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Slovakia exhibition games to honor Demitra's legacy

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 2:43 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pavol Demitra will be honored in a series of charity exhibition games in Slovakia next month, almost three years after he and 43 other passengers died in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.

A group of Slovakian All-Stars and alumni from the St. Louis Blues will participate in three games to raise money for grass-roots hockey in Slovakia. The first game will take place Aug. 20 in Poprad, to be followed on Aug. 22 in Trencin and Aug. 23 in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Slovakian legend Anton Stastny is one of the players participating in the game, as are former Blues players Kelly Chase, Lubos Bartecko, Scott Young, Jamal Mayers, Marc Bergevin, Bernie Federko and Tyson Nash. Almost all the Blues players participating played at some point with Demitra, who played eight seasons in St. Louis from 1996 to 2004.

"[Demitra] just got along with everyone. He came in a room and he didn't have to say much, but people liked him and he always took time for everyone in his own way," Chase said. "You go to talk to these guys and everyone says the same thing. This guy was just solid. We just had a real liking for him because he had a great personality. You want to be around a guy like that because he was good to everyone."

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Barbashev agrees to entry-level contract with Blues

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 1:58 PM / News

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The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with forward Ivan Barbashev, their second-round selection (No. 33) in the 2014 NHL Draft, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Barbashev, 18, appeared in 48 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, finishing second on the team with 68 points, including a team-high 43 assists.

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New home for Red Wings planned for 2017

Sunday, 07.20.2014 / 4:29 PM / News

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Olympia Development of Michigan announced plans Sunday for a sports and entertainment district that will feature a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. It will transform dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit.

The district will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Avenue. Development will be integrated with existing sports and entertainment venues in or adjacent to the space, including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Ford Field, the Detroit Opera House and the Fillmore Detroit.

The Red Wings have been playing their home games at Joe Louis Arena since 1979.

"It's always been my dream to see a vibrant and energized downtown Detroit," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. "I want people to look at Detroit's new sports and entertainment district and see what I see: the potential for something very special. I couldn't be more excited and proud to bring this vision to life."

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Del Zotto determined to prove doubters wrong

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 8:34 PM / News

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Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto is looking for a job, not only to continue his NHL career.

"I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to prove myself again, and prove everyone who's doubted me wrong," the 24-year-old told Sportsnet on Thursday.

Del Zotto finished last season with the Nashville Predators after being traded by the New York Rangers. In Nashville, he was scratched from four of the final five games and finished with one goal and four assists in 25 games.

His total of 16 points was well off his career-high 41 of two seasons back.

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Despres signs two-year contract with Penguins

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 5:51 PM / News

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Defenseman Simon Despres has signed a two-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins worth $1.8 million, the team announced Friday.

Pittsburgh's first-round pick (No. 30) in the 2009 NHL Draft, Despres split last season between the Penguins and their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had five assists in 34 games with Pittsburgh and six goals and 22 points in 35 AHL games. He had two goals and nine points in 17 Calder Cup playoff games.

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Penguins name Recchi player development coach

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 3:04 PM / News

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Mark Recchi has been named player development coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, the team announced Friday. Recchi, who played three separate stints with the Penguins, spent the past two seasons as an adviser to the Dallas Stars hockey operations department.

Recchi, 46, will be in charge of helping to develop prospects throughout the Penguins organization. Recchi spent the past two years working with the Penguins Elite youth hockey program.

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Perlini signs entry-level contract with Coyotes

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 2:19 PM / News

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Brendan Perlini, the Arizona Coyotes' first-round pick at the 2014 NHL Draft, has signed a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Friday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Coyotes selected Perlini with the 12th pick last month after he had 34 goals and 71 points in 58 games last season with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

"We are very pleased to sign Brendan to an entry-level contract," Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. "Brendan is a strong skater with great size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and skill. He had an impressive prospect development camp and we look forward to watching his development."

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Davidson says Blue Jackets ready to make statement

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 2:16 PM / News

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Other than acquiring forward Scott Hartnell in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on June 23, the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't make any major moves this summer. But Columbus president of hockey operations John Davidson sees a fully formed team capable of taking a big step during the 2014-15 season.

"This is a team that I think now is being recognized not just as a team that is young and up-and-coming, it's a pretty good hockey club. We have a chance here to make a real good statement with this upcoming season," Davidson told the Blue Jackets website. "I like this hockey club. I like it a lot. I like its character, I like the way it plays, I like the intestinal fortitude it has, I like how it sticks up for each other. I like all aspects of it. We have a chance to be a very good club."

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Canadiens' Bozon to play again after health scare

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 11:34 AM / News

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Montreal Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is returning to competitive hockey more than four months after spending four weeks in a Saskatchewan hospital with a severe form of meningitis.

A 2012 third-round pick (No. 64) of the Canadiens, Bozon will play for France at an under-23 tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic that begins July 31.

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Flames goalie Hiller has appendicitis: report

Thursday, 07.17.2014 / 6:52 PM / News

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Jonas Hiller
Goalie - CGY
RECORD: 29-13-7
GAA: 2.48 | SVP: .911
Calgary Flames goaltender Jonas Hiller needed a minor procedure after having an appendicitis attack working out in Switzerland, the Calgary Sun reported via Twitter.

Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson wrote Hiller is "expected to make a speedy recovery."

Initial reports from Switzerland said Hiller had the attack at a goalie camp in Verbier. The camp director did not know if Hiller would need surgery.

Hiller signed with the Flames on July 1 as a free agent. His two-year contract reportedly is worth $9 million.
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