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Versteeg 'super excited' to join Hurricanes

Friday, 09.11.2015 / 8:20 PM / News

TRAVERSE CITY – While in Michigan assessing his players of tomorrow, Carolina Hurricanes Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis made a move to improve his team of today, acquiring forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom in addition to a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from Chicago.

In exchange, the Canes sent north defensive prospects Dennis Robertson and Jake Massie plus a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. It’s a trade that immediately upgrades the Hurricanes’ forward corps and adds depth just a week out from the beginning of training camp.

Blackhawks trade Versteeg, then agree with Kruger

Friday, 09.11.2015 / 5:18 PM / News

The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Kris Versteeg as part of a multiplayer deal Friday then hours later agreed to terms on a one-year contract with restricted free agent forward Marcus Kruger.

Versteeg, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks, was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes with forward Joakim Nordstrom and a third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft for defenseman prospect Dennis Robertson, the rights to unsigned defenseman Jake Massie, and a fifth-round pick in 2017.

Kruger was waiting since July 1 to re-sign with the Blackhawks; he did not file for salary arbitration with the hope of signing a long-term contract.

Doctors advise Devils' Clowe not to play again

Friday, 09.11.2015 / 1:56 PM / News

Doctors have recommended New Jersey Devils forward Ryane Clowe not play hockey again.

Clowe, who has had four concussions in the past two seasons, will stay on injured reserve or be placed on long-term injured reserve for the final three years of his contract, Devils general manager Ray Shero said Friday.

Clowe played in 13 games last season, the final one Nov. 6 against the St. Louis Blues, when he sustained a concussion in the first period and did not return.

"This has been ongoing for a while," Shero told "Based on the recommendation of doctors and the latest incident on Nov. 6 and the result of the injuries and the concussions, he's going to be unable to play hockey now or hockey in the future.

"For me getting to know Ryane over the last two months in particular, he's a proud player, he's a proud person. This has been very difficult for him and knowing he's given this a lot of time to try to play and seeing the doctors to try to get back to play, the conclusion that he's unable to play hockey now or in the future."

Alfredsson closer to role with Senators: report

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 10:59 PM / News

The Ottawa Senators talked this week with former captain Daniel Alfredsson about a front-office role and an announcement could be made prior to training camp.

General manager Bryan Murray confirmed to the Ottawa Sun on Thursday that Senators officials, including owner Eugene Melnyk, met with Alfredsson at Canadian Tire Centre.

"We've talked," Murray told the Ottawa Citizen. "We had a good meeting and we will talk some more this weekend."

Murray said Alfredsson's role would be part-time this season because the 42-year-old is planning to stay in Detroit with his family for another year. A full-time position with the Senators is likely next year.

Sundin being added to Maple Leafs' Legends Row

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 9:15 PM / News

On Saturday, former Leaf defenceman Borje Salming will be inducted into the Toronto Maple Leafs ‘Legends Row’. On Thursday night, the team announced that his fellow countryman, Mats Sundin, would be added to the monument alongside him.

Acquired in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques on June 28, 1994, after originally being drafted first overall in the 1989 NHL draft, Sundin would spend 13 seasons in a Maple Leafs uniform scoring more goals (420) and points (987) than any other player in the historic team’s record books. His quiet leadership and strong work ethic were only matched by his prolific scoring ability during his 11 years as Leafs captain. Following his retirement in 2009, Sundin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, his first season of eligibility, and became just the second Swedish-born player, following Salming, to join the Hall.

Canadiens candidates give thoughts on captaincy

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 8:10 PM / News

The Montreal Canadiens will have a captain this season, but in saying so Thursday coach Michel Therrien did not reveal who it would be.

The Canadiens used four alternate captains last season: defensemen Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban, and forwards Max Pacioretty and Tomas Plekanec.

"I thought those guys last year did a fantastic job, they had good communication," Therrien told the Canadiens website. "I thought it went really well. But we believe this is the time for the organization to name a captain."

The Canadiens would not say if one of those four players will be named captain or if there might be another candidate.

Here's what each of the four alternates from last season told CBC at the Canadiens' annual charity golf tournament on Thursday:

Canadiens forward Pacioretty unsure when he'll play

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 3:05 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

LAVAL, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty isn't sure if he will be healthy to start the regular season, but he is comfortable saying that his recovery from fractures in the tibial plateau below his left knee are progressing well.

The Canadiens said Pacioretty, who was injured July 9, would need 12 weeks to recover, a time frame that would end six days before Montreal opens the 2015-16 season Oct. 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Obviously I don't know how far along I am, but I know that strength-wise and mobility-wise I feel very good," Pacioretty said Thursday at the Canadiens' annual charity golf tournament. "Now it just depends on the bone healing, and that's something that can only be determined through scans. So that's how we're keeping up with it, with the scans to see the progression."

Mike Richards' court case remanded to December

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 2:28 PM / News

The court case involving former Los Angeles Kings center Mike Richards was continued until Dec. 8, according to the Winnipeg Free Press.

Richards, 30, faces a charge of possession of a controlled substance while entering Canada. His first court date was Thursday, but it was remanded. Richards, who was not present, did not enter a plea.

Barzal, Islanders agree on entry-level contract

Thursday, 09.10.2015 / 12:34 PM / News

The New York Islanders and Mathew Barzal have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Selected in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2015 National Hockey League Draft, Barzal scored 57 points (12 goals, 45 assists) in 44 games last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. The 6'0", 182-pound forward added eight points (four goals, four assists) in six WHL Playoff games.

Lightning's Johnson not 100 percent yet: report

Wednesday, 09.09.2015 / 11:35 PM / News

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson said Wednesday his injured right wrist is not completely healed and he is unsure if he will miss any time during training camp.

"It's progressing; I don't know if I would say that it's 100 percent, but it's getting there," Johnson told The Tampa Tribune. "It feels better every day, so it's one of those things now that it just keeps getting strength and it feels better."

Johnson wore a brace on the wrist that was fractured in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks in June. The injury did not require surgery, and he went without the brace in mid-August.

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