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Kessel drawing most interest for Maple Leafs: report

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 4:32 PM / News

Phil Kessel has drawn the most interest of any Toronto Maple Leafs player in trade talks, president Brendan Shanahan said Thursday, according to The Canadian Press, but that doesn't mean a trade will happen prior to or during the 2015 NHL Draft, or at all.

"We're in no rush; we need to have a deal we're comfortable with," Shanahan said in comments tweeted by the Maple Leafs. "We don't feel the need to do anything knee jerk to get something done on a deadline."

Kessel has had four seasons of at least 30 goals since joining the Maple Leafs in a 2009 trade with the Boston Bruins, but they've made the Stanley Cup Playoffs once in his tenure.

Senators agree to terms with Stone, Zibanejad

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 1:30 PM / News

The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with forwards Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad on contract extensions, the club announced Thursday.

Stone, a 2015 Calder Trophy finalist, agreed to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $3.5 million. Zibanejad agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $2.625 million.

Stone, 23, led the Senators with 26 goals and was second to defenseman Erik Karlsson with 64 points.

"Mark became one of our better players, if not one of the best, right at the end of the year in particular, but throughout the stretch run and when we were trying to make the playoffs," general manager Bryan Murray said. "We feel he still has growth in him but we also know going forward that he's going to be a very important player if the organization is going to make strides to a championship."

NHL announces 2015-16 season schedule

Banner-raising ceremony in Chicago, a new era begins in Brooklyn, Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Gillette Stadium and NHL All-Star festivities in Nashville

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 10:00 AM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The NHL's 2015-16 regular season will commence on Wednesday, Oct. 7, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Chicago Blackhawks raising their third championship banner in the past six seasons. The 1,230-game regular-season schedule – 82 games per team – will conclude on Saturday, April 9, with all 30 teams in action.

After clinching the Stanley Cup on home ice for the first time since 1938, the Blackhawks will raise their sixth championship banner on opening night before playing the New York Rangers. The other three games on the opening night of the 2015-16 season: the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs re-new their "Original Six" rivalry at Air Canada Centre; the Vancouver Canucks visit the Calgary Flames in a re-match of a 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series; and the Los Angeles Kings play host to the San Jose Sharks at STAPLES Center.

Hurricanes, Terry agree to terms on one-year contract

Thursday, 06.25.2015 / 9:20 AM / News

RALEIGH, NCRon Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with left wing Chris Terry on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Terry $875,000 for the 2015-16 season.

"Chris took another step forward last year and showed that he could contribute offensively at the NHL level," said Francis.

New rules get varied reactions from players, coaches

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 10:15 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL's adoption of 3-on-3 overtime would appear to be tailor-made for a player such as Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The new rules adopted by the NHL Board of Governors on Wednesday include a change to the faceoff protocol and the introduction of a coach's challenge as well as the new overtime format.

The speed and playmaking ability of the two-time Norris Trophy winner would figure to make Karlsson a dominant force under the new overtime rules, and it's logical to assume he would be excited to have the opportunity to show off his skills with all that open ice.

But that was not the case.

Blackhawks GM Bowman eyes trades to add cap room

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 7:06 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Wednesday that he's spoken with some general managers about potential trades that could help alleviate another tight squeeze against the NHL salary cap.

"I'm not going to really go into detail on the trade talks," Bowman said. "It's typical of this time of year. We had the [general managers'] meeting [Tuesday], which is a new wrinkle. Normally we have it during the [Stanley Cup Final], so there was a lot of discussion with other managers about what they're looking to do."

The NHL announced the salary cap ceiling would rise from $69 million to $71.4 million for 2015-16. Chicago has about $64 million committed to 14 players for next season, meaning that Bowman almost certainly has to orchestrate a trade or trades to carve out enough cap room to fill out his roster.

Board of Governors OKs start of expansion process

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 7:04 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL Board of Governors gave approval to the League to begin accepting applications as part of a formal expansion process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday

There are no guarantees the process will lead to the granting of an expansion team, but it will allow interested ownership groups to make a formal presentation.

"The Board ultimately will determine whether or not there is any interest in expanding," Commissioner Bettman said after the Board met here earlier Wednesday. "If the conclusion is there is interest, from the League's perspective, then they will focus on what the terms will be and who the successful or likely successful candidates might be.

"The fact that we're going through this process doesn't mean we're going to expand. All it means is that we're going to stop just listening to expressions of interest and take a good hard look at what they actually mean and represent."

Board of Governors approves 2015-16 rules changes

3-on-3 overtime, coach's challenge introduced

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 5:31 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

LAS VEGAS – The National Hockey League Board of Governors today approved rules changes for the 2015-16 season that will change the overtime format to 3-on-3 for five minutes, expand the use of video review to include a Coach's Challenge within a limited scope of scenarios and amend face-off protocol.

The Board acted on the series of recommendations it received from the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee and the NHL General Managers.

Board of Governors OKs 3-on-3 OT, coach's challenge

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- A change to the overtime format and the expansion of video replay to include a coach's challenge were approved by the NHL Board of Governors on Wednesday.

The change in overtime will see the League go to a 3-on-3 format for a five-minute period in regular-season games tied at the end of regulation. Previously, the League played 4-on-4 overtime. Regular-season games tied at the end of overtime will continue to be decided by a shootout.

The coach's challenge will be limited to goals scored on potential offside or goalie-interference plays.

The Board also approved a change to faceoff procedures that will have the defensive player place his stick on the ice first in all faceoffs not held at the center-ice dot. In the past, the visiting team player had to declare first; under the new rule, the only time the visiting player must declare first will be on center-ice faceoffs.

Board of Governors authorizes formal process to evaluate all expressions of team interest

Wednesday, 06.24.2015 / 4:35 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

LAS VEGAS -- The National Hockey League Board of Governors today authorized the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expressions of interest from markets and ownership groups interested in obtaining NHL clubs. To the extent parties may be interested in applying for an expansion team, the League will make applications available starting on Monday, July 6, and applications should be filed no later than Monday, August 10.

"Over the past several years we have received numerous expressions of interest from potential markets and ownership groups that have indicated an interest in joining the National Hockey League. The Board decided today to examine those expressions more formally and also to welcome any other groups or markets that may be considering pursuit of an NHL team," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "The fact that we are beginning this process does not necessarily mean that any expansion teams will be granted as a result of this process."

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