.2015 / 1:57 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

STARS OUTLAST FLAMES TO EXTEND WINNING STREAK

The Dallas Stars surrendered leads of 2-0 and 3-2, but Tyler Seguin scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the club to its fourth straight win overall and a 5-0-1 mark in their last six meetings with the Calgary Flames dating to March 18, 2013.

* The Stars (36-28-10, 82 points) moved within six points of the idle Winnipeg Jets (38-24-12, 88 points) for the final wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Dallas owns the ROW tiebreaker (DAL: 32, WPG: 31), but Winnipeg won the season series (WPG: 3-1-0, DAL: 1-3-0).

* Kari Lehtonen made 31 saves and denied all three shootout attempts to pick up his eighth win in his past nine games against the Flames, including five straight victories. Overall, he has a 10-3-2 record in 15 career appearances vs. Calgary (2.61 GAA, .912 SV%).

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Flyers' Simmonds, MacDonald out for regular season

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 11:46 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds and defenseman Andrew MacDonald sustained season-ending injuries in the Flyers' 4-1 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday.

The Flyers announced the injuries after the game.

Simmonds, who scored his Flyers-best 28th goal in the first period, has a lower-body injury. He was hit in the left foot by a shot.

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Congressional Hockey Challenge highlights education

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 10:58 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The seventh annual Congressional Hockey Challenge took place Wednesday.

The recipients of the NHL/Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships were announced, and several panelists discussed the future of hockey and its role in higher education.

"The truth is, you've got some big-time hockey programs, but there's a lot of schools and colleges now that have hockey programs that are competitive," Congressional Hockey Caucus co-chairman Rep. Pat Meehan (Pa.) said. "Kids can come from that level and play, or they can play on club teams where there's some really good hockey being played, so it's still part of the school's curriculum.

"The concept is that hockey teaches skills -- teamwork, preparation, and discipline -- life skills. The program supports college scholarships for some of the players that come out of inner-city youth organizations, so it creates a future for kids that might not otherwise have a future [in hockey]. "

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Hall of Fame names Lanny McDonald chair of board

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 12:02 PM / News

NHL.com

Lanny McDonald will become the next chair of the board of the Hockey Hall of Fame, vice chair Jim Gregory announced Wednesday.

McDonald, a Hall of Fame member who currently serves on the selection committee, will take over the position effective July 1. He replaces the late Pat Quinn, who died in November.

"As a perennial supporter since his induction in 1992 and a member of the selection committee for the past nine years, Lanny is familiar with the affairs of the Hockey Hall of Fame just as the hockey world remembers his achievements during his outstanding playing career," Gregory said in a statement. "While Lanny is highly recognized as an exceptional hockey player, he is also a dedicated family man, community benefactor, philanthropist and successful businessman whose leadership qualities will be a valuable asset to the Hall and its continued growth and development."

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Around the League notebook for Tuesday, March 24

Wednesday, 03.25.2015 / 9:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

LIGHTNING MATCH FRANCHISE RECORD, CLOSE GAP IN ATLANTIC

Ahead two goals before the eight-minute mark, the Lightning surrendered three goals in a span of 1:58 but scored twice in the third period, including Ryan Callahan's winning goal with 2:28 left, to pick up their fourth straight victory. 4-3 against the Florida Panthers.

* The Lightning (46-21-7, 99 points) are one of four teams in the NHL at 99 points. They sit one point behind the Atlantic Division rival Montreal Canadiens (46-20-8, 100 points), who lost in overtime but became the first team to reach the 100-point plateau and pulled into top spot in the entire League, where the top 12 teams are separated by 10 points.

* Tampa Bay's 46 wins equal a single-season franchise record established in 2003-04 (46-22-14, 106 points) en route to its first and only Stanley Cup championship. The Lightning matched that win total last season (46-27-9, 101 points) and in 2010-11 (46-25-11, 103 points), their only other seasons with at least 100 points.

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