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Red Wings GM Holland signs four-year contract

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 11:48 AM / News


General manager Ken Holland has signed a four-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings that will keep him with the organization through the 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday.

"I've been here a long time and very proud, very happy to be a Red Wing," Holland told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. "I work for, I believe, the best owners in the NHL; passionate, committed. It's nice to know that ownership has confidence in me to continue to lead going forward."

Holland, 58, has been Detroit's general manager for the past 17 seasons. He's been at the helm for three Stanley Cup championships (1998, 2002 and 2008) and the team has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs every season.


Maple Leafs name Kennedy first to Legends Row

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 10:00 AM / News


The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Thursday that Hockey Hall of Fame member Ted Kennedy will be the first of three players to be honored with a statue in Legends Row.

Legends Row will be in Maple Leaf Square, outside Gate 5 at Air Canada Centre. Two other initial honorees will be named during the Toronto Maple Leafs Fan Fest, which starts Sept. 6.

"In addition to our focus on building a winning team for today and the future, there is an important responsibility to celebrate our team's history and to create opportunities for a strong connection between our fans and that tradition," Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said. "Legends Row will be a fitting tribute that honors many of the greatest players to ever wear the Maple Leaf while giving our fans the chance to feel a part of that history. We are thrilled to include Ted Kennedy, a player who always gave everything he had to his team, and two other Leaf greats, as the first three players to be recognized."


Predators hope Ellis contract done before camp

Thursday, 08.14.2014 / 9:44 AM / News


In what has been a busy offseason for the Nashville Predators, one more important goal has to be reached.

Ryan Ellis, who was third among the team's defensemen last season with 27 points, is the lone restricted free agent from last season's roster still unsigned.

"Like 99 percent of negotiations that aren't done at this time, we just don't agree exactly on what the dollars should be," Predators general manager David Poile told Josh Cooper of The Tennessean. "Hopefully it will be done by training camp. That's what our target is."


Penguins' Bennett aiming for camp after wrist surgery

Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 7:59 PM / News


Beau Bennett
Right Wing - PIT
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 4 | PTS: 7
SOG: 27 | +/-: -2
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett  resumed skating this week following offseason wrist surgery and said he is not certain he will be ready for the start of training camp in September.

"It's almost three months post-surgery next week Wednesday, and I'm just getting on the ice this week," Bennett said in remarks published on the Penguins website Wednesday. "It feels a lot better."

Bennett had his second wrist surgery in six months on May 22, with a four-month recovery expected, which would take him to late September.

"Playing it by ear right now," he said. "Every day it's feeling a little bit better and we're increasing a little bit in the weight training and on-ice stuff. It's still early and I'm glad that I'm here (in Pittsburgh) early enough where I can really see where I'm at."


Fisher's best-case return to Predators late-Nov.: report

Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 5:37 PM / News


Mike Fisher's recovery from an Achilles injury will keep the Nashville Predators forward out until at least late November, the team said in providing an update to The Tennessean on Wednesday.

"Everything is tracking to date, but the bottom line is still a 4-6 month injury," general manager David Poile told newspaper. "Optimistically, Thanksgiving and end of November. That's an optimistic target."

Fisher, 33, ruptured his Achilles tendon during a training session and had surgery July 3. A six-month recovery from then would take him into January.


Coyotes, Gila River Casino agree on arena name deal

Wednesday, 08.13.2014 / 2:43 PM / News


The Arizona Coyotes announced Wednesday that the franchise and Gila River Casinos have agreed to terms on a nine-year partnership agreement that would include changing the name of the team's home arena to Gila River Arena.

The agreement is pending approval from the Glendale City Council on Sept. 9.

"On behalf of the entire Arizona Coyotes organization and IceArizona, we are thrilled to partner with Gila River Casinos and the Gila River Indian Community," Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said. "Like the Coyotes, the Gila River Indian Community prides themselves on their commitment to business excellence and to their community. Pending Glendale City Council approval, we are looking forward to having Gila River's prestigious and reputable name associated with our great hockey team and our state-of-the-art arena. This will be a great fit for both the Coyotes and Gila River Casinos."


Oilers sign center Draisaitl to three-year contract

Tuesday, 08.12.2014 / 5:27 PM / News


Center Leon Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Edmonton Oilers, the team announced Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed.

"First of all, I want to thank [owner] Daryl Katz and [general manager] Craig MacTavish and all the other people who are part of the Oilers organization for giving me this opportunity and making this happen," Draisaitl said. "It's really exciting for me and my family."

Draisaitl became the highest-drafted German-trained player when the Oilers selected him at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on June 27. The 18-year-old scored 38 goals and 105 points in 64 games last season for the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League and could be on the fast track toward making the Oilers roster.


Canucks hire Perry Pearn as assistant coach

Monday, 08.11.2014 / 1:36 PM / News


The Vancouver Canucks named Perry Pearn as an assistant coach, the team announced Monday. Pearn joins assistants Glen Gulutzan and Doug Lidster on coach Willie Desjardins' staff.

Pearn, 63, has worked 19 NHL seasons as an assistant coach with the Ottawa Senators, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Winnipeg Jets. He spent the past two seasons as an assistant in Winnipeg, where his NHL coaching career began in 1995-96.

"We are very excited to name Perry to our staff today," Canucks general manager Jim Benning said. "Perry brings a wealth of experience and knowledge at the NHL level to our organization."


Kings to retire Blake's No. 4 prior to Jan. 17 game

Monday, 08.11.2014 / 1:27 PM / News


Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman and current vice president/assistant general manager Rob Blake will have his No. 4 retired by the team on Jan. 17 in a ceremony at Staples Center prior to a game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Blake, who is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2014, will be the sixth Kings player to have his number retired. He joins Luc Robitaille (20), Wayne Gretzky (99), Dave Taylor (18), Marcel Dionne (16) and Rogie Vachon (30).

"It is an honor to be included with the former great L.A. King players who have their jerseys retired," Blake said. "I have always felt L.A. was a special place to play, and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an L.A. Kings jersey."


Selanne announces creation of Finnish hockey school

Monday, 08.11.2014 / 12:44 PM / News


Former Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne is creating a hockey academy in his native Finland with the hopes of developing the next Teemu Selanne.

Selanne announced the creation of the Teemu Selanne Academy at a press conference Monday in Kirkkonummi, Finland, where he also provided an update on the possibility of him playing this season for Jokerit, the Helsinki-based Kontinental Hockey League team.

"We have goalie schools all over the world, especially in Finland, but not goal scoring schools," Selanne said according to a Finnish-to-English translation by Juha Hiitela, a Canadian-based Finnish journalist who covers the NHL for Ilta-Sanomat. "That's what I want to do."

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