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Canadiens buy out Parenteau's contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 2:45 PM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens bought out the contract of forward PA Parenteau, the club announced Monday.

Parenteau, 32, had eight goals and 22 points in 56 games for the Canadiens this season. He had one season left on his contract and would have cost $4 million against the salary cap, according to war-on-ice.com. He originally signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche before being traded to Montreal last offseason.

TSN reported Anaheim Ducks defenseman Mark Fistric has cleared waivers and will be bought out.

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Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 2:42 PM / News

LAKings.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings have terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards, the club announced today.

The club has issued the following statement and will not comment any further at this time:

"The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player's Contract. We are not prepared to provide any more detail or to discuss the underlying grounds for the contract termination at this time."

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Sabres place forward Hodgson on waivers: report

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 12:54 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres forward Cody Hodgson and Nashville Predators forward Viktor Stalberg were placed on waivers Monday for the purposes of having their contracts bought out, according to TSN.

Teams wishing to buy out players first have to place them on waivers; if they go unclaimed after 24 hours their contracts then can be bought out.

Hodgson, 25, had career-worst totals of six goals and 13 points in 78 games in 2014-15. He has four years remaining on a six-year contract he signed in 2013. According to war-on-ice.com, he's still owed $19 million.

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Senators, Wideman agree on two-way contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 10:24 AM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Chris Wideman on a one-year, two-way contract. The contract will carry an annual value of $600,000 in the National Hockey League and of $400,000 in the American Hockey League.

Wideman, 25, spent the season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, setting career highs in games (75), goals (19), points (61) and penalty minutes (116). His 61 points were most among all AHL defenseman and he was Binghamton’s lone representative at the 2014-15 All-Star Classic.

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Penguins sign defenseman Cole to three-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 10:07 AM / News

PittsburghPenguins.com

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed defenseman Ian Cole to a three-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

The deal runs through the 2017-18 season and carries an average annual value of $2.1 million.

Cole, 26, played in 20 regular-season games and five playoff contests for Pittsburgh in 2014-15 after being acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round pick on March 2. He posted career-high totals in points (17), goals (5), assists (12) and penalty minutes (51) while appearing in 74 regular-season games.

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Hurricanes, Nestrasil agree on two-year contract

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 9:20 AM / News

CarolinaHurricanes.com

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 forward Andrej Nestrasil on a two-year contract. The deal will pay Nestrasil $875,000 in 2015-16 and $950,000 in 2016-17.

"Andrej is a big body and a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do," said Francis. "He battled an injury last season, but proved he could produce offensively on the NHL level."

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Blues' Sobotka staying in KHL for 2015-16 season

Monday, 06.29.2015 / 9:03 AM / News

StLouisBlues.com

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that forward Vladimir Sobotka will not return to the Blues for the 2015-16 season.

Sobotka, who joined Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) last season, will remain in the KHL.

The 27-year-old Trebic, Czech Republic native has played in 247 games with the Blues, registering 29 goals and 72 assists (101 points).

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Hurricanes looking to sign Eric Staal to extension

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 7:08 PM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes would like to sign center Eric Staal to a contract extension.

Staal, 30, has one year remaining on his contract, with an NHL salary-cap charge of $8.25 million, according to War-on-Ice.com. He led Carolina with 54 points (23 goals, 31 assists) in 77 games.

"I've had a general and open and honest conversation with Eric’s agent on things," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said Saturday. "We'll continue to have those as we move into the summer. Eric has indicated he wants to be part of the Hurricanes moving forward, and we'll see if we can get that worked out."

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Hurricanes add Wisniewski from Ducks for Khudobin

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 7:06 PM / News

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman James Wisniewski from the Anaheim Ducks in a trade for goaltender Anton Khudobin on Saturday.

"I'm speechless," Wisniewski told the Raleigh News & Observer. "I'm so excited. I wish the season was starting next week."

Wisniewski, 31, had eight goals and 29 points in 56 games for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2014-15 before being traded to the Ducks. He had no goals and five points in 13 games for Anaheim, and then did not play during the Ducks' run to the Western Conference Final.

He has two years left on his contract with an average annual value of $5.5 million, according to War-on-ice.com.

"He's a skilled defenseman who can give you offense on the power play. He's got a great shot. I think he's sneaky tough," Carolina general manager Ron Francis told the Hurricanes website. "He's just a competitive, competitive guy. We're trying to get that kind of culture in our organization, and we think he'll fit in nicely in that regard."

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Rangers acquire goalie Raanta from Blackhawks

Saturday, 06.27.2015 / 6:15 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers acquired goalie Antti Raanta from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for forward prospect Ryan Haggerty on Saturday.

Raanta, 26, is 20-8-5 with a 2.41 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 39 NHL games, all with Chicago.

"At first you get a little bit excited, because it's a great opportunity," Raanta told the Chicago Sun-Times. "But it's a little sad also. It's a great organization in Chicago, and everybody has been great to me. They gave me an opportunity to play hockey, and to win the Stanley Cup. But I'm looking forward and I'm excited to go to New York and get a fresh start again."

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