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Zuccarello, Rangers agree on one-year contract

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 7:06 PM / News

NHL.com

Forward Mats Zuccarello has agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but it is worth $3.5 million according to TSN's Darren Dreger.

Zuccarello, a restricted free agent, was scheduled to have an arbitration hearing July 25.

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Dubas joins Maple Leafs as assistant GM

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 3:14 PM / News

John Kreiser - NHL.com Managing Editor

Brendan Shanahan began putting his stamp on the Toronto Maple Leafs by hiring 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as assistant general manager Tuesday.

Dubas spent the past three seasons as general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League; he used analytics and other advanced metrics to develop systems and construct a roster that helped the Greyhounds go from last place to first place in the Western Division in three years. He did so despite being the league's youngest general manager and the second-youngest in OHL history.

That was enough to attract the interest of Shanahan, who was hired as Maple Leafs president in April.

"I don't really care about someone's age," Shanahan said during a news conference at Air Canada Centre. "He has a work ethic. I'm just looking for talented people, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I realized that this was somebody that was an extreme talent."

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Gibbons says Blue Jackets were 'a good fit'

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:53 AM / News

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Brian Gibbons must have left quite an impression on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The speedy forward scored a pair of first-period goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference First Round series against Columbus. When Gibbons became a free agent on July 1, the Blue Jackets wasted little time in signing him.

Gibbons, 26, made his NHL debut with the Penguins last season, finishing with five goals, 17 points and a plus-5 rating in 41 games, during which he averaged 11:56 of ice time. He also had two goals and an assist in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Blues' Gunnarsson on track to return after hip surgery

Tuesday, 07.22.2014 / 11:06 AM / News

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Carl Gunnarsson
Defense - STL
GOALS: 3 | ASST: 14 | PTS: 17
SOG: 48 | +/-: 12
Carl Gunnarsson, the St. Louis Blues' newest defenseman, is dealing with the aftermath of offseason hip surgery but said he plans to be back on the ice next month.

"I'm on schedule," he told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week during an interview from Sweden. "I'm just going to be patient with skating and wait a couple of extra weeks. We'll have the best setup for me over there, with the trainer and the strength coach there to assist me."

Gunnarsson was acquired by the Blues from the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 28, the second day of the NHL Draft, in a trade for defenseman Roman Polak. It came about two months after Gunnarsson had surgery on his left hip to repair a labrum tear and help fix a condition he's had since birth.

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Prosser, Welsh agree to contracts with Blues

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 5:56 PM / News

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Defenseman Nate Prosser and the St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract, the team announced Monday via Twitter. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Prosser, 28, had two goals and eight points in 53 games for the Minnesota Wild last season. He was scoreless in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Canadiens sign first-round pick Nikita Scherbak

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 2:43 PM / News

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The Montreal Canadiens on Monday signed 2014 first-round pick Nikita Scherbak to a three-year, entry-level contract. No financial terms were disclosed.

Scherbak had team-high totals of 28 goals, 50 assists and 78 points in 65 regular-season games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League in 2013-14. He led all WHL rookies in scoring by a margin of 19 points.

Scherbak played for Russia in the 2013 Subway Super Series, his first time on the international stage while representing his country. He also participated in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game.

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Slovakia exhibition games to honor Demitra's legacy

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 2:43 PM / News

Tal Pinchevsky - NHL.com Staff Writer

Pavol Demitra will be honored in a series of charity exhibition games in Slovakia next month, almost three years after he and 43 other passengers died in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.

A group of Slovakian All-Stars and alumni from the St. Louis Blues will participate in three games to raise money for grass-roots hockey in Slovakia. The first game will take place Aug. 20 in Poprad, to be followed on Aug. 22 in Trencin and Aug. 23 in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

Slovakian legend Anton Stastny is one of the players participating in the game, as are former Blues players Kelly Chase, Lubos Bartecko, Scott Young, Jamal Mayers, Marc Bergevin, Bernie Federko and Tyson Nash. Almost all the Blues players participating played at some point with Demitra, who played eight seasons in St. Louis from 1996 to 2004.

"[Demitra] just got along with everyone. He came in a room and he didn't have to say much, but people liked him and he always took time for everyone in his own way," Chase said. "You go to talk to these guys and everyone says the same thing. This guy was just solid. We just had a real liking for him because he had a great personality. You want to be around a guy like that because he was good to everyone."

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Barbashev agrees to entry-level contract with Blues

Monday, 07.21.2014 / 1:58 PM / News

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The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with forward Ivan Barbashev, their second-round selection (No. 33) in the 2014 NHL Draft, the team announced Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Barbashev, 18, appeared in 48 games with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, finishing second on the team with 68 points, including a team-high 43 assists.

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New home for Red Wings planned for 2017

Sunday, 07.20.2014 / 4:29 PM / News

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Olympia Development of Michigan announced plans Sunday for a sports and entertainment district that will feature a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings. It will transform dozens of underutilized blocks between downtown and midtown Detroit.

The district will encompass dozens of blocks along and near Woodward Avenue. Development will be integrated with existing sports and entertainment venues in or adjacent to the space, including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park, MotorCity Casino Hotel, Ford Field, the Detroit Opera House and the Fillmore Detroit.

The Red Wings have been playing their home games at Joe Louis Arena since 1979.

"It's always been my dream to see a vibrant and energized downtown Detroit," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. "I want people to look at Detroit's new sports and entertainment district and see what I see: the potential for something very special. I couldn't be more excited and proud to bring this vision to life."

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Del Zotto determined to prove doubters wrong

Friday, 07.18.2014 / 8:34 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto is looking for a job, not only to continue his NHL career.

"I'm just waiting for the right opportunity to prove myself again, and prove everyone who's doubted me wrong," the 24-year-old told Sportsnet on Thursday.

Del Zotto finished last season with the Nashville Predators after being traded by the New York Rangers. In Nashville, he was scratched from four of the final five games and finished with one goal and four assists in 25 games.

His total of 16 points was well off his career-high 41 of two seasons back.

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