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Blue Jackets' Johansen gets qualifying offer

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 6:33 PM / News

One of the top items on the to-do list for Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is getting leading scorer Ryan Johansen to sign a new contract.

Johansen, who led the Blue Jackets with 33 goals and 63 points in 82 games in 2013-14, will become a restricted free agent if not signed by noon ET on Tuesday, the start of free agency.

The Blue Jackets announced Monday they have taken the first step toward retaining Johansen's rights by extending him a qualifying offer. Doing so allows Columbus to match any offer Johansen accepts from another team.

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Avalanche trade Parenteau to Canadiens for Briere

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 5:47 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor LNH.com

The Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche traded players Monday who might each benefit from a change in scenery.

The Avalanche traded forward PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Daniel Briere.

The trade has no effect on the salary cap of either team for the 2014-15 season, with Briere and Parenteau each scheduled to make $4 million. The difference is Parenteau has an extra year on his contract with Briere entering the final season of his.

Briere waived his no-move clause in order for the trade to be completed.

"An up and coming team, the chance to play for Patrick Roy, those are all very enticing," he said. "Feeling wanted, when the team wants you and they need you, those are all things I'm looking forward to. Having a no-trade clause doesn't mean you're not going to be traded in my mind, it just means you maybe have a chance to pick or choose a little bit more your destination. When they told me it was Colorado I was right away very excited."

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Flames place defenseman O'Brien on waivers

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:52 PM / News

NHL.com

The Calgary Flames placed defenseman Shane O'Brien on waivers Monday with the intent of using their first compliance buyout on the remaining year of his contract.

O'Brien, 30, is due to make $2.2 million as part of a three-year, $6 million contract he signed with the Colorado Avalanche prior to the 2012-13 season. His cap hit for this season would be $2 million.

O'Brien had three assists and 58 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Flames last season. An eighth-round pick (No. 250) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 NHL Draft, he has career totals of 13 goals, 91 points and 911 penalty minutes in 528 games with the Ducks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vancouver Canucks, Nashville Predators, Avalanche and Flames.

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Gorges not expecting to return to Canadiens

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:46 PM / News

NHL.com

Defenseman Josh Gorges told reporters Monday he does not expect to return to the Montreal Canadiens for the 2014-15 season, with a trade the most likely outcome.

"It's out of my hands whether I'll be back or not," Gorges told La Presse. "But it's my understanding it's not going to be the case."

He told the Montreal Gazette, "I want people to know that I never wanted to leave Montreal. In no way has this been my decision."

Gorges has four seasons left on his contract, which has an average annual value of $3.9 million.

The Gazette reported the Canadiens had a trade worked out that would have sent Gorges to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but the Leafs are one of the teams Gorges listed in his contract that he could not be traded to without his permission.

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Ducks sign goalie Igor Bobkov to one-year contract

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 3:27 PM / News

NHL.com

Goaltender Igor Bobkov signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday. Financial terms of the contract were not released. He could have become a restricted free agent Tuesday.

Bobkov, 23, split the season between the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. In 29 AHL games he went 17-8-4 with a 2.04 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts.

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Devils' Volchenkov to get compliance buyout: report

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:43 PM / News

NHL.com

The New Jersey Devils placed defenseman Anton Volchenkov on waivers Monday with the intent of using their second compliance buyout on the remaining two years on his contract, according to multiple media reports.

Volchenkov, 32, is owed $4.25 million each of the next two seasons as part of a six-year contract he signed with the Devils prior to the 2010-11 season.

He had eight assists in 56 games last season. He led the Devils with 129 hits and was second with 91 blocked shots.

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Maple Leafs prepare to buy out Gleason: reports

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:37 PM / News

NHL.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Tim Gleason on waivers Monday with the intent to buy out the remaining two years on his contract, according to multiple media reports.

Gleason, 31, has two more years remaining at an average annual value of $4 million on a four-year contract he signed with the Carolina Hurricanes.

This is not a compliance buyout; Toronto already used the two allowed under the Collective Bargaining Agreement on defenseman Mike Komisarek and forward Mikhail Grabovski following the 2012-13 season.

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Jets, defenseman Pardy agree to one-year deal

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:12 PM / News

NHL.com

The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with defenseman Adam Pardy on a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Pardy, 30, had six assists in 60 games last season for the Jets.

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Mitchell, Salo among remaining UFA defensemen

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 10:00 AM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The market for defensemen eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1 has looked thin on paper since the end of the season, and became even thinner when Andrei Markov was taken off the board earlier this week with a new three-year contract from the Montreal Canadiens.

However, teams shopping for defensemen should still be able to find a few gems, a couple of first-time UFAs still on the right side of 30 and several veterans who could fill in depth roles and play valuable minutes next season.

Matt Niskanen headlines the gems and likely will get a big payday based on how he played last season for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Anton Stralman could rival Niskanen for value if he continues to play the way he did for the New York Rangers this season.

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Gagner with Coyotes after trades; Oilers get Purcell

Monday, 06.30.2014 / 12:59 AM / News

NHL.com

Forward Sam Gagner was traded twice Sunday, winding up with the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes acquired the center and right wing B.J. Crombeen from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a sixth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Tampa Bay earlier obtained Gagner from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for right wing Teddy Purcell.

"It's been a roller coaster of emotions," Gagner said, according to The Canadian Press. "I was talking to my agent, and he had said when Tampa [Bay] traded for me that there might be something else going on. So it was something that I was prepared for. I wasn't really expecting to be traded (again) today."

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