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Wild maintain confidence in goalie Kuemper

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 10:30 AM / News

The Minnesota Wild remain optimistic about goaltender Darcy Kuemper, even after signing Devan Dubnyk to a long-term contract, general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday.

"Well we're still very excited about Darcy Kuemper," Fletcher told the newspaper. "He's a young man, and two seasons ago, he had a tremendous year. Last year he was certainly more erratic. He started well and had a tough stretch in the middle of the year. Then Dubnyk came in and never relinquished the net. It was hard for Darcy to get any ice time at the end of the year."

Devils expect to sign Larsson soon: report

Saturday, 07.18.2015 / 10:21 AM / News

The New Jersey Devils expect to sign defenseman Adam Larsson before their arbitration hearing on July 29.

General manager Ray Shero told that negotiations continue on a long-term deal but the sides could settle on a two-year contract.

Bruins GM willing to add free agent defenseman

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 11:13 PM / News

The Boston Bruins are looking to add a free agent defenseman, general manager Don Sweeney said Friday.

The Bruins have traded Dougie Hamilton and Johnny Boychuk the past two offseasons, and signed Matt Irwin this summer.

"There are a couple free agents that we still have conversations with that we felt might improve our club if the financial component works, and I'm not going to stop having those conversations because it might be the right thing to do," Sweeney told the Bruins website. "But we have some younger players that, at some point in time, have to be given an opportunity if you believe in them."

Stars coach calls new lineup options 'tremendous'

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 10:27 PM / News

Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff is more than happy to deal with the lineup decisions he has to make after some high-profile offseason acquisitions.

Ruff has many options with forward Patrick Sharp, defenseman Johnny Oduya, and goaltender Antti Niemi on board. The fact that each is a Stanley Cup champion should help.

"It's really important for us to take that next step. These guys have been winners and know how to win. They should help us get there," Ruff told the Stars website Friday. "Ownership has really stepped up and said we can make this team better. … It's been tremendous."

Lightning re-sign Namestnikov, Witkowski

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 9:23 PM / News

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov and defenseman Luke Witkowski to one-year, two-way contracts, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.

Namestnikov, 22, skated in 43 games with the Lightning during the 2014-15 regular season, posting nine goals and 16 points to go along with 13 penalty minutes. The 6-foot, 182-pound forward set career highs for games played, goals, assists (seven) and points (16) during the regular season. Namestnikov scored his first career NHL goal on October 13 against the Montreal Canadiens last season. He appeared in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2015, recording one assist.

Predators sign Jarnkrok to one-year contract

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 4:06 PM / News

Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Friday that the club has signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a one-year, $735,000 contract for the 2015-16 season.

Jarnkrok, 23 (9/25/91), has amassed 27 points (9g-18a) in 86 career NHL contests since making his debut with the Predators on March 21, 2014 vs. Calgary. During his first full NHL season in 2014-15, the Gavle, Sweden native suited up for 74 regular-season games (7g-11a-18pts) and all six playoff games (2a), recording assists in each of his first two career Stanley Cup Playoff games. In his first two months upon being acquired from Detroit on March 5, 2014, Jarnkrok posted nine points (2g-7a) in his first 12 NHL games, including five points (1g-4a) in the first five contests of his NHL career, the second-longest point streak by a Predators player in the first games of their NHL career (Marek Zidlicky, six games, Oct. 9-23, 2003).

Devils re-sign Matteau to two-year contract

Friday, 07.17.2015 / 11:46 AM / News

The New Jersey Devils re-signed forward Stefan Matteau to a two-year contract, the team announced on Friday.

The contract has an annual average value of $612,500.

3-on-3 great for fans, hard for goalies, Schneider says

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 8:20 PM / News

New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider thinks he would rather watch the NHL's new overtime format than play in it.

Schneider took part in the Competition Committee talks that led to the approval of 3-on-3 overtime for this season.

"It's going to be interesting for the goalies," Schneider told in remarks published Thursday. "I was a passenger during that discussion. I suggested a side category where a goalie's 3-on-3 stats could be hidden away and not put into your main stats, because it's going to be tough.

"There's so much talent in the NHL and sometimes 5-on-5 opens up, but 3-on-3 is going to open up and fans are really going to love it. It's going to be up and down the ice. It's going to be hard for us goalies, so we're going to have to be really sharp and ready to go."

Oshie sends upset young fan Capitals jersey

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:52 PM / News

Looks like T.J. Oshie has convinced one young fan to root for the Washington Capitals.

When Oshie was traded by the St. Louis Blues on July 2, 5-year old Libby Lu was not happy. A video of her crying, saying "T.J. Oshie left the team!" went viral, with more than 300,000 views on YouTube. (WATCH) Libby told her mother she couldn't root for Oshie anymore because he was on another team.

Oshie on Wednesday sent Libby a signed No. 77 Capitals jersey along with a Slapshot figurine, mini sticks and a helmet, the Washington Post said.

Ducks sign O'Brien to one-year contract

Thursday, 07.16.2015 / 5:48 PM / News

The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Shane O'Brien to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

O'Brien, 31 (8/9/83), has recorded 13-79=92 points with a +6 rating and 916 penalty minutes (PIM) in 537 career NHL games. O'Brien began his NHL career with the Ducks, making his debut in 2006-07 (2-12=14 points with a +5 rating in 62 games). He went on to play for Tampa Bay, Vancouver, Nashville, Colorado, Calgary and Florida, compiling career highs in goals (4) and points (21) in 2007-08 with the Lightning. The 6-3, 230-pound defenseman has also appeared in 40 career Stanley Cup Playoff games with Tampa Bay, Vancouver and Nashville, scoring 2-3=5 points with 79 PIM.

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